95 Year Old Female #TuskegeeAirman #AmeliaJones #AfricanAmerican Receives Congressional Gold Medal

95-year-old Tuskegee Air(wo)man awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Army Air Corps Sgt. Amelia Jones, a veteran of the original Tuskegee Airman, addresses the audience after receiving the Congressional Gold Medal at Hospice Savannah in Savannah, Ga., April 19, 2015. Army Brig. Gen. James R. Blackburn Jr., right, helped present the medal to her. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Wrigley


Tuskegee Airman Receives Congressional Gold Medal

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia speaks before presenting the Congressional Gold Medal to Army Air Corps Sgt. Amelia Jones, a 95-year-old veteran of the original Tuskegee Airmen, at Hospice Savannah in Savannah, Ga., April 19, 2015. read more

Piecing The Puzzle Together, Fog Doesn’t Factor #11TroopsDeadUH60M #EglinAFB #BlackHawkDownFL

It is believed that during the exercise, the pilots could have been faced with heavy fog in the training area. Having said that, this type of fog is quite common in the area and the pilots are trained and accustomed for such weather.

UH-60 Black Hawk crashes, 11 military personnel presumed dead

Taiwan Army UH-60 BlackHawkA UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying 7 US marines and 4 National Guard soldiers has crashed whilst the crew were carrying out a training exercise in the Gulf Of Mexico, close to Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle on Tuesday night.

The training exercise consisted of two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters of which one returned safely but the other was reported missing at around 2030 Tuesday.  As soon as the helicopter was known to be missing, a widescale Search and Rescue mission was initiated but bad fog was hindering the initial operation.  A spokesman for Eglin Air Force base,  Andrew Bourland has also confirmed that human remains as well as aircraft debris has been washed ashore on Wednesday morning.

It is believed that during the exercise, the pilots could have been faced with heavy fog in the training area.  Having said that, this type of fog is quite common in the area and the pilots are trained and accustomed for such weather.

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#USAirforce Needs Reinforcing Now! #makeDClisten #tcot

Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne load into an Air Force C-141B Starlifter at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., for their parachute jump over the Sicily Drop Zone at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Nov. 3, 2000. Five thousand 82nd Airborne troops are taking part in an aerial assault exercise called Large Package Week. The quarterly training exercise sharpens the airdrop capability of aircrews from the Air Mobility Command and the 82nd Airborne.

Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne load into an Air Force C-141B Starlifter at Pope Air Force Base – DOD File Photo Kenn Mann U.S. Air Force. (Released)

“Your United States Air Force is still the best on the planet, but we mustn’t take that for granted because we are a force under strain,” James said. “And we mustn’t let our edge slip away.”

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 – The Air Force is requesting $10 billion above what sequestration-level funding provides in order to support its global responsibilities, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James told members of the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee here today.

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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James testifies before the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee in Washington, Feb. 27, 2015. James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III met with the House members to discuss the Air Force’s fiscal year 2016 budget request. U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash

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James said the potential return of sequestration jeopardizes the Air Force’s ability to sustain its various global missions and hampers its ability to focus on its main priorities: people, modernization and stewardship.

“Sequestration needs to be lifted, lifted permanently,” the secretary said.

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Obama Visits US Troops for “Holiday” as Congress Fights for Ft. Hood Victims’ Purple Hearts

Obama fits in a “Holiday” visit to some of our troops as he is talking about how our US involvement in Afganistan is attempting to wind down yet simulateously reminding all that it will remain “a dangerous place.”

Congress will be attempting to give the victims of the Fort Hood shooting US Military Purple hearts. One wonders how that will work since our POTUS still refuses to recognize the mass shootings as an Islamic terrorist event equivalent to an act of war on US soil by an Islamic jihadist attempting to further the goals of Islam by attacking our active US Military troops during an active time of war. It was not workplace violence Mr. Obama! Most Americans agree on that point. ~MKO for USDefenseLeague.com “Pushing Back Tyranny With Truth” for the Glory of God and our Good USA #Pro-Israel

We here at USDefenseLeague wish you all a very Merry CHRISTmas and a Happy Hanukkah too.

