Tag: Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher

Military November 20, 2019

Task & Purpose: 2 US troops killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan; Blame over justice: the human toll of the Navy’s relentless push to punish one of its own; 2 years after the Fitzgerald and McCain collisions, the Navy has no idea if its new ship-driving training is working; Mental health care isn’t one-and-done — like any journey, you have to commit and more ->
Military.com: Air Force Leader Who Wrote Essay About Respecting Subordinates Fired for Disrespecting Subordinates; Arctic Survival Kit for Air Force F-35 Pilots Surprises Developers During Way-Below-Zero Trial; Coast Guardsman Charged with Murder Released from Brig amid Change in Charges; Army’s Future Tactical Glasses Will Help Soldiers Tell Friend from Foe; As Gallagher Faces Loss of Trident, Lawyers Claim SEAL Brass Showed Contempt for Trump and more ->
DOD: AIR FORCE U.S. Air Force structure is a bit of a mix of the Army and Marine Corps structures. The elements of command might change based on the type of unit, but the basic elements remain constant. More ->



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Military July 12, 2019

Military.com: At 100, WWII and Korean War Vet Honored for his Place in Marine Corps History; Marine Pilot Will Get 2nd Shot at Fighter Training After Racial Bias Investigation; Navy Faces Lawsuits over Expanded Growler Jet Training in Pacific and more ->
Task & Purpose: Eddie Gallagher wants to know if you also took photos with enemy corpses; Watch a Coastie give zero f*cks as he leaps aboard a moving narco sub and pounds on the hatch and more ->
By Melissa Eddy, The New York Times: Overlooked No More: Else Ury’s Stories Survived World War II. She Did Not.
By Rob Imhoff, The New York times: Reading My Grandfather’s Accounts of World War II, 75 Years Later
Hazard Ground Podcast: Jeff Struecker (Ranger/Black Hawk Down)
As a young Army Ranger, Jeff Struecker saw combat early, beginning with the operation to capture Manuel Noriega in Panama in 1989. But, it wasn’t until his experiences during Operation Gothic Serpent – the op to capture Somali faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid – that combat took on a new meaning – a more violent and vicious meaning. Better known by its book and film title, “Black Hawk Down”, Struecker shares with us his experiences fighting on the ground in Mogadishu, on 3 and 4 October, 1993, in a running gun battle, the likes of which the U.S. military hadn’t seen in years. He talks about how he was able to transform fear into decisive action, and head back out into the embattled city to help save his fellow Rangers, when he most certainly knew he was heading out on a “suicide mission.” After Somalia, Struecker would go on to become an officer and chaplain, serving in Airborne and Ranger units. He also served more than a dozen combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hear his incredibly inspiring story on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!
Mike Ritland & 037 Taylor Canfield
The SEAL teams are filled with ultra competitive over achievers, men who set their minds to accomplish a goal and don’t stop until they are either successful or dead. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to sit down one of those men in this episode. Former combat veteran SEAL, SEAL K9 handler and now NASCAR professional race car driver Taylor Canfield joins me and tells his gripping story of overcoming challenges and ultimately kicking life where it deserves. No shortage of inspiration on this one!
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Military June 19, 2019

Task & Purpose: Last surviving medic from ‘Band of Brothers’ Easy Company laid to rest; The Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient could also receive 15 years’ worth of back pay; The trial of Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher has officially kicked off and more ->
Military.com: Investigation Still Open in Death of Marine Shot at Beaufort Air Station; Senator Joins Call to Allow Troops to Sue for Military Medical Malpractice; Major Power Shift Underway at Pentagon as Army Leaders Step Up; Lawmaker: Close GI Bill ‘Loophole’ that Benefits For-Profit Colleges
Statement From Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan

Military June 07, 2019

One bullet each.

By Jared Keller: Marine Raider gets 4 years for Green Beret’s hazing death in Mali
“He and Logan Melgar were friends and he didn’t act like his friend that night,” he added.

Maxwell is the second of four U.S. special operations personnel to plead guilty so far. In May, Chief Special Warfare Officer Adam Matthews reached a pretrial agreement to plead guilty to charges of hazing, assault consummated by battery, burglary, and conspiracy to obstruct justice in exchange for referral to a special court-martial.
By James Clark: Shirtless Russian sailors casually sunbathe while their ship almost collides with US missile cruiser
Military.com | By Gina Harkins: Injured Recruit Gets OK to Leave Boot Camp After Parents Say He Was ‘Silenced’
A Marine recruit who was at boot camp for almost 500 days headed home this week after his parents sought help from lawmakers on his behalf and then raised retaliation concerns.

