Hagel Begins Weeklong Trip to South Korea, Japan

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, greets airmen before departing Joint Base Andrews, Md., on a weeklong trip to South Korea and Japan, Sept. 28, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, shakes hands with crew members of an Air Force E-4B aircraft before departing Joint Base Andrews, Md., on a weeklong trip to South Korea and Japan, Sept. 28, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with his policy team during a flight to Seoul, South Korea, Sept. 28, 2013. Hagel will visit South Korea and Japan during a weeklong trip.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters during a flight to Seoul, South Korea, Sept. 28, 2013. Hagel will visit South Korea and Japan during a weeklong trip.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters during a flight to Seoul, South Korea, Sept. 28, 2013. Hagel will visit South Korea and Japan during a weeklong trip.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives in Seoul, South Korea, Sept. 29, 2013, the first stop on a weeklong trip that will also take him to Japan. In Korea, Hagel plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-South Korea alliance; participate in the 45th Security Consultative Meeting; preside over the U.S. Forces Korea change of command ceremony and visit U.S. and South Korean troops. 
 DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets U.S. Army Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea, upon arrival in Seoul, South Korea, Sept. 29, 2013. Hagel plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-South Korea alliance; participate in the 45th Security Consultative Meeting; preside over the U.S. Forces Korea change of command ceremony and visit U.S. and South Korean troops.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets South Korea's Deputy Defense Minister Lim Kwan-bin upon arrival in Seoul, South Korea, Sept. 29, 2013. Hagel plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-South Korea alliance; participate in the 45th Security Consultative Meeting; preside over the U.S. Forces Korea change of command ceremony and visit U.S. and South Korean troops. 
 DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talks with, from left, U.S. Army Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Sung Kim, South Korean Defense Attaché Maj. Gen. Lee Seo Young, and Korea‚Äôs Deputy Defense Minister Lim Kwan-bin upon arrival in Seoul, South Korea, Sept. 29, 2013. 
 DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo