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VIDEO: Arizona Rancher Talks About Living on the U.S.-Mexico Border under Biden's Immigration Policy

John Ladd, whose family has had a ranch adjoining the U.S.-Mexico border for more than 120 years, says that illegal immigrants are telling him that President Joe Biden’s immigration policy is an invitation for invited them to come. For Ladd, the impact has been devastating. Here’s what he’s seen—and why he is concerned for the future of the country. video courtesy of The Daily Signal Watch the rest of our new series, The Real Stories of the Border Crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-i26... Still haven’t subscribed to The Daily Signal on YouTube? Click here ► https://bit.ly/2oz8N1I Follow The Daily Signal on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDailySign...... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Navy Recruiter, All-Navy Wrestler Aims to Become World Champion

Photo By Chief Petty Officer Jessica Vargas | SEATTLE, Wash. (Sept. 01, 2021)-Interior Communications Electrician Second Class.. by Chief Petty Officer Jessica Vargas Navy Talent Acquisition Group Pacific Northwest SEATTLE, WA, UNITED STATES--Interior Communications Electrician Second Class Austin Craig, a native of Monroe, North Carolina, lives his life in pursuit of two goals: to recruit only the most qualified individuals that he would proudly serve side-by-side with and to be an Olympic World Champion Wrestler one day. As a Navy Recruiter assigned to Navy Talent Acquisition Group Pacific Northwest and a member of the All-Navy Wrestling Team, Craig dedicates his... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Sports Heroes Who Served....Soldier Also Was a Top NFL Pass Rusher

BY David Vergun , DOD News Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. Kevin Greene, born July 31, 1962, in Schenectady, New York, was a National Football League defensive end and outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers from 1985 through 1999. Greene had 160 sacks in his career and ranks third among NFL career sack leaders; he was voted to the NFL's 1990s All-Decade Team. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. He was... Read more →

Gloucester City's Wall of Heroes

source Gloucester City Historical Society Ferdinand McWilliams, OF GLOUCESTER CITY enlisted, serving with Company D, Fourth New Jersey Volunteers. He enlisted as a Lieutenant 2nd Class, or Ensign, at Trenton, April 27, 1861, with his regiment, to serve for three months. The Fourth New Jersey left the state for Washington, D. C., on May 3, with 37 commissioned officers and 743 non-commissioned officers and privates, a total of 777. On the evening of May 5, it reached the capital, and on the 9th it was ordered to go into camp at Meridian hill, where, within a few days the entire... Read more →

GLOUCESTER CITY HISTORY: Ferdinand McWilliams, of Gloucester City, Irish Immigrant, Civil War Veteran

(September 2, 1908)-Camden Post Telegram Company D, Fourth New Jersey Volunteers FERDINAND McWILLIAMS was born in Ireland. In 1870 at the time of the Census he gave his age as 41, this would translate into a birth date in 1828 or 1829. Other sources indicate his birth year as 1820 and 1830. He went to California by way of Cape Horn to seek his fortune in the California gold fields during the 1849 gold rush. He struck it rich and set out for home, only to be robbed, shot, and left for dead while crossing the Isthmus of Panama. He... Read more →

Francis “Joe” Hutchinson, of Gloucester City, Vietnam War Marine Veteran

On September 17, 2021, Francis “Joe” Hutchinson, of Gloucester City, passed away at the age of 71. He was surrounded by those that truly loved him. He will be remembered as a true, proud American and United States Marine. Joe was proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps, 1967-1970. He was sent to Vietnam in 1968, fighting in the battle of Khe Sanh, surrounded by the enemy at Rock Pile in combat at Quang Tri. No matter how he was treated when he came home from the war, he still loved his country and the people in... Read more →

How Many Veterans Are There In Your State

Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square Sep 15, 2021 After nearly two decades of combat, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan marks the end of the longest war in American history. Since 2001, nearly 2,500 American service members have been killed in the conflict -- in addition to tens of thousands of contractors, civilians, Afghan and allied military personnel. The servicemen and servicewomen returning home will join the more than 17 million American military veterans living across the country. Over 20% of veterans served since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2021, the catalyst for the... Read more →

Senator Menendez, Rep. Escobar and Other DC. Politicians Say Reinstating MPP Violates US Obligation to Mexico Refugees

“It is abundantly clear that the United States cannot safely reinstate MPP and that any attempt to return people seeking safety to harm in Mexico will violate U.S. and international legal obligations to refugees.” Senator Menendez (D-NJ) JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the highest ranking Latino in Congress, and Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) today announced they led a bicameral group of lawmakers in sending a letter to President Biden urging him to take all necessary legal steps to terminate the Remain in Mexico policy – or the perversely named Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) – that placed tens... Read more →


RESPOND TO REMNANTS OF HURRICANE IDA 27 waivers offer flexibility to state and local partners WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced a package of 27 regulatory and administrative waivers aimed at helping communities in New Jersey and New York to accelerate their recovery from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Today’s announcement, following the pattern of similar waivers issued earlier this month for communities initially hit by Hurricane Ida, represents one of the largest collections of regulatory and administrative waivers ever issued by the Department at one time. “HUD is doing everything in its... Read more →

TSA Increases Civil Penalties for Violations of Biden Administration's Face Mask Requirement

WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will increase the range of civil penalties that may be imposed on individuals who violate the federal mask mandate at airports, on commercial aircraft, and in various modes of surface transportation, including passenger railroads, intercity bus services, and other public transportation. The federal mask mandate for transportation, which was implemented by TSA on February 2, 2021, will remain in effect until January 18, 2022. The new range of penalties, which take effect Friday, September 10, 2021, will be $500-$1000 for first offenders and $1000-$3000 for second offenders. “Wearing... Read more →

Remembering 9/11: A Dark Day in America's History

Sept. 3, 2021 | BY Beth Reece , Defense Logistics Agency United Airlines Flight 93 was soaring over Pennsylvania en route to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001, when then-Defense Logistics Agency Director Navy Vice Adm. Keith Lippert ordered an announcement for all McNamara Headquarters Complex employees to shelter in the auditorium. Planes had already crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and where the fourth plane was headed only God knew. "The size of our building was a concern to me. It could've been a target," Lippert said two months shy of the... Read more →

Sports Heroes Who Served:

Army Maj. Stephen C. Reich Star Pitcher Chooses Army Career Over Sport

Aug. 31, 2021 | BY Dave Vergun , DOD News Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. Army Maj. Stephen C. Reich was the star baseball pitcher at Shepaug Valley High School in Washington, Connecticut. The left-hander led the varsity baseball team to a state championship in 1987 where he pitched and won the championship game. He led the team back to title contention in 1989. Coming out of high school, Reich was a highly touted pitching prospect, but he chose the military over professional baseball. Reich attended... Read more →

Gives the Families of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 A New Hope

Senate Bill 2571 looks to add members of secret Kennedy mission to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. COLUMBIA FALLS, ME — September 1, 2021 — Very little is known about what happened to Flying Tiger Line Flight 739, a military mission plane that went missing on March 16, 1962, with 93 US Army Soldiers on board and 11 crew members. Due to the complexities surrounding the mission, the names of all those who have been lost have not yet been added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. However, just recently, the families of those lost received... Read more →

Bodies of 13 Service Members Killed in Kabul Arrive at Dover AFB

Image AND caption courtesy of THE SUN Thirteen service members were killed in the Kabul airport bombing on Aug. 26, 2021. Top Row from left: Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, and Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco. Middle Row from left: Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska, Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana, and Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas. Bottom Row... Read more →


Medal of Honor Monday: Army Sgt. James P. Connor

AUG. 16, 2021 | BY KATIE LANGE, DOD NEWS The Invasion of Normandy was the largest land, air and sea invasion of World War II, but other invasions that were just as difficult followed. The Allies fought to come ashore in southern France as well. It was during this struggle that Army Sgt. James P. Connor earned the Medal of Honor. Connor was born on Jan. 12, 1919, in Wilmington, Delaware. His mother died when he was 3, according to Wilmington's The News Journal newspaper; he and his sister, Dorothy, went to live with their aunt for several years. Connor,... Read more →

U.S. Having A Hard Time Leaving Afghanistan

U.S. Seeks to Open More Locations to Aid Evacuation From Kabul, General Says Aug. 21, 2021 | BY David Vergun , DOD News DOD officials provided an overview of efforts to evacuate U.S. citizens and eligible Afghans from Kabul. John F. Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, and Army Maj. Gen. William "Hank" Taylor, Joint Staff deputy director for regional operations, spoke at a press briefing today. Besides the intermediate way station in Qatar, the U.S. has started using additional sites to include Germany, and discussions are taking place to open other areas as well, Taylor said, noting that planes from the... Read more →

CNBNews Editorial: The Washington Bureaucrats and Intelligence Agencies Fail Once Again (see video)

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews Watch people hanging on the wheels of an airplane fall from the sky to the ground... video courtesy of Indian Times https://www.indiatimes.com As we watched the downfall of Afghanistan it brought to mind so many of the blunders made by the United States Intelligence Community in years gone by. As more media reports are released we have learned that our spies should have known that the Taliban had an overwhelming number of soldiers in the mountains and valleys of this god-forsaken country just waiting for the signal to attack. Taliban ride into Kabul with... Read more →

Washington Politics: Sean Parnell Blasts Biden on Afghanistan Withdrawal Strategy

Ohio Township, PA - While Afghanistan falls and Americans are witnessing a disastrous withdrawal reminiscent of Saigon in 1975, Joe Biden is demonstrating a complete lack of leadership from the friendly confines of Camp David. In response, Sean Parnell issued the following statement: "Make no mistake - this is Biden's Saigon moment. His bad judgement and lack of engagement in the region has sadly weakened America. It has sent a clear signal to our adversaries that our leader is weak, out of his depth, and being advised by woke millennials more concerned with Tik-Tok influencers than the soldiers that have... Read more →

John F. 'Butch' Emmons, of Gloucester City

On August 10, 2021. Age 73. Of Gloucester City. Survived by his children, Jeffery Emmons, Christy Plusch (Albie), Dawn Nathans (Eric) and 10 grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents, Robert Emmons and Lillian Hilliard (nee Crane) and his brother, Robert Emmons. Butch was born in Camden, NJ on April 3, 1948. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was passionate about classic cars, especially his ’66 GTO. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Thursday, August 19th from 10 to 11:30 AM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City.... Read more →

Judicial Watch Releases Update on Ashli Babbitt Murder

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch announced today that it received 1160 pages of documents from Washington, DC’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) related to Air Force veteran and San Diego native Ashli Babbitt. These new documents reveal that OCME submitted a request for permission to cremate Babbitt only two days after taking custody of her body and that ‘due to the “high profile nature” of Babbitt’s case, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Francisco Diaz requested that a secure electronic file with limited access be created for Babbitt’s records. Additionally, Babbitt’s fingerprints were emailed to a person supposedly working for the... Read more →

Face of Defense: Vietnam Veteran's Daughter Follows in His Footsteps

Aug. 4, 2021 | BY SKIP VAUGHN Jane Hoelscher remembers her fifth-grade teacher in Michigan calling her dad a "baby killer" for being a soldier in Vietnam in 1965-66. She remembers the protesters at the airport spitting in her dad's face when he returned home. She remembers two soldiers mistakenly coming to her house in 1968 to tell them that her dad had been killed in Vietnam even though he was at work at his steel mill job. But none of that stopped Hoelscher from joining the Army in 1975. "I was the oldest [of three children]. I wanted to... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Navy Rear Adm. Claud Jones

Aug. 9, 2021 | BY Katie Lange , DOD News Most of the more than 3,500 men who received the Medal of Honor earned it for actions taken during a conflict. Navy Rear Adm. Claud A. Jones, however, is one of the few who received it for his heroics during a mysterious natural disaster. Jones was born on Oct. 7, 1885, in an area once called Fire Creek, West Virginia. He had a sister named Ida and attended school in Fayetteville and Charleston, both in West Virginia. After high school, Jones earned an appointment to the Naval Academy, graduating in... Read more →

Herbert Raymond "Smokey" Read, of Blackwood, Vietnam War Naval Veteran, Northrop Grumman Retiree

