Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is coming to Colorado Springs later this week, his first visit here since he was sworn in to office Feb. 27.
Which is surprising, considering we have five military installations in El Paso County and community leaders publicly fantasize about growing the military presence here even more.
Hagel plans stops at Peterson Air Force Base, home to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northern Command, and the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. He'll also drop in at Fort Carson, but apparently will forgo stops at Schriever Air Force Base, the super-secret satellite ops base out east, and the Air Force Academy.
At Peterson, Hagel will meet with NorthCom commander Gen. Chuck Jacoby to discuss homeland defense, integrated air and missile defense, US-Mexico military-to-military relations, and defense support of civil authorities, according to a news release.
Media have been invited to a news conference on Friday morning at Cheyenne Mountain, the underground Cold War-era bunker that used to be the headquarters for NORAD, where Hagel and Jacoby will make "brief statements."
Later that day, Hagel will hold a town hall meeting with soldiers at Fort Carson.
Neither of those events are open to the public, however.