Tag: Senator John McCain

Military August 29, 2018

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: McCain’s Life Should Serve as Example for Today’s Service Members, Mattis Says
By Joan Cook: Why McCain and All POWs Deserve Our Profound Respect and Gratitude
As a trauma psychologist who has spent the past 20 years working with combat veterans and former prisoners of war, I implore my fellow Americans to say our goodbyes to this American hero in a very different way. As Senator McCain, a man who was held prisoner of war for five-and-a-half years in Vietnam, lost his battle to brain cancer, let us take this opportunity to open our hearts and minds to the men and women who serve in uniform, particularly the diminishing number of former POWs.
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Dunford: U.S. Forces Busy Implementing Defense Strategy Worldwide
Department Of Defense Press Briefing by Secretary Mattis and General Dunford in the Pentagon Briefing Room Secretary Of Defense James N. Mattis; Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chairman General Joseph F. Dunford
By Oriana Pawlyk: Mattis Pours Cold Water on Afghan War Privatization Proposal
By Jeff Schogol: Mattis Shuts Down The Idea Of Privatizing The War In Afghanistan
By Gina Harkins: Navy Names Fleet Master Chief Russell Smith as New Top Enlisted Leader
By Capt. John Byron, U.S. Navy (Ret.): What’s Eating America’s Surface Navy? 11 Problems That Need Fixing Immediately
By Hope Hedge Seck: Maintenance Mistakes May Have Caused 2017 Navy Helicopter Crash off Guam
By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Laura Beckley 436th Airlift Wing: Reserve Airmen Help Support Fallen Troops
y Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc, U.S. Army (Ret.): The Pentagon Wants To Pull Special Operations Forces Out Of Africa. That’s A Huge Mistake
By Janet Mcconnaughey: Last Reunion for Famed US WWII Unit, ‘Merrill’s Marauders’
By Gina Harkins: New Marine Corps Order Officially Bans Revenge Porn, Race Supremacism
By Army Maj. Gregory McElwain, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team: Face of Defense: Soldier Connects With Vietnam Vet Father Through Shared Service


Military August 28, 2018

By Tom Ricks: John McCain: 6 Appreciations
By Richard Sisk: Trump Issues Proclamation to Honor McCain, Returns White House Flag to Half Staff
By Ryan Pickrell, Business Insider: China’s First Homegrown Aircraft Carrier Just Set Sail With A New Battle Group In The Making
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Navy, Army Commands Reflect, Support National Defense Strategy
By Ben Fox: Judge in 9/11 Case at Guantanamo Retires from Military
By Air Force Senior Airman Devin Boyer 86th Airlift Wing: U.S., Romanian Troops Work Together in Survival Training
By Bryan Gatchell, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning: Brothers Take Army Officer Candidate School Together
By Air Force Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman, 194th Wing: Face of Defense: Reserve Hospital Corpsman Serves to Help Others
By Brad Howard: 5.11 Tactical Invited Me To A Pants Party, And It Wasn’t Half Bad
ASYMCA Weekly Update for the week of August 27



By James Clark: We’re Launching A Confessions Column. To Get It Started, Here’s Our Dirty Laundry

Military August 27, 2018

By Drew Brooks: Golden Knight Killed in Plane Crash in Georgia
By Katie Lange, Department of Defense: Soldier Orders Unit to Fire Artillery at Him, Approaching Enemy
Lee Ross Hartell (August 23, 1923 – August 27, 1951) was a soldier in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions on August 27, 1951. He joined the Army from Danbury, Connecticut in 1949.[1]

By August 26, 1951, First Lieutenant Hartell was on the ground as a forward observer with B Company, 9th Infantry Regiment at the base of Hill 700 near Kobanson-ni. Hill 700 was attacked and taken by B Company that day. But the Chinese mounted a major counterattack at 0400 hours. Hartell walked the artillery fire right up the hill on top of the charging enemy. Although many of the enemy were cut down, they just kept coming. Although wounded, he kept calling in artillery fire onto his hilltop. Finally at 0630 hours, Hartell was hit in the chest by a bullet and died.

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: DoD Mourns Death of Senator John S. McCain
By Adam Linehan: Green Beret Singled Out For Blame In Niger Ambush Probe Recommended For Silver Star
Medal of Honor: Heroes of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Guard Integral to DoD Effort to Build Lethality, Alliances, Mattis Says
By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Seth Bleuer, 194th Wing: Face of Defense: Air Guard Nurse Practitioner Aids Feathered Patient
By Paul Woolverton: Army Special Forces Major Accused of ‘Revenge Porn’ in Lawsuit
By Chase Cook: Fired Naval Academy Professor Sent Photo of Self in Speedo to Students: Records
By Andrew Dyer: ‘Ugly Angels’ Fly Again After Wings Clipped Six Years Ago
By Jeff Mcmenemy: ‘Ultimate American Airman’ Among Cancer Deaths at Air National Guard Base
By Kevin Landrigan: Female Vets Running for Congress Find Service Records Under Attack
Sam Morningstar, author of the Combat Veterans Forum, wrote in a July 2017 commentary that the term combat veteran can be complicated.

