Category: Military

Military April 12, 2019

By Hope Hodge Seck: New Policy Will Automatically Review Some Military Valor Medals for Higher Award
By Kevin Freking: Trump Hosts Oval Office Celebration for 4 World War II Vets
By Paul Szoldra & Jeff Schogol: The Pentagon will decide by May 10 which military construction projects will be sacrificed for the border wall
By Robert Faturechi And T. Christian Miller, Propublica: How the Navy’s top commander botched the service’s highest-profile investigation in years
By Miles Bates, Henderson Daily Dispatch: A North Carolina school allegedly demoted an Army reservist from dean to gym teacher while he was on active duty
US DOD: Argentina Declassification Project
By Sean Mclain Brown: What Vets Can Learn From a Coffee-Focused Recon Marine
By James Barber: Marine Vet J.D. Vance’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Movie Will Star Amy Adams and Glenn Close



Military April 11, 2019

By Patricia Kime: Korean War POW Will Finally Be Buried in Arlington National Cemetery
The Associated Press: Retired General Confirmed as US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
By Morgan Lee and Mary Hudetz: US Jury Finds Former Air Force Chaplain Guilty of Sex Abuse
By Chad Sokol, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.: The Navy is investigating why a barge suddenly capsized at an Idaho stealth submarine facility
By Jeff Schogol: Navy dropping charges against USS Fitzgerald’s former CO and tactical action officer for collision
By Paul Szoldra: Watch Julian Assange, looking like bearded David Letterman, as he’s arrested outside Ecuador’s embassy
By James Clark: The VA failed to track a vet’s home care appointments. Then his foot became infected, and his leg had to be amputated
US Department of Defense: Face of Defense: Burning Passion
US Department of Defense: There’s Something About That Cat
By Oriana Pawlyk: Air Force Unveils New Changes to Officer Special Duty Assignments
Officers interested in applying should log into the MyVECTOR website and update their initial preferences.

The application window will open April 15 and close May 24.
By James Barber: Marine Vet Rob Riggle to Travel the World as ‘Global Investigator’ for Discovery

Military April 10, 2019

DOD Identifies Marine Casualties
By Jeremy Redmon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 2 veterans died by suicide at separate Georgia VA centers in one weekend
By Lukas Mikelionis: Wreckage of Japanese F-35 Found; Pilot Remains Missing
By Jeff Schogol, Haley Britzky: The Army just awarded $976 million in contracts for border wall construction
By Richard Sisk: New SOCOM Chief Pledges to Crack Down on Operator Misconduct
By Jared Keller: A Libyan militia rigged a Humvee with a monster 90mm cannon
By Rachael Riley, The Fayetteville Observer: Foreign national who triggered Fort Bragg gate closure to be deported
By Lillian Reed: Was Revolutionary War Hero General Casimir Pulaski Intersex?

By Jim Absher: Pentagon Seeking Survivors to Test Grief Support Apps
Family members over the age 18 who have experienced a loss can volunteer to become participants in the study.

Volunteers will be randomly assigned to one of two programs, GriefSteps or WellnessSteps. Once enrolled, participants will have access to their assigned program for six months and will be asked to provide feedback about their experience.

Enrollment is open through June 30.

You can sign up by going to and clicking “Enroll Now.” You’ll be asked to answer screening questions, to fill out an online consent form, and to complete a 20-minute survey. Once your application is submitted, you will be called by study personnel to complete a screening and enrollment.

Military April 09, 2019

By Jeff Schogol: The last Doolittle Raider has died at 103
Richard E. Cole (September 7, 1915 – April 9, 2019) was a career officer in the United States Air Force. He was one of the airmen who took part in the Doolittle Raid, serving as the co-pilot to Jimmy Doolittle in the lead plane of the raid.

