Two sailors honored for bravery 76 years after Pearl Harbor attack

 On the 76th anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Navy is posthumously honoring two sailors from USS Oklahoma (BB-37) and USS Vestal (AR-4) for bravery.

Earlier this week, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer awarded the Silver Star Medal to Chaplain Lt. j.g. Aloysius H. Schmitt for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving on the battleship Oklahoma. Spencer also awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V device for valor to Chief Boatswain’s Mate Joseph L. George for heroic achievement while serving aboard the repair ship Vestal.

Family members of...

Thirteen teams compete in Ranger Challenge at Hood

Thu, Nov 9, 2017 - 12:08pm

Thirteen teams of cadets from 10 Texas universities converged on Fort Hood to compete in the ROTC Ranger Challenge competition held here Oct. 27-29. 

The nine-cadet teams pushed their limits and tested their skills during each of the five main events. Tarleton State University won the overall competition and Stephen F. Austin State University finished second. Both universities had two teams participating.

The cadets, many of whom will earn their commission as second lieutenants within the next two years, began the chilly weekend with a modified Army Physical Fitness Test followed by the night land navigation...

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Soldier continues Family’s legacy of military service

Wed, Dec 2, 2015 - 8:00am
by Staff Sgt. Mark A. Moore II   There was a point in Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Mims’ life, when, with the encouragement of his father, he nearly severed their Family’s historical military ties. It was 2004, and the U.S. had recently begun combat operations in Iraq. The initiative to overthrow a dictator accused of hiding weapons of mass destruction further divided America's military power across Asia, in what would become the longest period of ground operations since Vietnam. “The country had just gone to war with Iraq, and Brandon had just started a family,” said his father, Philip Mims. “In my estimation, we...

For Some Service Members, Insomnia May Not Be Part Of PTSD

Wed, Dec 2, 2015 - 8:00am

by Sarah Sicard

Sleeplessness has historically been considered a secondary symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder, but recent research shows that insomnia may be a disorder unto itself.

In 2014, an Army research team, led by Col. Vincent Mysliwiec, suggested the name “trauma-associated sleep disorder,” leading the service to propose it as a separate diagnosis from post-traumatic stress disorder.

He and the Army hope the...

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Wichitan gets state appointment

Tue, Nov 17, 2015 - 3:00am

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed a Wichitan as deputy adjutant general for air.

Abbott appointed Col. Dawn Ferrell to coordinate activities of the Texas military forces with the National Guard Bureau to ensure funding and compliance occurs with other federal, state and local jurisdictions in matters relating to the mission of the Texas Air National Guard.

Ferrell is commander for the 136th Mission Support Group of the 136th Airlift Wing for the Texas Air National Guard based at the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base.

She was commissioned through the Air National Guard's Academy of Military Science in...