Tag: Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan

Military June 05, 2019

Retired Lt. Col. Arleigh William “Bill” Dean

By Paul Szoldra: ‘America lost one of its greatest leaders’ — Former Special Forces officer who helped defeat ISIS dies in climbing accident

A memorial service for Dean is scheduled for 3 p.m. ADT on June 17 at 12300 Mendenhall Loop Road in Juneau, Alaska.
One bullet each.
By Jeff Schogol: Marine charged with Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar’s death to plead guilty to negligent homicide
One bullet for Currie. If he had set a male on fire, would his punishment have been ore severe, would the military have listened to a man’s concerns?
By James Clark: The Army ignored her warnings about a dangerous colleague. Then he set her on fire “Everyone knew that it was building up and thought it could get violent.”
Alone in her office, Katie Blanchard saw him out of the corner of her eye.

It was Clifford Currie, a 54-year-old civilian employee who Blanchard supervised. She couldn’t yet see what was in his hands.

For months, Blanchard, then a first lieutenant, had warned her supervisors and coworkers that something would happen to her. She told them that Currie scared her. He would fly off the handle at a moment’s notice. He would yell and physically intimidate her.

She told them Currie was dangerous.

Then he did what she said he would.

As Currie stood in the doorway of Blanchard’s second floor office at Munson Army Health Center, he pulled out a small clear bottle filled with a brown liquid. His eyes were glazed over and bloodshot as he doused her in gasoline.

Then he lit a pair of matches and threw them on the 26-year-old Army nurse, lighting her on fire.
By David Vergun: Shanahan, Japanese Officials Agree to Deepen Cooperation
By Jim Garamone: Changing Environment Means Changing Arctic Strategy

Definition of alleged – said, without proof, to have taken place or to have a specified illegal or undesirable quality.

Military.com | By Oriana Pawlyk: Commander of Air Force Warfare Center Fired Over Alleged Relationship

The head of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center was recently removed from command due to an alleged unprofessional relationship, the service said Wednesday.
Military.com | By Oriana Pawlyk: One-Star Falsely Claimed Flight Hours, Mistreated Subordinates: IG Report
By Katie Sanders, Business Insider: The 4 most dangerous missions heroic US troops carried out on D-Day 75 years ago
“Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well-trained, well-equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.”

As the sun set on the blood-stained beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s message to the thousands of Allied troops dispatched to carry out the largest amphibious landing in military history rang true.
Military.com | By Richard Sisk: Church Bells to Ring 13 Times to Honor 13 D-Day Medal of Honor Recipients
Church bells will ring 13 times Thursday in the hometowns of 13 service members who received the Medal of Honor for actions during the D-Day invasion, a moving tribute that masks an unfortunate dispute on where and when to memorialize all those who have earned the nation’s highest award for valor.

The bells event, which will take place at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on the 75th anniversary of the June 6, 1944, D-Day landings in Normandy, is sponsored by the non-profit National Medal of Honor Museum (NMOH).

Honorees include:

Carlton W. Barrett at First United Methodist Church in Fulton, New York
John Edward Butts at Trinity Lutheran Church in Medina, New York
Charles N. DeGlopper at Trinity Church in Grand Island, New York
Robert G. Cole at Trinity Baptist Church at Fort Sam Houston, Texas
John D. Kelly at First Presbyterian Church in Venango Township, Pennsylvania
Jimmie W. Monteith Jr. at Clifton Forge Presbyterian Church in Low Moor, Virginia
Carlos C. Ogden at Presbyterian Church in Borton, Illinois
John J. Pinder Jr. at Paris Presbyterian Church in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
Theodore Roosevelt at North Shore Community Church in Oyster Bay, New York
Walter D. Ehlers at C.L. Hover Opera House in Junction City, Kansas
Joe Gandara at St. Monica Catholic Community Church in Santa Monica, California
Frank D. Peregory at St. Stephen’s Church in Esmont, Virginia
Arthur F. Defranzos at Cliftondale Congregational Church in Saugus, Massachusetts
Stars and Stripes | By John Vandiver: Today’s Rangers Scale Normandy Cliff in Honor of One of D-Day’s Boldest Actions
The Associated Press | By Rebecca Santana: Fighting Germans and Jim Crow: Role of Black Troops on D-Day
BATON ROUGE, La. — It was the most massive amphibious invasion the world has ever seen, with tens of thousands of Allied troops spread out across the air and sea aiming to get a toehold in Normandy for the final assault on Nazi Germany. And while portrayals of D-Day often depict an all-white host of invaders, in fact it also included many African Americans.
97-Year-Old WWII Veteran Parachutes to Mark D-Day Anniversary
Military.com | By Patricia Kime: Ancestry Marks D-Day with Free Access to its Military Collection
The genealogy company Ancestry is marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day by opening up its online military records for free for three days, starting at 12 a.m. Eastern Time on June 6. The offer ends June 9.

The company has more than 20 billion historical records, including 250 million global military records such as muster rolls, enlistment registrations, draft cards, prisoner and casualty lists, and even some court-martial results.

Company officials say they hope the offer will spur interest in World War II history and family connections to D-Day and other monumental events.

