7/6/2020 0 Comments
Army 1st Lt. Benjamin Keating knew the armored supply vehicle was too heavy for the road in Kamdesh, a remote town in eastern Afghanistan, so he went against regulation that day in 2006 took the wheel.
The road collapsed, tossing Keating from the truck as the Landay-Sin River sucked him under, according to reports. His death had a profound effect on his platoon, while demonstrating the tremendous care he had for his soldiers.
“Lt. Ben Keating was an example of a good leader who took responsibility and lived among his men and for this men and not above them or looking down on them,” said acclaimed actor Orlando Bloom, who portrays Keating in the new military thriller The Outpost.
Bloom spoke to Military Officer about his role as Keating and how he trained with the Army. The performance comes nearly 20 years after one of his first film roles as a professional actor – a brief appearance as an Army private first class in Black Hawk Down.
Read more here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/moaa-interview-orlando-bloom-on-portraying-an-army-officer-in-the-outpost/
MOAA board member Lt. Col. Walter Smiley Jr., USA (Ret), joined 99 other Black fathers as part of a special production featuring Oprah Winfrey that focused on how the men are raising their families in this moment.
Smiley, who capped a 25-year career as the chief of operations for the Rapid Equipping Force at Fort Belvoir, Va., was in the virtual audience for OWN Spotlight: Oprah and 100 Black Fathers, which touched on the urgency of having “the talk,” among other topics. Smiley caught the eye of Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) producers after he shared some of his experiences as a minority officer with the New York Times.
“It’s about time there’s a discussion about it,” Smiley said.
Read more here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/moaa-board-member-part-of-oprahs-100-black-fathers-special/
On the battlefield, the two officer-brothers who make up the “Palicia Militia” represent the best of the Army and Air Force. But recently, they stepped into a different arena to challenge one another – an athletic competition on NBC hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Lt. Col. Eric Palicia, USA, deputy chief of staff for Engineering at U.S. Army Europe Headquarters, and his brother, Capt. Noah Palicia, USAF, a flight instructor for the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, squared off in season two of The Titan Games; their episode aired June 15. Later this season, 1st Lt. Haley Johnson, USA, a registered nurse at Fort Benning Ga., will appear on the show.
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/officer-brothers-battle-on-nbcs-titan-games/
Most weeks, Lt. Col. Bruce “Woody” Caine, USA (Ret), is plunged somewhere in the 2.5-acre historical replica of a Brown Water Navy support base during a Tet Offensive.
He’s one of the most active volunteers at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Charleston, S.C., giving 350 hours of his time last year to educate visitors about the Vietnam War. A small group of people usually is crowded around him, entranced with his memories from service as an Army infantry officer in Mekong Delta in 1968.
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/vietnam-veteran-shares-war-stories-at-local-museum/
Army 1st Lt. Albert Cliette, right, receives the Silver Star from Maj. Gen. Claude B. Ferenbaugh, commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division. (U.S. Army Special Operations Command photo)
When Albert Cliette volunteered to join a new unit seeking the Army’s most daring warfighters, he already had proven his leadership prowess and courage — by jumping from airplanes at airborne school.
But when he arrived at the newly formed Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga., in 1950, he and other black soldiers were reminded they weren’t equal and were pulled away from white soldiers to train, eat, and sleep. It was a gesture of racism Cliette, 92, hadn’t experienced during his childhood in Detroit.
Read my story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/life-member-likely-last-living-officer-of-2nd-ranger-company/
Some days on his compost farm, former Capt. Justin Garrity, USA, and his crew pretend to be crime scene investigators as they poke around bones — probably chicken, he hopes — sticking out of the garbage. He plucks slightly damaged flowers dumped from a grocer’s floral department, joking that he should bring them home to his wife.
When the cadets with the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps defend their post during advanced training this summer, they’ll be standing alongside their cohorts from the U.S. Military Academy.
A partnership between Army Cadet Command and West Point will allow academy cadets to visit Fort Knox, Ky., for the Field Training Exercise portion of Advanced Camp. About 400 West Point cadets will attend the training this summer – up from 40 last year, when senior leaders ran a pilot program to gauge feasibility.
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2019-news-articles/new-army-training-effort-brings-west-point,-rotc-cadets-together-at-fort-knox/?fbclid=IwAR3yVe4W2JsJpHbRbMONmzWHJYfeg2In_2arIqFz_hDQ8tTnYGmlspbV37M
The Army hopes that its esports teams will allow the service to connect with the American public and attract new troops.
At first, some soldiers didn't believe the Army was forming a team. Could playing esports games really be a job?
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2019-news-articles/Game-On--Army-Looks-to-Esports-to-Connect-With-Potential-Soldiers/
Through thunderstorms and near-zero visibility, nothing seems to slow down 87-year-old Lt. Col. Wallace Ward, USA (Ret), as he trudges up and down the hills at the U.S. Military Academy with cadets nearly 70 years his junior.
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2019-news-articles/meet-walkin-wally-moaa-member,-87,-still-on-the-march-at-west-point/
The Army is overhauling its personnel system to fill positions with the most talented officers by digging deeper into their résumés and creating a competitive market.
Under the Army Talent Alignment Process (ATAP) program, officers will be able to search and apply for jobs across the Army, while commanders will have more choice in selecting people to fill positions in their units. Officers entering the winter 2019 move cycle were able to enter their information into the ATAP system in March, with assignments for that cycle beginning May 6, according to the Army.
“Whenever you allow people more voice into the system, I think that’s a good thing,” Army Secretary Mark Esper said during an April 25 roundtable interview from his Pentagon office. “We believe that will help retention and, in many ways, help recruiting, too.”
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2019-news-articles/army-secretary-outlines-major-changes-to-personnel-system/
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