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Hagel praises Army's strength, resilience

from U.S. Department of Defense

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel commended the Army for its contributions to national defense over the last 13 years of conflict and noted that demand for the things the Army does for the nation will not diminish during the period of uncertainty and change that lies ahead. Speaking during the Association of the United States Army's annual conference, Hagel said this is a time of great transition for the Army as the U.S. military responsibly ends its combat role in Afghanistan and transitions to a train-advise-and-assist mission ... . "As the Army emerges from over 13 years of large-scale combat operations — the longest in its history — it faces new challenges," Hagel said. "The world's becoming more volatile, less predictable, and, in many ways, more threatening at the same time our defense budgets are declining." more


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