Author Archives: Randy Yagi

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Moves to Protect Victims of Military Sexual Assault

Military Sexual Assault

 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today he will ask Congress to revise military law to prevent commanders from overturning major convictions. The decision is in response to a controversial overturned verdict of an Air Force pilot convicted of sexual assault. The move to makes changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) represents a partial victory for victims of ... Read More »

Flyovers Missing at Ballparks Due to Sequestration

Military Flyover at the World Series

The 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) season began this week, with most teams enjoying opening day ceremonies at their home ballpark. But this year, a typical sight associated with American outdoor sporting events was missing. Due to the ongoing sequester, all scheduled military flyovers at MLB ballparks were cancelled. Due to the sequestration, the Department of Defense (DoD) cut more ... Read More »

Tomas Young and the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq War

Child of Fallen Soldier

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the War in Iraq. The costly war resulted in the loss of 4,475 U.S. troops, 32,223 wounded and more than 120,000 documented civilian deaths. Millions more were displaced from their homes and fled to other countries. In observance of the anniversary, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, himself a critic of the war and and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, ... Read More »

Blue Angels and Thunderbirds Face Budget Ax

Navy Blue Angels

With the White House and Congress at an impasse in budget negotiations, the U.S. military is already experiencing effects from the sequester. Last Monday, the Marine Corps announced plans to suspend its Tuition Assistance Program and on Friday, the Army followed in concert to halt its own program. While the Navy and Air Force are still determining how to move forward ... Read More »