Alex Tipton, an 18-year-old from Arkansas, graduated early from high school in December 2017 so he could ship off to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. He set out to be an aviation supply specialist.
The Associated Press | By MICHELLE R. SMITH and Jennifer Mcdermott: Navy Probing Claims Against War College Leader
NEWPORT, R.I. — The military is investigating the president of the U.S. Naval War College amid allegations that he spent excessively, abused his hiring authority and otherwise behaved inappropriately, including keeping a margarita machine in his office.
Military.com | By Patricia Kime: Inspector General Finds VA Overcharged Disabled Vets on Home Loans
The Department of Veterans Affairs charged nearly 73,000 veterans improper home loan funding fees adding up $286 million, an error that could result in refunds for the affected veterans.

The VA Office of Inspector General released a report Thursday saying that, from Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2017, the VA improperly charged disabled veterans loan funding fees that they are not required to pay because of their disability status.
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About 53,200 veterans may be owed a total of $189 million, while an additional 34,400 veterans could receive refunds adding up to $164 million if the Veterans Benefits Administration, or VBA, doesn’t fix the problem that resulted in erroneous funding fee charges, the report found.
Military.com | By Matthew Cox: Full Details: Army to Test New Extreme Cold Weather Gear Next Year
“What we have heard from some of our subject-matter experts at the Northern Warfare Training Center in Alaska is they are active for a little while and then they will be static for a while and then they will start moving again,” she said. “So, when they are in that static position, they like to throw on the level seven of the ECWCS, and it helps them dry out.”
Posted by EighthCard: “The Shores of Normandy” by D-Day Veteran Jim Radford

Military June 04, 2019

DoD: Commemorating World War II, 75 Years After D-Day
The Conversation | By Colin Flint: D-Day Succeeded Thanks to an Ingenious Design Called the Mulberry Harbour
The Associated Press | By John Leicester and Raf Casert: Chasing Demons: 75 Years On, D-Day Haunts, Drives its Vets
OMAHA BEACH, France — They are back, some for the first time since war stole their innocence 75 years ago on Normandy’s D-Day beaches.

They are back on battlefields where the World War II veterans saw friends killed, took lives themselves, were scarred physically and mentally and helped change the course of history.
Military.com | By Joseph V. Micallef: While Hitler Snored: D-Day, Rommel and the Panzers
By Haley Britzky: Lawmakers push for a WWI medal review to ensure minorities get the recognition they deserve
By Paul Szoldra: Judge removes lead prosecutor in case against Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher
The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) | By TOM ROEDER: New Air Force Academy Commandant Is Setting a High Bar
The new Air Force Academy commandant may have the school’s 4,000 cadets aiming higher: orbit.

Brig. Gen. Michele Edmondson took the job atop the cadet wing Friday after leaving a post as the White House’s top expert on space policy. She helped the Trump administration craft a new aggressive stance on space, with a warfighting command and a push for a separate satellite service.
Military.com | By Patricia Kime: VA on Track to Cure Nearly All Patients with Hepatitis C
Four years ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched an ambitious initiative to cure all VA patients with chronic hepatitis C. Today, the department is more than three-quarters of the way, healing nearly 100,000 veterans of the virus, with 26,000 more to go.

Hepatitis C disproportionately affects people born between 1945 and 1965 and is contracted by sharing contaminated needles, getting a tattoo in an unregulated setting, having a blood transfusion before 1992, or having sex with infected partners.

Many of those with hepatitis C at the VA are Vietnam-era veterans who may have contracted it through transfusions, field vaccinations or intravenous drug use. Given that the VA is the largest single hepatitis C care provider in the country, the department set out in 2015 to eradicate the disease within its patient population, reducing their risk for cirrhosis, liver failure, cancer and death.
The Associated Press | By Don Thompson: California Turns to Military Technology to Help Fight Fires
Adjutant Gen. David Baldwin, who oversees both the air and army branches of the California Guard, said state officials discovered “some satellite technology that was developed in the Cold War” that can spot small wildfires before they might otherwise grow large enough to raise alarms.

“We’ll have soldiers and airmen monitoring those around the clock to cue CalFire faster once those fires start,” he said, referring to California’s state firefighting agency.

