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Army Sgt. First Class Lawrence Joel -> Army Medic Receives Medal of Honor for Heroic Actions in Vietnam

Army Sgt. First Class Lawrence Joel

Joel spent three months recovering from his wounds in a hospital in Saigon, Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star, and later, the Medal of Honor, by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was the first living African-American to receive the Medal of Honor since the Spanish-American War ended in 1898.

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wiki: Lawrence Joel (February 22, 1928 – February 4, 1984) was a United States Army sergeant first class who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. While serving in Vietnam as a medic with the rank of Specialist Five assigned to 1st Battalion of the 503rd Infantry Regiment in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Joel received the Silver Star and the Medal of Honor for his heroism in a battle with the Viet Cong that occurred on November 8, 1965. He was the first medic to earn the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam conflict[1] and the first living black American to receive this medal since the Spanish–American War in 1898.[citation needed]

Military February 13, 2018

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis: On the Record Press Gaggle by Secretary James N. Mattis Press Operations
By David DeKunder, 502nd Air Base Wing: Face of Defense: Sisters in Different Services Train Together
By Alex Snyder, Defense Media Activity: Lincoln: The Man, the President, the Inventor
Although the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, is best known for abolishing slavery and keeping the United States together through the Civil War, he also was a huge supporter of science, and is the only U.S. president to have been awarded a patent.

His invention? A device called “Buoying Vessels Over Shoals,” intended to help boats navigate shallow waters by using sturdy waterproof fabric chambers that could be inflated when it was obvious a ship was close to becoming stuck. The air pockets would lift the watercraft above the surface of the water, providing enough clearance to avoid crashing or stranding.
Press Operations: DoD Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal
“To address the scope and pace of our competitors’ and adversaries’ ambitions and capabilities, we must invest in modernization of key capabilities through sustained, predictable budgets. Our backlog of deferred readiness, procurement, and modernization requirements has grown in the last decade and a half and can no longer be ignored. We will make targeted, disciplined increases in personnel and platforms to meet key capability and capacity needs. The 2018 National Defense Strategy underpins our planned fiscal year 2019-2023 budgets, accelerating our modernization programs and devoting additional resources in a sustained effort to solidify our competitive advantage.” – Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States of America
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: President’s Fiscal 2019 Defense Budget Request Calls for $686.1 Billion

Music February 12, 2018




Military February 11, 2018

By MaryTherese Griffin, U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition: Soldier Takes Aim Toward DoD Warrior Games and Beyond
By Grady Fontana, Military Sealift Command Far East: Military Sealift Command Delivers Cobra Gold Essentials

American Grit – Educate, Inspire, Inform

By Shawn Snow: California mountain to be named after Marine killed in Afghanistan

By Thomas M. Hammond Military Times: William H. Carney: The first black soldier to earn the Medal of Honor

By John Fannin: Miss Veteran America 2018

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Military February 10, 2018

By Samantha Angaiak: Alaska Air National Guard celebrates new recruitment office location
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: America’s History, Future Integral to Pacific, Dunford Says
By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Opioids Present Unprecedented Threat, Sessions Tells Southcom Summit
From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release: Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Military February 09, 2018

By Blake Essig: Operation Afghanistan: Reporter’s Notebook
AFGHANISTAN (KTUU) – “You can leave the ‘stan, but the ‘stan will never leave you. Enjoy your visit.” Those were the words Col. Brian Beckno, NATO Resolute Support said to me minutes after arriving at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. At the time, while I had a few ideas, I really didn’t know what to expect from my first trip to a war zone. Two weeks later, I know those words he spoke, for better and worse, were 100 percent the truth.
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: U.S. Forces Strike Taliban, East Turkestan Islamic Movement Training Sites
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Pence: U.S., Allies to Continue Peacefully Dismantling North Korea’s Nuke Program

By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: DoD Assets Set Scene for Heroes in ‘15:17 to Paris’

By Army Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos, Task Force Spartan: Face of Defense: Perspective, Tenacity Mark Soldier’s Career
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson 379th Air Expeditionary Wing: C-17 Crews Help to Realign Assets to Afghanistan
By Sharon Holland Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences: Uniformed Services University Offers Degree Opportunities for Enlisted Members
By Alexandra Snyder, Defense Media Activity: Happy 60th Birthday, DARPA! Here’s Six Reasons We Celebrate You
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, sure looks good for 60! In honor of it entering a new decade yesterday, we’ve compiled our six favorite DARPA inventions: Read more ->

Military February 07, 2018

By Claudette Roulo DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Shanahan: National Defense Strategy Reflects DoD’s ‘Will to Win’
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis Urges Congress to Provide Budget Predictability for DoD

General Paul J. Selva Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Dunford Visits With Australian Chief of Defense, Moves on to Thailand

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
By Scott Gross: Inside the Gates: Operation Punch Bowl
Operation Afghanistan: Finding a suit at the bazaar
Blake Essig finds out how easy it can be to find a suit on short notice in Afghanistan at the bazaar on Tactical Base Gamberi.

The Angry Staff Officer – Gin: the Military Spirit

You know, there’s nothing quite like a cold gin and tonic on a hot summer’s day – where you can see the condensation slowly build up on the exterior of the glass and smell the tang of lime ga…

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Medal of Honor: Army Pfc. Joseph Rodriguez

By Katie Lange: MoH Recipient Destroyed 5 Foxholes to Take Stronghold in Korea

“I was very angry, the fact that they had all of our men pinned down. And I felt something had to be done,” Rodriguez said in an interview archived with the Library of Congress. “I didn’t even think about it. I just did it.”