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Mr. Chairman, Senator Levin and Members of the

Committee, on behalf of LTG Jones, MG Fay, and MG Taguba, I

appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today and

report to you the findings of our investigations concerning

the events surrounding the allegations of detainee abuse at

Abu Ghraib.

I am General Paul Kern, the Commander of the United

States Army Materiel Command at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

On

June 16th of this year, acting at the direction of the

Secretary of the Defense, the Acting Secretary of the Army

designated me as the new appointing authority for the

investigation that LTG Sanchez began back on March 31st

of

2004. This investigation, or “Procedure 15”’s specific

purpose was to look into the alleged misconduct by certain

personnel assigned or attached to the 205th Military

Intelligence Brigade at Abu Ghraib Detention Facility. As

you know from prior hearings, MG Taguba’s investigation

focused

on

the

800th

Military

Police

Brigade.

I

have

spent

41 years wearing an Army uniform, and was taught to live by

standards – duty, honor, country, the Code of Conduct, the

Army values, the Soldiers’ Creed.

Over the years of my career, I have been led by and

inspired by incredibly talented and dedicated individuals –

soldiers like SPC Patrick Miller, an Ordnance Soldier who

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