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FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard wraps up 2021 task force initiative in Arctic, Western Alaska

Editors' Note: Click on images to download high resolution versions. Video available by clicking image below: By Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn ANCHORAGE, Alaska — 2021 marked a milestone for the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Task Force initiative in Alaska. MSTF teams operated with new partners, visited more communities, and strengthened relationships in the Arctic and Western portions of Alaska, due to unprecedented planning, action and support. The ongoing MSTF initiative, first implemented in 2019, manages the seasonal deployment of Coast Guard teams to remote areas across the state to conduct vessel and facility inspections, provide operator training, improve... Read more →


WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

Migrants Placed in Danger by Smugglers Release Date: December 27, 2021 EDINBURG, Texas –Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents and local law enforcement partners work together to disrupt dangerous human smuggling efforts. On Dec. 26, at approximately 1:00 p.m., the Harlingen Police Department received a 911 call from a Guatemalan migrant who claimed he and others were being held against their will at a home. Harlingen Border Patrol Station agents alongside Harlingen Police Department officers, responded to the residence suspected of harboring illegally present migrants. A total of seven migrants were discovered in the home and safely secured... Read more →


Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Maj Henry Elrod

Pearl Harbor wasn't the only U.S. military base attacked by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941. U.S. service members on tiny Wake Island, a strategic base about 2,300 miles further west from Oahu, also defended themselves from enemy invaders. Marine Corps Maj. Henry T. Elrod fought valiantly there in the skies and on land for more than two weeks. While he didn't survive the battle, his bravery earned him the Medal of Honor. Elrod was born Sept. 27, 1905, in Rebecca, Georgia, to parents Robert and Margaret. The family moved to Thomasville, Georgia, in 1911, where Elrod grew up with... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Actor Alan Alda was actually an Army Officer During Korean War

Six-time Emmy Award-winning actor Alan Alda is most likely best known for playing an Army field surgeon, Capt. Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce, in the TV series M*A*S*H, which aired on CBS from 1972 to 1983. It's often noted that the series lasted longer than the war itself. Coincidentally, Alda was actually an Army officer, serving in South Korea from 1956 to 1958, not long after the Korean War ended on July 27, 1953. After attending ROTC and graduating from Fordham University in 1956, Alda was commissioned in the Army Reserve. He was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, and then spent six... Read more →


Face of Defense: U.S. Airman Morgan Freeman

Actor Morgan Freeman is known for his many roles in film, including "Driving Miss Daisy" (1969), "Glory" (1989), "Unforgiven" (1992), "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994), "Seven" (1995), "Amistad" (1997), "Million Dollar Baby" (2004), "The Dark Knight Trilogy" (2005-2012), and "Invictus" (2009) Among Freeman's many TV appearances was his role in the acclaimed children's television series "The Electric Company" in the 1970s. Born June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee, Freeman started his career acting in high school plays. After graduating from high school in 1955, he turned down a drama scholarship from Jackson State University, opting instead to enlist in the Air... Read more →


CONGRATULATIONS TO ARMY SPECIALIST EDUARDO CASADO, OF PENNSAUKEN

Pennsauken National Guard Soldier Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities 101st Signal Battalion insignia LATHAM, NY (12/20/2021)-- 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 capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Eduardo Casado from Pennsauken, N.J., and assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion received a promotion to the rank of specialist on November 1, 2021. Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize... Read more →


MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: Army Major General Charles Calvin Rodgers

From the 1950's to the 1980's, a lot changed in America and abroad, and Army Maj. Gen. Charles Calvin Rogers served through all of it. As a Black man, he worked for gender and race equality while in the service. But he's perhaps most well-known for his leadership during an intense battle in Vietnam, which earned him the Medal of Honor. Rogers was born on Sept. 6, 1929, and grew up with his brother and three sisters outside of the coal-mining town of Claremont, West Virginia. Rogers' dad was a coal miner and World War I veteran, which could be... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Army Soldier Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood is known to generations of Americans for the 1959 to 1966 TV series "Rawhide;" and for the so-called spaghetti western movies: "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964); "For a Few Dollars More" (1965); and, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966). After his Western roles, he became famous for his role as a San Francisco Police Department inspector, "Dirty" Harry Callahan, in "Dirty Harry" (1971); "Magnum Force" (1973); "The Enforcer" (1976); "Sudden Impact" (1983); and, "The Dead Pool" (1988). The acclaimed actor was also in the military. In 1951 Eastwood was drafted into the Army during the Korean... Read more →


