Ah, service academy graduation! That wonderful springtime rite in which plebes become plebes no more, firsties drunkenly don cadet dress uniforms for the last time, and some old dignitary gives them a brief, rousing pep talk about the sacred duties they're about to undertake. Some grads get a secretary of defense or a vice president; some get the big cheese himself, the president of the United States, to tell them what a great thing they've done with their four years, and how much the uniformed forces will appreciate their commissioned service.
President Donald Trump gave his very first commencement address May 17, to the cadets of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. How'd he do? What was his message of honor and duty for these self-sacrificing ensigns-to-be? Let's check in with the veterans and reporters of Twitter:
Fair winds and following seas, Coast Guard Academy class of 2017!
Staff Sgt. Stevon A. Booker, a 3rd Infantry Division Soldier who was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment and killed in action in Iraq in 2003, is depicted in a photo illustration alongside the Distinguished Service Cross medal, which he is slated to posthumously receive for his heroic actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom, April 5, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (U.S. Army)
The U.S. Army has announced it will upgrade a former 3rd Infantry Division soldier's Silver Star to a Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery during the unit's "Thunder Run" attack on Baghdad, Iraq, in 2003.
HANOI (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told the U.S. secretary of state he did not want his children to live with the burden of nuclear weapons, a former CIA officer involved in high-level diplomacy over the North's weapons was quoted as saying on Saturday.
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."