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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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Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Killed In Libya Hotel Attack (Video)

The only American killed in Tuesday's attack on a luxury hotel in Libya was a Marine Corps veteran who'd served at Camp Pendleton.

According to CNN, David Berry was one of ten people killed when gunmen stormed the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli. Five of dead were Libyans, four French, and Berry the sole American who lost his life.

Cliff Taylor, who is CEO of Crucible (a private security ...

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Could Your Dog Be The 2015 Military Pet Of The Year?

Time is running out to enter Dogs on Deployment's "2015 Military Pet of the Year" contest.

The deadline to enter your pooch in the contest is Jan. 31.

Click here for more info on how to enter.

Dogs on Deployment is a non-profit group that helps find temporary homes for the beloved canines--and kitties--of troops during their deployments. The folks there explain the purpose of the annual contest this ...

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Airman Found Guilty Of Murder In Killing Of Navy Broadcaster

After just five hours of deliberation, a military panel found Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver guilty of unpremeditated murder in the killing of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov.

Stars and Stripes reports the panel (the military's version of a jury) had the option of finding Oliver guilty of premeditated murder, but chose instead the lesser charge.

Oliver testified during his court-martial that while he choked Chepusov ...

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US Marine's Bid To Get Murder Charges Dropped In Death Of Transgender Filipina Rejected

An attempt by U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton to get murder charges against him dropped in the death of a transgender Filipina has failed. The Associated Press reports the Philippines Department of Justice rejected Pemberton's appeal in the murder case of Jennifer Laude.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports the Department of Justice wrote in a 12-page resolution:

“After a judicious scrutiny of the evidence on record, we ...

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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 Green Bay Leaves San Diego For New Home In Japan (Video)

USS Green Bay (LPD 20) left San Diego on Monday for its new home of Sasebo, Japan.

The USS Green Bay, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, will replace the decommissioned USS Denver (LPD 9), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship.

The USS Green Bay will become part of the 7th Fleet's Forward Deployed Naval Forces.

And while the ship has always been homeported in San Diego, the ...

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Military Commissaries Facing Budget Axe Once Again?

Military commissaries would have to shut their doors to shoppers by up to two days a week, under a draft Defense Department budget document obtained by the Military Times.

The document lists proposed cuts to the Defense Commissary Agency's budget for fiscal 2016:

[T]he Defense Commissary Agency [must]... meet a DoD mandate to come up with $322 million in annual savings — nearly one-fourth of DeCA's annual baseline ...

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Two Camp Pendleton Marines Killed In Helicopter Crash ID'ed

The two Camp Pendleton-based Marines killed Friday when their 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed have been identified as Capt. Elizabeth Kealey, 32, and 1st Lt. Adam Satterfield, 25.

Both Marines were assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169.

Kealey, known as Betsy, was from the town of Indiana, Pa. According to a news release from the 3rd MAW, she commissioned in the Marine Corps May ...

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Two Camp Pendleton Marines Killed In Helicopter Crash At 29 Palms

Two Marines assigned to the Third Marine Aircraft Wing at Camp Pendleton were killed Friday when their UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.

A news release from the 3rd MAW reports the crash took place at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday during a training exercise.

The military has not yet released the identities of the two fallen Marines.

3rd MAW Commanding ...

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Therapy Dogs Would Help Veterans With PTSD Under New Bill

Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder could help train therapy dogs for other veterans under a pilot program being considered by Congress.

The Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act, introduced by Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, would put in place a pilot program at several VA medical facilities. These VA facilities would then connect veterans suffering from PTSD with organizations that train therapy dogs for physically disabled vets.

Stivers said in a ...

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Scandal Over Gitmo Head's Firing Includes Rumors Of Adultery, Suspicious Death

U.S. Navy Captain John Nettleton lost his job as commanding officer of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay after NCIS discovered he was allegedly having an adulterous affair with a woman named Lara Tur.

According to The New York Daily News, the relationship between Nettleton and Lara Tur came to light when NCIS began investigating the death of Christopher Tur - Lara's husband.

U.S. officials have told The Associated Press ...

