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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 December 02, 2018

By Jeff Schogol: 5th Fleet Commander Found Dead In Bahrain Home
By Geoff Spillane: 100-year-old Bugler Albert Madden Laid to Rest in Massachusetts
Madden, 100, a U.S. Army veteran who served during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, died at his Hyannis home on Nov. 25.
By Catherine Rentz: Army Sergeant Gets Life Without Parole for Killing Wife Stationed at Fort Meade
A federal judge in Baltimore sentenced Army Sgt. Maliek Kearney to life without parole Friday for killing his wife, who was stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Kearney also was sentenced to an additional 10 years in prison for the use of a firearm in commission of a crime. He will be required to pay about $490,000 in restitution to the couple’s daughter and his late wife’s mother.
By Amy Bushatz: On Alaska Base, Clean-Up Starts After 7.0 Earthquake
By Oriana Pawlyk: ‘Mr. Putin Is a Slow Learner.’ Mattis Blasts Russia Aggression, Meddling
Remarks by Secretary Mattis on National Defense Strategy Secretary Of Defense James N. Mattis; John Heubusch, Executive Director of Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute; Bret Baier, Fox News Anchor
By Tom Roeder: Colorado Springs Guard Troops Honored Among World’s Best Snipers
Part-time soldiers Staff Sgt. Micah Fulmer and Spc. Tristan Ivkov of the Colorado National Guard beat most teams from around the globe to take second place this fall at the 18th annual International Sniper Competition at Fort Benning, Ga.

They took on full-time experts from Navy SEALs to Israeli commandos, falling only to a crack team from the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment. Not bad for two guys with civilian jobs.
Dunford Speaks at Commissioning of USS Thomas Hudner

Military December 01, 2018

Know Your Military George H.W. Bush: A Life of Service
Statement by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush
By Jared Keller: Swedish Pilots Awarded US Air Medals For Classified Cold War Blackbird Escort Op
By Jeff Schogol: ‘Stop Drawing Dicks,’ A CO Told His Airmen. They Didn’t. Then He Was Fired
By Carl Forsling: A Draft Won’t Fix The Civil-Military Divide — But This Plan Just Might
By Charles U. Zug: Edgar On Strategy (Part XIV): Judgment, Responsibility, Knowledge, And Blame
By Katie Lange: We Visited a Nuclear Missile Bunker

Military November 28, 2018

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis to Host Ceremony Honoring House Speaker Paul Ryan

The ceremony will also be streamed live on defense.gov/Watch/Live-Events.
Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve Press Briefing By Col. Ryan via Teleconference from Baghdad, Iraq
Navy to Commission Guided-Missile Destroyer Thomas Hudner
By David Vergun: 5 Things to Know About U.S. Air Operations in the Indo-Pacific
By Jeff Schogol: The Real Reason Why The Top US General In Afghanistan Carried An M4 Carbine
By Lillian Reed and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun: Lawmaker Demands Answers Over ‘Botched’ Walter Reed Active Shooter Lockdown
“What bothers me is that you have people with post-traumatic stress, you have people in that hospital who are really hurting and have problems, you have amputees,” Ruppersberger said. “To me, that’s not the way you do a drill and teach people how to deal with a situation like that.”

Just after 3:30 p.m., another tweet came from the congressman: “We’ve been given the all clear at Walter Reed — at no point was there any indication that this was a drill.”

Ruppersberger, a former prosecutor and Ocean City police officer, said he was not scared himself during the ordeal, just trying to remain calm and help others remain calm by talking with them.
By Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit In Parris Island Marine Recruit’s Hazing Death
“The question is whether Pvt. Siddiqui’s injuries arose out of, or were sustained in the course of, activity incident to service,” he wrote. “The answer, according to binding precedent, is yes, even though (he) was not yet a Marine.”

“The court cannot let the family move forward with their suit,” he continued. “The Feres Doctrine … bars the suit. That doctrine has long been heavily criticized … Since Feres, soldiers suffering even the most brutal injuries due to military negligence have been shut out of the court.”

“Nevertheless,” he said, “and despite strong reservations, the court remains bound by Feres and its progeny.”
By Wade Livingston: Federal Judge Dismisses $100 Million Lawsuit over Parris Island Recruit Death
By Matthew Cox: Military Investigators Break Up ‘Sextortion’ Ring Targeting Hundreds of Troops
Military members would “pay, fearful they might lose their careers over possessing what they were being led to believe was child pornography,” the release states.

