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Secretary of Defense visits MCAS Miramar, spoke with service members

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Chuck Hagel visits Miramar
Chuck Hagel, secretary of defense, hands a coin to Lance Cpl. Andrew Pfenning, an administrative specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, during a visit aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Jan. 13. Hagel passed out coins and took photos with Marines and Sailors after speaking to them and holding a question and answer period. Photo by Cpl. Melissa Eschenbrenner

Story by Cpl. Melissa Eschenbrenner

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – The Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Jan. 13.

The Honorable Mr. Hagel spoke to service members for one of the last times before leaving office.

He reminded Marines and Sailors about the importance of their hard work and dedication to the country.

“Somehow you were influenced to become a Marine — something motivated you to at least look into it,” said Hagel. “I want to thank you for what you do for this country, what you have done for the country and what you will do for the country. It has been an honor being your secretary of defense.”

Hagel made remarks and answered questions before taking pictures with Marines and Sailors while handing out coins.

“It was great to meet someone famous from my very little hometown,” said Sgt. Chad Larkin, a consolidated bachelors’ quarters manager with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron and a North Platte, Neb., native. “[It was important that he came here] because it shows that someone higher up really cares; he wants to show us that he cares.”

Hagel is slated to continue traveling to talk with other service members before a new secretary of Defense is appointed.

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