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What Is The Biggest Military Base In Your State?

Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square Nov 18, 2022 image courtesy of NJ1015.com The U.S. defense budget - by far the largest of any country in the world - is the subject of regular controversy. But while multi-billion dollar weapons development programs that blow past budgets and deadlines will always be subject to political scrutiny, much of America's annual military spending is less controversial. Nearly one-quarter of the $718 billion in U.S. military spending in fiscal 2021 went to pay and retirement benefits of service members. (Here is a look at the failed weapons the U.S. wasted the most money on.) Though there are thousands of active-duty U.S. military personnel deployed abroad and on ships at sea, the vast majority of American troops are stationed at bases within the United States. Across the country, there are hundreds of military bases that are collectively home to over 1... Read more →


New York Army National Guard Announces Promotions of Two Soldiers from NJ

LATHAM, NY (11/21/2022)-- Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Danny Colladoestevez from Clementon (zip code 08021), N.J., and assigned to the 719th Transportation Company, received a promotion on October 20, 2022, to the rank of sergeant 1st class. Christopher Fernandez from Sewell (zip code 08080), N.J., and assigned to the Headquarters and Special Troops Battalion, 369th Sustainment Brigade, received a promotion on August 16, 2022, to the rank of chief warrant officer 4. Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a New York Army National Guard career. For more information about the New York Army... Read more →


Help for 800,000 Veterans Still Lacking

By Anthony Hennen | The Center Square The Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of www.dmva.pa.gov (The Center Square) – Pennsylvania has the better part of a million veterans living within the commonwealth, but support for them can be lacking. “I don’t like that veterans have to take care of veterans,” Rep. Joe Webster, D-Collegeville, said, noting a lack of centralized support. “Our nation should be taking care of these veterans. It shouldn’t fall to a 501(c)(3) or a group of guys just helping a veteran down the street … Our nation asks for the full measure – we’re not then taking care of them when they have sacrificed greater than the average citizen.” Webster, himself an Air Force veteran, is hosting a panel discussion on veterans in crisis to address suicide prevention and mental health support in his Montgomery County district at the end of November.... Read more →


Wreaths Across America Announces 2022 Escort to Arlington

Chevrolet to lead the country’s longest veterans’ parade with wrapped vehicles transporting Gold and Blue Star Families, Veterans, and American patriots! COLUMBIA FALLS, ME – Nov. 14, 2022 – What has become known as the country’s longest veterans’ parade – Wreaths Across America’s annual “Escort to Arlington” – kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. The official route, which can be viewed here, will travel down the East Coast stopping at schools, memorials, and other locations along the way to spread the year-long mission to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation the value of freedom. Stops with public events will be held in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C., before arriving at Arlington National Cemetery on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 17 – National Wreaths Across America Day. “For me the Escort to Arlington is... Read more →


JURASSIC QUEST, NATION’S BIGGEST DINOSAUR EXPERIENCE, MIGRATES TO THE DELAWARE VALLEY

– TICKETS ON SALE NOW Walk among the dinosaurs as North America’s most popular, can’t-miss dinosaur adventure stomps into Pennsylvania Convention Center, Dec. 17-18 Jurassic Quest Media Assets: click here The largest and most realistic dinosaur event in North America is BACK, BIGGER and BETTER than EVER! Philadelphia and Delaware Valley families can walk among the nation’s biggest herd of photorealistic dinosaurs when Jurassic Quest® opens at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for a limited one weekend run Dec. 17-18. Jurassic Quest opens its doors with its most beloved and unique experiences for the whole family including life-like dinosaurs, some of the largest rideable dinosaurs in North America, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities including a fossil dig and real fossils like T-Rex teeth, a triceratops horn and life-size dino skull, a “Triceratots” soft play area for our littlest explorers, bounce houses and inflatable attractions, photo opportunities, and more.... Read more →


MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: Army 2nd Lt. Harold Bascom Durham Jr.

When his unit was overwhelmed in Vietnam, Army 2nd Lt. Harold Bascom Durham Jr. didn't hesitate to unleash a barrage of artillery on the enemy to save the lives of his fellow soldiers. Durham didn't survive to tell the tale, but the men who were there with him detailed his bravery to others. For his actions, he earned the Medal of Honor. Durham was born on Oct. 12, 1942, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. That day, he earned the nickname he would go by for the rest of his life: Pinky, reportedly because the hospital where he was born ran out of blue blankets, so he received a pink one instead. Within a few months of his birth, Durham's father, a Marine World War II veteran, and his mother, Grace, moved the family to Tifton, Georgia, where they raised Durham and his two siblings, older brother John and younger sister... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: Gunther, Havlat, Knauss, and Veterans Day

