Military News Briefs for the Week of July 27, 2001
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jul. 27, 2001 (This is a summary of the top American Forces Press Service news stories for the week ending July 27, 2001.)
ARMY INDUCTS THREE HEROES OF THREE WARS INTO 'HALL OF HEROES'
The Army inducted three Medal of Honor heroes from three different wars into the Pentagon's "Hall of Heroes" on July 16.
Vietnam veteran retired Army Maj. Ed W. Freeman unveiled a portrait of himself that will hang in the Hall. The large alcove honors recipients of the Medal of Honor, America's highest military award for combat gallantry. Freeman received the medal from President Bush in a White House ceremony earlier in the day
The other two inductees were former President and Army Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt and Civil War Cpl. Andrew Jackson Smith. President Clinton presented posthumous medals to descendants of Smith and Roosevelt in late 2000. Roosevelt was cited for heroism on July 1, 1898, while leading the charge of the "Rough Riders" up San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish American War. Smith was recognized for bravery during the Battle of Honey Hill, S.C., on Nov. 30, 1864.
BOTH PARENTS' OKs NEEDED UNDER NEW CHILDREN'S PASSPORT LAW
Under a new law that became effective July 2, the State Department now requires both parents' consent to obtain passports for overseas travel of children under age 14.
The law is intended to lessen the chance that parents can abduct their children and use U.S. passports to escape with them overseas, said John M. Hotchner, acting managing director of the State Department's Office of Passport Services.
The law affects service members, who are required to secure passports for spouses and children accompanying them to overseas duty stations, he said. DoD civilians are required to secure passports for themselves and nonmilitary family members accompanying them to overseas assignments.
DoD EXPECTS TO DELIVER BASE CLOSURE LEGISLATION SOON
DoD expects to have legislation authorizing more rounds of U.S. base closures to Congress before their August recess, DoD officials said. Congress leaves Aug. 4 and reconvenes after Labor Day.
The legislation will be based on past laws governing the process, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said. Under existing Base Realignment and Closure laws, a commission chooses the installations that will be closed or realigned. The president can accept or reject the entire list. Congress then must accept the list or reject it.
Quigley said DoD has more infrastructure than it needs to support current force structure -- up to 25 percent more, according to some figures. "(Infrastructure) needs to be no more, no less than you need to support that force structure," he said.