Cole remained in China after the raid until June 1943, and served again in the China Burma India Theater from October 1943 until June 1944. He later served as Operations Advisor to the Venezuelan Air Force from 1959 to 1962. He retired from the Air Force in 1966 and in 2016, became the last living Doolittle Raider.[1]

By Oriana Pawlyk: US Contractor Found Alive After Being Announced Dead in IED Attack
By Chris Carola: Upstate NY Burial Likely for Remains of WWII Airman, Cousin Says
By James Clark: Meet the former Air Force test pilot who broke into the marijuana industry and wants you to join him
By James Barber: Chris Kyle’s Widow Taya Celebrates the ‘American Spirit’
Kyle’s own profound grief after her husband’s death has inspired her to use her own life to reach out to others. “American Spirit” tells the stories of the men and women she’s met and who have inspired her to work for a better world.

As Taya writes, “Every action, big or small, has the potential to spark someone else’s movement.”

By C. Todd Lopez: DOD Official: ‘Intense Campaign’ Addressing Military Housing Issues
By Jim Garamone: Health Care Transition Looks to Improve Processes for Wartime Missions, Beneficiaries
By WMUR: ‘That tank saved my life:’ 95-year-old World War II veteran gets surprise of a lifetime

Joe Quinn is the Executive Director of the Headstrong Project. Previously, he was the Director of Leadership Development for Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB). Before Team RWB, he was an Instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point and an Associate at the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). Joe also worked in Afghanistan as a Counterinsurgency Advisor for General David Petraeus’ Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT). He spent six years in the United States Army, where he served two deployments to Iraq. Joe received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Joe graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2002, where he played on the basketball team. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, although he currently lives in Manhattan with his wife Melanie and one year-old daughter Beckett with a baby boy on the way. He’s also an amateur writer and a professional Mets fan.

Military April 08, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Union Army Pvt. George Maynard

George H. Maynard (February 2, 1836 – December 26, 1927) was a Union Army soldier in the American Civil War who received the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.[1]

The Canadian Press: Vietnam Veteran who Died Christmas Eve Is Finally Laid to Rest
By Matthew Lee: US Declares Iran’s Guard Force a ‘Terrorist Organization’
By Haley Britzky: DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned
By Katie Moore, The Topeka Capital-Journal: Kansas National Guard captain submits resignation over handling of suicides
By Matthew Cox: Sig Sauer Honors Navy SEAL Hero With Epic Commemorative Pistol

Military April 07, 2019

By Julie Mack A Vietnam War widow visited the place where her husband was killed, with the man who shot him down
By Gina Harkins: The ‘Unflappable’ Warrior-Scholar: Meet Your Next Marine Corps Commandant
By David Vergun: Know Your Military Vice Chairman’s Final USO Tour Visits Eucom, Centcom


Military April 06, 2019

By Tom Roeder: Homecoming for Fallen Fort Carson Soldier Brings Ceremony, Silence, Tears
By Gina Harkins: Former MCPON Bawled Out Staff, Made Sailors Fetch Coffee: Investigation
By Alene Tchekmedyian and Paul Pringle: Head of California Air National Guard Ousted Amid Allegations of Retaliation
By Roxana Kopetman and Angela Naso: After Serving in the Military, Immigrants Now Facing Deportation
By Jim Absher: Obesity Is Not a Service-Connected Disability: VA
By Rachael Arroyo: How This World War II Vet Became James Bond’s Fixer
By Walter Ham: These Coasties Keep the Oldest West Coast Light on ‘The Rock’
By Rod Nickel, Reuters Hamid Shalizi, Reuters: ‘Fight and talk’: Afghan war escalates alongside peace push
By James Clark: Storm the blocky beaches of Normandy with these excellent WWII Lego knock-offs

Military April 05, 2019

Go For Broke: Army Unit’s Motto Now a National Day
But why choose April 5 to become “Go For Broke” Day? It was on April 5, 1945, that the 442nd RCT’s first Medal of Honor recipient, Pfc. Sadao Munemori, was killed in action near Seravezza, Italy.

Sadao Munemori (Japanese: 旨森 貞雄, August 17, 1922 – April 5, 1945) was a United States Army soldier[1] and posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor, after he sacrificed his life to save those of his fellow soldiers at Seravezza, Italy during World War II.[2][3]

Munemori was a private first class in the United States Army, in Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team.[4] For his actions, when the 442nd was part of the 92d Infantry Division, he was the only Japanese American to be awarded the Medal of Honor during or immediately after World War II.[5]


By Associated Press: Funeral Set for US Soldier who Died in North Korea in 1951
By Sara-Megan Walsh: WWII Aircraft Prepared to Retrace D-Day Flight
“We’re not trying to glorify war in the Commemorative Air Force, we’re trying to teach history and to honor those who served,” he said.

