Category: Military

Military December 15, 2018

By Tom Ricks: The The Most Effective Naval Anti-Ship Weapon Of The Last 75 Years, And Other Fascinating Maritime Facts

By Jim Garamone: U.S., Canadian Leaders Strengthen Cross-Border Bonds

By Katie Lange: Wreaths Across America: How One Tribute Started a Movement

By Oriana Pawlyk: Back-to-Back Midair Malfunctions Caused Navy SEAL Parachutist’s Death: Investigation

By Dan Scanlan: Mayport Navy Lieutenant Guilty of Seeking Sex Online with Child

The Associated Press: Steps Taken to Address Walter Reed Shooting Alert Error

1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta

Military December 14, 2018

Memorial Ceremony for Raymond Chavez, Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor
Media Availability With Deputy Secretary Shanahan and Under Secretary of Defense Griffin at NDIA Hypersonics Senior Executive Series
By Erika I. Ritchie, The Orange County Register: Marine Drill Instructor Receives Posthumous Heroism Honor For Rescuing 2 Women Trapped In Cars
By Christina Larson: Scientists Scour WWI Shipwreck to Solve Military Mystery
By Oriana Pawlyk: Pentagon to Bill Saudi Arabia, UAE $331 Million for Fuel and Flight Hours
The U.S. will seek reimbursement for $331 million from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the refueling and flight hours that the U.S. Air Force has provided during the last three years in the Yemen conflict.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, disclosed the request Thursday following a months-long inquiry into how the Defense Department is accounting for fuel and flight hours spent supporting the Saudi-coalition air strikes in Yemen.
By Justin Wingerter, The Oklahoman: Senator On Defense Committee Bought Raytheon Stock After Pushing For Record Pentagon Budget
“Sen. Inhofe buying stock in a defense contractor at the same time that he is promoting a big increase in taxpayer spending on defense just reeks of the swamp,” said Brendan Fischer with the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan watchdog group.

“If Sen. Inhofe were in the executive branch, he likely couldn’t buy or hold Raytheon stock. Executive officials are barred from even holding stock in companies that could present a conflict. But senators have declined to adopt similar rules for themselves.”

Federal ethics laws allow lawmakers to trade stock, so long as they use only public information when doing so. Because the increase in defense spending was publicly announced prior to Inhofe’s stock purchase, it seemingly was within the letter of the law.
By Paul Szoldra: Literal ‘Jody’ Sentenced To 15 Years For Living In Deployed Soldier’s Home, Stealing His Stuff
After his initial arrest Hunt worked out a plea deal for five years in jail, but that went down the toilet after he was released from jail and a couple weeks later decided to steal a truck and items from the local Kmart, Walmart, and Universal Athletic — all while carrying around meth.

On a positive note, at least Hunt is no longer homeless.

Military December 13, 2018

That’ll Do, Sully, That’ll Do
By Jared Keller: ‘He Was A Warrior’ — Watch Airmen Hold An Emotional Viking Funeral For Fallen Combat Controller Dylan Elchin
By Kip Hill The Spokesman Review: She Spent Decades Trying To Find The WWII Veteran Father She Never Met. Then She Tried A DNA Kit
By Jeremy Schwartz, Austin American-Statesman: Deported To Mexico, An Army Veteran Finally Returns Home In Death
Torres, who died Saturday, returned to the United States this week, to be buried Thursday in the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission. He was 64.

“He’s finally coming home,” said his sister, Norma Torres Treviño. “It’s not how we wanted, but he’ll be home.”
By Asia Fields, the Seattle Times: She Flew Helicopters In Iraq. Now She’s The Army’s Woman On The International Space Station
By Jeff Schogol: Army Charges Green Beret With Murder For Killing Suspected Taliban Bomb-Maker In 2010
In a statement to Task & Purpose last month, Golsteyn said the allegations him have already been resolved.

