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Memorial Day Message from Miss America 2020

This Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who have given their lives to preserve the freedoms of ours. We are forever indebted to those who have fallen, and to their loved ones, for the courage, fortitude, sacrifice, and heroism in the fight for the United States of America. The Miss America Organization has a long history of supporting our troops, both at home and abroad. This year, we recognize that Memorial Day looks different for many of us. Instead of community events to... Read more →


Rep. Norcross Thanks Service Members

Related: American Hero Face of Defense This weekend, we honor all the men and women who fought for our freedom and made the ultimate sacrifice. Each one of these Americans were sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers and friends. Each one of these brave service members is loved, is mourned and is missed by their families, friends and communities. Local Memorial Day Events Camden County will host a Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony, viewable online from May 23rd at 10 a.m. through the week of the 25th. National... Read more →


Secretary Robert Wilkie’s Memorial Day Message

Related: American Hero Face of Defense ARLINGTON, VA (May 25,2020)--Our country has been blessed with men and women whose sacrifices allowed us to flourish as individuals, as a society, and as a Nation. On Memorial Day, we pause to remember, honor and express our gratitude to all those Americans who lost their lives in uniform. The names of many of them are forever memorialized in our Department of Veterans Affairs, State Veterans, and American Battle Monuments cemeteries across our country and around the world. It... Read more →


Memorial Day, A Time to Remember

Related: American Hero Face of Defense STATE COMMANDER'S MEMORIAL DAY MESSAGE For 120 years the VFW has honored the legacy of the men and women who served in our nation's military and made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom. Our annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies have ensured the sacrifices of our fallen - and the Gold Star families of these heroes - are never forgotten. Their sacrifices remind us that our freedom did not come cheaply, it was earned with precious American blood. This... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard Swimmer Honored for Saving A Fellow Aircrew Member

NORTH BEND, OR, UNITED STATES Courtesy Photo U.S. Coast Guard District 13 Petty Officer 2nd Class Chad Morris, an aviation survival technician at Coast Guard Sector North Bend, is presented with the Meritorious Service Medal by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexander Neuman, an avionics electrical technician at Sector North Bend, at a ceremony held at Sector North Bend, Oregon, April 30, 2020. Morris took control of the scene at Coast Guard Air Facility Newport after Neuman was found unresponsive while standing flight mechanic duty in... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro Modified Change-of-Command Ceremony

ALAMEDA, CA, UNITED STATES 05.01.2020 Courtesy Photo U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area Subscribe41 Capt. Jim Estramonte, the outgoing commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755), addresses nine Munro crewmembers present during the cutter’s modified change-of-command ceremony while moored at Base Alameda, Calif., May 1, 2020. The change-of-command ceremony is a historic military tradition that represent the formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Ian Gray. ALAMEDA, Calif. —... Read more →


Behind the Blue Angels Demonstration (video)

Check out the U.S. Navy Blue Angels new series highlighting the hard-working professionals behind the #BlueAngels demonstration. The Blue Angels is composed of many work centers who all come together to support our mission of showcasing the precision and professionalism of of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. This week we highlight the airframes work center! The airframes work center is composed of Navy Aviation Structural mechanics and Marine Corps F/A-18 fixed-wing aircraft airframe mechanics specializing in hydraulics and aircraft structure. These personnel maintain... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard Sector North Bend makes masks

NORTH BEND, OR. -- Coast Guard aviation survival technicians, better known as rescue swimmers, undergo some of the most intense training available in any military branch. They are highly conditioned rescue and survival experts drilled to operate in a variety of adverse maritime NORTH BEND, OR, UNITED STATES 04.10.2020 Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Lilburn U.S. Coast Guard District 13 Subscribe43 Completed surgical masks are displayed at the aviation survival technician’s shop at Coast Guard Sector North Bend, Oregon, April 10, 2020. Manufacturing... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard's newest Surf Men escort fishing vessel across breaking Umpqua River bar

REEDSPORT, OR, UNITED STATES 04.01.2020 Courtesy Photo U.S. Coast Guard District 13 Subscribe43 Petty Officers 2nd Class Enrique Lemos and Aaron Hadden and their crews aboard 47-foot Motor Lifeboats from Coast Guard Station Umpqua River escort the fishing vessel Brenna A across the Umpqua River bar located near Reedsport, Oregon, April 1, 2020. Lemos and Hadden were both recently qualified as surfman, which is the highest qualification for small-boat operators. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Umpqua River) Story by Petty Officer 1st Class... Read more →


