Hagel Visits Mongolia, Meets With Leaders

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • A traditionally dressed Mongolian woman greets U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel upon his arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. Hagel met with his counterparts to discuss issues of mutual importance during the final stop of his fourth official trip to the Asia-Pacific region. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • A traditionally dressed Mongolian woman presents U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel with a bowl of dried cheese curds during a welcome ceremony upon his arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014.  It is a Mongolian tradition to present a guest with a bowl of cheese curds and for the guest to try one and pass the bowl to others.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tastes a dried cheese curd he received during a welcome ceremony upon his arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, walks in a pass-and-review ceremony with Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene during an honor cordon at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Mongolian soldiers present arms to U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at an honor cordon at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014.   DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands as Mongolian soldiers present arms and yell during an honor cordon at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, walks with Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene and greets Mongolian soldiers at the Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, third from left, meets with Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene at the Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene, third from right, meets with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (not pictured) at the Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel receives a gift from Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene at the Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene sign a joint vision statement at the Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene, right, sign a joint vision statement at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene exchange a joint vision statement at the Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene hold a joint press conference at the Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene hold a joint press conference at the Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene hold a joint press conference at the Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, third from left, meets with Mongolian Prime Minister Norov Altankhuyag, third from right, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, fourth from left, meets with Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene, third from right, at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014.   DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with Mongolian Prime Minister Norov Altankhuyag in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia April 10, 2014. Hagel met with Mongolian counterparts during his visit to discuss issues of mutual importance.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with Mongolian Prime Minister Norov Altankhuyag at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's horse arrives at the Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia April 10, 2014. The horse is a traditional Mongolian gift to visiting dignitaries and it s renamed during the gifting ceremony. Hagel renamed the horse Shamrock after his high school mascot.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erden, right, presents U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel with a horse at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel holds the reins of his horse, Shamrock, at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pats his horse, Shamrock, as Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erden watches at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel holds a photograph of his horse, Shamrock, as Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erden looks on at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands next to his horse, Shamrock, at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands as Mongolian soldiers present arms at an honor cordon at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks with Mongolian soldiers at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014. Hagel thanked the troops for the long and continued military relationship between the United States and Mongolia, and for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks with Mongolian soldiers at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 10, 2014.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo