McHugh visits Service members at Joint Task Force Guantanamo

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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