Chuck Hagel

American politician Chuck Hagel

Charles Timothy "Chuck" Hagel is a former United States Senator from Nebraska. A member of the Republican Party, Hagel was first elected to the Senate in 1996. He was reelected in 2002 and then retired in 2008. He is currently a professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has also served as chairman of the Atlantic Council and co-chairman of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board since 2009.
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Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Calls Donald Trump 'An Embarrassment'
Huffington Post - about 1 month
The former two-term GOP senator from Nebraska said Trump is “doing great damage to our country internationally.”
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Vietnam '67: Chuck Hagel: Serving in Vietnam — With My Brother
NYTimes - about 2 months
They served together, and were wounded together twice.
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Actually, Mike Pence, Climate Change Has Nothing To Do With A 'Liberal' Agenda
Huffington Post - 9 months
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'We Should Have Pushed Harder': Obama's Gitmo Czars Reflect On His Failure To Close The Prison
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Republicans Used To Care About Cabinet Disclosures. Then Trump Won.
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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What Will Be The Future of The Democratic Party?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Photo by Rhododendrites, Wikimedia The 2016 election may be the most confounding political event in living memory. And the need to understand it is urgent. That a candidate so obviously lacking in virtue, principal, and understanding of the world beyond his own narrow ambitions, should break out from the large field of Republican contenders and win the nomination speaks volumes about the failure of the Republican establishment to offer a credible vision for America's future. That so many Americans would choose an outcome that is so obviously to their detriment calls for an explanation. And on the other hand, that the tone deaf Democratic Party establishment considered Hillary Clinton entitled to their loyalty may at first be understandable. But ignoring the unparalleled enthusiasm engendered by Bernie Sanders, then putting every possible obstacle in his way, and actually plotting to sabotage his campaign, revealed a very undemocratic mentality at the core of the party establishm...
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Fundraising Histories And Lots Of Experience In Speculative Clinton Cabinet
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Gary Gensler is former head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and earlier in his career logged time at Goldman Sachs. His name is now in circulation to be Treasury Secretary if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson) By: JACK NOLAND Washington thrives on speculation and now, after months of guessing at things like primary contenders and vice presidential picks, it's time to draft potential cabinets. With no shortage of well-educated guesses on who might lead the various executive departments, certain names crop up more often than others, often officials and bureaucrats with substantial political and policy experience. The key for would-be President Clinton, of course, is winning the election, which at this writing, seems more likely than not. So, here's a look at the fundraising and influence backgrounds of some of the elected officials, nonprofit leaders and businesspeople who have appeared on the lists. These selections, of course, a...
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America's Election HQ - How We Fight
Fox News - over 1 year
Nearly a generation into the War on Terror what is America's place in the world?  What is the purpose of our military? Do we need more ships, more guns, more planes... or more humility?  Are we the indispensable nation that saves the world from rising threats? Or are we just one nation among many? We have the largest fighting force on Earth, but many experts believe our preparedness is lower than it's been since the War on Terror began 15 years ago.  How We Fight examines the military's rules of engagement-do they work on today's battlefields, fought without clear borders, and against an enemy that doesn't wear a uniform?  Some fear the military is too concerned with policies designed to ensure social justice within the ranks, while missing the bigger picture-the military's purpose is to fight, and kill, if necessary, and anything that gets in the way of that undermines our strength. In How We Fight Bret Baier speaks with a remarkable cast of characters, including military e...
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Why Fellow Americans Must Reject Torture Now
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In our current socio-political climate, we're dealing with difficult times. Despite the United States' longstanding bipartisan opposition to torture and strengthening of the U.S. torture ban, recent rhetoric and public opinion have demonstrated a disturbing rise in the tolerance and even support of the use of torture. Polls have shown an alarming fact: over half of Americans feel torture is justified in cases of suspected terrorism (Pew Research Center). Television shows and movies glorify the practice of torture as if it were an effective practice for gathering information. This is unacceptable. The purpose of torture is often less about interrogation or saving lives than it is about intimidation, control, breaking an individual's will, instilling fear and silencing dissent. CVT is launching its Call to Reject Torture campaign, including a declaration with signatures from more than 100 military members, public officials and faith leaders, including Former Secretary of State Madele...
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After Iowa: A Ticket To Ride
Huffington Post - about 2 years
So, on the other hand ... Hillary Clinton won. But there was a big surprise in Iowa after all. Ultra-right Texas Senator Ted Cruz -- that's ultra-right as in falangist -- trailing in the polls and supposedly in danger of finishing third behind Marco Rubio, surged instead to an impressive four-point win over Donald Trump. Which means the next move for Trump is not consolidating the party and beginning to morph into a more general election-friendly "reality" TV-style figure but actually winning next week's New Hampshire primary. Trump has a big lead in the Granite State, but he had a lead, albeit smaller, in the Iowa caucuses, where he ran a primary-style campaign, over former Iowa poll leader Cruz. It looks like a quarter of Trump's supporters didn't show up at the appointed time and frequently unfamiliar place to caucus. Showing up in an all day-long primary at a familiar nearby polling place is easier to do. And his backers may have figured he would win anyway. All because of his d...
