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The Coast Guard is naming 2 new cutters after reservists who died helping others during 9/11
In 2023, the year Vincent G. Danz's namesake ship is commissioned, the Coast Guard's youngest personnel will be 17, born years after he was killed on Sept. 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center attacks.
On Tuesday, the Coast Guard honored Danz, an NYPD emergency services officer from Farmingdale, in a naming ceremony for the patrol ship.
The ship is to be a 154-foot-long cutter with a crew of 24, according to Chief Warrant Officer Mariana O'Leary, a Coast Guard spokeswoman. Danz, then 37, was believed to have been on the fourth floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower.
Machinery Technician 1st Class Jeffrey Palazzo, left, and Port Security Specialist 2nd Class Vincent Danz, were both reservists in the Coast Guard who were killed in the 9/11 World Trade Center Attacks.(U.S. Coast Guatd/NYPD photos)
Danz's widow, Angela Danz Donohue, who has since remarried, cried as she recalled her husband's 18 years in the military and 14 years with the NYPD.
"Helping other people came as naturally as breathing to him," she said at a frigid naming ceremony Tuesday at Battery Park in Manhattan.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at the ceremony, said: "We think of ships being named after presidents or folks who are famous throughout history. But you know what? There are a lot of heroes whose names are not everyday names, but have done absolutely outstanding and extraordinary things, and they need to be honored too. So, this decision by the Coast Guard also recognizes the folks who do the hard work, the heroes who often don't get their due."
Also at the ceremony, the Coast Guard honored Jeffrey Palazzo, an FDNY firefighter who was killed in the 9/11 attacks. An identical cutter is being named in Palazzo's honor.
Palazzo was an FDNY firefighter for six years, in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island, according to the FDNY's chief of department, John Sudnik.
"When the sentinel-class, first-response cutter that will bear his name is completed, it will be a fitting tribute to this remarkable individual," Sudnik said at the ceremony.
Both men served as reservists in the Coast Guard — Danz as a port security specialist and Palazzo as a machinery technician, O'Leary said. Each man's name will be on his ship's stern.
The Coast Guard's Jason Tama, captain of the port and emcee of Tuesday's ceremony, said afterward: "They wore the Coast Guard uniform and served their nation, but they made their ultimate sacrifice wearing the uniform of the City of New York."
Danz's remains were recovered in December 2001. He had left a message on his home answering machine for his wife that he was at the trade center.
"Pray for me and pray for these people," he said in his last words. "I love you. I'll talk to you soon."
His widow said Tuesday: "Knowing that there will be a vessel at sea with Vincent's name is to know that he will not be forgotten."
The ships are going to be built by Bollinger Shipyards of Louisiana at an average cost of $58 million per ship, O'Leary said.
Once ready, she said, the ships could be deployed anywhere, for tasks including drug interdiction, search and rescue, natural-disaster assistance, fishery patrols, coastal security and enforcing the nation's immigration laws.
Tuesday's ceremony was attended by Admiral Karl L. Schultz, the Coast Guard's commandant, who noted that the maritime service was founded in 1790, blocks away from Battery Park, when Alexander Hamilton established the Revenue Cutter Service, considered the Coast Guard's predecessor.
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The FBI is treating the recent shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, as a terrorist attack, several media outlets reported on Sunday.
"We work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism," USA Today quoted FBI Agent Rachel Rojas as saying at a news conference.
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un risks losing "everything" if he resumes hostility and his country must denuclearize, after the North said it had carried out a "successful test of great significance."
"Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore," Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.
"He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November," he said.
The three sailors whose lives were cut short by a gunman at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, on Friday "showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil," said base commander Navy Capt. Tim Kinsella.
Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were killed in the shooting, the Navy has announced.
The Pentagon’s troop deployment denials means nothing when the White House screams ‘fake news’ all the time
The Pentagon has a credibility problem that is the result of the White House's scorched earth policy against any criticism. As a result, all statements from senior leaders are suspect.
We're beyond the point of defense officials being unable to say for certain whether a dog is a good boy or girl. Now we're at the point where the Pentagon has spent three days trying to knock down a Wall Street Journal story about possible deployments to the Middle East, and they've failed to persuade either the press or Congress.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the United States was considering deploying up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to thwart any potential Iranian attacks. The story made clear that President Trump could ultimately decide to send a smaller number of service members, but defense officials have become fixated on the number 14,000 as if it were the only option on the table.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Gen. David Berger, the US Marine Corps commandant, suggested the concerns surrounding a service members' use of questionable Chinese-owned apps like TikTok should be directed against the military's leadership, rather than the individual troops.
Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday morning, Berger said the younger generation of troops had a "clearer view" of the technology "than most people give them credit for."
"That said, I'd give us a 'C-minus' or a 'D' in educating the force on the threat of even technology," Berger said. "Because they view it as two pieces of gear, 'I don't see what the big deal is.'"