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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]

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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]

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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.

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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
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

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.

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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 25, 2018

By Oriana Pawlyk: ‘Best of All of Us:’ Hero Airman Gets Moving Tribute from Special Ops Community

“I would like to believe on that fatal day in March of 2002, John heard the voice of the lord ask him, ‘Who shall I send? And who shall go for us?'” Wright said on Friday.

“I’d like to believe — you know actually I’m pretty sure — that John answered for our nation: ‘Here am I. Send me,'” he said.

 
 
 
 
The Angry Staff Officer: Training for Defeat
 
 
 
 
By Kirsten Grieshaber: Huge Wildfire Southwest of Berlin Risks WWII Arms Blasts
 
 
 
 
Remarks by Secretary Mattis at the U.S. Transportation Command change-of-command ceremony, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
 
 
 
 
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis Touts Past, Future at Transcom Change of Command
 
 
 
 
Fox News: Homeless Vet who Helped Stranded Woman Says He Can’t Get GoFundMe Cash
In an interview with the Inquirer last week, D’Amico said he controls the money and will start dispensing it when Bobbitt gets a job and stops using drugs.

“Giving him all that money, it’s never going to happen. I’ll burn it in front of him,” he said, adding that giving an “addict” the money would be like “giving him a loaded gun.”
 
 
 
 
By Gina Harkins: Marine Infantry Leader Fired for Loss of Trust Weeks Before Deployment
 
 
 
 
By Rose L. Thayer: Mechanical Issue Led to Ammo Can Dropping from Army Aircraft onto Texas School
No one was reprimanded for the incident because it was a mechanical issue, said Lt. Col. Crystal X. Boring, public affairs director for the division and Fort Bliss.

“Based on recommendations from the investigating officer, the aviation brigade commander immediately changed the flight path of future aviation missions,” she wrote in an emailed statement. “We have full faith and confidence in the aviation brigade leadership and their ability to constantly seek methods to improve flight operations and ensure an incident like this doesn’t happen in the future.”
 
 
 
 
By richard Sisk: Duncan Hunter Denies Fraudulent Wounded Warrior Purchases, Blames Wife
 
 
 
 
By Robert Wormley: This is Your DoDEA 2019 Teacher of the Year
 
 
 
 
By Darcie Moran: This Pilot Escaped the Vietnam War on a ‘Borrowed’ Air Force C-130
 
 
 
 
By Amy Bushatz: They Call It ‘Post Traumatic Growth.’ I Call It ‘Living’
 
 
 
 
Dogs Need Dental Love, Too
 
 
 
 
Week in Photos Photos By Multi photographers DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Aug 18-24
 
 
 
 
Bob Mayer: Letter from Ulysses Grant 1839

Military August 05, 2018

By Sean Coughlan BBC News education and family correspondent: Parents who saved their only child by giving her away
 
 
 
 
The Angry Staff Officer: The Military “Give a S**t” Spectrum
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Military July 10, 2018

Press Operations Release No: NR-212-18: DoD Identifies Army Casualty
 
 
 
 
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Two Centcom-Based Service Members Die Over Weekend
 
 
 
 
From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release: Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS Targets in Syria, Iraq
 
 
 
 
By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity: DoD Personnel Assist in Thai Cave Rescue Operations
 
 
 
 
By U.S. 3rd Fleet: Coast Guard, Canadian EOD Specialists Train to Mitigate Maritime Threats
 
 
 
 
By Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua R. Maund, 628th Air Base Wing: Face of Defense: Airman Recounts Journey From War-Torn Lebanon to Air Force Service
 
 
 
 
By Army Maj. Michael Petersen Connecticut National Guard: Face of Defense: Haiti Native Finds Success in Connecticut National Guard
 
 
 
 
By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: MoH Recipient Shares Stories from Service with New Recruits
 
 
 
 
The Angry Staff Officer: Carte Blanche Foreign Policy: the Curse of the All-Volunteer Force
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
William Thomas Perkins Jr. (August 10, 1947 – October 12, 1967) was a United States Marine who posthumously received the United States’ highest military decoration for valor — the Medal of Honor — for his heroic action on October 12, 1967 during the Vietnam War in which he smothered an exploding grenade with his body to save the lives of three fellow Marines. Perkins is the only combat photographer to have received the Medal of Honor.

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