On Friday, we wear red
(U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Patricia Kreuzberger/Released)
It’s been a tough week for many Americans. We witnessed shocking and deadly conflict at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. So, this R.E.D. Friday we think there is no better time to share the love. We are featuring military homecoming photos that include marriage proposals, a soldier embracing his young son, a baby girl meeting her daddy, loved ones reuniting — it’s hard to not smile at these!
But first, let us take a moment to applaud the military leaders who directly condemned hatred, intolerance and extremism by saying they will not be tolerated within the U.S. Armed Forces.
“The shameful events in Charlottesville are unacceptable and must not be tolerated. Our thoughts and prayers go to those who killed and injured, and to all those trying to bring peace back to the community. The Navy will forever stand against intolerance and hatred,” Adm. John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations said via Facebook.
“No place for racial hatred or extremism in @USMC. Our core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment frame the way Marines live and act,” Gen. Robert Neller, the Marines’ commandant said via Twitter.
“The Army doesn’t tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks. It’s against our Values and everything we’ve stood for since 1775,” Gen. Mark A. Milley, Army Chief of Staff said via Twitter.
“I stand with my fellow service chiefs in saying we’re always stronger together-it’s who are as #Airmen,” tweeted Gen. David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
“I stand with my fellow Joint Chiefs in condemning racism, extremism & hatred. Our diversity is our strength. #National Guard,” tweeted Gen. Joseph Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau.
Robert C Deboer proposes to his now fiancee after the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) made its homecoming arrival at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, after completing its latest deployment, Aug. 15. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton)
A Marine embraces his loved one after coming back from deployment, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Aug. 12. Marines and Sailors returned from a six-month Unit Deployment Program in Okinawa, Japan. V38 conducted exercises in Okinawa, Mainland Japan, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Guam and other smaller islands. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Leynard Kyle Plazo)
Oklahoma Army National Guard soldier, Staff Sgt. Mark Bartell, member of 1345 Transportation Company, 345 Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 90th Troop Command, holds his son for the first time since returning home. Distinguished guests, family and friends gathered for the homecoming ceremony held at the Mustang Armed Forces Reserve Center in Mustang, Oklahoma, Aug. 12. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cadet Jessica Todd)
Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Ragan Anderson-Hennigan, assigned to Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699), proposes to his girlfriend during a homecoming arrival at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, after completing its final deployment, Aug. 10. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak)
Oklahoma Army National Guardsman, Spc. David Riter, member of Echo Company, 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, proposes to his girlfriend during a homecoming ceremony at the Norman Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Oklahoma, July 11, 2017, after a six-month deployment to Ukraine. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Leanna Litsch)