Blackwood – On Saturday, July 24, 2021. Age 78. Smokey, as everyone knew him started his life in Portland, Oregon. He was born to the Late Herbert Read Sr. & Thelma Read on March 5, 1943. Smokey was the 3rd born child and had 6 sisters and 1 brother: Beth (late Don) Murdock, Ruthie (Jim) Hasting, Mary (Jim) Jinkins, Marlene (Tom) Hammerschith, Larry (Dottie) Read, Terri (Mike) Peterson, and the Late Barbara Ault. He was also a beloved brother-in-law to Pauline Schusko, Paul Fowler (Marge), Barbara Masiko, Marcella Stoltz, the late Charles Stoltz, John Masiko, Ray Schusko, and the late... Read more →

Cape May Coast Guard Training Center to Host Sunset Parade August 1, Public Invited

CAPE MAY, NJ, UNITED STATES Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Brahm U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May CAPE MAY, N.J. -- Recruits companies from U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May prepare to march on the parade field as part of a Sunset Parade in honor of the Jersey Cape Military Spouses Club and local community organizations and to recognize the Coast Guard’s 229th birthday, Aug. 4, 2019. CAPE MAY, N.J. – U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May is scheduled to host a Coast Guard Day Sunset Parade at the base at 7:40 p.m., August 1,... Read more →

CNB HUNTING ALASKA: U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Survivor of Bear Attack

KODIAK, Alaska - Pictured is a remote mining camp near Nome, Alaska, where a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew rescued the survivor of a bear attack, on July 16, 2021. While flying from Kotzebue to Nome, the aircrew observed an SOS sign on top of a shack and a male individual waving two hands in the air, which is considered an international distress signal. U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo. KODIAK, Alaska -- A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew rescued the survivor of a bear attack, near Nome, Friday. The helicopter crew embarked the individual and transported him to... Read more →

U.S. Court of Appeals decides millions of veterans are eligible for more GI Bill benefits

By Nikki Wentling/ Stars and Stripes JUL 14, 2021 A new court decision, if it holds, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide billions of dollars in education benefits to more than 1 million post-9/11 veterans. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided Thursday that veterans who qualify for both the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill for multiple periods of military service should be allowed to draw benefits from each. Since the newer Post-9/11 GI Bill became effective in 2009, the VA has limited veterans to benefits from one program, not both.... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: US State Department Sending Afghan Citizens to Fort Lee

photo courtesy of Time Magazine Over the weekend the State Department asked the Defense Department to provide a location where it could temporarily house as many as 2,500 Afghan citizens as part of the "Operation Allies Refuge" program. "We have recommended, based on this initial request for assistance, the use of Fort Lee, in Virginia, as a temporary host installation," Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said during a briefing today at the Pentagon. For 20 years in Afghanistan, Afghan nationals lent assistance to U.S. military operations there. With operations in that country closing out by the end of August,... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENCE: Medal of Honor Monday Salutes Navy Vice Adm. Joel T. Boone

July 19, 2021 | BY Katie Lange , DOD News Navy Vice Adm. Joel T. Boone treated injured service members through the horrors of both world wars and everything in between. He served as the personal physician for three presidents and put his mark on military medicine over the span of nearly four decades. Before earning many of his high-ranking accomplishments, though, he received one of the most memorable — the Medal of Honor. Boone was born Aug. 29, 1889, in the small town of St. Clair, Pennsylvania, to William and Annie Boone. He had a brother and two sisters.... Read more →

Warrior Games will take place Sept. 12 to 22 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports

FORT EUSTIS, Va. – The Department of Defense 2021 Warrior Games will take place Sept. 12 to 22 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. The opening ceremony for the games will take place Sept. 12, and the closing ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 22. During the games hundreds of elite athletes, including athletes from international allied nations, will compete in the following 12 adaptive sporting events: · Sitting Volleyball · Powerlifting · Cycling · Wheelchair Rugby · Wheelchair Basketball · Golf · Precision Air Sports (shooting) · Swimming · Indoor... Read more →

