Category: Military

Military March 28, 2019

Statement by Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan on the Passing of Andrew W. Marshall

Andrew W. Marshall (September 13, 1921 – March 26, 2019)[1] was an American foreign policy strategist who served as director of the United States Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment from 1973 to 2015. Appointed to the position by President Richard Nixon, Marshall remained in office during all successive administrations that followed until his retirement on January 2, 2015.[2][3][4] He was succeeded in the role by James H. Baker.[5]


By Erika I. Ritchie, The Orange County Register: Death of Marine shot in head while on guard duty at Camp Pendleton ruled a suicide
By Haley Britzky: ‘He rose to the highest calling’ — President Trump presents Medal of Honor to fallen Army hero’s son

Trevor Oliver, son of Army Sgt. Travis Atkins, receives his father’s Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump
By Jared Keller: Fallen EOD tech left dozens of hidden love letters behind for wife before deploying to Afghanistan
One bullet.
By Jared Keller: Florida Navy lieutenant sentenced to 10 years for attempting to solicit child for sex
By Danielle Ohl: Midshipman Faces Sexual Assault, Obstruction of Justice Charges
The Associated Press: Bob Dole Promoted to Army Colonel at 95
The Angry Staff Officer: Thursday Thoughts: Developmental Counseling
By Jami Ganz: Army recruit faces long road to recovery after contracting flesh-eating disease
“It’s the most heartbreaking feeling a parent can feel. My son’s life has been forever altered and his future as a soldier for the United States Army has been destroyed by pure negligence,” Del Barba’s father, Mark Del Barba, said in a statement.

Mark maintains his son received poor medical care at Fort Benning — including a delay on being alerted to the positive test.

“All they had to do was look at his lab results,” Mark told News 3, “It was hand-written in [his] medical records: ‘Positive for culture. Call AM Monday.'”
He’s 25 years old, wonder how long this will follow him?

By Saja Hindi: Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Using Wingdings Font to Forge Army Orders
He was arrested Tuesday and is out on a personal recognizance bond.

Pemberton is accused of costing the city and county of Denver more than $20,000 for his own pay as well as overtime for other deputies, the DA’s office said.
By Carl Forsling: Selfless service and the ‘veteran superiority complex’
So maybe we should stop dissing everyone who’s not a veteran and start embracing what truly sets veterans apart — selfless service. That includes everyone from CIA analysts to teachers to that hipster with the collective garden feeding the disadvantaged.

Military service is but one way for people to prove their worth. It’s a special kind of service, but not the only kind.

If vets want more people to join them in serving this country, it’s better to welcome others into that club, and not insist that the only way to be bigger than oneself is to carry a gun.

Carl Forsling is a senior columnist for Task & Purpose. He is a Marine MV-22B pilot and former CH-46E pilot who retired from the military after 20 years of service. He is the father of two children and a graduate of Boston University and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Follow him on Twitter @CarlForsling

Military March 26, 2019

By Mary Biekert: Philanthropist Remembered for his Role in Planning Coast Guard Museum
By Patricia Kime: VA to Drop Fight Against Blue Water Navy Veterans
By Jeff Schogol: Shanahan orders new review into Niger ambush that left four soldiers dead
By Jeff Schogol: US-backed group in Syria says it suffered more than 11,000 killed and 21,000 wounded fighting ISIS
By James Clark: This Roman soldier’s 1,900-year-old payslip confirms the green weenie is immortal
Jackie Aina explains her duties during her years in the Army Reserve.

Former Army Reservist Jackie Aina explains why representation is so important to her, both in the military and the beauty industry.

Military March 25, 2019

By Dashiell Coleman: 74 Years Later, North Carolina Marines Remember Iwo Jima
By Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi: Intruder Detonates Gas Canisters near Japanese Office at Okinawa Marine Base
“This incident is currently under investigation by both the USMC Criminal Investigation Division, and the Okinawa Prefectural Police,” Marine Corps Installations Pacific spokesman Maj. Andrew Aranda told Stars and Stripes in an email. “It would be premature to comment on any details at this time.”

