Category: Military

Military August 18, 2018

The Associated Press: Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Dies at Age 80
By Katie Lange, Department of Defense: You Can Take a Tour of the Pentagon
By Army Spc. Jovi Prevot, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team: Face of Defense: Deployed Soldier Produces Beats in Off-Duty Time

By Carol Rosenberg: Mattis to Send US Navy Hospital Ship to Aid Venezuelan Migrants
By Kyle Gaffney: Mattis Is Pushing The Navy To A Brand New Fleet Strategy

By Gina Harkins: Athletic Trainers Will Head Out to Marine Units After Years-Long Delay
By Army 2nd Lt. Angela DiMattia 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division: Making Memories to Last a Lifetime
By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Ahearn Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa: Civil Affairs Soldiers Enhance Tanzanian Operations to Counter Illicit Trafficking

By Paul Szoldra: Exclusive: Here’s What The ‘Mullet Recruit’ Looks Like Now That He’s A US Marine
By Nina Semczuk: What To Expect In A Manufacturing Career As A Veteran
The Angry Staff Officer – Sasha Maggio: Cake and Perfidy: the 1968 Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia
Photos By Multiple photographers DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Week in Photos: Aug. 11-17


Military August 17, 2018

WASP Lucile Doll Wise, 43-W-7.

WASP Lucile Doll Wise, 43-W-7. |. August 2, 2018

“Jacqueline Cochran was looking for WASP. They told me I would have to be interviewed and they would contact me when they came to the Wichita area. But I didn’t wait for that. I went down to Houston for my interview, to speed things up. And I think that’s one of the smartest things I did.”
WASP Lucile Doll Wise, 43-W-7

Lucile Doll Wise, Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) of World War II and beloved mother and grandmother, died peacefully August 2, 2018 at her residence in Arvada, Colorado, one day after her 98th birthday.

She was born August 1, 1920 in Larned, Kansas, the daughter of Fred and Edna Barstow Doll. She was a graduate of Larned High School in 1938, and the Colorado Woman’s College in Denver Colorado in 1940.

She learned to fly in Wichita, KS and was accepted for training as a WASP pilot in May, 1943. She was among the first women pilots in history to fly military aircraft. After training, she was assigned to the Army Air Forces Weather Wing in Ashville, NC and later in Kansas City, MO, and served until the WASP were disbanded in December of 1944.

On September 5, 1950 she married Robert W. Wise and resided in Alexandria, VA until 1982, when she returned to Larned. He preceded her in death.

She volunteered in the WASP office in Washington, DC in 1977, working on lobbying efforts to obtain military recognition and Veteran’s benefits for WASP members. Within the WASP organization, she served in numerous roles including Regional Director, By-Laws Chair, Scholarship Chair, and President.

Lucile was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was a member of a number of groups including the Colorado Aviation Historical Society, the Women Military Aviators Association, and Women in Aviation, International. She was active in community and church affairs, and served as a volunteer archivist and docent for several years at the Santa Fe Trail Center in Larned. In 2010 she and her sister WASP were presented the Congressional Gold Medal, highest civilian honor the Congress can award.

WASP Lucile Doll Wise, 43-W-7

She is survived by her daughter, Susan C. Carl of Denver, CO; a son, Robert B. Wise of Loudon, TN; two grandchildren, Emily Carl and David Wise; and two brothers, Wayne Doll of Warsaw, MO, and Jack Doll of Senecaville, OH.

A memorial service will be held on September 2, 2:30 pm, at the Brookdale Meridian, 9555 W. 59th Ave. in Arvada. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the WASP Endowment, Texas Woman’s University, PO Box 425618, Denton, TX 76204-5618.

Respectfully reposted with quote and photos from Wings Across America.

Personal note:

In 2000, Lucile welcomed us to her home in Arvada, Colorado for one of our first Wings Across America interviews in Colorado. We began the interview and, once she realized we were cheering her on, her smile came easily. She was a great subject.

