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Military September 12, 2018

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Vice President, DoD Leaders Honor Pentagon’s 9/11 Sacrifices
By Richard Sisk: ‘Americans Do Not Scare,’ Mattis Says on 9/11 Anniversary
By Jared keller: What 9/11 Looked Like To The Only American Service Member Not On Earth
By Joe Quinn: I Learned To Understand Shame After Losing My Brother On September 11th

By Katie Lange, Department of Defense: This Team Keeps the Defense Secretary Connected During Threats, Emergencies
By Gina Harkins: Lejeune Commander Fires Back at Critics After Declining to Evacuate Base
By Joy Ilem: VA Must Prove to Women Vets That They Belong
Moving forward, we can’t just tell women they belong in our military and veteran communities; we need to show them.

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By Air Force Staff Sgt. Kayla White 157th Air Refueling Wing: Face of Defense: New Hampshire Airman Serves as Translator in El Salvador
By Army Capt. Scott Kuhn 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division: ‘Greywolf’ Brigade Tests Army’s First Electronic Warfare Tactical Vehicle
By Navy Lt. Cmdr. Sandra Arnold Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade: Face of Defense: Navy Computer Technician Trains New Marines, Sailors
By Jared Keller: These Ingenious Marines Developed A Money-Saving New Use For The Reflective Belt
By James Barber: You Can Watch the ‘World’s Biggest USO Tour’ Show Live From DC
By Under The Radar: Read a Chapter from Army Vet Sean Parnell’s Killer First Novel ‘Man of War’

Military August 27, 2018

By Drew Brooks: Golden Knight Killed in Plane Crash in Georgia
By Katie Lange, Department of Defense: Soldier Orders Unit to Fire Artillery at Him, Approaching Enemy
Lee Ross Hartell (August 23, 1923 – August 27, 1951) was a soldier in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions on August 27, 1951. He joined the Army from Danbury, Connecticut in 1949.[1]

By August 26, 1951, First Lieutenant Hartell was on the ground as a forward observer with B Company, 9th Infantry Regiment at the base of Hill 700 near Kobanson-ni. Hill 700 was attacked and taken by B Company that day. But the Chinese mounted a major counterattack at 0400 hours. Hartell walked the artillery fire right up the hill on top of the charging enemy. Although many of the enemy were cut down, they just kept coming. Although wounded, he kept calling in artillery fire onto his hilltop. Finally at 0630 hours, Hartell was hit in the chest by a bullet and died.

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: DoD Mourns Death of Senator John S. McCain
By Adam Linehan: Green Beret Singled Out For Blame In Niger Ambush Probe Recommended For Silver Star
Medal of Honor: Heroes of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Guard Integral to DoD Effort to Build Lethality, Alliances, Mattis Says
By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Seth Bleuer, 194th Wing: Face of Defense: Air Guard Nurse Practitioner Aids Feathered Patient
By Paul Woolverton: Army Special Forces Major Accused of ‘Revenge Porn’ in Lawsuit
By Chase Cook: Fired Naval Academy Professor Sent Photo of Self in Speedo to Students: Records
By Andrew Dyer: ‘Ugly Angels’ Fly Again After Wings Clipped Six Years Ago
By Jeff Mcmenemy: ‘Ultimate American Airman’ Among Cancer Deaths at Air National Guard Base
By Kevin Landrigan: Female Vets Running for Congress Find Service Records Under Attack
Sam Morningstar, author of the Combat Veterans Forum, wrote in a July 2017 commentary that the term combat veteran can be complicated.

“A military member or veteran that served in a combat zone might sometimes be called a combat veteran in certain contexts. However, some folks might have the view that an actual combat veteran is one that was directly involved in active combat while others might extend this definition a bit more,” Morningstar wrote.

O’Rourke said if Sullivan had served in combat she would have received a combat ribbon that the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard give out, and he’s demanded she produce one.

