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Military June 25, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. James Church
Military News.com: ‘The Audie Murphy of His Generation:’ Why David Bellavia’s Medal of Honor Is Making History; Here’s New Acting SecDef Mark Esper’s First Message to the Troops; VA Imposes Strict Limits on Controversial Ketamine-Based Depression Treatment and more ->
Task & Purpose: An Air Force veteran accused of being a mercenary was just freed from detention in Libya; Mexico says it has deployed 15,000 forces in the north to halt US-bound migration and more ->
US Department of Defense: DOD Commemorates Founding of POW/MIA Advocacy Group
By The Angry Staff Officer: Finding Space – Chapter 3


Military June 17, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Sgt. Joe Ronnie Hooper

Joe Ronnie Hooper (August 8, 1938 – May 6, 1979) was an American who served in both the United States Navy and United States Army where he finished his career there as a captain. He earned the Medal of Honor while serving as an army staff sergeant on February 21, 1968 during the Vietnam War. He was one of the most decorated U.S. soldiers of the war and was wounded in action eight times.

Military.com Agence France Presse | By Catherine Triomphe: Dogs Trained to Offer Support to Troubled US Veterans
The Angry Staff Officer: Finding Space – Chapter 2

Military June 16, 2019

Military.com: Major Defense Merger Could Spur a Search for New Partnerships at Paris Air Show; Female Team Leading Elite Helicopter Training Changes Command in Pensacola and more ->
Task & Purpose: Tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman to be inspected off the coast of the United Arab Emirates; Fathers’ military service helps inspire sons to join military and more ->
The Angry Staff Officer: Marvel-ling at the Pentagon: Force Design in the MCU
We Are The Mighty | By Alex Hollings: Learn How to Live Off Grid From This Legendary Navy Vet

Military June 11, 2019

Military.com: Army Service Cross Recipient Died Shielding Polish Officer from Blast; VA Hospitals to Ban All Tobacco Use, Vaping; ‘The Right Thing To Do:’ Unclaimed Remains of 19 Veterans Laid to Rest; Remains of US Marine Aviators Killed in Midair Collision off Japan Recovered and more->
Task & Purpose: Legendary Green Beret Roy Benavidez is the star of a graphic novel about his Vietnam heroics​; Ex-pharmacist gets 2 years, $7 million bill for role in scheme to bilk Tricare out of more than $100 million; Army recruiter awarded Distinguished Service Cross for dragging fellow soldiers to safety under enemy fire in Afghanistan; The Marine lance corporal who praised Nazis is being booted from the Corps and more ->
DoD Release No: NR-152-19: Five New Members Appointed to the DACOWITS
By David Vergun: Kids Learn About Military Service During Pentagon Visit
The Angry Staff Officer: Finding Space – Chapter 1

Military April 05, 2019

Go For Broke: Army Unit’s Motto Now a National Day
But why choose April 5 to become “Go For Broke” Day? It was on April 5, 1945, that the 442nd RCT’s first Medal of Honor recipient, Pfc. Sadao Munemori, was killed in action near Seravezza, Italy.

Sadao Munemori (Japanese: 旨森 貞雄, August 17, 1922 – April 5, 1945) was a United States Army soldier[1] and posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor, after he sacrificed his life to save those of his fellow soldiers at Seravezza, Italy during World War II.[2][3]

Munemori was a private first class in the United States Army, in Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team.[4] For his actions, when the 442nd was part of the 92d Infantry Division, he was the only Japanese American to be awarded the Medal of Honor during or immediately after World War II.[5]


By Associated Press: Funeral Set for US Soldier who Died in North Korea in 1951
By Sara-Megan Walsh: WWII Aircraft Prepared to Retrace D-Day Flight
“We’re not trying to glorify war in the Commemorative Air Force, we’re trying to teach history and to honor those who served,” he said.

Travis said he’s had the honor of bringing many military veterans up in different aircraft to reflect their past experiences. His own father served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was killed in Italy 14 days before the fighting ended.

