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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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Trial Starts For Camp Pendleton Marine Charged With 3 DUI Deaths

Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Jared R. Hale was behind the wheel on Feb. 14, 2012 when his Dodge Stratus slammed into a tree in Dana Point, killing his three passengers - all fellow Pendleton Marines.

Sgt. Jeremiah Callahan, 23; Cpl. Jason Chleborad, 22; and Cpl. Christopher Arzola, 21 lost their lives in the early morning hours of that rainy Valentine's Day.

Hale was intoxicated at the time of the crash ...

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San Diego-Based USS Anchorage To Recover NASA Space Capsule Orion (Video)

The USS Anchorage departed San Diego on Monday to participate in a groundbreaking project by NASA.

Space.com reports NASA is depending on the San Diego-based ship to recover the Orion space capsule from the Pacific Ocean after its first test launch into space on Dec. 4.

As Slate.com explains, the Orion spacecraft is NASA's biggest step towards putting a human being into space in 40 years:

Unlike ...

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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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NORAD Santa Claus Tracker Website Up And Running (Video)

Santa Claus won't start his journey around the globe for at least another three weeks. But NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has its Santa Tracker website up and running - with lots of games, music, and movies to keep the kiddos busy until the big day arrives.

The website is for Santa fans the world over. It's available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese ...

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U.S. Air Force Pilot Killed In Middle East ID'ed As Capt. William Dubois

The Department of Defense has identified the U.S. Air Force pilot killed Dec. 1 as Capt. William H. Dubois, 30, of New Castle, Colorado.

Dubois lost his life when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed "near a coalition air base" in the Middle East.

According to the Air Force Times:

The jet was tasked to bomb targets in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the campaign against the Islamic State group ...

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Military Jet Crash Kills Air Force Pilot In Middle East

A pilot with the U.S. Air Force died when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed Sunday night while conducting a mission for Operation Inherent Resolve, according to Stars and Stripes.

Military officials would not say which country in the Middle East the crash took place, only to say it was not in Iraq or Syria.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters the plane when down when it was returning ...

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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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San Diego-Based USS Vandegrift Uncovers 875 Pounds Of Smuggled Cocaine

The San Diego-based USS Vandegrift crew teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to uncover roughly 875 pounds of cocaine that was hidden on a fishing boat off the coast of Central America.

This is how the drug bust went down, according to the Navy: The Vandegrift first spotted the fishing boat on its radar, and deemed it suspicious.

The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate then approached the fishy ...

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USS Carl Vinson Continues Airstrikes In Campaign Against ISIS (Video)

The Navy released video Tuesday of the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson conducting airstrikes as part of the U.S. military campaign against ISIS, officially known as Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group departed San Diego on Aug. 22 for a nine-month deployment to the the Navy's 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility, which includes the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf.

According to ...

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Billionaire Marine Veteran Wants To Raise $10 Million For Semper Fi Fund

GoDaddy founder and Marine Corps veteran Bob Parsons wants to raise $10 million for the Camp Pendleton-based Semper Fi Fund.

If donors can raise $5 million by Dec. 31, Parsons will match it with $5 million from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

Parsons explained to the Phoenix Business Journal:

"It doesn't matter whether someone was in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Marine Corps – we want to ...

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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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7-11 Giving Away Franchise To A Qualifying Veteran (Video)

The convenience store chain best know for Slurpees and Big Gulps wants you - if you're a "qualifying" veteran.

7-11 is giving away a franchise in a contest called "Operation: Take Command."

The winner of the contest will get a $190,000 credit towards the chain's franchise fee, according to Tribune News Service.

To enter the contest, you need to be a veteran with an honorable discharge, be at ...

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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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Paralyzed Marine To Receive Bronze Star With Help From Exoskeleton (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine Capt. Derek Herrera will receive the Bronze Star Friday at his retirement ceremony on base. Paralyzed by a sniper's bullet, Herrera will walk to accept his medal with the aid of his exoskeleton.

Herrera explained to The Associated Press:

"I could easily go and roll up in my wheelchair, but for me it's a mental and emotional goal that I set for myself: to stand ...

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Camp Pendleton Navy Corpsman To Be Awarded Navy Cross

The commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will award Navy Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson the Navy Cross at a Camp Pendleton ceremony on Nov. 25.