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Pilot #Mahoney Lands #Harrier Jet After Gear Fails, Must Watch! [VIDEO] God Bless #USA #USMilitary #tcot #USNavy

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US Navy Captain William Mahoney AV-8B Harrier Pilot VMM-263 (Reinforced) Watch his incredible landing after the plane’s front landing gear doesn’t work. Mahoney lands the nose of the plane on a stool on the aircraft carrier. Incredible must watch! May God Bless Captain William Mahoney and all of our US Military in all branches all over the world. USDefenseLeague salutes you all!

~ M. Katherine Orts and husband Pastor David A. Orts “Pushing Back Tyranny With Truth” for the Glory of God and our Good USA #Pro-Israel

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50 More US Spec Ops Troops Sent to Iraq #MakeDClisten #tcot #ccot #Iraq #ISIS #ISIL #USA

us-special-ops-have-become-much-much-scarier-since-911Pentagon/Washington D.C. -According to reports by Pentagon officials via Fox New’s national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin, fifty more special ops troops known as “advisers” have been sent over to Iraq to guard the American Embassy there. There are now a total of five hundred ‘advisers’ on the ground at present.

~ M. Katherine Orts and husband Pastor David Orts reporting for and founders of USDefenseLeague.com “Pushing Back Tyranny With Truth” for the Glory of God and our good. 

With Spare Parts and a Lot of Heart, Honor Wagon Transforms Final Journeys of Fallen Soldiers

Honor Wagon for Fallen Soldiers Tranforms Their Final Journeys at Pittsburgh AirportThanks go out to Mr. Wakeley and Mr. Chamovitz for their efforts to make the final journey of those who served protecting our great country. We pray that the families of all veterans, alive and passed on, will be blessed and comforted. –PBN

John Wakeley, a field maintenance employee at Pittsburgh International Airport, was flabbergasted when he saw how the casket of Army veteran Garrette Conn, 21, was handled.

“(They) put the flag-draped coffin on the baggage cart like a set of golf clubs,” Wakeley told WTAE-TV in Pitsburgh. “I was upset. I thought it was a disgrace.  Men and women have given their lives to protect the freedoms of everyone here and to me they were just being treated like a regular piece of baggage.”

His coworker Mark Chamovitz felt the same way.

“When the (military) told me they were going to put them on a regular baggage cart, it sent shivers down my spine. That’s not a dignified way to end a fallen hero’s journey,” Chamovitz, an airport operations duty manager, told Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “(The carts) are not in the greatest shape.”

So the pair came up with a plan to refurbish a baggage cart into something to honor the remains of fallen soldiers. The Vietnam Veterans of Beaver County hooked them up with Hall Industries in Ellwood City, which used spare materials to create the Honor Wagon.

The special wagon will be used to transport caskets of fallen veterans from aircraft to awaiting hearses, WTAE reported.

The refurbished cart has a hollowed-out center with room for a casket while plexiglass-like windows on both sides protect the casket while allowing it to be viewed. The exterior is covered with logos from all military branches and has 13 spear points on each side, signifying the original colonies — and the words “Never Forgotten” are inscribed on the rear, the Tribune-Review reported.

“I just feel strongly that fallen soldiers deserve better than being in the back of a pickup or on a raggedy, old belt,” David McLaughlin, a veteran and plant manager of Hall Industries, told the Tribune-Review. “This will give them a little bit of honor when they come back.”

Source: The Blaze

Veterans Day: The Unseen Scars Are Often As Painful As The Ones Seen

Mark Hendricksonby Mark Hendrickson

In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions produce some effects that are readily apparent and others that are not.

This truth applies to military veterans. Many return from their service scarred. Sometimes those scars are visible, as in the case of Ronny Porta, about whom I wrote last spring, or the Vietnam vet with whom I shared a poignant experience many Veterans Days ago. Other times, the scars are invisible.

The psychological wounds may be more common. A close friend and a cousin both have disturbing memories from their deployment to Vietnam. A young woman who played softball on my team in the ‘90s went through counseling after returning from Iraq a decade later.

The most vivid example of haunting memories came from the uncle who raised me. Pop was as tough and fearless as any man I’ve ever known, yet after a few stiff drinks at night, wartime memories that haunted him would come pouring out.

The experience that haunted him the most happened on the aircraft carrier Essex during World War II. Pop was in charge of making the planes flightworthy. One day, a fighter plane returned from its mission intact, except that when Pop checked the belly gunner’s turret, he encountered a gory sight. The belly gunner’s head had been blown off and the turret was a bloody mess.

With the ship’s chaplain conveying the messages, the captain of the Essex wanted to know if the aircraft could fly again. Yes, the plane could fly again, but the bloody mess within would smell horribly in the tropical heat. Pop recommended that the identity of the dead man be confirmed and that he be buried at sea in the plane in which he had given his life for his country. Upon receiving this message via the chaplain, the captain signaled “thumbs-up” from the bridge, and so the plane became a coffin that was pushed off the flight deck into the Pacific. read more

Support 8 Brave Souls & Safe Military Bases Act [Expose & Entire Bill Transcript]

Dear Fellow Americans, we know that the majority of We The People have common sense and wisdom apportioned to each along with a unique measure of Divine Faith given to each to believe in and obey Our Creator as our unique consciences see fit. Our Founding Fathers knew a time, such as now, may eventually come upon our Republic that we would emphatically need to remind each other of, not only the contents of Our US Constitution, but also, urgently remind each other of the value of the state of the contents of our collective character.

It is indeed common sense to allow US Military men and women the rights and responsibilities to, either open carry, or carry concealed weapons on and off any US Base or territory in order to protect the whole of our Great Republic.

Historically recorded wars (World war I & II, Vietnam, Desert Storm Iraq) previous pseudo-classified operations (Weapons to Syria aiding Egypt via Benghazi) and recent tragedies of senseless gun violence, on US Bases and US soil, occurred due to the fact that our Troops (and civilians licensed to carry) were unable to immediately defend themselves against a surprise or an imminent attack by a weapon wielding gunman or gunmen.

There are too many examples to cite in entirety, so we will only bring to mind the recent Navy Yard Shooting (MD) on September 16th, 2013 in which 13 were murdered by a gunman and many others injured. The local SWAT team had to be called in delaying response time in which priceless lives could have been saved. It is alleged that local US Marines in the local MD vicinity were told to read more

DC Police Tangles With Sarah Palin – A Mama Bear for US Patriots & US Veterans Go Girl!



It has been reported by the “Shark Tank” that Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, stepped in and faced down riot police at The Lincoln Memorial, this morning October 13th, 2013 at the #1MVetMarch Sunday Rally on behalf of Patriots and US Veterans. Secret service and swat arrived as well. The road leading up to World War II Memorial was blocked in both directions as a Muslim was dressed in full garb. ~PBN

Sunday’s rally at the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C., which was headlined by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, has broken out in utter chaos, as both D.C. Metro and Park police attempted to shut down the event.

According to one of the Shark Tank’s correspondent on the ground, two police cruiser blocked entrance into WWII memorial, in an effort to stop truckers from arriving from the highway.

Four marked Secret Service vehicles had arrived on the scene, joining dozens of law enforcement assets, who were arriving by the minute, including a SWAT team that had arrived dressing in full riot gear.

Prior to SWAT arriving, the crowd was chanting “move those cars, move those cars,” which was possibly the reason why riot control was called in.

Police have blocked the road leading up to the WWII memorial from both directions, and had also detained, questioned, and subsequently released, a man dressed in full Muslim dress.

Sarah Palin, along with few hundred of her closest friends, have headed over to the Lincoln memorial, and have busted down Obama’s barricades. Palin also engaged police, presumably to thank them for their service. -By JAVIER MANJARRES of “Shark Tank”



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Father of Slain Benghazi SEAL to Obama: “It’s Better to Die a Hero Than Live a Coward” (Video)

Yesterday, former National Security Adviser Bud McFarlane added this on Obama’s non-response to the Benghazi 9-11 terrorist attack:

“To have known what he had available, to have known that Americans were under fire, and to have done nothing, is dereliction of duty that I have never seen in a Commander in Chief from a president of any party. Outrageous.”

Obama Treats Military Vets To Lunch…Then Leaves Without Paying The Bill

Barack Obama isn’t necessarily known for being fiscally responsible, but it seems he may be a bit oblivious when it comes to personal finances as well as national. read more