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McHugh visits Service members at Joint Task Force Guantanamo PDF Print E-mail

Describing their unique mission as often misunderstood and certainly under-appreciated, Secretary of the Army John McHugh met with Soldiers who comprise the guard force at the detention facilities at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Cuba, or JTF-GTMO, Feb. 9.

This was McHugh's second trip to GTMO, although it was his first as Army secretary. McHugh said the last time he was on the island -- located just 90 miles from the U.S. mainland -- was more than 20 years ago when he was a U.S. Congressman from New York. That was long before the JTF was established.

While much has changed in two decades, "The one constant over that whole time is our Soldiers' willingness to serve," McHugh said.

McHugh said he was honored to meet the Soldiers and Service men and women who perform a vital security mission for the United States. Their hard work and dedication help to make America and the world a safer place, he said.

"I'm here today as your secretary," McHugh said during a town hall meeting, "greatly humbled by what you do each and every day."

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CBS Local Department of Defense Spent $504816 on Viagra in 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Cardinal Health Inc., a pharmaceutical company in Dublin, Ohio  generated more than half a million dollars in revenue from orders made by the Department of Defense for the erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra.

According to Fox News, $504,816 was spent for the drug in 2014, in addition to almost $20,000 being spent on other erectile dysfunction drugs, including Levitra and Cialis. Viagra relaxes muscles and increases blood flow to areas of the body to treat erectile dysfunction.

The DOD agreed to 60 contracts with the company for these drugs, filing them under “Troop Support.”

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Defense contractor gets prison time for selling defective machine gun parts PDF Print E-mail

A former defense contractor in Southwest Michigan has been sent to prison for a scheme to sell faulty machine gun parts to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Howard Cahn, 55, of Colorado, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 30 months in prison, according to court documents. Cahn was convicted of four felony charges -- three counts of making materially false statements and one count of wire fraud -- after a four-day jury trial in Kalamazoo in October.

 

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DoD Authorization: PDF Print E-mail

The Department of Defense announced today that effective immediately, service members are authorized to wear Service Stars on their Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medals (GWOT-EM) to represent deployments in support of approved GWOT operations.

Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright signed a memorandum authorizing the new policy change retroactive to Sept. 11, 2001.

Only one GWOT-EM is awarded for each approved operation. For example, a service member who was awarded the medal for an Operation Enduring Freedom deployment, and is subsequently authorized a second award for an Operation Inherent Resolve deployment would wear a single Service Star on the GWOT-EM to denote both awards.

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Soldier killed, 6 hurt in training accident on U.S. Army base PDF Print E-mail
A late night training accident turned deadly, with one Fort Carson soldier dying and six others suffering injuries in a vehicle rollover accident on the Colorado base, the U.S. military said Saturday.

The accident -- which is still under investigation -- happened around 10 p.m. Friday (midnight ET), according to a military statement.

All of the injured, including one in critical condition, were medically evacuated. The military hasn't identified them or the soldier killed, waiting on next-of-kin notification.

 
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