US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (photo courtesy of

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (photo courtesy of

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will be visiting nations of the Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, during the last week of August.

Hagel will begin his trip in Honolulu where he will meet with US PACOM Commander Admiral Samuel Locklear and visit with United States Marines at Kaneohe Bay.

He will then travel to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia this Aug. 24-26 followed by Jakarta, Indonesia the afternoon of Aug. 26 and Aug. 27.

From Jakarta, Hagel will travel to Brunei Aug. 27-29 to meet with defense counterparts from across the Asia-Pacific region.

On Aug. 28 in Brunei, he will then meet with ASEAN Defense Ministers at their annual retreat.

On Aug. 29, Hagel will participate in the ADMM-Plus meeting.

He will conclude his trip in Manila on Aug. 29-30 and return to Washington the evening of Aug. 30. (MNS)