“It’s important to teach history to kids,” he said. “What [veterans] went through to give them the freedoms they have today.”
By Danielle Ohl: McSally to Service Academies: Stop Putting 19-Year-Olds in Charge of 18-Year-Olds
Special Operations Forces Profile: Chris Kyle
The Associated Press: Navy: 1 Hurt in ‘Domestic’ Shooting at NAS Oceana, Shooter Killed
By Reuters: The Pentagon has kicked off its new ‘narrowly-scoped’ Niger ambush review
The Angry Staff Officer Friday Fuming: WWII and Expectation Management
WWII and the Marshall Plan worked too well. They ruined the expectations of military leaders and policy wonks for generations to come. Which is why, if you hear “Well it worked in WWII,” run swiftly in the other direction, because it is the siren song of the best of all possible wars.

Military March 28, 2019

Statement by Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan on the Passing of Andrew W. Marshall

Andrew W. Marshall (September 13, 1921 – March 26, 2019)[1] was an American foreign policy strategist who served as director of the United States Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment from 1973 to 2015. Appointed to the position by President Richard Nixon, Marshall remained in office during all successive administrations that followed until his retirement on January 2, 2015.[2][3][4] He was succeeded in the role by James H. Baker.[5]


By Erika I. Ritchie, The Orange County Register: Death of Marine shot in head while on guard duty at Camp Pendleton ruled a suicide
By Haley Britzky: ‘He rose to the highest calling’ — President Trump presents Medal of Honor to fallen Army hero’s son

Trevor Oliver, son of Army Sgt. Travis Atkins, receives his father’s Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump
By Jared Keller: Fallen EOD tech left dozens of hidden love letters behind for wife before deploying to Afghanistan
One bullet.
By Jared Keller: Florida Navy lieutenant sentenced to 10 years for attempting to solicit child for sex
By Danielle Ohl: Midshipman Faces Sexual Assault, Obstruction of Justice Charges
The Associated Press: Bob Dole Promoted to Army Colonel at 95
The Angry Staff Officer: Thursday Thoughts: Developmental Counseling
By Jami Ganz: Army recruit faces long road to recovery after contracting flesh-eating disease
“It’s the most heartbreaking feeling a parent can feel. My son’s life has been forever altered and his future as a soldier for the United States Army has been destroyed by pure negligence,” Del Barba’s father, Mark Del Barba, said in a statement.

Mark maintains his son received poor medical care at Fort Benning — including a delay on being alerted to the positive test.

“All they had to do was look at his lab results,” Mark told News 3, “It was hand-written in [his] medical records: ‘Positive for culture. Call AM Monday.'”
He’s 25 years old, wonder how long this will follow him?

By Saja Hindi: Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Using Wingdings Font to Forge Army Orders
He was arrested Tuesday and is out on a personal recognizance bond.

Pemberton is accused of costing the city and county of Denver more than $20,000 for his own pay as well as overtime for other deputies, the DA’s office said.
By Carl Forsling: Selfless service and the ‘veteran superiority complex’
So maybe we should stop dissing everyone who’s not a veteran and start embracing what truly sets veterans apart — selfless service. That includes everyone from CIA analysts to teachers to that hipster with the collective garden feeding the disadvantaged.

Military service is but one way for people to prove their worth. It’s a special kind of service, but not the only kind.

If vets want more people to join them in serving this country, it’s better to welcome others into that club, and not insist that the only way to be bigger than oneself is to carry a gun.

Carl Forsling is a senior columnist for Task & Purpose. He is a Marine MV-22B pilot and former CH-46E pilot who retired from the military after 20 years of service. He is the father of two children and a graduate of Boston University and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Follow him on Twitter @CarlForsling

Military March 18, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Capt. Jack Treadwell

Jack LeMaster Treadwell[1] (March 31, 1919 – December 12, 1977) was a United States Army colonel and a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration for valor—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II. At the time of his retirement, Treadwell was believed to be the most decorated man in the United States Armed Forces. He is ranked among the Top 50 Most Highly Decorated US Military Personnel of All Time.

