Jennifer Hlad

A-bomb crewmember: With 2nd bomb, 'we knew the war was going to end'

When Raymond Biel was in flight school in the early 1940s, he thought he might be a co-pilot in a fighter. Instead, he was chosen to fly the B-29 Superfortress, a new bomber for the U.S. military.

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Cast and crew of TV drama ‘The Last Ship’ take their cues from real-life servicemembers

Last season, the crew of “The Last Ship” had to overcome al-Qaida terrorists, evil Russians and a global pandemic. This season, they’ll have to survive post-apocalypse America.

‘I saw only one thing in their eyes: courage’

When the bomb exploded, Navy Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson didn’t run away. He ran toward it.

‘Because of that courage ... the union prevailed’

First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing’s actions during the Battle of Gettysburg helped change the course of history. He was buried with full honors at West Point, and in 1887 his family and friends placed a stone marker at Gettysburg National Military Park commemorating his heroics.

‘You really have no choice but to fight and to win the day’

Gunnery Sgt. Brian Jacklin and his teammates were surrounded on all sides, under heavy fire, and two of the Marines were bleeding out. The medevac choppers were five minutes away, and the Marines needed to blow a hole in the wall to leave the relative safety of their compound for an open field.

VA's West LA campus takes 1st step to return to its deeded mission: Housing veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs will open a transitional housing facility for veterans on Thursday and launch a planning process later in June for the redevelopment of its 387-acre West Los Angeles VA Medical Center campus, just six months after settling a 2011 lawsuit that accused the VA of misusing the land and discriminating against homeless vets.

Vets in LA can text other vets for help with new program

As thousands of troops leave the military each month without jobs or a plan for permanent housing, a new text messaging program will link vets to peers who can connect them to the services and support they need.


USS Sampson returns to San Diego from Pacific deployment

The USS Sampson has returned home after a 212-day deployment to the Asia-Pacific region, a mission that included search-and-recovery efforts for the AirAsia plane that vanished in December with 162 people on board.

Marines look to boost air-ground communication

Despite remarkable changes in technology during the last 50 years, Marines riding in the back of one of the most advanced aircraft in the world have virtually the same communication capabilities as Marines riding a CH-46 into Vietnam.

As Marine Corps tests viability of women in combat roles, some have already joined the ranks

Even as the Marine Corps conducts high-profile tests of female volunteers in infantry roles, dozens of other women have been smoothly and quietly integrated into units previously closed to them.

No medal upgrade for Marine who will receive Navy Cross in June

The family of Sgt. Rafael Peralta will receive the Navy Cross next month for his actions in Iraq, bringing to an end — for now — a decade-long fight to see him awarded the Medal of Honor.


Jennifer Hlad

Jennifer Hlad covers West Coast and national stories for Stars and Stripes.

She previously covered the Pentagon for Stars and Stripes and has also worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in Georgia and South Carolina, as a producer and web editor for a television station in Wilmington, N.C., and as a military reporter and interactive content editor for The Daily News in Jacksonville, N.C. She also was press secretary for Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Jennifer earned her bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and her master of journalism from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

She is married to a Marine officer and lives in Carlsbad, Calif.

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