Tag: Defense Secretary James N. Mattis

Military July 03, 2018

YMCA Armed Services Weekly Update July 02, 2018
 
 
 
 
From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release: Coalition Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq
 
 
 
 
By Army Spc. Alec Dionne 122nd Public Affairs Operations CenterFace of Defense: Soldier, Student, Trailblazer
 
 
 
 
By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Erich. Smith National Guard Bureau: Face of Defense: Australia Native Comes Full Circle as Army Guard Vocalist
 
 
 
 
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Global Integration Seeks to Buy Leaders Decision Time, Increase ‘Speed of Relevance
 
 
 
 
By Jared Keller: That Time A Marine Mechanic Took A July 4th Joyride In An A-4M Skyhawk
 
 
 
 
By James Clark: TV Broadcaster Completely Unfazed As Attack Helicopter Nearly Takes Her Head Off

 
 
 
 
By ‘Babsfritchie’: CGSC: A Howl Of Pain From The Lower Circle Of Online Distance Learning Hell
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Military July 01, 2018

By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity: U.S.-Japan Alliance ‘Cornerstone’ to Indo-Pacific Stability, Mattis Says
 
 
 
 
One bullet.
By Deutsche Presse-Agentur: Benghazi Attack Mastermind Sentenced To 22 Years In Prison
 
 
 
 
By James Clark: This NASCAR Driver And Naval Officer Helped Save A Family From Their Burning Minivan

Military June 25, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis speaks to reporters during a flight from Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland to Alaska, June 24, 2018. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a majority member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, traveled with Secretary Mattis for the flight to Alaska. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)


 
 
 
 

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a majority member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, are greeted by the senior military officer in Alaska, Air Force Lt. Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach after arriving in Fairbanks, June 24, 2018. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

Military June 22, 2018

News DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis, German Counterpart Reaffirm Defense Relationship in Pentagon Meeting
 
 
 
 
By Annette P. Gomes U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition: Face of Defense: When Life Gets Tough, This Soldier Gets Tougher
 
 
 
 
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Secretary General: History, Interests Argue for Solidarity Among North Atlantic Alliance
 
 
 
 
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Sailor Overcomes Combat Injuries, Brings Home 8 Gold Medals From Warrior Games
 
 
 
 
By Air Force Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin 18th Wing: Aiming High at More Than 200 Miles Per Hour
 
 
 
 

Military June 04, 2018

By Shannon Collins DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Senior Military Leaders, Celebrities Signal Start of DoD Warrior Games
 
 
 
 
By Shannon Collins DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Retired Airman Meets Biological Sister at DoD Warrior Games
 
 
 
 
By Elaine Sanchez DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Face of Defense: NASA to Launch First Army Doctor Into Space
 
 
 
 
News DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis, Indo-Pacific Partners Discuss Security Issues at Singapore Summit
 
 
 
 
By John Fannin: Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal Retires
 
 
 
 
By Army Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard: 100 Years Ago, WWI’s 1st American Hero Fought For Life with a Knife
 
 
 
 
By John Throckmorton: War Doesn’t Remake People — It Just Highlights Who They Already Are
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article link below this letter:

Hi. Adam Linehan, T&P senior staff writer, here.

If you follow Task & Purpose closely, you may have noticed that my byline disappeared for a while. The reason for my recent absence is an article that we published last week.

Seven months ago, a friend sent me a private link to House Two, an investigative documentary about one of the biggest war crimes cases involving American troops in recent history — the tragedy known as the Haditha massacre. My friend thought I might like to review the film ahead of its debut at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and offered to put me in touch with the director, Michael Epstein.

Epstein, it turned out, had spent nearly 12 years working on House Two. He was embedded with the defense team of Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, whose squad was struck by a roadside bomb in Haditha, Iraq on the morning of Nov. 19, 2005. The blast killed a beloved member of the squad. By noon, 24 more people — Iraqi civilians — were dead, their bodies strewn across several locations in the surrounding neighborhood.

Of the four enlisted Marines initially charged for the massacre, Wuterich was the only one to ever stand trial. Shockingly, in January 2012, he walked away with a plea deal that ensured no prison time. A lawyer for the victims’ families called the outcome of the case an “assault on humanity.” The Marines had killed children. The youngest was 3.

After the court-martial, Epstein tracked down the two NCIS special agents who led the forensic investigation in the hope that they could help him make sense of why Marine Corps prosecutors failed so miserably. He found one of the agents, Michael Maloney, had been left deeply shaken by the whole ordeal. Maloney said the prosecution’s case collapsed because it was contradicted by the forensic evidence. Epstein spent the next five years trying to determine why prosecutors had opted for what seemed like a self-defeating approach.

In House Two, Epstein argues forcefully that the Marine Corps deliberately bungled the case to ensure the most horrific details of the massacre remained hidden from the public. He also draws a direct link between that effort and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, who steered the initial phases of the Haditha prosecution as commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force. “When the Corps didn’t succeed in burying the truth in Iraq, it buried it in the courtroom,” Epstein told me the first time we met, last December.