There are times in our lives when we feel defeated, at our lowest, and like we can’t win. Most often here in this country, the “problems” that we complain about are very trivial. I talk a lot about perspective on my shows and how we should all use it to gain insight on the issues we face. This episode I sit down with Hamody Jasim aka the Terrorist Whisperer and talk about his time growing up in Iraq during Saddams reign, the overthrowing of it, and post regime. To say that perspective was gained during this one is an understatement. A truly remarkable and moving episode that you need to listen to. @the_terrorist_whisperer


Military June 01, 2019

Military.com | By James Barber: A 101-Year-Old WWII Vet Commissioned His Grandson and People Are Crying
One bullet each.
By Paul Szoldra: Two gang members convicted in 2016 killing of US Marine in Los Angeles
“In a very short time, Lance Cpl. Segovia Lopez deeply impacted those who came to know him,” said Sgt. Maj. Benny Benton, the sergeant major of the School of Infantry-West. “His unselfish and honorable legacy will live on in our Corps.”

Born in El Salvador on March 7, 1997, Lopez’s mother brought him to Los Angeles when he was five, his obituary said. As a teenager, he volunteered to help homeless people and animals with a group called Cloud 9, and later enlisted in the Marine Corps and was named honor graduate of his boot camp platoon.

“I never met a man more humble and more determined than you,” one Marine said of Lopez in a remembrance video.

The pair of gang members are scheduled to be sentenced on July 8. Aguilar faces a maximum prison sentence of 107 years to life; Rios faces 50 years to life. A third defendant, Ricky Valente, pleaded no contest to accessory after the fact in June 2018, and is expected to serve three years of probation, according to the DA.
By Marty Graham, Reuters: Prosecutors violated fair trial rights of SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher, Judge says
The defense specifically has accused Navy lawyers of conducting illegal surveillance of defense attorneys and news media using electronic tracking software secretly embedded in emails sent to the defense.

In court, prosecutors have said the email “auditing tools” they used were designed merely to detect the flow of emails without revealing their content, and were aimed at pinpointing the source of leaks from case files sealed by the judge.

The judge, Navy Captain Aaron Rugh, adjourned the hearing without ruling yet on the defense motions. But Rugh said he had already found the prosecution’s conduct amounted to a violation of the defendant’s Sixth Amendment rights to a fair trial under the U.S. constitution.
By Jeff Schogol: The Navy’s top officer isn’t happy about Eric Greitens return to the ranks
Military.com | By Oriana Pawlyk: F-35 Dogfight Accidentally Resulted in a Sky Penis, Officials Say
Lt. Col. Paul Goossen of the 69th Bomb Squadron attempted to stop his fellow airmen from drawing “d—s everywhere,” according to the investigation, which included penis drawings discovered on a moving map displayed on the B-52’s Combat Network Communication Technology (CONECT) cockpit software.

Military May 31, 2019

Watertown Daily Times, N.Y. | By Tom Graser: Last Remaining Akwesasne Mohawk Code Talker Dies
AKWESASNE — The last Mohawk World War II Code Talker has died.

Louis Levi Oakes, an enrolled member of the Saint Regis Mohawk tribe, died Tuesday at the age of 94.
The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | By Rachael Riley: Statue at Pope Army Airfield Honors Late Medal of Honor Airman John Chapman
He continued to fight until his death.

Wilson said if Chapman were to have his own motto, or banner, it would be to thrive under oppression.

“His lasting legacy is just that. It was never about him,” Wilson said, crediting Chapman’s family for instilling his values and shaping his character.
Military.com | By Gina Harkins: Training Not to Blame for String of Fatal Vehicle Rollovers, Marines Say
Three Marines were killed over a six-week period when in vehicle rollover accidents, but service officials say safety deficiencies likely aren’t to blame for the fatal mishaps.

The Marine Corps is investigating the spate of rollovers that left three dead and 10 more injured. Two of the accidents happened in California and the latest in Australia.
By Jeff Schogol: A new Air Force plan would overhaul how officers are promoted
By Jeff Schogol: Navy SEAL accused of war crimes released from pretrial custody ahead of court-martial
By David Vergun: Air Force Service a Noble Calling, President Tells Graduating Cadets
“You could have chosen any school, any career you wanted, but you chose a harder path and a higher calling: to protect and defend the United States of America,” President Donald J. Trump told the 991 graduating cadets of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Class of 2019.

