Military June 06, 2019

One bullet each.
By Paul Szoldra: Troops charged in death of Special Forces soldier reportedly planned to sexually assault him on camera
By Katie Lange: 75 Years Later, These D-Day Vets Remember
In one word, 94-year-old Navy veteran Vernon Lingle described his experience at D-Day.

“Hell,” he said. “Because that’s what it was.”
Video: Remembering D-Day
The Canadian Press: World Marks 75 Years Since D-Day in Solemn Observances
“I have all kinds of friends buried,” said William Tymchuk, 98, who served with the 4th Canadian Armored Division during some of the deadliest fighting of the brutal campaign after the Normandy landings.

“They were young. They got killed. They couldn’t come home,” Tymchuk, who was back in Normandy, continued.

“Sorry,” he said, tearing up. “They couldn’t even know what life is all about.”
By Jeff Schogol: Each of the 4 heroes killed in a deadly 2017 ambush in Niger has received a valor award
Four heroic soldiers killed nearly two years ago when they were ambushed by more than 100 ISIS fighters in Niger have posthumously received valor awards, defense officials announced on Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright and Sgt. La David T. Johnson have both been awarded the Silver Star, a defense official said. Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black and Sgt. 1st Class Jeremiah W. Johnson have both received the Bronze Star with “V” device.
By Navy News: Secretary of the Navy Announces Omar Lopez as NCIS Director | By Gina Harkins: It’s Official: Berger Will Be Next Marine Commandant After Senator’s Delay
The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved Lt. Gen. David Berger to serve as the Marine Corps’ 38th commandant after one of its members delayed the confirmation for undisclosed reasons.

Berger, who currently serves as the head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, was approved by the committee Wednesday. The career infantry officer was expected to be cleared for the position last month when the committee OK’d several other key military leaders for new positions, but Sen. Dan Sullivan, an Alaska Republican, delayed the vote.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Sullivan did not reveal what concerns he had, saying only that he had dropped his opposition to Berger and that the issue was between him and the general, according to Military Times. Members of Sullivan’s staff and Marine officials declined to provide additional information. | By Patricia Kime: Vets Denied VA Home Loans if They Work with Cannabis
The Department of Veterans Affairs is denying home loans to veterans if they work in the cannabis industry, according to a letter sent May 23 to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie from Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Massachusetts, and 20 other members of Congress.

The lawmakers want answers as to why one of Clark’s constituents and other veterans were rejected for VA home loans after citing their income sources as marijuana cultivation, sales or related services in states where it is legal.