3 things not to bring to the Pentagon: a loaded shotgun, a rusted machete, and Jim Beam Vanilla

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An aerial view of the Pentagon building in Washington, June 15, 2005. (Associated Press)

Strange things were afoot in the Pentagon's southernmost parking lot on Aug. 6 when a man approached Pentagon Police Sergeant Kyle Murdock.


During the course of the conversation, the man admitted he had a loaded firearm in his truck and gave police permission to conduct a search, said Pentagon spokeswoman Heather Babb.

"Sergeant Murdock discovered a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, a rusted machete, two pocket knives, marijuana and a bottle of alcohol and arrested the individual," Babb said on Monday. "During processing, the man agreed to voluntarily commit himself for a psychiatric evaluation at Arlington County Department of Human Services and was transported there."

Scott MacFarlane, an investigative reporter with NBC's affiliate in Washington, D.C., first tweeted the arrest report on Monday. In the report, a Pentagon police officer wrote that the man "spoke incoherently and did not answer my questions directly.

"The alcohol police found in the man's 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was an open 1.75 liter bottle of Jim Beam Vanilla, the report says.

Pentagon police continue to investigate the incident, Babb said.

While the Pentagon has not officially released the man's name, Task & Purpose was able to confirm he was not Danny Trejo

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Five people have been indicted in federal court in the Western District of Texas on charges of participating in a scheme to steal millions of dollars from benefits reserved for military members, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Wednesday.

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In this March 24, 2017, photo, bottles of hemp oil, or CBD, are for sale at the store Into The Mystic in Mission, Kansas. (Associated Press/The Kansas City Star/Allison Long)

Editor's Note: This article by Patricia Kime originally appeared onMilitary.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

As the military services each roll out new policies regarding hemp-derived products like cannabidiol, or CBD, the Defense Department is not mincing words.

"It's completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time," said Patricia Deuster, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

The warning, along with the policies issued recently by the Air Force, Coast Guard and Department of the Navy, comes as CBD is becoming increasingly ubiquitous across the country in many forms, from coffee additives and vaping liquids to tinctures, candies and other foods, carrying promises of health benefits ranging from pain and anxiety relief to sleeping aids and inflammation reduction.

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The Navy has fired five senior leaders so far in August – and the month isn't even over.

While the sea service is famous for instilling in officers that they are responsible for any wrongdoing by their sailors – whether they are aware of the infractions or not – the recent rash of firings is a lot, even for the Navy.

A Navy spokesman said there is no connection between any of the five officers relieved of command, adding that each relief is looked at separately.

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Then-Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville. (U.S. Army/Spc. Matthew J. Marcellus)

After months of focusing on modernization priorities, Army leadership plans to tackle persisting personnel issues in the coming years.

Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Tuesday at an event with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that what people can to hear service leadership "talk a lot about ... our people. Investing in our people, so that they can reach their potential. ... We are a people organization."

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(U.S. Army/Pfc. Hubert D. Delany III)

Two U.S. military service members were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the Resolute Support mission announced in a press release.

Their identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, the command added.

A total of 16 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan so far in 2019. Fourteen of those service members have died in combat including two service members killed in an apparent insider attack on July 29.

Two U.S. troops in Afghanistan have been killed in non-combat incidents and a sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln was declared dead after falling overboard while the ship was supporting operations in Afghanistan.

At least two defense contractors have also been killed in Afghanistan. One was a Navy veteran and the other had served in the Army.