This Labor Day, Home Post is taking a look back at a couple of veterans we've profiled in the past. The catch? These vets transitioned to unexpected lines of work in the civilian world after leaving the service.
(Original publication date: July 16, 2014)
Marine veteran and professional mixed martial arts fighter Kelsey DeSantis may best be known for taking Justin Timberlake as her date to the Marine Corps Ball. Well, DeSantis is making headlines again, this time for competing in a beauty pageant-esque competition called Ms. Veteran America.
DeSantis told the Military Times she decided to participate in the competition as a way of continuing her service ...
(Original publication date: April 24, 2014)
With Clint Eastwood directing and Bradley Cooper playing the title role, casting directors of the Chris Kyle biopic "American Sniper" were still looking for someone to play Kevin Lacz, a Navy SEAL teammate of Kyle's.
Just so happens Lacz was available to play the role.
After days of searching for the missing pilot of a downed F-15C jet in the hopes he had safely ejected, rescue crews came to the realization Thursday that the pilot was actually killed in the crash.
Col. James Keefe, 104th Fighter Wing Commander, announced Friday:
"On behalf of the family of our fallen pilot and with a sense of profound sadness, I am sad to share that Lt. Col. Morris ...
Todd Reed is far from your typical ball boy at this year's U.S. Open tennis tournament. For one thing, at 53-years-old, he's older than the rest of the boys (and girls). Reed is also a retired Green Beret who lost his leg in Iraq during Desert Storm.
Reed told NBC News he wears his red, white, and blue prosthetic leg with pride:
“I have never let it ...
The Army has identified the woman who committed suicide at Fort Lee Army base on Monday as Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker, 33, of Yonkers, N.Y.
As Home Post reported previously, Walker entered Building 5020 of the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters on base at about 9 a.m. EDT. She barricaded herself inside the building with a handgun, and then turned the gun on herself.
Walker was ...
Governor Jerry Brown ordered flags above the State Capitol to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday in honor of fallen California soldier Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka.
Brown also released a statement that read, in part:
On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation.
The Governor ...
An F-15C fighter jet crashed Wednesday morning into George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, roughly 135 miles northwest of Richmond.
The jet was assigned to the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass., Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Candice Ismirle told USA Today.
The pilot reported an inflight emergency, and then lost radio contact with the base at about 9 ...
An inflatable boat dispatched by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy fired a warning shot at an Iranian dhow (fishing boat), after a member of the dhow's crew aimed a machine gun at the American boat with what the U.S. Navy called "hostile intent."
The incident took place in international waters in the Arabian Gulf.
A statement released by the U.S. 5th Fleet reports the Monomoy ...
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of immigrant-friendly laws, saying California is taking a lead role in the absence of national immigration reform.
He specifically mentioned a law that allows immigrants in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses, a law that has yet to take effect because a final decision has not been made about the appearance ...
Marine Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, the widower of homicide victim Erin Corwin, is speaking to the media for the first time since his wife went missing on June 28.
Corwin's body was discovered on Aug. 16 in a 140-foot deep mine shaft southeast of Twentynine Palms in the Mojave Desert.
Jonathan Corwin spoke with The Desert Sun shortly before the start of a vigil held in Erin's memory at ...
Brands of almond and peanut butters recalled from store shelves because of possible Salmonella contamination were sold by military commissaries, according to an announcement the Defense Commissary Agency.
The company nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. voluntarily recalled Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, and private label nut butters (click here for a complete list).
The Defense Commissary Agency's lead consumer safety officer, Richard Stith, said although ...
A female soldier who shot herself with a gun prompted a lockdown this morning at Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia.
According to Fort Lee's official Facebook page, the woman entered Building 5020 of the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters at about 9 a.m. EDT:
Early reports indicate the Soldier turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself.
The Soldier was transported Virginia Commonwealth University ...
More than 40 Marines with the 1st Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton are returning Monday night from a six month deployment in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Among their missions was to safeguard 3,000 U.S. and coalition troops at Leatherneck and adjoining Bastion military complexes, as Afghan forces trained to take over security of the country.
On the heels of these returning Marines are 4,600 other Camp Pendleton troops ...
The Navy fired Master Chief Petty Officer Joe Grgetich from his job as command master chief of the San Diego-based USS Dewey on Aug. 21, a day before the ship departed with the Vinson Carrier Strike Group for a nine-month deployment to the Middle East.
The reason the Navy gave for the dismissal was due to:
"[L]oss of confidence in Grgetich’s ability to fulfill his role as the ...
The military is investigating the death of Army Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka, California.
Mulalley died Aug. 22 in Gardez, Afghanistan in what the Department of Defense is calling "a non-combat related incident."
No other information about the circumstances surrounding Mulalley's death has been released by the Pentagon.
He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Mulalley was a 2006 ...
The Pentagon has released a photo of the Chinese fighter jet it says made a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft, flying close passes, performing barrel rolls and flying wingtip-to-wingtip with the American plane in what officials described as an "aggressive and unprofessional" manner.
About a dozen military veterans have locked themselves inside a caged boxing ring, in a rough part of San Diego, and they're starting to throw punches. It's therapeutic, they say.
"A lot of people say, 'You guys are punching each other in the face. How is that helpful?' " says Aaron Espinoza, a former Marine. "But it's a respect thing, it's mutual. I have to push him ...
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to leave homeport Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado on Friday for a nine-month deployment to the the Navy's 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility, which includes the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, and the Persian Gulf.
The strike group consists of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, along with USS Bunker Hill, USS Gridley, USS Sterett, and USS Dewey.
The nine ...
An American soldier who died after being stabbed near the Kabul airport in Afghainstan has been identified as Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida.
According to the Department of Defense, Leggett died Aug. 20 in Kabul "of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy."
Witnesses to the attack told the New York Times:
The victim [Leggett] got out of his vehicle with an ...