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** FILE ** Lt. Christen Ornella holds out a military coin that were handed out to airmen attending the visit of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo. It was the first time since 1982 that a defense secretary has visited the nuclear missile base. (AP Photo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)

** FILE ** Lt. Christen Ornella holds out a military coin that were handed out to airmen attending the visit of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo. It was the first time since 1982 that a defense secretary has visited the nuclear missile base. (AP Photo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)

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