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YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW THE TRUTH!

BREAKING: U.S. Senator Josh Hawley says whistleblowers have come forward, alleging the Biden DHS assigned “unprepared and inexperienced personnel” to Trump who were not even Secret Service. “Whistleblowers who have direct knowledge of the event have approached my office. According to… pic.twitter.com/8sSXYmYWZx — Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) July 19, 2024 -30- CNBNews EDITOR'S NOTE: We observed that the assigned agents were very courageous, but it was apparent that they seemed unsure of their actions. For instance, they allowed Mr. Trump to expose himself to a potential second sniper by raising his head several times. Additionally, some of the agents were under... Read more →


THE AMERICAN LEGION: Five Things to Know, July 15, 2024

Wikimedia commons The American Legion 1. It has been the Secret Service’s protocol for more than a half-century since the assassination of John F. Kennedy — survey and secure all nearby structures to prevent gunfire from reaching a president or anyone else under the agency’s protection. But somehow on Saturday, a 20-year-old Pennsylvania man was able to access a roof with a gun just 140 yards from the stage where former president Donald Trump was speaking. Now the Secret Service’s actions and the potential holes in its protective net are under intense scrutiny, with lawmakers in both parties calling on... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Pennsauken native serves where future Navy warfighters train

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Green ==================== BY Alvin Plexico, Navy Office of Community Outreach Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Davis, a native of Pennsauken, New Jersey, is currently stationed at NSGL as an instructor with Naval Education and Training Command (NETC). Davis, a 2015 graduate of Pennsauken High School, joined the Navy six years ago. “I joined the Navy for education opportunities,” said Davis. "I'm working toward a degree in computer science." The skills and values needed to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Pennsauken. “Growing up in Pennsauken, I learned how... Read more →


CNBNews Face of Defense: Vincentown NJ Native Serves Where Future Warriors Train

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Green By Rick Burke, Navy Office of Community Outreach GREAT LAKES, Ill. - Sailors are some of the most highly trained people on the planet, and this training begins at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, otherwise known Chief Petty Officer William Gaskill, a native of Vincentown, New Jersey, is currently stationed at NSGL serving with RTC Great Lakes. Gaskill, a 2002 graduate of Shawnee High School, joined the Navy 13 years ago. Gaskill also earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University in 2007. “I’ve always wanted to serve... Read more →


Bradley Fighting Tanks Gain Defensive Edge

UKRAINE’S BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLES GAIN NEW DEFENSIVE EDGE WITH SHIELDS Rinat Akhmetov’s Steel Front starts testing new steel screens Kyiv, 04 July 2024 – The deployment of Bradley Fighting Vehicles, provided by the US, has played a crucial role in strengthening Ukrainian defences against russian aggression. As part of Rinat Akhmetov's Steel Front, Metinvest is now producing steel screens to protect the Bradleys. The first samples will be tested within a week. Bradleys are highly valued for their durability, mobility and firepower. However, they are not invulnerable and nor are the soldiers operating them. The Steel Front screens completely enclose... Read more →


Three Powerful Patrol Boats Given to Ukraine

Kyiv, 01 July 2024 – Rinat Akhmetov’s Steel Front has delivered three CB90 patrol boats to the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, including training for the crews. This highly versatile platform is ideal for a number of different operations, including reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence-gathering. They have already been used in operations in the waters around Crimea. CB90s are Swedish-made vessels that are exceptionally fast and highly maneuverable, thanks to two 600kW marine diesel engines which power two water jets, combined with underwater control surfaces. They have a top speed of 40 kts (74kph) and... Read more →


AMERICAN LEGION: The life-changing power of Be the One

Army veteran Sam Washington, with his friend Vanita Khandpur, crosses the finish line after participating in the fourth Celebrate America 5K hosted by American Legion Post 180 in Vienna, Va., on Saturday, June 29. Photo by Hilary Ott /The American Legion By Henry Howard JUL 01, 2024 When Sam Washington crossed the red, white and blue arch, it was more than just a finish line for a 5K run-walk. It represented his personal defeat of stage 4 lung cancer, a journey that epitomizes veterans supporting veterans, Be the One and the strong bonds of a community. Washington was among 90... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Lumberton National Guard Soldier Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities

LATHAM, NY (06/25/2024)-- 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 capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Jeanette Gonzalez from Lumberton, N.J., and assigned to the Signal Intelligence and Sustainment Company, 42nd Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, received a promotion May 2, 2024 to the rank of sergeant first class. Army National Guard promotions are based on a Soldier's overall performance, demonstrated leadership abilities, professionalism and future development potential. These promotions recognize the best qualified Soldiers for a... Read more →


WAR! (WHAT IS GOOD FOR)

Five Things to Know, June 24, 2024 The American Legion JUN 24, 2024 1. The viability of a U.S.-backed proposal to wind down the 8-month-long war in Gaza was cast into doubt on Monday after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would only be willing to agree to a “partial” cease-fire deal that would not end the war, comments that sparked an uproar from families of hostages held by Hamas. In an interview broadcast late Sunday on Israeli Channel 14, a conservative, pro-Netanyahu station, the Israeli leader said he was “prepared to make a partial deal -- this is... Read more →


Learning Astrology: Why It’s So Popular Among College Students

Astrology has recently surged in popularity among college students. This ancient practice seems to perfectly blend with the unique social and intellectual atmosphere of college, where students are often on a quest for deeper self-understanding and meaningful connections. But why is astrology particularly appealing to this academically driven demographic? Let’s explore the varied reasons that make astrology so captivating to students involved in college life. As a college student, you might find yourself overwhelmed with school, assignments, and searching for services or tools that could ease your academic burden, like an essay writing service that offers masters essay writing service... Read more →


JUST CRAZY! New Proposal Will Ban Testing New Military Recruits for Marijuana

Five Things to Know, May 20, 2024 The American Legion MAY 20, 2024 1. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country’s foreign minister and others have been found dead at the site of a helicopter crash after an hourslong search through a foggy, mountainous region of the country’s northwest, state media reported. Raisi was 63. State TV gave no immediate cause for the crash in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province. With Raisi were Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, the governor of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province and other officials and bodyguards, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. 2. New recruits and incoming officers... Read more →


The Fight for Justice and Rinat Akhmetov's Business During the War

photo provided During this full scale war, Rinat Akhmetov's fortune has dropped by 64%. He filed a lawsuit for full compensation by the aggressor country for all the damages caused since 2014 in illegally occupied territories. He asserts that justice must be restored, and the aggressor must face both financial and criminal penalties. These assets include dozens of enterprises in mining, steelmaking, and energy sectors, as well as real estate, including Yenakiieve Iron and Steel Works, DTEK Rovenki Anthracite, DTEK Sverdlovanthracite, FC Shakhtar’s training base Kirsha, Donbass Arena stadium, Azovstal steel plant, Illich Iron and Steel Works, and many others.... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Harrisburg native serves the U.S. Navy in Guam

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jerry Jimenez, Navy Office of Community Outreach U.S. NAVAL BASE GUAM - Petty Officer 1st Class Holly Dively, a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is serving with Maritime Expeditionary Security Group One in support of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 75 in Guam. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Niegel Dively graduated from Sandlewood High School in 2007. The skills and values needed to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Harrisburg. “Growing up, I learned how to be adaptable,” said Dively. “I had about 14 different jobs before I joined... Read more →


VIDEO: China Fueling Mexican Drug Cartels

VIDEO BELOW WASHINGTON DC, Apr 12 — Is China getting ready for war? According to Foreign Policy Magazine, “notwithstanding the recent flurry of high-level diplomacy between Washington and Beijing, the warning signs are certainly there. Under Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing is amassing ships, planes, and missiles as part of the largest military buildup by any country in decades.” According to political consultant Peter Schweizer, “China already is waging war with the US, but not with guns — with poison.” Schweizer is senior editor-at-large at Breitbart News and a prolific author who’s latest book, Blood Money: Why the Powerful Turn... Read more →


SKY NEWS Video: Joe Biden's Cognitive Decline Continues

"I Made It Clear To Israelis - Don't Move on Haifa," Joe Biden (You know, Haifa - that city in Israel...) SOURCE SKY NEWS 56,885 views Apr 18, 2024 Sky News host Rita Panahi claims President Joe Biden’s “cognitive decline” is hitting “new lows” as she reacts to his latest gaffes. In one video, the President appeared to confuse the Israeli city Haifa with Rafah in Gaza. “I made it clear to Israelis, don’t move on Haifa,” President Biden said. President Biden also bizarrely claimed cannibals ate his uncle after his plane crashed. However, Pentagon records state the aircraft plunged... Read more →


THE 16TH ANNUAL KENSINGTON DERBY & ARTS FEST

MOVES TO FRANKFORD AVENUE WITH 150+ RESTAURANTS, FOOD TRUCKS, VENDORS, ARTISTS, MAKERS AND BANDS, PLUS THE FAMOUS PARADE OF HUMAN-POWERED SCULPTURES Philadelphia, PA - East Kensington’s long-time parade and arts festival is moving over to Frankford Avenue. Fishtown District, with support from Penn Treaty Special Services District, presents Kensington Derby and Arts Fest on Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, on Frankford Avenue, from York St to Huntingdon St. The event, which won Best of Philly in 2023, is back and ready to let the mud fly! Derby teams prepare human-powered sculptures crafted from recycled bicycles and other... Read more →


Spectators Gather Along Delaware River to See Celebrated USS Battleship New Jersey Pass By

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 22, 2024)(CNBNews)--Former Brooklawn residents Michael and Rosemary Costello came to Gloucester City Thursday to see the Battleship New Jersey BB62 head south on the Delaware River to the Paulsboro Marine Terminal. Michael is a Navy vet from the 1960s, so it was special for him to see the Battleship live! Photo /caption credit CNBNews photographer Joe Townsend CAMDEN CITY, NJ (March 22, 2024)(CNBNews)—On Thursday, March 21, a large crowd gathered at the home of the Battleship New Jersey to watch the historic ship depart for needed maintenance at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. New Jersey Gov. Phil... Read more →


The American Legion: Five Things to Know, Feb. 26

The American Legion FEB 26, 2024 1. The U.S. and Britain struck 18 Houthi targets in Yemen on Saturday, answering a recent surge in attacks by the Iran-backed militia group on ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, including a missile strike this past week that set fire to a cargo vessel. According to U.S. officials, American and British fighter jets hit sites in eight locations, targeting missiles, launchers, rockets, drones and air defense systems. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to provide early details of an ongoing military operation. 2. The Mississippi National Guard... Read more →


American Legion News February 19; Five Things You Should Know

The American Legion \ FEB 19, 2024 1. U.S. maritime forces on Saturday conducted five self-defense strikes targeting Iranian-backed Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen, U.S. Central Command announced Sunday. CENTCOM successfully conducted strikes against three mobile anti-ship cruise missiles, one unmanned underwater vessel (UUV) and one unmanned surface vessel (USV). It was the first observed Houthi employment of a UUV since attacks began in Oct. 23, according to CENTCOM. 2. Two young citizen-soldiers who became close friends after enlisting in the Army Reserve were remembered at funerals in southeast Georgia on Saturday, nearly three weeks after they died in a drone... Read more →


John E. Kraus, Sr. age 86, Army Veteran also Member of New Jersey National Guard

Passed peacefully after a brief illness on February 14, 2024, formerly of Audubon, Cherry Hill and most recently, Edgewater Park, NJ. Age 86 years. John, who was the longest-living Kraus, lovingly raised five children with his late wife, Joan, while attending Drexel University for his Mechanical Engineering degree. His children all attended college, which was one of his goals in life. He was a U.S. Army veteran and additionally served in the Army National Guard of NJ. He began his career in 1956 as "Jack" at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Lakehurst, NJ and by 1989 was promoted to... Read more →


Wreaths Across America AND the Library of Congress Launch New Webinar Series

Veterans History Project to L for 2024 The free, four-part, quarterly webinar is designed for educators of youth of all ages. COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine, and WASHINGTON D.C. — February 13, 2024 — Wreaths Across America (WAA), in collaboration with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP), proudly announces the launch of a new, free webinar series for educators. These four-part quarterly webinars aim to equip educators and youth of all ages with the vast resources available from the Library of Congress and will focus on how teachers and students can participate in collecting, preserving, and sharing veterans’ stories critical... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Gloucester City Residents Protecting Our Country

