Category: Military

Naval Officer Earned Medal of Honor, Gave Nation ‘A Lesson in The Brotherhood of Man’

In the military, service members often refer to themselves as “brothers and sisters in arms.”

For Navy Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, a Korean War Medal of Honor recipient, that brotherhood existed across all spectrums, even in a time of deep racial tension.

Naval Officer Earned Medal of Honor, Gave Nation ‘A Lesson in The Brotherhood of Man’

Mattis, Qatari Senior Official Discuss Defense Issues

Mattis, Qatari Senior Official Discuss Defense Issues

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2017 — During a Dec. 28 phone conversation, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis congratulated Qatar Minister of Defense Khalid Al-Attiyah for the minister’s promotion to deputy prime minister, according to a statement released by Pentagon press operations.


Operation Inherent Resolve

Press Gaggle with Secretary Mattis

Press Gaggle with Secretary Mattis

SECRETARY JAMES N. MATTIS: Yes. Yes, understand. Understand. (Laughter.) Good to see you all, and thank — for those of you who have been here for the last year or the last 15 years.

I took Bob Burns on a trip down to Gitmo and Mayport, Lejeune and Bragg. Took the small plane. Then the reason why is I didn’t want to show up and “doomsday” and — excuse me — and basically have troops who would otherwise have been on leave and everything to — it’s a big group coming and a lot of press — and everybody show up.


Mattis Says Operations Against ISIS Will Change in 2018

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis Says Operations Against ISIS Will Change in 2018

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2017 — The destruction of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s physical caliphate will change the way the coalition will go after the terror group, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told Pentagon reporters here today.

Operations against the terror group dominated the informal press gaggle with the secretary.

“We sit here today at the end of 2017, the caliphate is on the run, we’re breaking them,” he said.

Some ISIS terrorists escaped the encirclement of Raqqa into the Middle Euphrates River Valley. “We are in the process of crushing the life out of the caliphate there while trying to keep the innocent people safe — which is very hard with this group,” he said.


Military December 28, 2017

By ALEXANDRA: The Call of Duty: Soldiers Respond to Deadly Train Derailment
On Dec. 18, a brand new commuter train derailed over an interstate highway outside Seattle, plunging from an overpass across multiple traffic lanes, and taking its dozens of terrified passengers with it.

A soldier commuting to his early morning shift at Madigan Army Medical Center on nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord saw the train derail and immediately rushed to help the injured passengers.

Army 2nd Lt. Robert McCoy was driving down the I-5 when he heard a loud bang and saw several train cars barreling down towards him.

By Fort Irwin Public Affairs Officer Ken Drylie & Katie Lange, Defense Media Activity: Fort Irwin’s Elusive Donkey, Tripod, Finds Home for the Holidays

By Susan A. Romano, Air Force Technical Applications Center: Face of Defense: Twin Brothers’ Bonds Extend Past Upbringing
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., Dec. 27, 2017 — It is well known that twins share a unique bond that transcends other sibling relationships. It’s common for twins to live, work and recreate within close proximity to each other throughout their lives.

But for one pair of Air Force twins, they’ve taken that commonality several steps further.

Staff Sgt. Jordan Peterson and his two-minute-older brother, Senior Airman Jarrod Peterson, are assigned to the Air Force Technical Applications Center here. They are both web developers for AFTAC’s Cyber Capabilities Squadron and share the same Air Force Specialty Code — 3D0X4. They in the same center, squadron and flight. They also sit within feet of each other behind the secure walls of CYCS’s help desk.

By Army Spc. Andrew Valenza New York National Guard: Annual Christmas Eve March Celebrates Deployed Service Members
GLENS FALLS, N.Y., Dec. 27, 2017 — New York National Guard soldiers, airmen, families and community supporters made up more than 1,200 marchers here Dec. 24 as part of a Christmas Eve road march to celebrate the service of overseas-deployed U.S. troops of the past and today.

By Army 1st Lt. Mark Schneider, 16th Sustainment Brigade: Second Troop Rotation Arrives in Poland to Support Atlantic Resolve
POWIDZ, Poland, Dec. 27, 2017 — The second nine-month rotation of the Atlantic Resolve Sustainment Task Force, attached to the 16th Sustainment Brigade, began earlier this month as the incoming rotation commenced reception, staging, onward movement and integration operations in Powidz and Poznan, Poland, beginning December 2017.

The incoming task force features soldiers from active, Reserve and Guard units. The units have come from Connecticut, California, Kentucky, Texas, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Kansas and Virginia.

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Luke Kuennen Marine Corps Base Hawaii: Double Down: New Viper Attack Helicopters Pack More Ordnance
The AH-1Z can carry and deploy 16 Hellfire missiles, effectively doubling the capacity of its predecessor, the AH-1W. Updated avionics systems and sensors are another important aspect of the upgrade. The upgraded capabilities allow the squadron and Marine Corps Base Hawaii to further project power and reach in the Asia-Pacific region.

By Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jen S. Martinez, Defense Media Activity: Mexican Immigrant Earns Medal of Honor During World War II
As a people, Americans come from all different walks of life. The United States has made a lot of progress in civil rights over the years as we learn more about different cultures and backgrounds of its citizens.

