Category: Military

Military April 19, 2019

By Corey Dickstein: West Virginia National Guardsman Killed in Parachute Accident Identified
“This is a guy who didn’t have to be doing what he was doing yesterday,” Hoyer said. “He had served his time, served his country well, served in multiple combat zones. It’s a testament to the kind of person he was.”
By Steve Ranson: Remains of 15 Unclaimed Veterans Get Military Funeral
By Jeff Schogol: First came the explosion. Then, the cover-up.
Media Availability by Acting Secretary Shanahan Prior to an Honor Cordon Welcoming Albania’s Minister of Defense Olta Xhaçka to the Pentagon
Department of Defense Off-Camera Press Briefing by Acting Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Charles E. Summers Jr.
The Angry Staff Officer: Thursday Thoughts: Warfare in 5G
By Drew Brooks, The Fayetteville Observer and Other: Generals Again Warn That America’s Youth Are Getting Too Fat Or Dumb To Join The Military
By Richard Sisk: Racism Kept Some WWI Troops from Receiving Medal of Honor, Lawmakers Say
By Hope Hodge Seck: Marine Aviation Training Unit Commander Fired


Military April 18, 2019

By Chris Smith: Oz Grimes, Korean War Veteran Turned Peace Activist, Dies at 87
By Hope Hodge Seck: General Mandates ‘Daily Routine’ After Seeing Sloppy, Unshaven Marines
The Associated Press: Oklahoma Attorney General Asks Trump to Pardon US Soldier
Task & Purpose: New York governor to order free in-state college tuition for Gold Star families; VA office in charge of protecting whistleblowers from retaliation is under investigation… for retaliating on whistleblowers and more ->
By Chad Garland: How One Veteran’s Struggle to Adjust After Army Service Led to the Birth of ‘Shazam!’
By Zackry Colston: Brothers in Paws: A List of Military-Utilized Dog Breeds
By Katie Lange: This Job Bites: Actors Visit Military Working Dogs


Military April 17, 2019

By Jeff Schogol: Special operations Marine killed in vehicle rollover identified
By Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post: The Air Force is investigating a Colorado master sergeant’s ties to a white nationalist organization
“The Air Force is aware of this allegation and Air Force officials are looking into this information at this time,” Dragos-Pritchard said in an email last week to The Denver Post. “No further information or details of this allegation can be released until the facts involving this allegation are fully reviewed. Racism, bigotry, hatred, and discrimination have no place in the Air Force.”
By Jared Keller: The Coast Guard officer who stockpiled arms and compiled a hit list of politicians isn’t facing domestic terrorism charges
By Richard Sisk: Number of Female Generals, Admirals Has Doubled Since 2000, Report Finds
By Gina Harkins: Next CNO Wants to See More Women Getting Promoted to Captain, Admiral
Great comments!
By Tom Roeder: Denim Day to Bring Air Force Academy into Forefront of Sexual-Assault Discussion
By Nancy Flores: Exhibit highlights Texas women veterans’ service
Other featured women represent the different military branches and generations spanning from World War II through today. All biographies included in the exhibit can also be read at
By David Vergun: Ships, Subs, Cutters and Whatever Floats Your Boat
By Yolanda R. Arrington: Drone Mapping Improves Warfighter Training, Saves Money
DoD DVIDS: Touring the Pentagon



Military April 16, 2019

By WHNT News 19: Former astronaut Huntsville resident Owen Garriott has died at 88

Owen Kay Garriott (November 22, 1930 – April 15, 2019) was an American electrical engineer and NASA astronaut, who spent 60 days aboard the Skylab space station in 1973 during the Skylab 3 mission, and 10 days aboard Spacelab-1 on a Space Shuttle mission in 1983.

After serving in the United States Navy, Garriott was an engineering professor at Stanford University before attending the U.S. Air Force Pilot Training Program and later joining NASA. After his NASA career, he worked for various aerospace companies, consulted on NASA-related committees, taught as an adjunct professor, and conducted research on microbes found in extreme environments.


By Jared Keller: We salute the Marine who crawled across the Boston Marathon finish line to honor his fallen comrades
Micah Herndon, a 31-year-old Ohio native assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines and veteran of several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, crawled across the finish line of the the grueling 26-mile slog he entered to honor two fellow Marines, Mark Juarez and Matthew Ballard, and British journalist Rupert Hamer.
Patrick M. Shanahan Acting Secretary of Defense: Establishment of the Sexual Assault Accountability and Investigation Task Force
By Haley Britzky: Fort Bragg’s new sexual assault awareness event features a soldier chained to a chair in an ‘escape room’

By Caitlin M. Kenney: Marine Commander Convicted After Sending Texts Containing ‘Sexual Innuendo’
Hernandez was convicted in a general court-martial of “violating general regulations, obstruction of justice, and conduct unbecoming of an officer and gentleman,” and was sentenced to 18 months confinement and a $5,000 fine, according to a Marine Corps court-martial report.
Where was their daughter?

