By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Deputy Secretary Discusses Future of Space Force at Space and Missile Systems Center
By Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis New York National Guard: Face of Defense: Guard Soldier Uses Medical Skills to Save Boy’s Life
By Gina Harkins: NCIS Nabs 5 Sailors on Charges of Sex Crimes, Human Trafficking in Bahrain
Week in Photos Photos By Multiple photographers DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Week in Photos: Aug 25-31
By Jeff Schogol: T&P Is Hitting The Road With James Mattis, And We Want Your Questions
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Deputy Secretary Discusses Future of Space Force at Space and Missile Systems Center
By Dan Joling: Army Wife Charged with Killing her Babies in 2015, 2017
By Paul Szoldra: Retired US Soldier Who Met Taliban Negotiators Says ‘Common Enemy’ Of ISIS May Help End War
By Matt Ufford: Ask A Veteran: What Can I Tell A Young Person Who Wants To Enlist?
By Matthew Cox: First Female Enlisted Soldier Earns Army Ranger Tab
By Matthew Cox: Army Eyes Device That Can Launch, Recover Drones from a Moving Vehicle
By Richard Sisk: VA Ramps Up Hiring of Job Counselors for Disabled Vets
By Oriana Pawlyk: Retired Air Force Four-Star: How to Solve Aviation Crisis
By John Fannin: It’s Great to Be A Marine
By Scott Sturkol, Fort McCoy: Fort McCoy Firefighters Aid Local Flood Response, Relief Efforts
By Jeff Schogol: US Troops Will Remain In Syria Until Peace Is At Hand
By Gina Harkins: Lawyer Wants to Hold Government in Contempt of Court in Marine’s Case
By Oriana Pawlyk: B-1 Crew Makes ‘Emergency Landing’ Request in Newly Released Audio
By Gina Harkins: Navy Investigating Cause of Seahawk Hard Landing During Idaho Exercise
By Katie Lange Defense Media: Reporter for a Day: Military-Raised Students See What It’s Like
By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Samantha Schwoch Marine Forces Reserve:Face of Defense: Marine Reservist Leads Squad During Competition
By Oriana Pawlyk: Next-Gen Tracking Sensor Could Help Avoid Friendly Fire Accidents
By Air Force Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh 62nd Airlift Wing: Airmen Make it Rain Soldiers
By Tessa Poppe, Council of the Former Enlisted: The Dog I Brought Home From Afghanistan Actually Rescued Us
By Gina Harkins: Commander of the Navy’s Oldest Submarine Fired Amid Investigation
By tom ricks: The Civil War’s Latest Casualty: This Reenactor Who Shot Himself With A Minie Ball
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: McCain’s Life Should Serve as Example for Today’s Service Members, Mattis Says
By Joan Cook: Why McCain and All POWs Deserve Our Profound Respect and Gratitude
As a trauma psychologist who has spent the past 20 years working with combat veterans and former prisoners of war, I implore my fellow Americans to say our goodbyes to this American hero in a very different way. As Senator McCain, a man who was held prisoner of war for five-and-a-half years in Vietnam, lost his battle to brain cancer, let us take this opportunity to open our hearts and minds to the men and women who serve in uniform, particularly the diminishing number of former POWs.