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Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: 'More War' Will Not Fix Syrian Conflict
NPR - about 2 years
NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel about U.S. policy in Syria. Since leaving office, Hagel has been critical of the Obama administration, which he says lost credibility by not acting when the Syrian regime crossed a "red line" and used chemical weapons on civilians.
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An Honor Too Far, or Far Too Many Honors?
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Should more of our heroes who have displayed "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty" be awarded our nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor? This is a question that has been frequently raised, especially during the more intense periods of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. During a period when our troops were slugging it out and dying by the thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration saw fit to award "a measly five" Medals of Honor to our heroes, all of them posthumously. In contrast, there were 245 Medal of Honor recipients during the Vietnam War, and 27 Medals of Honor were awarded for the single World War II battle of Iwo Jima. The Military Times at the time put those numbers into perspective: Although numbers don't tell the whole story, America's 20th-century wars produced highly consistent rates of Medal of Honor heroism...From World War I through Vietnam, the rate of Medal o...
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Pentagon Thwarts Obama's Effort To Close Guantanamo
Huffington Post - about 2 years
WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) - In September, U.S. State Department officials invited a foreign delegation to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to persuade the group to take detainee Tariq Ba Odah to their country. If they succeeded, the transfer would mark a small step toward realizing President Barack Obama's goal of closing the prison before he leaves office. The foreign officials told the administration they would first need to review Ba Odah's medical records, according to U.S. officials with knowledge of the episode. The Yemeni has been on a hunger strike for seven years, dropping to 74 pounds from 148, and the foreign officials wanted to make sure they could care for him. For the next six weeks, Pentagon officials declined to release the records, citing patient privacy concerns, according to the U.S. officials. The delegation, from a country administration officials declined to identify, canceled its visit. After the administration promised to deliver the records, the ...
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Pentagon Mutiny on Syria Dismissed by 'Liberal' Media
Huffington Post - about 2 years
The American mainstream press has both neglected and disparaged Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh recently for reporting on how, for more than two years, senior U.S. military leaders subverted President Obama's strategy to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, with some attacking Hersh for having the temerity to rely on unnamed sources. The so-called liberal media has exhibited a tendency to defend the Obama administration mantra that Assad "must go," and Hersh's account runs counter to this well-established gospel. Vox, a purported liberal news site, assaulted Hersh for basing his report on an anonymous senior advisor to the Joint Chiefs, claiming that the journalist made "bizarre" claims in the past, "giving us little reason to trust him." Further, not a single major news agency picked up Hersh's allegations, the nature of which typically would be handled as a front-page bombshell. Let's be clear -- Hersh is not some amateur blogger-conspiracist to be marginali...
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  • 2015
    Age 68
    Hagel was also the Featured Speaker at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Chemistry Council at Colorado Springs.
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    In December 2015, during an interview with Foreign Policy, Hagel stated he was "backstabbed" and accused administration officials of making anonymous comments after his resignation in an effort to destroy his reputation.
  • 2014
    Age 67
    On November 24, 2014, it was announced that Hagel would resign from the position of Secretary of Defense following conflicts within the administration, particularly relating to issues concerning ISIL.
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    On November 24, 2014, The New York Times reported that Hagel would be resigning from his position as Secretary of Defense under pressure from the Obama administration.
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    In May 2014, speaking at the Wilson Center on the future of the NATO, Hagel focused on the alliance's imbalance in defense spending and called for "renewed financial commitments from all NATO members".
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    After Yanukovych's impeachment and the beginning of the Crimean crisis in February 2014, Hagel warned Russia against military maneuvers "that could be misinterpreted, or lead to miscalculation during a very delicate time".
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  • 2013
    Age 66
    Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum in November 2013, Hagel announced the Pentagon's new Arctic strategy emphasizing the commitment of the United States "to detect, deter, prevent and defeat threats to the United States, and continue to exercise US sovereignty in and around Alaska". He also called for more international cooperation to protect the Arctic's environment and to keep the region "peaceful, stable and free of conflict". In December 2013, after the suspension of an Association Agreement with the EU by the Ukrainian Government of President Victor Yanukovych in November 2013 had led to massive protests, Hagel in a phone call warned the Ukrainian Minister of Defense Pavlo Lebedyev "not to use the armed forces of Ukraine against the civilian population in any fashion".
    On August 27, 2013, Hagel told the BBC that the United States was ready to launch a strike against Syria if given the orders.
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    On July 31, 2013, Hagel announced the results of his Strategic Choices and Management Review, undertaken in response to the budget sequestration in 2013.