Over the course of the next few years, Lucile became a touchstone of sorts, always asking me where I got my facts, challenging conclusions and every once in a while, being surprised and delighted with my answers. I always appreciated her loyalty to the WASP and, above all, to telling the truth.

God bless this special lady and to all of us who loved her.

Nancy Parrish
By Jeff Schogol: Airman Injured During Active Shooter Response At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
By ‘J. Aspis’: A Defense Of The Police, From A Marine Veteran Turned Cop
By Tom Ricks: Why Do So Many Recent Veterans Dislike Police Officers?
By Jonathan Blanks: Cops And Veterans: The Real Problem May Be The ‘Pseudo-Militarization’ Of American Police
By Jared Keller: Aretha Franklin, Dead At 76, Inadvertently Recorded One Of Vietnam’s Best Protest Songs


Military August 16, 2018

By Paul Szoldra: 2 Marines Received Valor Awards for Secret Gunfight Against al-Qaida
By Gina Harkins: If Sailors Aren’t Ready to Deploy, It’ll Soon Affect Their Promotions
By Paul Szoldra: The Pentagon Is Trying To Spin The Truth Of How A Marine Got Shot In Syria
By Air Force Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II 377th Air Base Wing: Face of Defense: Son Follows Father’s Path to the Air Force
By Mark Thiesen: Survivor of Newly Found WWII Shipwreck: ‘So Many’ to Rescue
By War College & CJ Chivers: Podcast: The Forgotten Fighters of America’s Forever Wars

Military August 15, 2018

By Matthew Cox: Air Force Fighters, Army Apaches Kill 220 Taliban in Ghazni Fight
By Richard Sisk: Three DoD Contractors Get Highest Civilian Valor Award for Afghan Actions
By Army Sgt. Carlos Garcia U.S. Army Central: Laboratory Technicians Examine Enemy Weaponry
By Richard Sisk: Top Mattis Aide Under Scrutiny for Allegedly Misusing Subordinates: Report
By Air Force Airman 1st Class Mckenzie Airhart, 194th Wing: Face of Defense: Airman Continues Family’s Commitment to Service
By Army Sgt. Claire Charles 109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment: Face of Defense: Transportation Specialist Enjoys Job, Furthers Education
By Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan W. Padish, 194th Wing: Guardsmen Work Together to Save Stricken Woman’s Life
By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy M. Ahearn Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa: U.S., Kenyan Military Dog Handlers Share Knowledge, Experience

Military August 14, 2018

By Gina Harkins: Army Special Forces Soldier Dies After IED Blast in Afghanistan
By Gina Harkins: Search-and-Rescue Mission for Missing 13th MEU Marine Ends
By JUSTIN PRITCHARD and Reese Dunklin: Under New Law, Military Kids Get Sex Assault Protections
By Gina Harkins: Marine Grunts on 1st-Ever Female Infantry Leader: ‘She’s One of Us’
By Sarah Parvini: Religious Website Triggers Complaint Against Air Force General
On Sunday, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation demanded that Defense Secretary James N. Mattis “immediately and comprehensively” investigate Air Force Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert.
By Army Spc. Alleea Oliver 49th Public Affairs Detachment: Face of Defense: Vietnam Native Finds Success in U.S. Army

Military August 13, 2018

By Katie Lange Department of Defense: WWII Pilot Fends Off His Injured Comrade to Finish Mission

While there were many bombing missions over Germany during World War II, one that happened 75 years ago this month was so heroic that it helped to inspire the book “Twelve O’Clock High,” which was later turned into a highly regarded movie.

