Military February 22, 2018

By Army Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard: Guard Salutes Fallen New York City Apartment Fire Hero

Army National Guard leaders recently honored a New York Army National Guardsman who died while rescuing his neighbors during the deadliest fire here in more than 25 years.

Army Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah is credited with saving four lives as he returned to the building three times before he was overcome by smoke. Including Mensah, 13 people died in the blaze.

Mensah posthumously received two medals for valor during a ceremony for the family at Fordham University here Feb. 16, including the Army’s highest award for bravery outside of a combat zone.
By By Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Hicks, 621st Contingency Response Wing: Face of Defense: Airman’s Innovation Benefits Relief Efforts
As one of the first intelligence officers to deploy to Puerto Rico in support of the relief efforts, Webb had the idea to use publicly available information to help deliver life-saving supplies to where they were needed most. He developed a common operating picture using Google Earth to gather background information that could be employed as a navigation tool.

“Through the use of publically available information, as well as working with sister services and other DoD support agencies, I was able to gather essential information, including disaster-ridden locations, accessibility to these locations, and needs of the local area for the placement of distribution points and regional staging areas for relief supplies,” Webb said.
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Stoltenberg Discusses NATO Transatlantic Link at Munich Conference
From U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center: A FLIR for Innovation