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Fort McCoy displays United States flag at half-staff in honor of former SECDEF

Fort McCoy displays United States flag at half-staff in honor of former SECDEF

Story by Scott Sturkol on 01/11/2019

The United States flag was flown at half-staff in early January at Fort McCoy, Wis.

The half-staffing of the flag was to honor former Secretary of Defense Harold Brown.

Brown, the 14th secretary of defense and the first scientist to hold the position, died Jan. 4, 2019, at his home in Ranch Santa Fe, Calif. He was 91, according to the Department of Defense (DOD).

Leading the Defense Department from 1977 to 1981 under President Jimmy Carter, Brown tapped into his experience as Air Force secretary under President Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam War and as director of U.S. Defense Research and Engineering during President John F. Kennedy’s administration, DOD stated.

Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin. The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services each year since 1984.

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