“I have never heard someone deployed to an area who didn’t fight who said they fought. You would never use that word,” said O’Rourke, who’s earned the Army Combat Action Badge.
The Angry Staff Officer: Being a Rebel Leader: Disciplined Disobedience in the Army

Military August 21, 2018

By Katie Lange Defense Media: Fallen Airman Earning MoH Was Top Performer, Tenacious Fighter

By Michael R. Sisak, David Rising, Randy Herschaft, Associated Press: US deports former Nazi camp guard to Germany
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Military Aircraft Crash in Iraq Highlights Dangers Troops Face Each Day
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis Impressed With Colombian Progress, Concerned About Venezuela
By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Seth Bleuer, 194th Wing: Face of Defense: Airlift Manager Delivers on Contingency Travel Plan
By Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Rullo Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa: Camp Lemonnier Holds K-9 Casualty Care Training
By Army Spc. Jacob Hoffman 109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment: Face of Defense: Nurse Brings Knowledge to Guard Service as Combat Medic
From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release: Operation Roundup Continues to Target ISIS Remnants



Military August 19, 2018

By Pauline Repard: Marine Lost Overboard from Amphibious Ship Identified as Helicopter Crew Chief
Remains of USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed at Pearl Harbor Identified
By Jim Thompson: Report: Special Ops Soldier Arrested on Charges of Cocaine Smuggling
DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis Thanks Colombian Officials for Denouncing Undemocratic Actions
Media Availability by Secretary Mattis En Route Andrews AFB Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis
By Gina Harkins: The Military Is Overhauling Troops’ Chow as Obesity Rates Soar

Military August 14, 2018

By Gina Harkins: Army Special Forces Soldier Dies After IED Blast in Afghanistan
By Gina Harkins: Search-and-Rescue Mission for Missing 13th MEU Marine Ends
By JUSTIN PRITCHARD and Reese Dunklin: Under New Law, Military Kids Get Sex Assault Protections
By Gina Harkins: Marine Grunts on 1st-Ever Female Infantry Leader: ‘She’s One of Us’
By Sarah Parvini: Religious Website Triggers Complaint Against Air Force General
On Sunday, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation demanded that Defense Secretary James N. Mattis “immediately and comprehensively” investigate Air Force Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert.
By Army Spc. Alleea Oliver 49th Public Affairs Detachment: Face of Defense: Vietnam Native Finds Success in U.S. Army

Military August 08, 2018

By OLESIA PLOKHII | The Washington Post | Robert Martin, Tuskegee Airman who flew ’63 and a half’ combat missions, dies at 99
First Lieutenant Robert L. Martin (February 9, 1919 – July 26, 2018) was a Tuskegee Airman active during World War II.

Early life
Robert Martin was born in Dubuque, Iowa on February 9, 1919. His mother died shortly after his birth. His father was a podiatrist. When he attended an air show as a 13 year old Boy Scout, he was inspired to become a pilot. While still a student at Iowa State University, Martin learned to fly in a civilian pilot training program.[1] In 1942, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

On January 7, 1944, at the age of 23, Martin graduated from flight training at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. He was a member of the 100th Fighter Squadron and the 332nd Fighter Group.[2][3] Martin explained that Tuskegee was “segregated where they wanted it,” meaning students, ground crews, mechanics, medics and quartermasters were all black. Senior personnel instructors were all white, and acted almost like “gods.”[3] Shortly after completing his training Martin was deployed to Italy. He likes to say he flew “63 and a half” combat missions during World War II.[1]

On December 9, 1944, Martin was returning to base from an escort mission when his P-51 Mustang suffered engine trouble. He was forced to land at a gunnery range Cuetelo, Italy. As the plane fell over the rough ground, the propeller was damaged. Martin was able to walk away from the crash landing.[1]