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Army Team Deploying To Ramona To Investigate Helicopter Crash (Video)

A team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center in Alabama is deploying to Ramona to take the lead on the investigation into what caused a California Army National Guard helicopter to crash on Tuesday evening.

Both the pilot and co-pilot were able to emerge safely from the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after they were forced to land the aircraft during a routine training flight, according to the California ...

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USS Carl Vinson Crew Member Advises Aspiring Blue Angels (Video)

The Blue Angels are hiring new crew members. But exactly what does it take to make the Navy's elite flight demonstration squadron? One former Blue Angel now serving aboard the USS Carl Vinson has some words of advice for those aspiring to make the team.

Navy Lt. Holly Taylor works as the USS Carl Vinson's personnel officer. She served as administration officer for the Blue Angels from Sept ...

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FakeBabyGate: The 'American Sniper' Movie Controversy (Video)

Progressives say the movie "American Sniper" is war propaganda. Conservatives contend the film honors a great patriot. But there is one matter both sides seem to agree on: That is one super fake-looking baby Bradley Cooper is holding in the movie.

Jason Hall, the man who wrote the "American Sniper" screenplay, put in his two cents. The Hollywood Reporter quotes him as explaining in a since-deleted Tweet:

"Hate to ruin ...

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California Army National Guard Helicopter Crashes At Ramona Airport

The pilot and co-pilot of a California Army National Guard helicopter suffered minor injuries when the chopper crashed Tuesday evening at the Ramona Airport.

Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser told UT-San Diego the helicopter crash-landed on its side at about 6 p.m.

The pilot and co-pilot were able to get out of the aircraft on their own and were later taken to the hospital as a precaution, according to ...

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Camp Pendleton's Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green Chosen As Top Enlisted Marine (Video)

I Marine Expeditionary Force Sergeant Major Ronald L. Green, who is based at Camp Pendleton, will serve as the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.

The new position will make Green the senior enlisted leader of the Marines.

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford made the announcement on Tuesday, saying of Green:

“His dynamic leadership is well known throughout the ranks of our Corps. His wide range ...

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Supreme Court: Electrocution And Burn Pit Lawsuits Can Proceed

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the attempt by military contractors KBR Inc. and Halliburton Co. to block lawsuits against them that deal with electrocution and burn pits on bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to The Associated Press reports. The contractors hoped to curtail the lawsuits with appeals.

One of the lawsuits concerns the 2008 death of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth in Iraq, who was electrocuted while taking ...

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Male Model And West Point Grad Killed By Train (Video)

George "Greg" Plitt Jr. wasn't your typical male model. The 37-year-old who called Southern California home was a West Point graduate who'd served five years in the Army, according to The Associated Press.

On Jan. 17, Plitt was hit and killed by a train while filming a workout video on railroad tracks in Burbank.

Burbank Police Sgt. Scott Meadows told People magazine investigators believe Plitt's death was ...

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Seat At State Of The Union Reserved For Imprisoned Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran

As President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 20, a seat will be empty in the House chamber. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, reserved the chair for Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati, who has been held in an Iranian prison for more than three years.

Hekmati's family lives in Michigan, and Kildee represents them in Congress. Kildee told the Marine Corps Times he wants ...

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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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Bombshell Confession Video Opens Navy Broadcaster Murder Trial

An interrogation video in which Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver reportedly confesses to strangling Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov was prosecutors' first piece of evidence in the court-martial of Oliver, according to Stars and Stripes.

The military newspaper reports Oliver admitted to choking Chepusov in the video:

He said he intended to knock him out, not to kill him.

Oliver maintained in his statement to investigators that ...

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Oscar Nominations For Chris Kyle Biopic 'American Sniper' And Star Bradley Cooper

"American Sniper" — the movie based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's bestselling memoir of the same name — has been nominated for Best Picture by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Bradley Cooper, who portrayed Kyle in the movie, got a nomination for Best Actor.

Kyle's widow, Taya, wrote recently on Facebook about what it was like for her to watch "American Sniper":

"I guarantee you will see ...

