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

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

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

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

Concealed Ammo Seized in Wilmington, Delaware by USA Authorities

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

Face of Defense: Leading From Experience

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

Face of Defense: All Smiles

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

Head of Terrorist Organization Killed by U.S. Military

RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE AMERICAN HERO At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. The commander helped direct wars in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, and he became the face of Iran’s efforts to build a regional bloc of Shiite power. He was linked to the deaths of 600 Americans during the Obama administration (image courtesy... Read more →

Face of Defense: And the Band Played On

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

Face of Defense: Riding Proud

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

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

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

United States Responding to Attacks by Iraq

Statement by Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper (photo): (December 31, 2019)--"The Department of Defense is working closely with the Department of State to ensure the security of our Embassy and personnel in Baghdad. We have taken appropriate force protection actions to ensure the safety of American citizens, military personnel and diplomats in country, and to ensure our right of self-defense. We are sending additional forces to support our personnel at the Embassy. As in all countries, we rely on host nation forces to assist... Read more →

Charles C. Beswick Sr., Member of VFW Post 3620, Gloucester City Sportsmen AC, American Legion, Mason

Charles C. Beswick Sr., (photo) of Gloucester City passed away Friday, December 20, 2019, at the age of 76. Born in Camden, Charles was a longtime South Jersey resident and retired Union Pressman. He was a dedicated member of the Gloucester City VFW Post 3620 for many years. Charles was also a member of the Gloucester City Sportsmen Athletic Club, American Legion, and the Free and Accepted Masons. He is survived by his previous spouses, Sara Beswick, Kathy Bagley; four loving children, Charles Beswick Jr.... Read more →

Coast Guard Medevaced Man from Cruise Ship 17 Miles Off the Atlantic City Coast

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (December 30, 2019)-- — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a cruise ship approximately 17 miles off the coast of Little Egg Inlet, Saturday night. The captain of the cruise ship Anthem of the Seas contacted watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay’s command center and notified them that the 70-year-old passenger was having severe abdominal issues and needed a higher level of medical care. An aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City launched to assist.... Read more →

Deadly New York Harbor Pilot Accident; Coast Guard Responds

SANDY HOOK, New Jersey – The Coast Guard responded with units from the New York Fire Department and New York Police Department Harbor Police to an incident where a Sandy Hook Harbor pilot fell while boarding the merchant vessel Maersk Kensington at 4:30 this morning. The pilot, who was transported to a hospital on Staten Island by a Sandy Hook pilot vessel, eventually succumbed to injuries received in the fall. The name of the deceased is being withheld until 24 hours after the next of... Read more →

10 Odd Jobs of World War II

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

Yuma Mayor Withdraws Proclamation Thanks to Trump’s Successful Efforts to Confront Border Crisis

WASHINGTON — Today, Mayor of Yuma, Arizona, Douglas Nicholls, at a meeting with Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Ken Cuccinelli, withdrew an April 2019 local State of Emergency proclamation regarding the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis on the Southwest border. Mayor Nicholls officially issued the proclamation on April 16, 2019, after the historic flow of illegal immigration caused thousands of illegal aliens to be released into his city. The mayor credits successful efforts by the Trump Administration in... Read more →

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

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

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

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


"Among the many gifts that we buy and receive, let us not forget the true gift: To give each other something of ourselves, to give each other something of our time, to open our time to God. In this way Anxiety disappears, Joy is born, and the Feast is created. " ~ Pope Benedict XVI Thank you for your support and loyalty over the past year..... from all of us at CNBNews BEST WISHES Bill & Connie Cleary ... Gloucestercitynews.net since 2006 Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard swaps summer buoys with seasonal winter buoys on Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin has finished replacing the summer buoys with seasonal winter buoys on the Chesapeake Bay, Friday. Throughout the month of December the crew replaced 66 summer buoys and removed the Francis Scott Key buoy in preparation for the winter season. The seasonal buoys are kept in until late February or early March. Ice and snow have the potential to damage, displace and submerge the large summer buoys, which would leave the channel unmarked and could... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard wraps up 2019 statewide inspection initiative in Alaska (video)

12.18.2019 Video by Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn U.S. Coast Guard District 17 The area of responsibility for Coast Guard Sector Anchorage is by far the largest and most remote of any Coast Guard sector in the U.S. Capt. Sean MacKenzie, sector commander, exercises authority in a jurisdiction extending throughout Western Alaska to the North Slope, and from the Aleutian Islands through Prince William Sound—an area that covers approximately 5.3 million square miles and more than 35,000 miles of shoreline. Within this area of... Read more →

Wreaths honor thousands of veterans

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

FACE OF DEFENSE: Spirit of Oregon adorns North Bend helicopters

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

Face of Defense: CG Members Long Road from French Super Yachts to Fast Cutters

For some people, joining any military branch is never really a choice. They’ve dreamt of putting on the uniform since before they can remember. Others, it may be just a way to get out of mom and dad’s house once they graduated high school or out of a bad neighborhood. For those who serve, there’s the obvious question once you complete a contract -- do I stay or go? Some can’t wait to return home after being away, and others are just ready to be... Read more →

