Category: Military

Military April 23, 2018

By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: Trio Earns Medals of Honor Saving Tank Soldiers in WWI

Military April 22, 2018

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis hosted an honor cordon to welcome Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to the Pentagon, April 20, 2018. During their meeting, the two leaders highlighted the strengthening and depth of the friendship and military relationship between their countries.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosts entertainers for a visit to the Pentagon before departing on the annual Vice ChairmanÕs USO Tour, April 20, 2018. Comedian Jon Stewart, country music artist Craig Morgan, celebrity chef Robert Irvine, professional fighters Max Holloway and Paige VanZant, and NBA Legend Richard ÒRipÓ Hamilton will join Gen. Selva on a tour across the world as they visit service members overseas to thank them for their service and sacrifice. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)


Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., met with his Australian counterpart Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, in Washington D.C., April 20, 2018. The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues, including the global threat of terrorism and security in the Pacific region. The visit also served to strengthen the U.S.-Australia alliance as the two countries increase collaboration in counter-terrorism efforts and regional capacity building among other areas of mutual interest. General Dunford hosted an Armed Forces Full Honors Arrival ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Whipple Field following the meeting, where he presented Air Chief Marshal Binskin with the Legion of Merit for his dedicated support of the U.S.-Australia alliance, which directly led to improved security in the Indo-Pacific theater.
The U.S. and Australia are celebrating 100 years of “Mateship” and together form an alliance that plays a critical role in maintaining peace and stability in the region.
(DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)


Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to Army Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, after serving as a guest lecturer for the DIA’s “Master Minds” series at their eadquarters in Washington D.C., April 20, 2018 (DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

Military April 21, 2018

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Defense Department Moves Closer to Cloud Computing
By Audrey Jensen, 21st Space Wing: Face of Defense: Airman-Poet Enjoys Community Involvement
By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Pentagon Honors Secretary of Defense Environmental Award Recipients
By Katie Lange: Watch NASCAR Driver Become Navy Petty Officer for a Day
Press Operations: Remarks By Secretary Mattis At An Enhanced Honor Cordon Welcoming Japan Minister Of Defense Itsunori Onodera To The Pentagon
Week in Photos: April 14-20

Military April 20, 2018

By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity: DoD Honors Barbara Bush as ‘Dedicated Advocate’ for Military
By Army Sgt. Maricris C. McLane 16th Combat Aviation Brigade: Face of Defense: Army Helicopter Mechanic Earns Officer Scholarship
By Marine Corps Cpl. Stormy Mendez 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit: Marines Use 3-D Printer to Make Replacement Part for F-35 Fighter
By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Army, Marine Corps Stress Importance of Ground Forces Modernization
Marines, Soldiers Participate in Innovative Readiness Training Arctic Care 2018

Military April 18, 2018

Air Force, California Officials Commemorate Vietnam War’s 50th Anniversary
By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: Ahead of the Pack: #MilKid of the Year Award 2018 Recipients
By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: NASCAR Crews to Honor Service Branches at Coca-Cola 600

Senior Airman Onisha Anekwu, a non-destructive inspection journeyman with the 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, uses a penetrant dye to examine an aircraft part for cracks at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 9, 2018. The NDI specialists protect the lives of aircrew by using dye penetrants, magnetic particles and eddy currents to discover cracks in aircraft parts that go unseen by the naked eye. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

By Army Sgt. Brad Mincey 108th Public Affairs Detachment: National Guard, Reserve Troops Participate in Disaster Response Exercises
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Guard Bureau Chief: 965 Guard Troops Deployed To U.S.-Mexico Border
Press Operations Colonel Ryan Dillon, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve Spokesman: Department Of Defense Press Briefing by Colonel Dillon via Teleconference From Baghdad, Iraq

