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USS Sampson Departs San Diego On Halloween For Deployment To Western Pacific (Video)

The USS Sampson is slated to depart San Diego on Friday for a scheduled independent deployment to the Western Pacific.

The USS Sampson, a guided missile destroyer, is assigned to Destroyer Squadron Two Three (DESRON) 23, as are the 300 sailors who make up the Sampson's crew.

Cmdr. Steven Foley, commanding officer of Sampson, said his sailors have worked diligently to prepare the ship for deployment:

"I am very ...

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California Airman Dies In Germany

The Department of Defense has yet to release a cause of death for Staff Sgt. Nathan L. Tinsley, a 27-year-old airman from Eureka, California.

According to a news release from Ramstein Air Base, Tinsley died in a town called Schwedelbach just outside the base "at approximately 2:15 p.m. October 26."

Tinsley was assigned to the 86th Maintenance Squadron. Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, 86th Airlift Wing commander, said ...

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One Dead After Military Jet Crashes Near Port Hueneme (Video)

A Hawker Hunter MK-58 military jet crashed Wednesday in the Ventura County city of Port Hueneme, killing the pilot.

Kimberly Gearhart with Naval Base Ventura County told Los Angeles television station KTLA-TV the aircraft flew out of Point Mugu Naval Air Station.

The pilot was a civilian who was employed by the defense contractor Hunter Aviation International, Inc.

The Los Angeles Times reports the Hawker Hunter MK-58 went down east ...

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Is This Piece Of Debris Part Of Amelia Earhart's Lost Plane? (Video)

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), led by Army veteran Richard E. Gillespie, may have discovered a fragment from Amelia Earhart's lost airplane.

The fragment in question, according to a TIGHAR news release, is a piece of aluminum aircraft debris dubbed the "Miami Patch" - discovered on "a remote, uninhabited South Pacific atoll."

The "Miami Patch" was a piece of aluminum used to repair part of Earhart's ...

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US Marine Will Go On Trial In The Philippines For Killing Transgender Filipina

Murder or homicide? That's the question facing prosecutors in the Philippines, as they prepare to try U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton in connection with the death of Jennifer Laude, a transgender Filipina found dead in a hotel bathroom on Oct. 11.

Time magazine reports Pemberton's attorneys have requested prosecutors try their client for homicide and not murder, because they say there is no “probable cause for ...

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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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Civil War Hero To Be Awarded Medal Of Honor (Video)

Cemetery Ridge. Pickett’s Charge. Phrases that sound familiar from books we've read, or maybe by watching Ken Burns' documentary on the Civil War.

But on November 6, 2014, history will come to life when President Barack Obama posthumously awards Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

According to the Department of Defense, Cushing displayed ...

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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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Navy Officer And Father Of Five Dies In Qatar

The military is investigating the death of Navy Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, who lost his life Oct. 24 in a what the Pentagon is calling a "non-combat related incident" at Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, Qatar.

U-T San Diego reports Kalafut was a reservist who worked as an airline pilot for Delta.

He lived with his wife, Mary, and their five children just outside of Atlanta in Acworth ...

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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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Marines Back In Beirut On 31st Anniversary Of Barracks Bombing (Video)

It was in the early morning hours of Oct. 23, 1983, that a truck bomb exploded in the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 241 U.S. service members.

Now, for the first time in more than 30 years, Marines are back in Beirut - this time as guards at the U.S. Embassy, as explained by Capt. Eric Flanagan, the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group spokesman at the Pentagon:

“This ...

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Ex-Camp Pendleton Marine Now Alleged Indiana Serial Killer

Alleged serial killer Darren Vann was "prematurely discharged" from the Marine Corps in the early 1990s, according to military records obtained by the Austin-American Statesman.

The Corps found that Vann, now suspected of murdering at least seven women in Indiana, had a character "incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards."

Vann, 43, enlisted in the Marines in 1991 and was out by 1993. He was based at Camp Pendleton, as ...

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Joint Chiefs Chair Uses YouTube To Address Troops' Ebola Worries (Video)

The U.S. military's top military officer wants American service members (and their families) to know anyone deployed in the mission to contain the Ebola outbreak is getting top-notch training to keep them safe from the deadly virus.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took to YouTube to allay many of the fears surrounding Operation United Assistance.

First off, Dempsey made clear that ...

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US Marine Held In Transgender Killing No Longer On USS Peleliu (Video)

The U.S. military transferred Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton from the brig of the San Diego-based USS Peleliu to a Philippine military compound on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

Pemberton is now being held in an air-conditioned van at Camp Aguinaldo, and guarded by U.S. Marines.

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told The A.P.:

"They agreed to put him in a facility which will pass U ...

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Two San Diego-Based Ships Reassigned To Japan

The Navy has announced plans to move the USS Milius and the USS Benfold from their current homeport in San Diego to Japan.

According to U.S. Fleet Forces Command, in the next few years, the Milius and the Benfold will become part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces based at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.

The Benfold will depart San Diego for Yokosuka in the summer of 2015, and the ...

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Teacher Killed In School Shooting Awarded Military Medals (Video)

One year ago today, a 12-year-old with a semi-automatic handgun killed Sparks Middle School math teacher Michael Landsberry, 45, as he tried to protect his students. As Reuters reported at the time:

[Landsberry] was gunned down when he stepped into the shooter's line of fire, giving students time to flee to safety.

On Sunday, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Landsberry was posthumously awarded the Air Force’s Airman’s ...

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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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Marines And Sailors Return To Camp Pendleton After Deployment In Australia

After a six-month deployment in Australia as part of Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, Marines and sailors assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment are slated to arrive home Monday to Camp Pendleton.

The Marine Corps Times reports:

While deployed Down Under, the Marines trained with their Australian counterparts for urban rescue missions, conventional warfare, combined armed, disaster response and humanitarian relief.

They capped their deployment with Exercise Koolendong, a training ...

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Ebola Scare In Pentagon Parking Lot (Video)

A woman who became violently ill on a bus in a Pentagon parking lot has been taken to a Fairfax, Va. hospital after telling first responders she had recently visited West Africa, according to the Washington Post.

Brian McGraw with Arlington County Fire told the Washington Post that officials...

“...have no information or conditions to confirm this is Ebola.”

The bus was carrying several Marines and their spouses headed to ...

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San Diego-Based USS Peleliu Must Stay In Philippine Port During Transgender Murder Investigation

The Navy has let three of its ships depart Subic Bay in the Philippines, but not the San Diego-based USS Peleliu. That's because the ship is carrying one U.S. Marine whom Philippine police have charged with murdering a transgender Filipino, and three possible witnesses.

According to a Marine Corps news release:

“The USS Peleliu will remain in port at this time; personnel still actively involved in the investigation ...

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Number Of US Troops In Liberia For Ebola Battle Continues To Grow (Video)

The mission is called Operation United Assistance, and it's the U.S. military's effort in West Africa to curb the worst Ebola outbreak in human history.

U.S. military task force in Western Africa is currently made up of 539 American service members. Army officials expect that number to balloon to about 3,200 troops over the next month.

Most of the troops currently in West Africa have ...

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San Diego Navy Officer Who Survived 50-Foot Freeway Fall Speaks Out (Video)

The Navy officer whose truck flew 50-feet off a San Diego freeway overpass is speaking out for the first time since the crash.

Navy First Class Petty Officer Kenneth Freudenvoll survived seven deployments, but he says he didn't think he'd make it out of his truck alive.

The 28-year-old husband and father told San Diego's 10News:

"I had hit the right side wall and it shot me ...

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Murder Complaint Filed Against US Marine In Transgender Filipino Killing (Video)

Police in the Philippines have filed a murder complaint against U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton in connection with the killing of Jennifer (Jeffrey) Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino.

According to The Associated Press:

The criminal complaint was filed before government prosecutors, who would decide formal charges.

There was no immediate comment from the U.S. Embassy.

Pemberton, a Marine based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, is being ...

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Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Arrives In Middle East (Video)

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrived Wednesday in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, which includes the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea.