The incident happened just days after Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya announced that new landfill work would begin Monday for a controversial runway at Camp Schwab in the northern part of the island. The runway being built into Oura Bay will one day allow for the closure of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and the relocation of Marine air assets to Schwab.

The issue has been contentious for over a decade as Tokyo pushes ahead with construction despite opposition from a majority of Okinawan voters. Seventy-two percent of voters who turned out for a referendum on the project last month voted against it.
Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn visits Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers stationed in Poland
Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch Demsky, December 9, 1916)
Douglas first wanted to be an actor after he recited the poem The Red Robin of Spring while in kindergarten and received applause.[23] He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1941, shortly after the United States entered World War II, where he served as a communications officer in anti-submarine warfare aboard USS PC-1137.[1] He was medically discharged for war injuries in 1944 sustained from the accidental dropping of a depth charge.[24]


Military March 24, 2019

By Patricia Kime: Controversial Military Malpractice Policy May Be Closer to Overturn Than Ever
This Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a petition from Moani Daniel’s husband, Walter Daniel, in his case against the Navy hospital where his wife died. Like every other service member, Daniel was required to get medical care from the U.S. military, but her family is prohibited from suing for medical malpractice, barred by a 69-year-old legal ruling known as Feres that precludes troops from suing the federal government for injuries deemed incidental to military service.

“Suppose you had two sisters. One was on active duty and the other was a military dependent. Both of them give birth in adjoining rooms at the same military hospital [by the same doctor]. Both are victims of malpractice. One can sue and the other one can’t. How can that make sense?” asked attorney Eugene Fidell, a former Coast Guard judge advocate general and military law expert who lectures at Yale Law School.
Task & Purpose: NCIS is offering a reward for any info on who’s been leaving bomb threats in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard toilets; Paratroopers mark 25 years since the Green Ramp disaster; Pentagon identifies 2 soldiers killed in Afghanistan as Green Beret, EOD tech and more ->
By Frank Wilkes Lesnefsky: Purple Heart Recipient’s Mission: Design 1 New VFW Post Each Year
By Associated Press: Coast Guard Commissions Ship Named for Slain Petty Officer


Military March 23, 2019

Pearl Harbor Hero: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Doris “Dorie” Miller

Doris “Dorie” Miller (October 12, 1919 – November 24, 1943) was an American Messman Third Class in the United States Navy.[1] During the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Miller manned anti-aircraft guns (despite having no formal training in their use) and attended to the wounded. For his actions, he was recognized by the Navy and awarded the Navy Cross.

He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross, the third highest honor awarded by the US Navy at the time, after the Medal of Honor and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. The Navy Cross now precedes the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.[2] Miller’s acts were heavily publicized in the black press, making him an iconic emblem of the war for black Americans.[3] Nearly two years after Pearl Harbor, he was killed in action when his ship, Liscome Bay, was sunk by a Japanese submarine during the Battle of Makin.

One bullet.
By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune: Sailor charged with obtaining sexually explicit videos from 13-year-old girl
By Andrew Dyer, The San Diego Union-Tribune: Lack of leadership to blame for the VA’s botched ‘Forever GI Bill’ rollout, report says
By Kaitlin Schroeder: Air Force Chief of Staff: To Our Adversaries, It Sucks to Be You
By Gina Harkins: Marine Raiders Fire Back After Call to Disband MARSOC
By Mike Dowling: 11 Steps to Turning a Puppy Into a Badass Military Working Dog
Defense Department Recognizes Outstanding Family Programs
100-year-old former pilot recalls WWII fighter duty
Navy Swim Team “Shakes it Off” in Hilarious Video

Military March 22, 2019

By Jeff Schogol: 2 US troops killed in Afghanistan
By Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer: Army Ranger dies during parachute training after surviving 8 deployments
Soldier Who Stopped Suicide Bomber to Receive Medal of Honor

Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins
By David Ovalle, Miami Herald: Miami man charged with ordering assassination of Army Special Forces veteran who witnessed murder
By Sandy Hodson: Fort Gordon Bid Rigging Case Nets Another Guilty Plea from Former Army Colonel
By Gina Harkins: Marine Commandant Personally Invites MARSOC Trailblazer to Become an Officer
By Charles T. Clark, The San Diego Union-Tribune: A retired Navy SEAL is running to unseat embattled Marine vet turned congressman Duncan Hunter in California
By James Barber: The man behind ‘Lt. Dan’ is all patriotism, no politics
Coast Guard Commandant Delivers State of the Coast Guard Address

By Patricia Kime: Coast Guard Eyes Changes to Physical Standards, Tattoo Policy to Retain Troops
The Coast Guard is 14.6 percent women and 17 percent persons of color, including 5.9 percent African-American. To address what Schultz called a disparity between the service and the general population regarding diversity, the Coast Guard plans to commission a study on retaining underrepresented minorities, similar to the report it will release next week.

It also is examining its tattoo restrictions, policies that prevent single parents from enlisting and physical standards based on body mass index that limit recruitment and retention.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Jason Vanderhaden explained that the Coast Guard’s physical standards are largely based on body mass index, a measurement that doesn’t account for fitness, ability to do one’s job, muscle mass and overall body composition.
Defense Innovation Board Holds Quarterly Public Meeting Part 1
The Angry Staff Officer By Lt. Col. Jim Davitch: Never Tell Me the Odds: Prospect Theory, Risk Acceptance and Asteroid Fields
By Oriana Pawlyk: First Enlisted Woman to Try for Air Force Special Operations Weather Career
By Emma Moore: The Necessary Impact of Captain Marvel on the Military
The Pilot Behind the ‘Pardo Push’
What Comes Before Boot Camp?

Military March 21, 2019

Army veteran found guilty of murdering wife, New York state trooper; 2 reasons you should watch Netflix’s new sci-fi anthology: space Marines and GWOT werewolves and more ->
By Oriana Pawlyk: Air Force Orders Training, Safety Review in Wake of 737 Max Crashes
By Patricia Kime: VA to Offer New Ketamine-Based Nasal Spray for Depression
By Ryan Pickrell Business Insider: Marines just seized a small island in the Pacific as training for a looming China fight
By Caitlin Doornbos: Navy Says it Has Made Almost All Changes Recommended After Deadly Collisions
“My age-old question is ‘does it work and how do you know?’ And until I see ship specific data, I’m not going to be satisfied that we’re really making the progress that we should be,” he told Defense News Weekly.
BY Army Staff Sgt. Vanessa Atchley: High-Desert Trek Honors Bataan Death March Survivors
The event kicked off with an opening ceremony to honor the World War II service members who were part of the original march, some of whom were present. Afterward, racers were released by category to take on the course.
By Matthew Cox: Army Launches New App to Help Reservists Find Each Other
Luckey’s video presentation is located on the new Double Eagle App webpage on the Army Reserve’s website, which explains how soldiers can download the new app.


Military March 20, 2019

By Brandon Champion, Mlive.Com: Navy to name destroyer after Medal of Honor recipient who fell on grenade to shield wounded Marine
By Nikki Wentling: Congressmen Urge FBI to Investigate Bots Targeting Veterans with Fake News
WASHINGTON — Four congressmen urged the FBI on Tuesday to investigate “foreign entities” believed to be targeting service members and veterans online with false information.

Reps. Gil Cisneros, D-Calif., Don Bacon, R-Neb., Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Greg Steube, R-Fla., wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray, asking for an investigation into “suspicious” social media accounts that could be impersonating veterans service organizations.
By Richard Sisk: These US States Receive the Most in National Defense Spending
California, Virginia and Texas get the most defense dollars while Wyoming receives the least among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a Pentagon report released Tuesday.

