Category: Military

By Alex Snyder, Defense Media Activity: Medal of Honor Recipient and POW Whose Valor Was ‘Hard To Keep Secret’

Air Force Col. Leo Thorsness is a former state senator and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for the courage he displayed on a mission during the Vietnam War, just over a week before he was taken prisoner.

Thorsness was born Feb. 14, 1932, in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, where he attended school and earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts. He attended South Dakota State College in 1950. A year later, he enlisted in the Air Force and went on to graduate from the Aviation Cadet Program with a commission as a 2nd lieutenant.

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Leo Keith Thorsness (February 14, 1932 – May 2, 2017) was a colonel in the United States Air Force who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the medal for an air engagement on April 19, 1967. He was shot down two weeks later and spent six years in captivity in North Vietnam as a prisoner of war. After his military service, Thorsness served one term in the Washington State Senate.

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Military January 17, 2018

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Russia’s Actions, Spending Send Chill Through Europe, Dunford Says
 
 
 
 
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Whitney Taylor: Air Force Supports Science Through Operation DEEP FREEZE
 
 
 
 
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Continuing Resolutions Create Uncertainty in Defense Department
 
 
 
 
More information on Army Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah heroic actions.
By Terrance Bell, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Lee: Face of Defense: Soldier Dies Rescuing 4 People in Burning Building
 
 
 
 
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: NATO, Partner Defense Chiefs Discuss Afghanistan, Iraq, Command Structures
 
 
 
 
Secretary Of Defense James N. Mattis: Media Availability with Secretary Mattis en route to Vancouver, Canada
 
 
 
 
Operation Inherent Resolve Military Official Briefs Reporters
 
 
 
 

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Day in the life of a Rebel Alliance Tower Guard on Yavin 4

Secret Base on [REDACTED]

Dear Mom,

Taking a moment to drop you a line. As you know, life here in the Rebel Alliance has been kind of crazy of late, what with the whole Death Star business and everything. You hear about Alderaan? I’m not even sure if I believe the news, sounds like Imperial propaganda trying to throw us off. Has definitely caused a lot of action here on base. There’s ships coming and going like you wouldn’t believe.

As you know, I took that promotion to sergeant in the Alliance’s military police corps. It’s definitely a different world from the maintenance bays. There, we hardly had to do anything; the droids handled all the work orders and we could just hide out in the hangers playing games or sleeping. But now, we’ve got real jobs to do. We’ve been told that our orders come direct from Mon Mothma herself, which is pretty crazy.

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Military January 15, 2018

By Associated Press: US Army hero dog during WWII receives posthumous medal
 
 
 
 
By Associated Press: Yale professor to receive $1M for warrior-scholar project
 
 
 
 
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles
A Soldier who was there that day said “Maj. Kettles became our John Wayne,” Obama said, adding his own take: “With all due respect to John Wayne, he couldn’t do what Chuck Kettles did.”

“We got the 44 out. None of those names appear on the wall in Washington. There’s nothing more important than that.” – Retired Lt. Col. Charles Kettles

“You couldn’t make this up. It’s like a bad Rambo movie.” – President Barack Obama [8]

 
 
Charles S. Kettles (born January 9, 1930) is a retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and a Medal of Honor recipient.

Viet Nam War: Pabst Blue Ribbon Presents: The Greatest Beer Run Ever


At a time when the Vietnam War was at its height, one man, John “Chickie” Donohue, snuck back into the war zone to find his 3 closest friends and buy them a beer.

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Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs and WAVES – Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service

Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs and WAVES – Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service

“Homefront Heroines” follows a group of quirky, individual and determined women who decided to go where no woman had gone before — into the Navy as WAVES. It tells the story of the more than 100,000 women who joined the Navy during World War II.


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Military January 14, 2018

DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Deputy Secretary, Japanese Official Discuss Importance of Space Domain
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2018 — Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan and Japan’s minister of state for space policy met yesterday to discuss the importance of space to the mutual defense of their nations and how the United States and Japan can expand cooperation in that domain as they prepare for contingencies.

