Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week visited Whiteman AFB, Mo., where he served, in 1967, as a second lieutenant, coming back at the request of the base community council. While there he presented a Bronze Star medal, a Purple Heart, and Combat Actions Medal to TSgt. Michael Shumate, reports A1C Stephen Linch. Shumate, who is an explosive ordnance disposal technician, received the awards for his actions while deployed to Iraq.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.