Today, we’re honoring a man who earned his Medal of Honor during that mission: Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. John C. Morgan.
By Morgan Eads: 94-Year-Old Who Taught Herself How to Fly Receives Meda
Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis: Press Gaggle by Secretary Mattis En Route to Brasilia
By robert Burns: Pentagon Chief Mattis Defends his Reversal on Space Force
“I was not against setting up a Space Force,” he told reporters flying with him to Brazil to begin his first tour of South America as defense secretary. “What I was against was rushing to do that before we could define the problem” that needed solving.
By The Associated Press: WWII Pilot’s Remains Return Home After 7 Decades
By Drew Brooks: Army to Celebrate Fort Bragg’s 100th and National Airborne Day

Military August 12, 2018

By Richard Sisk: For Loved Ones of MIA Troops, New Hope After Decades of Disappointment
The Associated Press: Report: Michigan Military Base Water May Have Caused Cancer
By Sarah Holzhalb: Running Home After a Marathon of Funerals





Military August 11, 2018

Seattle Times: F-15s Scrambled After Sea-Tac Airline Worker Takes Plane; Spree Ends in Crash
Wasilla native believed to have stolen plane from Sea-Tac
Media Roundtable on Space Force with Deputy Secretary Shanahan
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Selva Highlights Need for Nuclear Enterprise Recapitalization
Press Operations Release No: PA-032-18: Guantanamo Periodic Review Board Media Invitation Announced
The Department of Defense will allocate seats for news media at the Pentagon satellite location on Aug. 21, to cover certain portions of the Guantanamo Periodic Review Board for Ismael Ali Faraj Ali Bakush.

Due to limited space available, selection is not guaranteed. Upon selection, additional information on meeting time and location will be provided.

Media desiring to observe the hearing should send their requests via email to All requests must be received no later than noon EDT, Aug. 15. Media members should include their name, position, sponsoring organization and contact information (cell phone and email address) in their request. Multiple names from the same organization may be submitted.

Further information, including media ground rules, can be viewed at the Periodic Review Secretariat website at

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marks 69th Anniversary

Learn more about the individuals who’ve served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff over the past 69 years here.

By Heather Hintze: Mat-Su Veterans Wall of Honor on the move MJ Hegar Sued the Pentagon and Won. Now She’s Running for Congress

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kerstin Roberts, Marine Corps Installations West — Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton: Single Marines Enjoy Nature, Camaraderie at Zion National Park

Military August 10, 2018

Media Availability with General Joseph L. Votel, Commander, U.S. Central Command, in the Pentagon
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Frank J Casciotta 302nd Airlift Wing: Colorado Air Force Reservists Support Firefighting Efforts in Western U.S.
By Claudette Roulo DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Space Force to Become Sixth Branch of Armed Forces
By Rod Hafemeister, Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi: Face of Defense: Hospital Corpsman Helps Battle Mosquito-Borne Diseases
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Defense Audit Provides Improved Accounting for Spending, Inventories
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing: Face of Defense: Deployed Brothers Reunite at Reenlistment Ceremony
Recovered archive shows how Polish diplomats helped Jews in WWII
By James Clark: A Group Of Marine Raiders Created An Underwater Sport For Training — And It’s Gaining Traction

By James Clark: Tim Kennedy Tests His Luck In ‘Hard To Kill’ By Stepping Into The Arena As An American Bullfighter

Military August 09, 2018

By Gina Harkins: Sailor Killed, 2nd Injured When Fuel Tank Falls Off Grounded Sea Hawk
By Paul Szoldra: Video Shows Final Heroic Moments That Earned John Chapman the Medal of Honor
By Gina Harkins: Fired Marine CO Was ‘High-Risk Aviator’ Obsessed with Flight Time: Probe
By Oriana Pawlyk: Air Force Fires Wing Commander Amid Financial Misconduct Probe
By Katie Lange: This Man’s Lawless Gov’t Wanted Him Dead, So He Became a U.S. Soldier

By Amy Bushatz: More Marines May Head to Alaska for Cold Weather Training: Senator
By Paul Szoldra: Exclusive: The Insider Attack In Syria That The Pentagon Denies Ever Happened
By Tom Ricks: An Interview With The Comic Mastermind Behind ‘Terminal Lance’
By Capt. Daniel Shell, U.S. Army: A Little Humility On The Part Of The Military Might Help Bridge The Civil-Military Divide

By Jeff Schogol: The Recruit Who Shipped To Boot Camp With A Mullet Is Now A Marine
Recruit Mullet is now Marine Mullet, a spokesman for the Corps’ west coast recruit training depot told Task & Purpose.