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Weekly Rundown: November 9 - 15, 2019

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News Recap

A quick review of the major military related headlines from the last week:

 Service members salute the wreath laying at the Eternal Light Flagstaff at Madison Square Park prior to the New York Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, 2019. President Donald J. Trump spoke to the crowd on the 100th Anniversary of World War I and was the first sitting president to attend New York City’s Veterans Day parade. This year, the Veterans Day celebration will commemorate the centennial of the holiday, established in 1919 as Armistice Day. It commemorated the anniversary of the end of World War I and was officially renamed to Veterans Day in 1954. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Ilyankoff) Service members of all branches (including our regular guest writer Chris Walker, next to the bugler) salute the wreath laying at the Eternal Light Flagstaff at Madison Square Park prior to the New York Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, 2019.
Photo Credit: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Ilyankoff

  • Donald Trump became the first sitting president to attend the New York City Veterans Day Parade, the country’s largest, since it first began in 1919.
  • General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced that at least 500 US troops will remain in Syria.
  • Turkey began repatriating foreign fighters previously imprisoned in the areas of Syria now under their control. One of them, Hoda Muthana, who claims she was brainwashed into joining ISIS, was born and raised in the United States and was initially expected to be returned to her home country. However, as her father was a diplomat at the time of her birth, a federal court has denied her claim of US citizenship.
  • A prisoner exchange between the Afghan government and Taliban that would have freed American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, both professors at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul held by the militant extremists since 2016, has been delayed at the last minute.

American Kevin King and Australian Tim Weeks, both kidnapped by Taliban in Kabul in 2016, in a proof of life video after their capture.Weeks and King in a proof of life video taken after their capture.

  • Exchanges of indirect fire occured throughout the week between the Israeli Defense Forces and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) after the death of a PIJ senior commander in a drone strike on Monday. A Thursday ceasefire that seemingly ended the fighting was broken by the PIJ.
  • The US Army announced a new 5 day screening and testing process for officers looking to become battalion commanders. The Battalion Commander Assessment Program (BCAP) will be held at Fort Knox and include a psychological test. Celebration among enlisted and junior officer personnel across the branch is unconfirmed but considered highly likely by this writer.
  • Major General William F. Mullen III, commanding officer of Marine Corps Training and Education Command, had a few words for those who object to ending gender segregated bootcamp across the Marine Corps. Three words, to be specific: “Get over it.

Marines with India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, receive honor graduate awards during graduation from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, March 29. India Company is the first combined company of male and female recruits to graduate from recruit training (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Vivien A. Alstad/Released)Marines with India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, receive honor graduate awards during graduation from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, March 29. India Company is the first combined company of male and female recruits to graduate from USMC recruit training.
Photo Credit: U.S. Marine Corps, Cpl. Vivien A. Alstad.

In Case You Missed It

  • Professional trainer, Marine officer, and expert wreath-saluter Chris Walker doled out more fitness advice and explained some of the best/most popular diet options for anybody looking to lose weight the smart way.
  • This Week in Military History: Doctor Mary Edwards Walker, the only woman to earn the Medal of Honor thus far, was as courageous and strong-willed as you’d expect. And she could really rock a tophat.

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From Our Sister Site

The focus of AHRN this past week was all on Veterans Day with pieces covering the history of the holiday, some sources of military inspiration, news of a massive mental health facility for vets, and a wonderful piece on unity from our friends at the United War Veterans Council. Oh, and a list of sweet deals and discounts to top it all off.


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