Tag: Defense Secretary James N. Mattis

Military December 31, 2018

By Richard Sisk: Mattis’ Farewell Urges Troops to ‘Keep The Faith’ Despite Turmoil
By Amy Bushatz: Need to Know: These New UCMJ Laws Start Jan. 1
A series of sweeping reforms and updates to the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) kick in on Jan. 1, 2019, including the addition of some crimes, an expansion of victims’ rights and standardizing the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers on some military bases.
Chilled to The Bone!
Air Force Staff Sgt. Christina Parker, of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 168th Civil Engineer Squadron, plays the part of a water rescue victim during a training exercise at Polaris Lake, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 6, 2018. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rocky Vazquez, a 354th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection crew chief, leads the exercise and ensures safety in the frigid cold.
By James Clark: 5 Incredible Military Movies And Shows You May Have Missed In 2018
By Michael Peck The National Interest: Apple Removes Video Game That Portrays Taliban As the Enemy
Perhaps it could be argued that World War II games focus on a Third Reich that no longer exists, while Afghanistan ’11 could ruffle sensitivities because it depicts a Taliban that exists in the present. Still, for all the cruelty of the Taliban, it’s more than debatable that the Nazis were any better.

To be fair to Apple, some games deserve to be extinguished, such as the new neo-Nazi game where players kill Jews, gays and journalists. But games like Afghanistan ’11 are more than entertainment: they are interactive history that gives players a chance to step into the shoes of historical or current commanders and perceive the dilemmas that soldiers and politicians face.

Unless you believe that the American public suffers from too much knowledge about America’s nearly twenty-year war in Afghanistan, which has cost the lives of nearly 3,000 U.S. soldiers killed in action, then a simulation like Afghanistan ’11 fulfills a vital role.

Military December 25, 2018

Stars and Stripes | By J.P. Lawrence Dunford Addresses Talk of Afghanistan Pullout at Holiday USO Show
By Jared keller: James Mattis’ Final Message To US Troops Holds Advice For Life After His Resignation
Stars and Stripes | By Martin Egnash The Airman in Black: When Johnny Cash Was Stationed in Germany
Detroit Free Press | By By Aleanna Siacon Flight Canceled, Soldier Spends Thousands Getting Home for Christmas
By Richard Sisk: In War and Baseball, Navy Seaman and Gold Medal Honoree Larry Doby Defeated Hate

Military December 22, 2018

Tracking Santa!
A holiday message from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford and his wife, Ellyn Dunford.
By Lorraine Boissoneault: A Civil War Cartoonist Created the Modern Image of Santa Claus as Union Propaganda Thomas Nast is legendary for his political cartoons, but he’s also responsible for the jolly St. Nick we know today

Kenneth Branagh recreates Col. Tim Collins’ speech to 1 Batt., Royal Irish Regiment, on 19 March 2003, immediately prior to the invasion of Iraq. From the BBC production 10 Days to War.
By James Clark: ‘When Your Brother’s Down, You Go To Your Brother’ — Fatally Shot, This Marine Rendered Aid To Fellow Officer For As Long As He Could
The suspected shooter was identified as 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick, who committed suicide on Dec. 8 after barricading himself inside a home as local police closed in.
By Fletcher Schoen, Long March Council of the Former Enlisted: Has The US Military Created A Small Class Of Killers?
By James Clark: Mattis’ 2017 Message To Troops Is Worth Remembering: ‘Just Hold The Line’
“You just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other, being friendly to one another; what Americans owe to one another,” Mattis said in 2017.
By Adam Shaw: Brett McGurk, US Envoy to Anti-ISIS Coalition, Resigns
By Justin Franz: Retired Marine ‘Man Hunter’ Now Tracking Montana Runaways
Bristol is no stranger to the plight of runaway children; in fact, he was one himself in his younger years. Bristol says he had a tough childhood, but that the Marine Corps “saved” him. He spent eight years enlisted and 30 years as an officer. Over the years, he saw combat in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. He was also responsible for founding the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.

Military December 21, 2018

By Jeff Schogol: Read Secretary Mattis’ Letter Of Resignation
Who Are The Infantry?
By Nancy Montgomery: Military Frostbite, Cold-Weather Injuries Up with Little Explanation Why
TPC’s An American Icon
Happy Holidays From the Military!

Military December 04, 2018

By Jared Keller: The Key To Bridging The Civil-Military Divide, According To Mattis
In an era where Americans seem increasingly at each other’s throats, Defense Secretary James Mattis has a simple idea for bridging the gulf between the civilian and military worlds: Be excellent to each other.
By KDVR-TV: Police Officer Won’t Face Charges After Fatally Shooting Vietnam Vet Defending Himself Against A Home Intruder
AURORA, Colo. — No criminal charges will be filed against an Aurora police officer who fatally shot a homeowner in July, the 17th Judicial District announced Monday.

Officer Drew Limbaugh shot and killed an armed homeowner, 73-year-old Richard “Gary” Black Jr., defending his grandson against an intruder, Dajon Harper, on July 30.

“Based on the evidence presented and the applicable Colorado law, there is no reasonable likelihood of success of proving any crimes beyond a reasonable doubt at trial,” District Attorney Dave Young wrote in his decision letter. “Therefore, no criminal charges will be filed against the law enforcement officer involved in this incident.”

Young added that “this review does not evaluate the appropriateness of the actions of the involved officers.”
By Paul Szoldra: Terminal Lance Creator Feels ‘Gross’ After Marine Corps Shares His Video
Alaska Guardsmen Swap Santa Mission for Damage Survey
By Shannon Collins: Know Your Military “Marauding” Marine Makes His Mark
The Angry Staff Officer: Army Branch Songs: Where Did They Come From?

Military October 31, 2018

By Richard Sisk: Mattis Pushes for Negotiated Cease-Fire in Yemen’s Civil War
By Gina Harkins: Unproven Sexual Harassment Claims Could Force Marine Officer into Retirement
By Maj. Thomas Mcilwaine, British Army: The Way To Fix The Military Decision-Making Process Is To Fix Your Own Self With More Tough Training
Mattis to Discuss the 2018 National Defense Strategy







Military October 02, 2018

By Gina Harkins: Sailors Who Rescued Plane Passengers Saw Aircraft Making Low Approach
By Oriana Pawlyk: Fired Air Force Mobility Wing Commander Accepts Plea Deal
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Dunford Pleased DOD Enters Fiscal 2019 With Budget
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: NATO Defense Chiefs Build 360-Degree Defense on Maturing Framework, Dunford Says
By Lolita C. Baldor: Mattis Vows No Cut in Military Support for France in Mali
By Katie Lange: What to Know Before TRICARE Open Season This Fall
By Richard Sisk: Vets Groups Urge Trump Administration to Keep Pressure on GI Bill Fraud
By Drew Brooks: VA Secretary Tours Veterans Clinics Hit by Hurricane Florence
By Marine Corps Sgt. Alvin Pujols, 8th Marine Corps District: Face of Defense: Marine Recruiter Brings Opportunities to Hometown Youth
By Matthew Cox: New Combat Skis: Marine Corps Picks a Manufacturer
News Release Press Operations Release No: NR-279-18: New Defense.gov reforms DOD story-telling; improves user experience


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Military September 28, 2018

By Brad Howard: The Marine Corps’ F-35 Combat Debut Was Flown In Honor Of A Fallen Hero
Press Operations Release No: NR-276-18: Navy to Commission Submarine Indiana
By Air Force Airman 1st Class Tara Stetler 375th Air Mobility Wing: Face of Defense: Airman Describes Her Journey From Pro Basketball to Service
By Tom Ricks: Mattis Chats With An Iraqi Who Wanted To Kill Him — And Who Also Wants A Visa
He said, “General, do you think if I’m a model prisoner” — you know what’s coming, don’t you? — “could I someday immigrate to America?”

Think about that. Think about that, that the hatred he felt was so much that he would go out and try to put a bomb in the road to kill us, but the example of America was so strong that if he could be sitting where you are today or have his son and daughter in that audience, he’d have given his eyes or teeth. It wasn’t just because we’d caught him right then. This was deeper.

And I was reminded, America’s got two fundamental powers. There’s the power of intimidation and the military — the U.S. military exists to warn people, “You take on America, and free men and women are going to fight like the dickens.” Power of intimidation.

But there’s also the power of inspiration. And the power of inspiration could reach halfway around the world to the Euphrates River Valley and affect someone, no matter how blinded they were at that moment by a hatred.
By Oriana Pawlyk: Air Force General Denied Promotion, Forced to Retire After Misconduct Probe
Tibbets is grandson of then-Col. Paul Tibbets Jr., who during World War II dropped the uranium bomb known as “Little Boy” over Hiroshima, Japan.
By James Clark: That Moment A Guardsman Realized: ‘If My Unit Sees That, I’m Dead’
By Cody Sheppard: Teens Allegedly Caused $50,000 in Damage to Home for Disabled Veteran
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Military September 25, 2018

By James Clark: Al Matthews, Marine Vet And Actor Who Played Apone In ‘Aliens’ Dead At 75
By Russell Contreras and Mary Hudetz: Former Air Force Chaplain Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis Stresses Geneva Process for Syria, Gives DoD Good Grades for Hurricane Effort
By Katie Lange: Mostly-Civilian DoD Entity Is Looking for a Few Good Interns
By Jason Cutshaw, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command: Face of Defense: Army Astronaut Prepares for December Launch
By Oriana Pawlyk: Boeing Wins Air Force Contract to Replace UH-1N Huey Helicopters
By Matthew Cox: Marine Corps Wants Non-Lethal ‘Taser’ Round That Stuns Out to 100 Meters
Sailor Prepares Recipe for Success: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Frida Karani
By Craig Fox, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.: ‘Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story’ Recalls The Soldiers The Movies Overlooked
By Capt. Douglas Wood, USMC My Worst Day: In Iraq, When The Approval To Fire Came 10 Seconds Too Late
The Angry Staff Officer: Reading List for the U.S. in World War I


Military September 22, 2018

By John D. Banusiewicz DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis Pays Tribute to Prisoners of War, Missing in Action
By Hope Hodge Seck: Army Special Forces Medic Will Get Medal of Honor for Afghanistan Heroism
By Gina Harkins: Troops May Face Higher Risk of Sex Assault at These Duty Stations
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: White House Releases First National Cyber Strategy in 15 Years
By Courtney Mabeus: Navy Dissolves Combat Camera Units That Have Documented Sailors for Decades
NORFOLK — A small crowd gathered at Naval Station Norfolk on Friday for a ceremony to mark the end of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Camera unit. The Navy announced late last year that it would disband the Norfolk-based command, as well as a similar one in San Diego, by Oct. 1 to save money.