Obama Scores Coalition Victory With Arab Strikes

For President Barack Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly embraced.

The U.S. announced the strikes hours before Obama was due to arrive in New York for three days of talks with foreign leaders at the annual United ...

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USS Gary Prepares For Final Deployment

A San Diego-based guided-missile frigate is scheduled to leave Wednesday for a final deployment before its scheduled decommissioning, the Navy announced Monday.

The 30-year-old USS Gary will sail to the waters off Central and South America for anti-drug trafficking missions.

A U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment and units from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron 49 will join the Gary and its 240 sailors for the final deployment.

The Navy ...

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Navy Fires Executive Officer Of USS Cowpens

The Navy announced Friday that it had relieved Cmdr. Armando Ramirez of his duties as executive officer of the San Diego-based USS Cowpens on Sept. 18.

Ramirez lost his job due to what the Navy is calling "an alcohol-related incident."

The Navy Times obtained a report from the Navy that outlines the behavior that got Ramirez sacked. On Aug. 31, Ramirez appeared drunk on the Cowpens' quarterdeck, and was given ...

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Airman Who Refused To Say 'So Help Me God' Allowed To Reenlist

The Air Force announced this week airmen aren't required to say "So help me God" as part of the enlistment oath.

The decision was prompted by an atheist airman from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada who refused to say those four words in his reenlistment oath, and thus was denied the opportunity to remain in the Air Force.

According to an Air Force news release:

In response to ...

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Court Says Navy Investigators Illegally Scanning Civilian Computers

An appeals court ruling has offered a rare glimpse at the extent to which military police investigations reach into civilians' computer. Apparently, they scan civilian computers quite often — and to a degree that a Ninth Circuit appeals court has now found to violate the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act.

Some background: Posse Comitatus bars the military from enforcing state laws. But each military branch is still allowed to police — and investigate ...

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Army Paratrooper Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

The Department of Defense has identified Army Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, as one of two Americans killed Tuesday when their convoy was attacked by a suicide car bomber near Kabul, Afghanistan.

As Home Post reported Wednesday, the other American killed was Navy Reservist Stephen Byus, 39, of Columbus, Ohio.

Donahue was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg. Lt. Col. Gabriel Barton, Donahue ...

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Navy Reservist Killed In Tuesday's Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

Family members of Navy Reservist Stephen Byus have told the Columbus Dispatch the 39-year-old was one of two American troops killed in a suicide car bombing Tuesday near Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense has not yet officially released the names of the two American service members killed when a Toyota Corolla filled with explosives struck a coalition convoy roughly 200 yards from the U.S. Embassy.

Byus leaves behind ...

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Special Ops Marine Killed In Afghanistan Insider Attack (Video)

Marine Corps Sgt. Charles C. Strong was killed Sept. 15 in Herat province, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

Strong, 28, was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The Military Times reports Strong is believed to be the unnamed coalition service member killed in western Afghanistan Sept. 15 "by an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform." International ...

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Sending Holiday Gifts To Your Sailor? Here Are The Navy's Mail Deadlines

Planning to send a Christmas gift or holiday card to someone you love aboard a Navy ship or on shore duty? The Navy has announced its mail-by dates to ensure presents and letters get to your sailor before Dec. 25:

For mail addressed to/from:

APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966

  • Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 17

  • First-Class and Priority Mail ...

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2 US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

Two U.S. soldiers were killed Tuesday and several others wounded when their motorcade was hit by the blast of a suicide car bomb near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Fox News reports that in addition to the two American troops who died, a Polish service member also lost his life in the attack.

According to a NATO ISAF casualty report:

We can confirm three International Security Assistance Force members died as a ...

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Two Vietnam War Soldiers Awarded Medal Of Honor On Monday

President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to two Vietnam War soldiers at a White House ceremony Monday: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, 80, and Army Spc. Four Donald P. Sloat, who was killed in combat in 1970 at the age of 20.

Adkins and his wife of 58 years, Mary Adkins, made the trip from their home in Opelika, Alabama to attend Monday's ceremony.

According ...

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USS America To Arrive In New Homeport Of San Diego On Monday (Video)

The future USS America is slated to arrive in its new homeport of San Diego on Monday.

As Home Post reported earlier this summer, USS America departed the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi in July for its maiden voyage to San Diego.

Because the 844-foot-long amphibious assault ship was too large to fit through the Panama Canal, it circumnavigated South America on a “America Visits the Americas” goodwill tour ...

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Navy Names Pilot Presumed Dead After Crash Off USS Carl Vinson

The Navy has identified the pilot who went missing and is presumed dead after his fighter jet crashed as Lt. Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, California.

As Home Post reported earlier, Poloski was the pilot of one of two F/A-18C Hornet jets from the USS Carl Vinson that collided Friday and crashed into the Western Pacific.

The other pilot was immediately rescued and received medical attention aboard the ...

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Navy: Pilot From Crashed Jet Presumed Dead; Search Called Off

The Navy has called off its search for the pilot of one of two F/A-18C Hornet jets from the USS Carl Vinson that crashed Friday in the Western Pacific.

The pilot, according to the Navy, "has been presumed deceased." That pilot was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 out of Naval Air Station Lemoore in Central California.

The Navy won't release the pilot's name until his ...

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Two Navy Jets From USS Carl Vinson Collide At Sea; One Pilot Missing (Video)

The pilot of one of two U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet jets that collided in the western Pacific after taking off from the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was in fair condition Friday, while a search continued for the other pilot, Navy officials said.

At the time of the incident, the Navy reports the Vinson was roughly 250 nautical miles west of Wake Island.

Both jets were ...

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San Diego Vets Group Protests Obama's Plan To Defeat ISIS

When President Barack Obama announced increased military action in the Middle East on Wednesday night, a group of San Diego veterans rallied to voice their opposition.

The 35-member area chapter of Veterans for Peace displayed banners Thursday afternoon that read "End the wars" and "Vets for peace" along the Sixth Avenue bridge over Interstate 5 in San Diego. Chapter secretary David Barrows, an Army veteran who served in Korea during ...

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Bulldog Puppy PFC Smedley Butler Becomes A Marine

He might have been the youngest and smallest Marine at the Eagle, Globe and Anchor ceremony at Camp Pendleton Thursday morning, but he certainly attracted the most attention.

Private First Class Smedley Butler, a 6-month-old English Bulldog, donned a camouflage utility uniform for the big event, which symbolizes the first time a recruit is called a Marine.

There are only three official Marine Corps mascots, and Smedley is now one ...

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Marine Veteran Reunites With Military Dog, Thanks To California Group (Video)

They ate every meal together, slept next to each other each night. Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Robert Hulsey forged an unbreakable bond with his Improvised Detection Dog Jjoe when the two served together in Afghanistan for seven months in 2011.

Hulsey told the Dallas Morning News:

“Every single day, I’d wake up in the morning, and we’d patrol [around the base] for a few hours and come back ...

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New Ribbon For Marine Corps Combat Instructors

There's a new ribbon special duty assignment ribbon for Marines who've completed a three year tour as combat instructor at the School of Infantry West at Camp Pendleton, or the School of Infantry East at Camp Geiger in North Carolina.

According to news release by Headquarters Marine Corps:

The combat instructors at the Schools of Infantry teach all Marines the basic combat skills which make every Marine a ...

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