2,404 posts categorized "FACE OF DEFENSE" Feed

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 →

New Monument for the Flying Tiger Line Flight 739

The Families of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 Received Closure After 59 Years A new memorial dedicated to all those onboard was unveiled in Maine. COLUMBIA FALLS, Me. — May 15, 2021 — On March 16, 1962, Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 was on a secret mission, but disappeared. On board were 93 United States Army soldiers and 11 civilian crew members. Very little is known about what happened to the plane and its passengers, and due to the circumstance surrounding this mission, the names of those lost have not yet been added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington... Read more →

Veterans Drive-Thru in Camden County

Drive-Thru on your way home from work for information on veteran services, resources and more Service fair tables include: Jefferson Health Catholic Charities Rutgers Veteran Affairs SpectraCare USFHP Crescenz VAMC Camden County Veterans Affairs Camden County American Legion Jewish War Veterans Samaritan DMVA Camden County College Veteran Affairs Camden County College, Blackwood Campus 200 College Drive, Gloucester Township, NJ, 08012, United States Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm RELATED: Privately Run South Jersey Veterans Center Needs A New Roof; Can You Help? Read more →

Video: Harold Earls Republican Candidate for Congress

ROSWELL, GEORGIA —In response to Military.com’s recent article “DoD Investigating Former Army Officer Who Used Arlington Cemetery Footage in Campaign Ad,” Harold Earls, Republican Candidate for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, released this statement: "Let me be clear, one reason I am running for the United States Congress is to remind all Americans that the freedoms we enjoy in these United States came at the cost of many heroic men and women who gave their lives for our country. I have the utmost respect for their sacrifice and they will never be forgotten. The flippant publication of this article is yet... Read more →

Philadelphia Custom and Border Patrol K-9 Potter Celebrates Birthday

May 11, 2021 PHILADELPHIA – What are the only things an agriculture detector dog wants for his birthday? Easy, some honest work and a cup of his favorite ice cream. K9 Potter enjoying his birthday peanut butter ice cream. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture canine Potter serves at Philadelphia International Airport on CBP’s Beagle Brigade, a nationwide unit of highly skilled and highly motivated agriculture detector dogs. He celebrated his eighth birthday on Cinco de Mayo as he likes to do every day – sniffing passengers’ baggage in the search for prohibited plant and animal products that could carry... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE... Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Corpsman William Halyburton Jr.

Navy Corpsman William Halyburton Jr. May 10, 2021 | BY Katie Lange , DOD News Actions worthy of the Medal of Honor don't always come from a compilation of courageous deeds; they can happen in the shortest window of time. That was likely the case for Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class William Halyburton Jr., a corpsman who died on his first day in combat toward the end of World War II. Halyburton was born on Aug. 2, 1924, in Canton, North Carolina, to parents Mae and William Halyburton. He had two brothers, Bob and Joe. In 1940, the family moved... Read more →

Video: You Never Heard This Version Of The Star Spangled Banner

CNBNews Editor's Note: To all those who wonder why we stand for the playing of the National Anthem take a moment to watch this film. We would also urge all those athletes who do not stand for one reason or the other for the playing of the Anthem to also take the time to watch it. If after watching it you still despise our National Anthem, Our Flag, Our Country, I would suggest you pack your bags and move out of the United States. Head to Canada or some other foreign country. And, if you need help packing left me... Read more →

Face of Defense: Honduras-bound ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ Ammo Intercepted

WILMINGTON, Delaware – Tagged as the best self-defense ammo during a zombie apocalypse, the illegal Honduras-bound ammo could have hurt a lot of victims had federal authorities not intercepted it. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Port of Wilmington, Delaware and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay discovered a box of 40 rounds of Zombie Terminator .38 ammo during a joint examination of outbound shipping containers at the Port of Wilmington on Tuesday. CBP officers initially detected an anomaly during an x-ray examination of a shipment of household goods destined to Honduras. Officers devanned the container and discovered that the anomaly... Read more →