“A military member or veteran that served in a combat zone might sometimes be called a combat veteran in certain contexts. However, some folks might have the view that an actual combat veteran is one that was directly involved in active combat while others might extend this definition a bit more,” Morningstar wrote.

O’Rourke said if Sullivan had served in combat she would have received a combat ribbon that the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard give out, and he’s demanded she produce one.

“I have never heard someone deployed to an area who didn’t fight who said they fought. You would never use that word,” said O’Rourke, who’s earned the Army Combat Action Badge.
The Angry Staff Officer: Being a Rebel Leader: Disciplined Disobedience in the Army

Military August 26, 2018

By Politico Staff: ‘My fellow Americans’: A farewell from McCain’s ‘The Restless Wave’
“The Restless Wave,” John McCain’s recently published book written with Mark Salter, concludes with a statement he characterized as “work that needs finishing.”

Here is that statement:

“My fellow Americans. No association ever mattered more to me. We’re not always right. We’re impetuous and impatient, and rush into things without knowing what we’re really doing. We argue over little differences endlessly, and exaggerate them into lasting breaches. We can be selfish, and quick sometimes to shift the blame for our mistakes to others. But our country ‘tis of thee.‘ What great good we’ve done in the world, so much more good than harm. We served ourselves, of course, but we helped make others free, safe and prosperous because we weren’t threatened by other people’s liberty and success. We need each other. We need friends in the world, and they need us. The bell tolls for us, my friends, Humanity counts on us, and we ought to take measured pride in that. We have not been an island. We were ‘involved in mankind.‘

“Before I leave, I’d like to see our politics begin to return to the purposes and practices that distinguish our history from the history of other nations. I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different. We are citizens of a republic made of shared ideals forged in a new world to replace the tribal enmities that tormented the old one. Even in times of political turmoil such as these, we share that awesome heritage and the responsibility to embrace it. Whether we think each other right or wrong in our views on the issues of the day, we owe each other our respect, as long as our character merits respect, and as long as we share, for all our differences, for all the rancorous debates that enliven and sometimes demean our politics, a mutual devotion to the ideals our nation was conceived to uphold, that all are created equal, and liberty and equal justice are the natural rights of all. Those rights inhabit the human heart, and from there, though they may be assailed, they can never be wrenched. I want to urge Americans, for as long as I can, to remember that this shared devotion to human rights is our truest heritage and our most important loyalty.

“Then I would like to go back to our valley, and see the creek run after the rain, and here the cottonwoods whisper in the wind. I want to smell the rose-scented breeze and feel the sun on my shoulders. I want to watch the hawks hunt from the sycamore. And then take my leave, bound for a place near my old friend Chuck Larson in the cemetery on the Severn, back where it began.”

“‘The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it,’ spoke my hero, Robert Jordan, in [Ernest Hemingway’s] ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.‘ And I do, too. I hate to leave it. But I don’t have a complaint. Not one. It’s been quite a ride. I’ve known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war, and helped make a peace. I’ve lived very well and I’ve been deprived of all comforts. I’ve been as lonely as a person can be and I‘ve enjoyed the company of heroes. I’ve suffered the deepest despair and experienced the highest exultation. I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times.

“I leave behind a loving wife, who is devoted to protecting the world’s most vulnerable, and seven great kids, who grew up to be fine men and women. I wish I had spent more time in their company. But I know they will go on to make their time count, and be of useful service to their beliefs, and to their fellow human beings. Their love for me and mine for them is the last strength I have.

“What an ingrate I would be to curse the fate that concludes the blessed life I’ve led. I prefer to give thanks for those blessings, and my love to the people who blessed me with theirs. The bell tolls for me. I knew it would. So I tried, as best I could, to stay a ‘part of the main.‘ I hope those who mourn my passing, and even those who don’t, will celebrate as I celebrate a happy life lived in imperfect service to a country made of ideals, whose continued service is the hope of the world. And I wish all of you great adventures, good company, and lives as lucky as mine.”
Statement by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. on the Passing of Senator John McCain
Statement from the Office of Senator John McCain
By Veronica Rocha, Christina Kline, Brian Ries and Meg Wagner, CNN: Remembering John McCain