AMERICAN HERO: Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias, 27 & Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28 Killed in Iraq War

Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Robert and Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubia LEFT: COURTESY OF ROBERTS FAMILY; RIGHT: U.S. ARMY (source The Stars and Stripes) The Department of Defense announced today the death of two service members who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Both service members died March 11, 2020, when their units were engaged by enemy indirect fire at Camp Taji, Iraq. The two Americans killed in a rocket attack included the first Oklahoma Air National Guard member killed in action since... Read more →


AMERICAN HERO: Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo and Capt. Moises A. Navas,

The Department of Defense announced March 11 the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Capt. Moises A. Navas, left, and Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo were killed in Iraq on March 8, 2020. U.S. MARINE CORPS According to The Stars and Stripes, a Marine special operations captain and gunnery sergeant were both killed Sunday during a joint U.S.-Iraq raid to destroy an Islamic State hideout in a mountainous area in northern Iraq, the military said Tuesday. Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo,... Read more →


American Legion Luge a 'family affair'

By Steven B. Brooks February 2020 Temperatures that dipped below zero didn’t temper the enthusiasm for an inaugural fundraiser Feb. 15 in the American Legion Department of Maine. Around 60 Maine American Legion Family members braved the weather to take part in the first Legion Luge at the Camden Snow Bowl. The Legion Family members from all over the state competed for the best times on toboggan chutes, breaking up into teams of up to four riders, as well as a “Sweetheart” competition for two-person... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: 2,462 Miles Walked by Legionnaire Buddies to Support Veterans

By Henry Howard The American Legion John Ring drew inspiration from a woman veteran who reached out in her time of need. She had lost her children before leaving the Army. After her service, she was dealing with the aftermath of military sexual trauma (MST), injuries and an addiction to Oxycontin. Ring tried to get her help from the Vet Court system in Chatham County, Ga. “There are veterans who are going to treatment facilities, where there's nobody that understands what it's like to serve.”... Read more →


Two More U.S. Soldiers Die in Afghanistan 18-Year War

Sgt. 1st Class* Antonio Rey Rodriguez Sgt. 1st Class* Javier Jaguar Gutierrez Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan (February 9 2020)--The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Both soldiers died February 8, 2020 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations. The incident is under investigation. The deceased are: Sgt. 1st Class* Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas. Sgt. 1st Class* Antonio Rey Rodriguez, 28, of Las Cruces, New... Read more →


Face of Defense: Recruiter Flies Around Remote Alaska to Fill Army Ranks

RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE AMERICAN HERO BY SEAN KIMMONS, ARMY NEWS SERVICE As a new recruiter working remote Alaskan villages scattered across an area larger than many U.S. states, Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Masterman was on a path to defeat. Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Masterman, an Alaska Army National Guard recruiter, flies his single-engine propeller aircraft while on a recruiting mission to Kipnuk, Alaska, Sept. 22, 2017. Masterman recruits future soldiers in several villages scattered across a wide area in southwestern Alaska. DoD... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: A Hawaiian Cutter-Man

RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE AMERICAN HERO . As often happens on January nights, bands of light rain swept over Honolulu Harbor, and the silhouette of the Coast Guard Cutter Walnut (WLB 205) pulled away from the pier at Coast Guard Base Honolulu but for the final time. The cutter's presence was given away only by its navigation lights. At the same time, behind it, the skyline of downtown Honolulu shone brightly with Aloha Tower illuminated red against the twinkling city lights. On deck, the cutter's... Read more →


Face of Defense: Coast Guard's only Heavy Icebreaker Arrives in Antarctica

RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE AMERICAN HERO MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA -The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star moves through pack ice Dec. 28, 2019, about 200 miles north of McMurdo Station, Antarctica. The 43-year-old Polar Star is the nation's only heavy icebreaker, and the crew is heading to McMurdo Station to escort refuel and resupply ships through the ice, which can be as thick as 10 feet. This year marks the 64th iteration of the operation known as Operation Deep Freeze. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Senior... Read more →


