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Military November 23, 2019

Military.com: Let’s Help a WWII Vet Celebrate Her 100th Birthday; Fired Police Sergeant Held on $1M Bond Shot Medic in Back of Head, Indictment Says; Nearly 6 Years After Homeless Vet Was Decapitated by Driver, Police Make Arrest; Ready for the Unexpected: Air Force Drilling Troops in Survival, Response Skills and more ->
Task & Purpose: Pence makes surprise visit to Iraq to reassure Kurds (and US troops) that they’re not forgotten; Under heavy fire during a massive Taliban ambush, this airman broke cover to save his teammates; Retired colonel pleads guilty to ripping off the military for millions in kickback scheme; For the first time ever, a female Marine has graduated the grueling Basic Reconnaissance course; Defying Trump, Navy Secretary backs effort to revoke tridents from Eddie Gallagher and other SEALs; A new documentary tells the heroic story of the first Marine to earn the Medal of Honor since Vietnam and more ->
DOD: Freedom of Navigation in South China Sea Critical to Prosperity, Says Indo-Pacific Commander; Threat From China Requires Innovative Approach, Says DOD Official and more ->



Military May 25 & 26, 2019

Albuquerque Journal | By Dan Boyd: Navajo Code Talker and Longtime New Mexico Lawmaker, Dies at 94
SANTA FE — New Mexico state Sen. John Pinto, the longest-serving member of the state senate and one of the longest-serving Native American legislators in U.S. history died Friday in Gallup. He was 94.

A World War II-era Marine who trained as a Navajo Code Talker, Pinto was a beloved figure in the state Senate — where he had served since 1977 — and his death prompted an outpouring of testimonials from current and former state officials and fellow lawmakers.

John Pinto (December 15, 1924 – May 24, 2019)[1][2] was an American politician.[3][4] He served as a Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate from 1977 to his death in 2019, making him the longest-serving member in the Senate. Pinto represented the 3rd District, which includes the Four Corners area and spans much of western San Juan County, as well as a portion of western McKinley County. Much of the district is made up of the Navajo Nation; it includes the towns of Shiprock, Sheep Springs, and most if not all of Gallup.

Pinto was born in Lupton, Arizona, in the Navajo Nation.[4] Pinto served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and was a Navajo code talker. He was a teacher and organizer for the National Educational Association.[4] He died in Gallup, New Mexico, on May 24, 2019 at the age of 94.[5][6]

Military.com | By Richard Sisk: Barbed Wire and a French Castle: A Soldier’s Account of D-Day
Former Army Tech Sgt. John Trippon finally told his family how he got those scars on his chest and stomach 70 years after the D-Day invasion of Hitler’s Fortress Europe on June 6, 1944.

Trippon, a combat engineer, and his unit from the 6th Engineers Special Brigade of the First Army, under the command of Gen. Omar Bradley, were in the second invasion wave that wove its way to Omaha Beach in landing craft, past floating bodies and German obstacles.
The Associated Press | By Chris Carola: WWII Researcher: Sea Wreck Must Be Plane of US MIA Pilot
The aircraft, lying on coral reef about 70 feet down, is the same type of F4U-4 Corsair that 2nd Lt. John McGrath was flying when he crashed off Iriomote Jima in July 1945, researcher Justin Taylan said this week.

“This is the only American aircraft lost at that precise spot,” said Taylan, the founder of Pacific Wrecks, an organization that researches and catalogues WWII crashes.

McGrath, of Troy, New York, is still officially listed by the U.S. military as one of nearly 73,000 American MIAs from WWII. He was 20 when his aircraft disappeared.
Military.com | By Richard Sisk: Purple Hearts Finally Awarded to Coast Guard Crew Killed in World War I
Purple Hearts were not awarded by the U.S. during World War I, but resumed in World War II. The award was extended to the Coast Guard in 1942. In 1952, Congress made the awarding of the Purple Heart retroactive to April 5, 1917.

However, the crew of the Tampa was not eligible for the Purple Heart until 1999, Schultz said. The search for descendants has continued since then.
By Anastasia Dawson, Tampa Bay Times: 70 years later, WWII vet gets medals he didn’t know he earned during the Battle of Iwo Jima
By David Vergun: Vice President Commends Cadets’ Commitment to Service at Academy Graduation
By Katie Lange: NASCAR’s Dillon Tests Out Coast Guard’s ‘Big Jet Ski’






Robin Olds[2] (July 14, 1922 – June 14, 2007) was an American fighter pilot and general officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was a “triple ace”, with a combined total of 16 victories in World War II and the Vietnam War.[3] He retired in 1973 as a brigadier general.

