Hagel Visits U.S. Troops, Leaders in Afghanistan

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel starts his day reading excerpts in the Early Bird, an internal informational tool, in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 9, 2013. Hagel traveled to Afghanistan on his first trip as the 24th defense secretary to visit U.S. troops, NATO leaders and Afghan counterparts.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., commander of Regional Command East, on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 9, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, March 9, 2013, and greets U.S. Army Col. Joseph McGee and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Eppler. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James Terry, commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, U.S. Army Col. Joseph McGee and  Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Eppler in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, March 9, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presents a purple heart to a soldier in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, March 9, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to U.S. troops in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, March 9, 2013. The troops are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to U.S. troops in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, March 9, 2013. The troops are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to a question from a U.S. soldier in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, March 9, 2013. The soldier is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel embraces and laughs with a U.S. soldier in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, March 9, 2013. The soldier is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaks to the press in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, March 9, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo