Medically retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter is set to become just the second living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor at a ceremony at the White House on June 19.
Carpenter was gravely wounded while shielding the explosion from an enemy grenade on a rooftop in Helmand province, Afghanistan in 2010 in an effort to save a fellow Marine.
His road to recovery was arduous, but he has gone on to skydive, run a marathon, and enroll at the University of South Carolina.
He’s become a bit of a cultural icon in the Marine Corps, representing the selflessness, sacrifice, and unapologetic ruggedness that has defined the Corps for nearly 239 years. He is active on Twitter, through the all-too-perfect handle @chiksdigscars, and has done a few projects through the Marine Corps’ public affairs team, including a video where he said he is just getting started.
Now, he will join the ranks of the few men who have received the nation’s highest award for gallantry, and fewer still who lived to talk about it.
See the scene when President Barack Obama called Carpenter at home in South Carolina to let him know he would receive the award. It’s an incredible moment to witness --- his mother tears up in the background.
Islamic state members walk in the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 18, 2019. (Reuters/Rodi Said)
NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - The Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing walk to waiting family members and friends after stepping off of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2018 (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)
The U.S. Air Force has issued new guidelines for active-duty, reserve and National Guard airmen who are considered non-deployable, and officials will immediately begin flagging those who have been unable to deploy for 12 consecutive months for separation consideration.
A small unmanned aerial vehicle built by service academy cadets is shown here flying above ground. This type of small UAV was used by cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, during a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-sponsored competition at Camp Roberts, California, April 23-25, 2017. During the competition, cadets and midshipmen controlled small UAVs in "swarm" formations to guard territory on the ground at Camp Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Drones have been used in conflicts across the globe and will play an even more important role in the future of warfare. But, the future of drones in combat will be different than what we have seen before.
The U.S. military can set itself apart from others by embracing autonomous drone warfare through swarming — attacking an enemy from multiple directions through dispersed and pulsing attacks. There is already work being done in this area: The U.S. military tested its own drone swarm in 2017, and the UK announced this week it would fund research into drone swarms that could potentially overwhelm enemy air defenses.
I propose we look to the amoeba, a single-celled organism, as a model for autonomous drones in swarm warfare. If we were to use the amoeba as this model, then we could mimic how the organism propels itself by changing the structure of its body with the purpose of swarming and destroying an enemy.