American Legion: Abandonment of Afghan interpreters is an issue of life or death 

By Mackenzie Wolf JUL 08, 2021 American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford expressed “deep disappointment” the White House isn’t offering a better plan to evacuate interpreters, family members and other Afghan allies who have served alongside U.S. forces during the last 20 years of war in Afghanistan. The White House announced on Thursday the United States’ military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on Aug. 31, putting the end to a “forever war” in sight. However, that does not go far enough to protect the 18,000 Afghan interpreters who are still waiting for approval of their Special Immigrants Visas... Read more →

Violent Criminal Migrants & Gang Members Arrested at Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector

Release Date: July 8, 2021 Border Patrol agent inspects a water drainage tunnel that spans from Nogales, Ariz. into Mexcio. (photo by Josh Denmark) EDINBURG, Texas – This holiday weekend, Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector agents successfully arrested five criminal migrants, to include two gang members illegally present in the United States. Friday afternoon, Kingsville Border Patrol Station (KIN) agents apprehended a Mexican national, after they received a call from a local rancher regarding the migrant wandering near his front porch. Criminal record checks revealed that the Mexican national had multiple deportations and was previously arrested in 1995 by... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: The U.S. Coast Guard is Replete with LGBTQ+ Personnel

By Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Oldham ASTORIA, Ore. — The U.S. Coast Guard is replete with LGBTQ+ personnel who contribute to mission success in extraordinary ways. Lt. Amanda Thrasher is one of them. A Coast Guard helicopter pilot serving in the mountainous coastal terrain of the Pacific Northwest, Thrasher strives day-to-day to infuse positive impact on personnel who serve in the country’s premier life-saving service. While dutiful LGBTQ+ military service members have historically experienced exclusion, even by their own allies, the Coast Guard is committed to halting myopic behavior and dismantling ingrained bias to continue building a stronger, unified... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: For greater generations

By Petty Officer 3rd Class Diolanda Caballero The U.S. Coast Guard’s radiomen school barracks in Atlantic City, New Jersey, smelled of sweet,charred marshmallows. Several students had teamed up to find wood for kindling and an old metal trash can to roast s'mores. After getting a taste of sweet relief, the fire alarm started to blare. A window one the new service members opened did not let out enough smoke, so the junior enlisted Coast Guardsmen scrambled to hide evidence of their taboo treat. After the flames were out, the fire chief asked one-by-one if anyone saw who started the fire.... Read more →

CNBNews Editorial:


William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews The Battle of Baltimore image courtesy of historycentral.com Recently some unknown Olympic hopeful came in third at a track meet. Instead of accepting the fan's gratitude and standing proudly for the raising of our Flag and the playing of the country's National Anthem she decided this was the time "To protest for Her People"! The Liberal media and the Left, and some on the Right applauded her for turning her back on our flag and country. She is not that good so you won't be seeing her win any medals at the Olympics in... Read more →

Tropical Storm Elsa Headed Towards Florida, Port condition X-ray Set for Jacksonville/Fernandina

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 5, 2021)--— Effective 8 p.m. Monday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition X-ray for the ports of Jacksonville, Fernandina and facilities due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds generated by Tropical Storm Elsa that may arrive within 48 hours. These ports and facilities are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while X-ray remains in effect. Sustained winds between 39 and 73 mph are possible within 48 hours. All ocean-going commercial vessels and ocean-going barges greater than 500 gross tons should make plans for departing... Read more →

Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Cmdr. Bruce Avery Van Voorhis

Flying over the Pacific during World War II was treacherous, even if you weren't in battle, so going on a combat mission without backup was almost unheard of. But Navy Cmdr. Bruce Avery Van Voorhis volunteered to do just that, helping the Allies to eventually beat Japan. He and his crew never returned from their mission, but each earned accolades for bravery. For Van Voorhis, it was the Medal of Honor. Van Voorhis was born Jan. 29, 1908, in Aberdeen, Washington, to Walter and Lillian Van Voohhis. The family moved when he was young to Fallon, Nevada, where he graduated... Read more →

James Leo Talley, Elevator Mechanic, Army Veteran, Fisherman, GCHS Alum, Loved to Laugh