(source Facebook) photo provided GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 10, 2024)--Best of luck to two brave young men from Gloucester City Nay’Shon Obey and Liam Driscoll, who are beginning a year’s deployment in one of the world’s trouble zones. Nay’Shon graduated from Gloucester High School, and Liam graduated from Gloucester Catholic. They are both members of the 1st Battalion, 114 Infantry Regiment, Company A (NJ ARNG) headquarters Woodbury Armory, Woodbury, NJ. God bless them. 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment (NJ ARNG) Woodbury Armory | Woodbury, New Jersey, United States Headquarters and Headquarters Company Company A Mount Holly Armory | Mount Holly... Read more →


American Legion: 5 Things to Know, on Feb. 5

The American Legion FEB 05, 2024 1. The U.S. military has carried out additional self-defense strikes against Houthi missiles, according to U.S. Central Command. At about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, CENTCOM forces targeted a land-attack cruise missile, said a command statement that did not provide further details on that strike. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., U.S. forces struck four anti-ship cruise missiles before they launched against ships in the Rea Sea, the statement said. 2. A drone attack on a base housing U.S. troops in eastern Syria killed six allied Kurdish fighters late Sunday, in the first significant attack in Syria or... Read more →


Wreaths Across America Honors “The Four Chaplains”

With a Special Facebook Live Event On Saturday, Feb. 3rd, Wreaths Across America remembers the 81rstanniversary of the sinking of the U.S.A.T. Dorchester COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine – January 23, 2024 – On Saturday, February 3, 2024, Wreaths Across America will pay tribute to the indomitable spirit of American heroes, ‘The Four Chaplains,’ and commemorate the bravery displayed during the U.S.A.T. Dorchester incident. Join us for a special Facebook live event at noon EST, broadcasting from the serene Balsam Valley Chapel and Tip lands in Downeast Maine. Embarking on a coastal passenger steamship requisitioned for wartime use, the U.S.A.T. Dorchester sailed... Read more →


Biden Still Hasn't Responded to Death of U.S. Servicemen in Jordan

image courtesy of wtae.com The photos from the U.S. Army Reserve Command from left, Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23. (The Center Square)(January 30, 2024) – The world is awaiting President Joe Biden’s response to a drone attack in Jordan over the weekend that left three U.S. service members dead and more than 30 injured. In his statement Sunday, Biden said “we know [the attack] was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq” and pledged to respond to the “despicable and wholly unjust attack.” That... Read more →


CG Accepting additional testimony for the Grande Costa D’Avorio Hearing

NEW YORK — The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have scheduled follow-up witness testimony on Wednesday and Friday in support of the ongoing investigation into the fire that occurred on July 5, 2023, aboard the Italian-flagged cargo vessel, Grande Costa D’Avorio, while docked at the Port of Newark, New Jersey. The videos of testimony are scheduled to be posted to the Livestream site at https://livestream.com/uscginvestigations on Wednesday and Friday. Capt. David Rogers of the Newark Fire Department will give testimony on Wednesday, and Marian Ciumala, the Grande Costa D’Avorio’s Third Mate, will give testimony on Friday. Additional... Read more →


ICE Investigates Over 400 Violations of Criminal Law

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigates more than 400 violations of criminal law, ranging from child exploitation to transnational gangs. Use this form to report suspected criminal activity. Be as specific and as detailed as possible. You are encouraged to provide any additional identifying details such as places of birth, countries of citizenship, and any numeric identifiers in the below narrative text box. The detailed information you provide will assist investigators as they look into reported violations. We do not provide status updates for tip information provided. If you provide information, you can be assured that it will be... Read more →


