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The Eight Annual Riding For Warriors 15-day Motorcycle Ride Kick-Offs June 30

HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. (June 9, 2022) – The Eight Annual Riding For Warriors 15-day motorcycle ride will kick-off June 30 at Camp Pendleton in Calif. benefiting Hope For The Warriors and its Warrior’s Wish and Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships programs. This year’s motorcycle journey will go coast-to-coast aiming to raise awareness and support for post-9/11 veterans and their families through a goal of raising $100,000 for the two programs. Celebrating 16 years of service, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit that assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including health and wellness, sports... Read more →

Hope For The Warrior Has Partnered with Milspo Academy

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (May 5, 2022) –Hope For The Warriors has partnered with Milspo Academy powered by CareerDash to strengthen its support for the military spouse and caregiver community by helping in their search for meaningful education and employment opportunities. Celebrating 15 years of service, Hope For The Warriors assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services. A 2021, a Blue Star Family survey revealed military spouse unemployment is the most reported hardship by military families. The study also showed that 42 percent of active-duty military spouses... Read more →

Hope For The Warriors Helps Army Veteran Live Her Dream

Eight-year U.S. Army veteran Rocio “Rosie” Villanueva with her new backyard art studio. ESCONDIDO, Calif. (June 8, 2022) –After discovering a passion for art through a PTSD art therapy program at her local VA, U.S. Army veteran Rocio “Rosie” Villanueva yearned for a studio of her own. Sharing a home with her husband and four kids left her little room from the daily distractions for her own space to create art, mainly with clay. Now, thanks to Hope For The Warriors and its Warrior’s Wish program she recently received a brand-new backyard art studio allowing her the opportunity to organize... Read more →

The U.S. Army Celebrating 247TH Birthday...HOORAH!

LIVE VIDEO PODCAST ON TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022 12th SMA (R) Jack L. Tilley Hosts Your Next Mission™ Video Podcast - A Top-Ranked Podcast Series that Support Veterans, Service Members, and their Families Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life Nashville, TN - (June 9, 2022) – In celebration of the Army’s 247th Birthday, GEN James C. McConville, 40th Chief of Staff of the Army, and SMA Michael A. Grinston, 16th Sergeant Major of the Army, join American Freedom Foundation's Your Next Mission™ video podcast streaming LIVE with host 12th SMA (R) Jack L. Tilley on Tuesday, June 14 at 10:15am... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Arizona Police Officer Shot and Killed During Traffic Stop

Adrian Lopez Officer Adrian Lopez was shot and killed during a traffic stop on East Fork Road in Whiteriver, Arizona, at about 7:10 pm. An altercation occurred between Officer Lopez and the driver during which Officer Lopez was fatally shot. The subject then stole Officer Lopez's patrol vehicle and fled the scene with other White Mountain Apache Police in pursuit. The pursuit traveled almost 40 miles before officers and the subject exchanged shots near Hawley Lake, during which another officer was wounded and the subject was killed. Officer Lopez had served with the White Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department for... Read more →

Memorial Day, A Time To Honor The Fallen Heroes In Gloucester City And In Every Community Throughout Our Nation

Gloucester High School War Memorial (CNBNewsnet photo credit) William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (May 29, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Gloucester High School has erected a wonderful tribute to honor those residents who died for our country. The beautiful war memorial is placed near the entrance to the school, Market Street and Crescent Blvd. The names of the residents who fought in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the War on Terrorism are inscribed on a bronze plaque. Insignias of each of the branches of the service are engraved at the bottom of the... Read more →

*The Battleship New Jersey America's Most Decorated

USS New Jersey (BB-62) – United States Navy Battleship The Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial regularly ranks as one of the best museums in NJ, one of the best things to do in Philadelphia, and serves as an entertaining attraction in New Jersey for families. Not only do you see exhibits of artifacts from the largest battleship’s past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route. Sit in the chair from which Admiral Halsey commanded the biggest battleship and the 5th Fleet. Stretch out on the bunks where the sailors slept. Climb into... Read more →

