Tag: Defense Secretary James Mattis

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.



Military September 08, 2018

Press Advisory Press Operations Release No: PA-036-18: Sept. 11 Pentagon Memorial Observance Ceremony

The event will be live streamed live on http://www.defense.gov/live/
From a U.S. European Command News Release: Northern European Chiefs of Defense Address Russian Deterrence
By William Cole: Crew of Crashed Black Hawk Became Disoriented, Army Report Says
By Katie Lange: Purple Heart Recipients: You’re Exempt From GI Bill Transfer Policy Changes
The changes made in July were implemented to increase troop retention, but just this week, Defense Secretary James Mattis signed another policy immediately exempting wounded warrior Purple Heart recipients from that change.

In case you’re confused: This means that wounded warriors with Purple Hearts can transfer their benefits, regardless of their years of total service or ability to complete more obligatory service.

“Secretary Mattis has been clear – we must recognize the sacrifices these service members have made,” said Stephanie Miller, director of accessions policy within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. “This policy reflects our continuing commitment to wounded warriors and their families.”

All other laws and DoD policies concerning the transferability of unused Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits – including the changes from July – remain in effect.
By Collin Breaux: ‘Legendary’ Military Canine Remembered at Ceremony
By Air Force Airman 1st Class Andrew Sarver 99th Air Base Wing: Spine Surgery Team Adds Capability, Improves Readiness at Nellis Air Force Base
By Drew Brooks: Soldiers Honor History in First ‘Blood on the Water’ Competition
By Dale White: In Sarasota, Panelists Insist Cannabis Can Reduce Addictive Opioid Use
By David Vergun Army News Service: New Fitness Test Measures Combat Readiness, Army Secretary Says

“If you can’t pass the Army Combat Fitness Test, then there’s probably not a spot for you in the Army,” said Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper.
By Meredith Mathis: On Being Raped By My Commander
Vulnerability is terrifying. Sharing our dark struggles leaves us wide open for the masses to throw stones at our strength, or perceived lack of it. But something truly miraculous happens when we allow others the honor of hearing our stories, even the parts we don’t quite understand. Our shame cannot survive being talked about – it dies the moment we share it. And our authenticity frees others to own their stories, too. And that’s where the healing happens.

Meredith Mathis is a medically retired Army logistics-turned-Public Affairs Officer, having served in OEF in 2009-2010 and 2012. She recently published a book titled The Mountain Still Stands: A Young Soldier’s Battle for Peace in a Time of War. Meredith lives with her husband Tyler and owns a photo restoration business.