The Center Square: Transgender veterans sue VA seeking gender-affirming surgery

By Brett Rowland | The Center Square (The Center Square) – A group representing transgender veterans filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs seeking gender-confirmation surgery for 163,000 transgender veterans. The Transgender American Veterans Association lawsuit asks for an order that the Department of Veterans Affairs act on the group's 2016 rule-making petition for gender-confirmation surgery. "Three years ago today, President Biden repealed the military's ban on transgender service members,” TAVA President Rebekka Eshler said in a statement. “Yet when we return from service, we do not receive the same level of healthcare from the VA... Read more →


THE AMERICAN LEGION: Five Things To Know

This undated photograph released by the U.S. military's Central Command shows what it is described as the vessel that carried Iranian-made missile components bound for Yemen's Houthi in the Arabian Sea. U.S. Navy SEALs seized Iranian-made missile parts and other weaponry from a ship bound for Yemen's Houthi rebels in a raid that saw two of its commandos go missing, the U.S. military said Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024. Five Things to Know The American Legion JAN 22, 2024 1. The 10-day search to rescue two Navy SEALs lost in the Arabian Sea during a mission to board a ship and... Read more →


Dear American Legion Family members and friends, 

Once again, the Department of Defense (DoD) may be faced with another continuing resolution (CR), which would compromise national defense strategy and undermine improving quality of life issues for servicemembers. In essence, a CR would cap funding at the previous year's levels, providing none of the approved increases and preventing any new programs from beginning that were authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024. This comes at a time when America is facing multiple national security threats such as China’s aggression, Russian provocation and the possibility of the Israel-Hamas war spreading. It is not the time... Read more →


Over 100 Ghost Ships Rest at Mallows Bay

The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay: The nation’s next National Marine Sanctuary? Paddlers at Mallows Bay; photo by Stephen Schatz In Charles County—only an hour drive from the nation’s capital—is a place unlike any other in the country. Emergent at low tide, the withering remains of more than 100 World War I steamships rest in a shallow embayment on the Maryland side of the Potomac River: the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay. Most of these ship hulls have been resting in and around the bay since the late 1920s. In the decades since, nature has taken its course and absorbed... Read more →


American Legion: 5 Things To Know

The American Legion JAN 15, 2024 1. Yemen’s Houthi rebels fired an anti-ship cruise missile toward an American destroyer in the Red Sea on Sunday, but a U.S. fighter jet shot it down in the latest attack roiling global shipping amid Israel’s war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, officials said. The attack marks the first U.S.-acknowledged fire by the Houthis since America and allied nations began strikes Friday on the rebels following weeks of assaults on shipping in the Red Sea. 2. An Air Force officer can add another title to her resume: Miss America. Madison Marsh of Colorado... Read more →


Exploring the Versatility of C-12 Huron Aircraft: A Game-Changer for Government Contractors

The C-12 Huron aircraft has completely transformed the work of government contractors and serves as a highly versatile and game-changing asset. With its extensive range of capabilities, this aircraft has become an indispensable tool for a wide array of missions and operations. There's nothing quite like C-12 Aircraft when it comes to getting government contractor work done. Whether it's transporting personnel and cargo or conducting surveillance and reconnaissance, the C-12 Huron offers an abundance of functions that cater specifically to the needs of government contractors. This article will delve into the numerous ways in which the C-12 Huron aircraft has... Read more →


The American Legion: Five Things to Know, Jan. 8, 2024

The American Legion JAN 08, 2024 1. The Pentagon released new details Sunday about Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s continued hospitalization, saying he had a medical procedure Dec. 22, went home a day later and was admitted to intensive care Jan. 1 when he began experiencing severe pain. The latest information came as members of both parties in Congress expressed sharp concerns about the secrecy of Austin’s hospital stay and the fact that the president and other senior leaders were kept in the dark about it for days. 2. North Korea again fired artillery shells near its tense sea boundary with... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: When Veterans in Crisis Can’t Get Help

by Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi, ProPublica, photography by Loren Elliott for ProPublica ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Marty and Candy Larsen were in their pajamas, getting ready to watch a movie in the living room, when they heard their 27-year-old daughter scream. CNBNews graphic files “I need help!” Julia cried. They could see her standing just a few feet away, her long blond hair unkempt, her blue-gray eyes at once alert and vacant. She’d looked like this in other moments when... Read more →