Unified Command continues response to barge fire in Delaware Bay

BOWERS, Del. — The fire onboard the barge in the Delaware Bay has been extinguished, Tuesday, and Northstar Environmental and Marine Services has been contracted to assess the integrity of the vessel and manage salvage operations. A Unified Command consisting of representatives from Eastern Metal Recycling, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, Cumberland County Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Coast Guard has been established to oversee salvage operations. A Coast Guard 87-ft Patrol Boat is monitoring the situation and enforcing a safety zone, which is prohibited from entering unless authorized by the... Read more →


The Quintessential reason - Why Grandpa carries a gun. Please take time to read this and pay particular attention to "A Little Gun History" about halfway down. Why Carry a Gun? My old grandpa said to me 'Son, there comes a time in every man's life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps and usually it's when he becomes too old to take a whopping.' I don't carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed. I don't carry a gun to scare people. I carry a gun because sometimes this world... Read more →

USGS and Partners Working Together to Monitor Bacteria in the Delaware River

For the second year, USGS scientists have installed and are testing the effectiveness of an innovative system to monitor bacteria concentrations in near real-time on the Delaware River. The system was re-deployed earlier this month at Pyne Point Park in Camden County, New Jersey. USGS data could help water resource managers and local government agencies as they make decisions focused on reviving the river and protecting public health, including determining the safety of recreational activities. Bacteria levels in this area can change rapidly, and this system—which is one of the first in the nation—has the potential to collect water samples... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Suicides on USS George Washington a Concern

Stars and Stripes MAY 12, 2022 House lawmakers on Wednesday raised alarm over the string of suicides on the USS George Washington and the readiness of the Navy overall as the Pentagon’s top official acknowledged shortcomings with how sailors are housed on ships undergoing repairs. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told a subpanel of the House Appropriations Committee that the Pentagon is awaiting the results of two investigations into the George Washington and figuring out how to lodge sailors in the future after three of the ship’s crew members died in less than one week in April. “Whether or not we... Read more →

DOWN THE SHORE: Avalon Memorial Day Events

Avalon Hosts Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony Monday, May 30th American Legion Post #331 (Stone Harbor/Avalon) and the Borough of Avalon will host a Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday, May 30th, 2022. The parade will step off at 32ndStreet and Dune Drive and proceed north to Veterans Plaza where the ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the parade. DOWN THE SHORE The Guest of Honor at the event will be Command Chief Master Sergeant (ret) Michael R Francis, United States Air Force. Francis concluded his military service as the seventh State Command Chief for the New... Read more →

Families Can't Feed Their Babies Because of Formula Shortage, But Illegals Have No Problem Getting It

SEE VIDEO BELOW UNITED STATES BORDER, TEXAS (CNBNews)-- Republican Congresswoman Kat Cammack, of Florida, announced Wednesday night that pallets of baby formula are being sent to illegal immigrants being housed at facilities at the border amid a shortage that has seen many parents unable to find it at their local store. NATIONAL Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., said in a video posted to Facebook Wednesday. "Meanwhile, in our own district at home, we cannot find baby formula." Residents in Florida are not the only people having a problem with finding the formula, the shortage exists across the United States. According to... Read more →


Army Cpl. Clair Goodblood came from a big family and was known to help others when he could, so sadly, no one was surprised to learn that he’d given his life to save his comrades as they were swarmed by the enemy in Korea. His sacrifice earned him the nation's highest military award for valor. Goodblood was born Sept. 18, 1929, in Fort Kent, Maine, near the Canadian border. He was one of the 14 children of Percy and Emily Goodblood, who moved their family to a farm in Burnham in central Maine when Goodblood was 6 years old. According... Read more →

MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT...Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James Everett Livingston

Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James Everett Livingston became a trusted commander during his more than three decades in the service. He learned leadership skills early in his career and put them to good use in 1968 when he helped liberate a Vietnamese village and save stranded Marines. For that, he earned the Medal of Honor. Livingston was born on Jan. 12, 1940, in rural Towns, Georgia. He and his brother, Donald, were raised on a 3,000-acre farm which they helped their parents, Myret and Ruth Livingston, work as much as possible. Livingston said he was one of 26 students who... Read more →

