Commentary: Support of Blue Water Navy Bill crucial

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“A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.” Abraham Lincoln. Recent stories about funds running out for New York’s 9/11 first responders report a bipartisan effort to keep it viable. Few if any would argue that caring for those who run toward danger is not only the right thing to do; […]

Air Force Secretary Wilson resigning

WASHINGTON — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, once seen as a candidate to succeed Jim Mattis as defense secretary, said Friday she is resigning to become president of the University of Texas at El Paso. A former U.S. House Republican member from New Mexico and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Wilson has headed […]

Letter to the Editor: Equal ranks get equal pay in military

I have long suspected that the liberal mindset of having a condescending and self-aggrandizing penchant but in her weak attempt at insulting me, Carol Hotte left no doubt. In one letter, she managed to insult every enlisted person in the military even while claiming her own service made her an expert on the subject. In […]

Letter to the Editor: Serving in military an honor

  While I will agree with Ms. Hotte’s letter that serving in the military is an honor, that’s about the only thing she said that rang true to me. The mass of illegals trying to enter the U.S. via our southern border was and is real. As far as military vs civilian pay it is […]

Letter to the Editor: Military service an honor above all

In observing my belief that everyone is entitled to their opinion I ignore many remarks on the Delaware Sate News Opinion page. Whereas Mr. George Roof’s comments often amuse me there has never been occasion to prompt an actual belly laugh before his “Democrats have different meaning for compromise” piece in the Nov. 28 edition. […]

Veterans will unveil Pearl Harbor memorial in Smyrna

SMYRNA — A new monument, dedicated to those who perished on Dec. 7, 1941, will be unveiled Friday in Smyrna. Terry Baker, a champion of this effort, says there are two inscriptions – along with an image of the attack on battleship row at Pearl Harbor – that will have prominence. At the top, it […]

Congressional Gold Medal solidifies Artishia’s Tuskegee Airman honor

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown native Artishia Mae Conaway Stephens finally has her Tuskegee Airman wings. And they are golden. Seven-plus years after her death at age 87 in June 2011, Ms. Conaway Stephens — who served in the U.S. Army/Air Force from 1945-49 — posthumously received the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest distinguished civilian award, […]

Female warriors honored: Delaware Women’s Service Monument a big hit

DOVER — It all began with a female-flavored fourth annual Veterans Day Parade down Loockerman Street and ended with the unveiling of the Delaware Women’s Service Monument at Legislative Hall on Saturday. It was a day of military pride in downtown Dover for Delawareans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, which this time around […]

Ex-FSMA instructor gets 2 1/2 years in cadet sex case

DOVER – A former First State Military Academy instructor received 2 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for dealing in child pornography and unlawful sexual contact with an underage female cadet on school grounds earlier this year. Troy T. McQueen, a Smyrna resident and former United States Marine who earlier pleaded guilty, will serve 18 months […]

The plane truth

Robert Boyd of West Calder, Scotland took this photo at the Dover Air Force Base while on vacation in Delaware in April.