President Biden to Address Coast Guard Academy Graduates

NEW LONDON, Conn. – President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is scheduled to deliver the keynote address during graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday, May 19, 2021. This will be the second time President Biden has addressed a graduating class at the Academy, the first was as Vice-President in 2013. “We are honored to host the Commander-in-Chief as we celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2021, the future leaders of the U.S. Coast Guard,” said Academy Superintendent Rear Adm. Bill Kelly. “It will be a memorable event for our community, as well as a great opportunity to... Read more →

Ed Hubbs, Retired Mail Clerk, City School Board Member, Fireman, Air Force Vet

Edward C. Hubbs On April 29, 2021. Age 78. Of Gloucester City. Full Obituary will appear on ClearysNoteBook and in next week’s edition of the Gloucester City News. He proudly served our country during Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-1965. Ed was a 30-year devoted member of the Gloucester City Board of Education. He served as President for many years and enjoyed serving his community. Ed was a volunteer fireman for the Gloucester City Fire Department and was a member of the Gloucester City Lions Club since 2007. He was a mail handler for 40 years at the... Read more →

May 8 Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to Depart Connecticut for Training

NEW LONDON, Conn. — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is scheduled to depart New London to begin summer training for more than 130 U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets on Saturday, May 8. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle, known as “America’s Tall Ship,” is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. “We are extremely excited to be getting back underway for a full summer training season,” said Capt. Michael Turdo, Eagle’s commanding officer. “The opportunity to sail abroad allows us to represent the Coast Guard and the... Read more →

Tim Salamatin, Purple Heart Medal Recipient, Vietnam War Marine Veteran

Mt. Ephraim – On April 24, 2021. Age 72. Loving father of Nicole Salamatin, Dominic Salamatin and Timothy Salamatin. Cherished grandfather of Taylor, Nicholas, J.J. and Bryson. Dear brother of Juanita Salamatin and Carmelita Torpey. Predeceased by his identical twin, Jimmy Salamatin and his siblings, Rose Salamatin, Vincent Salamatin, Domingo Salamatin and Dona Rodriguez. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Maffa. Born in Philadelphia, PA on June 4, 1948 to the late Jesus D. Salamatin, Sr. and Geraldine Simmons Salamatin. He proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam... Read more →

Sports Heroes Who Served Jamel William Herring

Jamel William Herring, a former Marine, has held the World Boxing Organization junior lightweight title since May 2019 when he defeated Masayuki Ito. Herring, a southpaw, is currently ranked as the fourth-best, active junior lightweight in the world. Born in Rockville Centre, New York, on Oct. 30, 1985, Herring enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 2003. After training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina, he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He then served in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2005 and redeployed to Iraq in 2007 at al-Taqaddum. After his second Iraq tour, Herring returned... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: InfraGard Marks 25 Years

Protecting the Country’s Critical Infrastructure Through Partnerships In 1996, a small group of the private sector and government officials began working with the FBI's Cleveland Field Office to help identify cyber threats to the country. The FBI passed along what we knew about cyber intrusions and crime trends to our partners to help them secure their facilities and computer networks. And our partners, in turn, shared their information technology expertise and information they had on possible cybercrimes. The group became known as InfraGard because of its focus on protecting critical infrastructure components—like utility companies, transportation systems, telecommunication networks, water and... Read more →

NRA-ILA: Hunter Biden Memoir Among Mounting Evidence of Federal Gun Law Violations

As President Joe Biden and his Department of Justice concoct new firearm restrictions for ordinary law-abiding Americans, pampered elites can rest assured that the government has no intention of holding them to account for violating these new, or even existing, gun control measures. This was made clear by the federal government’s response to and potential attempted cover-up of a firearm incident involving Joe Biden’s drug user son Hunter, as reported in a March 25 Politico article. Now with the recent release of Hunter’s memoir, “Beautiful Things,” there is mounting evidence to suggest that the president’s ne’er-do-well son was “an unlawful... Read more →

A Russian Odometer Manipulating Devices Seized by Philadelphia CBP

PHILADELPHIA – They might have been sent from Russia, but certainly not with love. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Philadelphia seized five odometer manipulating devices in early April that were shipped from Russia and destined to addresses in Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, and Illinois. One of five illegal odometer manipulating modules from Russia. CBP officers initially encountered the devices, called CAN Modules, in individual express international parcels during the last week in March. Internet research revealed that the devices connect to a vehicle’s instrument panel for the sole purpose of manipulating a vehicle’s mileage. CBP officers contacted officials from... Read more →

Juan Jose Mora, 38, of New Jersey Arrested after Philadelphia CBP Finds Pill Cache in Luggage

New Jersey Man Arrested after Philadelphia CBP finds Pill Cache in his Baggage PHILADELPHIA – A New Jersey man was arrested on April 11 after U.S. Customs and Border Protection after officers discovered a prescription pill cache in his baggage at Philadelphia International Airport. CBP officers found this excessive cache of prescription medications. Pennsylvania State Police Drug Law Enforcement Division Troopers arrested Juan Jose Mora, 38, after CBP officers found 961 pills of an assortment of pharmaceutical medications in Mora’s baggage after he arrived on a flight from Cancun, Mexico. The pills included Tramadol, Clonazepam, and Mirtazapine. Mora also possessed... Read more →

DOD Releases Military Funeral Honors Directory

Military Funeral Honors for Lt. Col. Jim Nicholson, of Gloucester City (photo credit Gloucestercitynews.net) Arlington, VA (April 22, 2021)--The Department of Defense provides members of the military community access to a Military Funeral Honors Directory on the Military OneSource website. The interactive online directory allows funeral planners, veterans, family members, or anyone arranging for military funeral honors to locate the appropriate service representative. Anyone can use the online directory to look up a military funeral honors representative by service and state. This resource also includes information on how to arrange for military funeral honors in overseas locations. “The rendering of... Read more →

Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater in Cape May Prior to being Decommissioned

Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater, homeported in Cape May, N.J., is moored to the pier prior to the cutter’s decommissioning ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, April 15, 2021. Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater was the 49th vessel of the Marine Protector Class of Coast Guard Patrol Boats. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kimberly Reaves/Released) CAPE MAY, N.J. (April 15, 2021)– The Coast Guard decommissioned the cutter Shearwater during a ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May that was presided over by Capt. Jonathan Theel, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Delaware... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Sports Heroes Who Served, Boxers and Patriots

DEC. 8, 2020 | 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. During World War II, Brooklyn, New York, was home to the Coast Guard's Manhattan Beach Training Station, where recruits were sent for basic training. The physical education regimen at Manhattan Beach was first class, featuring professional instructors in boxing, wrestling, track and field and judo. Heading the powerhouse boxing program was Coast Guard Cmdr. Jack Dempsey, who was the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. There were a number of champion... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: 'Bonanza' Actor Served in Army During Korean War

Sports Heroes Who Served: March 30, 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. Bobby Dan Davis Blocker is best known as the TV actor who played Hoss Cartwright in the western "Bonanza," but he was also a soldier who was wounded in action during the Korean War. In 1946, Blocker played football at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. In 1947, he transferred to what was then known as Sul Ross State Teachers College in Alpine, Texas. There, he was a... Read more →

World War II soldier's son seeking info on father's photographs

World War II veteran and former Maine Legionnaire Richard Perkins was a radio operator stationed at Fort Shafter in Honolulu. When he passed away in 2014 he left behind nearly 700 negatives of photos he took during his service. His son, Dana, is trying to learn more about those individuals in the photos. The American Legion APR 01, 2021 FacebookTwitterMore10 Richard Erlon Perkins was a U.S. Army radio operator stationed for a period of time at Fort Shafter in Honolulu during World War II. A member of American Legion Post 42 in Damariscotta, Maine, when he passed away in 2014,... Read more →

The U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration Flag Presented to Wreaths Across America

Pentagon private ceremony celebrates efforts to honor America's veterans Washington, DC/Maine — April 1, 2021— Yesterday, in a private ceremony at the Pentagon, The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration flag was presented to the national nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) in the award-winning Vietnam War Exhibit, reaffirming WAA’s Commemorative Partnership. Vietnam War Memorial and the US flag in Washington DC, image courtesy of https://www.alamy.com WAA was among the initial organizations to join the wide-ranging list of Commemorative Partners supporting the efforts of this congressionally chartered Commemoration, which was established under the Secretary of Defense. Since first becoming a... Read more →