Military February 20, 2019

By Oriana Pawlyk: Air Force Releases Deploy-or-Out Policy Guidelines
Szoldra: Marine who served on Iwo Jima recalls the time a Japanese soldier asked for some of his hot chocolate
By Matthew Cox: Former 1st Cav Soldier to Receive Distinguished Service Cross for Iraq Heroism
The Army also recently announced that it will upgrade Maj. Thomas Bostick’s posthumous Silver Star to the DCS on March 1 for the bravery he showed against enemy fighters in Afghanistan in 2007.

Bostick, who served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, is credited with sacrificing his life to protect his fellow Sky Soldiers during a March 27, 2007, enemy ambush in the mountains near Saret Koleh.

Under heavy fire, Bostick, who was later killed, placed himself in front of a large enemy force and laid down covering fire so members of his unit could scramble to a better defensive position.
By Richard Sisk: Congress Finally Funds New Icebreaker for Coast Guard
The bill that avoided a second government shutdown finally provided the $655 million for a badly needed new icebreaker for the Coast Guard and $20 million more for start of construction on a second one.

“This is big, this is real, this is the largest single financial contribution to execution of our nation’s Arctic strategy,” Sen Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said last week.
Marines with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 19.1
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