Michael Lane Smith

Michael Smith lives in Seattle where he is a student at the University of Washington pursuing a degree in human rights. Michael is a military brat and served at Task & Purpose as an intern in 2015.

Recent articles from Michael Lane Smith

Chesty Puller, United States Marine officer, in November 1950, during the Korean War.
How Chesty Puller Earned His 5 Navy Crosses
Chesty Puller became the most decorated U.S. Marine by earning five Navy Crosses. Here’s how he did it.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno presents Sgt. Felipe Pereira with a Distinguished Service Cross on Fort Campbell, Ky., April 12, 2012.
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: The Soldier Who Rode A John Deere ATV Into Battle
Sgt. Felipe Pereira rode into a firefight with the Taliban on a John Deere to recover his trapped men.
Gen. Cart Ham, commander of U.S. Army Europe, awards Staff Sgt. Erich R. Phillips the Distinguished Service Cross, Sept. 15, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Aird
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: The Staff Sergeant Who Prevented The Taliban From Overrunning His Outpost
Staff. Sgt. Erich Phillips woke up to an assault on his outpost and by reacting quickly, repelled the insurgents.
The United States Was Called The United Colonies Until Sept. 9, 1776
Contrary to popular belief, the United States was officially named on Sept. 9, not July 4.
Master Sgt. Brendan O'Connor, 7th Special Forces Group (A) Operational Detachment Alpha, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during a ceremony at Bank Hall, Fort Bragg, N.C., April 30 for heroic actions during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: The Green Beret Who Crawled 90 Yards Under Heavy Fire To Save His Men
Sgt. 1st Class Brendan O’Connor crawled through a 14-inch ditch under heavy fire to save his injured men.
Military personnel watch as a stolen helicopter is flown from the White House grounds, Washington on Sunday, Feb. 17, 1974.
5 Times Service Members Made The News For Doing Something Hilariously Stupid
Five times a service member’s bad decision ended up as front-page news.
President George H.W. Bush inspects a TBM Avenger aircraft at the Naval Air Station Pensacola Museum in Pensacola, Fla., March 1, 1992.
72 Years Ago, Former President George H.W. Bush Almost Died In World War II
Former President George H.W. Bush escaped a terrible fate as a naval aviator in the hands of the Japanese on Chichi Jima.
French train attack
UNSUNG HEROES: The 3 Americans Who Stopped An Armed Gunman On A Train In France
Two American servicemen and their friend wrestled and incapacitated a gunman aboard a train in France.
Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, vehicle commander, 617th Military Police Company, Richmond, Ky., stands at the position of attention before receiving the Silver Star at an awards ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq, June 16, 2005.
6 Women Who Fought In Direct Combat In Iraq And Afghanistan
These women served honorably and bravely in a complex war in Iraq and Afghanistan without frontlines.
You’ve Never Done Corporate Teambuilding Like This Before
Two combat vets are taking their military skills to the private sector by providing mission-focused, team-building events to New York companies.
U.S. Air Force Lt Gen Bradley A. Heithold and U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus applaud three Air Force Special Tactics combat controllers, including Tech. Sgt. Matthew J. Greiner (second from right), who received an Air Force Cross and two Silver Stars in May 2015.
UNSUNG HEROES: The Air Commando Who Called In Crucial Air Support After Taking A Grenade Blast
Tech. Sgt. Matthew J. Greiner proceeded to fulfill his duties after sustaining crippling injuries from a grenade.
Lance Cpl. Christopher Cash, a scout sniper with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, now part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, loads his weapon during the sniper marathon course here Jan. 30.
Gear & Tech
How To Shoot Like A Marine Sniper
The latest video from III Marine Expeditionary Force shows you how to shoot a long range rifle like a Marine.
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno gives his remarks after receiving the National Italian American Foundation’s first Marine Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Award for Distinguished Military Service at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27, 2011.
7 Memorable Moments From General Odierno’s Tenure As Army Chief Of Staff
Here are seven great videos from Odierno's time as Army chief of staff.
Marines breach a door
How To Breach A Door Like A Marine
A new video from III Marine Expeditionary Force shows how Marines are trained to breach doors.
Kyle Carpenter and Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green
Kyle Carpenter Stole The Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps’ Chair
How many corporals have stolen the seat of the top enlisted Marine? Kyle Carpenter has.
Staff Sgt. Zachary Rubart
UNSUNG HEROES: The Combat-Decorated Marine Who Sprang Into Action When The Washington Navy Yard Was Attacked
Staff Sgt. Zachary Rubart mobilized a quick reaction force in response to the 2013 Washington Navy Yard shooting.
A visitor gazes at the 2,977 painted squares, one for each victim of the Sept. 11 attacks at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, July 21, 2015.
Here’s What It’s Like To Visit The 9/11 Memorial Museum
As a millennial, I thought I remembered Sept. 11, 2001. The 9/11 Memorial Museum proved me wrong.
Iran military
Without A Bomb, What Is Iran’s Military Capable Of Doing?
Keeping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon has been an international priority. Without a nuke, how does the Iranian military shape up?
Sgt. Aubrey McDade Jr. (center) prepares to step off on a patrol through the city of Fallujah, Iraq, to clear the city of insurgent activity and weapons caches as part of Operation al Fajr (New Dawn), Nov. 26, 2004.
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: The Marine Who Carried 3 Men Out Of Harm’s Way Under Heavy Fire
Sgt. Aubrey McDade Jr. directed cover fire and risked his life, carrying three critically injured men out from under heavy fire.