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Published:November 14th, 2014 20:02 EST

Chuck Hagel Begins a Five-day Domestic Trip to Visit Military

By SOP newswire3

Hagel Begins a Five-day Domestic Trip

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has begun a five-day cross country trip to visit with the men and women of the military.


Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Hagel will see first-hand some of the critical training the force receives to maintain readiness across a range of challenges. "

Hagel`s first stop is in Minot, North Dakota where he will tour the 91st Missile Wing Operations Center and meet with airmen to discuss the reforms he ordered earlier in the day for the nation`s nuclear weapons enterprise.

Saturday, the secretary delivers the keynote address at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California.  Hagel will also speak at the Peace Through Strength " dinner in honor of former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Arizona Senator John McCain.

On Sunday, Hagel will observe the U.S. Army`s "Decisive Action" readiness training at Ft. Irwin, California. The training includes approximately 4,700 soldiers from the U.S. Army`s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, which is based at Fort Carson, Colorado. The training is intended to test the brigade`s ability to conduct large-scale operations against a near-peer enemy, support an embattled host nation government and fight an insurgency.

On Monday, Nov. 17, Hagel will visit Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to thank families of service members who have deployed to Operation United Assistance in West Africa where they are helping to contain the Ebola epidemic.  He will also deliver remarks at a troop event to thank members of the 101st Airborne Division who recently returned from Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, Hagel will travel to Camp LeJeune, North Carolina to observe training conducted by the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force. This training will help the Marine Corps facilitate standards-based assessments of physical performance to help integrate female Marines into ground combat arms occupational specialties. He will also deliver remarks to II Marine Expeditionary Forces who have recently returned from service in Afghanistan and are preparing to join a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force for Crisis Response.

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