National Guard hands out meals for Appoquinimink students

MIDDLETOWN — Handing out meals for school children and their families amid the COVID-19 pandemic is just one of the services that exemplifies what the National Guard seeks to do, guardsmen agreed Wednesday. “This is a perfect example,” said Capt. Bernie Kale, director of public affairs for the Delaware National Guard. “It’s unfortunate when situations […]

Acting Navy boss submits resignation amid uproar

WASHINGTON — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has submitted a letter of resignation to Defense Secretary Mark Esper. That’s according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the matter before an official announcement. The official says Modly has also told staff he is quitting. Modly had created a combustible […]

Caesar Rodney High JROTC breaks community service records

CAMDEN – Community service is top of mind when it comes to the JROTC cadets at Caesar Rodney High School, said Col. Mitch Berger. “People always appreciate it. They can’t get enough of seeing the kids, and they’re proud of the kids,” he said. “Many of them are veterans, and so they like seeing young […]

Navy fires captain who sought help for virus-stricken ship

WASHINGTON — The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus on his ship was fired Thursday by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said the ship’s commander, Capt. Brett Crozier […]

Letter to the Editor: Saluting the Vietnam veteran

Letters to the Editor

Sunday is Vietnam Veterans Day, and events have been cancelled throughout the nation for coronavirus safety reasons. Our Kent County Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 850 is combining this day with Memorial Day on May 25 at 2 p.m. at the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park. Hopefully, we will all be out of the deepest […]

Commentary: Thinking Independently … Together


By Lt. Col. Joshua Coakley When you think about diversity, you probably think first about variations in racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, culture, lifestyle, experiences and interests. When people who embody these differences coexist together with a mutual understanding of a common goal, the result is always more positive than the outcome of too […]

Commentary: Sussex Tech: JROTC issue is out of our control


By Stephen Guthrie Mr. Tim Shaffer’s letter to the editor regarding Sussex Technical High School’s JROTC program (“Sussex Tech learning should involve ROTC,” March 12) contained several errors of fact and misunderstanding. As Sussex Tech’s superintendent, I need to correct the record. As the State News has reported, Sussex Tech is regretfully ending its U.S. […]

Commentary: Sussex Tech learning should include ROTC


By Tim Shaffer I believe very strongly in the importance of high school workplace learning. A few months ago, I read with interest (and amusement) that Sussex Tech would be requiring all students to participate in their work-based learning program. Today I read your follow-up in the Delaware State News (“Sussex Tech’s JROTC program to […]

Iraq will investigate attack on base that killed US troops

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s military said Thursday it opened an investigation into a rocket attack that killed three service members, including two Americans, at an Iraqi base housing coalition forces, igniting fears of an escalation in U.S.-Iran tensions after months of detente. At least 12 coalition personnel were also wounded late Wednesday by a barrage of […]

Letter to the Editor: How do you know what they’re thinking?

Letters to the Editor

Bill, you start off by saying the president’s approval rating is slipping among active duty military personnel (“Trump’s disrespect for military personnel” Delaware State News, Mar. 2). How in the world would you know what our active military personnel are thinking? Then you mention two great military men who did not get along with President […]