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Records Shows Misuse Of Government Aircraft By Virginia National Guard

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A Pentagon investigation says the former leader of the Virginia National Guard and his assistant misused government aircraft.

The investigation shows the pair flew on Black Hawk helicopters at a cost of $5,000 per hour when they could have driven.

The findings of the Defense Department's inspector general were released to The Virginian-Pilot newspaper this month, two years after it filed an open records request.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert Newman Jr. served as adjutant general from 2006 to 2010. Army Brig. Gen. Stephen Huxtable was assistant adjutant general from 2009 to 2010. Both have retired from the military.

Huxtable declined to comment to the newspaper. Newman told the newspaper in an emailed statement that he followed procedures set by his predecessor.

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