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Flying With an Honor Flight

In 2016, I was on an Honor Flight to Hawaii for the 75th commemoration of the Pearl Harbor attacks that launched the U.S. into World War II. The Honor Flight Network has a mission to transport America’s veterans to sites of historical significance so they can see the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifices. And ahead of the Pearl ...

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Navy Submariner Explores Deepest Part of Ocean

Thousands have climbed Mount Everest, and a handful of people have walked on the moon. But reaching the deepest part of the ocean? Only three people have ever done that, and one was a U.S. Navy submariner. In the Pacific Ocean, somewhere between Guam and the Philippines, lies the Marianas Trench. At 35,814 feet below sea level, its bottom is ...

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65 Years of Nuclear-Powered Subs

On Jan. 21, 1954, the Navy’s first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, was launched out of Groton, Connecticut. While the U.S. had been using submersibles since the Revolutionary War — going from hand-cranked wooden rigs to treasured diesel-powered assets during World War II — this ship truly revolutionized the game. The creation of the nuclear-powered sub ushered in an era in ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Master Chief Britt Slabinski

March 4, 2002, was a deadly day for American troops on a mountaintop mission in Afghanistan. Several men lost their lives, but two earned the nation’s highest honor for their bravery and leadership. One of them was Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Britt Slabinski, a SEAL. Slabinski grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts, and was a high achiever from the start, ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Col. Donald Cook

Marine Corps Col. Donald Cook wasn’t in Vietnam long before he was captured, but the nearly three years he spent as a prisoner of war defined his legacy and earned him the Medal of Honor. Cook was born in Brooklyn, New York, in August 1934. He worked summers at a naval shipyard in college before graduating in 1956. Within a ...

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Why India is Important to U.S. Defense > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Story

Over the past decade, the U.S.-India defense relationship has become indispensable in promoting peace, prosperity and stability in the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean region. In fact, America’s oldest and largest geographic combatant command changed its name last year from U.S. Pacific Command to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, specifically to highlight the importance of South Asia and the Indian Ocean region ...

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Army 1st Lt. George E. Davis – Medal of Honor Monday

More than 1,500 service members earned the Medal of Honor during the Civil War, which also happens to be when the medal was created, so it’s fitting to kick off this New Year with a recipient who was instrumental in keeping our country whole. George E. Davis grew up in New England and was living in Burlington, Vermont, in 1861 ...

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NORAD’s Famous Santa Tracker Started as a Fluke

Tracking Santa on his trek across the world has been a holiday tradition for many American families for decades, but did you know that it all started because of a mistake? Kids across the U.S. have grown accustomed to keeping track of the big guy’s journey through the North American Aerospace Defense Command Santa Tracker. They can track his flight ...

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4 Major Military Events That Happened On Christmas

On Christmas Day every year, many Americans relax and enjoy time with their families. For many of our troops, though, it can be a day of sacrifice and hardship.Over the history of the U.S., several big military actions have taken place on December 25. Here are four noteworthy ones. 1776: Washington’s Famous Crossing of the Delaware The winter of 1776 ...

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Army Pfc. William A. Soderman – Medal of Honor Monday

One soldier taking out a tank all by himself would be a big deal in any war, so imagine blowing up three in one day during World War II — that’s what Army Pfc. William A. Soderman did, and it earned him the Medal of Honor. Soderman grew up in West Haven, Connecticut, and enlisted in the Army in August ...

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How One Tribute Started a Movement – National Wreaths Across America Day

National Wreaths Across America Day has become such a big tradition that it’s hard to believe it began from just one personal tribute and a photo that went viral. So how did it happen? Here’s the scoop: The Worcester family of Harrington, Maine, owns their own tree farm. In 1992, they had a surplus of wreaths during the holiday season, ...

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From Navy to NASCAR

Several service members recently got a tour of Las Vegas Motor Speedway from a NASCAR driver who showed them the ins and outs of the track, the cars and the work that goes into making a race happen. It’s a perk of military service. But what’s even cooler? Getting that tour from a NASCAR driver who’s been in your shoes. ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Lt. Col. John U.D. Page

Choosing to go to battle when you could stay in the safe zone — that’s something a valiant leader would do, and that’s exactly what Army Lt. Col. John U.D. Page did while serving in Korea. Page was born in 1904 in the U.S.-governed Philippines, but he grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. His dream of attending West Point was ...

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11-Year-Old Willie Johnston

Coming in first in the spelling bee or your school’s science fair is a big deal when you’re 11. So imagine earning the Medal of Honor at that young age. Willie Johnston was a drummer during the Civil War, and he did just that. Nowadays, there’s no way you could get away with joining up at age 11. But things ...

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This Nuclear Missile Bunker Takes Visitors

The rickety elevator atop former Air Force Missile Site 8 slowly teeters its way 35 feet underground, opening up to a nuclear missile bunker filled with Cold War-era technology, fixtures and decor. It makes you feel like you’ve stepped into an old sci-fi movie — or perhaps the hatch from the show “Lost.” Except the nuclear warhead on the other ...

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