“This vindictive abuse of power must know no limit,” he said. “My hope is that Army leadership will stop this vindictive plan and effect the retirement that is pending.”
By Matthew Cox: A Helo Crash Killed Their Crew Chief. Now 2 Surviving Soldiers Are Suing The Manufacturer
By Oriana Pawlyk: Navy Achieves New F-35 Fighter Jet Milestone on USS Carl Vinson
By Nikki Wentling: Rolling Thunder to End Annual Memorial Day Ride in DC after 2019
The Angry Staff Officer Sgt. Rick: Are Systems Access Restrictions Marginalizing Reservists and Guardsmen? Louis Zamperini’s ‘Path to Redemption’

Louis Silvie Zamperini (January 26, 1917 – July 2, 2014) was an American World War II veteran, a Christian evangelist and an Olympic distance runner, best known for being a Japanese prisoner of war survivor.

Zamperini took up running in high school and qualified for the US in the 5,000 m race for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In 1941, he was commissioned into the United States Army Air Forces as a lieutenant. He served as a bombardier in B-24 Liberators in the Pacific. On a search and rescue mission, mechanical difficulties forced Zamperini’s plane to crash in the ocean. After drifting at sea for 46–47 days (island spotted on the 46th, and arrived on 47th) he landed on the Japanese occupied Marshall Islands and was captured. He was taken to a prison camp in Japan where he was tortured. Following the war he initially struggled to overcome his ordeal.

Later he became a Christian Evangelist with a strong belief in forgiveness. Since 1952 he devoted himself to at-risk youth which his family continues today. Zamperini is the subject of three biographical films: Unbroken (2014), Captured by Grace (2015), and Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018 sequel to Unbroken, 2014).


Military December 12, 2018

By Oriana Pawlyk: Marine Corps Identifies 5 Marines Lost in Midair Crash
They include: Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, 38, of New Bern, North Carolina; Maj. James M. Brophy, 36, of Staatsburg, New York; Staff Sgt. Maximo A. Flores, 27, of Surprise, Arizona; Cpl. Daniel E. Baker, 21, of Tremont, Illinois; and Cpl. William C. Ross, 21, of Hendersonville, Tennessee.
The Associated Press: Man Convicted of Killing Wife on Lake Erie Sentenced to Life
ERIE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man convicted of fatally shooting his wife, tying her body to an anchor and tossing it into Lake Erie, then trying to cover up the crime by claiming she had apparently fallen overboard, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

A judge Tuesday imposed the mandatory sentence on 49-year-old Christopher Leclair and added up to 17 years for charges including abuse of a corpse, evidence-tampering and false reports, the Erie Times-News reported.
By Brad Howard and Adam Linehan: Medal Of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg Explains What You Should Do In A Firefight
Here’s what Groberg said:

“You keep your cool. I would say keep your cool and trust the men and women around you. Let them do their job. Especially as an officer. I think that’s the hard part of being an officer. Like you know what? [As] an infantry officer, do you know what your job is? Radio. It’s not picking up your rifle and you know sending rounds downrange. It’s about orchestrating and coordinating the entire firefight.
Joint Operations Command-Iraq Briefing By Army Col. Jonathan Byrom (via Teleconference From Baghdad)
By C. Todd Lopez: 5 Things to Know About Operations in Iraq
By Oriana Pawlyk: Air Force Admits Nearly 2,000 Airmen Under Medical Waiver Policy
By Tom Ricks: The 7 Most Alarming Challenges Facing Today’s Marine Corps, According To Its Own Officers

Military December 11, 2018

By Jeff Schogol: Retired Army General Faces Civilian Court After Service Fails To Court-Martial Him For Alleged Rape
The Washington Post first reported on Monday that Grazioplene had been charged in Prince William County Circuit Court after the Army’s attempt to prosecute him failed following a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in February that rape charges have a five-year statute of limitations.