As Home Post reported Oct. 1, the Vinson will relieve the USS George H.W. Bush, which has been in the Persian Gulf since June, and begin airstrikes against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

Rear Adm. Christopher ...

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Navy Calls Off Search For Missing Coronado Man (Video)

The Navy has called off the search for one of its civilian employees who went missing off San Clemente Island last week.

Lee Racicot, 59, of Coronado worked during the week for Naval Auxiliary Landing Field San Clemente Island, according San Diego TV station NBC7.

Racicot is believed to have disappeared, reports UT San Diego, while either fishing, snorkeling, or diving alone on Oct. 7. It was only when he ...

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US Marine Held In Killing Of Transgender Filipino ID'ed (Video)

The media in the Philippines has identified Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton as the prime suspect in the killing of a transgender Filipino named Jennifer Laude on Saturday.

Pemberton - assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina - is being held in the San Diego-based USS Peleliu brig.

The Navy has ordered the Peleliu, along with USS Germantown, USNS Sacagawea, USNS Washington Chambers, and the JHSV ...

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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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US Marine Held In USS Peleliu Brig Allegedly Tied To Death Of Transgender Filipino

The San Diego-based USS Peleliu is acting as a brig for an American Marine being held in the Phillipines, following the killing of a transgender Filipino.

According to a Navy memo obtained by the Marine Corps Times, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the Marine's alleged ties to the victim, 26-year-old Jennifer Laude, who was born Jeffrey Laude.

The Marine in custody is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th ...

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Watch Live Stream Of USS America Commisioning Ceremony (Video)

The Navy will commission the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship, USS America, in San Francisco at Pier 30-32 on Saturday morning.

Home Post will live stream the commissioning ceremony starting at 10 a.m. PDT.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who will deliver the ceremony’s keynote address, has said of the USS America:

“This ship, forged in America, with components and systems manufactured all across America, shall remind us of ...

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Special Pay For US Troops In Ebola Battle? At Most $400 Per Month

U.S. service members participating in the military's mission to stem the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be paid up to $400 a month in special pay.

The Army Times breaks it down this way:

-[H]ardship duty pay-location of $150 a month for those troops in Liberia and Sierra Leone. This entitlement is retroactive to the day of arrival after 30 days in theater.

-[F]amily separation ...

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Coast Guard To Screen For Ebola In Port Of Los Angeles (Video)

The United States Coast Guard will start screening incoming ships and their crews at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro for signs of the Ebola virus, according to DoD News.

On Oct. 7, The Associated Times reported a U.S. Coast Guard sector on the East Coast announced it would begin evaluating ships coming from Ebola-affected countries into ports in New York and Connecticut.

The following day, on ...

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Groping Allegations Prompt Navy To Fire Commanding Officer Of San Diego-Based USS Vandegrift

After accusations surfaced that Cmdr. Luis Alva "grabbed the buttocks" of a petty officer's wife, the Navy relieved him of his duties as commanding officer of the San Diego-based USS Vandegrift.

The official Navy news release states Alva was relieved of his duties...

...due to loss of confidence in his ability to command.

Naval officials confirmed to the Military Times that preliminary incident reports describe two sexual assaults that ...

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100 Marines Will Deploy To Liberia To Help With Ebola Outbreak (Video)

A group of Marines is headed into the heart of the Ebola outbreak. The Pentagon announced Wednesday that 100 Marines from the Special Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa is being deployed to Monrovia, Liberia:

[The Marines will] provide re-supply and refueling capabilities for DoD's support of the Ebola response.

The Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Command heading to Africa is based at Morón Air Base in ...

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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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Video Of Army Vet Throwing 'First Pitch' Like A Grenade Goes Viral

Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Keaton is making headlines for the unprecedented way in which he threw out the first pitch at Saturday's Giants vs. Nationals game.

Keaton lobbed the baseball like a grenade, and video of his stunt is going viral.

Keaton wrote on his Facebook page about the experience:

"I wanted to say a big thank you to all who has supported the 'pitch ...

