Military April 09, 2019

By Jeff Schogol: The last Doolittle Raider has died at 103
Richard E. Cole (September 7, 1915 – April 9, 2019) was a career officer in the United States Air Force. He was one of the airmen who took part in the Doolittle Raid, serving as the co-pilot to Jimmy Doolittle in the lead plane of the raid.

Cole remained in China after the raid until June 1943, and served again in the China Burma India Theater from October 1943 until June 1944. He later served as Operations Advisor to the Venezuelan Air Force from 1959 to 1962. He retired from the Air Force in 1966 and in 2016, became the last living Doolittle Raider.[1]

By Oriana Pawlyk: US Contractor Found Alive After Being Announced Dead in IED Attack
By Chris Carola: Upstate NY Burial Likely for Remains of WWII Airman, Cousin Says
By James Clark: Meet the former Air Force test pilot who broke into the marijuana industry and wants you to join him
By James Barber: Chris Kyle’s Widow Taya Celebrates the ‘American Spirit’
Kyle’s own profound grief after her husband’s death has inspired her to use her own life to reach out to others. “American Spirit” tells the stories of the men and women she’s met and who have inspired her to work for a better world.

As Taya writes, “Every action, big or small, has the potential to spark someone else’s movement.”

By C. Todd Lopez: DOD Official: ‘Intense Campaign’ Addressing Military Housing Issues
By Jim Garamone: Health Care Transition Looks to Improve Processes for Wartime Missions, Beneficiaries
By WMUR: ‘That tank saved my life:’ 95-year-old World War II veteran gets surprise of a lifetime

Joe Quinn is the Executive Director of the Headstrong Project. Previously, he was the Director of Leadership Development for Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB). Before Team RWB, he was an Instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point and an Associate at the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). Joe also worked in Afghanistan as a Counterinsurgency Advisor for General David Petraeus’ Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT). He spent six years in the United States Army, where he served two deployments to Iraq. Joe received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Joe graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2002, where he played on the basketball team. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, although he currently lives in Manhattan with his wife Melanie and one year-old daughter Beckett with a baby boy on the way. He’s also an amateur writer and a professional Mets fan.