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El Paso Times: Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has ties to Fort Bliss, White Sands

Former Nebraska GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel, the president’s nominee for secretary of defense, used to serve at Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range, said U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Udall said today that he met with Hagel to discuss the nominee’s views on national defense. President Barack Obama nominated the 66-year-old Hagel for the job.

“My meeting today with Senator Chuck Hagel was very useful,” Udall said in a statement. “We had the opportunity to touch on a variety of issues facing our country and how New Mexico contributes to the strength of our national security.

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