After weeks of turmoil, Chuck Hagel is officially sworn in as Secretary of Defense.
Hagel walked into the Pentagon Wednesday preparing to take on a new role. The former Nebraska U.S. Senator and Purple Heart recipient is sworn in as Secretary of Defense.
"as I told the President, as I told Congress, I will do anything in my power to be the kind of leader that you expect and deserve," Hagel said.
His nomination certainly wasn't welcomed with open arms. After nearly a month of debate, including a filibuster by Republicans, he made the cut Tuesday evening, knowing the job ahead will be far from easy.
"We've got a head of us a lot of challenges. They are going to define much of who we are," Hagel said. "Not this institution only, but our country."
He's referring to budget cuts not only to his department, but across the board. Plus, negotiating the end of war in Afghanistan with the country's leaders.
"We need to deal with this reality."
He closed his remarks by saying that while America may stumble every now and then, great opportunities wait in the wings.
"If there's one thing America has stood for more than any one thing, is that we are a force for good," Hagel said. "We make mistakes, we've made mistakes, we'll continue to make mistakes, but we are a force for good."
Hagel spent much of Wednesday meeting with his new staff and senior defense leaders.
He was confirmed Tuesday afternoon by the U.S. Senate on a 58-41 vote.
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