In March 1945, in what would have been his 64th mission, Martin was “cut down by ground fire” after an attack mission on an enemy airfield in Zagreb, Yugoslavia.[2] In his own words, Martin explained that seven other pilots and himself were attempting to shoot two airplanes parked a little bit off a field. They missed their target, and were blown off course by 100 mph winds. Martin felt a bump in his airplane and realized he had been hit. The engine caught on fire and Martin was forced to bail. When his parachute opened it cut him on the chin and knocked him out. Martin found shelter in a farmhouse.[1] He was eventually rescued and taken into the headquarters of Marshal Josip Broz Tito’s Partisans, and hidden until he could safely return to his unit.[3] He remained there for about five weeks.[1]

Following the war, Martin received his military discharge at the rank of captain.
Martin earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, The Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart.[2] In 2007, Martin was among the recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony honoring the Tuskegee Airmen hosted by President George W Bush.[4]

After the war
In 1945, Martin returned to the U.S. after Victory in Europe Day.[1] He looked for electrical engineering jobs, but had a difficult time finding any. At the time people weren’t hiring black engineers.[5] Martin held a variety of jobs including driving a taxi and working in factories. He was hired as a draftsman by the Chicago Park District, and went on to work as an electrical engineer for the city of Chicago. Martin retired after 37 years.[1]

Martin was married for 68 years to the former Odette Ewell. They had four children, Gabrielle, Noelle, Dominique and Robert Martin, Jr. Martin died of pneumonia on July 26, 2018, at the age of 99.[6]
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis Says Taliban Under Increasing Pressure to Reconcile
By Sean Kimmons Army News Service: Army Technicians Search for Fallen Troops’ Identities
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Amber Carter 60th Air Mobility Wing: Face of Defense: Former Airman Continues Service With Air Force
By Navy Recruiting Command: Face of Defense: Navy Recruiter Enjoys Mentoring Sailors
ASYMCA Weekly Update for the week of August 6, 2018

Military June 28, 2018

By Katie Lange: The Korean War Armistice Explained
News DoD News, Defense Media Activity: U.S. Receives Fallen Service Members’ Remains From North Korea
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis: U.S. Troop Remains Repatriation ‘Sets a Positive Environment’
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Communications Key in Solving International Disputes, Mattis Says
Secretary Of Defense James N. Mattis: Press Gaggle at the Pentagon with Secretary of Defense Mattis

United Nations Honor Guard member carries remains during a dignified return ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Friday. Members of the command and the Osan community were on hand at the arrival ceremony. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kelsey Tucker.)


United Nations Command returned 55 cases of remains from the Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Friday.
Members of the command and the Osan community were on hand at the arrival
ceremony. (Photo by US Air Force Technical Sergeant Ashley Tyler.)

Military July 03, 2018

YMCA Armed Services Weekly Update July 02, 2018
From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release: Coalition Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq
By Army Spc. Alec Dionne 122nd Public Affairs Operations CenterFace of Defense: Soldier, Student, Trailblazer
By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Erich. Smith National Guard Bureau: Face of Defense: Australia Native Comes Full Circle as Army Guard Vocalist
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Global Integration Seeks to Buy Leaders Decision Time, Increase ‘Speed of Relevance
By Jared Keller: That Time A Marine Mechanic Took A July 4th Joyride In An A-4M Skyhawk
By James Clark: TV Broadcaster Completely Unfazed As Attack Helicopter Nearly Takes Her Head Off

By ‘Babsfritchie’: CGSC: A Howl Of Pain From The Lower Circle Of Online Distance Learning Hell


Military July 01, 2018

By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity: U.S.-Japan Alliance ‘Cornerstone’ to Indo-Pacific Stability, Mattis Says
One bullet.
By Deutsche Presse-Agentur: Benghazi Attack Mastermind Sentenced To 22 Years In Prison
By James Clark: This NASCAR Driver And Naval Officer Helped Save A Family From Their Burning Minivan

Military June 25, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis speaks to reporters during a flight from Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland to Alaska, June 24, 2018. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a majority member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, traveled with Secretary Mattis for the flight to Alaska. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)


U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a majority member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, are greeted by the senior military officer in Alaska, Air Force Lt. Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach after arriving in Fairbanks, June 24, 2018. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)