On February 26, 2013, former senator Chuck Hagel won Senate confirmation as the next U.S. Secretary of Defense. He will replace Leon Panetta.
Hagel is expected to be sworn in on February 27. He survived a grueling confirmation hearing to take the office.
Meanwhile, Panetta bid farewell to the personnel of the Department of Defense. Read more about it here.
Photo: Leon Panetta bids farewell to Department of Defense personnel, February 26, 2013.
Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Department of Defense