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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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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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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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Marine Videotaped Urinating On Taliban Found Dead (Video)

Marine veteran Cpl. Robert Richards, one of four Marines videotaped in 2011 urinating on the corpses of Taliban, was found dead at his home Wednesday night.

Richards' attorney told the Marine Corps Times his death does not appear to be self-inflicted:

A medical examiner will look at the mix of medication Richards was taking.

The former Marine sniper was still plagued by the wounds he suffered during his second deployment ...

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College Football Star Turned Soldier Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

Army Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston, 35, was killed in Ghazni, Afghanistan on Aug. 12, when he was hit by small-arms fire during combat, according to the Department of Defense.

KPRC-TV reports Hairston attended the University of Houston, and was a defensive lineman for the school's football team from 1997 to 2000.

He joined the Army in 2003.

Hairston was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry ...

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Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Passing of Robin Williams

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Passing of Robin Williams:

"The entire of Department of Defense community mourns the loss of Robin Williams. Robin was a gifted actor and comedian, but he was also a true friend and supporter of our troops. From entertaining thousands of service men and women in war zones, to his philanthropy that helped veterans struggling with hidden wounds of war, he was ...

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Army Investigators Grill Bowe Bergdahl About His Taliban Capture (Video)

Army Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl began his formal questioning of former POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Wednesday at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, and that questioning is expected to continue into Thursday.

Dahl's grilling of Bergdahl is part of the Army's investigation into the circumstances surrounding the soldier's capture by the Taliban in 2009. According to the Associated Press:

The investigation's findings will help determine whether ...

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Maj. Gen. Harold Greene ID'ed As Officer Killed In Afghan Insider Attack (Video)

The U.S. Army has identified the two-star general killed in Tuesday's insider attack in Afghanistan as Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene.

The Army Times reports a man dressed in an Afghan Army uniform opened fire at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University outside of Kabul, killing Greene and injuring at least eight other U.S. troops.

Greene, 55, is the highest ranking U.S. Army officer to be ...

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U.S. Army General Killed In Afghanistan 'Insider Attack' (Video)

A U.S. Army two-star major general was killed Tuesday in a shooting at a training facility in Afghanistan, according to ABC News.

The killing of such a high ranking official is virtually unprecedented, writes the New York Times:

The major general appeared to be the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities overseas since the Vietnam War.

In what looks to be a case of "green ...

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Lawyer For US Marine Andrew Tahmooressi Says Mexican Police Acted Improperly

The lawyer for the U.S. Marine veteran accused of crossing into Mexico with illegal guns and ammunition says customs officials who searched the Marine’s car acted improperly.

Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’s latest lawyer said on Tuesday his client’s human rights were violated when Mexican customs officials held him for eight hours at the border, failed to provide him with a translator and didn’t immediately inform ...

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Death Of Special Forces Soldier in Afghanistan Under Investigation

A member of the U.S. Army's Special Forces died at Jalalabad Air Field Hospital, Afghanistan on August 3. The Department of Defense reports Staff Sgt. Girard "Jerry" Gass Jr., 33, suffered fatal injuries in a "non-combat related incident" while on patrol in Nangarhar Province.

The cause of Gass's death, which has not been released, is under investigation.

Gass was originally from Lumber Bridge, North Carolina. He was ...

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Soldier From California Killed In Afghanistan (+Video)

Army Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, Calif. was killed July 24 in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense reports Williams died of injuries he sustained from when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Also killed in the blast was Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Neb.

Williams and Prange were assigned 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat ...

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US Soldier Dies Of Illness Developed In Afghanistan

Army Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, died July 24, at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas from an illness he contracted while serving in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

In announcing Hamilton's death, the Department of Defense did not give any information as to the nature of his illness.

The Killeen Daily Herald reports Hamilton's deployment to Afghanistan lasted from July 2013 to March 2014.

Hamilton was from Kenosha ...

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Singing Soldier Paul Ieti Makes Finals Of America's Got Talent (Video)

The judges from the TV talent competition "America's Got Talent" voted unanimously on Wednesday night to send 21-year-old Army Pfc. Paul Ieti to Radio City Music Hall for the show's finals.

For the program's judgement week, Ieti sang the Rascal Flatts song "Bless the Broken Road." I've posted video of his performance up top.

As Home Post previously reported, Ieti recently completed a nine-month deployment to ...

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