For starters, Chuck Hagel promises to look out for military families

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — Hailed as the first true grunt to take over the Pentagon, Chuck Hagel pledged Wednesday to treat his people fairly and to look out for military families.

After being sworn in as the nation's 24th secretary of defense, Hagel kicked off his first day on the job with an address to military brass and civilian workers, who packed a basement auditorium in the sprawling complex.

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