Post Senate Work

Secretary of Defense

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

In 2015, Hagel stepped down as Secretary of Defense. On January 28, 2015 an Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in Honor of the 24th Secretary of Defense was held with remarks given by General Martin Dempsey, Vice President Joe Biden, and President Barack Obama. They all touched on Hagel's life of service to his country and the wonderful example that he set for them and everyone he's known. President Obama specifically noted that, "In an era of politics that too often descends into spectacle, [Hagel has] always served with decency and dignity." Hagel gave a speech as well thanking the President for his opportunity to serve as Secretary of Defense. He also thanked his family, his collegues, and all the men and women that served him during his time in office. He noted to the armed forces present that, "of all the many opportunities my life has given me, I am most proud of having once been a soldier. The lessons from my time in uniform about trust, responsibility, duty, judgment, and loyalty - I have carried these with me throughout my life."