|Secretary of Defense|
|February 27, 2013-Present|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Nominated||January 7, 2013|
|Confirmed||February 26, 2013|
|Appointed||February 27, 2013|
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|U.S. Senator from Nebraska|
|Deputy Administrator for the Veterans Administration|
|High school||St. Bonaventure High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Nebraska at Omaha|
|Service/branch||U.S. Army, Sargeant|
|Years of service||1967-1968|
|Citations||Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Purple Heart (x2), the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge|
|Birthday||October 4, 1946|
|Place of birth||North Platte, Nebraska|
Hagel attended St. Bonaventure High School in Nebraska. After high school, he enrolled at the Brown Institute for Radio and Television in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1966. He dropped out of school to serve in the army during the Vietnam War where he fought alongside his brother, Tom, in 1968. He and Tom ended up saving each others' lives on different occasions and earned five Purple Hearts between them. Following his term of service in the army, Hagel graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
He continued his public service by joining Representative John McCollister's staff until becoming a lobbyist for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in 1977. President Reagan then appointed Hagel to the position of deputy administrator for the Veterans Administration, a position he used to help those who had been affected by Agent Orange in Vietnam. Following his term in 1982, he worked as president and director of a number of private sector businesses including Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc. until his 1996 election to the United States Senate. After his second term, Hagel retired and taught national governance at Georgetown University before accepting President Obama's nomination to be secretary of defense.
- 1966-1967: Attended Brown Institute for Radio and Television
- 1967-1969: Served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam
- 1971: Graduated from University of Nebraska at Omaha
- 1971-1977: Served on the staff of Nebraska Representative John McCollister
- 1977-1980: Lobbyist for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
- 1981-1982: Appointed to Deputy Administrator for the Veterans Administrations
- 1982-1985: President and Co-founder of Collins, Hagel and Clarke, Inc.
- 1982: Deputy Commissioner General for the World's Fair, Knoxville, TN
- 1984-1987: Director and Executive Vice President of Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc.
- 1987-1990: President and CEO of World United Service Organizations
- 1990-1992: President and CEO of Private Sector Council of Washington, D.C.
- 1992-1996: President of McCarthy and Co.
- 1997-2009: United States Senator from Nebraska
- 2009-2013: Professor of National Governance in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
- 2013-Present: United States Secretary of Defense
Republican Senators successfully filibustered debate on Hagel, blocking a confirmation vote on Feburary 14, 2013. The filibuster was done in an effort to force the Obama administration to release more information on the Benghazi attack in 2012.. The vote to close debate received only 58 of the 60 necessary votes, with Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid notably voting against for the reason of having the ability to bring the vote up again at a later date. Hagel was confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Defense on February 26, 2013, by a vote of 58-41 after the vote to close debate on the nomination finally passed. All votes against his confirmation were cast by Republicans, while four Republicans supported Hagel's confirmation: Thad Cochran, Mike Johanns, Richard Shelby and Rand Paul.
|Chuck Hagel Confirmation vote, February 26, 2013|
|Party||Votes for||Votes against||Total votes|
|U.S. Senate, Nebraska General Election, 1996|
Military sexual assault cases
On August 15, 2013, Secretary Hagel announced sweeping reforms to the handling of sexual assault accusations in the U.S. military. Per a Pentagon survey, sexual assault cases rose to 26,000 in 2012 from 19,000 in 2010. The Department felt pressure from President Obama to enact the reforms, which include improved legal support for victims, transfers for accused to eliminate future contact and required follow-up actions throughout the chain of command. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the armed services committee stated that while it is a step in the right direction, all sexual assault cases in the military should be judged by an independent body.
Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, have two children.
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- CNN, "Chuck Hagel Fast Facts," March 11, 2013
- U.S. Department of Defense, "Chuck Hagel," accessed May 29, 2013
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- Biography.com, "Chuck Hagel biography," accessed May 29, 2013
- Fox News, "Senate Republicans blog Hagel nomination - for now," February 14, 2013
- Politico, "Chuck Hagel confirmed for secretary of defense in 58-41 Senate vote," February 26, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
- The Guardian, "Hagel announces new measures to try to stamp out sex assaults in the military," August 15, 2013
- Department of Defense, "Hagel Announces New Anti-Sexual Assault Initiatives," August 15, 2013
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