Military Weekend: Your U.S. Air Force
Aug28

Military Weekend: Your U.S. Air Force

This past week has brought both great pride and deep sorrow to the U.S. Air Force, its members and veterans. When U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, along with an Army buddy (Spc. Alek Skarlatos) and others, prevented a tragedy aboard a speeding train in Europe, his and the actions of the others evoked the highest praise from world leaders and of course from their military superiors and comrades. “These men are...

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American military’s reputation in Europe boosted by Americans who foiled train shooter
Aug28

American military’s reputation in Europe boosted by Americans who foiled train shooter

Yes:” human beings can have an impact on broader, existing, ingrained perceptions. The Christian Science Monitor reports that the often (unfairly) tarnished image of the U.S. military in Europe is on the upswing, and part of the reason is the actions — and reactions — of the unarmed Americans on that train who sprang into action to tackle and beat down a suspected terrorist: “Behaving like military” can be a loaded...

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Faces of the Fallen
Aug27

Faces of the Fallen

It has been a while since we received a “casualties report” from what now seems to be the forgotten war, over in that place called Afghanistan. And when we do it is a short, terse announcement such as the one below: DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died of wounds suffered Aug. 26 when the vehicle they were...

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Finally a National World War I Memorial
Aug26

Finally a National World War I Memorial

Our nation’s capital is blessed with an abundance of splendid parks, statuary, monuments and memorials. But, as pointed out by the World War One Centennial Commission (the Commission), most of them honor “generals, presidents, statesmen and other individuals of distinction” and many of these commemorate the heroes and the battles of the American Revolution and the Civil War. There are numerous monuments and memorials...

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‘Been There, Done That’ Congressman Supports the Iran Nuclear Deal
Aug24

‘Been There, Done That’ Congressman Supports the Iran Nuclear Deal

Seth Moulton is a Democrat representing the people of Massachusetts in Congress. But he is also a veteran — a combat veteran that is — who served his country as a Marine Corps infantry officer during four tours of duty in Iraq over five years, although he was firmly against the Iraq War. He left the Marines in 2008 with the rank of Captain and was elected to Congress in 2014. Seth led an infantry platoon during the 2003...

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The Faces of the Heroes in Train Attack in France
Aug23

The Faces of the Heroes in Train Attack in France

The U.S. Air Force has released a set of photos of the three American heroes who, through their actions, saved “countless” lives during what the Air Force describes as “a terrorist attack aboard a train headed toward Paris Aug. 21.” Read more here and here. Lead photo: Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone along with Jane D. Hartly, the U.S. ambassador to France, and his two friends speak at a press conference in Paris Aug. 23,...

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(Updates) Two U.S. Troops, ‘Heroes’ in Train Attack, Named
Aug23

(Updates) Two U.S. Troops, ‘Heroes’ in Train Attack, Named

Update III: In continuing updates, the U.K. Telegraph is providing additional details about the foiled attack on the Amsterdam to Paris train on Friday evening. The Telegraph has identified the passenger who was first to attempt to grab the gunman’s AK-47 as Mark Mooligan, an American-born professor at the Sorbonne. The Telegraph: [Mr.Mooligan] tackled the Kalashnikov assault rifle off El-Khazzani, who then drew a sidearm and shot him...

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Military Weekend: ‘Patriotism’
Aug23

Military Weekend: ‘Patriotism’

TMV author Patricia Smith posted an excellent essay on “patriotism,” and readers waded in with equally excellent thoughts on this concept. In my opinion, we saw a good example of patriotism — and heroism — in the brave actions by two American servicemen and an American civilian when all hell broke loose on a high-speed train on its way from Amsterdam to Paris. To be accurate, while most everybody — including French...

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Two US Marines reportedly foil attack on European train
Aug22

Two US Marines reportedly foil attack on European train

BERLIN — Two U.S. Marines on a train from Paris to Amsterdam apparently broke up what is being investigated as a possible terror attack Friday that injured three people, including one American. According to the French newspaper Le Monde, the Marines, in civilian clothes at the time, heard “the sound of a heavy weapon being loaded”… graphic via...

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Breaking News: The Northwest Wildfires – Active Duty Troops Deployed (Updated)
Aug18

Breaking News: The Northwest Wildfires – Active Duty Troops Deployed (Updated)

Update: The National Interagency Fire Center: For the first time since 2006, the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho is mobilizing active duty military personnel to serve as firefighters to assist with wildfire suppression efforts. Currently, approximately 95 large wildfires are burning about 1.1 million acres in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, and Colorado. The National Preparedness Level...

