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Navy Training Commander Fired 'Due To Loss Of Confidence In His Ability To Command'
The Navy officer in charge of overseeing the training, mentorship, and supervision of more than 11,000 apprentice-levels sailors at Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes in Illinois has been relieved of command.
Officials told Navy Times that Capt. Mark Meskimen was fired as commanding officer of TSC on Oct. 26 “due to loss of confidence in his ability to command.”
- Meskimen, 54, had served as the commanding officer of TSC since November 2016.
- Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, the commander of Naval Education and Training Command, replaced Meskimen with Capt. Edward Heflin, the NETC deputy for training operations. Heflin will serve as acting commanding officer of TSC until a full-time replacement “is identified and assigned,” according to Navy Times.
- “An officer in command has a unique position of trust and responsibility, and a key role in shaping morale, good order and discipline within the command,” NETC spokesman Cmdr. James Stockman said in an email to Navy Times.
- As Navy Times notes, Meskimen lost his job amid an ongoing Naval Criminal Investigative Service probe into the recent death of Fire Controlman Seaman Recruit Joshua F. Edge, who was found dead in his barracks at TSC on Oct. 8.
- Stockman told Navy Times that due “to privacy of those involved we cannot comment on the details of the investigation,” and would not say whether death had anything to do with Cozad’s decision to sack Meskimen.
- Meskimen has been temporarily assigned to Naval Service Training Command at Great Lakes, according to Stockman.
- A Navy press release from November 2016 states that Meskimen, an Iowa native, served as an enlisted seaman for 11 years before commissioning in 1993 as a limited duty officer. Prior to taking command of TSC, he served as the Waterfront Operations Deputy, CVN 70 and CVN 71, Project Lead at space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).
- “Given the rich history and importance of this command, I will do my utmost to serve you,” Meskimen said on Nov. 10, 2016 upon assuming command of TSC. “Each of these students presents new challenges, each of them learn in different ways, and it takes your dedication and perseverance to ensure that they are prepared and ready to perform in the fleet.”
'It just happened' — the Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient recalls his harrowing fight against 5 insurgents
On Nov, 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia knew that he stood a good chance of dying as he tried to save his squad.
Bellavia survived the intense enemy fire and went on to single-handedly kill five insurgents as he cleared a three-story house in Fallujah during the iconic battle for the city. For his bravery that day, President Trump will present Bellavia with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, making him the first living Iraq war veteran to receive the award.
In an interview with Task & Purpose, Bellavia recalled that the house where he fought insurgents was dark and filled with putrid water that flowed from broken pipes. The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.
With the Imperial Japanese Army hot on his heels, Oscar Leonard says he barely slipped away from getting caught in the grueling Bataan Death March in 1942 by jumping into a choppy bay in the dark of the night, clinging to a log and paddling to the Allied-fortified island of Corregidor.
After many weeks of fighting there and at Mindanao, he was finally captured by the Japanese and spent the next several years languishing under brutal conditions in Filipino and Japanese World War II POW camps.
Now, having just turned 100 years old, the Antioch resident has been recognized for his 42-month ordeal as a prisoner of war, thanks to the efforts of his friends at the Brentwood VFW Post #10789 and Congressman Jerry McNerney.
McNerney, Brentwood VFW Commander Steve Todd and Junior Vice Commander John Bradley helped obtain a POW award after doing research and requesting records to surprise Leonard during a birthday party last month.
Hundreds of Marines will join their British counterparts at a massive urban training center this summer that will test the leathernecks' ability to fight a tech-savvy enemy in a crowded city filled with innocent civilians.
The North Carolina-based Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, will test drones, robots and other high-tech equipment at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Indiana, in August.
They'll spend weeks weaving through underground tunnels and simulating fires in a mock packed downtown city center. They'll also face off against their peers, who will be equipped with off-the-shelf drones and other gadgets the enemy is now easily able to bring to the fight.
It's the start of a four-year effort, known as Project Metropolis, that leaders say will transform the way Marines train for urban battles. The effort is being led by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, based in Quantico, Virginia. It comes after service leaders identified a troubling problem following nearly two decades of war in the Middle East: adversaries have been studying their tactics and weaknesses, and now they know how to exploit them.
WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - President Donald Trump imposed new U.S. sanctions onIran on Monday following Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone and said the measures would target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Trump told reporters he was signing an executive order for the sanctions amid tensions between the United States and Iran that have grown since May, when Washington ordered all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil.
Trump also said the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the incident over the drone. He said the supreme leaders was ultimately responsible for what Trump called "the hostile conduct of the regime."
"Sanctions imposed through the executive order ... will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader's office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support," Trump said.
While it can be difficult to peg down just how star-spangled a state is, one indicator is the rate at which citizens enlist in the military, especially during the United States' longest period of sustained conflict. At least, that's the thinking behind WalletHub's new study, 2019's Most Patriotic States in America.