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Dunford: U.S. Forces Busy Implementing Defense Strategy Worldwide
Department Of Defense Press Briefing by Secretary Mattis and General Dunford in the Pentagon Briefing Room Secretary Of Defense James N. Mattis; Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chairman General Joseph F. Dunford
By Oriana Pawlyk: Mattis Pours Cold Water on Afghan War Privatization Proposal
By Jeff Schogol: Mattis Shuts Down The Idea Of Privatizing The War In Afghanistan
By Gina Harkins: Navy Names Fleet Master Chief Russell Smith as New Top Enlisted Leader
By Capt. John Byron, U.S. Navy (Ret.): What’s Eating America’s Surface Navy? 11 Problems That Need Fixing Immediately
By Hope Hedge Seck: Maintenance Mistakes May Have Caused 2017 Navy Helicopter Crash off Guam
By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Laura Beckley 436th Airlift Wing: Reserve Airmen Help Support Fallen Troops
y Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc, U.S. Army (Ret.): The Pentagon Wants To Pull Special Operations Forces Out Of Africa. That’s A Huge Mistake
By Janet Mcconnaughey: Last Reunion for Famed US WWII Unit, ‘Merrill’s Marauders’
By Gina Harkins: New Marine Corps Order Officially Bans Revenge Porn, Race Supremacism
By Army Maj. Gregory McElwain, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team: Face of Defense: Soldier Connects With Vietnam Vet Father Through Shared Service
By Tom Ricks: John McCain: 6 Appreciations
By Richard Sisk: Trump Issues Proclamation to Honor McCain, Returns White House Flag to Half Staff
By Ryan Pickrell, Business Insider: China’s First Homegrown Aircraft Carrier Just Set Sail With A New Battle Group In The Making
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Navy, Army Commands Reflect, Support National Defense Strategy
By Ben Fox: Judge in 9/11 Case at Guantanamo Retires from Military
By Air Force Senior Airman Devin Boyer 86th Airlift Wing: U.S., Romanian Troops Work Together in Survival Training
By Bryan Gatchell, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning: Brothers Take Army Officer Candidate School Together
By Air Force Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman, 194th Wing: Face of Defense: Reserve Hospital Corpsman Serves to Help Others
By Brad Howard: 5.11 Tactical Invited Me To A Pants Party, And It Wasn’t Half Bad
ASYMCA Weekly Update for the week of August 27
By James Clark: We’re Launching A Confessions Column. To Get It Started, Here’s Our Dirty Laundry
By Drew Brooks: Golden Knight Killed in Plane Crash in Georgia
By Katie Lange, Department of Defense: Soldier Orders Unit to Fire Artillery at Him, Approaching Enemy
Lee Ross Hartell (August 23, 1923 – August 27, 1951) was a soldier in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions on August 27, 1951. He joined the Army from Danbury, Connecticut in 1949.
By August 26, 1951, First Lieutenant Hartell was on the ground as a forward observer with B Company, 9th Infantry Regiment at the base of Hill 700 near Kobanson-ni. Hill 700 was attacked and taken by B Company that day. But the Chinese mounted a major counterattack at 0400 hours. Hartell walked the artillery fire right up the hill on top of the charging enemy. Although many of the enemy were cut down, they just kept coming. Although wounded, he kept calling in artillery fire onto his hilltop. Finally at 0630 hours, Hartell was hit in the chest by a bullet and died.
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By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: DoD Mourns Death of Senator John S. McCain
By Adam Linehan: Green Beret Singled Out For Blame In Niger Ambush Probe Recommended For Silver Star
Medal of Honor: Heroes of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Guard Integral to DoD Effort to Build Lethality, Alliances, Mattis Says
By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Seth Bleuer, 194th Wing: Face of Defense: Air Guard Nurse Practitioner Aids Feathered Patient
By Paul Woolverton: Army Special Forces Major Accused of ‘Revenge Porn’ in Lawsuit
By Chase Cook: Fired Naval Academy Professor Sent Photo of Self in Speedo to Students: Records
By Andrew Dyer: ‘Ugly Angels’ Fly Again After Wings Clipped Six Years Ago
By Jeff Mcmenemy: ‘Ultimate American Airman’ Among Cancer Deaths at Air National Guard Base
By Kevin Landrigan: Female Vets Running for Congress Find Service Records Under Attack
Sam Morningstar, author of the Combat Veterans Forum, wrote in a July 2017 commentary that the term combat veteran can be complicated.
“A military member or veteran that served in a combat zone might sometimes be called a combat veteran in certain contexts. However, some folks might have the view that an actual combat veteran is one that was directly involved in active combat while others might extend this definition a bit more,” Morningstar wrote.
O’Rourke said if Sullivan had served in combat she would have received a combat ribbon that the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard give out, and he’s demanded she produce one.
“I have never heard someone deployed to an area who didn’t fight who said they fought. You would never use that word,” said O’Rourke, who’s earned the Army Combat Action Badge.
The Angry Staff Officer: Being a Rebel Leader: Disciplined Disobedience in the Army
By Politico Staff: ‘My fellow Americans’: A farewell from McCain’s ‘The Restless Wave’
“The Restless Wave,” John McCain’s recently published book written with Mark Salter, concludes with a statement he characterized as “work that needs finishing.”
