NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken familiarize themselves with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, the spacecraft that will transport them to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Their upcoming flight test is known as Demo-2, short for Demonstration Mission 2. The Crew Dragon will launch on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (NASA photo)
When NASA astronaut Doug Hurley returned to Earth in 2011 after piloting the space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station (ISS) in the shuttle program’s final mission, he assumed he’d made his last spaceflight.
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While most people are living under stay-at-home orders, military nurses on different sides of the world are boosting the fight against COVID-19.
“For so many years, we have been the supporting personnel to ensure our soldiers get the best care they can to return them to duty or send them to a higher level of care so that they can continue healing, whether in or out of the Army,” said Col. Melissa Mitravich, commander of the 411th Hospital Center in Kuwait. “Now we are on the front lines, and our medical personnel have stepped up and taken the lead without any difficulty.”
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U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley hosts World War II veteran, retired Lt. Col. James “Maggie” Megellas for his 100th birthday during an office call in the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., March 10, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jamill Ford/Released)
James “Maggie” Megellas, a World War II Army officer who became a legend after he single-handedly wiped out a German tank with grenades during the Battle of the Bulge, has died. He was 103.
Megellas, a Life Member of MOAA and retired Army lieutenant colonel, is known as the most decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts; he was recommended for the Medal of Honor in 1945 and again decades later through legislative efforts.
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I've previously written about Lt. Col. Megellas for the Fayetteville Observer:
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Vice Adm. John P. Currier arrives after landing a Coast Guard helicopter for the final time before being relieved as the ancient albatross by Rear Adm. John H. Korn, commander of the Coast Guard 7th District, during a change of watch ceremony at Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, June 4, 2014. Currier, the 28th vice commandant of the Coast Guard, previously served in Traverse City and is retiring in the area. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.
Vice Adm. John Currier, a former Coast Guard vice commandant who unknowingly received a prestigious award for a daring hoist rescue of 10 men from a sinking fishing vessel in 1980, died March 1 in his home in Michigan. He was 68.
Currier, whose 38-year Coast Guard career included service as the 28th vice commandant, is survived by his wife, Mary Jane. The couple was married for more than 40 years and moved to six duty stations from Alaska to Florida.
A Life Member of MOAA, Currier began his career as a naval aviator when he commissioned from Officer Candidate School in 1976. A few years later, the junior officer was stationed in the North Atlantic when he received a distress call that would test his flight skill – and brazen courage.
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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.
Gen. Paul X. Kelley, center, speaks with Gen. James F. Amos and Amos' wife, Bonnie, following a 2014 ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. (Photo by Cpl. Tia Dufour/Marine Corps)
Gen. Paul X. Kelley, the 28th Marine Corps commandant whose 37-year career included two combat tours in Vietnam, has died. He was 91.
“From his service in Vietnam, to leading our Corps through the Beirut bombing aftermath, Gen. Kelley served with honor and distinction,” said Gen. David Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps.
Kelley, a Life Member of MOAA, was truly "a Marine's Marine,” said MOAA Board Member Lt. Gen. Edward Hanlon, Jr., USMC (Ret).
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The NDAA includes honorary promotion recommendations for two Air Force pilots: Lt. Col. Dick Cole, left, and Col. Charles McGee. (DoD photos)
Two heroic pilots – one a member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, one a participant in the Doolittle Raid – have been recommended to the president for honorary promotions for their distinguished service thanks to the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act.
Col. Charles E. McGee, USAF (Ret), has been recommended for promotion to brigadier general, and Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, USAF (Ret), would be posthumously promoted to colonel. The measure, which was signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 20 and includes several MOAA-backed provisions, recognizes the aviators’ service in air operations during World War II.
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Rear Adm. Harley Nygren, who was instrumental in forming the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and served as the first director of its Commissioned Corps, died Nov. 17. He was 94.
Nygren, an icon in coast mapping and geodetic surveying, retired in 1981 after 37 years of government service. A MOAA Life Member and a member of MOAA's Lancaster (Pa.) Chapter, his work touched countless lives, including meteorologists studying weather patterns at the National Hurricane Center he helped establish and astronauts traveling home using tracking infrastructure he helped build.
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11/8/2018 0 Comments
The North Carolina MOAA chapters are among several groups leading a fight to exempt the retirement pay of all government employees, including servicemembers, from that state's income tax.
The bill would even the playing field for those retirees, some of whom already receive an exemption under the so-called “Bailey Amendment,” a North Carolina Supreme Court decision to exempt state taxes for government employees who served at least five years before 1989. This is the latest effort to equalize the exemption.
“I think we have the 'haves' and the 'have nots,'” said Col. Jeri Graham, USA (Ret), who serves on MOAA's board of directors. “It's a fairness thing. We have a lot of people in North Carolina that were able to get that benefit. Now we have all the new people that are retiring from all those federal, state, and local jobs that don't have that benefit. We're trying to equalize that benefit for everyone.”
The Equal Tax Treatment of Government Retirees bill is backed by the several groups working as a coalition called The 4th Branch. The coalition was formed in 1995 and earned nonprofit status in 2000.
The bill is expected to be introduced during the state's next legislative session. Meanwhile, Graham is calling on all government retirees in North Carolina, as well as current military and federal employees, to sign a petition in support of the bill and to contact their state legislators and ask for their support.
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A B-24 gunner who flew missions to drop spies and supplies into France and Italy during World War II has received the country's highest civilian honor.
Air Force Col. Russell “Cliff” Hastler Jr. (Ret), a 93-year-old Life Member of MOAA from Ohio, recently was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal. Hastler enlisted as a member of the Army Air Corps, then returned to service as an Air Force officer, retiring in 1978 after 30 years of service.
“During World War II, I wanted so much to serve as a pilot, and we all wanted to do the right thing,” Hastler said in a written response to MOAA's questions provided through his family. “That sense of patriotism has remained a part of my being to this day. It's been my greatest honor to serve my country as a member of the military, and especially as an Air Force officer.”
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