Stars And Stripes Pays Homage To America’s Military Heroes

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Photo by Staff Sgt. Laura Buchta

“‘Above and beyond the call of duty.’ It’s at the heart of the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest award for valor. It applies to every hero, every war,” writes Tina Croley, Stars and Stripes’ managing editor for content for Stars and Stripes’ 2015 Heroes page.


The page is dedicated to the recipients of awards for valor, and contains stories on service members who have received commendations, ranging from Bronze Stars with “V” to America’s highest commendation: the Medal of Honor.

The page features articles on the newest recipients of the Medal of Honor, like Marine veteran Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, who used his body to shield a fellow Marine from a grenade explosion in Marjah, Afghanistan, as well as Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, who fought against 200 insurgents in Wanat, Afghanistan.

Veterans are pushing back against a Wall Street Journal op-ed, in which a woman with no military experience argued that women do not belong in combat units.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighboring Iraq the day after Christmas.

Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from U.S. commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, U.S. officials said.

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Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando

The Coast Guard's top officer is telling his subordinates to "stay the course" after they missed their regularly scheduled paycheck amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

In a message to the force sent Tuesday, Adm. Karl L. Schultz said both he and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary remain "fully engaged" on the missing pay issue, which have caused "anxiety and uncertainty" for Coasties and their families.

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After years of frequent mechanical failures ad embarrassing cost overruns, the Navy finally plans on deploying three hulls from its much-derided Littoral Combat Ship fleet by this fall after a protracted absence from the high seas, the U.S. Naval Institute reports.

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