The Many Aspects of the US Military In Photos

 

Shaking hands with his partner

 

Senior Airman Tariq Russell, a 21st Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, shakes the paw of his partner, PPaul, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., June 14, 2016. MWD handlers are assigned one dog for their entire duration at Peterson AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)

Senior Airman Tariq Russell, a 21st Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, shakes the paw of his partner, PPaul, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., June 14, 2016. MWD handlers are assigned one dog for their entire duration at Peterson AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)

 

An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard, lands on a remote highway strip near Jägala, Estonia after completing a simulated close air support mission in a combined arms live fire exercise during Saber Strike on June 20, 2016. Saber Strike is a long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise designed to improve joint interoperability through a range of missions that prepare the 14 participating nations to support multinational contingency operations. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the Michigan Air National Guard lands on a remote highway strip near Jägala, Estonia, during cooperative training exercise Saber Strike 16, June 20, 2016. It marked the first time in more than 30 years that a U.S. Air Force aircraft has practiced austere landing training on a highway. Minnesota National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren.

 

Army veteran Terry Cartwright bites his gold medal after the Army defeated the Marines in wheelchair basketball during the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., June 21, 2016. DoD photo by Roger Wollenberg

 

Army veteran Terry Cartwright bites his gold medal after the Army defeated the Marines in wheelchair basketball during the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., June 21, 2016. DoD photo by Roger Wollenberg.

I certainly hope that all of us in the US are prepared to spend the money to help these wounded veterans and fund research which could assist them and others recover from disabling injuries. Even if we have to raise taxes, these men and women who were wounded in the military service of the United States need their country to help them.

Marines discuss tactics before resuming training at the Pacific War Memorial at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, June 13, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Matthew J. Bragg

Marines discuss tactics before resuming training at the Pacific War Memorial at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, June 13, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Matthew J. Bragg

 

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A soldier from 2nd Cavalry Regiment fires a FGM-148 Javelin during the combined arms live-fire training exercise for Saber Strike 16 at the Estonian Defense Forces central training area near Tapa, Estonia, June 19, 2016. The U.S. Army Europe-led training exercise is designed to improve joint interoperability through a range of missions to prepare the 14 participating nations to support multinational contingency operations. Minnesota National Guard photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Ben Houtkooper

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter congratulates Army Secretary Eric Fanning during his welcome ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., June 20, 2016. Carter provided remarks during the event. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee.

Thank You President Obama!

Fanning is the first openly gay person to be appointed and confirmed by the US Senate as head of one of the military services. Prior to this office, he was acting Secretary of the US Air Force. Fanning has spent most of his adult life as a dedicated public servant.

The Republicans, particularly the deeply homophobic Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, a loathsome toad of a man who put on hold on the nomination and then a hold on the guy once he was confirmed by the US Senate. Finally, even the Republicans were embarrassed and pushed Roberts out of the way and had him remove his hold. Unfortunately, we can always count on Kansas to send the most right wing loony tunes to the House and Senate.

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Army Secretary Eric Fanning inspects soldiers during a welcome ceremony for him on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., June 20, 2016. Defense Secretary Ash Carter provided remarks during the event. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee.

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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