US Air Force TSgt John Chapman, a Combat Controller killed in Afghanistan more than 16 years ago, will receive the Medal of Honor next month.
According to the medal nomination, Tech. Sergeant John Chapman distinguished himself on the battlefield through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity,” sacrificing his life to Read more
Michael “Mikey” Weinstein has demonstrated an obsession with ChristianFighterPilot.com — at least, insomuch as he wants to lodge complaints about this site mere minutes after content is published.
Presumably, the time he spends monitoring this site is part of the reason Mikey Weinstein has paid himself nearly $1.95 million to date from the donations his charity receives. It turns out, though, that he’s not the only one he drags into rapid-response.
It seems Mikey Weinstein has had his lawyer, Randy Mathis, on speed-dial. On 30 August 2011, an article was posted here entitled “Military Atheists Miss the Mark with Chaplain “Humor”“. The article discussed the “first act” of then-US Army Sergeant Justin Griffith, who had just become “military director” for American Atheists.
For his opening volley, Griffith had chosen to denigrate US military chaplains and their service — and sacrifice — to their country. The article rebutted his claims — noting, for example, that multiple chaplains had received the Medal of Honor.
Mikey didn’t like it.
The Air Force soon received a letter from Randy Mathis. Not Read more
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has “raised a few eyebrows” recently, according to the Associated Press, when he’s chosen some unusual people for whom to name US Navy vessels (previously noted here):
Why, critics questioned, would he name a ship in honor of the late gay rights leader Harvey Milk or after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when there are plenty of military heroes to choose from?
The answer? Mabus says he’s trying to “connect” people with the US Navy and Marine Corps by highlighting “heroism” outside of the naval services.
Retired VAdm Doug Crowder noted Mabus had the “right” to name the ships, but Read more
Update: Now covered at the Stars and Stripes, CNN, and the Christian Science Monitor.
A Tale of Two Harveys: Harvey Barnum (L), Harvey Milk (R)
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that a destroyer would be named after retired US Marine Corps Colonel and Medal of Honor recipient Harvey Barnum.
In December 1965, then-Lieutenant Barnum was an artillery forward observer when he took command of a company under fire that had lost its commander:
He immediately assumed command of the rifle company…, and moving at once into the midst of the heavy fire, rallying and giving encouragement to all units, reorganized them to replace the loss of key personnel and led their attack on enemy positions from which deadly fire continued to come.
His sound and swift decisions and his obvious calm served to stabilize the badly decimated units and his gallant example as he stood exposed repeatedly to point out targets served as an inspiration to all.
After years of requests, the Navy is reportedly ready to name a vessel after Harvey Milk: Read more
Col Jeffrey Becker was recently the keynote speaker at an event commemorating the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish War Veterans.
He spoke about the roles that Jewish Soldiers have played in our nation’s history. Also, a great many who have received the Medal of Honor…
Becker also said it is important in reflecting on Jewish American heritage that Read more
The US Air Force Academy National Character and Leadership Symposium has become an annual Who’s Who of military and national celebrities — and rarely does it shy away from controversy.
Last week, attendees were able to hear from, among others:
- Aaron Belkin, homosexual advocate, speak on repealing the transgender ban
- Chaplain (MajGen) Dondi Costin, Air Force Chief of Chaplains, on “Go Pro or Go Home”
- US Army SSgt Salvatore Giunta, Medal of Read more
Chaplain (Capt) Emil Kapaun was memorialized with a monument at Camp Walker, South Korea, in December.
After decades of efforts, President Obama presented Read more
US Air Force LtGen Thomas Trask, Vice Commander of Special Operations Command, hosted a Chanukah service in the Pentagon’s “Hall of Heroes,” where Medal of Honor recipients are documented.
That such a senior officer could Read more