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Defense Secretary Hagel Makes Pentagon Rounds

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2013 – After taking the oath of office this morning, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial, spoke to the Pentagon workforce, met his senior civilian and military leadership team for their daily staff meeting, and met separately with the service secretaries, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

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New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III on his first day at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. Hagel earlier took the oath of office to become the 24th defense secretary. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

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Hagel also received briefings on sensitive intelligence and operational matters, and spoke by phone with several members of Congress, Little said.

The new defense secretary also swung by the office of Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, whom Hagel, a former enlisted soldier and Vietnam veteran, had said he was anxious to meet, Little said.

Hagel also met with other senior enlisted leaders who were in the Pentagon today, Little said, including Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody.

The defense secretary also shook hands with Pentagon personnel in hallways, snapped photos with a building construction crew, and talked Nebraska football with members of the department's public affairs media team, Little said.


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