The son of Army Air Forces Major General Robert Olds, educated at West Point, and the product of an upbringing in the early years of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Olds epitomized the youthful World War II fighter pilot. He remained in the service as it became the United States Air Force, despite often being at odds with its leadership, and was one of its pioneer jet pilots. Rising to the command of two fighter wings, Olds is regarded among aviation historians, and his peers, as the best wing commander of the Vietnam War, for both his air-fighting skills, and his reputation as a combat leader.[4]

Olds was promoted to brigadier general after returning from Vietnam but did not hold another major command. The remainder of his career was spent in non-operational positions, as Commandant of Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy and as an official in the Air Force Inspector General’s Office. His inability to rise higher as a general officer is attributed to both his maverick views and his penchant for drinking.[5]

Olds had a highly publicized career and life, including marriage to Hollywood actress Ella Raines. As a young man he was also recognized for his athletic prowess in both high school and college, being named an All-American as a lineman in college football. Olds expressed his philosophy regarding fighter pilots in the quote: “There are pilots and there are pilots; with the good ones, it is inborn. You can’t teach it. If you are a fighter pilot, you have to be willing to take risks.”[6]


Military October 01, 2018

Army.mil by Devon L. Suits: Army Medic in Afghanistan to Receive Medal of Honor
By The Hill Staff: Watch live: Trump presents the Medal of Honor
Editors USA Today: Las Vegas anniversary, a Medal of Honor, Melania trip: 5 things you need to know Monday
By Caitlin Doornbos: Sailor from USS Ronald Reagan Dies While Swimming off Guam
By Paul Guzzo: Navy Veteran, Real-Life Superhero is Hanging Up His Suit
The Associated Press: Filmmaker Sets Date for Dedication of WWII Education Center
Special guests at the reception will include WWII veterans Richard Fazzio and Ernie Corvese. Both took part in the D-Day invasion.
The Associated Press: Vice President’s Son Completes Navy Training in Mississippi
By Lolita C. Baldor: Problems for Pentagon’s Immigrant Recruit Program
By Jon Gambrell and Nassser Karimi: Iran Fires Ballistic Missiles at Syria Militants over Attack



Military September 12, 2018

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Vice President, DoD Leaders Honor Pentagon’s 9/11 Sacrifices
By Richard Sisk: ‘Americans Do Not Scare,’ Mattis Says on 9/11 Anniversary
By Jared keller: What 9/11 Looked Like To The Only American Service Member Not On Earth
By Joe Quinn: I Learned To Understand Shame After Losing My Brother On September 11th

By Katie Lange, Department of Defense: This Team Keeps the Defense Secretary Connected During Threats, Emergencies
By Gina Harkins: Lejeune Commander Fires Back at Critics After Declining to Evacuate Base
By Joy Ilem: VA Must Prove to Women Vets That They Belong
Moving forward, we can’t just tell women they belong in our military and veteran communities; we need to show them.

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By Air Force Staff Sgt. Kayla White 157th Air Refueling Wing: Face of Defense: New Hampshire Airman Serves as Translator in El Salvador
By Army Capt. Scott Kuhn 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division: ‘Greywolf’ Brigade Tests Army’s First Electronic Warfare Tactical Vehicle
By Navy Lt. Cmdr. Sandra Arnold Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade: Face of Defense: Navy Computer Technician Trains New Marines, Sailors
By Jared Keller: These Ingenious Marines Developed A Money-Saving New Use For The Reflective Belt
By James Barber: You Can Watch the ‘World’s Biggest USO Tour’ Show Live From DC
By Under The Radar: Read a Chapter from Army Vet Sean Parnell’s Killer First Novel ‘Man of War’

Military February 09, 2018

By Blake Essig: Operation Afghanistan: Reporter’s Notebook
AFGHANISTAN (KTUU) – “You can leave the ‘stan, but the ‘stan will never leave you. Enjoy your visit.” Those were the words Col. Brian Beckno, NATO Resolute Support said to me minutes after arriving at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. At the time, while I had a few ideas, I really didn’t know what to expect from my first trip to a war zone. Two weeks later, I know those words he spoke, for better and worse, were 100 percent the truth.
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: U.S. Forces Strike Taliban, East Turkestan Islamic Movement Training Sites
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Pence: U.S., Allies to Continue Peacefully Dismantling North Korea’s Nuke Program

By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: DoD Assets Set Scene for Heroes in ‘15:17 to Paris’

By Army Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos, Task Force Spartan: Face of Defense: Perspective, Tenacity Mark Soldier’s Career
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson 379th Air Expeditionary Wing: C-17 Crews Help to Realign Assets to Afghanistan
By Sharon Holland Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences: Uniformed Services University Offers Degree Opportunities for Enlisted Members
By Alexandra Snyder, Defense Media Activity: Happy 60th Birthday, DARPA! Here’s Six Reasons We Celebrate You
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, sure looks good for 60! In honor of it entering a new decade yesterday, we’ve compiled our six favorite DARPA inventions: Read more ->

Military January 13, 2018

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Pence Highlights Service Members’ Excellence, Expertise, Dedication

By Katie Lange: DoD, Nat Geo Team Up for Unrivaled DocuSeries on Fight Against Extremism

Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
By Army Pfc. Zoe Garbarino, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence: Face of Defense: Soldier Aims to Apply Experiences
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes U.S. Air Forces Central Command: A-10s Bring Thunder to Fight Against ISIS
By Brenda Law and Cori Fleser U.S. Africa Command: Africom Develops New Tool to Measure Women’s Progress

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