Tom Bowman http://wkms.org en U.S. Intelligence Tracking What Happened To Flight MH17 http://wkms.org/post/us-intelligence-tracking-what-happened-flight-mh17 Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have proof that a surface-to-air missile was launched when the airliner went down and have ID'd people in a recorded conversation implicating the culprits. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 42302 at http://wkms.org In Bloody Battle, Medal Of Honor Recipient Held His Post Alone http://wkms.org/post/bloody-battle-medal-honor-recipient-held-his-post-alone Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>At the White House today, President Obama awarded the nation's highest award for combat bravery. He presented the Medal of Honor to former Sergeant Ryan Pitts. In 2008, Pitts fought off a large Taliban force at an Afghan outpost. He did this for a time alone and wounded until the Americans could turn the tide of the battle.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: As one of his teammates said, had it not been for Ryan Pitts, that post almost certainly would've been overrun.<p>SIEGEL: Today, Pitts is married with a young son and lives in New Hampshire. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 42261 at http://wkms.org Despite Video Of Bergdahl's Release, Questions Dog His Capture http://wkms.org/post/despite-video-bergdahls-release-questions-dog-his-capture Even as the Taliban released a video of Army Sgt. Bergdahl's release, questions continue to surround his initial disappearance. Bergdahl has said he was captured by the Taliban while lagging behind on a patrol. In a classified report produced in 2010, the Army paints him as a soldier troubled by U.S. policy, but it does not go so far as to call him a deserter. Still, many wonder whether Bergdahl planned to return before his capture. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 41057 at http://wkms.org Medal Of Honor Recipient Dodged Bullets To Help Wounded Soldiers http://wkms.org/post/medal-honor-recipient-dodged-bullets-help-wounded-soldiers President Obama on Tuesday awarded the Medal of Honor, the military's highest award for combat bravery, to former Army Sgt. Kyle White. Obama described how — during a firefight in Afghanistan — White single-handedly saved the life of a fellow soldier and then helped evacuate the wounded during a firefight with the Afghan Taliban.<p>" 'When you're deployed,' he later said, 'those people become your family. What you really care about is, I want to get this guy to the left and to the right home,' " Obama said of White.<p>That's why White says he risked his life that November afternoon in 2007. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:57:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 40536 at http://wkms.org Medal Of Honor Recipient Dodged Bullets To Help Wounded Soldiers Syrian Opposition Leader To Meet With White House Official http://wkms.org/post/syrian-opposition-leader-meet-white-house-official Key Syrian opposition leader Ahmed al-Jarba is expected at the White House on Tuesday to meet with National Security Advisor Susan Rice. The Syrian civil war has been raging for more than three years. Tue, 13 May 2014 09:20:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 40519 at http://wkms.org What's The Right Size For The U.S. Army? http://wkms.org/post/whats-right-size-us-army With the U.S. military out of Iraq and winding down in Afghanistan, the U.S. Army, which peaked with a force of around 570,000 a few years ago, was supposed to drop to around 490,000 troops.<p>But U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that's still too big.<p>"An Army of this size is larger than required to meet the demands of our defense strategy," Hagel told a news conference in February.<p>Translation? Hagel isn't planning to occupy any countries. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:32:42 +0000 Tom Bowman 39834 at http://wkms.org What's The Right Size For The U.S. Army? Air Force To Release Results Of Cheating Probe http://wkms.org/post/air-force-release-results-cheating-probe Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. We learned earlier this year that some Air Force officers were cheating on proficiency tests. The shocking part was their specialty - handling America's nuclear missiles. Later today, the Air Force will announce the results of its investigation into that cheating. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 39502 at http://wkms.org Decades Later, A Medal Of Honor For Hispanic-American Hero http://wkms.org/post/decades-later-recognition-vietnam-vet-who-risked-his-life At the White House on Tuesday, President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to two-dozen soldiers whose service ranged from World War II to the Vietnam War. These soldiers are being commemorated after congress mandated a review to make sure that no one was overlooked because of prejudice.<p>One of them is Santiago Erevia, who risked his life on a May afternoon in 1969, charging toward bunkers held by the North Vietnamese.<p>Erevia was a cook back in 1968, working in small restaurants in Nevada and his native Texas. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:44:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 39310 at http://wkms.org Decades Later, A Medal Of Honor For Hispanic-American Hero Hagel Concerned By Ethical Lapses In Armed Forces http://wkms.org/post/hagel-concerned-ethical-lapses-armed-forces Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The American military is trying to get to the bottom of a series of scandals. Air Force nuclear missile officers cheated on tests, Navy sailors are accused of the same, and more - enough that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is concerned that there's a pattern here, a problem with ethical lapses across the armed services. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman joins us now to talk about this. Good morning.<p>TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.<p>MONTAGNE: Well, what is the latest? Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:16:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 38516 at http://wkms.org A Medal Of Valor, 30 Years In Coming http://wkms.org/post/medal-valor-30-years-coming The year is 1984: A Soviet defector dashes across the Korean border — chased by North Korean troops. American troops shield him and open fire on the North Koreans. There are dead and wounded on both sides.<p>Now, 30 years later, one of those Americans is finally receiving his medal for bravery.<p>Mark Deville was just 19 on that November day in 1984, part of an American Army unit patrolling the tense border between North and South Korea.<p>Deville didn't know what he was facing. The only message was: Shots fired. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 38368 at http://wkms.org A Medal Of Valor, 30 Years In Coming