News Brief for 5 September 2014

UH-1N 'Huey"

The US Marine Corps' final UH-1N 'Huey' helicopter (front) is escorted by its UH-1Y Venom (rear) successor during its sundown flypast on 28 August. Source: US Marine Corps News Brief

UH-1N 'Huey' retired from USMC service >> IHS Jane's 360
The US Marine Corps (USMC) has officially retired the last of its Bell UH-1N 'Huey' helicopters after more than 40 years of service, it was announced on 3 September.

Veterans plan to open FOB-themed pub near Pendleton >> Marine Corps Times
Two former soldiers plan to make Marines feel at home in their new restaurant by decking it out in camouflage netting with sandbags lining the walls - and the menu will feature items chicken "M-WRAPS," napalm nachos and homemade MREs.

Long road still ahead for Vietnam veterans seeking PTSD-related discharge upgrades >> Washington Post
Veterans today can be given a medical discharge while coping with PTSD, clearing a path for them to receive medical benefits from the VA. But the condition wasn't recognized until 1980, potentially leaving thousands of Vietnam War veterans out in the process.

For war-zone medical training, Navy sends doctors, nurses and medics to Chicago hospital >> Associated Press
The patient had been shot on the streets of Chicago, but when Dr. Jared Bernard stood over his open body in the operating room, he could see that the single bullet had unleashed the same kind of massive infection inflicted by roadside bombs in Afghanistan.

Iraq War veteran Ben Kotwica brings authority to Redskins’ special teams >> Washington Times
A little more than a decade ago, U.S. Army Capt. Ben Kotwica landed in Taji, Iraq, a sandy city 20 miles north of Baghdad. It was April 2004 and Operation Iraqi Freedom II was humming along. The situation on the ground was calm, at least for a while.

Wounded Warrior to Be Honored at College Football Game on Saturday >> News Channel 9
This Saturday, Northwestern University will honor a wounded warrior from Ringgold during its football game against Northern Illinois University. Sgt. Smith was injured in Afghanistan on July 25, 2012 while on patrol, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. His injuries led to the amputation of his legs, one above the knee and one below the knee. Sgt. Smith also suffered severe damage to his right arm and hand, moderate damage to his left arm and hand, severe hearing loss and moderate Post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fletcher starts foundation for war veterans >> The Daily Transcript
Former State Assemblyman and Marine veteran Nathan Fletcher announced Tuesday the launch of the Three Wise Men Foundation. The foundation aims to raise awareness of the problems facing U.S. veterans returning from war. The foundation will provide direct support to organizations and programs that help veterans transition from combat to civilian life.

Army hero honored for saving man from oncoming BART train >> San Francisco Chronicle
After two tours of combat duty in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, the morning commute on BART from Orinda to San Francisco must have seemed pretty routine to Adam Czekanski, a career Army officer, one day last winter.

Man, 88, awarded medals at JBLM 61 years after release from North Korean prison camp >> Tacoma News Tribune
Retired Army Master Sgt. James Hayden kept insisting that he didn't want any fuss about him even as a two-star general leaned in to pin long-overdue Army service medals to his collar.

WWII soldier's remains identified, Arlington burial set >> Army Times
The remains of a soldier reported missing in action on Saipan 70 years ago will be buried Sept. 12 at Arlington National Cemetery after Defense Department scientists confirmed his identity, according to a DoD news release.

4 congressmen seek Purple Hearts for soldiers killed in Arkansas >> Military Times
Arkansas' four congressmen blasted the Defense Department on Thursday for what they called an unnecessary delay in a decision on Purple Hearts for a pair of Army recruiters killed by a religious fanatic in Little Rock five years ago.

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