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September 2013

News Stories

Hagel Wraps up Asia-Pacific Trip, Visits Troops

"Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I'm very proud of what you're doing. The president of the United States is proud of what you're doing. America is proud of what you're doing." Story

U.S., Japan Agree to Expand Security, Defense Cooperation

In a joint statement, U.S. and Japanese diplomatic and military leaders agreed to revise the 1997 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation, increase security and defense collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and advance the realignment of American troops in Japan. Story

Hagel Arrives in Tokyo for Security Meetings

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Tokyo, Japan where he will conclude a week-long trip aimed at fostering key alliances. Story

Statements & Releases

About the Secretary

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck HagelChuck Hagel took the oath of office to serve as the 24th defense secretary at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013, becoming the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Defense Department. Hagel served in the U.S. Senate, representing Nebraska from 1996 to 2009. Following his Senate career, Hagel served as co-chairman of President Barack Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board and as a member of the department's Defense Policy Board. Biography