Moments ago, former Senator Chuck Hagel accepted President Obama’s nomination for defense secretary, saying he’s “grateful for this opportunity to serve our country.”

Hagel said that he’s particularly honored to serve America’s men and women in uniform. “These are people who give so many to this nation every day with such dignity and selflessness.”

“I will always do my best. I will do my best for our country, for those I represent at the Pentagon, and for all our citizens,” he promised.