A Medal of Honor Recipient Daniel Inouye, Has a Destroyer Named After Him

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Military news…

“One thing about internal injuries is there’s not too many nerve endings there. So I said ‘hey it’s not bleeding too badly, so I’ll keep going.’ And then all hell broke loose.” That’s from Daniel Inouye: soldier, Medal of Honor recipient, and now the namesake of the Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.

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“The Oklahoma governor ordering that no Oklahoma National Guardsmen are required to take the COVID-19 vaccination is a direct attack on national military readiness.” That’s from William Enyart, who knows his stuff, since he is a retired major general who served in the Air Force, the Army National Guard, and as Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard.

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NATO chief seeks to hold Germany to its commitments as cornerstone of nuclear strategy
The alliance’s nuclear-sharing strategy includes storing U.S. nuclear weapons at various sites in Europe, including at least one base in Germany.

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US Forces Japan commits $500 million to replace 24 trucking contracts with Nine Japanese transportation companies have signed on to a contract to haul items for the US military on Japan’s main islands.

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Army gunner found dead at off-post home near Fort Wainwright, Alaska

Sgt. Christian Joseph D’Andrea, 22, was stationed at Fort Wainwright as a gunner and ammunition team chief with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, the Army said in a news release.

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All Christmas markets in Bavaria called off amid COVID-19 spike

The German state of Bavaria, home to thousands of U.S. troops, is canceling all Christmas markets statewide because of especially high COVID-19 infection rates, authorities there announced Friday.

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Seoul says Russian, Chinese warplanes enter air buffer zone

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it detected seven Russian and two Chinese military aircraft in the country’s air defense identification zone off its eastern coast.

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Many Brave Soldiers Never Get the Medal of Honor They deserve

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Military news…

Air Force Lt. Col. John “Karl” Marks made history earlier this month for accumulating more flight hours in the legendary A-10 attack plane than any other pilot in history. But hitting that milestone is only the latest achievement for Marks, who began his career busting a record number of Iraqi tanks in Desert Storm.

What else can schools do to create stronger programs for veterans
Universities are beginning to think outside the traditional box, building degree programs that recognize the knowledge military members obtain in the service.

Some people use their day off to watch TV. Others use it to overthrow their government. At least, that’s what Guinean special operations forces being trained by American Green berets did during a down day in the West African country earlier this month. The U.S. has since cut off support to the Guinean armed forces because of the overachievers, according to Pentagon officials.

A Marine sergeant serving with the Navy’s ‘Blue Angels’ flight demo team definitely earned the ‘Angel’ name when he saved three kids from drowning in 2019. Like other service members who found themselves in similar situations, Sgt. Zachary Parsons did not spend time thinking about whether he should dive into the current off the North Carolina shore; he just did it.

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I told you in my last post that I was going to show you the table of contents for my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the military: In and Out of the trenches of Life.

I was Almost Blown Away

Went through my first hurricane when stationed at Ft. Gordon, Georgia

It’s Tough Being the New Kid on the Block

I felt isolated, even though I was surrounded by many men.

I’m Being Gassed!!!

You had to say your service number in the “the chamber,” before you could on your mask.

I hope I can Swim!

A very confused Warrant Officer marched us into the bay.

We Missed the Right Stop on the Train

How do you pronounce Worchester, Massachusetts?

Stop Over in Okinawa

I had my first experience with prostitutes’ in Naha, Okinawa.

The Best Ships Are Friendships

Building a good buddy system was vital.

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I will have more table of contents on my next post from, Signs of hope for the Military: In and Out of the trenches of Life.

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Why does the Army Helicopters Have Native American Names? Because 32 Them Earned the Medal of Honor

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This story is very interesting so I decided to share it all.

Here’s why Army helicopters have Native American names.

Black Hawk. Apache. Comanche. Lakota. Notice anything?

The Army’s history of naming its helicopters after Native American tribes and figures stems from an Army regulation made decades ago. The regulation has since been rescinded, but the tradition has carried on over the years.

An Army press release posted Wednesday explained the backstory of the U.S. military’s “long history” with Native Americans — and specifically the American Indian Wars.

“But Native Americans also served as some of the fiercest fighters for the United States for more than 200 years,” the release said. “In fact, 32 Native Americans have earned the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.”

The tradition originated from Army Gen. Hamilton Howze, who was tasked with the job to “develop doctrine and the way forward when it came to employing Army aircraft” after the Air Force split from the Army in 1947, the Army release said.

The original names for two helicopters were “Hoverfly” and “Dragonfly” — which Howze didn’t like. He decided the next helicopter would be called the Sioux “in honor of the Native Americans who fought Army soldiers in the Sioux Wars and defeated the 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of Little Bighorn.”

And from that decision, years later in 1969, Army Regulation 70-28 was born.

AR 70-28 required that Army aircraft had to be named after “Indian terms and names of American Indian tribes and chiefs.” It also directed that tanks would be named after American generals, infantry weapons “would receive names for famous early American pioneers,” and assault weapons would have “fearsome reptile and insect names,” according to the press release.

Though the regulation has since been rescinded, the tradition for Army helicopters was set.

A press release further explained the process behind deciding on a name for an Army helicopter, saying that before the service could use the name Lakota for the UH-72A Lakota, the Lakota tribe was consulted for permission.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs advised Stephen Hart, a Light Utility Helicopter maintenance manager, that the Army “had to contact and obtain approval from a majority of the council members making up the Sioux Nation,” of which the Lakotas are a part.

Within six months, the Army had received the permission they needed. The Army wanted that name specifically, the press release said, because the Lakotas “were known as a peaceful, non-aggressive people,” and the helicopter “is a non-arms-bearing helicopter that performs medical and casualty evacuations, provides disaster relief, aids in homeland defense, and also works to counter drugs and narcotics.”

In February 2008, Rosebud Sioux tribal leaders joined the Army for a ceremony at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., to celebrate the new helicopter.

Rodney Bordeaux, the Rosebud Sioux tribal council president, said at the ceremony that it was a “great honor to have our name out there now where people can see it.”

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Too many of our veterans are bitter and lost. They came home with PTSD, severe TBI, and war wounds. It is hard to reach them because they do not want to show weakness.

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That leads me into my daily rant.

How are you doing? Are the paths you are walking breaking down and causing landslides for you?

Rest at ease! There are over 11, 450 fellow veterans here who have you back. You are not alone,. There is no need for you to take on this world by yourself.

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Never take on the dark side by yourself.

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You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

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