Hagel Visits U.S. Troops, Leaders in Southwest Asia

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, walks with U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Michael H. Corbin upon his arrival in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, April 24, 2013. The UAE is Hagel's last stop on a six-day trip to the Middle East to meet with defense counterparts. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, walks with U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul H. McGillicuddy, commander of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, before visiting troops at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 25, 2013. Hagel thanked the troops for their service and answered questions on a variety of issues, including the effects of sequestration on the Air Force and sanctions on Iran. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanks troops for their service at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with troops to thank them for their service 
at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with troops to thank them for their service at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, shares a laugh with a U.S. airman providing security during his visit with troops at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets troops before sitting down for lunch at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel eats lunch with troops at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, greets troops sitting outside for lunch at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel takes a question during a visit with troops at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • A U.S. Air Force first lieutenant asks U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel a question during a visit with troops at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with troops to thank them for their service at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanks troops for their service at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shares a laugh with a U.S. airman after meeting with troops at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Michael H. Corbin upon arrival in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs the press in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2013. Hagel announced that the U.S. intelligence community assesses with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons -- specifically the nerve-agent sarin -- on a small scale. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs the press in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with United Arab Emirates Gen. Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, center, the deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, foreign affairs minister, in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2013. Hagel met with defense leaders on his last stop of a six-day trip to the region. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Gary W. Rosholt before departing Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, April 26, 2013. Hagel met with defense leaders on his last stop on a six-day trip to the region.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks with U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Gary W. Rosholt before departing Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, April 26, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel poses for a photo with his escort officer, United Arab Emirates Col. Abdullah Hadmer al-Amani, departing Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel waves goodbye upon departure from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, April 26, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo