Category: Military

Military February 23, 2019

By Hope Hodge Seck: Fatal A-29 Crash Caused by Pilot ‘Overcontrol,’ Probe Finds
By Wendy Culverwell, Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Wash.): A grassroots campaign for Mattis to run for office is brewing in his hometown
By Gina Harkins: He Was Fired for Degrading Female Marines. Now He Wants Marines to Learn from His Mistakes
By Patricia Kime: Supreme Court: Retirees Can Be Court-Martialed for Crimes Committed After Service
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Defense Department’s authority to prosecute retired service members for crimes they commit, even after retirement.

The court on Tuesday chose not to hear the case of a retired Marine who was court-martialed for a sexual assault he committed three months after leaving the service in August 2015. By not accepting the case, Larrabee v. the United States, the court upheld the status quo: that military retirees are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who was killed in action during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle for Henderson Field in the Guadalcanal Campaign, and the Navy Cross posthumously for extraordinary heroism during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was the only enlisted Marine to receive both of these decorations in World War II.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 3, 1940, after serving three years in the United States Army with duty in the Philippines. He was deployed to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and in August 1942, he took part in the invasion of Guadalcanal. In October, he and two other Marines used machine guns to hold off an attack by a far numerically superior Japanese force. In February 1945, he was killed in action on the first day of the invasion of Iwo Jima, after he single-handedly destroyed an enemy blockhouse and led a Marine tank under fire safely through a minefield.

He has received many honors including being the namesake for streets, military locations, and two United States Navy destroyers.

By Jared Keller: The untold story of the dapper Marine who became the Greatest Generation’s ‘distracted boyfriend’ meme
Your Job In Germany
This training film was made in 1944 for U.S. Army occupation forces in Germany following World War II. It explains the mindset of the German people and advises American soldiers how to act. The film was written by Theodor Geisel (later known as Dr. Seuss) and produced by famed film director Frank Capra. Warning: Some parts of this video may now be considered culturally insensitive.
Old Army Cartoon Private Snafu
Army Capt. Theodor Geisel, famously known later as Dr. Seuss, contributed to the creation of the World War II cartoon series Private SNAFU, which was meant for Army personnel only. In this episode, Snafu writes an uncensored letter about censored information, eventually learning the dangers of revealing such information to the public. Warning: Some parts of this video may now be considered culturally insensitive.

Military February 22, 2019

By Matthew Cox: Soldier Killed in Baghdad Invasion Will Receive Distinguished Service Cross
The U.S. Army has announced it will upgrade a former 3rd Infantry Division soldier’s Silver Star to a Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery during the unit’s “Thunder Run” attack on Baghdad, Iraq, in 2003.

Staff Sgt. Stevon A. Booker, who was killed protecting his platoon’s flank, will receive the nation’s second-highest award for valor in a ceremony in Pittsburgh on April 5, according to a Feb. 21 3rd Infantry Division press release.
By Wilson Ring: Vermont Lawmakers Choose 35-Year Veteran to Lead National Guard
Acting Secretary Shanahan Hosts Enhanced Honor Cordon and Meeting Welcoming Belgian Minister of Defense Didier Reynders to the Pentagon
By Oriana Pawlyk: Trump’s Next Defense Secretary Could Be a Woman
Defense Department Awards $10 Million in Funding to Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute
Did you ever wonder why the Marine Corps is part of the Department of the Navy?
By James Elphick: The Day We Saved 2,147 POWs From Los Baños Prison



Military February 21, 2019

One bullet each.
By Kayla Miller: Wife Used Snapchat to Plan Army Sergeant’s Murder, Police Say
By Gina Harkins: Navy Riverine Squadron Leader Fired Over Loss of Confidence
By Russ Bynum: US Soldier Wounded in Suicide Attack Sues Bomber’s Employer
By Matthew Cox: Always Wanted to Own a Military Tactical Vehicle? Here’s Your Chance
Task & Purpose: The company behind the AK-47 just unveiled a new kamikaze drone; Group of American vets detained in Haiti on weapons charges brought back to US, arrested upon landing; Hand grenades from the last major battle of the Revolutionary War have repeatedly scrambled bomb squads in Virginia’s capital and more ->
By Patricia Kime: VA to Get 3 New Fisher Houses for Families of Troops Needing Medical Care