Jim Talley, center with his friends Vernon "Bud" Myers and Phil Schnell at the 2010 Ray Fords Old Timers gathering held at the Gloucester City Community Center GLOUCESTERCITYNEWS.NET photo ALBUM VOORHEES, NJ--James L. Talley (81) of Voorhees, NJ passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 27, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of 54 years to Sandra (née Bartoseck) Talley, loving father to Stephanie Talley, Julie Catania (Tino), Jimmy Talley (Amanda), and adoring Pop Pop to Massimo, Giovanni, Samantha, and Grant. He is survived by his sister Eileen (Talley) Chiro and her husband Dominick, two nephews and nieces, and... Read more →

OPINION: Protestors Demand $900 Million for Illegal Immigrants Living in New Jersey

Gloucestercitynews.net graphic files William E. Cleary Sr.| CNBNews Immigrants in the state of New Jersey that are here illegally are demanding more money from the taxpayers of the state. And, Phil Murphy, the Democrat Governor of the state, is willing to give it to them especially since he is up for re-election in November. Presently illegals are not allowed to vote. But, they are allowed to drive in New Jersey, thanks to Murphy and his Democrat controlled legislature. Given the importance of driver’s licenses for voting, this seems a dangerous step toward ushering illegal immigrants to the polls. According to... Read more →

Edward A. Williams, of Gloucester City; VFW Commander, Teamster Local 676, Vietnam War Marine Vet

"Bud" also known as "Wrong Way". Of Gloucester City on June 18, 2021. Age 73. Born in Woodbury, NJ, he was the son of the late Edward A. and Ethel (Fithian) Williams. Bud is survived by his beloved wife, Linda L. (Teschko) Williams; sons, Edward A. Williams, III (Jeanette), Timothy A. Williams (Caly) and his cherished grandchildren, Abigail, Peyton and Hailie. Bud proudly served our county in the U.S. Marine Corp. during the Vietnam War. He was a truck driver with Teamsters Local #676 and later worked as a maintenance supervisor with Cornell & Company in Westville, NJ. Bud was... Read more →

Face of Defense: Airport Exhibit Shines Light on Works by Female Vets

| BY Katie Lange, DOD News Art is therapeutic, and it’s often used as an outlet for service members and veterans to process stress and trauma. Now that air travel is picking back up again, travelers flying through Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., might notice some artwork that has a patriotic feel. Pieces done by several female veterans are currently on display there to commemorate Women’s History Month. Many of the artists are veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Collectively, they’ve dealt with a lot of battlefield and personal trauma, and they've learned to heal through the power... Read more →

National Guardsman Maliek Brown of Lawnside Promoted to Rank of Sgt

New York Army National Guard Captain Neysia Scott, promotes Staff Sgt Tennisha Gilkes to her new rank during a promotion ceremony held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan on June 21, 2021. Both Soldiers are assigned to the 369th Sustainment Brigade and are currently serving as part of the New York National Guard's COVID-19 response mission. (US Army National Guard photo by Specialist Li Ji) LATHAM, NY (06/21/2021)-- Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their... Read more →

Medal of Honor Monday: Air Force Col. William A. Jones III, a Pilot in Vietnam...

Jones' oxygen mask was burned beyond use and his helmet visor and the gauges and knobs on his instrument panel had melted. Jones himself suffered burns all over his body. But yet, he continued his search for the down pilot BY KATIE LANGE, DOD NEWS Pain can often cloud your judgment, especially under extreme duress, but not for Air Force Col. William A. Jones III. As a pilot in Vietnam, he remained in control of his charred plane long enough to fly nearly 90 miles to relay information that would help save another pilot's life. For his valiant effort, despite... Read more →

Medal of Honor Monday: Army Cpl. Rodolfo Perez Hernandez

June 7, 2021 | BY Katie Lange , DOD News Some of our nation's biggest heroes come from humble beginnings. Army Cpl. Rodolfo Perez Hernandez can attest to that. The son of migrant farmers joined the Army to help earn money for his family in the late 1940s. He left the service a Medal of Honor recipient. Hernandez was born April 14, 1931, in Colton, California, to David and Guadalupe, who emigrated from Mexico. At age 8, he left school to join his parents in picking crops in fields across the state to help provide for himself, his brother and... Read more →

