military

Community Support
8:24 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Southwest Illinois Toy Drive Benefits Military Families

Angela Mayfield picks out toys for her three children at the Belleville VFW on Sunday, December 14, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Military parents in southwest Illinois and the surrounding area were given some help putting gifts under the Christmas tree Sunday.

About 400 toys, plus stocking stuffers and school supplies were distributed to military families at the Belleville VFW hall, just outside Scott Air Force Base.

Parents were able to select one large toy for each of their children from a variety of items donated by individuals and corporations.

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St. Louis On The Air
1:13 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

WWII B-17 Pilot: 'It Took All Of Us'

Col. Basil Hackleman flew 30 missions in B-17 bombers before training future pilots. He is the original pilot of the Nine-o-Nine.
Amanda Honigfort

During World War II, thousands of B-17 Flying Fortress bombers took to the skies daily. The planes were a crucial part of campaigns, from the bombing of Dresden to D-Day, and were flown by the likes of Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart and Lt. Col. Basil Hackleman.

Hackleman, who now lives in Springfield, Mo., was the original pilot of the Nine-o-Nine, a celebrated B-17 that is said to have never lost a crew member or abort a mission because of mechanical failure. The plane was scrapped after the war.

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Blurred Lines
11:25 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Two Missouri Congressmen Meet With Defense Secretary Over 'Militarization' Of Local Law Enforcement

Rep. Lacy Clay, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
Credit Provided by the office of Rep. Clay

With the scars of violent protests still visible in Ferguson, Democratic Reps. Lacy Clay of St. Louis and Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City, met with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon Thursday night to discuss their concerns over the so-called “militarization” of local law enforcement.

“We are pleased to report that we had a productive, expansive and very encouraging meeting with Secretary Hagel,” the two said in a printed statement.

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St. Louis And The Cold War
4:50 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Nike Missile Launch Site In Southern Illinois Can Be Yours For The Highest Bid

The launch area of an old Nike missile base near Hecker, Ill., will be auctioned July 12. It was part of the St. Louis Air Defense System from mid-1959 to early 1969.
Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio

Real estate broker Wayne Keller is showing another curious “looky loo” around an unusual property: the launch area of a Nike missile base that was constructed more than 50 years ago in the countryside of Southern Illinois.

From atop this peaceful hill in Monroe County, the U.S. Army once kept eyes on the skies, ready to blast Hercules missiles at Soviet bombers headed for St. Louis, about 30 miles to the northwest.

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St. Louis On the Air
8:09 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Columnist, Military Wife Hopes Her New Book Gives Civilians Insight On Military Life

Terri Barnes
Courtesy of Terri Barnes

Author and columnist Terri Barnes now calls O’Fallon, Ill. home. But that is a recent designation determined by her husband’s transfer to Scott Air Force Base last August. First the daughter and now the wife of a career military man, she estimates O’Fallon is her family's seventeenth hometown.

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Politically Speaking
9:11 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Politically Speaking: Treasurer Zweifel On Tax Credits, Military Matters And Political Futures

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  

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Politics & Issues
3:34 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Blunt, McCaskill Step Up Concerns About Proposed National Guard Cuts

Credit Mo. National Guard, via Flickr/M. Queiser

Missouri’s two U.S. senators – Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill – are joining forces as they raise concerns about the Defense Department’s proposed cuts in spending for the National Guard.

The trims would have a $34 million economic impact on Missouri through 2016, Blunt told reporters Thursday. The reduced spending would primarily affect Guard operations in Springfield, Warrensburg and St. Joseph, he said.

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Obituary
11:15 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Col. Edwin A. Harper: Member of World War II Black Sheep Squadron; earned two Purple Hearts

Ed Harper, USMC Colonel Ret.
Credit Family Photo

Col. Edwin A. Harper (USMC, Retired), the next to last survivor of the fabled World War II “Black Sheep Squadron” and later the commander of a squadron of fighter pilots poised to strike during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, has died at his home in Lake Saint Louis. He was 93.

Col. Harper’s life was the stuff of which movies are made, or at least TV shows. The Black Sheep Squadron was immortalized by the highly fictionalized 1970s television series, Baa Baa Black Sheep. Col. Harper was not bothered that the raucous series strayed so far from the facts.

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Sgt. Cory Remsburg
4:15 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

St. Louisans Recall War Hero Lauded During State Of The Union Address

At left, Craig Remsburg sits with his son Cory during the State of the Union address; at right, President Obama meets with the Army Ranger during rehab.
Credit Enhanced White House stream of State of the Union Address

Dear Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg:

St. Louis says, “Hi.”

With tweets and Facebook posts and all manner of website shout-outs, St. Louisans have been sending well wishes to Sgt. Remsburg, the Army Ranger who was lauded for his determination and courage by President Barack Obama during Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

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Politics
1:16 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Blunt, McCaskill Introduce Legislation To Protect Sexual Assault Victims In The Military

The United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
(via Flickr/Cliff1066tm)

Missouri U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill introduced bipartisan legislation yesterday to protect sexual assault victims in the military from aggressive pretrial proceedings. 

The bill, whose cosponsors include Democrat Barbara Boxer of California and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, amends Article 32 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which details pretrial investigations. 

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