Category: Military

Military January 12, 2019

By Chad Garland: Medevac Crew Earns Valor Awards Following Harrowing Rescue Mission
What about quality of life for those who made it back? Slow death and suicide?
By Shannon Collins: Desert Storm: A Look Back
About 697,000 U.S. troops took part in the war, with 299 losing their lives.
By Lisa Ferdinando: World War II Veterans Pay Homage on Pearl Harbor Anniversary
(Editor’s note: Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Raymond Schaaf died Dec. 17, 2018, at age 93. We are grateful that he took the time to share his experiences with the Defense Department during his visit to Washington. The staff offers its condolences to his family and friends.)
Task & Purpose News: GoFundMe Is Refunding More Than $21 Million Raised By Air Force Veteran To Build The Border Wall; Sub Commander Fired Over Allegations He Hired 10 Hookers On Deployment; The Current Government Shutdown Is Now The Longest In US History and more ->
By Levi Guerra: Terminally Ill Boy Achieves Dream, Becomes Honorary Marine at Miramar
By James Barber: Army Veteran Luis Bordonada Shines in ‘SGT. Will Gardner’
By Matthew Cox: Smith & Wesson Unveils New Customized .38 Snub-Nosed Revolver

Military January 11, 2019

By Paul Walsh, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Wisconsin Man Charged With Killing Disabled Army Vet With An Arrow Through The Chest
By Janet Mcconnaughey: WWII Bombardier Dies in Veterans Home at 96
By Leada Gore, Alabama Media Group: WWII Remains Identified As Those Of Hero Sailor Credited With Saving 15 Lives At Pearl Harbor
By Wendy Brown: Soldier Saves Man’s Life with Hoodie, Ink Pen
DoD Launches Talent Exchange Pilot Program to Strengthen the Acquisition Workforce
By James Clark: It Looks Like The Real Star Of ‘Captain Marvel’ Is The Air Force

Military January 10, 2019

Task & Purpose: The Contractor Whose Mysterious Death Is Being Investigated Was A Decorated Green Beret Former; Guantanamo Base Commander Charged With Impeding Death Inquiry, Lying About Affair; The Military Is Cutting Thousands Of Medical Jobs So It Can Focus On Lethality Or Something; China Swallowed Islands In The South China Sea. Now It Wants To Eat Djibouti Like Groceries and more ->
By Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell: Iran Says it Holds US Navy Veteran, First Arrest of Trump Era
By Oriana Pawlyk: Trial Date Set for F-22 Pilot Charged With Rape
By Caitlin Doornbos: After Years of Talks, Japan to Buy Island for US Carrier Landing Practice
Face of Defense: Master of Battle
Human Trafficking: How We Can Recognize and Combat It

Military January 08, 2019

The Associated Press: Tuskegee Airman John ‘Captain Jack’ Lyle dead at 98
By Jeff Schogol: Marine Under Investigation After Blaming Underage Girls For Having Sex With Older Men
“There would be no such thing as statutory rape if there weren’t young girls WILLING to have sex with older Men there would only be Rape!” McBride wrote in one post, a screenshot of which was obtained by Task & Purpose.

McBride also wrote that he believes parents should teach young girls not to have sexual relationships with older men.

“Just so I can clear the air I believe every pedophile and predator should stay in jail for life,” McBride wrote. “However all these young girls are NOT innocent victims.”
Sisters in Arms: Blood and Sweat

Military January 07, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. George E. Davis

George Evans Davis (December 26, 1839 – June 28, 1926) was a recipient of the Medal of Honor during the American Civil War.

By Paul Szoldra: Harrowing Audio Shows Moment When An Israeli F-15’s Canopy Comes Off At 30,000 Feet
They both tell each other they are doing fine, before the pilot starts talking to the ground about where to land and calmly relays what’s happening. And then once he got on the ground, he very likely had to get the ground crew’s help with getting his huge brass balls up and out of the cockpit.

Israeli Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin has ordered all F-15 training flights ceased until an investigation is completed, according to JPost.

Military January 06, 2019

By Amaani Lyle – Shanahan: Former Defense Secretary Brown Shaped U.S. Military for Decades
Harold Brown (September 19, 1927 – January 4, 2019) was an American nuclear physicist who served as U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1977 to 1981, under President Jimmy Carter. Previously, in the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson administrations, he held the posts of Director of Defense Research and Engineering (1961–1965) and Secretary of the Air Force (1965–1969).[1]

A child prodigy, Brown graduated from the Bronx High School of Science at age 15, and earned a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University at age 21.[2] As Secretary of Defense, he set the groundwork for the Camp David Accords, took part in strategic arms negotiations with the Soviet Union and supported, unsuccessfully, ratification of the SALT II treaty.