Military February 20, 2019

By Oriana Pawlyk: Air Force Releases Deploy-or-Out Policy Guidelines
Szoldra: Marine who served on Iwo Jima recalls the time a Japanese soldier asked for some of his hot chocolate
By Matthew Cox: Former 1st Cav Soldier to Receive Distinguished Service Cross for Iraq Heroism
The Army also recently announced that it will upgrade Maj. Thomas Bostick’s posthumous Silver Star to the DCS on March 1 for the bravery he showed against enemy fighters in Afghanistan in 2007.

Bostick, who served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, is credited with sacrificing his life to protect his fellow Sky Soldiers during a March 27, 2007, enemy ambush in the mountains near Saret Koleh.

Under heavy fire, Bostick, who was later killed, placed himself in front of a large enemy force and laid down covering fire so members of his unit could scramble to a better defensive position.
By Richard Sisk: Congress Finally Funds New Icebreaker for Coast Guard
The bill that avoided a second government shutdown finally provided the $655 million for a badly needed new icebreaker for the Coast Guard and $20 million more for start of construction on a second one.

“This is big, this is real, this is the largest single financial contribution to execution of our nation’s Arctic strategy,” Sen Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said last week.
Marines with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 19.1
The Old Guard never takes a day off. Here’s your chance to see what it takes to be a Tomb Guard sentinel.

Military February 19, 2019

By Rachael Riley: Injured Army Golden Knight Released from Hospital
By Haley Britzky: ‘There’s no law against it’ — Florida vet wants his remains placed in a body bag on his beloved boat after he dies
Task & Purpose: Russia bans soldiers from using smartphones and tablets over OPSEC concerns; Researchers found and tracked NATO troops and tricked them into disobeying orders for just $60; The Marines are training to fight big wars again and more->
By Eric Milzarski: ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Was Created by a Vet Explaining War to His Boy
By Richard Sisk: Enterprising Veterans Attend ‘Shark Tank’-Style Event in DC
By Matthew Cox: Here’s How Much Has Been Made from the Sale of Surplus M1 Rifles to Civilians

Military February 18, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Lt. Col. Teddy Roosevelt

Roosevelt’s son Theodore Roosevelt Jr. also received the Medal of Honor, one of only two father-son pairs to do so (the other is Arthur MacArthur Jr. and Douglas MacArthur). He served in World War I and WWII and gained a reputation for leading from the front.

At 56, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was the oldest man and only general to storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day with the first wave of American troops. He earned his medal at Utah Beach for ”gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty” while leading successive waves of troops inland to their objectives.
By Katie Lange: 9 Notable Presidents Who Served
By Jim Garamone: Shanahan Discusses Results of Trip to Afghanistan, Iraq, Poland, Belgium, Germany
By Susan Christian Goulding, The Orange County Register: A World War II veteran picked up a $1,500 tab for military families at his local Chick-fil-A
Task & Purpose: The Navy just bought a fleet of robot submarines to prowl the oceans and mess with adversaries; After Valentine’s Day, it’s clear the Pentagon is in love with great power competition; Army secretary vows to correct ‘unconscionable’ health hazards in military housing system and more->
By Richard Sisk: IAVA Presses on with Ambitious Agenda after Founder Rieckhoff Departs

Rieckhoff called Butler “uniquely qualified to lead IAVA into [the] next chapter and fight on behalf of all veterans.”

In Rieckhoff’s absence, IAVA is pressing a “Big Six” agenda to curb suicides, defend GI Bill benefits, improve services for female veterans, reform government support of veterans care, push for burn pits legislation, and support medical marijuana.

“Passing the ‘Big Six’ will be a huge priority for 2019,” Butler said. “We want to present a blueprint for how Americans can empower veterans.”