Trump delivered the commencement address for the class’s graduation and commissioning today in Colorado Springs, Colo.
By C.J. Chivers
Staff writer: I’m a Veteran Without PTSD. I Used to Think Something Was Wrong With Me. More ->

Fox News | By James Rogers: Navy Wants 350 Billion Social Media Posts for Epic Research Project
The Navy wants to acquire “a large-scale global historical archive” of social media posts spanning a minimum time period from July 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2016. “Data must consist of all publicly available messages, comments, or posts transmitted on the platform over the specified time period,” the Navy said. Data must also include messages from at least 200 million users in at least 100 countries, with no single country accounting for more than 30 percent of users.

Military May 14, 2019

By Jared Keller: The oldest Medal of Honor recipient has died nearly 75 years after jumping on a grenade to save his fellow soldiers

Robert Dale Maxwell (October 26, 1920 – May 11, 2019) was a United States Army combat soldier and a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration for valor—the Medal of Honor—for his heroism in France during World War II.


By Paul Szoldra: Lt. Col. in charge of Corps’ 1st Recon was fired over ‘credible’ allegations of domestic violence
Military.com | By Gina Harkins: Top Enlisted Navy Leader with California Helicopter Squadron Relieved
By Jeff Schogol: Navy prosecutor accused of trying to spy on defense attorneys for two Navy SEALs
Military.com | By Gina Harkins: Marine F-35B Suffers Millions in Damages After Runway Bird Strike
The Associated Press: Jacksonville, Florida, Plans Memorial for 1983 Beirut Bombing
By Paul Szoldra: The transcript of the pilots talking through their creation of ‘sky dong’ is better than their drawing
By Jim Garamone: Dunford Accepts Eisenhower Award, Calls for Industry, DOD Cooperation

Bruce Perry Crandall (born February 17, 1933)[2] is a retired U.S. Army officer who received the Medal of Honor for his actions as a pilot during the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965 in South Vietnam. During the battle, he flew 22 missions in an unarmed helicopter into enemy fire to evacuate more than 70 wounded and bring ammunition and supplies to US forces. By the end of the Vietnam War, he had flown more than 900 combat missions. He retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel and worked several jobs in different states before settling down with his wife in his home state of Washington.


Military May 07, 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune | By Peter Rowe: WWII Veteran, 95, Dies on Final Leg of Honor Flight
By Jeff Schogol: Helmet camera footage clears Navy SEAL accused of killing ISIS fighter, lawyer claims
By Reuters: Trump pardons former US soldier convicted of killing Iraqi prisoner
The Associated Press | By Kevin Freking: Trump Pardons Former US Soldier who Killed Iraqi Prisoner
Oklahoma’s attorney general first requested a pardon for Behenna in February 2018 and renewed his request last month. Attorney General Mike Hunter said he believed Behenna’s conviction was unjustified because of erroneous jury instructions and the failure of prosecutors to turn over evidence supporting a self-defense claim.
The associated Press: Judge to Weigh Freeing Coast Guard Officer Called Terrorist
Hasson’s attorney, assistant federal public defender Liz Oyer, has said Hasson’s mother-in-law and father-in-law in Virginia are willing to have him stay with them under their supervision. So are Hasson’s parents and brother in Arizona, according to Oyer. Hasson’s wife has moved out of a Maryland apartment and is living in Virginia with her mother.

Windom said none of those custodian options are viable or meet what Day said was the goal of ensuring that someone has “eyes and ears” on Hasson “like nobody’s business.”

“The only way to ensure that goal is met is to keep the defendant detained in the custody of the United States Marshals Service,” the prosecutor wrote.

Oyer said conditions of Hasson’s release should include home detention with electronic location monitoring, as well as no access to firearms, a computer or other internet-capable devices.
By Paul Szoldra: Woman arrested at CIA headquarters after asking to speak with ‘Agent Penis’

By Greg Torode and Ben Blanchard, Reuters: New satellite photos show China is building its third and largest aircraft carrier
By David Vergun: Armed Forces Entertainment Boosts Troop Morale

Thomas Charles Longboat (June 4, 1887 – January 9, 1949), whose Iroquois name was Cogwagee, was an Onondaga distance runner from the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario, and for much of his career the dominant long-distance runner of the time. He was known as the “bulldog of Britannia”,[citation needed] and was a soldier in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.[1]