“This despicable targeting of our brave service members will never be tolerated,” NCIS Director Andrew Traver said in the release. “We will not allow criminal networks to degrade the readiness of our military force.”
By Ali Zerdin: Slovenia Appoints a Woman as Chief of Military for First Time
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — Slovenia’s government on Tuesday appointed a female officer as the head of the armed forces, a first for the small country which is a member of NATO and the European Union.

Maj. Gen. Alenka Ermenc, 55, will formally take up her post as the Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces at a ceremony on Wednesday, when she will also become the only woman to currently hold the top armed forces post among the NATO countries.
Know Your Military Face of Defense: Duty and the Beasts


Military November 22, 2018

Tribune News Service: Ray Chavez, nation’s oldest Pearl Harbor survivor, dies at 106
By Pam Kragen: Ray Chavez, America’s Oldest Survivor of Pearl Harbor Attack, Dies at 106
By Richard Sisk: Remains of Heroic WWII B-24 Pilot Identified 73 Years Later
As a 22-year-old in 1944, Lazar Karakashev, from the tiny Bulgarian village of Churen, had rushed to the mountainside where an American bomber crashed and helped pull from the wreckage the body of a pilot — who had stayed at the controls to allow his crew to bail out.

The pilot, 1st Lt. John D. Crouchley, 26, of Providence, Rhode Island, was the enemy at the time — Bulgaria was still allied with Germany — but the villagers treated the remains with respect. They dug a grave, prayed for the soul of the pilot, and fashioned a cross to mark the site.
The Angry Staff Officer: Thanksgiving Safety Brief
First off, don’t drink and drive. That’s just basic. Watch out for slips, trips, and falls. Next, if you get stuck between your violently right wing uncle and your violently left wing aunt, execute the following battle drill: get out your phone and start playing cat videos. The angry middle-aged relatives cannot resist and will cease firing for a time. If you cannot break contact, just start throwing gravy. Yes, it will be uncomfortable for a bit, but it’s better than the complete family division that they will undoubtedly sow if left unchecked.
By James Barber: Watch the Seattle Seahawks Host Service Members for Thanksgiving
Media Availability with Secretary Mattis
Face of Defense; Firefighting from the Sky
EXPLORE – AC-130 Angels of Death
By Scott Smith, syndicated from consumersadvocate.org: K9s for Warriors: Together We Stand
There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog.
Konrad Lorenz
By James M. Scott: Manila Massacred: Remembering One of the Pacific War’s Nastiest Battles
Scores more struggled to understand the level of barbarity inflicted upon them. “It was just total hatred and savagery,” explained Juan Jose P. Rocha, whose mother was killed by shrapnel. “You cannot explain it.”
By James Barber: ‘Operation Finale’: The Hunt for a Nazi War Criminal
In 1960, Israeli secret agents were tasked with running down rumors that Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann was alive and well in Argentina. Known as “the Architect of the Final Solution,” Eichmann was the highest-profile German officer to escape prosecution after World War II.

“Operation Finale” (out now on Digital, coming to Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on Dec. 4) tells the story of Eichmann’s capture and eventual prosecution back in Israel. Unlike the Nuremberg Trials, Eichmann’s court proceedings were broadcast live all over the world, giving many people their first opportunity to hear details of the Holocaust.

Military November 21, 2018

By Richard Sisk: Lethal Force Not Part of White House Authorization for Border Troops, Mattis Says
By Phillip Walter Wellman: Missiles Fired at Afghan City as Top US Commander Visits
By Sean Mclain Brown: Flags of Valor: Reimagining ‘Made in America’
By Hope Hodge Seck: Air Force Grants First Beard Waiver to Muslim Airman
The Army made headlines again earlier this year when it granted the first beard exemption to a self-professed Norse Pagan soldier.
By Tom Ricks: This Marine Found Meaning After The Military By Prosecuting Criminals And Helping Their Victims

Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter
The Untold Story of Sgt. Siwash

