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Two U.S. Soldiers die in horrible motor vehicle incident in Kuwait


Late yesterday, the Department of Defense confirmed the death of two Soldiers who were deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Both soldiers died March 5, 2019, as a result of a non-combat related, motor vehicle incident. The incident is under investigation.

Killed in the incident were Sgt. Holli R. Bolinski, 37, of Pinckneyville, Illinois, and Spc. Jackson D. Johnson, 20, of Hillsboro, Missouri.

Both soldiers were assigned to 657th Transportation Company, 419th Transportation Battalion, 103d Sustainment Command, Mount Vernon, Illinois.  Mount Vernon is located in Southern Illinois, and is the county seat for Jefferson County.

Additional information, including previous deployments, marital status, and commendations for Sgt. Holli Bolinksi and Spc. Jackson Johnson, news sources may contact Maj. Andy Thaggard, 184th Sustainment Command, Kuwait; cell: 011-965-9899-6508,, or Facebook Messenger.


U.S. continues to suffer losses,both military and civilian, abroad


Yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Special Forces soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, 32, of Carrollton, Virginia, died Jan. 22, 2019, as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

SSG Beale was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He was also posthumously promoted to Sgt. 1st Class.  He  leaves behind a wife and two children.

Additional information, on Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, including previous deployments and other service awards, is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs, at 910-432-3383 or

It was just last week, when the Department of Defense announced the death of Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, of Spearman, Texas.  Sgt. Meddock died Jan. 17, 2019, in Landstuhl, Germany of wounds sustained by small arms fire in Badghis Province, Afghanistan earlier in the month.   Sgt. Meddock was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington.

For more information regarding Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, media sources may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs at 910-432-3383 or

Earlier this month three Americans, two of whom were active-duty military, and one a retired Navy SEAL,  were killed in a suicide bombing attack in war-ravaged Syria.  There was also a  female, foreign-born interpreter who died as a result of the same attack.

Summerville, S.C. community reaches out to support local Coast Guard


While the government is in shutdown mode, the list of federal agencies operating without pay is long.  Some of those include the FBI, Customs and Border Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security; Justice, Agriculture, State Departments, Department of the Treasury, as well as the Interior Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and of course, the United States Coast Guard.

So while the President and Democratic members of Congress duke it out at the highest level, private citizens and communities across the U.S. have stepped in to help furloughed workers and those who are still on the job, working without pay.

One such community is Pine Forest in Summerville, South Carolina.  The residents chose to donate to the Low Country Chief Petty Officers Association that operates a food bank and outreach program every day of the year.  But “stores” are low right now as both junior members, and those who have been in the Coast Guard longer, struggle to make ends meet.

The donations of gift cards, online contributions, and  food pantry items, exceeded everyone’s expectations for the week long drive.  The boxes and bags of non-perishable items, baby necessities, and laundry detergents, will free up household funds to help cover rent or mortgage payments.

When a representative of the Chief Petty Officers Association collected the Pine Forest donations today, he remarked that the greater Charleston area had also been very generous.  Earlier today, he was privileged to receive a large check from Charleston attorney, George Sink.  Mr. Sink has also stepped forward to offer assistance to a local Coast Guard family who has had additional issues that go beyond the loss of a payday.

Readers can continue to support the Low Country Chief Petty Officers’ Association via their Facebook page.  The DONATE icon is located in the upper right of the page.


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