Military April 17, 2018

Joan Danzansky and her therapy dog Biscuit greet World War II Army veteran Billy Edwards
Teams of two Ranger-qualified soldiers, and one team of Ranger-qualified Coast Guardsmen, take part in 2018 Best Ranger Competition
A captain from the 336th Fighter Squadron greets his family after returning from deployment
A southern black racer snake slithers across the rifle barrel held by junior Army National Guard sniper Pfc. William Snyder
By Army Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division: Face of Defense: Female Advisor Breaks Through Barriers in Afghanistan
By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity: DoD, DHS Outline National Guard Role in Securing Border
Airmen, Military Working Dogs Conduct Control Bite Training at JBER
By Marine Corps Sgt. Melissa Martens Marine Forces Reserve: Arctic Care 2018 Readiness Training Event Begins in Northwestern Alaska
A UH-60 Black Hawk maintenance technician checks the tail rotor during pre-flight maintenance checks at the Ralph Wien Memorial Airport in Kotzebue, Alaska,

Military April 16, 2018

By Alex Snyder, Defense Media Activity: Rarer than Rare: Marine Major General One of Less Than 20 Double Medal of Honor Awardees

Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940) was a United States Marine Corps major general, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, in Central America and the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War I. Butler later became an outspoken critic of U.S. wars and their consequences, as well as exposing the Business Plot, an alleged plan to overthrow the U.S. government.

By the end of his career, Butler had received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal (along with Wendell Neville and David Porter) and the Medal of Honor, and the only Marine to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions.

In 1933, he became involved in a controversy known as the Business Plot, when he told a congressional committee that a group of wealthy industrialists were planning a military coup to overthrow Franklin D. Roosevelt, with Butler selected to lead a march of veterans to become dictator, similar to other Fascist regimes at that time. The individuals involved all denied the existence of a plot and the media ridiculed the allegations. But a final report by a special House of Representatives Committee confirmed some of Butler’s testimony.

In 1935, Butler wrote a book titled War Is a Racket, where he described and criticized the workings of the United States in its foreign actions and wars, such as those he was a part of, including the American corporations and other imperialist motivations behind them. After retiring from service, he became a popular activist, speaking at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists, and church groups in the 1930s.

War is a Racket by General Smedley D. Butler

Military April 15, 2018

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: U.S., Allies Strike Syrian Targets in Response to Regime’s Chemical Attacks
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis; Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph F. Dunford; Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White: Briefing by Secretary Mattis on U.S. Strikes in Syria
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis, Dunford Detail Attacks on Syrian Chemical Arsenal
Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White; Joint Staff Director Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr.: Department of Defense Press Briefing by Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White and Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. in the Pentagon Briefing Room

Military April 14, 2018

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis, Dunford Detail Attacks on Syrian Chemical Arsenal
Logistics Group Western Pacific: U.S., Japan Commemorate World War II Battle of Peleliu
By Cynthia Greenwood, DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office: The Naval Air Systems Command Unveils a Breakthrough Alternative to Chromate-Based Primers for DoD Aircraft


By Marine Corps Cpl. Kyle McNan 1st Marine Logistics Group: Making It Rain: Improving Front-Line Medical Readiness
By Air Force Senior Airman Cristina J. Allen, 177th Fighter Wing: Face of Defense: Father, Son Reflect on Air Force Maintenance Officer Careers
Week in Photos: April 7-13

Military April 13, 2018

By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Coast Guard Commandant Talks Icebreakers, Counterdrug Operations

By Army Spc. Jonathan Rivera Collazo, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne): Face of Defense: Special Forces Soldier Mentors At-Risk Youth

Press Operations Release No: NR-111-18: Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Indianapolis

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Joint Staff Preparing NCO Education, Internships

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Special Operations Leaders Update Senators on Efforts

Press Operations: Remarks By Secretary Mattis at an Enhanced Honor Cordon Welcoming Her Excellency Ank Bijleveld, Minister of Defence of the Netherlands, to the Pentagon

By Air Force Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb 14th Flying Training Wing: Face of Defense: Airman Recalls Journey to Lose Weight, Join Air Force