Unlike the military, Virginia does not have a statute of limitations for the charges that Grazioplene faces, Ebert said.
By Caitlin Foster, Business Insider: Air Force Psychologist Found Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting Military Patients Seeking PTSD Treatment
By John Vandiver: Army Rescinds Reprimand for Niger Ambush That Left Four Dead, Report Says
By Molly Pearl: Military Spouse’s Intimate View of Husband’s Cancer Fight
By David Vergun: Scholar Shares Lessons Learned From 1975 Mayaguez Incident
By Jared Keller: Paul Bremer, A Foil For Iraq War F*ckups, Has Suddenly Become A Favorite Internet Meme
By Tom Ricks: ‘Abuse, Harassment, Intimidation, And Threats’: A New Complaint Details Weird Times At The National Defense University — Again

Military December 10, 2018

By Pete O’Cain And Reilly Kneedler: Army Ranger Killed in Afghanistan Remembered at Ceremony
By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Lt. Col. John U.D. Page

John Upshur Dennis Page (February 8, 1904 – December 11, 1950) was a United States Army officer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Lieutenant Colonel Page received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.


Bernard John Dowling Irwin (June 24, 1830 – December 15, 1917) was an assistant army surgeon during the Apache Wars and the first (chronologically by action) Medal of Honor recipient. His actions on February 13, 1861 are the earliest for which the Medal of Honor was awarded.

Irwin had an interest in natural history and while at Fort Buchanan, Arizona in 1858-1860 he collected reptile specimens for the Smithsonian Institution.[1] In 1857 Irwin donated a meteorite to the Smithsonian Institution that came to be known as the Irwin-Ainsa (Tucson) meteorite.[2]

A collection of his papers is held at the National Library of Medicine [3]

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Mary Edwards Walker (November 26, 1832 – February 21, 1919), commonly referred to as Dr. Mary Walker, was an American abolitionist, prohibitionist, prisoner of war and surgeon. She is the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor.[1]

In 1855, she earned her medical degree at Syracuse Medical College in New York,[2] married and started a medical practice. She volunteered with the Union Army at the outbreak of the American Civil War and served as a surgeon at a temporary hospital in Washington, D.C., even though at the time women and sectarian physicians were considered unfit for the Union Army Examining Board.[3] She was captured by Confederate forces[2] after crossing enemy lines to treat wounded civilians and arrested as a spy. She was sent as a prisoner of war to Richmond, Virginia until released in a prisoner exchange.

After the war, she was approved for the Medal of Honor, for her efforts to treat the wounded during the Civil War. Notably, the award was not expressly given for gallantry in action at that time, and in fact was the only military decoration during the Civil War. Walker is the only woman to receive the medal and one of only eight civilians to receive it. Her name was deleted from the Army Medal of Honor Roll in 1917 (along with over 900 other male MOH recipients); however, it was restored in 1977.[2] After the war, she was a writer and lecturer supporting the women’s suffrage movement until her death in 1919.

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Military December 09, 2018

By Jared Keller: The Pentagon Scapegoated Junior Officers For The Niger Ambush. Then Mattis Got Involved
The Department of Defense last month did an about-face on the punishments handed down to members of the Green Beret team deemed responsible for the deadly Oct. 4, 2017, ambush in Niger that left four Army Special Forces personnel dead, the New York Times reports, shifting blame from junior officers to more senior commanders following a furious intervention from Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
By Drew Brooks, The Fayetteville Observer: The 2nd SFAB Is Gearing Up For Its New Advise-And-Assist Mission In Afghanistan
The brigade has adopted the motto “Everyone fights.” And to that end, soldiers must be prepared to step in if one of their teammates is injured or unavailable.

