Defense secretary to visit Fort Rucker on Thursday


The Associated Press

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is scheduled to visit Fort Rucker in southeast Alabama on Thursday.

The Dothan Eagle reports ( that Hagel is expected to talk to soldiers at the Army base about the installation's role in the nation's defense.

Hagel spoke Wednesday at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia, where he said more attention must be paid to the nuclear forces as key to national security.

Hagel's visit to the Georgia base marked the start of a two-day trip that includes Fort Rucker and Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

The trip is designed to underscore some of Hagel's budget priorities, including some that have gotten slammed by Congress, as members continue to debate the spending plan.

Information from: The Dothan Eagle,

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