By Mike Corder and Aleksandar Furtula: Suspect Arrested in Dutch Tram Attack
By Dennis Hoey Portland Press Herald: Senior airman shot and killed while trying to stop armed robbery
By Janet Mcconnaughey: University Trumpeters Offer Taps for Veterans’ Funerals
The senior from Longview, Texas, is a member of Talons for Taps , named because the university’s mascot is the Warhawk — a nod to the World War II-era Curtiss P-40 Warhawk airplane. All are members of the ULM Trumpet Studio: seven trumpet majors and three other students taught by Assistant Professor Eric Siereveld.
DOD Announces FY2018 Minerva Research Initiative Awards
Task & Purpose: Iranian, Syrian military chiefs demand US withdraw its troops from Syria; ‘It was a lost cause’ — dramatic photos show Offutt Air Force Base engulfed by floodwaters; The Army is stockpiling ammo ahead of its​ next big fight; Mission creep, thy name is Syria: Up to 1,000 US troops may remain after ISIS is defeated and more ->
The Angry Staff Officer: Recruiting the Next Generation of National Guard Soldiers
By Richard Sisk: Here’s All the Government Programs that Help Vets with Jobs and Benefits
By Andrew Selsky: Veterans Court May Be Collateral Damage in Immigration Fight
“The Veterans Treatment Court creates a routine and a regimen that many vets can thrive in. It pulls them out of isolation,” said Michael Hajarizadeh, who represents the vets as a public defender. Many have post-traumatic stress, but the common thread is substance abuse, said Hajarizadeh, who himself is an Army veteran of the Afghanistan war.

Military February 18, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Lt. Col. Teddy Roosevelt

Roosevelt’s son Theodore Roosevelt Jr. also received the Medal of Honor, one of only two father-son pairs to do so (the other is Arthur MacArthur Jr. and Douglas MacArthur). He served in World War I and WWII and gained a reputation for leading from the front.

At 56, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was the oldest man and only general to storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day with the first wave of American troops. He earned his medal at Utah Beach for ”gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty” while leading successive waves of troops inland to their objectives.
By Katie Lange: 9 Notable Presidents Who Served
By Jim Garamone: Shanahan Discusses Results of Trip to Afghanistan, Iraq, Poland, Belgium, Germany
By Susan Christian Goulding, The Orange County Register: A World War II veteran picked up a $1,500 tab for military families at his local Chick-fil-A
Task & Purpose: The Navy just bought a fleet of robot submarines to prowl the oceans and mess with adversaries; After Valentine’s Day, it’s clear the Pentagon is in love with great power competition; Army secretary vows to correct ‘unconscionable’ health hazards in military housing system and more->
By Richard Sisk: IAVA Presses on with Ambitious Agenda after Founder Rieckhoff Departs

Rieckhoff called Butler “uniquely qualified to lead IAVA into [the] next chapter and fight on behalf of all veterans.”

In Rieckhoff’s absence, IAVA is pressing a “Big Six” agenda to curb suicides, defend GI Bill benefits, improve services for female veterans, reform government support of veterans care, push for burn pits legislation, and support medical marijuana.

“Passing the ‘Big Six’ will be a huge priority for 2019,” Butler said. “We want to present a blueprint for how Americans can empower veterans.”

Butler said he is well aware of the political reality that any progress on the agenda must come this year, before all of the legislative oxygen is drained by the 2020 presidential election season.

The general rule is that “if anything is going to get done, it will get done” in the first year of the new Congress. The second year will be consumed by presidential politics, he said.
The Angry Staff Officer: 5 Time-Saving Tips for National Guard Company Commanders

Military November 11, 2018

By Seth Robson and Hana Kusumoto: Air Force Identifies Airman Stabbed to Death Outside Yokota Air Base
By John Leicester, Raf Casert and Lori Hinnant: World Leaders Gather in Paris a Century After World War I Armistice
The Angry Staff Officer: Armistice and After: The Legacy of the WWI Generation in the U.S.
By Katie Lange: Quadruplets (Plus One) Join Up
By Katie Lange: Enlisting Together: From One Family to Another
By David Vergun: Vietnam as Seen Through the Lens
By Richard Sisk: Legendary General Patton Hated Peace So Much, He Wrote a Poem About It
By Matthew Cox: Young Veterans Hunt for Community as Older Generations Dwindle



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