Hagel Tours Afghanistan, Meets Afghan Leaders

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, commander of International Security Forces, at ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 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 speaks with Canadian service members at the chow hall at International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, as U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon and U.S. Paul Cook, left background, also of California, and U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham, left foreground, look on at International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel flies over Kabul, Afghanistan, with his senior military assistant, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, March 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with Afghan Brig. Gen. Aminullah Patyani, commander of the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 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 tours a classroom for Afghan soldiers with Afghan Brig. Gen. Aminullah Patyani, commander of the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Afghan Brig. Gen. Aminullah Patyani, commander of the Kabul Military Training Center, receive a brief from an Afghan noncommissioned officer in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks with female Afghan soldiers at the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with Afghan Brig. Gen. Aminullah Patyani, commander of the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 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 laughs with Afghan Brig. Gen. Aminullah Patyani, commander of the Kabul Military Training Center, after signing the guest book in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Afghan Brig. Gen. Aminullah Patyani, commander of the Kabul Military Training Center, presents a handmade Afghan rug with the training center’s logo to U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tours the Hall of Heroes with Afghan Brig. Gen. Aminullah Patyani, commander of the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel laughs with American service members while visiting the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with American service members while visiting the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel prepares to board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after visiting the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tours a classroom of Afghan soldiers with Afghan Brig. Gen. Aminullah Patyani, commander of the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with Afghan Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with Afghan Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with Afghan Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with Afghan Minister of Interior Ghulam Mujtaba Patang in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with Afghan Minister of Interior Ghulam Mujtaba Patang in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. Hagel traveled to Afghanistan on his first trip as the 24th defense secretary to visit U.S. troops, NATO leaders and Afghan leaders.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. Hagel traveled to Afghanistan on his first trip as the 24th defense secretary to visit U.S. troops, NATO leaders and Afghan leaders. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs the press in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. Earlier, Hagel met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs the press in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. Earlier, Hagel met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, shakes hands with U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, before departing Kabul, Afghanistan, March 11, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, walks with U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, right, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, and U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman, left, ISAF Joint Command’s deputy chief of staff, before departing Kabul, Afghanistan, March 11, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, shakes hands with U.S. Army military policemen thanking them for their support during his trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, March 11, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo