Angelo State University Associate Professor Publishes New Book

Dr. William A. Taylor, an associate professor of global security studies at Angelo State University and holder of the Lee Drain Endowed University Professorship, has published his fourth book, titled “George C. Marshall and the Early Cold War: Policy, Politics, and Society.”

Published through University of Oklahoma Press, Taylor’s book highlights George C. Marshall’s critical role in the early Cold War. Though best known for his central part in the American war effort from 1939-45, Marshall was at least as important in shaping the policies and politics of the postwar western world – and in cementing his place as a pivotal figure in 20th century American history. This book examines his tenure in key policymaking positions, including Army chief of staff, special presidential envoy to China, secretary of state and secretary of defense, among others.

As editor, Taylor brings together a diverse and accomplished group of scholars – including military, diplomatic and institutional historians – to explore how Marshall, Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” in both 1943 and 1947 and the 1953 Nobel Peace Prize winner, molded debates on all the major issues of his day, such as universal military training, China’s civil war, an independent air force, the National Security Act of 1947, nuclear weapons, European Recovery Program, North Atlantic Treaty, Korean War, and racial integration of the U.S. military.

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U.S. Navy Resupply Depot in Singapore Helps Keep 7th Fleet Ready to Fight

The 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet, with hundreds of ships, submarines and aircraft in the theater on any given day. That steady presence would not be possible without the responsive, resilient sustainment provided by the replenishment team at Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC) / Task Force 73 (CTF 73) and the Military Sealift Command’s Combat Logistics Force.

COMLOG WESTPAC/CTF 73, located in Singapore, plans and executes the resupply of food, ordnance, fuel and repair parts for the U.S. Navy’s surface ships in 7th Fleet. Their mission requires operating ships across the 52 million square miles of ocean that make-up the Fleet’s area of responsibility.

The fleet replenishment team is the focal point for the U.S. Navy’s combatant ships – the “customers” – the supply ships, and the rest of the logistics chain to arrange replenishments-at-sea events (RAS). The Fleet Replenishment Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Cory Eggers, often works against time, weather and competing demands to ensure ships and Sailors remain ready and on station.

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Army Veteran Putting Shooting Hobby to Good Use, Winning Competition

With his years on the football field and wrestling mat long behind him, Jerry Conway didn’t expect to find himself in another competitive sport following retirement from the Army.

Once an avid runner, two serious knee surgeries meant he could no longer jog regularly or do much physical activity without enduring chronic pain.

Then in 2015 he stumbled upon competitive trapshooting, where participants fire at clay targets from five different stations with each competitor blasting 25 shotgun shells per round of trap. A hobby soon became a bit of an obsession, and he later joined the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club in Manassas, Virginia, to hone his skills.

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Army Ranger Hopes to Inspire Others

There is a line in the Army Ranger Creed that states, “Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite Soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than any other Soldier.”

For 1st Lt. Addison Lufkin-Collier, an armor officer assigned to B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, that quote is more than just a line from a creed — it has become part of the 24-year-old’s personal mantra.

“As a lieutenant graduating from ROTC, I chose the armor branch because I thought it was unique,” said Lufkin-Collier, a Vancouver, Washington native. “There is a light and a heavy side. Each side offers different opportunities and career paths.”

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Here Comes Spiderman: How Man Uses Superheroes to Help Others, Self

Super powers like x-ray vision, the strength of a locomotive, or the ability to fly may be uplifting in a Marvel movie, but what better skill could uplift a victim in the real world than bringing smiles to children who are desperately ill?

Spiderman, a.k.a. Yuri Williams, Don’s his costume and fulfills his mission at children’s hospitals all across America—and with his visits to Alaska and Hawaii last September, he has now played that role in all 50 states.

His Long Beach, California non-profit, A Future Super Hero and Friends, not only counts hospitals as its turf, but any underserved community.

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New Medical Tech Uses Electrical Field to Heal Broken Bones in Mice

When it comes to broken bones, the children of Generation Z may never have to deal with the itching that comes from wearing a cast.

Instead, doctors may be able to repair broken bones by encasing the fracture in a field of electricity, which would be especially welcome for treating body parts, such as the scull, where casts don’t work.

A group of biomedical engineers from the University of Connecticut have invented a scaffold of non-toxic polymer that also generates a controllable electrical field to encourage bone growth. The researchers published a paper in Nano Energy after using their device to cure skull fractures in mice.

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The Far Side Gets New Home Online

If you ever took pleasure in perusing the funny pages of a newspaper, you may have decided that Gary Larson’s legendary cartoon The Far Side was your favorite.

Larson’s iconic single-panel comics, which featured wacky views of life often through the eyes of animals, were published in more than 1,900 newspapers..

Now, Far Side fans are rejoicing after Larson published his first cartoon in 25 years.