That means Sgt. Desja Williams is leading training on how to make repairs to the team’s MaxxPro armored vehicles. And Sgt. Tyler Twigg is hosting medical training.
By Richard Sisk: More Than Half of Wounded, Sick, Injured Post-9/11 Veterans Rated Obese
By Jeff Mcmenemy: National Guard Hears ‘Heartbreaking’ Cancer Stories
By Omar Abdel Baqui: Yankee Air Museum Hosts 75th Birthday for Last B-25 Combat Bomber
Pssst…Charlie October Delta Echo, Over… How Well Do You Know Your Code Talker Translations?
Test your knowledge of the World War I and World War II code talkers code

Military December 08, 2018

By Rachel D’oro: Military Officials Unveil Damage from Powerful Alaska Earthquake
By Jared Keller: Watch The Navy Fly Its Largest-Ever Missing Man Formation In Honor Of George H.W. Bush
“He flew off aircraft carriers just like we do today and that’s a bond all of us share,” Rubino said in a news release. “He’s one of us. Sure he was the president of the United States, yes, but he was also a naval aviator.”
By Adam Shaw: Trump Names Milley to Succeed Dunford as Joint Chiefs Chairman
By Paul Szoldra: Devin Kelley Murdered 26 People With Legally-Purchased Firearms. The Air Force Could Have Prevented It ‘Multiple’ Times
The report concluded that Air Force personnel had “four opportunities” to collect and submit Kelley’s fingerprints to the FBI, and two opportunities to submit his final disposition report, “as required, but never did so.”

Any one of those reports would have raised red flags at the time Kelley later purchased his weapons.

“In sum, we concluded that there was no valid reason for the USAF’s failures to submit Kelley’s fingerprints and final disposition report to the FBI CJIS Division.”

You can read the full IG investigation
By Rebecca Frankel: Dyngo The War Dog Is Having Trouble, And We Could Use a Little Help
By Jared Keller: Senior Army General Reportedly Asked Whether Green Beret Ambushed In Niger Was Eligible For Medal Of Honor
U.S. Department of Defense Know Your Military: Your military is an all-volunteer force that serves to protect our security and way of life. They are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors.
David Goggins: Toughest Man Alive

Military December 07, 2018

Media Availability With Secretary Mattis While En Route to Ottawa, Dec. 5, 2018
By Oriana Pawlyk: Marine Corps Identifies Pilot Killed in Midair Collision Off Japan
The Associated Press: Pearl Harbor Re-Burials Across the US Give Families Closure
One bullet each.
By Courtney Mabeus: Hearings Postponed for SEALs, Marines Charged in Green Beret’s Death
Charge sheets accuse the special operators of breaking into Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar’s bedroom in Bamako, Mali, while he was sleeping, restraining him with duct tape and strangling him by placing him in a chokehold. In addition to murder, they have also been charged with involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, hazing and burglary.

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Commander Adm. Charles Rock decided last month to go forward with the charges after he was provided a Naval Criminal Investigative Service report into the death. The purpose of the Article 32 hearings is to consider the charges and to make recommendations on them.

If convicted, all four could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole.



Military December 06, 2018

Canada–U.S. Joint Statement
By Jeff Schogol: Marine KC-130 Aerial Tanker And F/A-18 Hornet Crash Off Japan
UPDATE: This story was updated at 9: 22 A.M. on Dec. 6 to include that five Marines remain missing.
By William Cole, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser: For The First Time In Years, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Won’t Have Any USS Arizona Survivors
Just five crew are still alive: Lauren Bruner, 98; Lonnie Cook, 98; Ken Potts, 97; Lou Conter, 97; and Don Stratton, 96. Old age and failing health prevented even a single Arizona survivor from making the lengthy trip to Oahu this year.
By Jeff Schogol: Investigation Excoriates Air Force, Navy For 2017 Marine Corps KC-130 Crash That Killed 16
The Associated Press | By Will Weissert: Presidential Funeral Train Will Be First in Nearly 50 Years
By Julia Bergman, The Day, New London, Conn.: Coast Guard Academy Retaliated Against Black Female Officer Who Complained About Harassment, IG Finds