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UNO alum may be next secretary of defense

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Published: Saturday, December 15, 2012

Updated: Saturday, December 15, 2012 10:12

Bloomberg News and other sources report that UNO alumnus Chuck Hagel is the leading candidate to become the next secretary of defense.

Hagel graduated from UNO in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in history.

The former Nebraska Senator visited campus in October where he hosted a town hall about campaigning, current issues and his successful 1996 senate campaign. The town hall was held in conjunction with the Criss Library's exhibit “Campaign 1996: Hagel for Senate,” featuring artifacts from the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives. The exhibit closed in November but the library is the permanent home for the archives.

Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, dedicated the new MaV USO offices on the same visit.

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