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Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran, Held Captive In Iran, Sentenced To 10 Years

An Iranian revolutionary court secretly tried U.S. Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati and found him guilty of “practical collaboration with the American government,” his attorney told the New York Times.

The court sentenced Hekmati to 10 years in prison. This is the second time Hekmati has been tried in Iran since he was detained there in August 2011 while visiting family. Hekmati was previously sentenced to death, but the ...

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San Francisco Pride Names Pvt. Bradley Manning Of Wikileaks Infamy As Parade Grand Marshal

Military LGBT activists are "astounded" that San Francisco Pride parade organizers chose Chelsea Manning - a.k.a. Army Pvt. Bradley Manning - as honorary grand marshal.

A military judge in 2013 found Manning guilty of espionage for handing over top secret government documents to Wikileaks, an anti-secrecy group, according to the Washington Post.

On Monday, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the commanding general of the military district of Washington, upheld that conviction ...

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USS Zumwalt Christening Ceremony On Saturday (Video)

On Saturday morning in Bath, Maine, the daughters of the late Admiral Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr. will break a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the ship that bears their father's name.

The USS Zumwalt is being hailed as the the largest Navy destroyer ever built.

Its new home will be San Diego. The Maine Sun Journal reports during a November 2013 tour of the Zumwalt ...

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Malaysia Airlines Search Has Cost Pentagon $7 Million...So Far (Video)

The U.S. Department of Defense has spent more than $7 million on the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 since the plane went missing on March 8.

According to Army Col. Steven Warren:

“This includes the cost of our ships, helicopters and planes involved in the search. Within that $7.3 million is also the contract for the underwater surveillance equipment -- that’s $3.6 million.”

The biggest chunk ...

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Marine Shooting At Camp Lejeune May Have Been Accidental

It was an accident. That's what Defense Department officials are saying about the fatal shooting of a Marine guard by his colleague at Camp Lejeune on Monday.

Marine Corps officials have identified the victim as Lance Cpl. Mark N. Boterf, 21, of Tupelo, Miss. The shooter hasn't been named, and he remains in custody, although no charges have yet been filed.

According to Stars and Stripes, Pentagon spokesman ...

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Marine Guard Shoots Fellow Marine To Death At Camp Lejeune (Video)

In the second fatal shooting at a military base in less than a week, a Camp Lejeune Marine guard killed a fellow Marine with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Camp Lejeune spokesman Nat Fahy said the shooting took place around 5:30 p.m Tuesday near the North Carolina base's main gate, according to The Associated Press.

The suspect and the victim were both standing guard inside ...

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No Plans To Charge San Diego Family For Sea Rescue Of Baby

It took three federal agencies, a fixed-wing aircraft, a Navy warship and scores of personnel to rescue an ill baby girl and her family from their broken down sailboat 900 miles off the Mexican coast. But the San Diego couple will not have to repay the federal government for the dramatic evacuation at sea, the agencies said Tuesday.

The Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard don't charge ...

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Death Of West Point Graduate In Afghanistan Under Investigation (Video)

The military is investigating the death of Army Capt. James E. Chaffin III, 27, who lost his life April 1 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says Chaffin died in a "non-combat related incident."

Chaffin was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Chaffin, who was known as "Ed," grew up in Midlands, S.C., and ...

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One Veteran's Treatment For PTSD? Going Nude (Video)

Max Sanchez is an Army veteran who saw combat in the Vietnam War. As a result, he suffered from PTSD for decades, with traditional therapies doing little to quell his symptoms. But now Sanchez is enjoying life again, thanks to an unconventional, out-of-the-boxers stress reliever.

Sanchez told Tampa television station WTSP-TV that ever since he moved to The Fountains at Paradise Lakes Nudist Resort in the small Florida community of ...

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Navy Releases FY14 Aviation Career Continuation Pay Rates

From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs:

Qualified Navy aviators can receive up to $125,000 in bonuses, the Navy announced in a message released April 8.

According to NAVADMIN 078/14, the following Aviation Career Continuation Pay (ACCP) bonuses are offered to pilots and naval flight officers (NFO) to retain skilled personnel for critical naval aviation billets:

HM pilot: $75,000

HSC pilot: $75,000

HSL/HSM pilot: $75,000 ...

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USS Reagan Sailors File $1 Billion Suit Over Radiation Exposure (Video)

Scores of USS Ronald Reagan crew members have filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the Japanese utility that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

The class-action suit, filed in federal court in San Diego, claims the utility lied about unsafe levels of radiation emanating from the plant after Japan's epic 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

A portion of the lawsuit, published by the Orange County Register, reads:

"TEPCO likewise ...

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US Navy Black Box Detector Picks Up 'Pings' In Malaysia Airlines Search (Video)

Amidst the desperate search for any signs of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the U.S. Navy's Towed Pinger Locator 25 may have picked up pings from the black box of the missing airplane.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Australian navy ship Ocean Shield, which is towing the U.S. Navy's black box detector, picked up the pings Sunday in a remote region of the southern ...

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San Diego Family With Sick Baby On Sailboat Requires Military Rescue (Video)

A San Diego family thanked the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and California National Guard after requiring a military rescue when their 1-year-old daughter became seriously ill aboard their sailboat.

CBS News reports the Kaufmans had planned to sail around the world with their two small daughters. Two weeks into the trip, little Lyra became seriously ill with a fever and rash:

Then, their 36-foot sailboat, the Rebel Heart, lost ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Finds Strength In Furry Companion

From I Marine Expeditionary Force:

While deployed to Afghanistan, Cpl. Joey Nunez experienced one the most dangerous events of his life. However, he is forever grateful that his companion, Vicky, was with him.

Nunez, a military working dog handler with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, was wounded during a patrol. He said that having his dog by his side helped him calm down and keep the situation under control.

Over the ...

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USS Coronado Commissioning Ceremony Set For Saturday (Video)

The long-awaited commissioning ceremony for the future USS Coronado is scheduled to take place Saturday morning at Naval Air Station, North Island.

As Home Post previously reported, the Navy's newest littoral combat ship arrived in San Diego on March 6. En route to its homeport, the Coronado made port visits in Guantanamo Bay, Colombia, Panama, and Mexico.

It even had a close encounter with a pod of gray whales ...

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What Do We Know About The Fort Hood Gunman?

A picture is beginning to emerge of 34-year-old Army Spc. Ivan Lopez, who officials have said is the man who opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood, killing at least three people and wounding another 16 before apparently taking his own life.

As details about him emerge, and if some things that officials say turn out to have been mistaken, we'll update. Meanwhile, here's a quick look at what ...

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Fort Hood Shooter Had Mental Health Issues, Says General (Video)

Four people are dead and 16 others are injured after a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, according to NBC News.

Fort Hood Commanding Officer Lt. Gen. Mark Milley told reporters at a news conference Wednesday evening that the shooter was one of the four fatalities.

Milley said the suspect had served four months in Iraq in 2011, and was under diagnosis for PTSD and was taking medication:

“[He] had ...

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US Troops Looking For Jobs May Find Them In Australia's Military

The budget for Australia's military - the Australian Defence Force - is expected to double over the next decade. That means Aussie military recruiters are looking overseas to fill military jobs like fast jet pilots, air combat officers, and electrical engineers, reports the Stars and Stripes.

National recruitment efforts just aren't filling up all the slots, according to ADF's Defence Jobs "Recruitment Centre" website:

"We are looking for serving ...

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Hagel: Finding Malaysia Airlines MH370 Has "Big Limitations" (Video)

The epic search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be one of the main topics Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to discuss when he meets with fellow defense chiefs at the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations conference.

Hagel said en route to the conference that the search for the missing airliner has "big limitations" to being successful.

While not openly criticizing the Malaysian government, Hagel explained the search effort ...

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Sesame Street App For Military Kids Helps Ease Stress Of Moving

A new mobile app featuring familiar Sesame Street characters aims to help ease the stress of moving to an unfamiliar new home.

It's estimated children in military families move six to nine times between kindergarten and high school. Dr. Kelly Blasko, psychologist at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, explains how the app can help...

"Moving can be stressful, and kids need to express feelings and say goodbye ...

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