Hagel swears in as defense chief after bruising confirmation battle
27 Feb 201308:47 AM
updated to 10:17 AM
Chuck Hagel, a decorated Vietnam veteran, swore in as the defense secretary at a small, closed-door ceremony on Wednesday, after a bruising confirmation battle in the Senate.
Hagel will address Pentagon employees at 10:30 a.m. EST. He was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday in the closest vote ever for a defense secretary, with just four Republicans voting for him.
(Reporting by Phil Stewart)
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