The American Legion Offers 5 Things to Know About Ukraine

Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress visited the Ukraine president recently AMERICAN LEGION 1. A first group of civilians trapped for weeks inside a steel plant in Mariupol under Russian siege was expected to reach a Ukrainian-controlled city on Monday, as a new attempt was launched to allow people sheltering elsewhere in the city to leave. Meanwhile. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an unannounced trip to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Saturday, becoming the most senior US official to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky since the war broke out more than two months ago. 2. A former U.S.... Read more →

Sign-Up Now for Wreaths Across America Stem to Stone Races

Virtual and in-person option allows participants to join in from anywhere while helping sponsor veterans’ wreaths for the participating location of their choosing! COLUMBIA FALLS, ME — May 1, 2022 — Today, Wreaths Across America (WAA) proudly announces that registration is open for its annual Stem to Stone Races which are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. A live, in-person event will take place in Columbia Falls, Maine, on the tip lands where balsam is grown and harvested each year to make the veterans’ wreaths that are then placed on the headstones of our nation’s heroes for Wreaths Across America... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: One veterans opinion, For Memorial Day and Military Appreciation Month

Let Us Never Forget Our Solemn Pledge We must believe in our ability to work together to solve our toughest problems. On Memorial Day, 1945, the war in Europe had ended but the fighting in the Pacific continued, Lt. Gen. Lucian Truscott voiced remarks at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery at Nettuno, Italy. Turning his back on the assembled VIP’s he faced the rows upon rows of headstones and apologized to the 20,000 fallen Americans who had been laid to rest far from home. He was quoted as saying, “All over the world our soldiers sleep beneath the crosses. It is... Read more →

How The Federal Government Handles Found Military Ordnance

Examples of devices recovered and rendered safe by the FBI Eastern Missouri Bomb Tech Task Force, including a World War II-era Japanese mortar round, a Civil War-era cannonball, and a grenade. Some families of aging U.S. war veterans are finding unexpected, and highly dangerous, souvenirs among their loved ones’ belongings—ticking time bombs. Service members either brought the devices home from their combat service or purchased them later. Most of the devices found today come from World War I (which the U.S. entered 105 years ago this month), World War II, Korea, Vietnam, or the Gulf War. Known as military ordnance,... Read more →

MEDAL OF HONOR MONDAY: Army Master Sgt. Charles E. Hosking Jr., 82nd Airborne, Vietnam War Veteran

CNBNEWS FACE OF DEFENSE FEATURE Army Master Sgt. Charles E. Hosking Jr. Army Master Sgt. Charles E. Hosking Jr. was on his third deployment to Vietnam during his 24th year of service when he was killed in action saving his fellow Special Forces soldiers. He unhesitatingly gave his life for theirs, and for that, he earned the Medal of Honor. Hosking was born on May 12, 1924, in Ramsey, New Jersey, to Charles Sr. and Luella Hosking. He had a younger brother named Robert, and they both attended Ramsey High School. According to military records, Hosking ran away from home... Read more →

Secretary of Defense Thanks Slovakia Assistance to Ukraine

CNBNEWS FACE OF DEFENSE FEATURE Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III put out a statement of gratitude for Slovakia's assistance to embattled Ukraine.  He applauded the Slovak government's decision to supply an S-300 air defense system to Ukraine.  "It's a strong testament to how determined Ukraine's neighbors are to help the Ukrainians defend themselves against Russia's unprovoked invasion of their homeland," he said. "We also recognize Slovakia for its extraordinary humanitarian assistance efforts and for hosting thousands of Ukrainian refugees."   In return for their efforts, the U.S. European Command will reposition one Patriot missile system, manned by U.S. service members,... Read more →

Medal Of Honor Monday: Army Sgt. Gary Burnell Beikirch, Green Beret Medic and Vietnam War Veteran

