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This Naval Base Was Just Named Number One In The World
Naval Base Kitsap recently was recognized as the top U.S. Navy base in the world, receiving the 2017 commander-in-chief's award exemplary support of Department of Defense missions.
Winners from the other services were U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, Germany; Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana; and Defense Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio.
Installations compete on how well they achieve objectives such as mission support, energy conservation, quality of life and unit morale, environmental stewardship, property management, safety, health and security, communications and public relations. Each winner gets a trophy, flag and letter from President Trump.
Two areas noted about Naval Base Kitsap were its award-winning galley and Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities.
"We believe wholeheartedly in the strength of the family," said Capt. Alan Schrader, base commanding officer. "It's really important that we take care of those families who are left behind."
Naval Base Kitsap received $224,000 for base beautification projects after being named top large base in December. Of the Navy's 71 installations, it is the third largest, covering more than 11,000 acres. It is home to nearly 70 commands, 35,000 military personnel and civilian workers, and thousands of residents.
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‘I made promises to the people that I lost’— How the Iraq war forged a Navy SEAL’s path to Harvard Medical School and NASA
Navy Lt. Jonny Kim went viral last week when NASA announced that he and 10 other candidates (including six other service members) became the newest members of the agency's hallowed astronaut corps. A decorated Navy SEAL and graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kim in particular seems to have a penchant for achieving people's childhood dreams.
However, Kim shared with Task & Purpose that his motivation for living life the way he has stems not so much from starry-eyed ambition, but from the pain and loss he suffered both on the battlefields of Iraq and from childhood instability while growing up in Los Angeles. Kim tells his story in the following Q&A, which was lightly edited for length and clarity:
You can almost smell the gunpowder in the scene captured by a Marine photographer over the weekend, showing a Marine grunt firing a shotgun during non-lethal weapons training.
A Marine grunt stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is being considered for an award after he saved the lives of three people earlier this month from a fiery car crash.
Cpl. Scott McDonell, an infantry assaultman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was driving down Market Street in Wilmington in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 when he saw a car on fire after it had crashed into a tree. Inside were three victims aged 17, 20, and 20.
"It was a pretty mangled wreck," McDonell told ABC 15. "The passenger was hanging out of the window."
New Vietnam War movie 'The Last Full Measure' takes some well-deserved shots at the military’s award process
Todd Robinson's upcoming Vietnam War drama, The Last Full Measure, is a story of two battles: One takes place during an ambush in the jungles of Vietnam in 1966, while the other unfolds more than three decades later as the survivors fight to see one pararescueman's valor posthumously recognized.
With ISIS trying to reorganize itself into an insurgency, most attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Iraq are being carried out by Shiite militias, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, the deputy commander for operations and intelligence for U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.
"In the time that I have been in Iraq, we've taken a couple of casualties from ISIS fighting on the ground, but most of the attacks have come from those Shia militia groups, who are launching rockets at our bases and frankly just trying to kill someone to make a point," Grynkewich said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.