June 2014

President Obama picks new Chief of Veteran Affairs

6/30/2014 - Obama picks VA Secretary nominee

President Barack Obama will announce his nomination for the next secretary of Veterans Affairs on Monday. Robert A. McDonald is expected to be chosen for the position. read more »

100 year anniversary of World War  1

6/30/2014 - 100 year anniversary of World War I

One hundred years ago, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated in Sarajevo, the capital of the Austria-Hungary empire. This would be the shot that would begin the "war to end all wars," World War I. read more »

China participating in RIMPAC for first time

6/27/2014 - US, China and 20 other nations participating in RIMPAC this year

This week marks the start of RIMPAC 2014, the multinational maritime training exercise. read more »

A Brief History of Independence Day

6/26/2014 - A Brief History of Independence Day

July 4 is now a day on which those fighting to maintain the independence of the U.S. in the military or life after service should be recognized for their service to the country. read more »

Native American WWII vet dies at 95

6/26/2014 - Native American WWII vet honored in Oklahoma

A Native American WWII veteran, Paul Coon, remembered for his service.  read more »

Washington Nationals help honor Army heroes

6/25/2014 - Washington Nationals help honor Army heroes

On June 19, the Washington Nationals dedicated their game against the Houston Astros to the men and women that serve their country. The major league baseball team honored Army members and veterans at the game as part of the Army's 239th birthday celebration. read more »

Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts will receive Medal of Honor

6/24/2014 - Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts to receive Medal of Honor

The White House announced Monday that Sgt. Ryan Pitts will receive the Medal of Honor for his participation in the Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan. read more »

Marines getting back in the saddle

6/24/2014 - Marines getting back in the saddle

The idea of a soldier climbing up on a horse and riding into battle may seem like a scene out of the Old West, but the Marines have recently begun to reconsider how horses are used in the military. read more »

Army testing a new parachute

6/23/2014 - Army testing a new parachute

The U.S. Army is in the process of creating a new parachute for its soldiers, one that is easier to maneuver, allows for higher drops and may make missions safer. read more »

FaceTime and Skype keep families connected abroad

6/20/2014 - FaceTime and Skype keep families connected abroad

For military families, video chat technology such as FaceTime and Skype have helped  them through months or even years of a loved one's tour abroad. read more »

Military family's experience with TBI to be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul

6/19/2014 - Military family's experience with TBI to be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul

Traumatic Brain Injuries affect millions of people in the U.S. every year. read more »

Military testing new tracking system

6/18/2014 - Military testing new tracking system

The military is testing a new blue force tracking system that will aid soldiers during combat and allow greater communication between units, something the army benefits from greatly. read more »

U.S. Army recognizes Vietnam veterans during historic presentation

6/17/2014 - U.S. Army recognizes Vietnam veterans during historic presentation

The U.S. Army recognized Vietnam veteran Patrick A. Tiessonniere June 11, during a historical presentation put on by the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as the Twilight Tattoo. The event took place at Fort Myer in Virginia. read more »

'Geckskin' paddles could allow military to scale walls

6/17/2014 - 'Geckskin' paddles could allow military to scale walls

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Draper Laboratories and DARPA have been working together to develop paddles for military use inspired by the gecko's sticky digits. read more »

Army releases new children's book to celebrate the Army's 239th birthday

6/16/2014 - Army releases new children's book to celebrate the Army's 239th birthday

As the Army celebrated its 239th birthday, children in military families were a part of the observation. The Army announced on Saturday that it would be releasing a children's eBook entitled, "Happy Birthday U.S. Army!" read more »

DARPA program may reduce neuropsychological illness in veterans

6/12/2014 - DARPA program may reduce neuropsychological illness in veterans

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is partnering with the University of San Francisco and Massachusetts General Hospital to develop a technology that may reduce the severity of neuropsychological illness in service members and veterans. read more »

Retired military dogs find forever homes

6/11/2014 - Retired military dogs find forever homes

The canines that serve next to their soldiers find a special place, not only in their soldier's heart, but also with the hearts of the soldier's family. read more »

WWII veteran honored during soccer match

6/10/2014 - WWII veteran honored during soccer match

Team USA took on team Nigeria last week in a pre-World Cup match in Jacksonville, Florida. During halftime, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia honored veteran Samuel Muldrew. read more »

Happy 239th birthday to the United States Army!

6/10/2014 - Happy 239th birthday to the US Army!

On June 14th, the United States will celebrate the Army's 239th birthday. read more »

Team Army comes in first place at D.C. Special Olympics

6/3/2014 - It's gold for Team Army at D.C. Special Olympics

The 2014 Special Olympics took place in the District of Columbia, May 20-22. read more »