Wreaths of Remembrance Dec. 7

(Monroe Township, NJ) On Saturday, Dec. 7, residents are invited to gather at the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery to help remember those men and women who defended our country's freedom during the annual Wreaths of Remembrance Ceremony. Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "By placing these wreaths annually, we continue to show our thanks to those who gave their lives and show that we remember them and will continue to do so for years to come." The Wreaths of Remembrance Ceremony is open to... Read more →

Coast Guard closes search for missing kite surfer near Ocean City

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (Nov. 29, 2019)-—The Coast Guard has closed the search for a missing kite surfer near Ocean City, New Jersey, after the missing individual called and reported themselves to be safe, Friday morning. Coast Guard Station Atlantic City watchstanders received a call from 911, notifying them of a kite surfer reportedly wearing all black, seen drifting out to sea after falling off a kiteboard approximately 500-yards off Corson Inlet, at around 3:20 p.m., Thursday evening. At approximately 10 p.m. this morning, the missing... Read more →

Statement by DOD Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman Re: Navy Seal Ed Gallagher

"Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper has asked for the resignation of Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer after losing trust and confidence in him regarding his lack of candor over conversations with the White House involving the handling of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher (photo). After Secretary Esper and Chairman Milley spoke with the Commander in Chief on Friday regarding the case of Gallagher, Secretary Esper learned that Secretary Spencer had previously and privately proposed to the White House - contrary to Spencer's public position... Read more →

Cape May Coast Guard Recruit Company B-198 Graduates; Seaman Wilson Meets His New Son

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Seaman Ryan Wilson graduated U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, with the newest group of Coast Guardsmen during a ceremony on base, Nov. 22, 2019. Wilson, soon to be stationed in Atlantic City, took a bold step to help create a better life for his family. That step was deciding to join the smallest of the five military branches, the U.S. Coast Guard. While he was enduring the rigors of recruit basic training, his family got a little bit larger... Read more →

'An act of faith and kindness': How Buddy Checks make a difference

(Photo by Steven B. Brooks) The American Legion NOV 20, 2019 Prior to Veterans Day, American Legion National Commander Bill Oxford called on Legionnaires to follow up on the inaugural Buddy Checks to fellow veterans that debuted last March and received National Executive Committee support the following spring. During the 2019 Spring Meetings, the NEC passed Resolution 18, which calls for the twice-annual Buddy Checks to be conducted Legion-wide on the weeks of The American Legion’s birthday and Veterans Day. American Legion posts again stepped... Read more →

Two Warrant Officers Die When Their Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr. (left) and Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle, Nov. 21, 2019--The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Both soldiers died Nov. 20, 2019, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, when their helicopter crashed while providing security for troops on the ground. The incident is under investigation. The deceased are: Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle, 33, from Tarrant, Texas. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr.,... Read more →

Mission: Readiness | 7 in 10 Pennsylvania youth ineligible to enlist in military

By Dave Fidlin | The Center SquareNov 2019 A strong economy, coupled with a rising number of ineligible Pennsylvanians, has contributed to all-time lows in the number of people enlisting in the military, a new Pennsylvania Adjutant Gen. Anthony Carrelli speaks during a news conference Nov. 12, 2019, on military recruiting efforts. Photo courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services report revealed. Mission: Readiness, a nonpartisan organization, held a news conference and took the wraps off its new workforce readiness report in Pennsylvania. The document outlines how... Read more →

Fort Dix Correctional Officer Accepted Bribes In Exchange For Delivering Contraband To Inmates

NEWARK, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, man who worked as a corrections officer at a federal facility admitted today that he accepted cash bribes in exchange for delivering contraband to inmates, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Paul Anton Wright, 34, of Berlin, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark federal court to Count 1 of a five-count indictment charging him with accepting thousands of dollars in cash bribes in exchange for delivering contraband to federal inmates at Fort... Read more →


Coast Guard Academy memorial serves as a reminder of a history of selfless service In a busy hallway at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, are a series of memorials known as the Hall of Heroes. Every year near Veteran’s Day the entire Corps of Cadets and Academy community gather to induct alums into the hall’s Wall of Gallantry memorial. This year, six graduates and their families were welcomed back to the Academy to commemorate those who have demonstrated courage in the... Read more →

It’s Time For The United States To Wage War On Mexican Drug Cartels

Source: The Federalist The American family gunned down in northern Mexico should be a wake-up call for U.S. policymakers that the spiraling cartel violence in Mexico is not going to remain south of the Rio Grande, and that the time has come to fight back against the cartels—unilaterally, if need be. The brazen daylight ambush, in which at least six children and three women from a Mormon community near the U.S.-Mexico border were killed, is the latest flashpoint in the growing instability of the Mexican... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard's last known recoverable POW/MIA laid to rest

WASHINGTON -- The Coast Guard’s last known recoverable POW/MIA from WWII was laid to rest during a ceremony in Buffalo, New York Saturday. “Half a world away, Lt. James Crotty demonstrated selfless service in the face of great adversity and calamity,” said Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the Coast Guard. “After 77 long years, he is finally home. I hope his return brings closure to his family and serves as a reminder of his fearless actions during the onset of World War II. The Lt.... Read more →