Defense nominee has ties to the Borderland
EL PASO — President Obama's nominee to be the next Secretary of Defense has strong ties to the Borderland. Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel was stationed at both Fort Bliss and at White Sands Missle Range prior to serving in Vietnam. New Mexico Senator Tom Udall met with Hagel today to discuss New Mexico's military bases and Hagel's views on national defense. A full Senate vote on Hagel's nomination is expected as early as next week.