CNBNEWS FACE OF DEFENSE Army Sgt. Gary Burnell Beikirch (inset) made a post-military career out of helping veterans and children — a passion he discovered while healing from wounds he suffered in Vietnam that left him temporarily paralyzed. During the battle where he earned those scars, Beikirch saved several wounded men. For that, he earned the Medal of Honor. Beikirch was born Aug. 29, 1947, in Rochester, New York. His parents, George and Norma, divorced when he was 4 or 5. Beikirch said that was the last time he and his younger brother, Larry, saw their dad. Beikirch said he,... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Connecticut Coast Guard Academy participates in NSA Cyber Exercise 2022

A U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadet, a member of the Academy's cyber team looks at his computer while participating in the National Security Agency's (NSA) annual cyber exercise (NCX), here, Mar. 31, 2022. The Academy's cyber team won third place out of 12 total teams. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Abban) A U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadet, a member of the Academy's cyber team, looks at his computer while participating in the National Security Agency's (NSA) annual cyber exercise (NCX), here, Mar. 31, 2022. The Academy's cyber team won third place out of 12 total... Read more →

Coast Guard Medevacs Man from Fishing Vessel 45-Miles East of Point Pleasant NJ 

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (April 6, 2022) — The Coast Guard medevaced a 46-year-old man from the fishing vessel Captain John Wednesday approximately 45 miles east of Point Pleasant. Another crewmember aboard the Captain John used a marine radio to notify Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders of the medical emergency at about 5:30 p.m. Watchstanders consulted the duty flight surgeon who recommended a medevac. The Coast Guard then immediately launched an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City. Additionally, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light deployed to provide additional support. The man was... Read more →

Video: Democrats Flock to Obama, while Biden Stands Alone; Some Countries Call the U.S. President Weak

WHO IS REALLY RUNNING THE COUNTRY? (CNBNewsnet)(April 6, 2022)--Former President Obama overshadowed Biden at the Affordable Care Act event held this week on Tuesday at the White House. Countries around the world are watching Biden, calling him weak. Watch the Australian News Kenny Report video below... The commentator states, (paraphrase) "We were just talking about what difficult time this is in global affairs which is why it is so troubling to have such feeble leadership presently in the United States". Another commentator, Liz Storer says she can't believe that at the Tuesday White House event, "There was no staff following... Read more →

The End of Title 42 , Will It Increase the Number of Illegal Immigrants

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2022—The Biden administration announced today plans to end a border expulsions policy known as Title 42 by May 23. This policy allowed the U.S. government to turn people away at the U.S southern border over 1.7 million times in the past two years under the guise of protecting the country from COVID-19. The Trump administration invoked Title 42—an obscure public health law—at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Biden administration continued it even while millions of people crossed the southern border every month through ports of entry and international flights continued throughout the pandemic. Under Title... Read more →


Remembering Vietnam: The Story Behind 'The Wall'

MARCH 28, 2022 | BY KATIE LANGE, DOD NEWS It's been 56 years since the ground campaign of the Vietnam War began. It was a conflict that would drag on for a decade, take thousands of lives and forever change America’s mentality about war. Following the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, the U.S. increased its military presence in South Vietnam. The first U.S. regular combat units arrived in Vietnam on March 8, 1965. When the conflict ended 10 years later, 58,220 of the 3 million Americans involved had lost their lives. The weary troops who returned faced a largely unwelcome... Read more →

Medal of Honor Recipient Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel Paul Matthews

Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel Paul Matthews hadn't been in Korea long when his division was called in to help fight one of the fiercest battles of the war. The young sergeant died saving his comrades while helping them achieve their objective. For his sacrifice, he earned the Medal of Honor. Matthews was born on Dec. 31, 1931, in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles. His parents were William and Nettie, and he had six siblings: three sisters and three brothers, one of whom was his twin. Matthews ran track and played football for Van Nuys High School before dropping... Read more →

Jose Alfredo Cardenas-Martinez, aka El Contador, Head of Gulf Cartel Indicted

BROWNSILLE, Texas – On Thursday, the head of the Gulf Cartel, Jose Alfredo Cardenas-Martinez, aka El Contador, 42, of Matamoros, Mexico, was indicted on various charges related to his position as the head of the Cardenas family drug trafficking operation known as the Cartel del Golfo. Jose Alfredo Cardenas-Martinez, aka El Contador image courtesy of www.dailyadvent.com U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents assigned to Harlingen working jointly with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and with assistance from U.S. Border Patrol investigated this case. On Nov. 10, 2021, a federal grand jury in Brownsville... Read more →

