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Chuck Hagel's first message to Dept. of Defense employees

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Chuck Hagel, left, takes the oath of office to serve as the 24th defense secretary from Michael L. Rhodes, the Defense Department's director of administration and management, as Hagel's wife, Lilibet, holds a Bible at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013.—Courtesy Department of Defense photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley


Edited by Joseph Earnest February 27, 2013


Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.After a much-contested confirmation, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel took the oath-of-office as the 24th Secretary of Defense of the United States of America. Following the ceremony, Defense Secretary Hagel issued a message to all Defense Department employees, earlier today.


Hagel addressed DoD employees after being sworn in and stressed the importance of maintaining the strongest military of earth, in order to lead the international community.  Here's Hagel's message in part:


"Earlier today I was privileged to take the oath of office to become the 24th Secretary of Defense.  I am humbled by and grateful for the opportunity that President Obama and the Congress have given me to once again serve our nation.


"I am most especially grateful for the opportunity to work with all of you.  Every day you work to defend America.  The noble cause of your profession, your individual sacrifices, and your service inspire us all.


"As your leader, I will always do my best for our country and for all of you – and your families.  As with my friends and predecessors Leon Panetta and Bob Gates, your safety, success, and welfare will always be at the forefront of my decisions.  I will build on the strong foundation of teamwork built by Secretaries Gates and Panetta, as we work together.  Leadership is a team business.


"I have long believed that America must maintain the strongest military on earth; we must lead the international community, with a steady and sure hand to confront threats and challenges together as we work closely with our allies and partners to advance our common interests and build a more hopeful world.  We must use all tools of American power to protect our citizens and our interests; and America must engage – not retreat – in the world, but engage wisely.


"As I begin my time here at the Department I want you to know that I recognize the immense responsibility that I have, and will work hard every day to fulfill my duties as Secretary of Defense as honestly and effectively as I know how.  You are the greatest force for good in the world.  It is the highest honor to serve alongside you.  I am proud to be part of your team.  Thank you for your commitment and dedication to our country."   Add Comments>>


Source: Department of Defense







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