AMERICAN HEROES: Two Fort Bragg Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan War from IED

Kandahar Province, Afghanistan--The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Both soldiers were killed in action yesterday when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The soldiers were conducting operations as part of NATO's Resolute Support Mission. The incident is under investigation. The two soldiers were identified as 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin of Newport News, Virginia; and 21-year-old Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon of Aurora, Illinois, the Pentagon... Read more →


American Hero: Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr., 23, from Evergreen Park, Illinois,

Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr Manda Bay, Kenya--The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Octave Shield. Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr., 23, from Evergreen Park, Illinois, was killed Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack in Manda Bay, Kenya. The incident is under investigation. Mayfield was assigned to 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, Fort Rucker, Alabama. RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE AMERICAN HERO Read more →


Concealed Ammo Seized in Wilmington, Delaware by USA Authorities

January 6, 2020 WILMINGTON, Delaware – A joint U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Delaware Bay inspection discovered nearly 400 rounds of ammunition December 30 at the Port of Wilmington, Del., that was concealed inside a paint can in household goods destined to Honduras. CBP and USCG discovered the ammo concealed inside a paint can. CBP officers used a mobile x-ray to scan a pallet of nine five-gallon paint cans and detected an anomaly in one can. Officers opened... Read more →


Face of Defense: Leading From Experience

Changing your career course isn't always easy. Sometimes, it's not even a change you want to make. For Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Freddy Torres, change and adversity aren't new. For the past year, Torres has been the chief instructor for the Headquarters and Support Battalion's professional military education program, specifically teaching the Corporals' Course and Lance Corporal Seminar at Camp Pendleton, California. Before that, he was an infantryman and earned the Purple Heart after suffering a serious leg wound in Afghanistan. Doctors gave him little... Read more →


Face of Defense: All Smiles

RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE AMERICAN HERO SAN DIEGO CALIF--If it wasn't for surfing, Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) Jay Ross wouldn't be a dentist. The relationship between his pastime and profession might not be obvious, but Ross explained the connection recently while caring for patients in the tiny town of Wise, Virginia, during a humanitarian mission called Appalachian Care 2019. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jay Ross Job Title: Dentist Unit: Operational Health Support Unit San Diego Stationed: San Diego Catching a Wave ... and a Desire to... Read more →


Face of Defense: And the Band Played On

RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE AMERICAN HERO BY Katie Lange Dan Valadie is part of an elite group – but it's not Special Forces. He's a percussionist and key leader in the Air Force Band's Ceremonial Brass Unit. Their top mission? To honor veterans at Arlington National Cemetery during funerals. They also play at presidential inaugurations, Pentagon arrivals and departures, as well as visits to the National Capital Region by world leaders. Not only does he get to play music for a living, he gets to... Read more →


Face of Defense: Riding Proud

Dec. 30, 2019 | BY Shannon Collins Marine Corps Sgt. Ashtyn Hammer says she grew up on the back of a horse. Now she spends her days riding and caring for them, as a member of the Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard — the only remaining mounted color guard in the Corps. Marine Corps Sgt. Ashtyn Hammer Job Title: Stableman Hometown: Fruita, Colorado Unit: Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard Stationed: Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, California How does it feel to be a member of... Read more →


Face of Defense: Navy Seaman Lewis Horton Medal of Honor Recipient

BY Katie Lange , DOD News As we head into the new year, we would be remiss to not highlight one of the first-ever service members to earn the Medal of Honor as a noncombatant. Navy Seaman Lewis Horton served during the Civil War, and his time in the military included being a prisoner of war, a double amputee and a courageous lifesaver. Horton was born May 26, 1842, in Bristol, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the Navy in May 1861 when he was 19. That... Read more →


10 Odd Jobs of World War II

BY CLAUDETTE ROULO/ U.S. Dept of Defense Today's military has some jobs that might surprise you — for example, did you know the Army and Marine Corps have instrument repair technicians? These troops repair musical instruments for the military bands. But during World War II, there were a lot of jobs that would seem strange in today's technologically focused military. Over the course of the war, technological advances reduced or eliminated the need for many manual occupations. This transition is captured in the War Department's... Read more →