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AirAsia Search Ends For San Diego Ships USS Sampson and USS Fort Worth

As news comes that Indonesian navy divers have discovered the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501, so does the announcement that the USS Sampson and USS Fort Worth have concluded their participation in the search effort.

According to the U.S. Navy, the San Diego-based ships spent more than 650 search hours in the hunt for wreckage and bodies from the plane, which crashed into the Java Sea on Dec. 28 ...

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No-Cost Tax Filing Service For Military Families

Does the mere thought of having to do your taxes fill you with dread? Well, if you're part of a military family, there's a way to make tax season less painful. The Department of Defense and H&R Block are teaming up to offer no-cost tax preparation for service members and their families.

According to DoD News, the military information program Military OneSource is offering the free tax ...

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Prisoner Swap For Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Held In Iran?

Amir Hekmati, a Marine Corps veteran who served at Camp Pendleton, has been held against his will in Iran for more than three years. Now his Michigan-based family says Iranian officials want to free him as part of a prisoner swap - an idea they oppose.

The New York Times reports Hekmati wrote a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, made public by his family, that details what he says are ...

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Navy SEAL Killed In Skydiving Training Accident (Video)

The Navy is investigating the death of Petty Officer 1st Class William "Blake" Marston, 31, a Navy SEAL who died Jan. 11 during a skydiving training exercise.

WFTV.com reports a 911 caller saw Marston free-fall between 60 and 90 feet to the ground when it appeared his parachute malfunctioned:

"Is his parachute open?" the 911 dispatcher asked.

"Yeah, his parachute is open, but it's dangling over a fence ...

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Murder Trial Of Slain Navy Broadcaster Begins; Airman Pleads Not Guilty

The court-martial of Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver, who has been charged with killing Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov, started Monday at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Stars and Stripes reports the trial started off with a not guilty plea from Oliver. He faces life in prison if found guilty of murdering Chepusov.

A little background on the case: Both Chepusov and Oliver worked for American ...

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AirAsia Search Through The Eyes Of A San Diego-Based Helicopter Crewman (Video)

When Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Joseph Jiardina departed San Diego on Oct. 31 aboard the USS Sampson for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific, there was no way he could've known he'd become a critical part of the search for wreckage and bodies after the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 in the Java Sea on Dec. 28.

Jiardina is assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Three Five ...

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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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Military Families Stationed Overseas Find Commissary Shelves Empty

Military families stationed in Europe and the Pacific are finding it difficult to get the food and supplies they need from their local base commissaries.

A military wife who chose to remain anonymous described the scene at the RAF Lakenheath commissary to the Military Times:

"No lettuce, no salad, no orange juice, no chicken, no bread, hardly any yogurt and cheese, and half the fruits and vegetables were gone."

In ...

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How War Brings About Medical Advances - Part III

World Wars I and II weren’t without their own medical practices that might seem barbaric by today’s standards.

In World War I, the unsanitary conditions were still a major killer. The trenches where much of the fighting took place were surrounded by rotting corpses, unwashed soldiers, and overflowing latrines. In the final years of the war, the worldwide influenza epidemic took hold, killing young men faster than a ...

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Soldier Guards Tomb Of The Unknowns During 'Winter Storm Gorgon'

Washington D.C. and nearby Arlington, Va. got walloped Tuesday by Winter Storm Gorgon - a weather event that brought several inches of snow to the region.

But the brutal elements did not stop a soldier from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment from guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns (also called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) at Arlington National Cemetery.

The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as ...

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How War Brings About Medical Advances - Part II

Regrettably for troops fighting in the Civil War, combat medicine hadn’t really advanced much since the end of the Revolutionary War.

Between 1861 and 1865, an estimated 670,000 Americans were killed. Although black and white photos of corpses littering battlefields seem to suggest otherwise, most of the 620,000 soldiers who died in the Civil War perished from disease, or infection from their wounds, according to military historian ...

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USS Fort Worth Divers Use Tow Fish Sonar In AirAsia Search (Video)

Indonesian officials in charge of the search for missing AirAsia Flight 8501 say the crew of the San Diego-based USS Fort Worth detected two metal objects on Jan. 6 using its Tow Fish sonar system.

Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, the chief of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency, told CCTV America its possible the metal objects are parts of the plane's fuselage. However, he said, strong currents and winds ...

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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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AirAsia Wreckage Search Continues For San Diego-Based USS Fort Worth And USS Sampson (Video)

The advanced sonar systems aboard the San Diego-based USS Fort Worth could be key in helping discover the black boxes from AirAsia Flight 8501, which disappeared last week and is thought to have crashed into the Java Sea with 162 passengers and crew on board.

The USS Fort Worth arrived in the search area on Jan. 3. The littoral combat ship joined the San Diego-based USS Sampson, which has been ...

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San Diego-Based USS Carl Vinson's Role In ISIS Fight Profiled In New York Times (Video)

The USS Carl Vinson, called "five acres of sovereign U.S. territory" in the Persian Gulf by one Navy admiral, plays a staring role in a New York Times article about the irony of fighting a "desert war" from the floating city that is an aircraft carrier.

Reporter Eric Schmitt is currently aboard the Carl Vinson. He interviewed Navy pilots about the specifics (without getting TOO specific) of their flights ...

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Why Is A Chinese Military Helicopter Landing On A US Navy Ship? (Video)

It might be a bit unsettling to watch a Chinese military helicopter land on a U.S. Navy ship - the San Diego-based USS Sterett to be exact. But it's all part of a planned counter-piracy exercise taking place in the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa.

(The video up top shows a Chinese Harbin Z-9E helicopter practicing its landing techniques aboard the Sterett.)

As the Navy describes ...

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Philippine Government Charges US Marine With Murder Of Transgender Woman (Video)

Prosecutors have charged U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, with murder in connection with the Oct. 11 drowning death of transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude, 26, in a motel bathroom.

As Home Post reported in late October, at issue within the Philippines' justice system was whether to charge Pemberton with murder, or the lesser charge of homicide.

According to The Associated Press, Olongapo City Prosecutor Emilie de los Santos ...

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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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USS Makin Island, Camp Pendleton Marines Prep For CIA Report Release (Video)

The San Diego-based Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, and the Marines aboard from Camp Pendleton's 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, have been put on high alert to protect American interests overseas ahead of Tuesday's release of a controversial report on CIA torture.

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 11th MEU are currently deployed in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden, according to the Makin Island Facebook ...

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Commander Faulted For Fatal Mishap On San Diego-Based Ship Up For Promotion

The former commanding officer of the San Diego-based USS William P. Lawrence was faulted in a Navy report for misjudgements that caused the deaths of two Navy pilots. So it's no wonder the widows of the two pilots are mystified as to why Cmdr. Jana A. Vavasseur is up for a promotion.

The fatal accident took place on Sept. 22, 2013, when a wave hit the Lawrence, causing an ...

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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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WW II Airman Buried At Arlington National Cemetery 70 Years After He Went Missing

Army Air Forces Sgt. Charles A. Gardner of San Francisco, Calif., will be buried with full military honors Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery.

Gardner, along with 11 of his fellow crew members, went missing on April 10, 1944, after his B-24D Liberator aircraft was shot down over New Guinea.

According to the Department of Defense, three of the crew members' remains were recovered in 1949.

It wasn't until 2001 ...

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Navy Secretary Revokes Honorary Title For Bill Cosby

As sexual assault allegations against famed comedian Bill Cosby mount, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced today the Navy is revoking the title of honorary Chief Petty Officer presented to Cosby in 2011.

According to a Navy news release:

The Navy is taking this action because allegations against Mr. Cosby are very serious and are in conflict with the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment.

It was Mabus ...

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Judge Orders Body Of Slain Marine Wife Erin Corwin Released To Her Family

In a San Bernardino County courtroom this week, Judge Rod Cortez ruled that the body of slain Marine wife Erin Corwin could be released to her family - almost four months after searchers recovered her remains in a remote desert mine shaft.

KESQ.com reports Cortez rescinded a previous court order to keep Corwin's remains for further testing.

Marine veteran Christopher Brandon Lee has been charged with Corwin's murder ...

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