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Army Specialist Making Connections with Art

From culture shock to language barrier, there’s a lot to take in when stationed overseas, particularly for junior service members who may find themselves away from home for the first time.

Through a pencil and paper, U.S. Army Spc. Chrisiellefaye Pagarigan, an occupational therapy specialist at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, finds strength through the visual arts. Recently, an illustration by Pagarigan gained her recognition and the opportunity to don the illustration on Independence Day T-shirts for Single Soldiers across the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

“Being a single soldier (overseas) sometimes becomes lonely, being away from your family and your friends can be difficult,” said Pagarigan. “Resilience is one of the one of the things that I’ve learned from the military. No matter how many things you go through, no matter how many nights you’re away from family, or how many hours you’re working, it builds you up to this person, who can keep going.”

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Fort Worth Tanglewood Drive Residents Use Red, White and Blue to Show Solidarity

Tanglewood planned long and hard to have its popular, annual Fourth of July celebration this year, taking proper COVID-19 precautions. The result: a highly-promoted vehicle procession instead of a typical parade.

What’s the difference between a procession and a parade? A vehicle procession doesn’t require blocking off city streets. Drivers simply obey posted traffic signs along the route.

But more important: a procession of cars and trucks — no bicycles or pedestrians — means families stay in their vehicles for proper social distancing. Those living along the procession route can watch safely from their front yards. Other neighbors can keep six-foot distance while watching from a stretch of parkland along the route. The city Public Events Office even praised the procession route for incorporating an abundance of right turns for traffic safety.

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Fort Worth Public Library-Meadowbrook Branch Celebrates New Name

The Fort Worth Public Library-eSkills Library & Job Center is now the Fort Worth Public Library-Meadowbrook Branch.

Earlier this year, the Library asked the public to nominate and vote on the new name for their local library, and the winner was Meadowbrook. In addition to being the community’s choice today, Meadowbrook was also the name of the branch when it opened its doors in 1964.

“Our Meadowbrook staff has invested in doing so much more at this Library location in the past few years,” said Library Director Manya Shorr, “It became apparent that it was time to change the name from a ‘job center’ to something that really reflected this community.”

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Rachel Ray Awards Save Them All COVID-19 Relief Grant to Best Friends Animal Society

Arlington Animal Services is thankful to have received a $2,500 Rachael Ray Save Them All COVID-19 Relief Grant from Best Friends Animal Society to help ensure Arlington pet owners facing financial hardship will not resort to surrendering their pets to the shelter.

This grant helps Animal Services help Arlington residents struggling with providing necessities for their pets, by providing food, crates, mats, bowls, and enrichment toys. In this uncertain time, the goal of this grant is to assist residents as we work to reduce the number of homeless pets, we were on track to save, prior to the pandemic.

In addition to helping keep pets with their owners, this grant also provides starter kits with necessities for stray animals found by Arlington residents to temporarily hold in their care rather than dropping them off at the shelter.

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Researchers at University of Pittsburgh Create Drug that Reduces Stroke Damage in Mice

Neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute have identified a novel drug that could protect the brain during and after a stroke.

The study, published today in Science Advances, shows that injured neurons can remain viable if they are prevented from following biochemical pathways that lead to cell death.

“No drugs exist in clinical practice that are capable of blocking the cell death that occurs following stroke,” said Anthony Schulien, the study’s first author and a medical student in Pitt’s Physician Scientist Training Program. “These experiments provide exciting, early evidence of drug targets that we hope to one day translate to patients.”

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American Jukebox: American Singer/Songwriter Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has sold over 18 million albums in the United States.

Coming to prominence in the 1970s, Browne has written and recorded songs such as “These Days”, “The Pretender”, “Running on Empty”, “Lawyers in Love”, “Doctor My Eyes”, “Take It Easy”, “For a Rocker”, and “Somebody’s Baby”.

In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and given an honorary doctorate of music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. In 2015, Rolling Stone ranked him as 37th in its list of the “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time”.

Arlington Firefighters Donate Gear to Mexican Counterparts

Five Arlington Fire Department members are back home after answering an international call for help. The firefighters traveled to Mexico last month to donate training time and supplies to departments in need. While Arlington has access to the latest fire safety technology, the same cannot be said for many Mexican border towns. In fact, equipment commonly retired here is nicer than many departments in Mexico have access to.

With a goal of saving lives, Arlington firefighters joined with other North Texas departments to gather donations and plan a trip to Mexico. Each firefighter used his own money and vacation time to make the trip possible. For two members, this was their third training visit.

“These trips are all about helping and keeping our brothers and sisters in Mexico safe,” said Arlington Firefighter Javier Benitez. “After our first trip, we came back extremely humbled with a new sense of perspective. We realized we can offer help to those that don’t have the same resources as we do.”

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