Vermont National Guard biathletes eye 2022 Beijing Olympics

By Joshua Cohen, Joint Force Headquarters - Vermont National Guard Public Affairs COLCHESTER, Vt. – Three Vermont National Guard biathletes are training hard in anticipation of attending the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. If selected, VTARNG members will make up 37 percent of the U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team. The event would mark the first time Spc. Deedra Irwin takes part in the international games. A member of 86th Troop Command, the 29-year-old biathlete is “excited about the possible opportunity to represent my country and my team. Participating in the Olympics has always been a dream of mine and something... Read more →

Sports Heroes Who Served: "Woody" Wilson Keeble

White Sox Recruit Opted to Serve in WWII, Korea June 8, 2021 | BY David Vergun , DOD News Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. Born in 1917 in Waubay, South Dakota, Woodrow "Woody" Wilson Keeble was a full-blooded member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, which straddles North and South Dakota. A naturally athletic young man, Keeble became an accomplished baseball player. He was so good that the Chicago White Sox recruited him. However, as fate would have it, World War II... Read more →

U.S. Coast Guard, Cape May, Resumes Guest Attendance at Recruit Graduations  

U.S. Coast Guard Base, Cape May NJ (source U.S. Coast Guard) CAPE MAY, N.J. — U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., is scheduled to reopen recruit graduations to guest attendance on June 4, beginning with recruit company Oscar-200. In line with updated CDC and New Jersey guidance, along with successful vaccination and mitigation efforts, the decision was made to open up the graduation ceremony to limited guests, specifically recruit families. Media are invited to attend the reopening of our first recruit graduation ceremony with guests on June 4. Media members interested in attending are asked to arrive at... Read more →

William Matt, Gloucester City Councilman, Volunteer Fireman, Citizen of the Year

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--On September 28, 2004. Age 65. Of Gloucester City. Surrounded at home by his loving wife of 40 years Anne Marie (nee Wright). Devoted father of Karen F. Shaw (husband Kenneth) of Florida Kristine M. McCormick (husband William) of Atco and Michael A. Matt (wife Erin) of Marlton. Beloved grandfather of Madison, Matt, and Kaylee McCormick. Also survived by loving nieces and nephews. Bill was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Dobbins Vocational High School. He and his parents moved to Gloucester City in 1957. He served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years and then... Read more →

U.S. Coast Guard Prepares for Blue Angels Air Show in Annapolis May 25

Coast Guard establishes regulated area, boating restrictions for Blue Angels Air Show in Annapolis BALTIMORE, Md. – The Coast Guard will establish a regulated area across the Severn River in order to create a safe boating experience for the maritime public during the United States Naval Academy Commissioning Week Blue Angels Air Show in Annapolis, between 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Tuesday, May 25th and Wednesday, May 26th. The regulated area will include the Severn River from the shoreline to shoreline bounded to the northwest by a line drawn along the U.S.-50 fixed highway bridge. The regulated area is... Read more →

Veterans Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of Vietnam War...

With 'Alive Day' Stories Marine veteran Bobby Barrera was severely injured in Vietnam but 50 years later, he celebrates being alive and with his family. (NAPSI)—Army veteran Ron Hope was piloting a helicopter in Vietnam to extract a company of soldiers, when he was shot down. His left brachial plexus—the network of nerves that sends signals from the spinal cord to the arm and hand—was crushed. He also broke both legs, suffered compound fractures in six vertebrae and had third-degree burns covering 55 percent of his body. The Texas native was honorably discharged from the Army and turned his focus... Read more →

Sports Heroes Who Served: From Boxer to Colonel

Soldier Escapes Gang Violence to Emerge as Army Boxer, Leader May 18, 2021 | BY Thomas Brading , Army News Service Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. By 10th grade, Okera Anyabwile had dropped out of high school and was no stranger to street warfare. His mother's tears didn't stop him from being lured into the crime-driven, fast-cash culture that was 1980s South Central Los Angeles. Growing up, he witnessed a spike in drugs and homicides in the "City of Angels" that led to a cycle of... Read more →