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Military Minute - October 24th

Army-Navy Football, Bowe Bergdahl, and the Medal of Honor

Military Minute - October 24th
On today's episode of the Military Minute, we talk about the latest Medal of Honor recipient, updates to the Bowe Bergdahl trial, Army-Navy football, and more job opportunities in the local area.

Sgt. Mike Rose Receives Medal of Honor for Vietnam Heroism

On Sept. 11, 1970, then-Sgt. Gary “Mike” Rose was the only medic among a group of 136 men who were inserted by helicopter in Laos to create a diversion for the North Vietnamese Army and gather intelligence on the lower reaches of the Ho Chi Minh trail.

Over the ensuing four days, Rose treated more than 60 of them for injuries, saving the lives of all but three. For his heroic efforts, President Trump awarded him the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, on Monday in a White House ceremony.

Rose, 15 other members of Military Assistance Command, Vietnam-Studies and Observations Group, along with dozens of South Vietnamese troops and indigenous Montagnard fighters were immediately under attack before setting down in Laos on the first day of Operation Tailwind. 

Bergdahl’s Sentencing Postponed 

The long-awaited sentencing of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was delayed Monday after a legal battle erupted over the word "but" in President Donald Trump's most recent remarks about the case.

Bergdahl's defense team argued that their client could not get a fair shake from the court because Trump, during a Rose Garden appearance on Oct. 16, at first said he couldn't talk about the case and then added: "But I think people have heard my comments in the past."

Trump has described Bergdahl as a “dirty rotten traitor” and called for the 31-year-old Idaho native to be executed by firing squad or thrown from a plane minus a parachute. 

Armed Forces Football Update

Weeks after cracking the top 25 at 5-0, the Navy Midshipmen suffered their second straight defeat, this time at the hands of UCF. Their first loss was to a surging Memphis team who is now ranked. They’re looking to bounce back in a winnable game next Thursday vs. Temple. 

The Army Black Knights are riding a four-game winning streak, their most recent W coming against that same Temple squad soon to face Navy. They’ll look to bolster their 6-2 record with winnable games down the stretch before the Army-Navy game to close out their season. 

Their next game is against a deceptively competitive 3-4 Air Force team on November 4th. AF lost 4 in a row early on in the year to strong opponents but never was blown out. They hung with Navy a few weeks back in an instant classic. AF is taking on Colorado St. this weekend, and with a victory will roll into their home game with Army on their own 3-game win streak. 

Read more about Navy football here. 

RecruitMilitary Job Fair

If you’re looking for a job, RecruitMilitary has some suggestions that might get your new career a head start. The RecruitMilitary Job Fair is scheduled at American Lake Conference Center, 8085 NCO Beach Road, Lewis North, Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dozens of companies and organizations — from Fortune 500 companies to law enforcement, financial institutions and government organizations — already are registered for the event, with the 35 companies offering more than 100 job opportunities.