Iraqi Freedom Soldier SSgt Travis W. Atkins Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor (posthumously) at White House ceremony on March 27, 2019

President Donald J. Trump awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 .  

Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions of June 1, 2007, in support of IRAQI FREEDOM. SSgt Atkins’ son Trevor Oliver and family will be with the Commander-in-Chief at the White House for the presentation. https://youtu.be/cOl4cmhf37U

The Army YouTube video below is about SSgt Atkins’ Final Mission. https://youtu.be/3O9fCxI0NAA

The White House’s press release with SSgt Atkins’ personal background is provided at the bottom.

Iraqi Freedom Soldier SSgt Travis W. Atkins will be Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on March 27, 2019

President Donald J. Trump will award the Congressional Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 .  

Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins will posthurmously receive the Medal of Honor for his actions of June 1, 2007, in support of IRAQI FREEDOM. SSgt Atkins’ son Trevor Oliver and family will be with the Commander-in-Chief at the White House for the presentation. The Army YouTube video below is about SSgt Atkins’ Final Mission. The White House’s press release with SSgt Atkins’ personal background is provided:

Office of the Press Secretary, For Immediate Release,March 12, 2019President Donald J. Trump to Award the Medal of Honor               On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry.

White House Photos of the Week, March 8, 2019

President Donald J. Trump welcomes the 2018 FCS Division I Football National Champions the North Dakota State Bison Monday, March 4, 2019, in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)Presideent Donald J. Trump welcomes the 2018 FCS Division I Football National Champions the North Dakota State Bison Monday, March 4, 2019, in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) President Donald J. Trump is applauded after siging an executive order “Supporting the Transition of Active Duty Service Members and Military Veterans into the Merchant Marines” Monday, March 4, 2019, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks to the National Association of Attorneys General Monday, March 4, 2019, in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) First Lady Melania Trump participates in a discussion on online safety and the First Lady’s BE BEST initiative Monday, March 4, 2019, at the Microsoft Executive Briefing Center in Redmond, Wash.

Statement from the Press Secretary about the National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel and the National Strategy for Aviation Security.

Office of the Press Secretary – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 20, 2019Statement from the Press Secretary“Today, President Donald J. Trump released the National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel and the National Strategy for Aviation Security.  In keeping with his promise to protect the American people and our interests, these strategies prioritize vital roles and responsibilities for departments and agencies.  The strategies also establish and clarify planning and operations coordination requirements to keep terrorists from transiting our borders and enhance security in our aviation sector.President Trump is committed to protecting Americans and the Nation’s aviation ecosystem.  He has made it clear that his Administration will do what it takes to keep America safe.  These strategies – the first of their kind in more than a decade – articulate how he is keeping that promise.The National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel modernizes the approach of the United States to countering a complex and evolving terrorist threat.  The National Strategy for Aviation Security is the overarching framework for a comprehensive, coordinated, integrated, and layered national approach to protecting American aviation from recognized threats.These strategies direct the United States Government to take steps to address longstanding security challenges and strengthen our Nation’s ability to address emerging threats and deter terrorists seeking to travel.  Together, they will strengthen border security, enhance vetting, improve enforcement of our immigration laws, and bolster transportation security in America and around the world. “

MEMORANDUM: Establishment of the United States Space Force

Office of the Press SecretaryFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 19, 2019 February 19, 2019Space Policy Directive-4 MEMORANDUM FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT               THE SECRETARY OF STATE               THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE               THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE               THE SECRETARY OF LABOR               THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION               THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY               THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT                 AND BUDGET               THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE               THE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR NATIONAL                 SECURITY AFFAIRS               THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND                 TECHNOLOGY POLICY               THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF               THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS                 AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION               THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR                 HOMELAND SECURITY AND COUNTERTERRORISMSUBJECT:        Establishment of the United States Space Force    Section 1.  Introduction.  Space is integral to our way of life, our national security, and modern warfare.  Although United States space systems have historically maintained a technological advantage over those of our potential adversaries, those potential adversaries are now advancing their space capabilities and actively developing ways to deny our use of space in a crisis or conflict.  It is imperative that the United States adapt its national security organizations, policies, doctrine, and capabilities to deter aggression and protect our interests.

Presidential Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States, 2-15-19

Office of the Press Secretary – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 15, 2019DECLARING A NATIONAL EMERGENCY CONCERNING THE SOUTHERN BORDER OF THE UNITED STATES- – – – – – -BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION       The current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency.  The southern border is a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics.  The problem of large-scale unlawful migration through the southern border is long-standing, and despite the executive branch’s exercise of existing statutory authorities, the situation has worsened in certain respects in recent years.  In particular, recent years have seen sharp increases in the number of family units entering and seeking entry to the United States and an inability to provide detention space for many of these aliens while their removal proceedings are pending.  If not detained, such aliens are often released into the country and are often difficult to remove from the United States because they fail to appear for hearings, do not comply with orders of removal, or are otherwise difficult to locate.  In response to the directive in my April 4, 2018, memorandum and subsequent requests for support by the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense has provided support and resources to the Department of Homeland Security at the southern border.  Because of the gravity of the current emergency situation, it is necessary for the Armed Forces to provide additional support to address the crisis. NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 201 and 301 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), hereby declare that a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States, and that section 12302 of title 10, United States Code, is invoked and made available, according to its terms, to the Secretaries of the military departments concerned, subject to the direction of the Secretary of Defense in the case of the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.  To provide additional authority to the Department of Defense to support the Federal Government’s response to the emergency at the southern border, I hereby declare that this emergency requires use of the Armed Forces and, in accordance with section 301 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1631), that the construction authority provided in section 2808 of title 10, United States Code, is invoked and made available, according to its terms, to the Secretary of Defense and, at the discretion of the Secretary of Defense, to the Secretaries of the military departments.  I hereby direct as follows:      Section 1.  The Secretary of Defense, or the Secretary of each relevant military department, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, shall order as many units or members of the Ready Reserve to active duty as the Secretary concerned, in the Secretary’s discretion, determines to be appropriate to assist and support the activities of the Secretary of Homeland Security at the southern border.          Sec. 2.  The Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and, subject to the discretion of the Secretary of Defense, the Secretaries of the military departments, shall take all appropriate actions, consistent with applicable law, to use or support the use of the authorities herein invoked, including, if necessary, the transfer and acceptance of jurisdiction over border lands.      Sec. 3.  This proclamation is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.                                 DONALD J. TRUMP