A weekly feature chronicling the sacrifices and achievements of the brave men & women of the US Armed Forces.
1969, Apollo 10 is launched. The mission is a dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing. Cmdr. John W. Young is the command module pilot and Cmdr. Eugene A. Cernan, the lunar module pilot. HS-4 helicopters from USS Princeton (LPH 5) recover the Apollo crew upon splashdown.
1973, Capt. Robin Lindsay Catherine Quigley becomes the first woman to hold a major Navy command when she assumes command of U.S. Navy Service School, San Diego, Calif. She previously served as the director of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) from 1970 to 1972.
1953, the publishing of the official history of the Women’s Army Corps in WWII, “United States Army in World War II Special Studies: The Women’s Army Corps” by Mattie Treadwell. Originally published by the US Army Center of Military History, it is still one of the best sources on the subject of WACs through WWII and is a daily resource for the staff of the Army Women’s Museum.
Mattie E. Treadwell, a native of Texas, held a B.A. and an M.A. degree from the University of Texas. During World War II she was an officer, first in the WAAC and later in the WAC, holding such assignments as assistant to the Director WAC, assistant to the Air WAC Officer, and assistant to the Commandant, School of WAC Personnel Administration. She had the additional distinction of having been a member of the first class of women sent to the Command and General Staff School. While on active duty she attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.
From September 1947 to March 1952 Miss Treadwell was a historian in the Office of the Chief of Military History. Upon her departure she became Assistant Director, Dallas Regional Office, Federal Civil Defense Administration, in charge of women’s activities and volunteer manpower, an office that she currently holds. Her last military status was that of a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
Above photo: US Army Paratroopers, from 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, and currently assigned to KFOR Multinational Battle Group-East, conduct airborne operations near Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, May 19, 2015.
Above photo: U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers, assigned to the 411th Engineer Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command, return from a situational training exercise where they constructed an improvised ribbon bridge across the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wis., May 14, 2015, part of Warrior Exercise 15-02. US Army photo by Staff Sgt. Debralee Best.
Above photo: US Army Soldiers, assigned to 3rd Infantry Division, conduct security operations during an urban warfare training exercise, part of Exercise Noble Partner in Vaziani, Georgia (Eastern Europe) May 17, 2015. Noble Partner is a bilateral effort focused on enhancing U.S. and Georgian NATO Response Force interoperability. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Cole.
Above photo: A US Army Soldier, assigned to 173rd Airborne Brigade and Slovenian 1st Brigade soldiers conduct sling load operations, attaching a trailer to a Slovenian Cougar helicopter, during Exercise Neptune Thrust at Pocek Range in Postonja, Slovenia, May 15, 2015. Neptune Thrust is a combined exercise between U.S. and Slovenian soldiers, focused on enhancing interoperability and developing individual technical skills. U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Paolo Bovo.
Sacramento Marine recruiter honored for work in Iraq
A Sacramento, Calif.-based Marine Corps infantry officer and recruiter who began his military career as an enlisted man will receive a coveted award for leadership Thursday night.
Maj Daniel Grainger, currently the commanding officer of Marine Recruiting Station Sacramento, earned the Lt Col William Leftwich Jr. Trophy for Outstanding Leadership for his actions last year in an increasingly chaotic Iraq.
Above: Marines watch each other’s backs. Here, a combat engineer checks for IEDs while leading a patrol during a training exercise at Udairi Range, Kuwait.