By Joseph Reagan Director of Military and Veterans Outreach for Wreaths Across America Afghanistan Veteran COLUMBIA FALLS, ME. — October 28, 2022 — The 11th hour has become synonymous with Veterans Day, originally called Armistice day, in recognition of the document signed at the 11th hour, or the 11th day, of the 11th month. In reality, the Armistice ending the war to end all wars was signed around 5 am on November 11th. Over the course of the next 6 hours, nearly 3,000 men would lose their lives in the final hours of a war that had already claimed the lives of 20 million military personnel. The final death of WW1 came at 10:59 am one minute before the guns of war would fall silent. Private Henry Gunther was a German-American drafted in the fall of 1917; most accounts state that his final actions were motivated by Gunther’s need to... Read more →


Marine Corps Major George O'Brien Jr., Medal of Honor Winner

Oct. 31, 2022 By Katie Lange , DOD News Marine Corps Maj. George Herman O'Brien Jr. led several "kids," as he described them, into a lopsided battle to maintain the main line of resistance in Korea. His daring and forceful leadership inspired the men around him, which helped them push the enemy back. For his bravery, O'Brien earned the Medal of Honor. O'Brien was born Sept. 10, 1926, in Fort Worth, Texas. His father, George, was a traveling salesman, and his mother, Della, was a minister, according to the Texas State Historical Association. O'Brien's parents eventually moved him and his younger brother, Larry, to Big Spring, Texas, where they grew up. O'Brien — a self-described problem child — said he went to a few different schools because he was disruptive in class. He said he was finally given a wartime diploma from Big Spring High School in 1944. O'Brien then... Read more →


New Helicopters Arrive at Air Station Atlantic City

MH-65 Short-Range Recovery Helicopter ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City received its first upgraded MH-65E Dolphin helicopter Monday to replace the legacy MH-65D helicopters that serve out of the Coast Guard's largest MH-65 helicopter unit. The avionics upgrade to the Echo or “E” configuration will provide enhanced search and rescue capabilities including modern "glass cockpit" technology that increases pilot and aircrew situational awareness. The Dolphin upgrades also include reliability and capability improvements for the automatic flight control system, enhanced digital weather and surface radar, and multifunctional displays with more accurate fuel calculations. The upgrades comply with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation Airspace Transportation System requirements, and extends the aircraft service life to the late 2030s. The transition of Air Station Atlantic City's 12 MH-65D helicopters to the upgraded “E” configuration is expected to take approximately 10 months. During the upgrade period, the unit's 62 pilots... Read more →


Military Whistleblowers Press Conference 10/18/22:

Risking Their Careers Active Military Officers Call For End To DOD's Unlawful COVID-19 Mandates

WASHINGTON, DC – Risking their careers, active-duty officers in the US military called for an end to the DoD’s unlawful Covid-19 mandates today and exposed the coercive and retaliatory punishment that 80,000+ unvaccinated servicemembers continue to face. VIDEO OF PRESS CONFERENCE The thoughts and opinions expressed by these military members are their own, and they do not represent the DoD or their service branch. “I’m bringing awareness to this issue because it’s my responsibility as an officer to support and defend our constitution and the rights of others,” said John Bowes, First Lieutenant, USAF. “This mandate is a dire threat to our national security. I’m here to inform the American people and our elected leaders about the facts, consequences, and remedies to save our military and 80,000+ unvaccinated service members from discharge and harm.” Less than 20 years have passed since the failed Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program (AVIP), in which... Read more →


Local Veterans Honoring the Men and Women of Camden County for Bravery and Patriotism

Medal Ceremony Aboard the Battleship New Jersey Honors Veterans and their families will join the Board of Commissioners and other local officials on Friday, September 30th at 4 PM for a ceremony where 13 veterans will be honored with the Camden County Military Services Medals. Commissioner and Gold Star mother, Melinda Kane, liaison to the county’s Office of Veterans Affairs, talked about the importance of the ceremony for the municipality. “The Board of Commissioners wants to honor these men and women who have displayed true bravery and patriotism,” Kane said. “We invite all residents of Camden County to join us in this celebrating these heroes and their service to our nation.” Recipients include: John J. Armano William K. Betts Lonnie C. Christian Harry J. Deaner Jr. Harry J. Deaner III Charles B. Fogarty Raymond F. Irwin Daniel J. Morrow Robert T. Stuart Emma Super Carlos Vargas-Barragan Jesse L. Vitkow Robert... Read more →


Coast Guard Reports Fishing vessel Aleutian Isle recovered, defueled and on salvage barge

SEATTLE, September 22, 2022 — Response crews successfully placed the fishing vessel, Aleutian Isle, onto a salvage barge near Mitchell Bay on San Juan Island on Sept. 21. The vessel no longer poses a significant threat to the environment and will soon transit to a mainland facility for further investigation into the cause of the sinking. “We are so pleased to see the vessel safely out of the water,” said U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Kira Moody, federal on-scene coordinator representative. “The unique environment of the San Juan Islands and location of the vessel made this a complicated and technical response. Through the team’s expertise, we were able to overcome any challenge safely and efficiently.”  The 58-foot fishing vessel sank Aug. 13 near Sunset Point off San Juan Island with an estimated 2,500 gallons of diesel on board and 100 gallons of motor oil and other oils. It was recovered from over 250... Read more →


Final preparations underway for lifting fishing vessel Aleutian Isle 

SEATTLE -- Response crews working to salvage the fishing vessel Aleutian Isle successfully rigged all required cables to lift the vessel out of the water and place on a barge near Sunset Point on San Juan Island Friday.   The 58-foot fishing vessel spent over a month under 200 feet of water in Haro Strait, after it sank on Aug. 13 off the west side of San Juan Island, Washington. The exact date and time of the imminent lift depends on tide, current, and onscene weather conditions. In preparation, the Unified Command is executing a pollution mitigation strategy to minimize fuel leaks. Dive crews already plugged all known fuel vents and secured all valves, but it is likely that there will be sheening visible during the lift operations from fuel coming free that was trapped in the vessel.   It is difficult to predict how much fuel might come out. The anticipated amount could cause... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

Those In Charge of Our Military Are An Embarrassment

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Years ago, our military had slogans such as "Join the Navy, See the World," or "Be all that you can be, Join the Army." Those slogans have been replaced this year with 'Join our Military and Live off Food Stamps." It's not only sad but also an embarrassment. This week the members of our military were told that, because of inflation, they may be having a problem making ends meet and they should apply food stamps, today called SNAP. I have a relative in the Air Force serving in Alaska. Hawaii and Alaska are the two most expensive states because everything has to be shipped or flown in. My relative was just told that his family was losing his food stipend and they have to live off the Alaskan economy. That hurts. So far this year we have sent $15.9 billion to Ukraine to fight their... Read more →


CNB Business News: Veteran Small Businesses Opening in Philly

Fifth and Cherry A Veteran-owned family business, Fifth & Cherry creates heirloom-quality wooden cutting boards that are meant to last a lifetime. The boards are handcrafted using only end-grain construction and Black American cherry wood from Pennsylvania and New York making them 100% food safe and antibacterial (safer than plastic). Fifth & Cherry also offers a lifetime warranty and free refinishing (the only cutting board company in the world to do this). Price: $299 Available on ShareASale (10%) and Skimlinks More about the owner of Fifth & Cherry: Tim, a Marine Corps Veteran (deployed three times in Operation Iraqi Freedom) and accomplished entrepreneur, is the founder of Fifth & Cherry. His current endeavor emphasizes his love of our country, building a strong brand that gives back to the community and its employees. Tim continues to provide U.S. jobs for his local community, as the brand has done for over 40... Read more →


Secret Facts About The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (video)

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknown and why? 21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary. 2. How long does he wait after his about face to begin his return walk and why? 21 seconds for the same reason as above. 3. Why are his gloves wet? His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle. 4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and if not, why not? He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder. 5. How often are the guards changed? Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days... Read more →


5 Million Illegal Immigrants Entered the United States Since Biden Took Office...and THEY KEEP COMING

photo courtesy of the United States Embassy in Uruguay The United States closely follows the migrant caravan, in which thousands of migrants from Honduras and other countries continue to make a dangerous journey through Guatemala and into Mexico. Many migrants are attempting to transit these countries and, in the process, are violating their sovereignty, laws, and procedures. As President Trump has stated, consistent with U.S. law, the United States will not allow illegal immigrants to enter or remain in the United States. - United States Embassy in Uruguay (October 2018) They total more than the individual populations of 25 states and more than 100 countries and territories. By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor Aug 17, 2022 (The Center Square) – Since President Joe Biden took office and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas altered federal immigration policies, roughly 5 million people from over 150 countries have entered... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story:

Gloucester City & Board of Ed. Should Hire Veterans First?

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet source https://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/veterans/ When viewing our Gloucester City employees' and retirees' salaries and pensions (I want to know where my tax dollars are spent) I noticed that some of the databases indicated if the person was a veteran. What I found was disheartening. First, I looked at the retired teachers. There are about 200 retirees and of those I found 3 veterans. Three! Vince Kuczynski, Frank Keebler and Bob McQuillan - thank you for your service. Next, I went to our current fire fighters and police officers. There I found 56 employees but not one veteran. There was not one employee to whom we can say "thank you for your service." I realize that these people are serving our community but what about our nation? Our military is desperately understaffed at this time. There was a time, up to the 1980s when mostly men, but women also... Read more →


