By Phillip Walter Wellman: Afghanistan: Remembering the Fallen of 2018
Military.com: In Memoriam: Famous Veterans Who Passed in 2018
Statement From Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan
By Richard Sisk: New Acting SecDef Shanahan Pledges to Carry Out Trump’s Policy Agenda
By Richard Sisk: Dana White Out as Pentagon’s Chief Spokeswoman
By Matthew Cox: New Army Tech Connects Commanders with Deployed Units
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By James Barber: Army Vet Pete Hegseth Hosts New Year’s Eve Coverage on Fox News
By Paul Szoldra: From Air Force Medal Of Honor To ‘Mullet Marine’ — The Most Popular Posts Of 2018
By Jared Keller: The Best Melee Weapons In US Military History, Ranked
By Nikki Wentling: Massachusetts Judge Sides with ‘Bad Paper’ Veterans Denied Bonuses
By Phillip Walter Wellman: Afghanistan: Remembering the Fallen of 2018
By Richard Sisk: Mattis’ Farewell Urges Troops to ‘Keep The Faith’ Despite Turmoil
By Amy Bushatz: Need to Know: These New UCMJ Laws Start Jan. 1
A series of sweeping reforms and updates to the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) kick in on Jan. 1, 2019, including the addition of some crimes, an expansion of victims’ rights and standardizing the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers on some military bases.
Chilled to The Bone!
Air Force Staff Sgt. Christina Parker, of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 168th Civil Engineer Squadron, plays the part of a water rescue victim during a training exercise at Polaris Lake, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 6, 2018. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rocky Vazquez, a 354th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection crew chief, leads the exercise and ensures safety in the frigid cold.
By James Clark: 5 Incredible Military Movies And Shows You May Have Missed In 2018
By Michael Peck The National Interest: Apple Removes Video Game That Portrays Taliban As the Enemy
Perhaps it could be argued that World War II games focus on a Third Reich that no longer exists, while Afghanistan ’11 could ruffle sensitivities because it depicts a Taliban that exists in the present. Still, for all the cruelty of the Taliban, it’s more than debatable that the Nazis were any better.
To be fair to Apple, some games deserve to be extinguished, such as the new neo-Nazi game where players kill Jews, gays and journalists. But games like Afghanistan ’11 are more than entertainment: they are interactive history that gives players a chance to step into the shoes of historical or current commanders and perceive the dilemmas that soldiers and politicians face.
Unless you believe that the American public suffers from too much knowledge about America’s nearly twenty-year war in Afghanistan, which has cost the lives of nearly 3,000 U.S. soldiers killed in action, then a simulation like Afghanistan ’11 fulfills a vital role.
By Paul Szoldra: She Was Worried ‘Nobody’ Would Come To World War II Vet’s Memorial Service. Hundreds Of Strangers Did
By Paul Szoldra: On New Year’s Eve, A Brief Phone Call Will Mark The End Of Mattis’ Tenure As Defense Secretary
The handoff between Mattis and Shanahan will have little pomp and circumstance when it takes place — in the form of a conference call just minutes before 2018 comes to a close, according to a defense official.
“Contact will be established by the Office of Secretary of Defense communications team who will bring Mr. Mattis and Mr. Shanahan into the call,” a defense official explained, adding that the call will go by an approved script that, unfortunately, will not be made public.
By James Clark: This Marine Survived 2 Mass Shootings In Just Over A Year. Now He’s Headed To Afghanistan
By Richard Sisk: Mattis to Officially Hand Off as Defense Secretary to Shanahan at Midnight Monday
By Amy Lieu: Korean War Veteran Surprised with 4 Medals — 7 Decades After Serving
Compilation of 60 Seconds at the Pentagon series for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
‘Hard Work Does Not Go Unnoticed’: Balancing Football, ROTC
Navy Chief Lucky Jackson
By Katie Hall and Nancy Flores: Richard Overton, Nation’s Oldest Man and WWII Veteran, Dies at 112
By Nick Bowman, Gainesville Times: ‘I’m Worried Nobody Will Come’ — Daughter Of WWII Hero Asks Vets To Celebrate Her Late Father’s Life
The Associated Press: Fort Bliss Soldier Arrested in Stabbing Murder, Wounding
By Patricia Kime: Guided Missile Destroyer’s Command Master Chief Fired
By Jim Mustian and Michael R. Sisak: Police Officer, Army Veteran in Subway Battle: ‘I’m Trying to Survive’
The initial lack of charges angered Ali’s union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which issued a fiery statement on Christmas Day urging that the men “be held accountable for their actions.”