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Final Honors for Chattanooga Fallen
Aug15

Final Honors for Chattanooga Fallen

The Department of the Navy and the City of Chattanooga held a ceremony today at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga’s, McKenzie Arena in memory of the Sailor and four Marines killed in the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) shooting on July 16: Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, and Lance Cpl. Squire Wells. Vice President Joe Biden,...

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Navajo ‘Code Talkers’ Day 2015
Aug15

Navajo ‘Code Talkers’ Day 2015

Today is “National Navajo Code Talkers Day.” The bravery, skills and accomplishments of these Americans have always fascinated me. In a piece in June 2010, I wrote about the Code Talkers using the 2002 movie “Windtalkers” as background. A year later, in “A Code Talker’s ‘Journey to War and Back‘” I expanded upon the discussion. The following is the 2011 article, but I have to update it with the sad news that Chester...

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Military Weekend: Helping Out on Both Sides of the Pacific
Aug14

Military Weekend: Helping Out on Both Sides of the Pacific

This week our troops and Defense personnel continued to fight the wildfires in California and, on the other side of the Pacific, they sprang into action to help those struck hard by devastating Typhoon Soudelor. Will Hock, left, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron fire captain, assists Justin Devorss, Linda Fire Protection District engineer, with extinguishing a fire, Aug. 6, 2015, near Clearlake, California. The fire is associated with the...

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Military Weekend: With the World’s Children
Aug07

Military Weekend: With the World’s Children

Previous “Military Weekends” have focused on our military training, flying, fighting and doing the things military do, but also on our troops fighting wildfires, rendering humanitarian assistance during disasters, and coming home to happy reunions with their loved ones. This time the focus is on children — at home and around the world — and our military’s interactions with them, whether it is providing medical care,...

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70 Years of Perspective on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Guest Voice)
Aug05

70 Years of Perspective on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Guest Voice)

70 Years of Perspective on Hiroshima and Nagasaki By Danny Tyree I guess my morbid streak has prepared me for the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) and the events leading up to it. Sometimes when I’m in a contemplative mood, I survey the horizon from my workplace and find my mind drifting to what it would be like if I saw a mushroom cloud in the distance. World leaders deserve a pat on the back for managing...

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The Lessons of Hiroshima: We Still Need Nuclear Weapons (Guest Voice)
Aug05

The Lessons of Hiroshima: We Still Need Nuclear Weapons (Guest Voice)

A new era of warfare began when the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima 70 years ago today. While ordinary Japanese had grown used to seeing American bombers overhead, the hell on earth that was unleashed on August 6, 1945 eclipsed anything anyone had seen before. Estimates suggest that at least 90,000...

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The California Wildfires
Aug03

The California Wildfires

Once again, Air Force Reservists and Air National Guardsmen are assisting in fighting ongoing wildfires in Northern California. “Nearly 1,100 California Guard soldiers and airmen on a state active-duty status, along with 11 Guard helicopters, are supporting [The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection] and the California Office of Emergency Management at fires in the northern part of the state,” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said about a...

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First F-35B Squadron Ready to Fight
Aug02

First F-35B Squadron Ready to Fight

The first squadron of the much maligned, much criticized (including by this author because of significant cost and schedule overruns and some technical problems) F-35B Lightning II aircraft is finally ready to fight worldwide. On July 31, the Marine Corps declared the initial operational capability (IOC) of its variant of the “Joint Strike Fighter,” or JSF. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, or VMFA-121, based in Yuma, Arizona, thus...

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Is Iran N- deal pulling U.S. Jews away from Israel? (Guest Voice)
Aug01

Is Iran N- deal pulling U.S. Jews away from Israel? (Guest Voice)

Is Iran N- deal pulling U.S. Jews away from Israel? By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — The Israeli daily Ha’aretz reports that Israel’s Consul-General in Philadelphia recently sent a letter to the Foreign Ministry suggesting that Israel is losing the support of American Jewry over Iran. If he’s right, does it mean that Prime Minister Netanyahu is wrong or is it because American Jews will always support their political party at home over...

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A BIG Thank You from Little Luxembourg
Jul31

A BIG Thank You from Little Luxembourg

…and if you need an old man to clean your shoes and toilet where[ever] you are in the world to keep the freedom, I will be ready tomorrow morning to do that… These are the words spoken by a 78-year-old man from the small town of Perle in Luxembourg. The Luxembourgian is addressing these words to American servicemen who helped liberate his country in World War II and to all members of the U.S. military who today continue to “keep the...

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