The Article III Project Releases Statement on Today's FBI Raid of Mar-a-Lago

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mike Davis, the founder and president of the Article III Project issued the following statement after the FBI raided former President Donald J. Trump’s home: “Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Chris Wray, and the other appointees in the Biden Justice Department are targeting President Biden’s political rival, with no legal basis or precedent. There’s simply no justification to raid the home of any former President over records dispute with the National Archives. “The President of the United States has the power to declassify any record he wants, so it’s pretextual legal nonsense for the Biden Justice Department to pretend President Trump broke any criminal statute by taking 15 boxes of his records with him when he left. Former presidents have government-paid staff and offices, Secret Service protection, security clearances, and secure facilities to store classified records, so there’s no legitimate concern that President Trump’s records could... Read more →


Sports Heroes Who Served: Army 1st Lt. Amber English

Army 1st Lt. Amber English is an American sport shooter who competed in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, setting a new Olympic record of hitting 56 of 60 targets and becoming the second woman in American history to ever win an Olympic skeet shooting gold medal. She contended for a spot on both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Teams but did not qualify for either. This motivated her to join the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning, Georgia, in February 2017. In 2018, she was part of a U.S. sweep at the World Championships, where she earned a bronze medal. In total, she now has four world cup medals won in 2010, 2016, 2018 and 2019. "I was very fortunate to put everything together at the right time," she said, speaking of her gold medal win. "I trained very hard. The shooters that adapt faster are the ones... Read more →


Pennsylvania vets waiting more than a year for federal records required for benefits

By Joe Mueller | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Some veterans are waiting a year or more for a document from the federal government enabling them to receive services they’re entitled to, according to Pennsylvania Veterans Affairs administrators. “You would think – and this is just me saying this – in this day and age with our technological capabilities to produce scanned files of absolutely everything, we would be able to point and click and get somebody documents,” Allen Lockard, director of Indiana County Veteran Affairs, said in an interview with The Center Square. During testimony before the Pennsylvania Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee on Tuesday, Lockard said getting a veteran’s most essential document – a DD214 – from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis is taking at least a year. “If you withdraw more than $600 in this country, somebody knows it,” Lockard told... Read more →


Samaritan Hosts Virtual Theater of War Performance

Production Spotlights Challenges Faced by Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Mount Laurel, NJ – Samaritan, the not-for-profit healthcare provider offering hospice care, grief support, palliative medicine, and primary care at home, is “playing” host to a unique virtual theatrical performance. Theater of War Productions’ “The Nurse Antigone” series, which presents dramatic readings from ancient Greek plays on Zoom as a catalyst for guided discussions on the state of nursing, will utilize Samaritan’s headquarters and nursing staff for its next performance. The virtual event begins with scenes from Sophocles’ “Women of Trachis,” performed on Zoom on July 27, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m. Elizabeth Marvel (“The Dropout,” “Homeland,” “The District”) and David Denman (“The Office” and “Mare of Easttown”) will join a “Greek chorus” of hospice and palliative care nurses and home health aides, including Samaritan’s Dawn Fort, a Certified Home Health Aide and Licensed Massage Therapist, in performing the... Read more →


Consumer Alert for Service-members and Their Families

One thing that comes with being in the military is almost constant change — new cities, new homes, new friends — and new cars. As part of Military Consumer Month, if you’re thinking about buying a new car or truck, know that servicemembers and their families are often targets of fraudulent car dealers. Some unscrupulous dealers will advertise for a particular vehicle, or as military friendly, lure you to the dealership, then claim the vehicle is unavailable. They they’ll try to sell you on a different vehicle at a different (usually higher) price. Here’s what to do: Before you shop for a car, shop for financing. By getting pre-approved for financing, you know the terms, including the annual percentage rate (APR), length of the loan (number of months), and maximum amount you can borrow. Get an “out-the-door” price for the car in writing (such as email) before you visit the... Read more →


Marine Corp PFC Dalton Beals Succumbs, of Pennsville, age 19

Parris Island, S.C. (CNBNewsnet)(July 15, 2022)----Marine Corps recruit, Pfc. Dalton Beals, age 19 (image) of Pennsville, NJ died while participating in the 54-hour "Crucible" training exercise, at the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Port Royal, South Carolina, according. He was in the last week of a 13-week boot camp. Dalton graduated from Pennsville Memorial High School in 2020. He earned the title Scholar Athlete for his performance and dedication to football, wrestling, and track. He had completed a year at Salem Community College during his senior year of high school but ultimately chose to serve his country as a United States Marine. Dalton is survived by his parents, Mel and Stacie, his sisters, Jordan and Logan, his Poppy, Irving Beveridge, his Grandmom, Edna Beals, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved him dearly. He is preceded in death by his Gammy, Janet Beveridge, his Grandpop, Melvin R.... Read more →


Watch: Marine Veteran Breaks Down Talking About The Downward Spiral of America

A Marine veteran, 100 years old, gives an emotional talk about the downward spiral of the United States of America. "Our Country is going to hell in a hand-basket." he cries. RELATED: November 2008 Election The End of America as We Knew It AMERICAN HERO FACE OF DEFENSE Read more →


WATCH: Robin Williams Tribute to The American Flag

Robin Williams as the American Flag, an entertaining and educational tribute to the Stars and Stripes. This performance was from “I Love Liberty,” a two-hour television special created by Norman Lear and presented by People For the American Way in 1982. source Big Geek Daddy - Funny, Cool, and Interesting Videos Read more →


The Eight Annual Riding For Warriors 15-day Motorcycle Ride Kick-Offs June 30

HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. (June 9, 2022) – The Eight Annual Riding For Warriors 15-day motorcycle ride will kick-off June 30 at Camp Pendleton in Calif. benefiting Hope For The Warriors and its Warrior’s Wish and Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships programs. This year’s motorcycle journey will go coast-to-coast aiming to raise awareness and support for post-9/11 veterans and their families through a goal of raising $100,000 for the two programs. Celebrating 16 years of service, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit that assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services. Through one of its first established programs, Warrior’s Wish fulfills a desire for a better quality of life or supports a quest for gratifying endeavors for those who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Since 2006, Hope For The Warriors... Read more →


Hope For The Warrior Has Partnered with Milspo Academy

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (May 5, 2022) –Hope For The Warriors has partnered with Milspo Academy powered by CareerDash to strengthen its support for the military spouse and caregiver community by helping in their search for meaningful education and employment opportunities. Celebrating 15 years of service, Hope For The Warriors assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services. A 2021, a Blue Star Family survey revealed military spouse unemployment is the most reported hardship by military families. The study also showed that 42 percent of active-duty military spouses are unemployed, and 30 percent of military and veteran caregivers are unemployed. Founded in 2018 by a military spouse and a family invested in veteran career success, Milspo Academy identifies the most sought out and in-demand careers in high-growth industries and helps military spouses improve their chances of obtaining entry... Read more →


Hope For The Warriors Helps Army Veteran Live Her Dream

Eight-year U.S. Army veteran Rocio “Rosie” Villanueva with her new backyard art studio. ESCONDIDO, Calif. (June 8, 2022) –After discovering a passion for art through a PTSD art therapy program at her local VA, U.S. Army veteran Rocio “Rosie” Villanueva yearned for a studio of her own. Sharing a home with her husband and four kids left her little room from the daily distractions for her own space to create art, mainly with clay. Now, thanks to Hope For The Warriors and its Warrior’s Wish program she recently received a brand-new backyard art studio allowing her the opportunity to organize her materials and create art in her own space. “The shed is amazing. It’s a new beginning. I never thought I’d be alive again. I feel like I’m good at something finally. I see myself there years from now. I see the future … I never did before,” said Villanueva.... Read more →


The U.S. Army Celebrating 247TH Birthday...HOORAH!

LIVE VIDEO PODCAST ON TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022 12th SMA (R) Jack L. Tilley Hosts Your Next Mission™ Video Podcast - A Top-Ranked Podcast Series that Support Veterans, Service Members, and their Families Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life Nashville, TN - (June 9, 2022) – In celebration of the Army’s 247th Birthday, GEN James C. McConville, 40th Chief of Staff of the Army, and SMA Michael A. Grinston, 16th Sergeant Major of the Army, join American Freedom Foundation's Your Next Mission™ video podcast streaming LIVE with host 12th SMA (R) Jack L. Tilley on Tuesday, June 14 at 10:15am PDT/12:15pm CDT/1:15pm EDT. During the live stream, host SMA Tilley will talk with his guests about their shared experiences that shaped their lives as well as the meaning of the Army Birthday and Army priorities. You can watch the video podcast, hosted by 12th SMA (R) Jack L. Tilley, streaming... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Arizona Police Officer Shot and Killed During Traffic Stop

Adrian Lopez Officer Adrian Lopez was shot and killed during a traffic stop on East Fork Road in Whiteriver, Arizona, at about 7:10 pm. An altercation occurred between Officer Lopez and the driver during which Officer Lopez was fatally shot. The subject then stole Officer Lopez's patrol vehicle and fled the scene with other White Mountain Apache Police in pursuit. The pursuit traveled almost 40 miles before officers and the subject exchanged shots near Hawley Lake, during which another officer was wounded and the subject was killed. Officer Lopez had served with the White Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department for five months and had previously served with the Wind River Police Department in Wyoming. He is survived by one child. Bio Age 35 Tour Not available Badge Not available Incident Details Cause Gunfire Location Arizona Weapon Gun; Unknown type Offender shot and killed RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial Page CNB... Read more →


Memorial Day, A Time To Honor The Fallen Heroes In Gloucester City And In Every Community Throughout Our Nation

Gloucester High School War Memorial (CNBNewsnet photo credit) William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (May 29, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Gloucester High School has erected a wonderful tribute to honor those residents who died for our country. The beautiful war memorial is placed near the entrance to the school, Market Street and Crescent Blvd. The names of the residents who fought in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the War on Terrorism are inscribed on a bronze plaque. Insignias of each of the branches of the service are engraved at the bottom of the plaque. Statues depicting service members are placed so many feet apart around the outside of the site. Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Thanks to the Phil Cohen website we were able to include details about how these individuals died along with information... Read more →


*The Battleship New Jersey America's Most Decorated

USS New Jersey (BB-62) – United States Navy Battleship The Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial regularly ranks as one of the best museums in NJ, one of the best things to do in Philadelphia, and serves as an entertaining attraction in New Jersey for families. Not only do you see exhibits of artifacts from the largest battleship’s past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route. Sit in the chair from which Admiral Halsey commanded the biggest battleship and the 5th Fleet. Stretch out on the bunks where the sailors slept. Climb into the 16” gun turret and learn how the projectiles were loaded. The New Jersey is one of the most interactive U.S. battleship museums. The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial provides an up-close look at our nation’s military history. Guests of all ages and interests will enjoy their visit to... Read more →


Unified Command continues response to barge fire in Delaware Bay

BOWERS, Del. — The fire onboard the barge in the Delaware Bay has been extinguished, Tuesday, and Northstar Environmental and Marine Services has been contracted to assess the integrity of the vessel and manage salvage operations. A Unified Command consisting of representatives from Eastern Metal Recycling, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, Cumberland County Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Coast Guard has been established to oversee salvage operations. A Coast Guard 87-ft Patrol Boat is monitoring the situation and enforcing a safety zone, which is prohibited from entering unless authorized by the Captain of the Port of Delaware Bay. The 500-yard safety zone is being enforced around the barge and Northstar Independence, the contractor’s 185-ft salvage vessel. Should the fire reignite, Northstar Independence has firefighting capabilities onboard. No sheening or discoloration has been observed on the waterway. “I want to thank all... Read more →


WHY DOES POP POP CARRY A GUN?

The Quintessential reason - Why Grandpa carries a gun. Please take time to read this and pay particular attention to "A Little Gun History" about halfway down. Why Carry a Gun? My old grandpa said to me 'Son, there comes a time in every man's life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps and usually it's when he becomes too old to take a whopping.' I don't carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed. I don't carry a gun to scare people. I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place. I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid. I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world. I don't carry a gun because I'm evil. I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.... Read more →


USGS and Partners Working Together to Monitor Bacteria in the Delaware River

For the second year, USGS scientists have installed and are testing the effectiveness of an innovative system to monitor bacteria concentrations in near real-time on the Delaware River. The system was re-deployed earlier this month at Pyne Point Park in Camden County, New Jersey. USGS data could help water resource managers and local government agencies as they make decisions focused on reviving the river and protecting public health, including determining the safety of recreational activities. Bacteria levels in this area can change rapidly, and this system—which is one of the first in the nation—has the potential to collect water samples on demand and provide results the same day. It can also be set up to take samples during regular intervals such as daily. Sources of bacteria can include wastewater, animal waste and other pollution from nearby communities. More traditional bacteria monitoring practices typically take three days and involve scientists travelling... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Suicides on USS George Washington a Concern

Stars and Stripes MAY 12, 2022 House lawmakers on Wednesday raised alarm over the string of suicides on the USS George Washington and the readiness of the Navy overall as the Pentagon’s top official acknowledged shortcomings with how sailors are housed on ships undergoing repairs. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told a subpanel of the House Appropriations Committee that the Pentagon is awaiting the results of two investigations into the George Washington and figuring out how to lodge sailors in the future after three of the ship’s crew members died in less than one week in April. “Whether or not we made the right choices is left to be said,” Austin said. “Certainly there’s a problem there. We’ve got to understand what the problem is a bit more and then we have to figure out what to do to ensure we don’t have these kinds of problems in the future.” Rep.... Read more →


DOWN THE SHORE: Avalon Memorial Day Events

Avalon Hosts Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony Monday, May 30th American Legion Post #331 (Stone Harbor/Avalon) and the Borough of Avalon will host a Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday, May 30th, 2022. The parade will step off at 32ndStreet and Dune Drive and proceed north to Veterans Plaza where the ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the parade. DOWN THE SHORE The Guest of Honor at the event will be Command Chief Master Sergeant (ret) Michael R Francis, United States Air Force. Francis concluded his military service as the seventh State Command Chief for the New Jersey Air National Guard until his retirement in June 2012. Francis enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1973 where he was assigned to the USS Vulcan. He served in the New Jersey Air National Guard and was activated on September 11th, 2001 to support Operations NOBLE EAGLE and... Read more →


Families Can't Feed Their Babies Because of Formula Shortage, But Illegals Have No Problem Getting It

SEE VIDEO BELOW UNITED STATES BORDER, TEXAS (CNBNews)-- Republican Congresswoman Kat Cammack, of Florida, announced Wednesday night that pallets of baby formula are being sent to illegal immigrants being housed at facilities at the border amid a shortage that has seen many parents unable to find it at their local store. NATIONAL Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., said in a video posted to Facebook Wednesday. "Meanwhile, in our own district at home, we cannot find baby formula." Residents in Florida are not the only people having a problem with finding the formula, the shortage exists across the United States. According to Breihardt News, the Biden administration is hoping to change the country’s demographics (a stated goal of Democrats and the media). The conservative news outlet claims Biden is flooding the country with illegal immigrants, a record number of them, even as he spends $40 billion to protect Ukraine’s border. But now,... Read more →


AMERICAN HERO: Army Cpl. Clair Goodblood, MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT

Army Cpl. Clair Goodblood came from a big family and was known to help others when he could, so sadly, no one was surprised to learn that he’d given his life to save his comrades as they were swarmed by the enemy in Korea. His sacrifice earned him the nation's highest military award for valor. Goodblood was born Sept. 18, 1929, in Fort Kent, Maine, near the Canadian border. He was one of the 14 children of Percy and Emily Goodblood, who moved their family to a farm in Burnham in central Maine when Goodblood was 6 years old. According to an article in the Bangor Daily News, Goodblood graduated from Reynolds Corner School in 1944 and enlisted in the Army three years later. He spent two of his three years of service in Alaska as a chaplain's assistant. Goodblood reenlisted in June 1950, just as the Korean War was... Read more →


MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT...Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James Everett Livingston

Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James Everett Livingston became a trusted commander during his more than three decades in the service. He learned leadership skills early in his career and put them to good use in 1968 when he helped liberate a Vietnamese village and save stranded Marines. For that, he earned the Medal of Honor. Livingston was born on Jan. 12, 1940, in rural Towns, Georgia. He and his brother, Donald, were raised on a 3,000-acre farm which they helped their parents, Myret and Ruth Livingston, work as much as possible. Livingston said he was one of 26 students who graduated from Lumber City High School in 1957. He attended the Military College of Georgia, the current-day University of North Georgia, and was a member of the school's renowned Corps of Cadets before transferring to Auburn University. Livingston received his draft notice during his junior year of college. He said... Read more →


The American Legion Offers 5 Things to Know About Ukraine

Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress visited the Ukraine president recently AMERICAN LEGION 1. A first group of civilians trapped for weeks inside a steel plant in Mariupol under Russian siege was expected to reach a Ukrainian-controlled city on Monday, as a new attempt was launched to allow people sheltering elsewhere in the city to leave. Meanwhile. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an unannounced trip to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Saturday, becoming the most senior US official to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky since the war broke out more than two months ago. 2. A former U.S. Marine who died last week was believed to be the first American citizen killed while fighting in Ukraine. Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, died last week while working for a military contracting company that sent him to Ukraine, his mother, Rebecca Cabrera, told CNN. An undetermined number of other Americans —... Read more →


Sign-Up Now for Wreaths Across America Stem to Stone Races

Virtual and in-person option allows participants to join in from anywhere while helping sponsor veterans’ wreaths for the participating location of their choosing! COLUMBIA FALLS, ME — May 1, 2022 — Today, Wreaths Across America (WAA) proudly announces that registration is open for its annual Stem to Stone Races which are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. A live, in-person event will take place in Columbia Falls, Maine, on the tip lands where balsam is grown and harvested each year to make the veterans’ wreaths that are then placed on the headstones of our nation’s heroes for Wreaths Across America Day. Participants can also join in on the fun from anywhere utilizing one of the many virtual options. Click here to register or learn more about this event. - https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/ColumbiaFalls/2022StemtoStone5K These races serve to help further community awareness and understanding of WAA’s year-long mission to Rememberthe fallen, Honor those that... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: One veterans opinion, For Memorial Day and Military Appreciation Month

Let Us Never Forget Our Solemn Pledge We must believe in our ability to work together to solve our toughest problems. On Memorial Day, 1945, the war in Europe had ended but the fighting in the Pacific continued, Lt. Gen. Lucian Truscott voiced remarks at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery at Nettuno, Italy. Turning his back on the assembled VIP’s he faced the rows upon rows of headstones and apologized to the 20,000 fallen Americans who had been laid to rest far from home. He was quoted as saying, “All over the world our soldiers sleep beneath the crosses. It is a challenge to us – all allied nations – to ensure that they do not and have not died in vain.” Fast forward to Memorial Day 2022, and the familiar voices of brothers in arms begin to call one another on the phone. People usually think of reconnecting with former... Read more →


How The Federal Government Handles Found Military Ordnance

Examples of devices recovered and rendered safe by the FBI Eastern Missouri Bomb Tech Task Force, including a World War II-era Japanese mortar round, a Civil War-era cannonball, and a grenade. Some families of aging U.S. war veterans are finding unexpected, and highly dangerous, souvenirs among their loved ones’ belongings—ticking time bombs. Service members either brought the devices home from their combat service or purchased them later. Most of the devices found today come from World War I (which the U.S. entered 105 years ago this month), World War II, Korea, Vietnam, or the Gulf War. Known as military ordnance, these devices can remain intact for decades but explode without notice. They are highly dangerous, and only a trained bomb technician should handle them. That’s exactly what the FBI’s bomb technicians do. FBI bomb squads have disabled explosive material from as early as the Civil War; the Army Corps of... Read more →


MEDAL OF HONOR MONDAY: Army Master Sgt. Charles E. Hosking Jr., 82nd Airborne, Vietnam War Veteran

CNBNEWS FACE OF DEFENSE FEATURE Army Master Sgt. Charles E. Hosking Jr. Army Master Sgt. Charles E. Hosking Jr. was on his third deployment to Vietnam during his 24th year of service when he was killed in action saving his fellow Special Forces soldiers. He unhesitatingly gave his life for theirs, and for that, he earned the Medal of Honor. Hosking was born on May 12, 1924, in Ramsey, New Jersey, to Charles Sr. and Luella Hosking. He had a younger brother named Robert, and they both attended Ramsey High School. According to military records, Hosking ran away from home when he was 16 to join the Canadian Army in Montreal, so he could fight in World War II. His age was eventually discovered, though, and he was sent home. According to Hosking's daughter, Gail Hosking Gilberg, the teenaged Hosking left school again in 1942 when he was 17 to... Read more →


Secretary of Defense Thanks Slovakia Assistance to Ukraine

CNBNEWS FACE OF DEFENSE FEATURE Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III put out a statement of gratitude for Slovakia's assistance to embattled Ukraine.  He applauded the Slovak government's decision to supply an S-300 air defense system to Ukraine.  "It's a strong testament to how determined Ukraine's neighbors are to help the Ukrainians defend themselves against Russia's unprovoked invasion of their homeland," he said. "We also recognize Slovakia for its extraordinary humanitarian assistance efforts and for hosting thousands of Ukrainian refugees."   In return for their efforts, the U.S. European Command will reposition one Patriot missile system, manned by U.S. service members, to Slovakia, the secretary said, adding that he expects this battery and its crew to arrive in the coming days.    The length of their deployment has not yet been fixed, as the Defense Department continues to consult with the Slovak government about more permanent air defense solutions, Austin noted. ... Read more →


Medal Of Honor Monday: Army Sgt. Gary Burnell Beikirch, Green Beret Medic and Vietnam War Veteran

CNBNEWS FACE OF DEFENSE Army Sgt. Gary Burnell Beikirch (inset) made a post-military career out of helping veterans and children — a passion he discovered while healing from wounds he suffered in Vietnam that left him temporarily paralyzed. During the battle where he earned those scars, Beikirch saved several wounded men. For that, he earned the Medal of Honor. Beikirch was born Aug. 29, 1947, in Rochester, New York. His parents, George and Norma, divorced when he was 4 or 5. Beikirch said that was the last time he and his younger brother, Larry, saw their dad. Beikirch said he, his brother and his mother lived with various aunts and uncles over the next several years, moving so often that he’d attended 11 schools before he reached ninth grade. By that age, he was tired of the constant shuffle, so he moved in permanently with a close aunt and uncle... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Connecticut Coast Guard Academy participates in NSA Cyber Exercise 2022

A U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadet, a member of the Academy's cyber team looks at his computer while participating in the National Security Agency's (NSA) annual cyber exercise (NCX), here, Mar. 31, 2022. The Academy's cyber team won third place out of 12 total teams. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Abban) A U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadet, a member of the Academy's cyber team, looks at his computer while participating in the National Security Agency's (NSA) annual cyber exercise (NCX), here, Mar. 31, 2022. The Academy's cyber team won third place out of 12 total teams. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Abban) A U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadet, a member of the Academy's cyber team, writes out information on a blackboard while participating in the National Security Agency's (NSA) annual cyber exercise (NCX), here, Mar. 31, 2022. The Academy's cyber... Read more →


Coast Guard Medevacs Man from Fishing Vessel 45-Miles East of Point Pleasant NJ 

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (April 6, 2022) — The Coast Guard medevaced a 46-year-old man from the fishing vessel Captain John Wednesday approximately 45 miles east of Point Pleasant. Another crewmember aboard the Captain John used a marine radio to notify Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders of the medical emergency at about 5:30 p.m. Watchstanders consulted the duty flight surgeon who recommended a medevac. The Coast Guard then immediately launched an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City. Additionally, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light deployed to provide additional support. The man was safely medevaced at about 6:30 p.m. and taken to Air Station Atlantic City where his care was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services personnel. Communication is key on the water. Having a VHF marine radio is the most reliable way to alert the Coast Guard to emergencies at sea. For... Read more →