Fleming Begaye Sr., World War II United States Marine Navajo Code Talker has died on the Navajo Nation Reservation at Chinle, Arizona. There are now seven remaining elite World War II United States Marines - Navajo Code Talkers alive. So, for an exceedingly short time in our history as a nation, I will be able to tell my grandchildren that yes, it's true that Heroes of this Marine's stature still walk the Earth.
“… these men came here – British and our Allies, and Americans – to storm these beaches for one purpose only, not to gain anything for ourselves, not to fulfill any ambitions that America had for conquest, but just to preserve freedom. . . . Many thousands of men have died for such ideals as these. . . but these young boys. . . were cut off in their prime. . . I devoutly hope that we will never again have to see such scenes as these. I think and hope, and pray, that humanity will have learned. . . we must find some way . . . to gain an eternal peace for this world.” – via Carlo D’Este - Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life (ISBN-10: 0805056874)
The Allies That Landed On The Normandy Beaches That Day In Defense of Freedom: United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Free France, Greece, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Poland.
On the occasion of 118 years of Heroic Service to the United States of America we welcome the opportunity to extend our heartiest congratulations to the Men and Women of the United States Navy's Submarine Forces in their work to protect, defend and when necessary, take their warfighters to the battle or the battle to the enemy. Happy Anniversary!
Captain William R. Bray's (USN RET) outstanding thought piece (via the USNI's November 2017 Proceedings Magazine issue) detailing the necessity to NOT confuse dissent with disloyalty; this, wrapped up within the Information Warfare genre. Capt. Bray is also the author of the superlative essay Intelligence Is Not Warfare! (both documents are Must Read's).
"Captain Bray was a career naval intelligence officer who retired in September (2017 - ed.). His last operational tour was Director for Intelligence at Naval Forces Europe/Naval Forces Africa/Sixth Fleet." - via the United States Naval Institue
Via the United States Naval Sea Systems Command OCC comes the astonishing story of Associate Director Sarkis Tatigian of the Department of the Navy Small Business Program Office. Associate Director Tatigian just received an award from NAVSEA and a tribute from Senator John McCain and the United States Congress for 75 years of faithful service to the United States Navy (both as a civilian and in uniform).
Associate Director Tatigian is currently 94 years of age. He has no plans for retirement. A Veteran of WWII, a member of the Greatest Generation and a National Treasure, if there ever was one.
TRIBUTE TO SARKIS TATIGIAN
Mr. MCCAIN. - Mr. President, I come to the floor today to ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing Mr. Sarkis Tatigian, who will achieve the extraordinary milestone of 75 years of combined military and civilian service to the United States on September 26, 2017. Eligible for retirement since 1973, Mr. Tatigian has continued to honor America through his faithful service. Currently the associate director of the Small Business Programs Office at Naval Sea Systems Command, NAVSEA, Mr. Tatigian is a champion for our Navy, our small business community, and our country.
Mr. Tatigian began his civilian career with the Navy in July 1942 as a junior radio inspector at the naval aircraft factory in the Philadelphia Navy Yard and the Navy Office of Inspector of Naval Aircraft in Linden, NJ. He left his position as an inspector in March 1943 and entered the uniformed Navy as an Active-Duty sailor in April 1943. In June 1944, as an aviation electronics technician’s mate, he aided in the development of the Navy’s first guided antiship munition, the ASM-N–2 ‘‘BAT’’ glide bomb, which later became an operational weapon in January 1945.
In 1943, Mr. Tatigian began his Federal civil service with NAVSEA, where he still works today. Throughout his long career, he has received numerous awards, including the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service Award in 2007. In rec- ognition of his exceptional accomplishments in service, the Navy has even named an award after him, the Sarkis Tatigian Small Business Award, which recognizes outstanding performance through organizational culture and command climate.
At 95 years young, Mr. Tatigian’s dedication and resolve are inspirational. We can all learn a great deal about service to country and the Amer- ican spirit from his great example. On behalf of a grateful nation, thank you, Mr. Sarkis Tatigian, for all you have done for our people, our government, and our Navy.
From the United States Department of the Navy, United States Marine Corps: Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) embark the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is onloading personnel, equipment and supplies in preparation to assist with disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. U.S. military assets are supporting FEMA as well as state and local authorities in rescue and relief efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Deven B. King (Released) 170830-N-XQ375-063
Today's Must Read - Ira Winkler's 'How to Hack a Navel Vessel' - Ira's well-crafted, on-target and plausible thought piece discussing the potential for electronic systems intrusion utilizing a Denial of Service modus related to the four reported damage incidents and the tragic loss of life of our Navy personnel and fellow citizens while United States Navy Vessels were underway.
via the United States Navy: YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 27, 2017) Family, friends and shipmates attend a memorial ceremony at Fleet Activities Yokosuka honoring the seven Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) who were killed in a collision at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Raymond D. Diaz III/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 7, 2017) The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017.
Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams/Released)