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News Brief for 19 September 2014

Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment

Marines and sailors with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, provide security during an operation in Helmand province, Sept. 9, 2014. During the 72-hour operation, Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers conducted dismounted patrols on foot to search nearby compounds for weapons and lethal aid. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cody Haas) News Brief

Hurlburt pararescuemen in right place at right time >> Northwest Florida Daily News
Eight local pararescue airmen from Hurlburt Field were in the middle of a training session aboard the USS Alabama on Tuesday when they found themselves in the right place at the right time.

Off-duty PAFB doctor helps crash patients >> Florida Today
Maj. Emanuel Diaz, a medical doctor with the 45th Medical Group, attends to patients every day at the clinic at Patrick Air Force Base. As an Air Force doctor who can be deployed to treat battlefield wounds, he is also trained to handle trauma.

Marine sergeant and friends bag record-setting alligator >> Marine Corps Times
The next time Sgt. Jesse Phillips has to train in the swamp, he'll be all too familiar with the type of beasts that might be slithering around his boots.

Iraq War Veteran Opens Up About Suicide In The Military >> Huffington Post
An estimated 22 veterans die by suicide each day. For Iraq war veteran Jason Hansman, this staggering statistic is especially personal. In a HuffPost Live conversation on Wednesday, Hansman remembered a fellow veteran, whom he lost to suicide in 2011.

Fort Bliss Allows Michelle Monaghan to Display Her Range >> The Village Voice
It figures that Michelle Monaghan, one of too many underutilized actresses usually relegated to playing the hero's wife, would have to go shoestring in order to find a role that allows her to display the range of her talents. She's at her best as Army medic/staff sergeant Maggie Swann in writer-director Claudia Myers's Fort Bliss, a returning-soldier drama that answers the annoyingly ubiquitous "Can women have it all?" question with an exasperated "no."

Injured combat veterans bring "Warrior Ride" through Horry County >> WBTW News 13
Thursday morning, bike riders with "The Warrior Ride" came through Horry County. These riders are combat injured veterans and are riding to Charleston.

My Dream After Fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan: To Play College Football >> TIME
Daniel Rodriguez is a decorated war hero, a Division I football player for Clemson University, and the author of the forthcoming memoir, RISE: A Soldier, a Dream, and a Promise Kept.

Soldier sues Scott, DBPR for discrimination >> First Coast News; Jacksonville,Fla.
A three-tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan has sued Gov. Rick Scott and top officials at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, whom he claims stripped him of his job because of his military service

As many as 80,000 veterans with PTSD could gain discharge upgrades >> Stars and Stripes
As many as 80,000 veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress and received Other Than Honorable discharges can use evidence of their PTSD to petition service boards to upgrade the bad paper discharge.

Army Captain Battling Cancer Takes On Veteran Suicides >> WBZ-TV; Boston
Army Captain Justin Fitch is dying. He has only months left. But before he was even diagnosed with cancer he thought about killing himself.

US to train veterans to install solar panels >> Associated Press
The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Missing, But Not Forgotten

Friday, September 19th seems like a rather uneventful day to most. But in fact, it is a very important day. It is POW/MIA Recognition Day. For anyone unfamiliar with what this day represents, it is a day to remember the more than 88,000 military personnel who are still unaccounted for from conflicts dating back to World War II.

Families missing service members know the pain of uncertainty and the frustration of time lost for their loved one. At DVNF, we recognize all who are gone, but not forgotten, and our hearts go out to the families whose loved one never returned.

I often talk about sacrifice, and for all those missing, and for their families, they know what sacrifice really is. So on Friday, I hope that you will join us in remembering all those who are missing, but not forgotten.

And if you haven’t done so already, I hope you will visit our Honor Wall to see the respects paid to past service members. If you would like to honor the veteran in your life, you can make a donation in memory of, or in their honor.


Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.)

Happy 67th Birthday Air Force!

News Brief for 18 September 2014

U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle

The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle departs Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Tuesday, Sept 16, 2014, during the closing of Star-Spangled Spectacular activities. The Eagle was one of more than 30 naval vessels and tall ships that took part in the Star-Spangled Spectacular. (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charlotte Fritts) News Brief

Paratrooper major killed in Afghanistan >> Army Times
A paratrooper from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan, officials announced Wednesday.

Australia raids over 'Islamic State plot to behead' >> BBC
Police have carried out anti-terror raids in Sydney sparked by intelligence reports that Islamic extremists were planning random killings in Australia.

Disabled Oklahoma veteran to walk 22 miles for suicide awareness >> KOKO Oklahoma City
A disabled Army combat officer will be walking 22 miles this weekend to raise veteran suicide awareness, officials said.

Meet Gander a Celebrity Amongst Dogs >> Huffington Post
Gander is a celebrity; everywhere he goes he's photographed, on Facebook he has over 250,000 Facebook likes. Gander is a service dog, one of several in America that help improve the quality of life for thousands of people with disabilities. Service dogs are used as guide dogs for the blind, for veterans suffering from PTSD, individuals in wheelchairs, and for several other conditions.

Uber seeks to put veterans behind the wheel >> CBS News
Veterans face many challenges readjusting to civilian life. One of the toughest is getting a good-paying job. The ride-sharing service Uber is putting up a nationwide Help Wanted sign.

Air Force nixes 'so help me God' requirement in oaths >> Air Force Times
The Air Force has withdrawn a requirement that all airmen who take the oath of enlistment and officer appointment conclude with "so help me God," the service announced Wednesday.

Alwyn Cashe, the Medal of Honor, and how heroism gets undervalued >> Washington Post
Army Spec. Donald P. Sloat's brother William accepted the Medal of Honor on behalf of the fallen U.S. soldier on Monday, 44 years after he smothered a grenade blast in Vietnam to protect other members of squad. It's the kind of selfless action that has routinely resulted in the nation's top award for combat valor, and yet it took decades for Sloat to receive it.

Selfish? Officer's take on women in combat raises outcry >> Marine Corps Times
The Marine Corps is about to launch one of its most comprehensive experiments to test the mettle of women in combat, but an active-duty female officer has a message for the Corps: Don't bother.


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