Travis said he’s had the honor of bringing many military veterans up in different aircraft to reflect their past experiences. His own father served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was killed in Italy 14 days before the fighting ended.

“It’s important to teach history to kids,” he said. “What [veterans] went through to give them the freedoms they have today.”
By Danielle Ohl: McSally to Service Academies: Stop Putting 19-Year-Olds in Charge of 18-Year-Olds
Special Operations Forces Profile: Chris Kyle
The Associated Press: Navy: 1 Hurt in ‘Domestic’ Shooting at NAS Oceana, Shooter Killed
By Reuters: The Pentagon has kicked off its new ‘narrowly-scoped’ Niger ambush review
The Angry Staff Officer Friday Fuming: WWII and Expectation Management
WWII and the Marshall Plan worked too well. They ruined the expectations of military leaders and policy wonks for generations to come. Which is why, if you hear “Well it worked in WWII,” run swiftly in the other direction, because it is the siren song of the best of all possible wars.

Military April 04, 2019

Video by James Shea, Andrew Miller and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Enright: A POW’s Story of Capture and Reunion
By Chad Garland: Marine Colonel Known for Heartfelt Iraq War Letters Laid to Rest
By Richard Sisk: ‘The Night Is Ours:’ Inside the Elite World of Coast Guard Ship-Boarding Teams
By David Vergun: Layered Missile Defense Network Protects Homeland, Deployed Forces
By Mary Hudetz: Priest faces charges that he abused an 11-year-old boy at Kirtland Air Force Base and a veterans cemetery
By Cathy Dyson: Remember the Tampa: Coast Guard Awarding Medals to Crew’s Descendants
A list of the crew of the Tampa, which included four Navy sailors, is available online at
By Joyce Raezer, Steve Schwab and Mike Linnington: Veterans’ Combat Trauma Is Often Passed Onto Their Children
By Oriana Pawlyk: Behind the Hazing Practice That Just Got 2 Air Force Commanders Fired
Last week, Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, relieved Lt. Col. Robb Fiechtner, 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; and Lt. Col. Joshua Cates, 5th Air Support Operations Squadron, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, from their posts after a command-directed investigation revealed that both squadrons were engaging in the hazing practice of “roll-ups,” said Capt. Kay Magdalena Nissen, spokeswoman for the 354th Fighter Wing.
 By Jared Keller: That moment a British soldier realizes he probably shouldn’t be using an elected official for target practice
By James Clark: Watch a Navy SEAL vet train Keanu Reeves to clear a room for ‘John Wick 3’

Military April 03, 2019

By Oriana Pawlyk: Badass Air Force Operator to Receive Silver, Bronze Star for Same Deployment
By Gina Harkins: Marine Officer to Next Commandant: Fix the Corps’ Identity Crisis
By Richard Sisk: JROTC Science Scholar Rises Above MS-13 Gang Violence
By Oriana Pawlyk: A-10 Warthog Squadron Receives Rare Award for Extraordinary Heroism in Syria
By Jared Keller: A civilian was ejected from a French fighter jet during takeoff
By Jeff Schogol: Elite TACP airmen caught up in hazing scandal that got two squadron commanders fired
“The 354th Fighter Wing alone has invested millions of dollars into our airman performance optimization effort, where we can provide them the resources, the physical training, the mental training in order to be lethal on the battlefield. Hazing practices put all those resources at risk.”

Bishop would not say if the two fired squadron commanders offered an explanation for why they allowed hazing to go on, but he said their mistakes were not the result of malice.

“First and foremost, Lt. Col. Fiechtner and Lt. Col. Cates are honorable officers that have served their country well in their careers,” Bishop said. “We need to remember that in this situation. They are great Americans, great people, but they just made decisions that led to a culture that did not enhance the mission effectiveness of the units and then also created the environment where hazing was allowed.”
By Haley Britzky: Army kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a cake-cutting ceremony, because of course