Military May 22, 2019

The Associated Press | By Brian Melley and Julie Watson: SEAL’s Lawyer Wants Prosecutor, Judge Booted Off Murder Case
“The leakers are investigating the non-leakers and, funny, they found nothing,” Parlatore said.
 
 
 
 
Military.com | By Oriana Pawlyk: Trump Taps Former Diplomat as Next Air Force Secretary
“I am pleased to announce my nomination of Barbara Barrett of Arizona, and former Chairman of the Aerospace Corporation, to be the next Secretary of the Air Force,” he wrote. “She will be an outstanding Secretary! #FlyFightWin.”
 
 
 
 
The Associated Press | By Alan Suderman: Virginia Town Remembers the High Price Paid on D-Day
The dead were country boys who came of age during the Depression and joined the National Guard before the war for extra income and uniforms that local girls thought looked sharp, according to author Alex Kershaw’s 2003 best-seller “The Bedford Boys.”

Frank Draper and Elmere Wright were local baseball standouts. Wallace Carter worked at the town’s pool hall. Earl Parker left behind a young bride and a daughter he never got to meet. Twins Ray and Roy Stevens hoped to run a farm after the war, but only Roy survived.

Their time in combat was short. Among the first waves in the assault on Omaha Beach, Bedford’s soldiers were wiped out by Nazi machine guns and mortars within minutes after their landing craft hit the sand.

“They were waiting for us, the minute the ramp went down, they opened up,” said Elisha Ray Nance, one of the few Bedford Boys who survived that deadly beach landing, in comments recorded in “Bedford Goes to War,” a book by local historian James Morrison.
 
 
 
 
By Haley Britzky: The Army is exchanging a general officer with France for the first time in history
For the first time ever, an Army general officer is heading to Marseilles, France, to command France’s 3rd Armored Division.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Todd Wasmund and French Brig. Gen. Hubert Cottereau are the first approved exchanges in the U.S. Army’s Military Personnel Exchange Program (MPEP).

Wasmund is set to begin his assignment early next year, according to the Army, while Cottereau, who will take over as deputy commanding general for readiness of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, will start this summer after arriving at Fort Stewart earlier this month.
 
 
 
 
By Paul Szoldra: Former Marine Commandant tells Trump that pardoning troops accused of war crimes ‘relinquishes the moral high ground’
 
 
 
 
By Jared Keller: Mattis cautions against war with Iran in first public remarks since leaving the Pentagon
 
 
 
 
By John Woolfolk, The Mercury News: ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh to get early release from prison this week
On Thursday, John Phillip Walker Lindh, whose haunting image captivated America after his 2001 capture in Afghanistan, is set to be released from an Indiana federal prison after serving most of his 20-year sentence.

“I guess the question we have to ask is, does he represent a threat?” said Alice Hoagland, of Los Gatos, whose son died a hero in the bin Laden-directed Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
 
 
 
 
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan: Remarks by Acting Secretary Shanahan at an Enhanced Honor Cordon in Honor of the Presidents of the Freely Associated States of Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands
Q: Mr. Secretary, can you talk about how the Defense Department is working with the Justice Department and the White House ahead of the possible pardons of Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher, Mathew Golsteyn and the three Marine scout snipers?

SEC. SHANAHAN: Jeff, but I would just say, at this point, I’m not really going to speculate on any of the pardons. But I would just say, we’ll leave it to the White House to comment on the situation there. OK.

All right. Hey, thanks, everybody. See you later.
 
 
 
 
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is used to going fast. It’s how he makes a living. But after a recent visit to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, he went faster than he’ll ever go in a race car.
 
 
 
 
In preparation for the upcoming Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman pays a visit to troops at Fort Bragg, N.C. He said he won’t be racing alone — he’ll have some very special company in the cockpit.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

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