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Marine Wants New Charges In Iraq War Crime Tossed

The Marine Corps should not be retrying a sergeant whose murder conviction in a major Iraq war crime case was overturned by the military's highest court after he served half of his 11-year sentence, his defense attorneys say.

Civilian defense attorney Chris Oprison said he has filed nine motions that he will present during a two-day hearing for Lawrence Hutchins III that starts Thursday at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps ...

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Pentagon Reclassifies Death Of Miramar Marine Cpl. Jordan Spears

The Department of Defense announced Tuesday it has reclassified the death of Marine Corps Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, as in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Pentagon initially classified Spears's death on Oct. 1 as "a non-global war on terrorism casualty."

Spears was assigned to Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

He ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Runs For Congress (Video)

After four deployments to Iraq, Congress should be a piece of cake, right? That's what former Marine Corps Capt. Seth Moulton is hoping. The Massachusetts native wants to represent his state's 6th congressional district in what would be his first foray into politics.

Moulton, 35, told the Military Times he was inspired to run for office while serving overseas:

“When I was in Iraq, after a tough day ...

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Death Of California Marine In Iraq Under Investigation

The military is investigating the death of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California.

A Department of Defense announcement states he was killed on Oct. 23 in Baghdad, Iraq, in a "non-combat related incident."

According to Neal's Facebook page, he lived in Twentynine Palms, and was a graduate of La Sierra High School in Riverside.

The Washington Examiner reports Neal is the first member of ...

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USS Carl Vinson Takes Over Airstrike Campaign From USS George H. W. Bush (Video)

This past weekend, the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson took over responsibility for the airstrike campaign against ISIS from the USS George H. W. Bush, which has been in the Persian Gulf since June.

USS Carl Vinson Commanding Officer Capt. Karl O. Thomas wrote on the Vinson Facebook page on Oct. 17:

"(Saturday), the Air Wing will have their first set of flights in the Arabian Gulf. Now that the ...

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Some Military Families Uneasy With Ebola Deployments (Video)

It's all about the fear of the unknown. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military families had some idea of the enemy their service members would face.

But some soldiers' families have expressed uneasiness as their loved ones prepare to deploy to Liberia - ground zero for the Ebola epidemic.

As Major General Gary Volesky, Commanding General of 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), explained to Reuters:

"Ebola is a ...

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What Do You Think Of The New Trailer For 'American Sniper'? (Video)

Warner Bros. Pictures just released the first glimpse of the movie "American Sniper," based on the late Chris Kyle's bestselling memoir, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.

Bradley Cooper stars, Clint Eastwood directs, and based on the trailer (posted up top), the movie is sure to raise a lot of controversy.

NOLA.com gives a glowing review of the trailer:

It ...

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Bulldog Puppy Marine PFC Smedley Butler Sidelined By Broken Toe

Just weeks after he made the transition from recruit to full-fledged Marine, PFC Smedley Butler has been sidelined from his duties as Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego's mascot.

The 7-month-old English Bulldog puppy broke his toe on his left hind paw when he jumped out of a moving vehicle, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Smedley's medical mishap was laid out on the MCRD San Diego Facebook ...

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Green Beret Dies Of Gunshot Wound Suffered In Afghanistan

Army Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers, 30, died Sept. 30 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany from a gunshot wound suffered during combat in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Sept. 28.

The Army Times reports Weathers was a Green Beret and Special Forces medical sergeant, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Col. Robert Kirila, deputy commander for 7th SFG (A), said ...

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Capped Credit Card Interest Rates For Military Families? It's In The Works

A move by the Pentagon to update the Military Lending Act of 2006 could result in service members and their families getting interest rates capped on everything from credit cards to vehicle title loans. According to the Department of Defense:

The new proposed actions are designed to apply the protections of the Military Lending Act to all forms of payday loans, vehicle title loans, refund anticipation loans, deposit advance loans ...

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Army Paratrooper Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

The Department of Defense has identified Army Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, as one of two Americans killed Tuesday when their convoy was attacked by a suicide car bomber near Kabul, Afghanistan.

As Home Post reported Wednesday, the other American killed was Navy Reservist Stephen Byus, 39, of Columbus, Ohio.

Donahue was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg. Lt. Col. Gabriel Barton, Donahue ...

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Navy Reservist Killed In Tuesday's Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

Family members of Navy Reservist Stephen Byus have told the Columbus Dispatch the 39-year-old was one of two American troops killed in a suicide car bombing Tuesday near Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense has not yet officially released the names of the two American service members killed when a Toyota Corolla filled with explosives struck a coalition convoy roughly 200 yards from the U.S. Embassy.

Byus leaves behind ...

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Special Ops Marine Killed In Afghanistan Insider Attack (Video)

Marine Corps Sgt. Charles C. Strong was killed Sept. 15 in Herat province, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

Strong, 28, was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The Military Times reports Strong is believed to be the unnamed coalition service member killed in western Afghanistan Sept. 15 "by an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform." International ...

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Sending Holiday Gifts To Your Sailor? Here Are The Navy's Mail Deadlines

Planning to send a Christmas gift or holiday card to someone you love aboard a Navy ship or on shore duty? The Navy has announced its mail-by dates to ensure presents and letters get to your sailor before Dec. 25:

For mail addressed to/from:

APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966

  • Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 17

  • First-Class and Priority Mail ...

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