The Armed Forces Press Service cites the Atlantic Council for honoring Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at its annual Distinguished Leadership Awards dinner:

On a night in which the Atlantic Council honored Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the secretary called NATO an anchor of security for the world.

After receiving the council’s Distinguished International Leadership Award here last night, Hagel said he’s been privileged and fortunate to have lived at such a spectacular time in world history. While this time is not without its problems and new threats emerge daily, he said, the transatlantic alliance embodied by NATO has served as a bulwark for peace and security.

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