Medal of Honor Monday: Army Staff Sgt. Robert Pruden

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Pruden Army Staff Sgt. Robert Pruden volunteered to join the Army as the Vietnam War raged because he'd told his family he wanted to make a difference there. Pruden never returned from war, but he did make all the difference to the men in his unit who were able to come home because of him. For that selfless sacrifice, he earned the Medal of Honor. Pruden was born Sept. 9, 1949, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was the second son to Lawrence and Marlys Pruden, who went on to have 11 more kids – four more... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: James Earl Jones the Army Officer

James Earl Jones is an actor whose deep bass voice is one of the most recognized in Hollywood. But before he achieved fame as an actor, Jones was an Army officer. Jones, who is 90, was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, on Jan. 17, 1931. He excelled in school and, in 1951, attended the University of Michigan as a pre-med major. He was also a member of the university's Reserve Officer Training Corps. Jones said he felt comfortable within the structure of the military environment and enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow cadets in the Pershing Rifles Drill Team and Scabbard... Read more →


Andre M. Douglas, Selected by NASA to join the two-year Astronaut Candidate Program

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Andre M. Douglas, a 2008 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to join the two-year Astronaut Candidate Program. Douglas is one of 10 chosen from a pool of more than 12,000 applicants competing for a chance to join NASA’s astronaut corps and take part in its human spaceflight program. He is scheduled to report to the Johnson Space Center in Houston next month to begin training in spacecraft systems, spacewalking skills, teamwork, and a variety of other subjects. After graduating from the Academy with a... Read more →


Young Americans for Liberty OPPOSES Selective Service Expansion to Women

Austin, TX – As the Senate Armed Services Committee debates the merits of a “gender-neutral” selective service, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL)—the nation’s most active youth libertarian organization—is going on the offensive, arguing against the draft’s existence in the first place. After passing House 316-113 in September, the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has moved to the Senate, where it sits in committee. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) is leading the charge to change the bill’s language, requiring that “all Americans”—not just males—register with the Selective Service System. Unlike other right-of-center organizations that mainly reject the conscription of women on... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard veteran turns 100, reflects on ‘scary days’ and ‘unbelievable sights’ of D-Day

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Corinne Zilnicki Nearly 80 years have passed since Mike Swierc vaulted over the side of a ship hundreds of yards off Utah Beach during the first wave of the D-Day invasion. But for Swierc, a 100-year-old Coast Guard veteran, the memories of those fateful days and nights have not faded from his mind. “The night of the invasion was unbelievable,” said Swierc. “There was a continuous flash of lightning in the sky and we could hear the bombs. It was nonstop fire.” Facing off against 28 German heavy artillery batteries and multiple 88 mm... Read more →


Rutgers–Camden to host largest Veterans Day celebration in campus history

Nov. 8, 2021 CAMDEN — Rutgers University–Camden, the first Purple Heart University designated in the state of New Jersey, will host a weeklong celebration thanking the brave individuals who have served in the U.S. armed forces, from Thursday, Nov. 11, to Tuesday, Nov. 16. “Rutgers University‒Camden has a long history of honoring and supporting members of our nation’s armed forces,” says Rutgers–Camden Chancellor Antonio D. Tillis. “This year, we wanted to expand our celebration to the largest in our history to show our appreciation for the thousands of active and retired military personnel among our students, alumni, faculty, staff and... Read more →


2021 Veterans Day Ceremony Honoring All Veterans Who Have Faithfully Served Our Nation

The Camden County Board of Commissioners, in conjunction with the Camden County Veterans Advisory Committee, cordially invite you to attend this special day on Saturday, November 13th, set aside by a grateful nation, to honor it’s men and women, past and present, who have faithfully served our nation. Click Here to learn more. Read more →


Avalon Veterans Day Ceremony Nov.11 at 11AM

American Legion Post #331 and the Borough of Avalon will host a Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday, November 11th, at 11 AM. The ceremony will be held at Veterans Plaza, located at 21st Street and Dune Drive in Avalon. The ceremony will feature remarks from American Legion Post #331 Commander Tom McCullough, and Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi, along with a presentation of wreaths, and music from vocalist Bob Rullo. Please show your support for all of our veterans by attending this ceremony on November 11th. Read more →


U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May to honor 100th Anniversary of Tomb of Unknown Soldier

For 100 years, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has served as the heart of Arlington National Cemetery. As a sacred memorial site and the grave of three unknown American service members, the Tomb connects visitors with the legacy of the United States armed forces throughout the nation’s history. It stands as a people’s memorial that inspires reflection on service, valor, sacrifice and mourning. Since November 11, 1921, the Tomb has provided a final resting place for one of America’s unidentified World War I service members, and Unknowns from later wars were added in 1958 and 1984. Throughout 2021, Arlington... Read more →


One Person Dies Trying to Swim into U.S. Illegally at San Diego Border Beach

One Fatality Following Large Group of Swimmers Entering U.S. Illegally at San Diego Border Beach International border wall extending out into the Pacific ocean and separating San Diego, California from Tijuana, Mexico. By sherryvsmith Release Date: October 30, 2021 SAN DIEGO – One person is deceased following an attempt by a large group of people to illegally enter the U.S. by swimming around the border barrier and make their way to the beach at Border Field State Park in San Diego. On October 29, at approximately 11:38 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents received a notification of a group of possibly... Read more →


The USS Olympia, 100 Years Ago, Carried The Casket of The Unknown Soldier

By Matt Grills OCT 28, 2021 U.S. Marines stand near the spot on USS Olympia's signal bridge where the casket of the World War I Unknown Soldier was laid for transport to the United States 100 years ago. Photo by Daniel Kennedy, Independence Seaport Museum As the centennial of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier nears, every chapter in the shrine’s history is being honored – including its namesake’s perilous journey home aboard USS Olympia, 100 years ago this week. Already famous for its role in the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War, the cruiser... Read more →


Foreign Nationals Smuggled into Arizona, and other states in the Union; Held in Stash Houses; Suspect Arrested

TUCSON, Ariz. – A Mexican national pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to his role as operator of a human smuggling stash house in Phoenix, following a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Nogales. The U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Nogales Station assisted with the case. paid for my friends to elect Jack Governor Macario Ulises Barragan-Cisneros, 45, of Mexico, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 10, 2022, before U.S. District Judge Scott H. Rash. A conviction for conspiracy to transport and harbor undocumented people for profit carries a maximum penalty of 10 years, a... Read more →


Delaware American Legion Welcomes Home "One of their Own"

(American Legion Post 6 photo) ‘He’s one of our own’ The American Legion OCT 13, 2021 FacebookTwitterMore64 For decades, members of U.S. Army Air Force 2nd Lt. George M. Johnson’s family awaited word that his remains would be returned home to Seaford, Del. When they finally were, members of Nanticoke Post 6’s American Legion Family were there to help ensure he got the return he’d earned. Johnson was a member of the 38th Bombardment Squadron’s 30th Bombardment Group and was one of 10 servicemen killed Jan. 21, 1944, when the bomber he was co-piloting crashed into a Tarawa lagoon in... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: 11 K-9's DIE WHILE ON DUTY BETWEEN JUNE 4 AND SEPT. 11; FIVE FROM HEATSTROKE

K9 Kitt Braintree Police Department, MA EOW: Friday, June 4, 2021 Cause: Gunfire K9 Zena Cocoa Police Department, FL EOW: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 Cause: Heatstroke K9 Max St. Joseph Police Department, MO EOW: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 Cause: Gunfire K9 Jas Savannah Police Department, GA EOW: Sunday, July 25, 2021 Cause: Automobile crash K9 Rex Michigan State Police, MI EOW: Sunday, July 25, 2021 Cause: Vehicular assault K9 Byrd Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX EOW: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 Cause: Heatstroke K9 Ivar Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, LA EOW: Friday, August 20, 2021 Cause:... Read more →


Coast Guard Commissions Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutter Emlen Tunnell at Penns Landing

Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Breanna Centeno U.S. Coast Guard District 5 U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Patrick Kelly, the commanding officer of the USCGC Emlen Tunnell (WPC 1145), presents a gift from the crew to Yvonne Gilmore Jordan, the official sponsor of the Tunnell in recognition of her sponsorship in Philadelphia, Oct. 15, 2021. The Emlen Tunnell is the Coast Guard’s 45th Sentinel-class fast response cutter. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Breanna Centeno/Released.) PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Coast Guard commissioned the USCGC Emlen Tunnell (WPC 1145), Patrol Forces Southwest Asia's fourth 154-foot Sentinel-class cutter, into... Read more →


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 →


HUD ANNOUNCES WAIVERS TO HELP NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK COMMUNITIES

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 →


FACE OF DEFENSE

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 →