U.S. President Barack Obama praises outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for two years at the Pentagon, saying his legacy will be felt for decades. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was lauded at a farewell ceremony near the Pentagon on Wednesday (January 28) as a leader who guided America's military capably through the difficulties of budget cuts and through withdrawal of troops in two combat theaters. Hagel resigned his post last November amid reports that he become tired of micromanagement from the White House. U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Ashton Carter, a former deputy defense secretary, to succeed Hagel. Obama said the nation is grateful for Hagel service, adding that reforms initiated during his term have contributed to improvements in the lives of America's troops. He cited the crackdown on the incidents of sexual assault in the military and improvements in the military's hospitals. "Thanks to Secretary Hagel's guiding hand, this institution is better positioned for the future," Obama said. Hagel, in brief remarks at the Joint Base Myer, that all the credit goes to the hard work and dedication of the soldiers and sailors who service their country. "Their individual commitment to the greater good and the strength of the institution has been a complete inspiration to me in every way," Hagel said.