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US Soldier Dies From Wounds Suffered In Afghanistan

U.S. Army Spc. Kerry M. G. Danyluk, 27, died April 15 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, from wounds he suffered April 12 in Afghanistan.

According to the Department of Defense, enemy forces attacked Danyluk's unit with small arms fire. The incident took place in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan.

Danyluk was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort ...

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Navy Cruiser, Destroyer Return To San Diego

The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens and the guided missile destroyer USS Spruance are scheduled to return to Naval Base San Diego Thursday following separate deployments to the Western Pacific Ocean.

The 567-foot Cowpens and its crew of 400 deployed in September. In November, it provided humanitarian help in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyan.

"I am very proud of the accomplishments of the crew," said Capt. Gregory Gombert, Cowpens ...

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Army Veteran Sgt. Kyle White To Receive Medal Of Honor (Video)

Army veteran Sgt. Kyle White will become the only the seventh living service member from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the Medal of Honor, when President Barack Obama awards White the nation's highest military award May 13 at a White House ceremony.

The president is awarding White the Medal of Honor, a White House statement reads, for courageous actions in combat at Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on ...

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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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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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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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No U.S. Military Combat Deaths In March, A First Since 2003

The Department of Defense's casualty report for March shows no member of the United States military died in combat.

Time magazine reports it's the first time an entire month has passed since February 2003 without a U.S. military fatality in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

CNN Librarian Lindsey Knight calculated there have been just two months besides March 2014 that no American troops died in combat in Afghanistan ...

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A Promise Broken? Pentagon May Close Some Commissaries

Defense Department officials have promised for months that while budget cuts might mean higher prices at commissaries, the doors of the military grocery stores would remain open. Now, it seems some commissaries may close after all.

Stars and Stripes reports during a congressional hearing this week, Frederick Vollrath, assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management, testified that raising prices at commissaries may ultimately lead to closures:

“It’s ...

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Camp Pendleton To Host Job Fair For Military Spouses

Camp Pendleton is hosting on Tuesday the Military Spouse Employment Program Hiring Fair and Career Forum. The husbands and wives of active duty, National Guard, reservists, and veterans are all welcome, along with Gold Star Spouses.

The Networking Reception is scheduled for Monday night, between 7-9 p.m.

The Hiring Fair will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Pacific Views Event Center ...

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Fallen Marine's Dad Wants Peace At Fred Phelps' Funeral (Video)

Fred Phelps, the controversial leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, has died at the age of 84, according to The Associated Press.

Phelps and his church made headlines for picketing the funerals of fallen military service members, believing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were God's punishment for America's acceptance of gays and lesbians.

Al Snyder, father of a fallen Twentynine Palms Marine whose lawsuit against Westboro Baptist ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Rescue Camel In Afghanistan

It might not be part of the official job description of being a U.S. Marine, but that didn't stop a group of troops — some assigned to Camp Pendleton — from rescuing a camel trapped in a ditch in Afghanistan.

1st Lt. Garth Langley of the Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan (and assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton) told the Orange County Register that he and ...

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Watch Historic Medal Of Honor Ceremony Live (Video)

Today at the White House, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 soldiers who served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Home Post will carry the ceremony live starting at 12:40 p.m. PDT.

The Military Times reports:

Congress... called for a review in 2002 of Jewish American and Hispanic American veteran war records from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam ...

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Navy Sailors And Marines To Get Career Sea Pay Raises

Starting this summer, the Navy will give sailors and Marines a 25 percent raise in career sea pay.

Sailors and Marines earn career sea pay in addition to their base pay, as a way to compensate them for time at sea (and away from their families).

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the pay hike earlier this month:

"This increase is long overdue and is meant to reward our Sailors and ...

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Marine Corps IDs Top Gun Student Killed In Nevada Jet Crash

The Marine Corps has identified the pilot killed March 1 when his F/A-18C Hornet crashed near NAS Fallon as Capt. Reid "Eeyore" Nannen, 32, of Hopedale, Ill.

As Home Post reported last week, Nannen's jet went down on the Fallon Range Training Complex, roughly 70 miles east of NAS Fallon, about 3 p.m. PST on March 1.

According to a Marine Corps news release :

Captain Nannen, who ...

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Kidnapped Service Dog Returned To Iraq War Veteran (Video)

Iraq War veteran Blanka Stratford was catching a quick bite with friends Saturday when someone snatched her service dog, Spencer, from her car. Fortunately, Spencer and Stratford have been reunited after she offered a $2,000 reward for his return.

Stratford told CNN she was making a cross-country trip from her home in Massachusetts to visit friends in Houston when everything went awry. A split-second decision to leave Spencer in ...

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