Today, we pause to recognize Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Macario Garcia, who became the first Mexican immigrant to earn this distinction.


Staff Sergeant Marcario García[1] also known as Macario García [note 1] (January 20, 1920 – December 24, 1972) was the first Mexican immigrant to receive the Medal of Honor, the United States’ highest military decoration. He received the award for his heroic actions as a soldier during World War II.

Military December 27, 2017

By Air Force 2nd Lt. Jenna Lenski, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing: Deployed Troops Get President’s Christmas Greetings
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar, Dec. 26, 2017 — “I’m thrilled to bring season’s greetings on behalf of the first lady and our entire family and most importantly on behalf of the American people,” President Donald J. Trump said over video conference to deployed service members on Christmas Eve.

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Chairman’s USO Holiday Tour Entertains Troops in Afghanistan, Iraq
Q-WEST, Iraq, Dec. 26, 2017 — “We could not bring you home for Christmas, so we decided to bring a little bit of home to you,” Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said yesterday on Christmas to service members here at this base near Mosul.


By Yolanda R. Arrington: The SITREP: Sailors Get Special Visit, Marines Honor Vietnam Hero & More
From the military services and around the DoD, here’s your SITREP for Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

Army veteran recalls little-known account that turned tide in Battle of the Bulge.
Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a group of distinguished visitors spent time with sailors and Marines deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Marines rename the staff non-commissioned officer barracks on Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan after a Vietnam war hero.
The Coast Guard reflects on 180 years of search and rescue missions.

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Savannah Mesimer, 3rd Marine Division: Face of Defense: Marine Describes Route to Becoming Martial Arts Instructor
OKINAWA, Japan, Dec. 26, 2017 — Marine Corps Cpl. Javier Carpintero, a native of El Paso, Texas, has earned instructor status in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.

By David McNally ARL Public Affairs: Army and Marine Corps Team Up on 3-D Printed Drones

Military December 24, 2017

Carol of the Bells
WASHINGTON — Bands from the armed services perform “Carol of the Bells.” Featured are service members from the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chorale, U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” and the U.S. Navy Band “Sea Chanters.”
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Chairman’s USO Tour Takes to Sea Aboard Aircraft Carrier Operating in Gulf

Military December 23, 2017




By Annette P. Gomes, U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition: Face of Defense: Soldier Proves Miracles Do Happen
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 22, 2017 — Army Sgt. Aaron Averre is a walking, talking miracle. Shortly before Christmas in 2016, he suffered his first of many seizures.
Navy Life Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

Military December 21, 2017

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Nathan Reyes, Marine Corps Installations East: Face of Defense: Marine Springs Into Action to Help Accident Victim
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Dec. 20, 2017 — Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Spenser Preston, a quick-thinking Ground Supply School student, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal during a ceremony at Camp Johnson here, Dec. 8, 2017.
By Kathiann Kowalski, Science for Students: Under where? Army Invents High-Tech Clothing To Keep Soldiers Warm
Soldiers can’t achieve peak performance when they’re chilled to the bone. So in winter weather, some soldiers may don up to seven layers of clothing. That much fabric can weigh them down. Later, soldiers might find themselves overdressed, now getting hot and sweaty. That sweat, in turn, can turn to ice if the weather is super cold. But it doesn’t have to. Researchers have just come up with a way to lighten a winter warrior’s load and fight the threat of frozen sweat.

Chemist Elizabeth Hirst and bioengineer Paola D’Angelo are working on new winter fabrics for soldiers’ uniforms. The fabric swatch on the board D’Angelo is holding carries an electrical current, which could heat the fabric.

They’ve designed a new high-performance fabric. It could become the basis of underwear for troops deployed in places blasted by Arctic cold. Scientists unveiled it here, last August, at the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society.
By Blavity Team: Historic Black Women’s Army Corps Unit To Be Honored With New Monument
Watch: Why riding the bus was a patriotic duty in wartime America
By George Dvorsky: Sunken Australian Submarine From WWI Finally Found After 103 Years

Military December 19, 2017

Thank you Air Force Airman 1st Class William Hart Pitsenbarger
By Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jen S. Martinez, Defense Media Activity: Pararescueman Refuses to Evacuate, Gives Life to Save Injured Comrades in Vietnam
A common theme for all those who receive the Medal of Honor is that they’re selfless beyond comprehension – that they often put everyone else before themselves. This trait often earns them bewildered admiration from those who witness their incredible bravery.
For the soldiers of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Air Force Airman 1st Class William Hart Pitsenbarger was such a man.

Born in Piqua Ohio, Pitsenbarger joined the Air Force right out of high school, but not before first trying to drop out to join the Army Special Forces. His parents convinced him to get his diploma before enlisting.
By Army Sgt. David Bedard, 134th Public Affairs Detachment: Face of Defense: Alaska Fuel Specialist Keeps Aircraft Flying
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska, Dec. 18, 2017 — Alaska Army National Guard Sgt. Cody Foster’s time at Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, was his first trip to anywhere outside of Alaska.
Today in the Department of Defense, December 19, 2017