Beckley VAMC (WV) hosted it’s first annual Hero Games at the Medical Center today. Approximately 60 veterans attended and participated in the activities that were held. The event allows veterans to spend time with other veterans, while competing in various competitions. An awards ceremony was held to finish up the event after the festivities. There were several organizations that supported the games; with many of them on hand enjoying the day.
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.
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.
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.
Second Lady Mrs. Karen Pence visits with patients during a visit to Fisher House, a foundation dedicated to supporting military, veterans and their families during a medical crisis, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 in Bethesda, Md. (Official White House Photo by Amy Rossetti)
Office of the Press Secretary, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 26, 2019 THE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO ADDRESS THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY AT OUR BORDER“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.” – President Donald J. Trump LEGAL JUSTIFICATION: President Donald J. Trump is clearly justified in declaring a national emergency and utilizing other statutory authorities to address the crisis at our border.In declaring a national emergency, a President may invoke any of more than 100 available statutory authorities. President Trump’s declaration invoked two:10 U.S.C. § 12302 authorizes Department of Defense (DOD) officials to order the Ready Reserve to active duty to address a national emergency.10 U.S.C. § 2808 authorizes the Secretary of Defense to direct military construction necessary to support the use of the Armed Forces in connection with a “national emergency… that requires use of the armed forces.”The President reasonably determined that the national emergency at the southern border “require[d] use of the armed forces.”An emergency that “requires use of the armed forces” means the President has determined that the armed forces are necessary to address the crisis. More than 5,000 troops are deployed at the border.DOD is now reviewing which emergency military construction projects, such as the building of barriers, may be “necessary to support” the use of the Armed Forces. DOD is still in the process of making such determinations, so no funds have yet been authorized for use.Separate from the national emergency, the President invoked two other statutory authorities to direct needed funds to the border.Congress expressly authorized the military to support Federal agencies in blocking drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries, using 10 U.S.C. § 284(b).Under 10 U.S.C. § 284(b)(7), the United States military may construct “fences and road and [install] lighting … to block drug smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States” upon request from the responsible agency. DHS has requested that DOD use this counterdrug authority to construct fencing and roads and to install lighting in high-priority drug-smuggling corridors.To devote additional resources to such construction, DOD will augment existing counterdrug funds by transferring up to $2.5 billion from other DOD accounts.DOD’s transfer authority is provided in section 8005 of the FY19 DOD appropriations act. In past years, DOD has relied upon its general transfer authority to reallocate up to $4 billion from within the DOD budget. Under 31 U.S.C. § 9705(g)(4)(B), the Secretary of the Treasury may provide money from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund to other agencies for use “in connection with the law enforcement activities of any Federal agency.” Treasury has identified about $601 million that will be made available to DHS for use in law enforcement border security efforts. PAST USES OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS: Presidents have regularly declared national emergencies under the National Emergencies Act. Presidents have declared nearly 60 national emergencies since the National Emergencies Act was passed in 1976.There were 31 ongoing national emergencies when President Trump declared the national emergency at our border, bringing the total number currently in effect to 32. These ongoing national emergencies are reviewed every year by the President—and renewed as appropriate.In fact, President Obama declared a national emergency to deal with the threat of transnational criminal organizations, including cartels operating on our southern border.Presidents have regularly issued national emergency declarations to address problems overseas. President Clinton declared a national emergency in response to the blood diamond trade in Sierra Leone. President Obama declared national emergencies related to situations in Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Ukraine, South Sudan, Burundi, and more.National emergencies have also been used to address problems domestically, such as when President Obama declared a national emergency in response to the swine flu. Between 2001 and 2013, DOD undertook 18 emergency military construction projects using the same emergency construction authority President Trump has invoked.FUNDING SOURCES: President Trump is using funds appropriated by Congress, funds reallocated under statutory authority, and funds available when a national emergency is declared.Nearly $8.1 billion has been identified as available, including:$1.375 billion appropriated by Congress$3.1 billion under other statutory authorities$3.6 billion in military construction funds available under a national emergencyThese funding sources will be used sequentially and as needed, with the $1.375 from appropriated funds used first, then the $3.1 billion from other statutory authorities, then the $3.6 billion from military construction.Only $3.6 billion of the nearly $8.1 billion is dependent on the President’s declaration of a national emergency.Under the President’s non-emergency statutory authority, $3.1 billion is available.$601 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund will be made available to support border security.The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to use funds in the Treasury Forfeiture Fund not reserved for other purposes to support law enforcement activities.The $601 million will be available in two allocations, $242 million available immediately and $359 million from future anticipated forfeitures.Up to $2.5 billion will be made available from DOD funds transferred to its FY 2019 Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities account. This construction to support counterdrug activities will be used on land already owned by the Federal Government.Based on the President’s national emergency declaration, DOD is authorized to undertake certain military construction projects using up to $3.6 billion in unobligated military construction funding.DOD will ensure that high-priority projects with national security implications remain funded. Family housing projects will remain funded. The Administration will ask Congress for new military construction funding for the existing projects affected by this, so that no projects will be canceled—only delayed.HOW FUNDS CAN BE USED: These funds will be available to help secure the border and protect the safety and well-being of our country. The potential projects that could be built using these funds include:Constructing new, 18 to 30 foot high steel primary pedestrian barriers in various areas.Replacing outdated pedestrian fencing and vehicle barriers with modern, 18 to 30 foot high steel barrier. Constructing new secondary barriers to provide a patrol zone in between the secondary and primary barriers. ###
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. “
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.
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