Woman in Petraeus Scandal Got Medal for Party Hosting
Jill Kelley awarded honor from Joint Chiefs of Staff last year
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2012 11:59 AM CST
Jill Kelley looks out the window of her home Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 in Tampa, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(Newser) – Jill Kelley, one of the women involved in the David Petraeus affair scandal, was awarded a medal from the Joint Chiefs of Staff last year ... basically for throwing parties. Petraeus initially recommended Kelley for the award, the second-highest civilian honor awarded by the JCS, and Mike Mullen eventually approved it. She was honored for her "outstanding public service to the United States Central Command, the MacDill Air Force Base community, and the Department of Defense," and the award citation specifically mentioned her "willingness to host engagements," the Tampa Tribune reports.

Kelley is now infamous for sparking the Petraeus investigation after asking the FBI to look into allegedly harassing emails she received from Paula Broadwell, with whom Petraeus was having an affair; Kelley's own communications with Gen. John Allen are also now under investigation. Petraeus himself presented Kelley with the award in Washington. The citation notes that Kelley often invited "Senior National Representatives, their spouses, and senior leaders to her home," and that such gatherings "promoted camaraderie, understanding," and a good relationship between the military and the Tampa community.

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Nov 23, 2012 8:18 PM CST
the best arab honey trap ever! abu arab won this round big time! i cant think of all the "info" that was gathered by these nice arab people! the whole family are spys and should be hung asap! they got their real medals and lots and lots of big time bucks from their arab sponcers! good old potus is covering all of the "good stuff" up! sad to say arabs won! glad to say FUBO!
Nov 23, 2012 6:31 AM CST
The end result from all these will be that eventually the military hierarchy will be put on a short leash not at all undeserved. It is time for the elected government to exercise more oversight and control over the armed forces. Sincerely, Truesoy
Nov 22, 2012 10:33 PM CST
What isn't mentioned is that with these awards to civilians comes a "Cash Award" so she proably made a few hundred dollars, or more.