In “This Week in the DoD” for May 18:
After 42 years, Army Spc. Leslie Sabo Jr. was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. In a ceremony at the White House, President Barack Obama lauded the soldier, who died destroying an enemy bunker, saving dozens of lives after an ambush in Cambodia. Sabo was also inducted into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes.
More than half of Afghanistan is now secured by the Afghan National Security Force or is currently transitioning to Afghan control. After the next stage of transition, announced last weekend by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the Afghan government will be completely responsible for 75 percent of the Afghan population.
This week the Marine Corps celebrates 100 years of Marine aviation. The first Marine pilot, 1st Lt. Alfred Cunningham, reported to flight training in Annapolis, Md., May 22, 1912.
The Army is facing a few years of transition, driven by the new military strategy and the end of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno described the Army’s next five to seven years at a Pentagon press briefing.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has ordered the Air Force to take additional measures to protect F-22 pilots after reports of hypoxia-like symptoms during flight.