Military April 25, 2019

By Oriana Pawlyk: Air Force Academy Instructor Arrested on Charges of Internet Luring of a Child
Officials have charged Sikkema, a philosophy professor at the school, with internet luring of a child, a Class 4 felony.

In Colorado, the offense typically entails an adult communicating via the internet to a child known to be under 15 years old, describing sexual conduct and attempting to arrange an in-person meeting. Details about the specific allegations against Sikkema were not made public.
By Pauline Repard: Navy Vet Accused of Threatening Baby, Church on Easter Pleads Not Guilty
San Diego Superior Court Judge Joseph Brannigan set Conkey’s bail at $1 million and issued protective orders to keep her away from the church, its pastor and her two children, at Greco’s request.

The prosecutor said Conkey’s children, including a 5-year-old daughter, were taken into protective custody, but now are with family. Their father has been very involved with them, Greco said.

“It’s clear that mental issues will play a role in this case,” the prosecutor said out of court, noting that it will be up to her attorney whether to request a mental competency hearing or possibly plead insanity as a defense.
By Haley Britzky: Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan cleared in ethics probe
By Richard Sisk: Military Not Following Own Rules for On-Base Domestic Violence Investigations
The 109-page IG report published April 19 examines domestic violence incidents at eight installations: Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Camp Pendleton; Quantico; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Naval Base San Diego, California; Joint Base Andrews, Maryland; and Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Mississippi.

In a case at JBER, the alleged abuser “held a knife while strangling and threatening the victim. However, law enforcement personnel did not seize the knife used in the assault” for evidence, according to the report.

In another case at Fort Belvoir, the victim lost consciousness during an alleged assault.

“Three children who were with the victim at the time told her what happened during the incident, and she relayed that information to law enforcement,” the report states. “However, installation law enforcement personnel did not interview the children to obtain the information directly from them.”

Overall, military service law enforcement personnel failed to consistently conduct the thorough interviews needed to provide commanders and prosecutors with the information they needed to make prosecution decisions, the report found.
By Patricia Kime: DoD Officials Make Case for Keeping the Draft, Women Included
By Matthew Cox: Army’s New Promotion System Could Mean Separations for Some Soldiers
Currently, there is a Department of the Army policy to suspend promotion eligibility for specialists and sergeants who fail to complete this mandatory DLC training. By fiscal 2021, the service will expand that policy to all applicable ranks through master sergeant, according to the release.

“If you excel at what you do, we’re going to promote you,” Purcell said in the release. “Everything is predicated on everybody doing what they’re expected to do.”
By James Clark: Ben Affleck is making a movie about the secret Army unit that tricked Nazis into chasing ‘ghost armies’ during WWII
DoD: The National Background Investigations Bureau Moves to the Department of Defense
By David Vergun: Nuclear Triad Important to America’s National Security
Toledo Stories Jeep: Steel Soldier (WWII)

Military April 12, 2019

By Hope Hodge Seck: New Policy Will Automatically Review Some Military Valor Medals for Higher Award
By Kevin Freking: Trump Hosts Oval Office Celebration for 4 World War II Vets
By Paul Szoldra & Jeff Schogol: The Pentagon will decide by May 10 which military construction projects will be sacrificed for the border wall
By Robert Faturechi And T. Christian Miller, Propublica: How the Navy’s top commander botched the service’s highest-profile investigation in years
By Miles Bates, Henderson Daily Dispatch: A North Carolina school allegedly demoted an Army reservist from dean to gym teacher while he was on active duty
US DOD: Argentina Declassification Project
By Sean Mclain Brown: What Vets Can Learn From a Coffee-Focused Recon Marine
By James Barber: Marine Vet J.D. Vance’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Movie Will Star Amy Adams and Glenn Close



Military March 26, 2019

By Mary Biekert: Philanthropist Remembered for his Role in Planning Coast Guard Museum
By Patricia Kime: VA to Drop Fight Against Blue Water Navy Veterans
By Jeff Schogol: Shanahan orders new review into Niger ambush that left four soldiers dead
By Jeff Schogol: US-backed group in Syria says it suffered more than 11,000 killed and 21,000 wounded fighting ISIS
By James Clark: This Roman soldier’s 1,900-year-old payslip confirms the green weenie is immortal
Jackie Aina explains her duties during her years in the Army Reserve.

Former Army Reservist Jackie Aina explains why representation is so important to her, both in the military and the beauty industry.

Military March 01, 2019

Trump Addresses Troops at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
By Molly O’Toole and David S. Cloud: Acting Pentagon Chief to Certify Emergency to Help Build Wall
By Richard Sisk: Gun Control Bill Would Restrict Vets’ 2nd Amendment Rights, Lawmaker Says
“I am concerned that the expanded definition proposed in H.R. 1112 would infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights of over a million veterans, solely because they receive benefits from VA that they have rightly earned through their service to our country,” Roe said.
By Patricia Kime: The VA Is Trying to Reach Female Veterans About Their Health Care
Task & Purpose: The US may reportedly wash its hands of Afghanistan in the next 5 years; Death handed a card to Marine grunt Rory Hamill. He said ‘no thanks’; Russia tried to send its most advanced air defense system to China last year. Then a storm got in the way and more ->
By Christopher Woody: Fire Breaks Out Aboard US’s Only Heavy Icebreaker Near Antarctica