Mid-East Terrorists Using Northern Border To Enter United States

A vehicle crosses the Rainbow Bridge from Canada Wednesday, March 18, 2018, in Niagara Falls N.Y. Jeffrey T. Barnes | AP Photo By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor Dec 30, 2023 The Center Square)(JANUARY 1, 2024) – An Iranian with terrorist ties was caught after illegally entering the U.S. near Niagara Falls, New York, as a record number of known, suspected terrorists (KSTs) were apprehended in the first three months of fiscal 2024 at the northern border. After the Iranian was apprehended, agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations-Buffalo office removed him on... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: HS1 Steven Zea

Charting a course of compassionate care in the Blue Pacific HS1 Steven Zea In the vast oceanic stretches of the U.S. Coast Guard's 14th District and the Blue Pacific, skilled medical personnel like Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Zea on Fast Response Cutters, especially during expeditionary patrols, is not just a necessity; it's a lifeline. These patrols routinely take crews well over 200 nautical miles from shore, venturing into remote and austere environments where quick and expert medical care is critical. Zea, an independent-duty health services technician (HS) serving as a medical support professional aboard U.S. Coast Guard platforms, illustrates... Read more →


INVASION OF THE USA CONTINUES: Record Number of Illegals Enter Southern Boarder

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor Dec 23, 2023 Border Patrol pleads for help CNBNews history files (The Center Square) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered a new record number of illegal border crossers in November as the agency pleaded for help from Congress. Total illegal border crossers encountered along the southwest border in November were 242,418. The majority of apprehensions, 191,113, occurred between ports of entry. CBP agents also processed more than 43,000 people at ports of entry who made appointments through the CBP One App. As part of the administration’s expanded parole program to foreign... Read more →


American Legion Fund Drive to Help Veterans and their Families in Need

SUPPORT VETERANS Veterans of this great nation continue to face immense challenges on a daily basis. With your gift to The American Legion, you provide the essential support they need to successfully meet those challenges. GIVE NOW As 2023 rushes to a close, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to The American Legion. Your gift is crucial. You will ensure that the needs of veterans and their families are met in 2024 and beyond. Thank you for all you do to support our nation’s heroes. From all of us at The American Legion, we wish you and your family a... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Seaman from Pittsburgh Serves at Explosive Ordnance Disposal

By Alvin Plexico, Navy Office of Community Outreach EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Seaman Scott Nettrour, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, serves the U.S. Navy assigned to Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Patricia Elkins, Navy Office of Community Outreach Nettrour graduated from North Allegheny High School in 2017. The skills and values needed to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Pittsburgh. “Growing up, I learned that it’s important to give your best effort in everything you do,” said Nettrour. Nettrour joined the Navy three years ago. “I joined... Read more →


Noah Wicks of McAlister PA Serving Aboard Guided Missile Destroyer

By Alvin Plexico, Navy Office of Community Outreach MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Chief Petty Officer Noah Wicks, a native of McAlisterville, Pennsylvania, serves aboard USS Carney, currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Wicks serves as an operations specialist and was aboard the ship Oct. 19, when the crew of Carney shot down multiple land attack cruise missiles and unmanned aerial drones launched by Houthi forces in Yemen while the ship was operating in the northern Red Sea. The missiles and drones were believed to be headed toward Israel when Carney intercepted them. “I was the anti-air warfare... Read more →


Capt. Martin Robertson, Wishes Family in Erie, PA Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

DEC 11 By Ashley Craig, Navy Office of Community Outreach MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Sailors help maintain America’s advantage at sea. This means they do not always get to celebrate holidays with their loved ones. Capt. Martin Robertson, an Erie, Pennsylvania, native serving in the United States Navy as commodore of Amphibious Squadron 8, wishes loved ones a happy holiday. “The holidays are a time to get together with loved ones and celebrate as a family,” said Robertson. Robertson wants family back home to know they are missed this holiday season. “I am going to miss you this year, but you... Read more →