National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor, NY

Stories told of Purple Heart recipients from the Civil War through today The American Legion About 60 miles north of Manhattan, N.Y., is the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor, where the stories of Purple Heart recipients are told. Visitors to the museum experience the Purple Heart Journey and stories of recipients through video interactives, exhibits, artifacts, and the Roll of Honor – an electronic database of Purple Heart recipients from the Civil War through today. The database can be accessed at six interactive computer kiosks at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Museum and online... Read more →

Gloucester County Director Frank J. DiMarco presented veteran George Brown with a certificate celebrating his 97th birthday.

Mr. Brown is a charter member of the Original Cemetery Advisory Council Committee which was charged with the responsibility of choosing a location designing and overseeing the construction of the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery. He is also the founder and Captain of the Cemetery Honor Guard, which has been recognized nationally for its service to our deceased veterans and their families. He has been a member of the VFW Post 1616 in Williamstown for decades and has served the Post and its members as the Commander. He has previously served as Commander of the VFW District 13 [Gloucester County]... Read more →

GOOD NEWS: Maple Shade National Guard Soldier Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities

LATHAM, NY (03/21/2022)-- 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. Alan Williams from Maple Shade, N.J., and assigned to the Company B, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, received a promotion to the rank of corporal on February 17, 2022. Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for... Read more →

State-Sponsored Russian Cyber Actors Targeted Energy Sector from 2011 to 2018

Original release date: March 24, 2022 CISA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Energy have released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) detailing campaigns conducted by state-sponsored Russian cyber actors from 2011 to 2018 that targeted U.S. and international Energy Sector organizations. The CSA highlights historical tactics, techniques, and procedures as well as mitigations Energy Sector organizations can take now to protect their networks. CISA encourages all critical infrastructure organizations to review joint CSA: Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures of Indicted State-Sponsored Russian Cyber Actors Targeting the Energy Sector and apply the recommendations. For more information on Russian state-sponsored... Read more →

fDI Intelligence, Dedicates Prestigious Award, to Kyiv as a Sign of Ceaseless Support to Ukraine

Hello William​, I’m reaching out to you because yesterday Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, received a prestigious award from fDI Intelligence, a specialist division of Financial Times, and, as a gesture of ceaseless solidarity with Ukraine in the war against Russia’s aggression, the city dedicated the win to Kyiv—the city of all European future. The award, celebrating the most financially and economically advanced as well as entrepreneurial cities, was given to Vilnius for the best strategy and the second place in the Mid-Size European Countries category of European Cities and Regions of the Future 2022/2023 ranking. The press release with... Read more →

U.S. Coast Guard Working to Free Grounded Container Ship in Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE MD (March 15, 2022)— The Coast Guard continues to respond Tuesday to the grounding of the 1,095-foot container ship Ever Forward, which grounded Sunday night in the Chesapeake Bay near Craighill Channel. Coast Guard responders are working closely with personnel from the Maryland Department of the Environment to monitor the container ship, investigate how the ship is grounded, and develop a plan to safely refloat the ship. A Captain of the Port Order has been issued by the Coast Guard requiring the vessel’s crew to conduct soundings of all tanks, bilges, and voids every four hours to monitor potential... Read more →

Audubon NJ Resident Featured in Medal of Honor Winner Monday

source Defense Department Army Sgt. 1st Class Nelson Brittin survived World War II and left the service only to return to it in time for another war to begin. He was 30 when he sacrificed his life for his fellow soldiers in Korea. That sacrifice earned him a posthumous Medal of Honor. Brittin was born on Oct. 31, 1920, in Audubon, New Jersey, to Wesley and Anna Brittin. He had four sisters and three brothers. Brittin graduated from Audubon High School in 1938. About four years later, he was drafted into the Army and fought in Italy during World War... Read more →

How to Prepare Before You're Deployed

Joining the army is a courageous decision, but it’s also one that’s life-changing and should not be taken lightly. Not just for you, but for your family too. Before you’re deployed, you’ll need to prepare and take care of some things first. Here’s everything you need to prepare before your deployment. Prepare for the Worst Being in the army can be unpredictable. That’s not to say you’re guaranteed to be deployed to a war-torn country. Every soldier is deployed to different areas. However, you never know what can truly happen. Just as a precaution, you need to create an end-of-life... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE : U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Overdue Boater Monday, Near Barnegat Inlet

OCEAN COUNTY, N.J. — The Coast Guard rescued an 80-year-old man from a 16-foot boat that ran aground near Barnegat Inlet, Monday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received a report from the son of the overdue boater stating that his father had not returned home at sunset. The son also informed watchstanders that his father departed without communication devices, having only a life jacket and whistle on board his vessel. Coast Guard members from Station Barnegat Light and Air Station Atlantic City along with a New Jersey State police aviation unit responded to the report. New Jersey State... Read more →

WAR! WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? : Investigation of The Ukraine-Russia War Reveals Fake Fact-Checks Are Being Used to Spread Lies

##### ##### by Craig Silverman and Jeff Kao/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. On March 3, Daniil Bezsonov, an official with the pro-Russian separatist region of Ukraine that styles itself as the Donetsk People’s Republic, tweeted a video that he said revealed “How Ukrainian fakes are made.” The clip showed two juxtaposed videos of a huge explosion in an urban area. Russian-language captions claimed that one video had been circulated by Ukrainian propagandists who said it showed a Russian missile strike in... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Philadelphia Eagle Chuck Bednarik and .50-Caliber Machine Gunner

Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. Chuck Bednarik played linebacker and center in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949 to 1962. He was part of that team that won the NFL championship in 1949 and 1960. He arived in England at an air base near the English Channel, where he flew a total of 30 combat missions, all of them over Germany. He was the waist gunner in a B-24 Liberator aircraft, operating a .50-caliber machine gun in the back of the airplane.... Read more →

Al Bumbry Professional Baseball Player, Served During Vietnam War

FACE OF DEFENSE... Al Bumbry was a center fielder for two Major League Baseball teams, the Baltimore Orioles from 1972 to 1984 and the San Diego Padres in 1985. He won the World Series with the Orioles in 1983. Bumbry credits his Army service for his MLB success. In 1969, he played 35 games for the Orioles' Class A Stockton farm team, batting just .171. That same year, he was drafted into the Army. Since Bumbry graduated from Virginia State College, he was commissioned a second lieutenant. After spending a year at Fort Meade, Maryland, he deployed to South Vietnam,... Read more →

Face of Defense: Remembering the 60th Anniversary of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739

After 60 years, we still hope to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. COLUMBIA FALLS, ME. — February 22, 2021 — 60 years ago on March 16, 1962, Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 (FTLF 739) was on a secret mission sanctioned by President Kennedy, to fly to Vietnam. This secret Vietnam reconnaissance mission went missing and no trace of the plane or its passengers have ever been found. Onboard were 93 United States Army soldiers and 11 civilian crewmembers. On Wed., March 16 at 12pm ET/9am PT, Wreaths Across America will be streaming a live event... Read more →

Dozens of Afghan Refugees Released in the U.S. with Significant Security Concerns, Not Vetted

Dozens of Afghan refugees released in the U.S. have Pentagon records that “indicate potentially significant security concerns,” according to a new federal audit that reveals the multi-agency intelligence conglomerate created after 9/11 to protect the nation from terrorists has failed to properly vet thousands of Afghans. Under the Biden administration’s Operation Allies Welcome (OAW), approximately 80,000 “displaced persons from Afghanistan” have been admitted into the country under a special immigrant visa (SIV) or humanitarian parole. The president directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to lead the chaotic plan to resettle the Afghans and the administration assured Americans the refugees... Read more →

Pennsylvania Man Charged with Torturing; the Alleged Incident Happened in 2015 in Kurdistan

Defendant Previously Charged with Illegally Exporting Weapons Parts to Iraq A Pennsylvania man was arrested yesterday on charges alleging that he tortured a victim in the Kurdistan region of Iraq in 2015. A superseding indictment returned Tuesday in the Middle District of Pennsylvania charges Ross Roggio, 53, of Stroudsburg, with suffocating a victim with a belt, threatening to cut off one of the victim’s fingers and directing Kurdish soldiers to inflict other severe physical and mental pain and suffering on the victim. “These charges demonstrate that the Department of Justice will hold U.S. citizens who commit horrendous acts of violence... Read more →

Medal of Honor Recipient Marine Corps Maj. Robert Hugo Dunlap

Marine Corps Maj. Robert Hugo Dunlap was one of about 70,000 Marines who landed on the shores of Iwo Jima in late February 1945. At the time, neither he nor his compatriots knew how fierce the fight to overtake the strategic island would be, but he knew he had a job to do. Like many others in the battle, Dunlap did his job with uncommon valor, and that earned him the Medal of Honor.Dunlap was born on Oct. 19, 1920, to William and Leona Dunlap. He had a younger brother named Harold, and they grew up in Abingdon, Illinois. Dunlap... Read more →

Inaugural SPARs Basketball Game Saturday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m.

NEW LONDON, Conn. — The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Women’s Basketball team revealed a new legacy uniform honoring the U.S. Coast Guard’s Women’s Reserve, also known as the “Semper Paratus, Always Ready” (SPARs), Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. The origin of the SPARs dates back to 1942, when legislation was passed and subsequently created the Women’s Reserve. This new arm of the Coast Guard proved pivotal roles in both the ongoing WWII war effort as well as paving the way for future women in all branches of the military. From 1942 until disbandment in 1946, more than 11,000 women volunteered for... Read more →

Medal of Honor Tribute: Navy Cmdr. Howard Walter Gilmore

Navy Cmdr. Howard Walter Gilmore ordered many daring maneuvers while his submarine, USS Growler, prowled the waters of the Pacific Ocean during World War II. It was the last command he gave, however — given from atop the submerging vessel — that earned him a place in history and the Medal of Honor. Gilmore was born in Selma, Alabama, on Sept. 29, 1902, to Walter and Vernon. He had a younger sister named Francis. According to the Chicago Tribune, he went to high school in Meridian, Mississippi, and in Texas before enlisting in the Navy. Known to be intelligent and... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE : Singer, songwriter, actor Harry Belafonte

Singer, songwriter, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte was in the Navy during World War II, dropping out of high school in New York City to enlist and contribute to the war effort from 1944 to 1945. At the time, the military services were segregated. Belafonte, a Jamaican American, was assigned to Port Chicago, California, 35 miles from San Francisco. During World War II, Black service members were not normally assigned to frontline fighting units. Rather, they were assigned mostly to supporting specialties. His job was to load military ships bound for the Pacific theater. Just before Belafonte arrived in... Read more →


Montel Williams is perhaps best known for his TV appearances from 1991 to 2008 on "The Montel Williams Show." Williams, born in Baltimore on July 3, 1956, also served in the military, enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1974 and later graduating from the Naval Academy in 1980 with a degree in engineering and a minor in international security affairs. He then served 18 months in Guam as a cryptologic officer for naval intelligence. His next assignment was as a cryptologic officer with the Naval Security Fleet Support Division at Fort Meade, Maryland. After 22 years of military service, he... Read more →

Edward Szachewicz, age, 90, of Gloucester City; Korean Army Veteran, Avid Hunter and Fisherman

Our American soldiers don't fight because they hate what's in front of them. They serve because they love what's behind them. Edward Szachewicz loved and protected his country. He had a heart for the wilderness and was an avid hunter and fisherman, that taught him humility, patience and balance through nature. Mother nature knows no right, mother nature knows no wrong. Consider the trees and how easily they let go of the season's bounty. On Saturday February 5, 2022 we learned how terrible it is to love something that death can touch. After 90 years, we let dad go from... Read more →