Defense Department Announces Departure of Chief of Staff
By Abraham Kenmore, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.: We Salute The Fort Drum Soldier Who Saved A Stranger’s Life After She Was Stabbed 17 Times On Christmas Day
By Abraham Kenmore, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.: Meet @LadyLovesTaft, The 10th Mountain Division’s New ‘Mother Of The Mountain’
By Meris Lutz: Contaminated Groundwater, a Toxic Legacy of Georgia’s Air Bases

Military January 05, 2019

By Jared Keller: The Hero WWII Paratrooper Who Once Tricked 15,000 Germans Into Surrendering Has Died
Thomas Moffatt Burriss (September 22, 1919 – January 4, 2019) was an American businessman and politician in the state of South Carolina.

By Wyatt Olson: Army Dog Handler Found Dead in Alaska Home During Welfare Check
A 25-year-old Army dog handler was found dead Wednesday at his home in North Pole, Alaska, the Army said.

Alaska law enforcement officers discovered the body of Sgt. Jorden Thomas Williams during a welfare check that had been requested by family members living outside the state, the Army said Friday in a statement.
By Jessica Schladebeck: Terrorist Who Masterminded USS Cole Bombing Reportedly Killed During Airstrike In Yemen
By Jeff Schogol: Chief Master Sergeant At Air Force Nuke Command Fired For Sending Inappropriate Texts
By Jeff Schogol: Male And Female Marine Recruits To Train Together At Parris Island, But Not For The Reason You Think
By Caitlin Doornbos: Three Purple Heart Recipients Meet on First Day of New Congress
Army veteran and Florida Rep. Brian Mast tweeted a photo Thursday marking the swearing-in ceremony of fellow wounded veterans and Republican congressmen Jim Baird and Dan Crenshaw.

“5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American,” Mast captioned the image in a post on Twitter. “Welcome to Congress, @ElectJimBaird and @DanCrenshawTX.”
By John Vandiver: Marine Deemed Falsely Accused of War Crimes Recommended for Higher Retired Rank
A retired Marine Corps officer whose career was damaged after his unit was falsely accused in 2007 of war crimes in Afghanistan should have his rank elevated and be awarded back pay for damages, a Navy board has determined.
By Elizabeth Dole: Military and Veteran Caregivers: Mapping to Answers
The Military and Veteran Caregiver Journey Map is a new, digital answer to a long-unanswered question: How do we best marry the needs of military caregivers to the parties that want to help?

The map seeks to connect the right resources to the right people at the right time. By mapping key points of interaction, the milestones where the appropriate people, organizations and service providers can step in, we’ll achieve far better outcomes for our veterans and their caregivers.

These hidden heroes deserve our help, and they should not be left to chart their course alone.
The F-35C Lightning II is the Navy’s aircraft carrier version of the new joint strike fighter

Military January 04, 2019

By Rip It Energy Fuel: We Salute These 5 Post-9/11 Service Members Who Are Basically Superhumans
By Patricia Kime: Senators Want Answers on Misspent VA Suicide Prevention Funds
By William Howard: USAA to Pay $12M to Members After Failing to Stop Unauthorized Electronic Payments
By Oriana Pawlyk: Air Force Approves HIV Prevention Drug; Waiver Still Needed
“The Air Force Medical Standards Working Group has been actively investigating the use of Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir combination drug) for HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) by airmen in a flying status,” Lopez said. “The working group met to discuss the use of the drug and its impact to flying safety.”
By Tom Ricks: What Military Units Can Learn From The Rules And Suggestions Of My Local Animal Shelter
The Angry Staff Officer By Sergeant Swivel: Learning from Bad Examples: When Poor Leadership Can Be Valuable
By Claudette Roulo: 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Pentagon
National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Military January 03, 2019

By Jeff Schogol: Corps Identifies Marine Who Died After Shooting At Marine Barracks Washington
By Caitlin Foster: Decorated Green Beret Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Nearly 90 Pounds Of Cocaine Into The US On A Military Aircraft
By Paul Szoldra: Russia Indicts Marine Veteran Paul Whelan On Spying Charges
By Kara Driscoll: New Device Helps Fighter Pilots Urinate. And Possibly Saves Lives
By Matthew M. Burke: Family Fights to Display Medal of Honor in Marine Legend’s Hometown
By John T. Kuehn: It’s Time to Reconsider Trump And Foreign Policy: Maybe He’s On To Something
By Anthony King: 4 Myths Of Mission Command Everyone Should Reconsider

Military January 02, 2019

By Hope Hodge Seck: As Teens Born After 9/11 Reach Military Age, Recruiters Face New Challenges