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Navy Commander Expresses Regret Concerning USS Guardian Grounding

The U.S. 7th Fleet Commander on Saturday expressed regret over the grounding of USS Guardian (MCM 5) on Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea.

"As a protector of the sea and a Sailor myself, I greatly regret any damage this incident has caused to the Tubbataha Reef," said Vice Adm. Scott Swift. "We know the significance of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park and its importance as a World Heritage Site. Its protection is vital, and we take seriously our obligations to protect and preserve the maritime environment."

U.S. Navy Continues Operations to Free Grounded USS Guardian

While the U.S. Navy continues operations to free the grounded USS Guardian (MCM 5) from Tubbataha Reef, all 79 crew members were temporarily removed today and safely transferred by small boat to the nearby support vessels USNS Bowditch (T-AGS 62) and MSV C-Champion.

USS Guardian Runs Aground in the Sulu Sea

No one was hurt when the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) ran aground on Tubbataha Reef at 2:25 a.m. local time, Jan. 17, while transiting the Sulu Sea.

The Avenger-class ship had just completed a port call in Subic Bay, Olongapo City and was en route to her next port of call when the grounding occurred. The ship is currently stuck on the reef, approximately 80 miles east-southeast of Palawan Island. The crew is currently working to determine the best method of safely extracting the ship.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation.

Former Army Staff Sergeant to Receive Medal of Honor

A former Army staff sergeant will become the fourth living recipient of the nation’s highest award for battlefield gallantry in Iraq or Afghanistan, White House officials announced.


Marines Come From The Sea – To Kick Ass on the Land
By Harold Hutchicon

We have heard tales of Marine heroism in the War on Terror. Bradley Kasal in Fallujah and Dakota Meyer in Ganjgal are two of the most notable cases. But while Marines have shown their heroism far from land, it is not all they do. The Marines are not just a second army with three very powerful light infantry division – they are much, much more.


The resignation of General David Petraeus after revelations of an extramarital affair sent shockwaves through DC. One of the more immediate effects was to temproarily halt his plans to testify in front of a Congressional committee on the 11 September, 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.


While many people talk about the need for an infantryman with a rifle, the fact remains that an infantryman brings very little relative firepower to the table. On the ground, much of the firepower on the front lines comes from tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and armored personnel carriers.

One cannot really fight a war without these, especially on the ground. These vehicles can often provide protection, transportation, and fire support. The tanks, APCs, and IFVs in service today are proven veterans.


When Mitt Romney pointed out that the United States Navy was dropping to a force level lower than it had been prior to World War I, Obama responded, “Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.”

Ia Drang retired CSM dies at 92

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley, former command sergeant major of 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment "Garry Owen," 1st Cavalry Division, died from colon cancer Oct. 10 at 4 a.m. in Columbus, Ga.

Plumley enlisted in the Army March 31, 1942 and retired Dec. 31, 1974. He is a veteran of World War II in Operation Husky, the Battle of Salerno, the Battle of Normandy and Operation Market-Garden.

He is also a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Plumley served as the command sergeant major of 1-7 Cav during Vietnam and the Battle of Ia Drang.

War veteran receives Bronze Star for service

It's been more than 50 years in coming, but U.S. Army retired Capt. Richard Cooksey was officially presented with a Bronze Star for his service in World War II, being a Bataan Death March and prisoner of war survivor, and for service during the Korean and Cold Wars.

Arizona Congressman Ron Barber presented Cooksey with the award in Fitch Auditorium, Tuesday morning. The Department of the Army authorized personnel on Fort Huachuca to present Cooksey with the Bronze Star medal earlier this year.

US Coast Guard Sinks Japanese 'Ghost Ship'

The U.S. Coast Guard has sunk an abandoned Japanese fishing boat off the coast of Alaska, more than a year after a tsunami sent it drifting aimlessly across the Pacific Ocean.

The 50-meter long Ryou-Un Mara went down Thursday in the Gulf of Alaska, hours after a Coast Guard vessel started shooting at it, setting fire to the so-called "ghost ship," which had no lights, crew or communications system.

Fallen pilot 'has come home'

The pilot of a U-28A aircraft that crashed near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, on Feb. 18 was laid to rest at the Air Force Academy Cemetery on March 12.

Capt. Ryan Hall, 30, was a native of Colorado Springs and the son of 1970 Academy graduate Dennis Hall.

"By the size of the turnout, you can see Ryan touched the lives of everyone he met," the elder Hall said. "People here traveled from as far away as Guam and Afghanistan."


With all the focus on the War on Terror, one service has been neglected, and yet, it may be the most important service: the United States Navy. This has been the result of two decades of neglect starting just as the U.S. Navy had not only been crucial in America’s triumph over the Soviet Union, but also in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Yet with a growing crisis with Iran centering around threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, America may pay a price for its neglect of the fleet.

Soldier's Medal awarded to Staff Sgt. Eddie Peoples

A Vicenza, Italy stationed Soldier received the Soldier's Medal for his actions on May 31, 2011 when he took an armed bank robber down after a heist in Sarasota, Fla.

21st Theater Sustainment Command Commanding General Brig. Gen. Aundre Piggee presented the peacetime award for heroism to Staff Sgt. Eddie Peoples in front of members of his unit and community at the Caserma Ederle Post Theater.

Medal of Honor hero talks training, choices to Soldiers

Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry's fate was stitched together by Army training, a pre-determined plan, and a pineapple grenade.

He came to Fort Sill Jan. 12 to share his story with Soldiers as the second living, active-duty service member to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On May 26, 2008, Petry was serving in the 2nd Platoon, D Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, as they performed an unusual daytime mission to get a high value target in Afghanistan's Paktia province.