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Trump orders mental health aid for veterans to prevent suicide WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Jan. 9 directing government departments to try to prevent suicide among military veterans by treating mental health problems before they become more serious. Trump’s order directs the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs to ensure all uniformed service members have access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources in the first year following military service. “They get out of the military and they have nobody to talk to,� Trump said as he signed the order. “It’s a very sad situation.� Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said the White House wants to address an alarming trend, that of 20 veterans a day taking their own life. “That 12-month period after you leave service is the highest risk for suicide,� Shulkin told reporters. Currently, only 40 percent of military members have mental health coverage, he said. The new order will cost about $200 million year to implement, money that will be diverted from the agencies’ current budgets, a senior administration official said.

Carl Vinson Strike Group departs for deployment to Western Pacific More than 6,000 Sailors assigned to Carl Vinson Strike Group ships and units departed the U.S. West Coast Jan. 4 and 5, for a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific. The deployment marks the second time the Carl Vinson Strike Group will operate throughout the Indo- Pacific region under U.S. 3rd Fleet’s command and control. The strike group became the first in recent history to demonstrate the command and control construct called 3rd Fleet Forward when units completed a six-month deployment last year. Ships deploying from U.S. 3rd DEBRIEF, continued on Page 5

Navid Negahban (left) and Chris Hemsworth play military leaders who must overcome distrust to start the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida in “12 Strong.�

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Now, Nelson must convince Col. John Mulholland (William Fichtner) that his team is ready to meet with Northern Alliance Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum (Navid Negahban) to fight the Taliban and al-Qaida. It quickly becomes clear that this will be a struggle as Nelson and Dostum have immediate trust issues that are understandable on both sides. Another surprise for the captain and men is that this battle is going to be fought in a way they could never imagine — on horseback, to get across the desolate land to meet up with other fighters. The two men, who have no reason to trust one another, learn they need each other. By working together, they may not solve the war’s problems, but they develop a surprising understanding between two

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unlikely leaders. Hemsworth as Nelson is a man dedicated to doing whatever he can, along with his men, to stop those responsible for the terror on American soil. His need to do so means he must say goodbye to his family once again, with the belief that he will be returning home. Hemsworth gives a strong performance of a leader who cares about his men, but also begins to understand that what he and the crew want are the same thing Dostum wants. Trusting each other in a short amount of time proves to be frustrating, as Nelson’s goal is to finish the mission and bring the men home. Negahban as Dostum is equally as dedicated as his American counterpart. Believing that there is only one way to fight the enemy who has taken over his country, he tries to believe the American soldiers mean well, but distrust on both sides is slowing them down. The cultural misunderstandings are swift and bring about quick reactions from these leaders. As Negahban’s character begins to share the feelings of the Afghani people, he explains that they want the terrorists just as gone as Nelson and his men do. Shannon as Spencer believes that the HORSEBACK, continued on Page 12

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‘Unsolved’ aims to ‘humanize’ Tupac, Biggie USA Network is setting out to challenge perceptions with its new true-crime anthology series “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious BIG.� The drama, which delves deep into the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls (aka Christopher Wallace), is set to launch Feb. 27. Ahead of “Unsolved’s� debut, USA trotted out the cast and producers behind the series at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena. On hand to field questions about the show were creator Kyle Long, executive producer-director Anthony Hemingway, music supervisor Lyah Beth LeFlore and castmembers Josh Duhamel, Bokeem Woodbine, Jimmi Simpson, Marcc Rose and Wavyy Jonez. Together, they explained that they set out to tell a very human story. “We are starting at a place where we tap into their friendship, the innocence of who these guys were before celebrity,� said Hemingway, who served as a producer and director on “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.� Echoed creator Kyle Long, “I never conceived the show in a way that we were go-

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Why ‘Unsolved’ doesn’t include Tupac or Notorious BIG’s music There’s just one thing missing from USA Network’s “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac & the Notorious B.I.G.â€? — the music of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. What’s up with that? Well, here’s just a palatable snippet of what was a super-longwinded answer: “The music that you hear in the pilot is more inspired by the era,â€? coproducer and music supervisor Lyan Beth LeFlore said. “We pay homage to ‌ Biggie and Tupac and their legacies, what they mean as cultural icons of hiphop.â€? In other words, they don’t have the rights. “What we are doing is respecting the estates,â€? LeFlore said, with executive producer and creator Kyle Long, noting that even projects not related to the deaths of the two rappers have a difficult time securing the rights to their music. “There’s still a lot of pain with both of those stories ‌ [But] we are still pursuing [the music rights],â€? LeFlore added. “We are very authentic with our approach to recreating and capturing the soundtrack of Biggie and Tupac,â€? she said, adding that she and executive music producer Harvey Mason Jr. are working with several producers and songwriters of the era to re-create its sound faithfully. “We’re really capturing the East and West Coast sounds in this show.â€?