Defense Department Announces the Establishment of the U.S. Space Force

Earlier this month, the President signed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act and with it, directed the establishment of the U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. Space Force Logo “We are at the dawn of a new era for our Nation’s Armed Forces. The establishment of the U.S. Space Force is an historic event and a strategic imperative for our Nation. Space has become so important to our way of life, our economy, and our national security that we must... Read more →


American Hero: Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble, 33, of Washington Township NJ, Killed in Afghanistan War

An Army carry team salutes a transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble, as U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shaquita Darby closes the door, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. ALEX BRANDON/AP The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble, 33, of Washington Township, Bergen County, New Jersey, died Dec. 23, 2019, as a result of injuries sustained while his... Read more →


Wreaths honor thousands of veterans

By Henry Howard DEC 15, 2019 View Photo Gallery Vietnam veteran Chuck Muller makes a special pilgrimage to place a wreath at the gravesite of his high school friends, including Keenan Newell, each year as part of Wreaths Across America. “I come here out of respect for my friends and their fathers,” said Muller, commander of Bentley-Trumble Post 442 in Horseheads, N.Y. “Keenan was the most unassuming guy you would ever know. He wound up as an Army Green Beret, special forces.” Muller recalled growing... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Spirit of Oregon adorns North Bend helicopters

Southern Oregon has been home to tribal nations of Native Americans long before America became known as "the land of the free and the home of the brave." In honor of Native American Heritage Awareness this past November, the command of Coast Guard Sector North Bend adorned the MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopters with original artwork modeled after cultural references from the confederation of local tribal nations. To symbolize the close partnership and respect between the groups, the Thunderbird was designed jointly between the Confederated Tribes... Read more →


Cape May Coast Guardsmen and Recruits Remember

(CNBNewsnet)--CAPE MAY, N.J. – Coast Guardsmen and recruits gathered to remember the sacrifice of the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient aboard Training Center Cape May, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. The crew of Training Center Cape May gathered at a statue erected in Douglas Munro’s honor to mark the 77th anniversary of the Coast Guardsman’s death during World War II. Munro was killed at Point Cruz, Guadalcanal, attempting to rescue 500 beleaguered Marines who had come under heavy enemy fire Sept. 27, 1942. Munro... Read more →


AMERICAN HERO: Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin of Tennessee Killed in Combat

Gloucestercitynews.net--The Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin, 40, from Greenbrier, Tennessee, was killed in action Sept. 16, 2019, by small arms fire when his unit was engaged in combat operations in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation. Griffin was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Col. Owen G. Ray, commander, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), said Griffin was a “warrior” and... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Write on

Gloucestercitynews.net--FACE OF DEFENSE--Lois Bouton celebrated 70 years since she joined the U.S. Coast Guard Woman’s Reserve – known as the SPARs for Semper Paratus, Always Ready – this month. Today, Bouton also celebrates another tremendous milestone – her 94th birthday. In celebration of her birthday, please read about her dedication as she connected with decades of Coast Guardsmen and wish her a happy birthday in the comments! Lois Bouton smiles as she receives a farewell hug in her home from a member of a visiting... Read more →


Legionnaire/World War II Veteran Clarence Smoyer, of PA, Awarded Bronze Star

Legionnaire and World War II veteran Clarence Smoyer received the Bronze Star Award for his actions in the Battle of Cologne during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18, 2019. Photo by Eric Kruszewski for The American Legion By Mackenzie Wolf Gloucestercitynews.net--WASHINGTON, DC (9-19-19)--Nearly 75 years after his heroic actions destroyed a German Panther tank, World War II U.S. Army gunner Cpl. Clarence Smoyer was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device in a Sept. 18 ceremony commemorating his bravery during the Battle of... Read more →


Face of Defense: From 'American Idol' to American Airman

Aug. 29, 2019 | BY Katie Lange Gloucestercitynews.net--Nalani Quintello quit ''American Idol'' to be in the U.S. Air Force – that's how excited she was to join up. Now, she's serving her country as the lead singer of Max Impact, the service's six-member rock band. Its mission? To travel the world honoring our vets, connecting with communities and inspiring patriotism through music. It's something she never saw coming as a kid, but now she can't imagine doing anything else. Air Force Tech Sgt. Nalani Quintello... Read more →