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‘Rosie the Riveters’ honored with visit to Washington

Posted March 25, 2016 by Mike Householder

Seven decades after their “we can do it” attitude proved invaluable to the Allied victory, about 30 “Rosie the Riveters” were honored March 22 with a trip to Washington that included visits to the National World War II Memorial. Wearing honor flight red cardigans, the women — now in their 80s and 90s — whose…

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Torch lighting, honoring Vietnam vets kicks off 2016 Warrior Games

Posted June 17, 2016 by Shannon Collins

The 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games began in West Point, N.Y., when Army Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, with help from comedian Jon Stewart, lit the official torch during the event’s opening ceremonies at the U.S. Military Academy.

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WWII female pilot honored among brothers, sisters

Posted September 9, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Katherine Tereyama

In 1943, Mabel Rawlinson, a Women Airforce Service Pilot, died in an aircraft crash. The government would not pay for her remains to be sent back to her family, nor allow her to have a flag draped over her casket.

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Army veterans recall their service in Korea and Vietnam

Posted November 14, 2016 by Elizabeth M. Collins

Courtesy photograph Retired Chief Warrant Officer 2 William J. Opferman poses during basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in 1948. RETIRED CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 2 WILLIAM J. OPFERMAN KOREA AND VIETNAM I was in the occupation force in Japan. As soon as the war broke out in 1950, we went to Korea. We had…

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Battle of Mogadishu hero passes, leaves behind legacy

Posted January 11, 2017 by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy

Courtesy photograph Retired Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Bray, a combat controller, who was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 30, 2016. Bray passed away at 49 years old on Oct. 24, leaving behind a far-reaching legacy of valor,…

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Navy members can now manage life insurance online

Posted April 7, 2017 by

Navy members now have the opportunity to enroll or change their Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance online. The Department of Veterans Affairs began enrollment for Navy members in the SGLI Online Enrollment System on April 5. SOES allows active-duty and eligible reserve and Guard members to manage their SGLI and Family SGLI coverage electronically at any…

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Healing from invisible wounds

Posted June 14, 2017 by Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett

Air Force photograph by Master Sgt. Chad Thompson Tech. Sgt. Christopher D’Angelo, right, a missile alert facility manager with the 490th Missile Squadron, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., poses for a photo with his wife, Chanda, son, Jace and daughter, Brittyn at their home in Great Falls, Mont., June 7, 2017. D’Angelo was diagnosed with…

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Vietnam War soldier to receive Medal of Honor for actions in Laos

Posted September 22, 2017 by C. Todd Lopez

Photograph courtesy of Gary M. Rose Then-Sgt. Gary Rose in Kontum, Vietnam, 1970. Retired Capt. Gary Michael Rose will receive the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony on Oct. 23, the White House announced Sept. 20. The White House announced Sept. 20 that retired Army Capt. Gary Michael Rose will receive the Medal…

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James D. Smith: Pearl Harbor veteran

Posted December 11, 2017 by

James D. Smith was a reservist in the U.S. Navy when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. After being called into active service, he arrived in the Hawaiian Islands 4 days after the event. Here is his recollection of what he saw during his time there

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Remembering Pearl Harbor: A ‘body blow’ to America

Posted December 9, 2015 by Sean Kimmons

When the first bombs exploded on a nearby airfield, marking the start of the Japanese sneak attack on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Edward Davis and others scrambled from a chow hall.

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