Marvel is finally pushing ahead with the highly anticipated “Black Widow� standalone movie starring Scarlett Johansson, with Jac Schaeffer penning the script. Sources say this is still very early development, as the film has no greenlight, but naming a writer is the closest the studio has come to moving forward on a standalone pic. Marvel President Kevin Feige met with several candidates before tapping Schaeffer, and Marvel execs met with Johansson to discuss what they wanted from a “Black Widow� writer. Schaeffer is an up and coming scribe who broke out with her Black List script “The Shower,� a comedy about an alien invasion during a baby Scarlett Johansson played shower which Black Widow in “Captain caught the eye America Civil War.� of Anne Hathaway, who quickly attached herself to star in the pic. Hathaway was so impressed with her work that she soon tapped Schaeffer to write “Nasty Women,� a new female-centric take on “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels� that also stars Hathaway. Marvel had no comment. Fans of the character have been pushing for her to get own movie since she first appeared in “Iron Man 2� and with the latest phase of Marvel films coming to a close, Marvel saw this as the best time to move forward with the project. Johansson has appeared as the character in six films, the next one being this summer’s “Avengers: Infinity War.�

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Fleet to the Western Pacific traditionally shifted to U.S. 7th Fleet after crossing the international dateline. The 3rd Fleet Forward construct expands U.S. 3rd Fleet’s control of ships and aircraft across the Western Pacific and beyond the international dateline to India, enabling U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleet to operate together across a broad spectrum of maritime missions in region. “I look forward to the strike group further demonstrating 3rd Fleet’s evolving operational role across the Indo-Pacific region,� said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the strike group commander. “We are trained and ready to execute our mission.� The strike group includes aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, Carrier Air Wing 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain and guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Michael Murphy from Destroyer Squadron 1. Michael Murphy is based in Hawaii and will later join the strike group as it transits U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Aaron Cranford speaks in an interview with Justin Kinjo, a diver who almost lost his life at the hands of a rip current, after he received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal on Jan. 8. at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, toward the Western Pacific.

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non-combat heroism during a ceremony on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 8, for courageous actions off duty. First Lt. Aaron Cranford, a supply OKINAWA, JAPAN — A Marine was awarded the nation’s highest medal for officer with Headquarters and Service

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during a recreational dive on April 23. Cranford surfaced from a 35-minute dive and noticed three distressed divers caught in a surf zone about to be swept out to sea by a rip current. After he ensured his dive group had reached a safe point to exit the water, Cranford returned to the surf zone at risk to his own life to begin rescuing the divers one by one. “I could definitely tell that the divers were in distress,� said Cranford, a native of Fort Worth, Tex. “Their gear was not the way it should have been and they were waving their arms back and forth trying to get people’s attention.� One local Okinawan said he believes he wouldn’t be alive without Cranford’s help. “I just knew I was going to die,� Justin Kinjo said. “My leg was stuck, I couldn’t get any air and as soon as I reached the surface, the waves pushed me back in – knocking my [air] regulator out of my mouth.� For his courageous actions, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller awarded Cranford the highest noncombat decoration for heroism. “First Lieutenant Cranford is a superb representative of the United States Marine Corps,� said Maj. Gen. Craig Q. Timberlake, the commanding general for 3rd Marine Division. “His actions took a lot of guts and a lot of courage. He reflects a United States Marine doing what a United States Marine does.�

