Category: Military

Military August 20, 2019 Coast Guard Academy Professors Help in Battle Against Drugs; E-2D Hawkeye Aircraft Takes Out 4 Super Hornets on Carrier; Repairs Underway; WWII Vet ‘Benny the Bagger’ Marks 98th Birthday — At Work; VA Is Sending More Veterans to Songwriting Retreats and more ->
Task & Purpose: The Navy is eyeing suppressors for its upgraded ‘Ma Deuce’ .50 cal machine guns; The US military does not need Iraqi permission to provide close air support or evacuate wounded troops in ’emergency circumstances’;The best boy in the Marine Corps, Chesty XV, is living the good life; Watch a gator effortlessly scale a fence onto NAS Jacksonville and more ->
DOD: Reaffirming Our Commitment To Ethical Conduct; How the Navy Keeps Music in Schools and more ->
By John Ismay, The New York Times: At War: The man who wrote a guidebook for civilian bomb squad technicians


Military August 19, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Pvt. Wilburn Ross

Wilburn Kirby Ross (May 12, 1922 – May 9, 2017) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.

Task & Purpose: Pentagon identifies Army reservist who died in non-combat incident in Saudi Arabia; The Army allegedly missed this soldier’s cancer diagnosis for 2 years. The VA found it within days; Emails show the VA took no action to spare veterans from a harsh Trump immigration policy; Watch the US fire off its first previously-banned missile since the collapse of the INF Treaty with Russia; Army Lieutenant accused of taking an APC on a joy ride found not guilty by reason of insanity and more -> Defense Secretary Esper Receives a Mongolian Horse; Man Gets First Haircut in 15 Years in Order to Enlist in Army and more ->



Military August 18, 2019 Dentist-Soldier Becomes US Citizen After Long Delay by Department of Defense; Illinois Street Pays Tribute to Marine Corporal Killed in Afghanistan; New Hampshire Veterans Group Seeks to Intervene in POW Bible Display Lawsuit and more ->
Task & Purpose: Scammers are fooling troops into buying cars at fake online military exchanges; ISIS claims responsibility for bombing of Afghan wedding that killed 63 and more ->


Military August 17, 2019

Task & Purpose: Indiana Guardsman killed at Fort Hood was ‘proud father and husband’; Taliban leader’s brother killed in Pakistan bomb blast; West Point graduate gets waiver to play for the Eagles while serving as active-duty and more -> Special Forces Team Mechanic Killed in Niger to Be Awarded Silver Star; RAF’s Red Arrows Demonstration Team to Buzz New York City; Blue Angels Jets Made Contact Midair During Tight Diamond 360 Maneuver; Beer Named for Pacific Island Nuke Test Site Draws Criticism; New Underwater Memorial Honors Fallen and Living Service Members and more ->
DOD: Navy Teen Chosen as National Military Youth of the Year; Photo Exhibit Honors Survivors of Fallen Service Members; Allies Opened Second Front in France After Normandy Landings and more ->
The Angry Staff Officer: Finding Space – Chapter 6


Military August 15, 2019 The Navy Is Dropping Bean-Bag Messages onto Ships Like It Did to Evade WWII Enemies; VA Partners With DoD to Upgrade Supply Chain at High Risk for Abuse; 87-Year-Old West Point Grad Still Enjoys Marching with New Cadets and more ->
Task & Purpose: Navy putting physical throttles on destroyers after touch-screen system contributed to deadly collision; How Army PsyOps ended the reign of Joseph Kony in Africa; Ranger vet and online entertainer Mat Best on his sincerely sarcastic memoir: ‘Thank You For My Service’ and more ->
DOD BY Defense Innovation Unit: Eye In the Sky: DOD Announces AI Challenge


Military August 14, 2019

Task & Purpose: The family of a Green Beret killed in the Niger attack will receive the Silver Star on Wednesday; Russia’s mysterious nuclear accident is shaping up to be the Chernobyl sequel nobody asked for; This Navy captain fled Iran as a child. Now he’s preparing to return at the helm of an aircraft carrier; The Army is getting a new $130 million hypersonics playground in Texas and more ->
US DOD: Face of Defense: Second Chance at Life; Commemorating World War II; ‘C-Rats’ Fueled Troops During and After World War II and more -> Gabbard Takes Presidential Campaign Break for National Guard Training; Pence’s Communications Director Joining Pentagon as New Press Secretary; VA Seeking Input on FSGLI Coverage for Stillborn Children; VA Is Changing GI Bill Payment Amounts for Some Online Classes and more -> Pentagon Rolls Out New Spouse Transition Program;



Military August 12, 2019

By Katie Lange, DOD: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Sgt. John J. McVeigh
Task & Purpose: Pentagon identifies Marine Raider killed in Iraq; The Marine Corps’s new JLTV is officially ready for a fight; The Royal Navy is eyeing jetpacks for amphibious assaults, which is a terrible idea and more -> VA Cuts Off Assisted Living Home After Finding Veteran Dead for 4 Days; After Lengthy Wear Tests, Army Won’t Issue a Jungle Boot to Soldiers;
The Angry Staff Officer: If the U.S. Army had Elephants in the Civil War
DOD: Video: Jungle Medicine



Military August 11, 2019 Another Pleads Guilty in Multi-Million Dollar Scam of VA Spina Bifida Program; Martin Sheen Attends Trial of Catholic Protesters Accused of Vandalizing Navy Sub Base; Air Guard Pilot Receives Distinguished Flying Cross for Emergency Landing; Navy Veteran Is Lone Female Umpire for Little League World Series and more ->
Task & Purpose: North Carolina school reinstates dean demoted to gym teacher after being called to active duty in the Army; Family of Marine missing in the Sierras since February wants to resume search now that snow has melted; Here’s why the Russian military has so many serious accidents and more ->
By Lauren Katzenberg, The New York Times At War: Help us commemorate the end of World War II
It’s incidents like these that suggest the whole country would benefit from a history lesson on the ramifications of a global conflict that killed an estimated 60 million people. Would it even make a difference? As The Times thinks about how to commemorate the many anniversaries ahead of us in 2020, I’m asking readers to send us suggestions.

What anniversaries, stories or moments dating back to 1945 would you like to see The Times cover, reflect on or investigate? What stories remain untold or deserve further scrutiny?

Email us at with your ideas.


Lauren Katzenberg is the editor of The Times’s At War channel.

Military August 10, 2019 New ‘Bombshell’ Legal Opinion Says Military Retirees Can’t Be Court-Martialed; Maryland Veteran Joins American Legion After Waiting More Than 30 Years; After Public Crisis and Fall from Grace, Wounded Warrior Project Quietly Regains Ground and more ->
Task & Purpose: US service member dies in Iraq; Meet the Army veteran behind the iconic ‘Smokey Bear’ campaign and more ->


Military August 09, 2019

Task & Purpose: The son of a fighter pilot killed in the Vietnam War flew his father’s remains home after more than 50 years; Here’s a look inside the narco sub from that viral Coast Guard video — and the mission to capture it; Army veteran brings compassion to bootcamp, sales, and hospitality and more -> Is the Navy Trying to Cover Up a WWII Explosion That Killed 250?; Thousands of Vets May Have Wrongly Been Billed for Emergency Care; Air Force General’s Supporters Mount Campaign to Make Him Leader of Space Forc; Transitioning Troops, Student Veterans Can Bolster Civilian Careers with Certifications and more ->