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    In May 2013, during a visit to Asian countries whose "main doubt" was American staying power in the region, Hagel called the decline of American military power a "good thing", because it forced American allies to share responsibilities.
    Hagel was sworn in on February 27, 2013, taking over from Leon Panetta.
    The Senate voted 71-27 for cloture on Hagel's nomination on February 26, 2013.
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    Despite the committee's February 12, 2013, 14-to-11 vote to approve Hagel, committee member James Inhofe vowed to use procedural tactics to delay a full Senate confirmation vote.
    Shortly thereafter, on February 13, 2013, the Senate's first openly LGBT member, Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) stated that after meeting with Hagel, she would support his nomination.
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    On January 24, 2013, Senator Jeanne Shaheen stated that Hagel will oppose restrictions on LGBT military family benefits.
    Hagel, who became, upon confirmation, the first former enlisted combat soldier to hold the office of Secretary of Defense, was interviewed by the Senate Armed Services Committee during a seven-and-a-half-hour hearing on January 31, 2013.
    President Obama nominated Hagel to succeed Leon Panetta and serve as his second term Secretary of Defense on January 7, 2013.
    He took office on February 27, 2013, as his predecessor Leon Panetta stepped down.
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    On January 7, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Hagel to serve as Secretary of Defense.
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  • 2012
    Age 65
    Reasons given included a demand for more White House information about the 2012 Benghazi attack, remaining questions about Hagel's views on Iran and Israel, and assertions two weeks after the hearings was insufficient time.
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    Hagel apologized to Hormel in December 2012.
    In 2012 he endorsed Democrat Bob Kerrey in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska.
  • 2011
    Age 64
    In 2011, after he left office, Hagel stated that President Obama needs to start "looking for the exit in Afghanistan", and that "We need to start winding this down."
  • 2010
    Age 63
    Hagel served as the 2010 Clifford P. Case Professor of Public Affairs at Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute of Politics, speaking at public programs in New Brunswick and Newark, New Jersey.
    In 2010, Hagel endorsed Democratic Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak in his run for the United States Senate.
  • 2009
    Age 62
    Following Hagel's retirement from the Senate, in February 2009 he accepted a position as Distinguished Professor in National Governance at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He was chairman of the Atlantic Council, a foreign policy think tank; co-chairman of President Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board; a member of the Defense Department's Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee and the Energy Departments Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future; a member of The Washington Center's board of directors; and a member of the Public Broadcasting Service's board of directors.
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    In a 2009 The Washington Post op-ed after being nominated as Chairman of President Obama's Intelligence advisory board, Hagel said that "We cannot view U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan through a lens that sees only 'winning' or 'losing,' Iraq and Afghanistan are not America's to win or lose."
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  • 2008
    Age 61
    In Hagel's 2008 book, America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers (with Peter Kaminsky), he suggests that the United States should adopt independent leadership and possibly another political party.
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    He also declined to run for president in 2008.
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    During his first campaign, Hagel indicated that, were he to be elected, he would retire in 2008 after two terms in the Senate.
    In August 2008, Hagel indicated that he wouldn't endorse either candidate or get involved in their campaigns.
    Explaining his reason for not endorsing John McCain in the 2008 election, Hagel told The New Yorker, "In good conscience, I could not enthusiastically—honestly—go out and endorse him, when we so fundamentally disagree on the future course of our foreign policy and our role in the world."
    On June 20, 2008, Hagel said he would consider running with Obama if offered the VP spot, though he added that he didn't believe that Obama would pick him for the position.
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    Hagel was rumored to be a possible running mate for Vice President for then Senator Barack Obama, in his 2008 presidential campaign.
    In the 2008 Presidential election, Hagel was seen as a likely choice to hold a top cabinet position in a future John McCain or Barack Obama administration.
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    In 2008, along with then-Senator (and presumptive Democratic nominee for president) Barack Obama, and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Hagel visited Iraq in a congressional delegation trip, meeting with U.S. service members, General David Petraeus, and the Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki.
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  • 2007
    Age 60
    Harvard University Professor Stephen Walt, co-author of a 2007 book critical of the Israeli lobby wrote in Foreign Policy that "The real meaning of the Hagel affair is what it says about the climate inside Washington.
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    Hagel and Senator John McCain were close friends until 2007 when they diverged regarding Iraq policy; Hagel did not endorse McCain for President in the 2008 Republican primaries or in the general election.
    In November 2007, he rated the Bush administration "the lowest in capacity, in capability, in policy, in consensus—almost every area" of any presidency in the last forty years.
    After an April 2007 visit to Iraq with U.S. Congressman Joe Sestak (D-PA), Hagel stated his belief that the occupation of Iraq should not continue indefinitely and expressed his intention to cooperate with Senate Democrats in voting for a bill that would set a timeline to get out of Iraq.
