Military March 22, 2019

By Jeff Schogol: 2 US troops killed in Afghanistan
By Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer: Army Ranger dies during parachute training after surviving 8 deployments
Soldier Who Stopped Suicide Bomber to Receive Medal of Honor

Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins
By David Ovalle, Miami Herald: Miami man charged with ordering assassination of Army Special Forces veteran who witnessed murder
By Sandy Hodson: Fort Gordon Bid Rigging Case Nets Another Guilty Plea from Former Army Colonel
By Gina Harkins: Marine Commandant Personally Invites MARSOC Trailblazer to Become an Officer
By Charles T. Clark, The San Diego Union-Tribune: A retired Navy SEAL is running to unseat embattled Marine vet turned congressman Duncan Hunter in California
By James Barber: The man behind ‘Lt. Dan’ is all patriotism, no politics
Coast Guard Commandant Delivers State of the Coast Guard Address

By Patricia Kime: Coast Guard Eyes Changes to Physical Standards, Tattoo Policy to Retain Troops
The Coast Guard is 14.6 percent women and 17 percent persons of color, including 5.9 percent African-American. To address what Schultz called a disparity between the service and the general population regarding diversity, the Coast Guard plans to commission a study on retaining underrepresented minorities, similar to the report it will release next week.

It also is examining its tattoo restrictions, policies that prevent single parents from enlisting and physical standards based on body mass index that limit recruitment and retention.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Jason Vanderhaden explained that the Coast Guard’s physical standards are largely based on body mass index, a measurement that doesn’t account for fitness, ability to do one’s job, muscle mass and overall body composition.
Defense Innovation Board Holds Quarterly Public Meeting Part 1
The Angry Staff Officer By Lt. Col. Jim Davitch: Never Tell Me the Odds: Prospect Theory, Risk Acceptance and Asteroid Fields
By Oriana Pawlyk: First Enlisted Woman to Try for Air Force Special Operations Weather Career
By Emma Moore: The Necessary Impact of Captain Marvel on the Military
The Pilot Behind the ‘Pardo Push’
What Comes Before Boot Camp?