31,323 Unaccompanied Migrant Mexican Children Have Settled Illegally Into NJ

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor Dec 19, 2023 Included in the 1000s of illegal immigrants crossing into the USA on a daily basis are unaccompanied Mexican children headed to the State of New Jersey. According to The Center Square, New Jersey received the seventh greatest number of unaccompanied children. (photo courtesy of The Washington Examiner) (The Center Square) – New Jersey received the seventh greatest number of unaccompanied alien children, primarily arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border of 31,323 since fiscal 2015. The greatest numbers have consistently been sent to the most populous states of Texas, California and... Read more →


Military Studying the Use of Psychedelics for Treatment of PTSD and Head Injuries

American Legion News By Linda F. Hersey/Stars and Stripes DEC 19, 2023 The military will conduct research and clinical trials to determine whether cannabis, magic mushrooms and other psychedelic drugs can treat service members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury under provisions of the defense spending bill approved by Congress last week. Section 723 of the National Defense Authorization Act, which received final Congressional approval Friday, provides $10 million in research grants for psychedelic-assisted therapies and for “qualified” plant-based alternative therapies that include cannabis. Medical cannabis is legal in 38 states, the District of Columbia and three... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Newark Native Serves Aboard Guided Missle Destroyer in Red Sea

By Alvin Plexico, Navy Office of Community Outreach MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Petty Officer Third Class Andrew Gonzalez, a native of Newark, New Jersey, serves aboard USS Carney, currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Gonzalez currently serves as a boatswain’s mate and was aboard the ship on Oct. 19, when the crew of Carney shot down multiple land attack cruise missiles and unmanned aerial drones launched by Houthi forces in Yemen while the ship was operating in the northern Red Sea. The missiles and drones were believed headed toward Israel when Carney intercepted them. “My role was... Read more →


Ron Canning, Gloucester City Police Officer, and U.S. Navy Veteran Succumbs at age 87

Surrounded by his family, Ron passed peacefully on December 10, 2023, at the age of 87. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 55 years to the late Frances Canning (nee Harvey). Loving father of Joseph “Ronnie” Canning, Jr. and Pamela Gettings. Cherished grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 13. Beloved brother of Robert J. Canning. Ron was born in Philadelphia, Pa to the late Joseph H. and Florence Canning. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959. Ron was a dedicated patrolman for the Gloucester City Police Department with 25 years of service to the... Read more →


John P. (Jack) Heath, Jr., A Proud Marine and a Korean War Veteran of Bellmawr

John P. (Jack) Heath, Jr., on November 29, 2023, of Bellmawr, formerly of Philadelphia. Age 87. Beloved husband of Eleanor Heath (nee Price) for 66 years. Devoted father of John P. (Jack) Heath III (Maryanne), Kathleen Heath, and Scott Heath. Loving Pop of grandchildren Ian, Scott Jr., Sean, Finn, Elizabeth, and Brigid. John graduated from South Catholic High School Philadelphia, Class of 1954. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from the University of Maryland and worked as a Budget Analyst for the Department of the Army (including six years in Germany)... Read more →


AMERICAN LEGION: Five Things to Know

(Amber Smalley/U.S. Navy) The American Legion DEC 11, 2023 1. Divers on Sunday recovered the remains of the seventh of the eight crew members from a U.S. military Osprey aircraft that crashed off southern Japan during a training mission. The Air Force CV-22 Osprey went down Nov. 29 just off Yakushima Island in southwestern Japan while on its way to Okinawa. The bodies of six of the crew had since been recovered, including five from the sunken wreckage of the aircraft. 2. The Chinese coast guard targeted Philippine vessels with water cannon blasts Sunday and rammed one of them, causing... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Newton native serves at Aviation Enlisted Aircrew Training School

By Megan Brown, Navy Office of Community Outreach PENSACOLA, Fla. - Airman Brandon Robbins, a native of Newton, New Jersey, serves the U.S. Navy assigned to Aviation Enlisted Aircrew Training School. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Patricia Elkins, Navy Office of Community Outreach Robbins graduated from Newtown High School in 2016. The skills and values needed to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Newton. “I learned from my hometown to stay humble and to trust that hard work pays off,” said Robbins. Robbins joined the Navy three months ago. “I joined the Navy to... Read more →