(WTVM) - Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel:
"A decorated combat veteran, thoughtful Senator from Nebraska, and steadfast Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel's commitment to our nation speaks for itself. Always reflecting upon his personal connection to our enlisted men and women, Secretary Hagel worked to ensure the continuous care of our soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines, and their families as the Department of Defense transitioned away from two full scale conflicts in the Middle East. As our armed forces strive to maintain readiness and vigilance in meeting new challenges at home and abroad, it is my hope that the incoming Secretary of Defense will work to fill the large and unfaltering boots of service left behind by Secretary Chuck Hagel."
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