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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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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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Camp Pendleton Marines Return Home As Afghanistan War Winds Down

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 ...

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Death Of California Soldier In Afghanistan Under Investigation

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 ...

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Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Departs San Diego Friday For Middle East Deployment

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 ...

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Soldier Stabbed To Death In Afghanistan Identified (Video)

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 ...

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Marine Vet Could Face 2nd Murder Charge In Death Of Erin Corwin's Fetus

The final results of Erin Corwin's autopsy could determine whether or not Marine veteran Christopher Lee is charged with murder in the death of Corwin's fetus.

Lee has already been arrested and charged with murdering Corwin, 19, who may have been pregnant with his child.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos told the Desert Sun an additional murder charge against Lee is possible if the autopsy can ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Killed Driving Home To Surprise Brother (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine, Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching, loved to surprise his 8-year-old brother, Alex Vicary, with unexpected trips to the family home in Colorado. It was en route to one of those surprise homecomings that Ching, 20, was killed in an automobile crash.

On Aug. 15, The Associated Press reports, Ching was riding shotgun in a pickup truck driven by fellow Marine Jesus T. Paredes on I-70 in central Utah ...

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Nearly $100K Raised For Marine From Ramona Who Lost His Legs In IED Blast

Ramona native Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson suffered devastating injuries in an IED blast on Aug. 9 in Afghanistan. A webpage created to help ease financial stress on Dodson's wife and toddler son has raised nearly $100,000 as of early Wednesday morning.

Dodson's Marine Corps buddy Dave Smith set up the webpage at GoFundMe.com soon after Dodson was wounded. In ten days, about 1,000 ...

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UPDATE: The Evidence That Led To Marine Vet's Arrest In Erin Corwin Case (Video)

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos filed murder charges Tuesday against Marine veteran Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, in connection with the death of Erin Corwin.

Ramos said in a news release that the special circumstance of "lying in wait" was attached to the murder charge, making Lee eligible for the death penalty or life without parole:

"The decision regarding which penalty will be sought will be made after a ...

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Erin Corwin's Body Discovered, Alleged Lover Arrested In Her Death

Searchers discovered the body of missing pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin on Aug. 16 in a 140-foot mine shaft on Bureau of Land Management land in the Mojave Desert, law enforcement officials announced Monday.

Dental records were needed to confirm Corwin's identity. An autopsy conducted Monday morning concluded the manner of death to be homicide, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

Christopher Lee, the Marine veteran who ...

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Study: One In Four Military Families Depend On Food Banks (Video)

A new study on hunger in America finds roughly 25 percent of military households need assistance from food banks to feed their families.

The Hunger in America 2014 study was conducted by Feeding America, the largest hunger relief charity in the United States.

This is the first year researchers surveyed military families. They discovered Feeding America's network of 200 food banks provides assistance to 620,000 families with at ...

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USA Discounters Must Refund $350,000 To Military Customers

USA Discounters must provide refunds to U.S. military troops to the tune of $350,000, after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau put a stop to the retail chain's practice of targeting service members with a so-called "fee scam."

The CFPB announced Thursday that USA Discounters must also pay a $50,000 civil penalty:

CFPB Director Richard Cordray explained the scam:

“USA Discounters charged servicemembers for legal protections they ...

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