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What Does 28K Pounds Of Cocaine Look Like? Coast Guard Shows Off Seized Drugs (Video)

The Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell arrived at Naval Base San Diego on Monday morning with a very unique cargo — 28,000 pounds of cocaine seized in 18 different busts. The wholesale value of the haul? An estimated $423 million:

The drugs were seized and 55 suspects were apprehended during 18 separate interdictions by U.S. Coast Guard and Navy forces off the coast of Central and South America as part ...

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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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Marine Cpl. Jordan Spears, Lost At Sea, 1st US Death In ISIS Campaign (Video)

Media outlets like the Los Angeles Times, UPI, and The Hill are calling MCAS Miramar-based Marine Corps Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, the first casualty of the U.S. military's campaign against ISIS (also called ISIL and the Islamic State).

As Home Post reported last week, Spears was lost at sea Oct. 1 after he bailed out of a MV-22B Osprey after the aircraft appeared to lose power after ...

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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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California Marine Veteran Who Saved Suicidal Woman Named Carnegie Hero (Video)

The California Marine veteran who saved a woman's life after she jumped from the upper deck of the Oakland Coliseum after a Raiders game last November has been named a Carnegie Hero.

The Associated Press reports Donnie Navidad, 61, of Stockton is one of 21 men and women this year to receive the Carnegie Medal.

According to the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission website:

The medal is given throughout the ...

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Search On For Missing Aircrew Member From San Diego-Based USS Makin Island

The search is on in the North Arabian Gulf for a missing aircrew member assigned to the San Diego-based USS Makin Island.

According to the Navy, the missing crew member was one of two who bailed out of a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey that lost power after taking off from the Makin Island.

One of those crew members was rescued, brought aboard the Makin Island for medical treatment, and is ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Lead New Crisis Response Unit In Middle East

Marines from Camp Pendleton's 5th Marine Regiment will head up the Marine Corps' newest Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command in the Middle East.

Command spokesman Lt. Col. Joseph Kloppel told the Marine Corps Times the unit was to be based in Kuwait, as was reported by Home Post on Tuesday.

However, Kloppel clarified to the Marine Corps Times on Wednesday the Special Purpose Marine ...

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Miramar Air Show To Feature Final Flight Of Sea Knight 'Phrog' (Video)

The Vietnam-era aircraft CH-46 Sea Knight will fly its final time in an airshow at the 2014 Miramar Air Show, according to MCAS Miramar public affairs:

Several Sea Knights, commonly known to Marines as “Phrogs,” are scheduled to fly each day in a segment dubbed, the “Phinal Phrog Phlyover,” with a narration about the aircraft and its history.

This year's air show, which takes place Oct. 3-5, will also ...

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Navy Fires Commanding Officer Of San Diego-Based USS Boxer

The Navy relieved Capt. Wayne R. Brown of his duties as commanding officer of the USS Boxer on Sept. 29.

According to a Navy news release, Brown's firing resulted from "a command investigation into Equal Opportunity concerns, and is not tied to a specific event."

The deputy commodore of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, Capt. Keith Moore, has been temporarily assigned as commanding officer of the USS Boxer.

The Navy ...

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Marine Corps' Newest Crisis Response Unit Will Be In Kuwait

The Marine Corps will base its newest crisis response unit in Kuwait, according to the Military Times.

Col. Kenneth DeTreux, commander of SPMAGTF-Crisis Response, told reporters at the Pentagon on Sept. 25 that roughly 2,100 troops would be part of the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Central Command, and that the unit...

“...is to be deployed in [fiscal] ’15].”

The safety of American personnel in the Middle East ...

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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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US Troops Begin Arriving In Africa To Battle Ebola Outbreak (Video)

Armed with hand sanitizers on their belts, members of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force have started to arrive in West Africa - the epicenter of the worst Ebola outbreak in human history.

The Wall Street Journal reports sailors with the Navy's 133rd Mobile Construction Battalion bulldozed land outside Liberia's main airport on Saturday, taking the first steps in constructing tent hospitals for those inflicted with ...

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