By Kate Feldman and Theresa Braine: Deported Husband of Fallen Soldier Allowed to Return to US, Young Daughter
Gonzalez was supposed to be allowed to stay in the U.S. because his wife had been killed while serving, according to The Arizona Republic, but a judge ordered his deportation in December after he didn’t show up for a court hearing.

His lawyer said that Gonzalez never got the notice to appear before a judge and that the letter was delivered to the wrong address.

An ICE spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.
By Oriana Pawlyk: A Year After WC-130 Tragedy, Puerto Rico Air Guard Unit Pivots to New Mission
The mission change comes nearly one year after the catastrophic WC-130H crash that claimed the lives of nine members of the wing. Officials determined that the accident was largely due to pilot error. But the report noted that recurring issues, such as troubling engine and maintenance concerns documented in the aging aircraft, contributed to the mishap.

The plane, which had been in service for more than 50 years, was on its final journey to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, when it crashed May 2, 2018, into Georgia State Highway 21, roughly 1.5 miles northeast of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, killing all onboard.

Military April 14, 2019

By Cathy Dyson: ‘Treated like Second-Class Citizens’: Female Marine Reflects on her Career
By Howard Cohen: The Coast Guard Is Giving Away 4 Historic Florida Keys Lighthouses
Here’s what you need to do — Act fast. You need to submit a letter of interest no later than Monday, April 15. Details about the four lighthouses, their specs, locations, and the addresses to which you must send your letters — and the details they need to include — are available on the General Services Administration’s Real Property Utilization and Disposal government agency’s website at
By Faith E. Pinho, Daily Pilot: People in Laguna Beach, California are complaining the American flag on its cop cars is ‘very aggressive’
“People are screaming that the American flag on a police car is somehow or another … hurting people’s feelings who might be immigrants or visitors,” said Councilman Peter Blake. “People are actually ridiculous enough to bring up comments about our cop cars having American flags on them.”

Artist Carrie Woodburn went to the podium at the March 19 council meeting and said it was “shocking to see the boldness of the design” when the newly painted Ford Explorers rolled out.

“We have such an amazing community of artists here, and I thought the aesthetic didn’t really represent our community,” Woodburn said. “It feels very aggressive.”

Attorney Jennifer Welsh Zeiter said at the last council meeting that she found the police cars “exceptional” and questioned the loyalty of anyone who objected to the American flag display.
By Paul Woolverton, The Fayetteville Observer: Army Special Forces major charged with cyberstalking ex-wife in revenge porn case
By Paul Szoldra: Coast Guard arrests Canadian man allegedly sailing with almost 200 gallons of liquid meth
By Jim Garamone: DOD Official: Updated Transgender Policy Based on Treating All With Dignity
By Beth Brogan: Destroyer Named after Medal of Honor Recipient Will Be Christened in June
The future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) will be christened June 22 at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, the company has announced.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is named for Sen. Daniel Inouye, a Medal of Honor recipient who fought in World War II and then served as a U.S. Senator representing from 1963 until his death in 2012.

Military April 13, 2019

By Richard Sisk: New Film Pays Tribute to Marines Who Stopped Truck Bomb Attack in Ramadi
Six seconds. Not enough time to do much of anything, but Cpl. Jonathan Yale and Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter made their last six seconds on Earth count in a way that has passed into Marine Corps legend.
By Paul Pringle and Alene Tchekmedyian: Calif. Air National Guard Removes Commander Over Threats Against Whistleblowers
By Joe Sova, Lake County Leader: Injured in an ambush, this Vietnam vet saved a fellow Marine from torture with nothing but his knife
Task & Purpose: Marine shot and killed fellow Marine at South Carolina air station; A veteran shot and killed himself in the waiting room of a Texas VA clinic; A former top Navy official took personal trips — including 2 vacations to Hawaii — on the taxpayers’ dime and more ->


Military April 12, 2019

By Hope Hodge Seck: New Policy Will Automatically Review Some Military Valor Medals for Higher Award
By Kevin Freking: Trump Hosts Oval Office Celebration for 4 World War II Vets
By Paul Szoldra & Jeff Schogol: The Pentagon will decide by May 10 which military construction projects will be sacrificed for the border wall
By Robert Faturechi And T. Christian Miller, Propublica: How the Navy’s top commander botched the service’s highest-profile investigation in years
By Miles Bates, Henderson Daily Dispatch: A North Carolina school allegedly demoted an Army reservist from dean to gym teacher while he was on active duty
US DOD: Argentina Declassification Project
By Sean Mclain Brown: What Vets Can Learn From a Coffee-Focused Recon Marine
By James Barber: Marine Vet J.D. Vance’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Movie Will Star Amy Adams and Glenn Close



