2017 Year in Review
By Angry Staff Officer: World War I Stands as a Lesson Against a “Bloody Nose” Strike on North Korea
Video by Senior Airman Andrew Carroll: President Signs Executive Order for Veteran Support
By Heather Chapman: Trump order aims to reduce suicide among new veterans
By Air Force Master Sgt. Phil Speck 379th Air Expeditionary Wing: Face of Defense: Basic Training Flightmates Serve Together 21 Years Later
Guardsmen Conduct Military Working Dog Medical Training
By Lisa Simunaci, Army Materiel Command: AMC Band Adds Muscle Shoals Sound to Legacy
By JoAnna Delfin, U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas: Face of Defense: Pursuing Christmas Thief Earns Recognition for Sailor
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity : DoD Owes Taxpayers Full Accounting of Assets, Comptroller Tells House
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: ‘Chain of Command’ TV Series Connects Strategy With Troops on the Ground
2017 Year in Review
SECRETARY JAMES N. MATTIS: Yes. Yes, understand. Understand. (Laughter.) Good to see you all, and thank — for those of you who have been here for the last year or the last 15 years.
I took Bob Burns on a trip down to Gitmo and Mayport, Lejeune and Bragg. Took the small plane. Then the reason why is I didn’t want to show up and “doomsday” and — excuse me — and basically have troops who would otherwise have been on leave and everything to — it’s a big group coming and a lot of press — and everybody show up.
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis Says Operations Against ISIS Will Change in 2018
WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2017 — The destruction of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s physical caliphate will change the way the coalition will go after the terror group, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told Pentagon reporters here today.
Operations against the terror group dominated the informal press gaggle with the secretary.
“We sit here today at the end of 2017, the caliphate is on the run, we’re breaking them,” he said.
Some ISIS terrorists escaped the encirclement of Raqqa into the Middle Euphrates River Valley. “We are in the process of crushing the life out of the caliphate there while trying to keep the innocent people safe — which is very hard with this group,” he said.
Taken under fire by an enemy automatic weapon and hit in the right shoulder and chest as he lifted his arm to throw, Lopez fell backward and dropped the deadly grenade. After a moment, he turned and dragged his body forward in an effort to retrieve the grenade and throw it. In critical condition from pain and loss of blood, and unable to grasp the hand grenade firmly enough to hurl it, he chose to sacrifice himself rather than endanger the lives of his men, and with a sweeping motion of his wounded right arm, cradled the grenade under him and absorbed the full impact of the explosion. He did not survive the blast.
President Harry S. Truman presented the Medal of Honor posthumously to Lopez’s parents in a ceremony at the White House in 1951. Lopez is the only Hispanic-American graduate of the academy to receive the Medal of Honor.
In 1999, Florida dedicated the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home.
TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2017 — Medically retired Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sarah Rudder broke another personal record and took home gold medals in the women’s 100-meter and 200-meter dashes during track and field competition at the 2017 Invictus Games here Sept. 24.
This week we’re highlighting a special Medal of Honor recipient, who is set to receive the coveted honor this week.
Army Capt. Gary “Mike” Rose will receive the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony Oct. 23 to commemorate his heroic actions during a four-day mission known as Operation Tailwind during the Vietnam War.
James Norman Mattis
James Norman Mattis (born September 8, 1950) is a retired United States Marine Corps general who is the 26th and current United States Secretary of Defense, serving in the Cabinet of Donald Trump. Mattis was previously the 11th Commander of United States Central Command during the presidency of Barack Obama, and was responsible for American military operations in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, and Central Asia.