U.S. Secretary of Defense visits HawaiiUPDATED 7:44 PM HST May 30, 2013Video Transcript
U-S Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made a brief visit to Hawaii on his way to Singapore and Belgium. His first as since taking the helm just three months ago. Before leaving for his round the world trip... He spoke briefly to military service members at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam. KITV4's Jill Kuramoto was there. :14-:18 1:09-1:12 1:17-1:20 1:27-1:32 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spent less that 24 hours in Hawaii and left his formal wear behind. But in his short and casual visit, he stressed the Island's importance to the U-S Military. 5:09:30 THIS IS A DEFINING TIME RIGHT NOW. 5:09:35 THIS REGION OF THE WORLD IS GOING TO HAVE AN AWFUL LOT TO SAY ABOUT HOW THIS NEXT WORLD ORDER IS BUILT OUT. 5:09:40 Hagel reassured the 200 military service members the government remains committed to shifting it's military focus to the Asia Pacific, but not forgetting about the people who will make it happen. Service members in the audience wanted to know why it takes so long to get veterans benefits. Backlogs and delays can last years! 5:21:51 IT NEEDS TO GET FIXED WE'LL DO MORE AND YOU HAVE MY WORD FOR THAT. 5:21:55 And making sure service members are still in line for retirement benefits during these military cutbacks... 5:12:28 SO THAT'S A HIGH PRIORITY. 5:12:31 To questions on how the U-S military is dealing with cyber warfare security. 5:14:51 WE'RE INCREASING THAT PART OF THE BUDGET SIGNIFICANTLY. 5:14:52 The highlight of the visit... Service members selected by their supervisors got a one-on-one meeting ... 2:28:09 ITS ALWAYS A LITTLE NERVEWRACKI NG TO MEET A STRANGER BUT HE'S ACTUALLY A PART OF THE FAMILY SO IT'S LIKE MEETING YOUR COUSIN. 2:38:13 .... and were "coined" by the Secretary of Defense. 2:36:51 YOU WHIP THEM OUT AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE TO SEE WHO HAS THE HIGHER COIN SORT OF A CHALLENGE THING. 2:36:56 2:36:59 THE ONLY ONES WHO TOP THIS IS THE VICE PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT SO DRINKS ARE ON EVERYONE ELSE I SUPPOSE. 2:37:02 2:03:40 FROM HERE SECRETARY HAGEL HEADS TO SINGAPORE WHERE HE'LL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE SHANGRI-LA DIALOGUES, AND THEN HE WRAPS UP HIS ROUND THE WORLD TRIP IN BRUSSELS BELGIUM MEETING WITH NATO OFFICIALS. REPORTING FROM HICKAM, JK KITV4 NEWS. 2:03:52 Secretary Hagel arrived Wednesday and met with Admiral Samuel Locklear and other top brass at U-S Pacific Command where they discussed regional security issues. The defense secretary also got a tour of Pearl Harbor from the Admiral himself.