I’ll admit that I wasn’t completely sold. Or at least not enough to recommend House Two to our readers. But Epstein proposed a deal: he would hand over the trove of undisclosed court documents, video footage, transcripts, and forensic reports he had amassed over the past 12 years. In exchange, I would mention his film in my article at least once — even if I proved its core theory wrong. The challenge was just too enticing to pass up.

So that’s what I set off to do — prove Epstein wrong — and in doing so I would also answer a big question that it seemed few journalists had even bothered to ask: Why were none of the alleged perpetrators of the Haditha massacre ever punished?

The article I’m sharing with you now is the result of the most intensive reporting process I have ever undertaken. Nights, weekends, holidays, even my best friend’s wedding — I worked through them all. I read everything and talked to everyone who’d answer the phone. And the picture only got uglier the deeper I dug. I came within inches of giving up on numerous occasions, if only for the sake of my mental health.

But I’m glad I stuck with it. The last time I felt this relieved to be done with something — and this proud — I was on an airplane leaving Afghanistan. That was my second, and last, overseas deployment as an Army medic. So I also approached this story as a veteran. It was impossible not to. Counterinsurgency is 99% psychological warfare, and it cuts both ways. When you lose a friend to an IED or a suicide bomb you instinctively blame the locals. They let that happen. They didn’t warn you. It’s extremely difficult to step back and realize that acting on that anger is exactly what the insurgents want.

I’ve written investigative features before, but this one was different. It hit close to home — not just for me, but also many of my Task & Purpose colleagues. My editor, Aaron Gell, is one of the few people at T&P who isn’t a veteran, but he understood the importance of this story from the beginning and fought every inch of the way to ensure that our personal experiences at war only informed the article and never got in the way of telling the truth.

Warning: This is an in-depth article. 12,000 words. But I believe that everything in here is absolutely essential to the story so you can decide for yourself. Did the case collapse because of incompetence? A broken military justice system? A deliberate effort to subvert justice? Or a little bit of all of the above?

I’m sure after reading you’ll have questions for me. I’d like to hear them. Please email me directly at adam@taskandpurpose.com.

It’s great to be back.

Regards, Adam
 
 

Task & Purpose Adam Linehan: Just Kills: How The Marine Corps Blew The Biggest War Crimes Case Since Vietnam

 
 
 
 

Military June 03, 2018

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Alliances, Partnerships Critical to U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy, Mattis Says
 
 
 
 
DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis Meets With Indo-Pacific Leaders at Singapore Summit
 
 
 
 
DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Secretary Meets With Japanese, Indonesian Defense Ministers in Hawaii

Military June 01, 2018

Special Report: Travels With Mattis
 
 
 
 
Murph Motivation
 
 
 
 
By Air Force Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb 14th Flying Training Wing: Air Force Pilot Prepares for Competition at DoD Warrior Games
 
 
 
 
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Air Force Academy Hosts 2018 DoD Warrior Games
 
 
 
 
Samuel Whittemore (July 27, 1696 – February 2, 1793)[1][2] was an American farmer and soldier. He was 78 years of age[3] when he became the oldest known colonial combatant in the American Revolutionary War (1775–83).[4]
 
 

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Military May 29, 2018

By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Selva Pays Tribute to America’s Fallen ‘Brave Sons and Daughters’
 
 
 
 
By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity: ‘America’s Greatest Heroes,’ Trump, Defense Leaders Honor Fallen
 
 
 
 
Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press: Tuskegee Airman honored 73 years after being lynched in Austria
 
 
 
 
By Corky Siemaszko: West Point admits Parkland student Peter Wang who died saving classmates
 
 
 
 
Two Nerdy History Girls: From the archives: Remembering the Soldiers Who Didn’t Die in Combat
 
 
 
 

Military May 24, 2018


 
 
 
 
By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: Legacy Mentors Play Key Role In TAPS Good Grief Camps
 
 
 
 
By Air Force Airman 1st Class Delaney Gonzales: 325th Fighter Wing. Face of Defense: Airman Thrives on Responsibility, Sets the Example
 
 
 
 
By Air Force Senior Airman Dustin Mullen 325th Fighter Wing: Air Force Medical Team Supports Humanitarian Exercise in Panama
 
 
 
 
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis Welcomes 983 New Lieutenants Into Air Force
 
 
 
 
By Paul Szoldra: A Mullet-Wearing Marine Recruit Showed Up To Boot Camp Ready To Party
 
 
 
 
The Angry Staff Officer: We Were There Too: the US Army at Belleau Wood
 
 
 
 
By Merrie Monteagudo: U.S. special operations history: Milestones and missions
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Military May 20, 2018

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis delivers the keynote address at the Institute of World Politics commencement ceremony in Washington, May 19, 2018.
 
 
 
 
From a U.S. European Command News Release: Eucom Commander Launches Readiness Program Training Initiative in Georgia