Military April 11, 2019

By Patricia Kime: Korean War POW Will Finally Be Buried in Arlington National Cemetery
The Associated Press: Retired General Confirmed as US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
By Morgan Lee and Mary Hudetz: US Jury Finds Former Air Force Chaplain Guilty of Sex Abuse
By Chad Sokol, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.: The Navy is investigating why a barge suddenly capsized at an Idaho stealth submarine facility
By Jeff Schogol: Navy dropping charges against USS Fitzgerald’s former CO and tactical action officer for collision
By Paul Szoldra: Watch Julian Assange, looking like bearded David Letterman, as he’s arrested outside Ecuador’s embassy
By James Clark: The VA failed to track a vet’s home care appointments. Then his foot became infected, and his leg had to be amputated
US Department of Defense: Face of Defense: Burning Passion
US Department of Defense: There’s Something About That Cat
By Oriana Pawlyk: Air Force Unveils New Changes to Officer Special Duty Assignments
Officers interested in applying should log into the MyVECTOR website and update their initial preferences.

The application window will open April 15 and close May 24.
By James Barber: Marine Vet Rob Riggle to Travel the World as ‘Global Investigator’ for Discovery

Military April 10, 2019

DOD Identifies Marine Casualties
By Jeremy Redmon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 2 veterans died by suicide at separate Georgia VA centers in one weekend
By Lukas Mikelionis: Wreckage of Japanese F-35 Found; Pilot Remains Missing
By Jeff Schogol, Haley Britzky: The Army just awarded $976 million in contracts for border wall construction
By Richard Sisk: New SOCOM Chief Pledges to Crack Down on Operator Misconduct
By Jared Keller: A Libyan militia rigged a Humvee with a monster 90mm cannon
By Rachael Riley, The Fayetteville Observer: Foreign national who triggered Fort Bragg gate closure to be deported
By Lillian Reed: Was Revolutionary War Hero General Casimir Pulaski Intersex?

By Jim Absher: Pentagon Seeking Survivors to Test Grief Support Apps
Family members over the age 18 who have experienced a loss can volunteer to become participants in the study.

Volunteers will be randomly assigned to one of two programs, GriefSteps or WellnessSteps. Once enrolled, participants will have access to their assigned program for six months and will be asked to provide feedback about their experience.

Enrollment is open through June 30.

You can sign up by going to and clicking “Enroll Now.” You’ll be asked to answer screening questions, to fill out an online consent form, and to complete a 20-minute survey. Once your application is submitted, you will be called by study personnel to complete a screening and enrollment.

Military April 09, 2019

By Jeff Schogol: The last Doolittle Raider has died at 103
Richard E. Cole (September 7, 1915 – April 9, 2019) was a career officer in the United States Air Force. He was one of the airmen who took part in the Doolittle Raid, serving as the co-pilot to Jimmy Doolittle in the lead plane of the raid.

Cole remained in China after the raid until June 1943, and served again in the China Burma India Theater from October 1943 until June 1944. He later served as Operations Advisor to the Venezuelan Air Force from 1959 to 1962. He retired from the Air Force in 1966 and in 2016, became the last living Doolittle Raider.[1]

By Oriana Pawlyk: US Contractor Found Alive After Being Announced Dead in IED Attack
By Chris Carola: Upstate NY Burial Likely for Remains of WWII Airman, Cousin Says
By James Clark: Meet the former Air Force test pilot who broke into the marijuana industry and wants you to join him
By James Barber: Chris Kyle’s Widow Taya Celebrates the ‘American Spirit’
Kyle’s own profound grief after her husband’s death has inspired her to use her own life to reach out to others. “American Spirit” tells the stories of the men and women she’s met and who have inspired her to work for a better world.

As Taya writes, “Every action, big or small, has the potential to spark someone else’s movement.”

By C. Todd Lopez: DOD Official: ‘Intense Campaign’ Addressing Military Housing Issues
By Jim Garamone: Health Care Transition Looks to Improve Processes for Wartime Missions, Beneficiaries
By WMUR: ‘That tank saved my life:’ 95-year-old World War II veteran gets surprise of a lifetime

Joe Quinn is the Executive Director of the Headstrong Project. Previously, he was the Director of Leadership Development for Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB). Before Team RWB, he was an Instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point and an Associate at the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). Joe also worked in Afghanistan as a Counterinsurgency Advisor for General David Petraeus’ Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT). He spent six years in the United States Army, where he served two deployments to Iraq. Joe received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Joe graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2002, where he played on the basketball team. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, although he currently lives in Manhattan with his wife Melanie and one year-old daughter Beckett with a baby boy on the way. He’s also an amateur writer and a professional Mets fan.