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

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

Wreaths honor thousands of veterans

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

FACE OF DEFENSE: Spirit of Oregon adorns North Bend helicopters

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

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

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

Wreaths of Remembrance Dec. 7

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

Coast Guard closes search for missing kite surfer near Ocean City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two Warrant Officers Die When Their Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Hospital to Celebrate Veterans Day With Flag Plantings

Veterans’ names will be affixed to flags planted on the hospital lawn and will remain there until Nov.15. (Photo courtesy Shore Medical Center) For the fourth consecutive year, Shore Medical Center is joining together with the community to honor veterans in a special ceremony held at Shore Medical Center’s park along Bay Avenue. The ceremony will be at noon on Monday, Nov. 11. As part of this tribute, Shore invites the community to submit the name of friends or family members who have served our... Read more →

Spec Ops Dog "Conan" going viral

Source: The American Legion Burn Pit October 30th, 2019 by MOTHAX Kind of a cool story: This story is somewhat frustrating to me because I can't quite figure out what is classified, what isn't, and what's not even accurate. Take, for instance, this piece from Newsweek: When U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers with the secretive Joint Special Operations Command flew into Syria's northwestern Idlib province to capture or kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a male Belgian Malinois was along for the ride in the historic military... Read more →

US Senator Menendez (D-NJ) Statement on Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

NEWARK – Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during a military raid in Syria led by the United States: “Today, we come together to congratulate our men and women in uniform who successfully executed the attack on a brutal murderer who mercilessly killed Americans, terrorized populations across the Middle East, and threatened regional peace and security. Last night’s operation is a testament to the courage of our... Read more →

Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship 20 miles off Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 44-year-old man from a cruise ship Sunday approximately 20 nautical miles east of Atlantic City. Personnel aboard the cruise ship Mein Schiff contacted Sector Delaware Bay Coast Guard watchstanders at 10:20 a.m. reporting a crewmember suffered abdominal pain and was in need of medical attention. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City. Once on-scene, the Dolphin aircrew hoisted the man aboard the helicopter and transported... Read more →


U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton crew member is vital during United Nations Security Council Resolution enforcement mission Photos and feature by Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn When Haoer Zheng enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2018, she never envisioned that her Mandarin Chinese speaking skills would have international impact. But just months after graduating boot camp, the fireman was playing a key role aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) on a mission in the Yellow Sea enforcing United Nations Security Council... Read more →

PATCO Conducting Emergency Preparedness Exercise at Ashland Station

VOORHEES NJ--PATCO will be conducting an emergency preparedness exercise on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at the Ashland Station in Voorhees, New Jersey. The exercise will simulate an emergency onboard a PATCO train located on the tracks near the Ashland Station. The exercise will require the closing of the Ashland Station between 4 a.m. and 12 p.m. All other PATCO stations between Lindenwold, New Jersey and Philadelphia will be open. 4 a.m. – Ashland Station will close. Trains will not stop at the station. Cars may... Read more →

RIP Francis Currey, MOH Battle of the Bulge

Sad news out of Selkirk, New York: Francis S. Currey, one of the last few living World War II veterans who received the Medal of Honor, died Tuesday morning at 94. His death was announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday, Oct. 8 by the Delmar-based Nathaniel Adams Blanchard Post 1040 of the American Legion, which he had been involved in. The exact time, nature and location of his death have yet to be confirmed. Currey, of Selkirk, was originally born in Loch Sheldrake, New... Read more →

14 Coast Guard members receive prestigious medals at Air Station Atlantic City

Members of Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City pose for a photo after an award ceremony where 13 were awarded with Air Medals and one was awarded with the Distinguished Flying Cross, for their actions in Hurricane Harvey and Florence, as well as four search and rescue cases throughout 2018 and 2019, Oct. 9, 2019. Lt. James Rader was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The Air Medal was awarded to Lt. Tyler Bittner, Lt. Stephen Bondira, Lt. Jason Brownlee, Lt. Nathaniel Giorgio, Lt. Matthew Hardgrove,... Read more →

Scenario Tests FBI Hostage Rescue Team Trainees and SC First Responders

CHARLESTON, SC (CNBNewsnet)--A caller to the FBI tip line reported seeing a man throwing a backpack off the Ravenel Bridge, which connects Charleston to Mt. Pleasant in coastal South Carolina. FBI special agents and intelligence analysts, working with local law enforcement, gathered evidence that led them to believe the person seen dumping the bag was affiliated with a local militia group with a violent history. The signs indicated the group, once thought to be dormant after the arrest of its leader, was organizing again. Confronted... Read more →

Judicial Watch: Documents Reveal Extensive Relationship Between Dossier Author Steele and Top Obama Officials

September 19, 2019 | Judicial Watch (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch and The Daily Caller News Foundation today released 146 pages of State Department documents revealing that former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele had an extensive and close working relationship dating back to May of 2014 with high-ranking Obama State Department officials. The documents obtained by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit show that, from May 2014 to November 2015, Steele filed dozens of reports with his close associate... Read more →

Letter To The American Public

From: Field Office Directors, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Across the country, a national debate about current and future U.S. immigration policy is growing louder by the day. As field office directors for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), we oversee the offices that enforce immigration laws within the interior of the United States, and we want to set the record straight. ICE officers are sworn federal law enforcement officers who enforce U.S. immigration... Read more →

AMERICAN HERO: Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin of Tennessee Killed in Combat

Gloucestercitynews.net--The Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin, 40, from Greenbrier, Tennessee, was killed in action Sept. 16, 2019, by small arms fire when his unit was engaged in combat operations in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation. Griffin was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Col. Owen G. Ray, commander, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), said Griffin was a “warrior” and... Read more →


Gloucestercitynews.net--FACE OF DEFENSE--Lois Bouton celebrated 70 years since she joined the U.S. Coast Guard Woman’s Reserve – known as the SPARs for Semper Paratus, Always Ready – this month. Today, Bouton also celebrates another tremendous milestone – her 94th birthday. In celebration of her birthday, please read about her dedication as she connected with decades of Coast Guardsmen and wish her a happy birthday in the comments! Lois Bouton smiles as she receives a farewell hug in her home from a member of a visiting... Read more →

Legionnaire/World War II Veteran Clarence Smoyer, of PA, Awarded Bronze Star

Legionnaire and World War II veteran Clarence Smoyer received the Bronze Star Award for his actions in the Battle of Cologne during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18, 2019. Photo by Eric Kruszewski for The American Legion By Mackenzie Wolf Gloucestercitynews.net--WASHINGTON, DC (9-19-19)--Nearly 75 years after his heroic actions destroyed a German Panther tank, World War II U.S. Army gunner Cpl. Clarence Smoyer was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device in a Sept. 18 ceremony commemorating his bravery during the Battle of... Read more →

NJ Residents Employed at Military Base Plead Guilty to Accepting Bribes/Kickbacks

NEWARK, N.J. – A civilian employee of Picatinny Arsenal (PICA) and an employee of a defense contractor today admitted their roles in Gloucester City News blog files conspiring with others to receive bribes and other gratuities in return for assistance with the awarding of government contracts, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Robert Dombroski, 64, of Branchville, New Jersey, a high ranking civilian employee at PICA, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Vazquez in Newark federal court to an information charging him with conspiring to... Read more →

Face of Defense: Deployed Soldier Produces Beats in Off-Duty Time

| BY ARMY SPC. JOVI PREVOT Even with increased workloads and long hours, deployments are a great way to work on one’s self. One soldier viewed his time on deployment as a chance to hone his craft. Army Spc. Marqueze McGee, a motor transport operator assigned to the Mississippi Army National Guard’s Alpha Company, 106th Brigade Support Battalion, finds time to work on his music while deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Aug. 4, 2018. Mississippi Army National Guard photo by Spc. Jovi Prevot Army Spc.... Read more →

Air and Marine Operations Rescues Agent Attacked by Bees in the Rio Grande Valley

Swarm of bees, courtesy of unsplash.com Gloucestercitynews.net--MCALLEN, Texas (September 16, 2019)– On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 a UH-60 Blackhawk from the McAllen Air Branch of Air and Marine Operations rescued a Border Patrol agent after he was attacked by bees and stung hundreds of times. The Blackhawk was conducting patrol operations when the crew heard radio traffic about the injured agent and a request for EMT services. The aircrew flew to the location due to ground distance for the EMT and the agent having issues... Read more →

Face of Defense: Second Chance at Life

Gloucestercitynews.net--Stuttgart, Germany--Army Maj. Dat Nguyen escaped communist-ruled Vietnam and pursued his American dream by working to ensure the nation's security. Army Maj. Dat Nguyen Hometown: Santa Clara, Calif. Unit: U.S. Africa Command Stationed: Stuttgart, Germany Job Title: Strategic Requirements & Capabilities Officer/Army Major What life lessons has your military experience taught you? Leading soldiers in combat is the ultimate test of leadership and the most fulfilling experience for a leader. Combat truly tests the mettle of the leader and the unit in all aspects of... Read more →

Face of Defense: From 'American Idol' to American Airman

Aug. 29, 2019 | BY Katie Lange Gloucestercitynews.net--Nalani Quintello quit ''American Idol'' to be in the U.S. Air Force – that's how excited she was to join up. Now, she's serving her country as the lead singer of Max Impact, the service's six-member rock band. Its mission? To travel the world honoring our vets, connecting with communities and inspiring patriotism through music. It's something she never saw coming as a kid, but now she can't imagine doing anything else. Air Force Tech Sgt. Nalani Quintello... Read more →