Hagel, Dempsey Attend Command Change for U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla.

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with Navy Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, and Air Force Col. Kelly M. Martin, vice commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing, after landing on MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., March 21, 2013. Hagel was on base to speak at a ceremony in which Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis relinquished command to Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with Navy Adm. William H.  "Bill" McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the command on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., March 22, 2013. Hagel met with McRaven for a working breakfast before attending the U.S. Central Command change-of-command ceremony. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands with Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis and Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III during the U.S. Central Command change-of-command ceremony on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., March 22, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands with Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis and Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III during the U.S. Central Command change-of-command on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., March 22, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel takes the U.S. Central Command colors from Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis and prepares to hand the colors to Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III during the change-of-command ceremony on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., March 22, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands as Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III holds the the U.S. Central Command colors after Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, left, passed the command to Austin during the change-of-command ceremony on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., March 22, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivers remarks at the U.S. Central Command change-of-command ceremony on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., March 22, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks at the U.S. Central Command change-of-command ceremony as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., March 22, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at the U.S. Central Command change-of-command ceremony on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., March 22, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel laughs with Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis after the U.S. Central Command change-of-command ceremony on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., March 22, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel laughs with Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the incoming commander of U.S. Central Command, and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after the change-of-command on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., March 22, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo