In 1966, Army Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler, an active-duty Green Beret medic, became a national sensation with his song “The Ballad of the Green Berets.” The Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones had chart-topping hits that year, but it was Sadler’s salute to the Special Forces that finished the year at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Singles chart, based on sales and airplay.
Army Rangers Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas were the two soldiers killed Wednesday in a raid targeting top Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon, which is investigating the possibility their deaths were the result of friendly fire.
Many elements of military health care are in flux due to three factors: a hefty package of reforms voted by Congress last December; a new generation of Tricare support contracts taking effect soon, and the introduction of MHS Genesis, the military’s new electronic records and scheduling system.
The father of a survivalist who ambushed two state police troopers, killing one of them, said Monday that he failed his son by lying about his military exploits and by not pushing him harder to grow up.
A group of 21 current and former faculty members at military service academies, war colleges and other military universities released a statement saying they are alarmed by what they called Green’s history “of extreme statements and actions and by the prospect of his becoming the next secretary of the Army.”