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caregiver and soldier first and foremost — the Army Heritage Center. “And, when and she helped transform the face of mod- I compare Korea with my experiences in World War II, I think of Korea as even ern Army medicine. worse than the jungle in World War II, because of the lack of supplies, lack of ‘I too wanted to serve’ Born in 1920, Hays had just graduated warmth, etc., in the operating room.� After rising to the rank of colonel and from the Allentown General Hospital School of Nursing and the American Red serving as head ER nurse at Walter Reed Cross when the Japanese attacked Pearl (and, just a month later, acting as a private Harbor. After learning of the devastation nurse to President Dwight Eisenhower in Hawaii, Hays felt bound by duty to during his hospitalization there), Hays was sworn in as the 13th chief of the Army serve her country. “The war was declared on 7 December Nurse Corps in 1967. That was the same 1941, and from that time until I joined in year that new legislation opened the doors May of 1942, the papers were full of sto- for female officers to rise within the U.S. ries about individuals serving their coun- armed forces’ ranks by removing caps on try,� Hays told the Army Heritage Center the number of colonels and lieutenant Foundation in 1983. “[B]eing a nurse, I colonels in the ANC. too wanted to serve my country.� Hays spent her deployments caring for A glass ceiling U.S. troops in some of the world’s most Hays herself attended President Lyndon desolate areas. After enlisting in the B. Johnson’s signing ceremony for that bill Women’s Army Corps, she deployed with in 1967. the 20th General Hospital to India in 1943 “I can recall, as the senior female officer, to support soldiers developing overland that I was called upon to read the citation supply lines with China. After the defeat when a Legion of Merit was presented to of the Axis, Hays nurse remained on active one of our Army nurses who had just reduty and deployed to Korea with the 4th turned from Vietnam,� she told the Army Field Hospital as part of the famous 1950 in 1983. “I just couldn’t believe that I, just Inchon Landing. little me, was reading a citation in the East “If you would ask me what are the first Room of the White House.� things you can remember about Korea, I Her ascension through the ranks was would say its cold weather, odor and its FIRST FEMALE, continued on Page 12 stark-nakedness. It had nothing,� she told XXXNJMJUBSZQSFTTDPNtOFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTTDPN


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not met kindly. The resurgent women’s rights movement was not entirely embraced by “tradition-minded� leadership of the Women’s Army Corps. (According to the Washington Post, Westmoreland presented Hays with “a brassy kiss� on the mouth along with her new silver star, jokingly stating that it was part of “a new protocol for congratulating lady generals.�) Hays fought back. She pushed Army leadership to relax strict standards governing women in the armed forces on multiple issues. “We started talking about maternity leave in the form of ordinary and excess leave for female officers,� Hays said in 1983. “This was finally authorized by Army Regulation in January 1970. Of course, at that time it was for the married officer.� A lasting legacy Hays’ broader legacy is built on more than just gender-advancement. According to the Army Heritage Center, Korea exposed her to the latest post-WWII medical advancements, from antibiotics to the airborne medevac, and she spent her four years as chief of the ANC during the Vietnam War convincing the Army “that nursing was important enough to spend money on — a hard sell at that time,� as Army Office of Medical History historian Sanders Marble told the Washington Post. Her visits to Vietnam in the 1960s further convinced her that Army medicine

needed to change. She began to share her concerns “on the conditions of our hospitals; effectiveness of our personnel, not only the Army Nurse Corps officers, but other officers of the Army Medical team; on the evacuation procedures; on supplies, whether they were in short supply; on the dire need of dieticians, physical therapists, and psychiatrists to be assigned in Vietnam, etc,� she told the Army in 1983. She became the guiding force behind the Army Nursing Contemporary Practice program, established at the height of the conflict in 1968, to modernize the service’s use of nurses. She established new training programs and oversaw a major jump in the numbers of nurses deployed in downrange. She was responsible for major changes in how the nursing staffs helped shape Army medical policy. She raised standards and personally helped recruit talented nurses and caregivers. Thanks to Hays, nurses became a critical component of how the U.S. military practices emergency medicine. Though Hays retired from the military nearly half a century ago, her service to the nation continued to define her life. “One day being responsible to the Surgeon General for 21,000 men and women, who represented one-fifth of the more than 103,000 Army Medical Department personnel, and then the next day, not having any responsibility, is quite an adjustment to make,� Hays said of her retirement in 1983. “I’ve missed the Army. I miss being part of a moving, dynamic situation.�

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Military Press, Jan. 15, 2018  

Military News, Sports and Entertainment for Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force Active Duty, Retired and Veterans.

Military Press, Jan. 15, 2018  

Military News, Sports and Entertainment for Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force Active Duty, Retired and Veterans.

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