Here is that statement:
“My fellow Americans. No association ever mattered more to me. We’re not always right. We’re impetuous and impatient, and rush into things without knowing what we’re really doing. We argue over little differences endlessly, and exaggerate them into lasting breaches. We can be selfish, and quick sometimes to shift the blame for our mistakes to others. But our country ‘tis of thee.‘ What great good we’ve done in the world, so much more good than harm. We served ourselves, of course, but we helped make others free, safe and prosperous because we weren’t threatened by other people’s liberty and success. We need each other. We need friends in the world, and they need us. The bell tolls for us, my friends, Humanity counts on us, and we ought to take measured pride in that. We have not been an island. We were ‘involved in mankind.‘
“Before I leave, I’d like to see our politics begin to return to the purposes and practices that distinguish our history from the history of other nations. I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different. We are citizens of a republic made of shared ideals forged in a new world to replace the tribal enmities that tormented the old one. Even in times of political turmoil such as these, we share that awesome heritage and the responsibility to embrace it. Whether we think each other right or wrong in our views on the issues of the day, we owe each other our respect, as long as our character merits respect, and as long as we share, for all our differences, for all the rancorous debates that enliven and sometimes demean our politics, a mutual devotion to the ideals our nation was conceived to uphold, that all are created equal, and liberty and equal justice are the natural rights of all. Those rights inhabit the human heart, and from there, though they may be assailed, they can never be wrenched. I want to urge Americans, for as long as I can, to remember that this shared devotion to human rights is our truest heritage and our most important loyalty.
“Then I would like to go back to our valley, and see the creek run after the rain, and here the cottonwoods whisper in the wind. I want to smell the rose-scented breeze and feel the sun on my shoulders. I want to watch the hawks hunt from the sycamore. And then take my leave, bound for a place near my old friend Chuck Larson in the cemetery on the Severn, back where it began.”
“‘The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it,’ spoke my hero, Robert Jordan, in [Ernest Hemingway’s] ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.‘ And I do, too. I hate to leave it. But I don’t have a complaint. Not one. It’s been quite a ride. I’ve known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war, and helped make a peace. I’ve lived very well and I’ve been deprived of all comforts. I’ve been as lonely as a person can be and I‘ve enjoyed the company of heroes. I’ve suffered the deepest despair and experienced the highest exultation. I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times.
“I leave behind a loving wife, who is devoted to protecting the world’s most vulnerable, and seven great kids, who grew up to be fine men and women. I wish I had spent more time in their company. But I know they will go on to make their time count, and be of useful service to their beliefs, and to their fellow human beings. Their love for me and mine for them is the last strength I have.
“What an ingrate I would be to curse the fate that concludes the blessed life I’ve led. I prefer to give thanks for those blessings, and my love to the people who blessed me with theirs. The bell tolls for me. I knew it would. So I tried, as best I could, to stay a ‘part of the main.‘ I hope those who mourn my passing, and even those who don’t, will celebrate as I celebrate a happy life lived in imperfect service to a country made of ideals, whose continued service is the hope of the world. And I wish all of you great adventures, good company, and lives as lucky as mine.”
Statement by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. on the Passing of Senator John McCain
Statement from the Office of Senator John McCain
By Veronica Rocha, Christina Kline, Brian Ries and Meg Wagner, CNN: Remembering John McCain
“I would like to believe on that fatal day in March of 2002, John heard the voice of the lord ask him, ‘Who shall I send? And who shall go for us?'” Wright said on Friday.
“I’d like to believe — you know actually I’m pretty sure — that John answered for our nation: ‘Here am I. Send me,'” he said.
The Angry Staff Officer: Training for Defeat
By Kirsten Grieshaber: Huge Wildfire Southwest of Berlin Risks WWII Arms Blasts
Remarks by Secretary Mattis at the U.S. Transportation Command change-of-command ceremony, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis Touts Past, Future at Transcom Change of Command
Fox News: Homeless Vet who Helped Stranded Woman Says He Can’t Get GoFundMe Cash
In an interview with the Inquirer last week, D’Amico said he controls the money and will start dispensing it when Bobbitt gets a job and stops using drugs.
“Giving him all that money, it’s never going to happen. I’ll burn it in front of him,” he said, adding that giving an “addict” the money would be like “giving him a loaded gun.”
By Gina Harkins: Marine Infantry Leader Fired for Loss of Trust Weeks Before Deployment
By Rose L. Thayer: Mechanical Issue Led to Ammo Can Dropping from Army Aircraft onto Texas School
No one was reprimanded for the incident because it was a mechanical issue, said Lt. Col. Crystal X. Boring, public affairs director for the division and Fort Bliss.
