Eshhaq Rafiq's parents fled Afghanistan for the United States during the Soviet occupation. Mei Xu left China after the university student was assigned to warehouse work for reeducation following the Tienanmen Square crackdown. Juan Barbaran came to America from Peru seeking new opportunity after the promising soccer player broke his leg in a match. While all three came from different circumstances, they wound up opening their own businesses to pursue the American Dream.
On Friday, Bel Air-based surgeon Dr. Geoff Bloomfield will start his deployment to Afghanistan, the theater where the U.S. military has prosecuted a nearly 15-year war – the longest war in the nation's history – against the Taliban.
A key trait of our military is the ability to adapt to our surroundings. Whether it be in the jungles of Korea, the waters of the Persian Gulf or the hills of Afghanistan, to be successful, one must adapt to the climate, culture and other traits significant to the area. Likewise, for the American Legion and other Veterans service organizations to be successful, they too must adapt to that of their members and the communities they serve.
The next president will decide how to spend our taxes and where the members of our armed forces will risk their lives. The president's choices will affect our standing in the world and the safety and prosperity of those at home. The stakes couldn't be higher. Yet on both sides of the aisle, discussion of the candidates' capacities to act as head of state is minimal at best. The commander-in-chief test, once a barometer for leadership, has all but disappeared.
Gun violence is the single most important social justice issue facing America, and in Baltimore the problem has reached crisis proportions. We can't begin the 2016 year the same way we ended 2015. In 2015 there were 344 murders of mostly black men in Baltimore — close to a murder a day. This isn't Iraq or Afghanistan we're living in, so why are we feeling the pressure of a bloody war?
Describing him as "an American we can all be grateful for," President Barack Obama awarded retired Army Capt. Florent Groberg the Medal of Honor on Thursday for his actions in Afghanistan three years ago.
President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Florent A. Groberg, a former Army captain who went to high school in Bethesda and graduated from the University of Maryland, the White House said Wednesday.
Saturday's airstrikes on the Doctors Without Borders-run trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan — which killed at least 22 people, including staff and patients, and wounded dozens more — raises disturbing and profound concerns about U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan and highlights the ongoing problem of attacks on medical facilities and personnel throughout the world
"American Sniper" widow Taya Kyle spoke at a sold-out, $100-a-ticket outdoor fundraiser at DeJon Vineyards for the Troops First Foundation, which provides assistance to veterans wounded in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, on Sunday.
Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, a former Towson football player, was killed in action in Afghanistan last November. He will be honored at Saturday's Military Appreciation Night at Johnny Unitas Stadium, where the Tigers will play Holy Cross and the university hopes to take the concept of honoring the men and women of our armed forces to a higher level.
The American Legion expects to draw thousands of veterans to Baltimore this week for its national convention, where officials plan to show what the organization can offer the newest generation of potential members: the veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.
The week of Thanksgiving, 48-year-old Sgt. Maj. Wardell Turner was caught in a car bomb attack in Kabul and killed along with another American soldier. As the only native Marylander killed in combat last year, Sgt. Maj. Turner's family will come to Baltimore and visit Dulaney Valley cemetery to attend a Memorial Day ceremony honoring him.
Before Charles Carroll Elementary School kicked off its annual Play Day, students, teachers and parents gathered on a grassy hill next to the school's basketball court to watch as five members of the U.S. Army presented the school with a flag that had been flown over Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan.
When Arbutus resident Chuck Catterton returned from the Vietnam War in 1968, he didn't receive a warm welcome. Catterton was caught off guard when he heard that the General Assembly passed a bill Thursday, March 19 designating March 30, which marks the 42nd anniversary of troop withdrawal from the war, as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.
Cambridge native James A. Adkins joined the Army in 1975. In the ensuing decades, he studied Russian, earned a commission, and served Cold War-era assignments in the infantry, the cavalry and intelligence.
50-year-old Linda L. Singh is the 29th adjutant general of Maryland but the first African-American and the first woman to hold the post. She brings command experience from Kosovo and Afghanistan, where she earned a Bronze Star, executive experience from a multinational federal contractor, and a low-key personal style to the job.