I interviewed Col. Shane Kimbrough, USA (Ret), from the International Space Station.
Col. Shane Kimbrough, USA (Ret), is just as comfortable blasting 17,500 miles per hour in the Crew Dragon spacecraft as he was flying combat missions in an Army Apache helicopter.
“Completely different rides, but both amazing machines,” Kimbrough told Military Officer magazine while floating aboard the International Space Station. “I really loved flying the Apaches many years ago now, but flying a Dragon is really incredible. When those engines lit just about three weeks ago, we all felt an incredible sense of power underneath us and we knew we were going to go somewhere really fast.”
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NASA astronaut and MOAA member Col. Shane Kimbrough, USA (Ret), is set to head back to space.
Kimbrough is one of four astronauts on the second operational Crew Dragon mission (Crew-2), SpaceX’s second long-duration mission with NASA as part of the Commercial Crew program. The Crew Dragon is expected to launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida the morning of April 22; Kimbrough and crew will dock at the International Space Station (ISS) for a six-month stay.
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Throughout the career of Col. Matt Clark, USA, high dose naloxone auto injectors and freeze-dried plasma have moved from clever ideas to tangible products troops can take to the field for lifesaving procedures.
In June 2020, when the world needed a COVID-19 vaccine, the Army called Clark to tap into his knowledge on medical research and development.
“You’re affecting public health and tackling a very, very difficult enemy in a way that allows us to face it head-on assertively and in an action-oriented way,” Clark said. “So getting a product that matters, that’s relevant, that has an impact … that’s the most meaningful part.”
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The Labor Department recognized MOAA on Nov. 10 as part of a program honoring businesses and organizations for their efforts to create jobs, hire veterans, and maintain veteran workforces.
MOAA received a HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion during a virtual ceremony. The program, established in 2017 legislation, honored 675 companies and organizations this year with either Gold or Platinum recognition. More than 30% of MOAA’s staff is made up of veterans or military spouses.
“MOAA is honored to be recognized for our commitment to employ veterans,” said Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret), president and CEO of MOAA.
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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.
Read my story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/maggie-megellas,-world-war-ii-hero-and-moaa-life-member,-dies-at-103/
I've previously written about Lt. Col. Megellas for the Fayetteville Observer:
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.
Read my story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/vice-adm.-john-currier,-coast-guard-vice-commandant-and-hero-rescue-pilot,-dies-at-68/
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).
Read my story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2019-news-articles/gen.-paul-x.-kelley,-28th-marine-commandant,-dies-at-91/