Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has taken the oath of office.
Hagel was sworn in on Wednesday morning in his office at the Pentagon, becoming President Obama’s third defense secretary. Hagel immediately met with senior staff and is scheduled for a 10:30am speech in the Pentagon auditorium for his first public remarks as secretary.
Hagel’s tenure follows a months-long battle with Republicans in Congress who opposed his nomination, filibustered the final vote on his confirmation, but ultimately were unable to prevent his installation.
He is expected to follow the tradition of his predecessors and visit U.S. troops deployed overseas soon.