Military February 09, 2019

By Kimberly Drelich: Navy Captain, Groton Official Integral in Saving Base, Dies
By Claudia Grisales: Navy Linguist Killed in Syria Posthumously Promoted
WASHINGTON — Shannon Kent, the Navy linguist killed in Syria last month in a suicide bomb blast, was posthumously promoted Friday, the service announced.

Kent, a 35-year-old mother of two, has been advanced to senior chief petty officer. She was a chief petty officer when she was killed Jan. 16 at a restaurant in the Syrian city of Manbij. It was her fifth combat tour.
By Gina Harkins: Before the Navy’s Tragic Fitzgerald Collision, the Crew Faced These Big Problems
Crew dedication.
Despite the ship’s problems, the Fitzgerald’s crew responded courageously when the worst happened. Leaders helped get as many of their sailors as possible to safety, putting their own lives in danger to assist others. It was the crew’s actions, the report states, that kept the Fitz afloat.

“They worked in the dark, without power, without steering, without communications,” the story states.

“A young officer scribbled algebraic equations in a notebook to figure out how to right the listing vessel,” ProPublica reported. “The crew bailed out the ship with buckets after pumps failed. As the Fitzgerald struggled to return to port, its navigational displays failed and backup batteries ran out. The ship’s navigator used a handheld commercial GPS unit and paper charts to guide the ship home.”
By Richard Sisk: Base Jobs Program Gets $7.5 Million Grant from Former Starbucks CEO’s Foundation
The $7.5 million grant was announced 10 days before Schultz, who stepped down as Starbucks CEO in 2017 and retired as executive chairman last year, went on CBS’ “60 Minutes” program last month to state that he is considering running as an independent for president. But Schultz and his foundation have a history of involvement in veterans’ issues.

In 2014, he wrote the book, “For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice.”
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Department of Defense Report on Civilian Casualty Policy Submitted pursuant to Section 936 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019