Marines got a bit excited when the Marine Corps Times broke the news that Cpl. Kyle Carpenter is slated to receive the Medal of Honor for heroic actions in Afghanistan.
In 2010, Carpenter was a 21-year-old lance corporal standing guard on a rooftop in Marjah in southwestern Afghanistan, when he covered a grenade that was thrown up on the roof to save his fellow Marine. Both young men survived, but with extensive injuries.
There’s something hyper-Marine about Carpenter that makes this decision by the Pentagon and the president great.
Living recipients of the Medal of Honor become public figures for life, especially when they come from such a heralded institution as the Marine Corps. There is only one other living Marine recipient of the Medal of Honor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sgt. Dakota Meyer.
Attending the University of South Carolina on his G.I. Bill, Carpenter represents a new generation of veterans who are pairing their remarkable skills and experiences gained in Iraq and Afghanistan with a college education.
At just 24 years old, he represents the fact that the Marine Corps is the youngest branch of the military, with an average age of just over 28.
There’s also his personality, which comes across on his Twitter handle, @chiksdigscars. The kid’s an unapologetic badass, and I can’t think of a better person to be to be honored for his heroism and sacrifice.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid $13,000 over a three-month period for a senior official's biweekly commute to Washington from his home in California, according to expense reports obtained by ProPublica.
Staff Sgt. John Eller conducts pre-flights check on his C-17 Globemaster III Jan. 3 prior to taking off from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii for a local area training mission. Sgt. Eller is a loadmaster from the 535th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)
CUCUTA, Colombia — The Trump administration ratcheted up pressure Saturday on beleaguered Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, dispatching U.S. military planes filled with humanitarian aid to this city on the Venezuelan border.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks at the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used.
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval.
A pair of U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron VF-211 Fighting Checkmates in flight over Iraq in 2003/Department of Defense
Since the sequel to the 1986 action flick (and wildly successful Navy recruitment tool) Top Gun, was announced, there's been a lot of speculation on what Top Gun: Maverick will be about when it premieres in June 2020. While the plot is still relatively unclear, we know Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and he'll be joined by a recognizable costar: The iconic F-14 Tomcat.
It looks like the old war plane will be coming out of retirement for more than just a cameo. A number of recently surfaced photos show an F-14 Tomcat aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, alongside Cruise and members of the film's production crew, the Drive's Tyler Rogoway first reported earlier this week.