Military December 15, 2017

By: Jennifer Mcdermott, The Associated Press: USS Arizona survivor rejoins shipmates, interred aboard ship
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — One of the last surviving veterans of the sinking of the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor has been reunited with his fallen shipmates.

Raymond Haerry was interred on the ship in a ceremony that his granddaughter says was solemn and beautiful.

Haerry was 19 years old when bombs started falling on his battleship on Dec. 7, 1941. He never returned to Pearl Harbor while he lived because the memories were too painful. As he neared the end of his life, he told his family he’d like to be laid to rest there.

Haerry died Sept. 27 in Rhode Island at age 94. Five Arizona survivors remain.
Journey Home to the USS Arizona (In Post-Production 2017)
By Yolanda R. Arrington DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Marine Turned ‘Star Wars’ Actor Wants Service Members to Try Theater
Adam Driver served nearly three years in the Marine Corps before an injury ended his military career. Soon after, Driver caught the acting bug and now he wants other service members to try their hands at theater.
Press Operations: Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock
The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9), during an 11:00 a.m. EST ceremony Saturday, December 16, at the Canalside waterfront in Buffalo, New York.

The future USS Little Rock, designated LCS 9, is the tenth littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the fifth of the Freedom-variant design. It is the second warship named for the Arkansas state capital and will be commissioned alongside the first USS Little Rock (CL 92), which serves as a museum at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.
By Eric Durr New York National Guard: Face of Defense: Brothers End Guard Service in Joint Retirement Ceremony
LATHAM, N.Y., Dec. 14, 2017 — Two brothers who deployed to Iraq together in 2005 marked the end of their service in the New York Army National Guard during a joint retirement ceremony at New York National Guard Headquarters here Dec. 2.
Lt. Col. Joseph Claus, a Cropseyville, New York resident, will end his military service after 30 years tomorrow.

His brother, Master Sgt. Leonard Claus, from Grafton, New York, ended his military service on Nov. 15 after 33 years in uniform.
By Air Force Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin 18th Wing: Air Force Military Working Dogs Deter Trouble

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa, Dec. 14, 2017 — It’s pitch black outside and the sun won’t shine for a few more hours. Suddenly, a light comes on, illuminating the room. The dogs are awake and ready for attention from their handlers — the sound of rattling cages and barking fills the room. They know what comes next — it’s feeding time and the start of their day.

An overlooked part of the Air Force’s enlisted force walks on four feet, rather than two.

The 18th Security Forces Squadron’s military working dog handlers, Air Force Staff Sgt. David Maestas and Senior Airman Jessica Reyes, give a glimpse into the day in the life of a military working dog.