    In January 2007, Hagel openly criticized President Bush's plan to send an additional 20,000 troops to Iraq.
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  • 2006
    Age 59
    According to a SurveyUSA poll, in August 2006 Hagel had a 10% higher approval rating among Nebraska Democrats than Republicans.
    Following heavy Republican losses in the 2006 midterm election, Hagel penned an editorial in The Washington Post highly critical of military strategies both employed and proposed for Iraq.
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    In July 2006, Hagel criticized the Bush administration on its handling of the 2006 Lebanon War, saying "The sickening slaughter on both sides must end and it must end now.
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    In January 2006, Hagel took issue with Karl Rove's statement that the Republican and Democratic worldviews were "pre-9/11" and "post-9/11", respectively.
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  • 2005
    Age 58
    In December 2005, in reference to Bush, the Republican Party, and the Patriot Act, Hagel stated "I took an oath of office to the Constitution, I didn't take an oath of office to my party or my president."
    In November 2005, Hagel defended his criticism of the Iraq war, stating "To question your government is not unpatriotic — to not question your government is unpatriotic."
    On August 18, 2005, Hagel compared the Iraq War to Vietnam, and openly mocked Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion that the Iraqi insurgency was in its "last throes."
  • 2004
    Age 57
    In August 2004 Hagel acknowledged that he was considering a presidential campaign in 2008.
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  • 2002
    Age 55
    On October 11, 2002, Hagel, along with 76 other Senators, voted in favor of the Iraq Resolution.
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    Six years later in 2002, Hagel overwhelmingly won re-election with over 83% of the vote, the largest margin of victory in any statewide race in Nebraska history (see below or link to: United States Senate election in Nebraska, 2002).
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    He was reelected in 2002, but did not run in 2008.
  • 1999
    Age 52
    I'm a United States senator." Hagel later clarified these remarks saying he was referring to the Israel lobby. Hagel also has been criticized by the American Jewish Committee for an incident in 1999 where he was the only senator not to sign an open letter to Russian President Boris Yeltsin threatening to cut aid to Russia if it did not take action against rising anti-Semitism in the country.
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  • 1998
    Age 51
    The group demanded that Hagel apologize for this 1998 remark.
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  • 1996
    Age 49
    In 1996, Hagel ran for the open US Senate seat created by the retirement of Democrat J.
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    A member of the Republican Party, Hagel was first elected to the United States Senate in 1996.
  • 1995
    Age 48
    On March 15, 1995, Hagel resigned from the board of AIS as he intended to run for office.
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  • 1992
    Age 45
    Although he was pressured by some to run for Governor of Virginia, where he had lived for 20 years, in 1992 Hagel moved back to Nebraska to become president of the McCarthy Group, LLC, an investment banking firm.
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  • 1990
    Age 43
    After leaving government employment, Hagel co-founded Vanguard Cellular, a mobile phone service carrier that made him a multi-millionaire. While working with Vanguard, he served as president and chief executive officer of the United Service Organizations and the Private Sector Council, as deputy director and chief operating officer of the 1990 G7 Summit, and on the board of directors or advisory committee of the American Red Cross, the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute, Bread for the World, and the Ripon Society.
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  • 1985
    Age 38
    He married his second wife, Lilibet Ziller, in April 1985.
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  • 1982
    Age 35
    After Reagan's inauguration as President, Hagel was named deputy administrator of the Veterans Administration. In 1982, however, he resigned his post over a disagreement with VA Administrator Robert P. Nimmo, who was intent on cutting funding for VA programs.
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  • 1980
    Age 33
    For the next four years, he worked as a lobbyist for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, and in 1980, he served as an organizer for the successful presidential campaign of former California Governor Ronald Reagan.
  • 1979
    Age 32
    In 1979, Hagel married Patricia Lloyd. The couple separated in 1981 and divorced a year later.
  • 1971
    Age 24
    In 1971, Hagel was hired as a staffer for Congressman John Y. McCollister (R-NE), serving until 1977.
  • 1969
    Age 22
    After his discharge, he worked as a radio newscaster and talk show host in Omaha from 1969 to 1971 while finishing college on Veterans Administration (VA) assistance under the GI Bill.
  • 1967
    Age 20
    Hagel volunteered to be drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War, rejecting a draft board recommendation that he go to college instead. He served in the United States Army infantry in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968.
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  • 1964
    Age 17
    He graduated from St. Bonaventure High School (now Scotus Central Catholic High School) in Columbus, Nebraska, in 1964, the Brown Institute for Radio and Television in 1966, and he earned a BA degree in history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1971.
  • 1962
    Age 15
    His father, a veteran of World War II, died suddenly on Christmas morning, 1962, at the age of 39, when Hagel was 16.
  • 1946
    Born on October 4, 1946.
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