Military November 14, 2018

By Stars & Stripes: One Pilot Dead, Another Injured in Texas Training Jet Crash
By Jeff Schogol: Marine Veteran Austin Tice Is Still Alive After Years Of Captivity, US Official Says
Press Gaggle by Secretary Mattis
Remarks By Secretary Mattis in an Enhanced Honor Cordon and Meeting Welcoming Qatari Minister of State for Defense Al-Attiyah to the Pentagon
Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve Press Briefing by U.K. Army Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika via Teleconference from Baghdad, Iraq
By Richard Sisk: Lawmakers to Grill VA on GI Bill Error Costing Veterans Thousands
By Matthew Cox: Army Releases Deploy-or-Out Rules for Administratively Sidelined Troops
Remi Adeleke – Incredible journey from Nigerian immigrant Bronx street thug to US Navy SEAL man of God

Born in Africa. Bred on the streets of the Bronx. Became a man in the SEAL Teams. Join Navy SEALs, Marcus Luttrell, David Rutherford, and the Wizard as they welcome one of their own to this weeks epic TNQ Podcast. Remi Adeleke represents the American Dream in its highest fashion. Join these teammates as Remi delivers his inspiring Never Quit stories and how he’s now using his profound experiences as a platform to spread a message of hope and strength. Remi will change your perceptions and help you begin to discover your own Never Quit mindset.

Great Stories Ignite Legends
Dakota Meyer – US Marine Medal of Honor recipient – Afghanistan and Iraq War Veteran – CEO of Own The Dash

Military October 29, 2018

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Capt. Humbert Versace
Captain Humbert Roque “Rocky” Versace (July 2, 1937 – September 26, 1965) was a United States Army officer of Puerto Rican-Italian descent who was posthumously awarded the United States’ highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his heroic actions while a prisoner of war (POW) during the Vietnam War. He was the first member of the U.S. Army to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions performed in Southeast Asia while in captivity.[1]

By Richard Sisk: Mattis on Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter: ‘He Is Not a Man’
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter a “coward” who preyed on the defenseless in an attack on one of the nation’s foundational tenets: freedom of religion.

“This is a coward, and he is not a man by any definition that we use in the Department of Defense,” Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Prague, according to Reuters.
By Jim Garamone: Dunford Shares Thoughts on Maintaining U.S. Military’s Competitive Advantage
En route to Czech Republic Media Gaggle by Secretary Mattis
By Tamara Lush: How a 2-star Army General Took Charge of a Broken City


Military October 28, 2018

By Adam Linehan: Navy Training Commander Fired ‘Due To Loss Of Confidence In His Ability To Command’
As Navy Times notes, Meskimen lost his job amid an ongoing Naval Criminal Investigative Service probe into the recent death of Fire Controlman Seaman Recruit Joshua F. Edge, who was found dead in his barracks at TSC on Oct. 8.
Remarks by Secretary Mattis at International Institute for Strategic Studies Manama Dialogue Secretary Of Defense James N. Mattis; John Chipman, Chief Executive of IISS
The Canadian Press: ISIS Gunmen Kill 40 US-backed Fighters in Eastern Syria
By Sean Mclean Brown: Military Spouse Runs in Marine Corps Marathon to Remember Fallen Heroes
By Julie Carr Smyth: Veterans’ Lives, Experiences Celebrated at New Ohio Museum
By Bravo: New ALARACT authorizes military police to ticket Army regulation violators
The Angry Staff Officer: If Military Commissioning Sources were Hogwarts Houses



Military October 16, 2018

Military.com: Black Woman Who Had Trailblazing Navy Career Dies at 83
Airman explains Flight Line Recovery Operations
By Matthew Burke: New Marine Correctional Unit ‘Like Boot Camp All Over Again’
By Richard Sisk: Former Walter Reed Chief to Take Over at Troubled VA Medical Center
Media Availability with Secretary Mattis en route to Vietnam Secretary Of Defense James N. Mattis
By Jim Garamone Defense.gov: Stoltenberg, Scaparrotti Talk Deterrence Aboard Aircraft Carrier USS Truman
By Jim Garamone Defense.gov: Navy, Gerard Butler Collaborate to Tell 21st Century Submarine Yarn
By James Clark: Peter Jackson’s New Documentary Shows World War I As You’ve Never Seen It Before

By Maj. Jamie Schwandt, U.S. Army: The Military Decision-Making Process Is An Inflexible Mess. Here’s How To Fix It
By Hirepurpose: 20 Years In The Air Force, 18 And Counting At Hyatt: Retired Master Sergeant Enjoys Successful Second Career