Butler said he is well aware of the political reality that any progress on the agenda must come this year, before all of the legislative oxygen is drained by the 2020 presidential election season.

The general rule is that “if anything is going to get done, it will get done” in the first year of the new Congress. The second year will be consumed by presidential politics, he said.
The Angry Staff Officer: 5 Time-Saving Tips for National Guard Company Commanders

Military February 17, 2019

By Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times: US Air Force planes land in Colombia with supplies for neighboring Venezuela

The Associated Press: Former Army Secretary John Marsh Laid to Rest in Virginia

John Otho Marsh Jr. (August 7, 1926 – February 4, 2019) was an American politician and an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law.[1][2][3] He served as the United States Secretary of the Army from 1981 to 1989, and as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia from 1963 to 1971.[1][4]

En Route Press Gaggle By Acting Secretary Shanahan
The Associated Press: Alaska Governor Offers Use of Troops Along US-Mexico Border

Military February 16, 2019

By Phil Stewart, Reuters: CENTCOM commander Gen. Votel recommends arming, aiding Syrian fighters after pullout
By Crystal Paul: Buffalo Soldier, 98, Doesn’t Want Black Regiments’ History to ‘Fade Out’
When Clyde Robinson was drafted into the U.S. Army’s 9th Cavalry Regiment in 1942, he had never heard of the buffalo soldiers. He did not know that he would become part of the storied, complicated legacy of the all-black regiments of the U.S. military.

Robinson served in the Philippines in World War II. Now 98 and living in Skyway, he proudly proclaims that he is the “last remaining buffalo soldier in Seattle and Tacoma.”
By Mike Scott, Nola Media Group: That time Navy submarines steamed up the Mississippi River for Mardi Gras

Military February 15, 2019

By Jessica Heslam: A D-Day veteran faced an unattended burial. 500 strangers showed up to honor his service
By Rachael Riley: Condition of One Injured Army Golden Knights Member Upgraded
By Gina Harkins: Man Shot and Killed at Naval Air Station After Busting Through Gate
By Jim Garamone: Acting Secretary Pleased With Progress of Coalition to Defeat ISIS
By Gina Harkins: A Navy Ship Sailed to Hawaii and Back With No One on Board
One bullet.
By Douglass Dowty, Syracuse Media Group: Former Air Force colonel must pay $150,000 for raping girl 30 times, judge rules
Andrew Green, now 52, of Jamesville, spent four months in jail on a statutory rape after pleading guilty. He became a registered (though not public) sex offender. He retired from the military after being arrested on rape charges.

State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Karalunas Wednesday ruled that Green must pay the victim $125,000 for past and future damages, as well as $25,000 to punish him for taking advantage of the underage victim.




Military February 14, 2019

By Rachael Riley: Conditions of Injured Army Golden Knight Team Members Remain Unchanged
By Gina Harkins: A Marine Raider Was Awarded the Silver Star for Taking Out an ISIS Car Bomb
The staff sergeant was able to take down some of the terrorists with his sniper rifle, but the vehicle was still headed toward them. Still facing enemy fire, he climbed onto the top of a nearby vehicle to retrieve a Javelin portable anti-tank missile.

He fired, but the missile failed to launch. Still under fire, he got his hands on a second Javelin and launched another missile that took out the vehicle.

“His decisive actions under fire [repelled] the enemy and saved the lives of friendly forces,” the award citation states.
By Oriana Pawlyk: Deployed Lawmaker Fights Air National Guard’s Effort to Shrink Spy Plane Flee
Shanahan Attends NATO Meetings After Visiting Iraq, Afghanistan
Task & Purpose: The Army’s plans for a ‘super’ Bradley fighting vehicle are dead; Navy’s top SEAL says he’s reviewing training and ethics amid murder and drug allegations in special ops; Well, this new Army PSA on household safety took a dark turn; Lawmakers direct Trump to curb US military support for Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen and more ->
By Matthew Cox: Army to Buy $39.6 Million Worth of Pocket-Sized Drones