North Carolina State University Campus
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will join retired Army lieutenant general Dan Bolger, a teaching assistant professor in NC State’s Department of History, to discuss the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.
Chuck Hagel served as Secretary of Defense from 2013 – 2015 in the Obama administration. He served as a U.S. Senator from Nebraska from 1997 – 2009. He is the former chairman of the Atlantic Council; served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (2009–2012); was a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University; and co-founded Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc. He served in Vietnam alongside his brother Tom in 1968, where they were infantry squad leaders with the U.S. Army’s 9th Infantry Division. Chuck Hagel earned many military decorations and honors, including two Purple Hearts.
Dan Bolger served for 35 years in the U.S. Army, earning five Bronze Star Medals (one for valor) and the Combat Action Badge. His notable military commands included serving as Commanding General of the Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan and Commander of the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan (2011-2013); Commanding General of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX (deployed to Baghdad, 2009-2010); the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team in Iraq (2005–06); and U.S. Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations. He is the author of several books, including Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015).
Photo of Chuck Hagel. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vladimir Ramos/Released. Shared under a Creative Commons license.