In another photo, she took a selfie in a car, and said “It's so damn cold out ... WHY have a funeral outside!? Somebody's getting a jacked up flag.”
I guess someone took the fun out of funeral that time.
Spc. Terry Harrison has been suspended from her funeral detail duties with 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment based in Madison, Wisconsin. Also suspended is Sgt. Luis Jimenez, who defended Harrison’s behavior on social media.
“It’s actually a selfless commitment she has made,” he said, according to the New York Daily News. “These practice sessions are very long. It’s good to let loose a little. When your job constantly asked you to be serious. And no there’s no one in the casket.”
The images took us somewhere we’ve been a few times over the past 12 years; you know, the place where people in uniform do something dumb and then compound their stupidity by taking photos or videos of it.
Gone is the stress of combat, the perils of war. Absent is the threat of death, the isolation of being thousands of miles away from home.
That's what separates this from the urination scandal and Abu Ghraib. While certainly devoid of morality, those events carried with them a certain "War is Hell" component.
And I don't care what her sergeant says about how strenuous the rehearsals are, "Funeral Detail is Hell," just doesn't carry the same weight.
What Harrison did was less a military mistake and more a juvenile one. For reference, there’s a tumblr page about people taking selfies at funerals. Save the ACUs, what's the difference?
But there’s a concern that now that the wars are nearly over, this may be the new military.
The concern of many senior military leaders is that as the U.S. military closes the book on more than a decade of war, there will be colossal mistakes as the armed forces attempts to ratchet down his tone, style, and tempo to meet peace a time for peace.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid $13,000 over a three-month period for a senior official's biweekly commute to Washington from his home in California, according to expense reports obtained by ProPublica.
Staff Sgt. John Eller conducts pre-flights check on his C-17 Globemaster III Jan. 3 prior to taking off from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii for a local area training mission. Sgt. Eller is a loadmaster from the 535th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)
CUCUTA, Colombia — The Trump administration ratcheted up pressure Saturday on beleaguered Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, dispatching U.S. military planes filled with humanitarian aid to this city on the Venezuelan border.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks at the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used.
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval.
A pair of U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron VF-211 Fighting Checkmates in flight over Iraq in 2003/Department of Defense
Since the sequel to the 1986 action flick (and wildly successful Navy recruitment tool) Top Gun, was announced, there's been a lot of speculation on what Top Gun: Maverick will be about when it premieres in June 2020. While the plot is still relatively unclear, we know Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and he'll be joined by a recognizable costar: The iconic F-14 Tomcat.
It looks like the old war plane will be coming out of retirement for more than just a cameo. A number of recently surfaced photos show an F-14 Tomcat aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, alongside Cruise and members of the film's production crew, the Drive's Tyler Rogoway first reported earlier this week.