AUSTIN, Texas – As Sen. John McCain’s family announced that the sick veterans is the stop of the treatment for the brain cancer, the Army paid tribute Friday at the opening of a new warfare modernization headquarters in Texas that he played an active role in creating.
“None of this could happen without someone who is not here today, and that is Sen. John McCain, an American hero,” said Gene. Mark Milley, the Army’s chief of staff.
The activation of the Futures Contract in the heart of the centre of tech-savvy Austin came just hours after McCain’s family said in a statement that the Senate Armed Services chairman exceeded the expectations for survival, but that the progress of the disease, and McCain age “of their verdict.” McCain turns 82 next week
McCain’s condition worsened last fall, and the Arizona Republican is in his home state since December.
Two members of McCain’s staff present at the ushering in of what the Army says are the most significant restructuring in more than 40 years. The command is charged with the modernization of everything from combat vehicles, weapons and soldiers to help adapt to new threats of the powers, such as China and Russia.
Under the first signature initiatives that need to come out of the project in the next few years, the leaders of the Army say, is the new optical headgear for soldiers that display maps or to simulate missions.
Milley and other Army leaders described McCain, a former Navy pilot who was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years, as a leading force in making the mission a reality. The discussions on the establishment of a Futures Contract started about two years ago.
McCain, a long-term survivor of the deadly skin cancer melanoma, underwent surgery in July 2017 for the removal of a blood clot in the brain after being diagnosed with an aggressive tumour called a glioblastoma.
“I wish he would be here. I know from talking to Gene. Milley that he was the key,” said Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn. “I know that he likes to be here and be happy.”
About 500 people are expected to work on the assignment, most of those citizens. The command will now operate from the University of Texas System of the new city centre headquarters, which is surrounded by nearby tech startups and incubators. The Army says it wanted to tap into that workforce.
Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Raleigh, North Carolina, were also on the Army of the shortlist of finalists.
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