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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.

Apollo 10 crew. Col. Thomas P. Stafford, USAF (commanded the mission); Cmdr. John W. Young, USN, and Cmdr. Eugene A. Cernan, USN, Apollo 10’s Mission Report. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Aviation, Space.

Apollo 10 crew. Col. Thomas P. Stafford, USAF (commanded the mission); Cmdr. John W. Young, USN, and Cmdr. Eugene A. Cernan, USN, Apollo 10’s Mission Report. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Aviation, Space.

Navy helicopter arrives to recover the Apollo 10 astronauts, seen entering a life raft, as the Command Module "Charlie Brown" floats in the South Pacific. U.S. Navy underwater demolition team swimmers assist in the recovery operations. Splashdown occurred at 11:53 a.m., May 26, 1969, about 400 miles east of American Samoa. Note that in this photo the divers have attached a flotation collar to the spacecraft. NASA Photograph Collection

Navy helicopter arrives to recover the Apollo 10 astronauts, seen entering a life raft, as the Command Module “Charlie Brown” floats in the South Pacific. U.S. Navy underwater demolition team swimmers assist in the recovery operations. Splashdown occurred at 11:53 a.m., May 26, 1969, about 400 miles east of American Samoa. Note that in this photo the divers have attached a flotation collar to the spacecraft. NASA Photograph Collection

Starboard broadside view of USS Princeton (LPH 5) at sea during the operation to recover the Apollo 10 spacecraft in May, 1969. Visible on the flight deck are SH-34 Seabat and SH-3 Sea King helicopters. The rounded structure on the forward part of the flight deck is for use in housing the space capsule. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum.

Starboard broadside view of USS Princeton (LPH 5) at sea during the operation to recover the Apollo 10 spacecraft in May, 1969. Visible on the flight deck are SH-34 Seabat and SH-3 Sea King helicopters. The rounded structure on the forward part of the flight deck is for use in housing the space capsule.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum.

Emblem of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit mission. NASA Photograph Collection.

Emblem of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit mission. NASA Photograph Collection.

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.

Capt. Robin Lindsay Quigley, USN, pictured in 1971. She would later be the first woman to hold a major Navy Command as Commanding Officer of Navy Service School, San Diego, CA on 17 May 1973. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, People.

Capt. Robin Lindsay Quigley, USN, pictured in 1971. She would later be the first woman to hold a major Navy Command as Commanding Officer of Navy Service School, San Diego, CA on 17 May 1973. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, People.

Capt. Robin Lindsay Quigley, USN, answers questions for a Kansas City reporter during an interview concerning a new profile of women’s service in the Navy. She was one of over 700 Navy women attending the 30th Anniversary National Convention of Navy women held in Kansas City. Captain Quigley stated, “there are exciting, challenging and promising things going on in the People Business in the Navy these days and women are a part of it.” She added, “we are moving off in new and uncharted directions and breaking with old and comfortable ways of doing things.” When asked if women were part of the Navy, felt that women were definitely part of the “now Navy.” NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, People.

Capt. Robin Lindsay Quigley, USN, answers questions for a Kansas City reporter during an interview concerning a new profile of women’s service in the Navy. She was one of over 700 Navy women attending the 30th Anniversary National Convention of Navy women held in Kansas City. Captain Quigley stated, “there are exciting, challenging and promising things going on in the People Business in the Navy these days and women are a part of it.” She added, “we are moving off in new and uncharted directions and breaking with old and comfortable ways of doing things.” When asked if women were part of the Navy, felt that women were definitely part of the “now Navy.” NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, People.

Lt. j.g. Robin L.C. Quigley, USN, shown while visiting the U.S. Naval Gun Factory, Washington D.C., photographed circa 1959. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, People.

Lt. j.g. Robin L.C. Quigley, USN, shown while visiting the U.S. Naval Gun Factory, Washington D.C., photographed circa 1959. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, People.

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.

World War II photo of Mattie Treadwell.

World War II photo of Mattie Treadwell.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Marine Corps Maj Daniel Grainger, commanding officer of Marine Recruiting Station Sacramento, will be honored Thursday, May 14, 2015 for his leadership of a rifle company that ended up protecting the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, last year. (U.S Marine Corps)

Marine Corps Maj Daniel Grainger, commanding officer of Marine Recruiting Station Sacramento, will be honored Thursday, May 14, 2015 for his leadership of a rifle company that ended up protecting the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, last year. (U.S Marine Corps)

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.

Read the full story at the Miami Herald

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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.

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