Virginia’s 8.9 percent share also tops the list of states for defense spending as a share of state gross domestic product, followed by Hawaii at 7.3 percent and Connecticut at 5.6 percent. Oregon is at the bottom, at 0.5 percent, according to the report by the Defense Department Office of Economic Adjustment.

By Patricia Kime: Bill Would Require DoD to Pay for Combat Troops to Freeze Sperm, Eggs
The proposed Women Veterans and Families Health Services bill, S. 319, also would require the DoD to provide troops the option to freeze their eggs and sperm prior to deployment to a combat zone and store the specimens up to a year after leaving military service.
By Patricia Kime: VA Receives $25 Million Donation to Provide Genetic Testing for Veterans
A billionaire philanthropist has donated $25 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide genetic tests for veterans to help tailor their medical treatments and medications.

The VA and Denny Sanford, a South Dakota banker and Air Force Reserve veteran, announced the gift March 12. The money is expected to help up to 250,000 veterans through 2022, starting with those who have received a cancer diagnosis.
Task & Purpose: The battle for the last ISIS enclave is edging toward its end; 1,500 soldiers just rolled up in Germany to flex their rapid-deployment muscles; Foreign national who triggered Fort Bragg gate closure faces 7 charges; The Navy says its F-35C is ready for a fight. The Navy’s own data says otherwise and more ->
One Tricked-Out Ride – Meet the military’s newest tactical vehicle.
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And the Best Defense Foundation, founded by NFL star Donnie Edwards, took actual D-Day veterans back to their battlefields to remember their fallen.
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Military March 19, 2019

The Associated Press: Remains of Ohio Soldier Killed in Korean War Identified
The Associated Press: Pipe Tomahawk Given by Washington in 1792 Returned to Tribe
Task & Purpose: The Pentagon’s secretive military intelligence budget picks up a major boost; US-backed forces capture ISIS fighters tied to deadly Syria suicide bombing that killed 4 Americans; Mattis joining Hoover Institution to increase Stanford University’s overall lethality; The Corps’ top west coast general is readying his Marines for the next big war and more ->
By C. Todd Lopez: 4 Things to Know About the U.S.-France Relationship


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Military March 18, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Capt. Jack Treadwell

Jack LeMaster Treadwell[1] (March 31, 1919 – December 12, 1977) was a United States Army colonel and a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration for valor—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II. At the time of his retirement, Treadwell was believed to be the most decorated man in the United States Armed Forces. He is ranked among the Top 50 Most Highly Decorated US Military Personnel of All Time.

By Mike Corder and Aleksandar Furtula: Suspect Arrested in Dutch Tram Attack
By Dennis Hoey Portland Press Herald: Senior airman shot and killed while trying to stop armed robbery
By Janet Mcconnaughey: University Trumpeters Offer Taps for Veterans’ Funerals
The senior from Longview, Texas, is a member of Talons for Taps , named because the university’s mascot is the Warhawk — a nod to the World War II-era Curtiss P-40 Warhawk airplane. All are members of the ULM Trumpet Studio: seven trumpet majors and three other students taught by Assistant Professor Eric Siereveld.
DOD Announces FY2018 Minerva Research Initiative Awards
Task & Purpose: Iranian, Syrian military chiefs demand US withdraw its troops from Syria; ‘It was a lost cause’ — dramatic photos show Offutt Air Force Base engulfed by floodwaters; The Army is stockpiling ammo ahead of its​ next big fight; Mission creep, thy name is Syria: Up to 1,000 US troops may remain after ISIS is defeated and more ->
The Angry Staff Officer: Recruiting the Next Generation of National Guard Soldiers
By Richard Sisk: Here’s All the Government Programs that Help Vets with Jobs and Benefits
By Andrew Selsky: Veterans Court May Be Collateral Damage in Immigration Fight
“The Veterans Treatment Court creates a routine and a regimen that many vets can thrive in. It pulls them out of isolation,” said Michael Hajarizadeh, who represents the vets as a public defender. Many have post-traumatic stress, but the common thread is substance abuse, said Hajarizadeh, who himself is an Army veteran of the Afghanistan war.