Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro released this statement following the confirmation of Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense:
"Secretary Leon Panetta has done an exemplary job leading the Department of Defense. Secretary Panetta's steady leadership winding down the war in Afghanistan, overseeing the shrinking of defense budgets, and ensuring inclusiveness in our military exemplifies service to country. I want to sincerely thank and commend Secretary Panetta him for his decades of dedication."
"I would also like to congratulate and welcome Senator Chuck Hagel as the new Secretary of Defense. Senator Hagel's track record of dedication to our nation beginning in the front lines at a young age is a reflection of the commitment and leadership he will continue to show in his new role. As the Representative from San Antonio, Military City USA, I look forward to working with Secretary Hagel to continue to support our brave men and women in the military."