The soldiers of Company F, 1st Battalion, 169th General Support Aviation Battalion, a New York Army National Guard unit whose helicopters performed 471 life-saving missions in Afghanistan will be recognized for their service on Saturday at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport.
American troops serving throughout the globe will miss being at home with their families and friends for the holidays. Here are just a small number of videos showing how the troops and their commanders try to ease that loss.
A KC-130J Super Hercules assigned to the squadron was returning to Villamor Air Base from Tacloban after delivering relief supplies in support of Operation Damayan, the U.S. military response to Typhoon Haiyan. Maj. Jason Kauffman, a pilot with the squadron, heard a mayday call come through his radio approximately 18 nautical miles northwest of North Harbor.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the cabinet-level agency responsible for caring for veterans of the United States military. One of the many tasks they are charged with is the provision of medical care, which is done through a network of hospitals, outpatient clinics and veterans centers. The placement of these facilities, especially the hospitals, may serve other interests than those of our veterans.
The two most important players in the Iranian affair, Israel and Saudi Arabia, were left out of the negotiations. But, as an exercise for the student, what if Czechoslovakia and Poland had been nuclear powers?