Military June 02 & 03, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Cpl. Robert Maxwell
For today’s Medal of Honor Monday, we’re honoring a brave recipient who passed away recently — 75 years after he jumped on a grenade to save his fellow soldiers in World War II.

Army Technician 5th Grade Robert Maxwell was born on Oct. 26, 1920, in Boise, Idaho, but he grew up with his grandparents in Kansas. He eventually moved to Colorado, where he became a timber ranch worker. From there, he was drafted into the Army in June 1942.
Boston Herald | By Joe Dwinell: One of 12 Surviving Tuskegee Airmen Recounts his 43 WWII Combat Missions
God was Harry Stewart’s co-pilot. He swears by that.

He survived 43 combat missions during World War II and is one of only a dozen remaining Tuskegee Airmen from the famed “Red Tails” fighter group still alive.
By Jared Keller: We salute the hero Marine vet who punched a shark in the face to save his daughter’s life
A gruesome shark attack on a North Carolina teenager on Sunday could have turned fatal had it not been for the furious fists of her Marine vet father.

Seventeen-year-old Paige Winter had a leg and several fingers amputated following a shark attack at a Fort Macon beach, saved from likely death by a series of blows from her father Charlie, according to a Sunday Facebook post by her grandmother Jane.

“Thank God our son was with her,” she wrote. “He said he punched the shark in the face 5 times before it let go.”
By Agence France Presse | By Adam Plowright and Daphne Benoit: On D-Day, US Allies Look for Unity and Fear the Trump Show | By Richard Sisk: VA Secretary Confident June 6 Rollout of Private-Care Options Will Be Smooth
Veterans can expect some glitches in the June 6 rollout of the new community care system but, for most who are eligible, getting an appointment with a private doctor should come down to “punching a button,” according to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie.

There will be “a few hiccups,” but “I’m confident our team is ready across the country” for the long-awaited implementation of the VA Mission Act, said Wilkie, who has billed the new system as the most transformative veterans care initiative in a generation.
The Associated Press: Military Seeks Further Restrictions of Airspace near Clear Air Force Station
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The U.S. military is seeking to expand restricted airspace around Alaska’s Clear Air Force Station.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Sunday that the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s plans for a new Long Range Discrimination Radar include a proposal to increase restrictions beyond those of the existing radar facility north of Healy.

Public meetings to inform pilots and others about the proposed changes are scheduled this week in Anchorage, Anderson and Fairbanks.