A Letter from Chuck Hagel
- Sergeant, U.S. Army (Vietnam 1968)
- U.S. Senator (1997-2009)
- Secretary of Defense (2013-2015)
Chuck Hagel was the 24th Secretary of Defense. The only Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted combat veteran to serve as Secretary of Defense, Hagel also served two terms in the United States Senate representing the State of Nebraska, as Co-Chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration.
Some of Hagel’s current commitments include serving on the Board of Trustees of RAND Corporation; Advisory Board of Corsair Capital; Board of Directors of PBS; Senior Advisor to Gallup and to the McCarthy Group; Distinguished Executive in Residence at Georgetown University; Distinguished Statesman at the Atlantic Council; Centennial Professor, University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO); and Board of Directors of the American Security Project.
Hagel is a 1971 graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.