McHugh finishes out USARPAC tour with press conference

| May 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Nancy Rasmussen
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

McHughSCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Secretary of the Army, The Honorable John McHugh, visited  Makua Military Reservation, the 25th Infantry Division and Schofield Barracks, here, May 7, on the last leg of his visit to the Pacific area of operations. 

After stops in Alaska, South Korea and Japan, McHugh visited U.S. Army-Pacific for the first time since being appointed to the position in September.

Following a morning tour of various facilities, McHugh, a former congressman, held a press conference  joined by Lt. Gen Benjamin Mixon, commanding general, USARPAC, and Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commanding general, 25th ID.

McHugh said, by the end of 2011, his goal is for 70 percent of active duty Soldiers to have two years at home for every year of deployment. 

Champoux will lead 800 25th ID Soldiers in a deployment to Iraq later this year, continuing the Army’s high operational tempo of frequent and repeat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

McHugh also said the Army is in the “very early stages” of working with the defense secretary’s office to set up a method for Soldiers to express their views about a possible repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the law that prohibits gays from openly serving in the U.S. military. 

President Barrack Obama has said he wants to repeal the law.

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