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5,000 Pizzas Headed To Afghanistan For Super Bowl Sunday (Video)

The nonprofit group Pizza 4 Patriots is sending 5,000 pies to troops stationed in Afghanistan, so they can enjoy a slice or two (or five) while watching the Super Bowl. And despite Pizza 4 Patriots' name, service members who are Seahawks fans will get their fair share of the pies, too.

Retired Master Sergeant Mark Evans is the founder of Pizzas 4 Patriots. He said in a news release ...

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US Army To Charge Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion, News Outlets Claim

U.S. Army will charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, according to NBC News.

"Senior defense officials" have told NBC News the charges could come down this week:

[T]he desertion charges would be based on allegations that Bergdahl abandoned his remote outpost in June 2009 to avoid hazardous duty or important service, which are grounds for charges of desertion under the Uniform Military Code of Justice, or UCMJ.

NBC ...

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USS Peleliu Decommissioning Ceremony Slated For March

The U.S. Navy will hold a special decommissioning ceremony for the USS Peleliu on the morning of March 31, at Naval Base San Diego's Pier #7.

The Peleliu is the last ship of its kind (a Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship) and has been in service for almost 35 years.

During that service, the Peleliu embarked on 17 deployments, and covered more than one million miles.

According to the ...

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How War Brings About Medical Advances - Part V

So, military doctors wondered, how to relieve the pressure within the soldier’s skull without killing him? The answer was something called a craniectomy. The inventor was an Army neurosurgeon named Col. Rocco Armonda.

All Armonda ever wanted was to be an officer in the Army Medical Corps. At age 17 he joined the Army by attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. He earned his medical degree ...

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How War Brings About Medical Advances - Part IV

So, how did medicine evolve so rapidly that the chance of dying in the war in Afghanistan shrank to ten percent?

Most medical advances in war usually happen by accident, with a military doc facing a traumatically injured patient he’s not sure how to fix, according to Dr. Fred Mading, a Navy veteran (and my brother-in-law). Fred told me the doctor or medic tries everything he or she can ...

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How War Brings About Medical Advances - Part I

"The only field or occupation that benefits from war is medicine."

--Dr. David Cifu, national director of the physical medicine and rehabilitation program office for the Veterans Health Administration.

As the United States' official involvement in the Afghanistan War comes to a close, it's worth noting that the survival rate of military service members who fought in that war was the highest in the history of warfare.

But we ...

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2 US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

Two U.S. soldiers died Dec. 12 in Parwan Province, Afghanistan.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, and Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, were killed when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense.

Both men were assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Morris was from New York, New York.

Martin called Mesa, Arizona ...

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Wife Turns Tables On Marine Husband, Surprises HIM At Camp Pendleton Homecoming (Video)

The video of this surprise military homecoming with a twist has gone viral, garnering more than 1.3 million hits in the last month.

It all started when Sara Taylor decided to surprise her husband, Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Fort Taylor, when he returned to Camp Pendleton after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.

Sara Taylor, a Marine veteran herself, wrote this message accompanying the video on YouTube:

"The media is ...

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Special Forces Soldier Killed In Afghanistan (+Video)

A U.S. Special Forces soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Dec. 3, according to the Department of Defense. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, died in Zabul Province when he was hit with small arms fire while taking part in a clearing operation.

Ammerman was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Lt. Col. Tommy Stoner, Commander of the ...

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Three-Legged Marine Corps Dog Subject Of New Book (Video)

A retired Marine Corps bomb-sniffing dog with a local connection is the subject of a new book, Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca.

Maria Goodavage, the author of the bestseller Soldier Dogs, also penned Top Dog.

Gunnery Sgt. Chris Willingham, Lucca's first handler and current owner, says the canine Purple Heart recipient saved countless lives during her 400 patrols while deployed to Iraq twice and once to ...

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78,000 Pounds Of Turkey Feed Troops Overseas On Thanksgiving

78,000 pounds of turkey. 40,000 pounds of beef. 26,000 pounds of ham. 10,000 pies. That's what it takes to provide a proper Thanksgiving to U.S. troops who are deployed overseas for the holidays.

Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support is responsible for getting Thanksgiving meals to service members in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan - and this year, Liberia and Senegal.

The folks at DLA ...

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Army Sgt. Maj. Killed In Afghanistan Was Beloved Son, Father, Grandfather (Video)

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Wardell Turner, 48, was roughly a year away from retirement when he lost his life Monday in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

Also killed in the bicycle bomb explosion was Army Spc. Joey Riley, 27.

The Department of Defense has not confirmed the identities of the two soldiers killed in Monday's explosion, but family members of both Turner and Riley have contacted the media to ...

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Army Specialist From Ohio One Of Two Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

The close-knit community of Grove City, Ohio is mourning the death of Army Spc. Joseph “Joey” Riley. The 27-year-old was one of two soldiers killed Monday in Afghanistan, according to friends of the Riley family who spoke with the Columbus Dispatch.

The Department of Defense has yet to confirm the identities of the two soldiers who died on Monday in Kabul when a bicycle bomb detonated near their vehicle.

Riley ...

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Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Bicycle Bomb Blast Were American

Several media sources have confirmed the two NATO service members who died Monday in Afghanistan were American.

The two U.S. soldiers were killed when a bomb attached to a bicycle exploded near their vehicle in Kabul.

A "Western security force" told Reuters the two troops who died were members of the U.S. Army.

Agence France Presse is also reporting the two soldiers killed were American:

One of the ...

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Two NATO Troops Killed In Afghanistan Bicycle Bomb Attack

Two NATO International Security Assistance Force service members were killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.

According to what Kabul police told the Los Angeles Times:

[A] bomb placed on a bicycle exploded near a convoy of coalition military vehicles, resulting in casualties.

The Associated Press reports the bomb blast took place in the eastern part of Kabul, Afghanistan's capital city.

Insurgents have been targeting military convoys ...

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