Biden, Dempsey Host Hagel Welcome Ceremony at Pentagon

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, greets, Vice President Joe Biden before a swearing-in and welcome ceremony for Hagel at the Pentagon, March 14, 2013. Hagel, the 24th defense secretary, started serving in his position Feb. 27, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Vice President Joe Biden arrive at a swearing-in and welcome ceremony for Hagel at the Pentagon, March 14, 2013.   DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, arrive at his swearing-in and welcome ceremony at the Pentagon, March 14, 2013.   DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Vice President Joe Biden, far left, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, second from left, his wife, Lilibet, and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, show honor during the posting of colors before the ceremonial swearing-in of Hagel as the 24th secretary at the Pentagon, March 14, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Vice President Joe Biden, left, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, honor the playing of the national anthem during a swearing-in and welcome ceremony for Hagel at the Pentagon, March 14, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, introduces Vice President Joe Biden during a swearing-in and welcome ceremony for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon, March 14, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a swearing-in and welcome ceremony for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon, March 14, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Vice President Joe Biden administers the ceremonial oath of office to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a swearing-in and welcome ceremony at the Pentagon, March 14, 2013. Hagel's wife, Lilibet, held a Bible during the ceremony. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Vice President Joe Biden, right, congratulates Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel after Hagel took the ceremonial oath of office at the Pentagon, March 14, 2013. Hagel is the 24th defense secretary. Hagel's wife, Lilibet, held a Bible during the ceremony. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addresses audience members during a ceremonial swearing-in and welcome ceremony at the Pentagon, March 14, 2013.  DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stand during the playing of the service melodies after a swearing-in and welcome ceremony at the Pentagon, March 14, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands during the playing of the service melodies after a swearing-in and welcome ceremony at the Pentagon, March 14, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley