DoD

July 26, 2012

Panetta urges work, sacrifice to honor Aurora victims

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — In a message issued Monday night, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta paid tribute to the military victims of the July 20 shooting spree in Aurora, Colo., and urged Defense Department personnel to honor the victims’ memory through hard work and sacrifice.

Here is the text of the message:

 

To all Department of Defense personnel:

Flags at Department of Defense installations across the world are being flown at half-staff to honor the victims of last week’s tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. All of us in the Department of Defense community are deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence, which has hit our military family especially hard.

Four of the victims served in the military — including Air Force Staff Sergeant Jesse Childress, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class John Larimer, Jonathan Blunk, a former Sailor, and Rebecca Wingo, a former Airman. Other DoD personnel and Family members were also injured in this cruel attack.

I know that many are struggling to understand why these innocent lives were taken from us, and how such a tragedy could occur in this country. Even as we try to make sense of this evil act, we are also moved to learn more about the actions of men and women like [Staff Sergeant] Childress, who threw himself in front of his friend in the movie theater to shield her from the gunman. His selflessness saved her life, at the cost of his own.

These acts of heroism and sacrifice are the essence of what military service is about — putting your life on the line to defend those who are part of the American family.

Let us all honor the victims of this tragedy by committing ourselves to the hard work and sacrifice of protecting this country. Bravery, courage, and dedication are the hallmarks of our men and women in uniform — our heroes.

May God bless each and every one of you, and the United States of America.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DoD

Air Force funds research on thermal management technology for fighter aircraft

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Managing heat generated by electronic subsystems in next-generation aircraft is a vexing challenge for aerospace system designers. In the interest of meeting this challenge, the Air Force recently provided follow-on funding for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) effort that is identifying improved methods for heat conduction and rejection...
 
 
DoD
Inspects

Marines refresh combat skills through hand grenade training

Sgt. Mike Saephanh, a field radio operator with Headquarters Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment from Sacramento, Calif., inserts an M-67 fragmentation grenade into his grenade pouch during a hand grenade training exer...
 
 
DoD

DOD highlights warrior, family care at Rehabilitation Expo

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department hosted a rehabilitation expo Thursday as part of Warrior Care Month as it continues its commitment to supporting wounded, ill and injured troops, their Families and caregivers. James Rodriguez, deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Office of Warrior Care Policy, discussed his office’s role in supporting wounded warriors, Warrior...
 

 
DoD
Cpl. Jonathan Waldman, USMC

Marines: Deployed Service members celebrate 239th USMC Birthday

Cpl. Jonathan Waldman, USMC U.S. Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), celebrate the 239th birthday of the United States Marine Corps during sustainment training in D’Arta Plage, Djibouti, Monday. The 11th ME...
 
 
DoD

Air Force: Academy civilian saves Air Force $33,000 through Airmen Powered by Innovation program

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The purpose of the Airmen Powered by Innovation program, launched in April, is to make every dollar count and allow Airmen to share innovative ideas to improve the Air Force. One human resources assistant here did just that, saving the Academy time and $33,000 annually. In May, Luana Kennedy,...
 
 
DoD

DOD: Defense Department celebrates Military Family Month in November

WASHINGTON — November in America traditionally is a month of thankfulness, and the Defense Department chose this month to recognize those who support the nation’s armed forces but who don’t wear the uniform: military Families. Barbara Thompson directs the department’s Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, and Special Needs. She recently spoke with DOD...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin