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From Korea To Denver, Joan Rivers Was A Longtime USO Supporter

Groundbreaking comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81.

Rivers was a longtime supporter of the USO, even being named the 2001 USO of Metropolitan New York’s Woman of the Year.

She made a surprise visit last month to USO Denver at Denver International Airport, according to the Official USO Blog:

[Rivers] made sure each guest, volunteer and staff member knew how much she appreciated them.

While ...

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US Military Heading To Ukraine For 'Peacekeeping' Exercise

U.S. troops will train in Ukraine starting next week - the first time American service members have touched Ukraine soil since that country's crisis with Russia began.

The United States will join more than a dozen other countries in the annual military exercise known as Rapid Trident.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told Stars and Stripes that Rapid Trident is a peacekeeping exercise that doesn't involve firing live ...

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San Diegans Saved From Sinking Ship Reunite With Coast Guard Rescuers (Video)

Four adults and one teenager who were rescued from their sinking 30-foot pleasure boat on Saturday night reunited this week with the Coast Guard crew who saved them.

According to the Coast Guard, the PMS Escape II started taking on water 17 miles off the coast of Point Loma.

The Los Angeles Times reports upon receiving a distress call from the PMS Escape II, the San Diego Coast Guard station ...

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Death Of Soldier With Military Dog Unit Under Investigation

The Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the death of Pvt. 1st Class Darrell Robinson, 23, who was found dead at Fort Bragg in North Carolina on Aug. 31.

Robinson was a military police officer with the 550th Military Working Dog Detachment.

Fort Bragg officials have not released any information on the circumstances surrounding Robinson's passing, except to say that at this point, his cause of death is unknown ...

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Fletcher Announces Creation Of Foundation For Veterans

Former Assemblyman and San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher announced Tuesday the creation of a foundation to help veterans make the transition to civilian life.

The Three Wise Men Foundation aims to raise awareness of the problems facing veterans returning from war, and provide direct support to organizations and programs that ease the changeover to civilian life.

The foundation is named for brothers Jeremy, Ben and Beau Wise, who are ...

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WWII Veteran From California Stars In TV Commercial (Video)

"Pretty damn exciting!" is how 89-year-old World War II veteran Bruce Campbell describes his experience appearing in a television commercial for the very first time.

The Watertown Daily Times reports Campbell was tapped to narrate the commercial for Tide detergent, called "Honor Uniforms."

He first got the call from the ad agency producing the commercial in February, but didn't shoot the ad until August.

Until his recent stint in ...

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U.S. Marine Helicopter Crashes In Gulf Of Aden, All 25 Aboard Rescued (Video)

All 25 Marines and sailors aboard a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter that crashed Monday into the Gulf of Aden survived, according to a Navy news release:

17 Marines and eight Navy Sailors, were safely recovered and are aboard USS Mesa Verde.

Personnel who sustained minor injuries in the crash were treated aboard USS Mesa Verde.

The helicopter, assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, was in the process of transferring ...

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Meet Kelsey DeSantis: Marine Vet, Mixed Martial Arts Pro, Pageant Contestant (Video)

(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 ...

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Navy Seal Veteran Nabs Role In Chris Kyle Biopic 'American Sniper' (Video)

(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.

Like Kyle, Lacz was a member of SEAL Team 3, based in Coronado. Lacz told The Middletown Press ...

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National Guard ID's Pilot Killed In F-15 Jet Crash

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 ...

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Paula Walker ID'ed As Soldier Who Committed Suicide At Fort Lee (Video)

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 ...

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Flags Lowered Over State Capitol For California Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

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 ...

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F-15C Fighter Jet Crashes In Virginia, Pilot's Condition Unknown

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 ...

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Coast Guard Fires Warning Shot At Iranian Boat In Arabian Gulf

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 ...

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Mexican President's Sacramento Visit Protested

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 ...

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Erin Corwin's Husband Speaks Out For The First Time Since Wife's Disappearance (Video)

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 ...

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Recalled Peanut And Almond Butters Sold At Military Commissaries

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 ...

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Armed Female Soldier Prompts Lockdown At Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia

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 ...

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