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Patrick M. Shanahan became the 33rd Deputy Secretary of Defense on July 19, 2017.

Mr. Shanahan most recently served as Boeing senior vice president, Supply Chain & Operations. A Washington state native, Mr. Shanahan joined Boeing in 1986 and spent over three decades with the company. He previously worked as senior vice president of Commercial Airplane Programs, managing profit and loss for the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 programs and the operations at Boeing’s principal manufacturing sites; as vice president and general manager of the 787 Dreamliner, leading the program during a critical development period; as vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems, overseeing the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, Airborne Laser and Advanced Tactical Laser; and as vice president and general manager of Boeing Rotorcraft Systems, overseeing the Apache, Chinook and Osprey. He previously held leadership positions on the 757 program, 767 program and in the fabrication division.

Mr. Shanahan is a Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow, Society of Manufacturing Engineers Fellow and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow. He served as a regent at the University of Washington for over five years.

Mr. Shanahan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington and two advanced degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering, and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

 
 
 
 
By John Fannin: Top 5 Duty Stations in the Marine Corps

 
 
 
 
By John Fannin: Marine Corps: Ode to the Infantry Assaultman

Military January 13, 2018

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Pence Highlights Service Members’ Excellence, Expertise, Dedication
 
 
 
 

By Katie Lange: DoD, Nat Geo Team Up for Unrivaled DocuSeries on Fight Against Extremism

 
 
 
 
Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
 
 
 
 
By Army Pfc. Zoe Garbarino, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence: Face of Defense: Soldier Aims to Apply Experiences
 
 
 
 
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes U.S. Air Forces Central Command: A-10s Bring Thunder to Fight Against ISIS
 
 
 
 
By Brenda Law and Cori Fleser U.S. Africa Command: Africom Develops New Tool to Measure Women’s Progress

 
 
 
 
Week in Photos: Jan. 6-12, 2018 Week in Photos is a collection of the best images published on Defense.gov during a seven-day period.

Military January 12, 2018

By Air Force Master Sgt. Mike Smith, Air National Guard Training and Education Center: Face of Defense: Video Highlights Airman’s ‘Interesting’ Resilience
 
 
 
 
By Air Force Capt. Roderick Bersamina 129th Rescue Wing: Air National Guard Supports California Mudslide Rescue Efforts
 
 
 
 
By Air Force Senior Airman Curtis Beach Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson: Logistics Airmen in Alaska Keep Aircraft Airborne
 
 
 
 
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Chief of Naval Operations Stresses Leader Responsibility
 
 
 
 
By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: Here’s When Military, DoD 2017 Tax Forms Will Be Available
 
 
 
 

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Human Trafficking Has No Place in DoD, Pentagon Official Says

Military January 11, 2018

2017 Year in Review
 
 
 
 
By Angry Staff Officer: World War I Stands as a Lesson Against a “Bloody Nose” Strike on North Korea
 
 
 
 
Video by Senior Airman Andrew Carroll: President Signs Executive Order for Veteran Support
 
 
By Heather Chapman: Trump order aims to reduce suicide among new veterans
 
 
 
 
By Air Force Master Sgt. Phil Speck 379th Air Expeditionary Wing: Face of Defense: Basic Training Flightmates Serve Together 21 Years Later
 
 
 
 
Guardsmen Conduct Military Working Dog Medical Training
 
 
 
 
By Lisa Simunaci, Army Materiel Command: AMC Band Adds Muscle Shoals Sound to Legacy
 
 
 
 
By JoAnna Delfin, U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas: Face of Defense: Pursuing Christmas Thief Earns Recognition for Sailor
 
 
 
 
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity : DoD Owes Taxpayers Full Accounting of Assets, Comptroller Tells House
 
 
 
 
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: ‘Chain of Command’ TV Series Connects Strategy With Troops on the Ground