“Based on recommendations from the investigating officer, the aviation brigade commander immediately changed the flight path of future aviation missions,” she wrote in an emailed statement. “We have full faith and confidence in the aviation brigade leadership and their ability to constantly seek methods to improve flight operations and ensure an incident like this doesn’t happen in the future.”
By richard Sisk: Duncan Hunter Denies Fraudulent Wounded Warrior Purchases, Blames Wife
By Robert Wormley: This is Your DoDEA 2019 Teacher of the Year
By Darcie Moran: This Pilot Escaped the Vietnam War on a ‘Borrowed’ Air Force C-130
By Amy Bushatz: They Call It ‘Post Traumatic Growth.’ I Call It ‘Living’
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Week in Photos Photos By Multi photographers DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Aug 18-24
Bob Mayer: Letter from Ulysses Grant 1839
On what would have been their 26th wedding anniversary, Valerie Nessel, the widow of fallen Air Force Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman, accepted his Medal of Honor from President Donald J. Trump during a ceremony at the White House yesterday.
Medal of Honor Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony Honors Airman
Department of Defense Press Briefing by General Nicholson via teleconference from Kabul, Afghanistan General John W. Nicholson Jr., Commander, Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan; Colonel Rob Manning, Director, Defense Press Office
By Paul Szoldra: Here’s How Top Military Leaders Have Described US ‘Progress’ In Afghanistan Over The Last Decade
The dark truth is all the killing at night in far-away places is keeping us safe and we need to continue it indefinitely while keeping the scars on our society and costs to our country a small as possible. America cannot afford to mortgage its future prosperity and spend the capital of its youth on remaking countries in its own image. Because at the end of the day, the leaders go home to paint pictures, passing classified information to their biographers/mistresses, and collect huge speaker and consultant fees while tens of thousands of boy and girls don’t come home or have their lives changed forever.
As a former grunt, my hope for future generations is that the U.S. government and the generals don’t forget this and leave the killing to a small tribe of rough men and women.
Fletcher Schoen is a former U.S. Army Ranger with five and half years of service. He enlisted in the Army in 2012 and finished as a Sergeant in 2017. A graduate of Ranger, Airborne, and Sniper Schools, he deployed twice to Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment. He currently lives in D.C. and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Security Studies at Georgetown University.
By Katie Lange: Acquisition Career Management in the 4th Estate
By Katie Lange, Department of Defense: ‘No Room for Error’: That’s How These PJs Remember the Thai Cave Rescue
By Marine Corps Cpl. Jorge Rosales 6th Marine Corps District: Face of Defense: Man Sheds 40 Pounds to Serve as Marine Corps Officer
Coast Guard HC-130 Crew Drops Message Block to Adrift Skiff in Bering Sea
President Donald J. Trump Awards Medal of Honor During White House Ceremony: Air Force Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman
By Oriana Pawlyk: ‘Extraordinary Sacrifice:’ Trump Awards Medal of Honor to Fallen Airman
By Oriana Pawlyk: New Details Reveal Airman John Chapman’s Heroism at Roberts Ridge
By Oriana Pawlyk: MoH Recipient John Chapman Wasn’t Left Behind by His Team, Family Says
By Jeff Schogol: After 16 Years, Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman Finally Receives The Medal Of Honor
By Paul Szoldra: Read The Full Citation For Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman’s Medal Of Honor
By Matthew Cox Miitary.com: Valor Awards Provide A Glimpse At The Quiet Dangers Of Afghanistan ‘Advise And Assist’ Missions
By Leada Gore, Alabama Media Group: Hawaii Soldier To Plead Guilty To Supporting ISIS After Sting Operation
By Oriana Pawlyk: Total Hydraulic Failure Caused Deadly T-38 Crash in November, Air Force says
By Matthew Cox and Hope Hodge Seck: Army Fires 2-Star General at Virginia Base
By Katie Lange: Chaplain’s Special Assignment Offered Change of Pace, Perspective
By Zoe N. Jackson, Department of Defense: How An NROTC Scholarship Can Create New Opportunities
By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chuck Broadway DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Why I Serve: The Kalkbrenner Family
By Air Force Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell, 341st Missile Wing: Face of Defense: Twin Airmen Pursue Education, Future Commission Together
ASYMCA Weekly Update for the week of August 20
By Lori Lou Freshwater: What Happened at Camp Lejeune I grew up drinking and bathing in the toxic waters around a military base in North Carolina. Thirty years later, I went back to investigate.