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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.

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.


“It’s this weird thing that I live with” / Post Traumatic Stress Awareness


Military June 27, 2018

Missed this article about 1st Lt. Garlin Murl Conner yesterday.

By Jeff Shogol: This Army Hero Fought Off 600 Nazis Virtually Alone. Now He’s Getting The Medal Of Honor
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Defense Digital Service Emphasizes Results for Service Members
By Navy Seaman Michael Prusiecki, USS Nimitz: USS Nimitz: 50 Years of Teamwork and Tradition
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Jose Ibarra DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Face of Defense: Airman Combines Creativity, Service, Entrepreneurship
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Networks, Innovation Key to Air Force Philosophy
The Angry Staff Officer: The Perils of Command
By Jeff Schogol: Second Female Marine Finishes Infantry Officer Course
By Jeremy Redmon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Air Force Vet Turned NSA Contractor Reality Winner Pleads Guilty To Leaking
By Peter Delacroix: I Was Sexually Assaulted In The Military As A Woman. I Can No Longer Stay Silent As A Man
By Maj. Alan Hastings, U.S. Army: An Alternative Perspective of CGSC: A Letter To The Incoming Class of 2019

Military May 27, 2018

The Angry Staff Officer: In an American Cemetery in France: Thoughts on Memorial Day

By Greg Jaffe Washington Post: Imperfect answers: A JBER soldier was killed in action, and his parents ask why

By Beth Bragg: NASCAR race will honor JBER soldier killed in 2007 bomb blast
All 40 cars in Sunday’s Sprint Cup series will bear the name of a fallen soldier:
2018 600 Miles of Remembrance
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Chairman Stresses Change, Tradition at West Point Graduation





Military May 24, 2018

By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: Legacy Mentors Play Key Role In TAPS Good Grief Camps
By Air Force Airman 1st Class Delaney Gonzales: 325th Fighter Wing. Face of Defense: Airman Thrives on Responsibility, Sets the Example
By Air Force Senior Airman Dustin Mullen 325th Fighter Wing: Air Force Medical Team Supports Humanitarian Exercise in Panama
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis Welcomes 983 New Lieutenants Into Air Force
By Paul Szoldra: A Mullet-Wearing Marine Recruit Showed Up To Boot Camp Ready To Party
The Angry Staff Officer: We Were There Too: the US Army at Belleau Wood
By Merrie Monteagudo: U.S. special operations history: Milestones and missions