The DA’s office said the prosecutors handling the sleeping violations were not aware the men were also suspected of fighting with Ali. Had they been, the charges wouldn’t have been dropped, spokesman Danny Frost said.
Alvarez, 36, is also charged with attempted assault, attempted possession of a weapon and menacing. He and Nunez, 27, were arrested on Wednesday. Alvarado, 31, turned himself in on Thursday.
By Matt O’Brien: Army Looks for a Few Good Robots, Sparks Industry Battle
Army Sgt. Patrick Raney, a multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer, discusses why he joined the Army and the lessons he’s learned during his years of service.
President, First Lady Make Surprise Visit to Troops in Iraq
The Associated Press | By Philip Issa: Iraqi Lawmakers Demand US Withdrawal After Trump Visit
By Nikki Wentling: Service After Death: Vet’s Parents Find Comfort After Donating Son’s Organs
By Patricia Kime: US Supreme Court Asks for Government Response in Feres Case
By Paul Walsh, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Veterans Group That Fraudulently Collected $425K Ordered To Close, Distribute Funds To Other Organizations
By Jared Keller: Here’s A First Look At One Of The Army’s Potential Black Hawk Replacements
y William Cole, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser: The Air Force Wants To Keep The KC-135 Flying For 100 Years
By Claudette Roulo: What on Earth is the Global Positioning System?
By Thomas Tracy and John Annese: Cop in Viral Video Fighting Subway Vagrants is Army Combat Veteran
Meanwhile, the police officers’ union blasted the decision by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office not to pursue charges against the five homeless men who attacked the brave cop.
“There’s no telling how much damage these mopes would have done to that courageous police officer had he not been equipped to handle them. Had it gone the other way we might have had a seriously injured or dead police officer instead,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
“It’s wrong that they were not charged for attacking him. The District Attorney’s job is to prosecute crimes, not to act like a social advocate.”
By Paul Szoldra: Incoming House Armed Services Chairman Says US In ‘Riskier Position’ After Mattis Forced Out
Stars and Stripes | By J.P. Lawrence Dunford Addresses Talk of Afghanistan Pullout at Holiday USO Show
By Jared keller: James Mattis’ Final Message To US Troops Holds Advice For Life After His Resignation
Stars and Stripes | By Martin Egnash The Airman in Black: When Johnny Cash Was Stationed in Germany
Detroit Free Press | By By Aleanna Siacon Flight Canceled, Soldier Spends Thousands Getting Home for Christmas
By Richard Sisk: In War and Baseball, Navy Seaman and Gold Medal Honoree Larry Doby Defeated Hate
The Angry Staff Officer A Letter Home from the Civil War on Christmas
By Paul Szoldra: Trump Will Remove Mattis, Replace Him With His Deputy On Jan. 1
By Dianna Cahn: No Dismissal in Court-Martial of USS Fitzgerald Commanding Officer
A military judge has ruled that statements made by the Navy’s top two flag officers, about a deadly 2017 destroyer collision, constituted apparent unlawful command influence — but not enough to merit a dismissal of the case.
The court-martial of Cmdr. Bryce Benson, the USS Fitzgerald’s former commanding officer, will go on.
New Haven Register, Conn.: Class-Action Suit Could Aid More Than 50,000 Iraq, Afghanistan War Veterans
NEW HAVEN — Through the efforts of a Yale Law School clinic, more than 50,000 U.S. Army veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are part of a newly certified class-action lawsuit that challenges the less than honorable discharges they received.
The plaintiffs are represented by the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic and co-counsel at Jenner & Block.