Thursday, December 9, 2021
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.   John Harold Leims was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 8, 1921. He attended St. Hilary Parochial School, Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, and graduated from Saint George High School in Evanston, Illinois, in 1939. At Saint George's, he played varsity football and track, was...
By Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs - KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 4 Andy Druilhet brings his UH-60 MEDEVAC Black Hawk in for a landing in a precarious location.  Due to the slopes of the mountainside, Druilhet had to perform a 2-wheeled pinnacle landing in a dusty patch...
  Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure if they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes. Carl Sandburg BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.    For years I have...
Story by Capt. Richard Barker -  KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – The first part of this story examined the celebrations of the lives of military families in the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade who are only given two weeks a year to spend with their deployed spouses. In this second part, those stories continue...
BY JOSEPH BONFIGLIO - FORT SHAFTER, HAWAII -Seven December 1941 was the opening scene of World War II, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was there. At 7:55 a.m., two waves of Japanese warplanes from a naval task force about 250 miles north of Hawaii appeared over Oahu....
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Within a few short weeks Honolulu will have the privilege of hosting the largest gathering of Medal Of Honor recipients this country has ever seen.  It is likely to be the last gathering of this size.  Age is taking its toll on these veterans. When...