Tag: Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar

Military January 30, 2020

US Department of Defense: DOD Identifies Air Force Casualties; DOD Releases Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies; Secretary Esper and CJCS Gen. Milley Joint Press Briefing at 10:30 a.m. EST, Jan. 30; DOD Aims to Certify Security Cooperation Workforce as Profession and more ->
Military.com: Purple Heart Recipient Accused of Faking Suicide to Avoid Child Rape Charges Added to US Marshals’ ‘Most Wanted’ List; Soldier Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Mother-in-Law at Retrial; These Next-Gen Woobies Can Hide a Soldier’s Heat Signature from the Enemy; Lawmakers Question VA over Improving Veteran Care for Suicide; Military Retirees Can Be Court-Martialed After All, Appeals Court Decides and more ->
Task & Purpose: A federal grand jury is looking into the suspicious deaths of 11 veterans at a single VA clinic; Hundreds of strangers turn up for funeral of unclaimed Air Force vet; A Navy SEAL was promoted to chief petty officer two months after he allegedly killed a Green Beret; Lawsuit over 2016 hazing death of Muslim Marine recruit headed to Supreme Court; America’s farmers are dying out. The USDA is calling on veterans to take their place and more ->
The Angry Staff Officer, AirPower Unicorn is a USAF Officer: The Wait:


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
Military.com | 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.
Military.com | 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.

Military December 07, 2018

Media Availability With Secretary Mattis While En Route to Ottawa, Dec. 5, 2018
By Oriana Pawlyk: Marine Corps Identifies Pilot Killed in Midair Collision Off Japan
The Associated Press: Pearl Harbor Re-Burials Across the US Give Families Closure
One bullet each.
By Courtney Mabeus: Hearings Postponed for SEALs, Marines Charged in Green Beret’s Death
Charge sheets accuse the special operators of breaking into Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar’s bedroom in Bamako, Mali, while he was sleeping, restraining him with duct tape and strangling him by placing him in a chokehold. In addition to murder, they have also been charged with involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, hazing and burglary.

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Commander Adm. Charles Rock decided last month to go forward with the charges after he was provided a Naval Criminal Investigative Service report into the death. The purpose of the Article 32 hearings is to consider the charges and to make recommendations on them.

If convicted, all four could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole.



Military November 15, 2018

By Brady McCombs: Remains of Mayor Killed in Afghanistan Returned to Utah
By Oriana Pawlyk: Air Force Identifies Pilots Killed, Injured in Latest T-38 Trainer Crash
By Hope Hodge Seck: SEALs, Marines Charged in Strangling Murder of Green Beret in Mali
By Paul Szoldra and Jared Keller: REVEALED: Here Is The Charge Sheet For The Navy SEAL Accused Of War Crimes In Mosul
The Associated Press: Homeless Marine Vet in $400,000 GoFundMe Benefit Arrested
By Jeff Schogol: Mattis Says He Ditched The Border Mission’s Name Because It Sounded Too Military
En Route Southwest Border Press Gaggle by Secretary Mattis
By Jeff Schogol: First Female Soldier In Decades Selected For Green Beret Training
Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Sioux City
The ceremony can be viewed on the Navy Live blog at http://navylive.dodlive.mil.

Media may direct queries to the Navy Office of Information at (703) 697-5342. For more information about the Littoral Combat Ship Program: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=1650&ct=4

Additional information about the future USS Sioux City (LCS 11) can be found at: https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/s/sioux-city–lcs-11-.html
By Richard Sisk: Veteran Leaders Call For Probe of Abuse Allegations At VA Nursing Homes
By Lt. Gen. Shafaat U. Shah, Pakistan Army ( Ret.): In Defense of Liddell Hart’s ‘Strategy’
Lt. Gen. Shafaat U. Shah( Ret) was commissioned in Pakistan Army in 1971. Over 39 years of service he held a variety of command , staff and instructional assignments, including Military Secretary to the President of Pakistan and Commander Lahore Corps. More recently he was Pakistan’s ambassador to the Kingdom of Jordan . He is an Honour Graduate of Staff College Camberley, UK and Pakistan War College. He holds master’s degrees in Political Science and War Strategy.