Rear Admiral John Goodwin poses with “Depper Recruit” Mary Wilson and her mother Barbara after the “Navy Week” proclamation ceremony Thursday afternoon at Piazza Bergamo.The U.S. Navy Office of Community Outreach chose twenty-three cities in the U.S. for a group of Navy officers and sailors to visit, and explain to citizens what the U.S. Navy is doing with regard to the “War on Terror,” including humanitarian projects.

The officer in charge of the Greenville visit was Rear Admiral John W. (Bill) Goodwin, a graduate of the University of South Carolina who was commissioned  in May 1975 and started his training as a naval aviator in February 1977.

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Perceived Indecision May be Planned Strategy to “Change” Complexion of Armed Forces

Word coming from the White House is that it may be “weeks” before a decision is made on strategy for Afghanistan and the level of troop strength to carry out the strategy.

In the meantime, troop morale is sagging. The Times of London interviewed U. S. Army Chaplains in Afghanistan recently and published a report October 8th.

“American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned,” the report began.

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A 1944 photograph of Julius Gulden in Nancy, France.On Thursday morning, August 31, 2009, the portals of heaven opened when yet another soldier of the Lord entered God’s army.  Julius and Virginia Gulden had been planning for this event - even so, it always comes unexpectedly. His life is a love story: love of his Lord, his lifelong sweetheart and his nation. Julius was a courageous, quiet yet strong, unsung hero.  It is always amazing to hear an account like his; he played such a grandiose role in the history of our nation.  From the beginning of his life in Pittsburgh, PA on January 8, 1921, he seemed destined for a remarkable venture.  He had never been outside Pittsburgh except to attend a Boy Scout camp before joining the Army. The decision to serve his country would affect his life forever.

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Wade Hampton High School Air Force JROTC Cadets Chase Thomas, Thomas Smith (flag bearer), and Logan Smith salute the flag as it is lowered to half-mast, as Cadet Bugler Joshua Whittaker plays “Taps.”

Wade Hampton High School Air Force JROTC Cadets Chase Thomas, Thomas Smith (flag bearer), and Logan Smith salute the flag as it is lowered to half-mast, as Cadet Bugler Joshua Whittaker plays “Taps.”

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A  Scandalous “Widow Tax” on The Wives of Those who gave Their Lives for Our Country

There are about 54,000 widows who receive about $1,150 a month in Dependency and Indemnity (DIC) Compensation from the Veterans Administration.

Military personnel purchase a  Survivors Benefit Plan (SBP) that provides income for a surviving spouse when the veteran dies. If the veteran dies from service related causes, the $1,150 DIC is subtracted from the widow’s SBP payments that were paid for by her sponsor.

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Seniors Commissioned as US Army Officers

Cadet William Walker, at left, receives Commander’s Saber Award from LTC Maddox. ~ Gilbert ScalesFurman University can be justifiably proud of the Furman Paladin Battalion and one of the top Army ROTC programs in the nation.

The professional Army Cadre and instructors are led by LTC Brian Maddox. The Furman Ranger Challenge team finished 4th in the annual competition at Fort Jackson, competing against 17 teams from South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. Furman performed well despite the tough competition.

This year, Furman moved under the 4th ROTC Brigade headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This new brigade has 40 schools from South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Next year, the 4th Brigade will hold two Ranger Challenge events.

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