The Military Times reports Wilson, 36, works as a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman assigned to MARSOC's 1st Marine Special Operation Battalion, which is based at Camp Pendleton.

Wilson was on his third deployment to Afghanistan, according ...

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No Injuries After Two Navy Ships Collide In Gulf Of Aden

A Navy investigation is underway into what caused two of its ships to collide in the Gulf of Aden.

Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) and Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) collided Thursday at 5:26 a.m. (GMT).

According to the Navy, the two ships hit each other as they were getting started on an ...

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Army: San Diego County Soldier's Death In Jordan Was Murder (Video)

The Army has charged a 23-year-old soldier with killing San Diego County native Army Spc. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, while the two men were deployed in Jordan last May.

The Denver Post reports the charges against Spc. Jeffery T. Page include murder, manslaughter, and negligent homicide:

Military documents say Page shot Perkins with an M4 rifle at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in Al-Azraq, Jordan on May 15.

Perkins died at ...

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Free Phone Cards For Troops Deployed During The Holidays

Continuing an annual holiday tradition, the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) will provide Sailors and Marines deployed overseas during the holiday season $10 phone cards.

Thomas Harris, NEXCOM Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service Program, said of the phone card program:

"NEXCOM has been giving away free phone cards to deployed Sailors and Marines for many, many years.

"This is just one small way that we can thank these service members and ...

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California National Guard Linguists To Aid In Africa's Ebola Battle

Citizen soldiers from the Golden State will be joining the fight against the Ebola outbreak. Six linguists from the California National Guard are slated to deploy to Liberia in Spring 2015 to aid in communication efforts.

According to an Army National Guard news release, California’s 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion of San Francisco was among guard units from six states chosen to deploy to West Africa:

[The 223rd] includes interpreters ...

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American Beheaded By ISIS Was Army Ranger Veteran (Video)

Peter Kassig, the 26-year-old American aid worker beheaded by ISIS, was a former Army Ranger who left the service to commit his life to humanitarian missions in the Middle East.

It was while on one of these missions in Syria in October 2013 that Kassig was kidnapped by terrorists who would later execute him.

According to the Huffington Post, Kassig served as an U.S. Army Ranger, deploying to Iraq ...

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Special Forces Soldier With Ties To NHL Dies In Afghanistan (Video)

A Special Forces soldier who make headlines when he practiced with the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team last March has died in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, was killed by small arms fire in Kunduz Province on Nov. 14, according to the Department of Defense.

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Cathcart grew up in Michigan and was a ...

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Marine Officer From Orange County Dies During PT Run In Germany

The military is investigating the untimely death of Marine Corps Maj. Ryan Hansen, 41, who died after a physical training run in Germany on Nov. 7.

The Marine Corps Times reports Hansen collapsed during the run, and was rushed to Sindelfingen hospital near Boeblingen, where he was pronounced dead.

Hansen was a sustainment division head at Marine Corps Forces Europe, which is based in Stuttgart.

According to his LinkedIn profile ...

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USS Fort Worth Departs San Diego Monday For Record 16-Month Deployment (Video)

The USS Fort Worth will depart Naval Base San Diego on Monday for a 16-month deployment the longest for a Navy ship since 1973, when the USS Midway deployed for 327 days (about 10 months).

Stars and Stripes points out the Midway's epic deployment was with one crew. This will not be the case with the USS Fort Worth:

[T]he crew of 54, plus the 24-person aviation squadron ...

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What It Looks Like When You Jump Out Of Airplane (Video)

Have you ever jumped out of an airplane? Do you want to know what it's like, without actually having to jump out of an airplane? Well, the 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers recently conducted parachute training with a camera attached, and the video is unreal.

Now, I'm terrified of heights. And flying. I don't like riding in airplanes, even when there is no prospect of me having to ...

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Army Gets Grant From NFL To Study Traumatic Brain Injury (Video)

The National Football League announced Thursday morning it has awarded the U.S. Army Research Laboratory a grant of $500,000 to study ways to prevent traumatic brain injury.

The NFL, along with corporate partners Under Armour and General Electric, held a competition called "Head Health Challenge II" in which more than 500 applicants worldwide sent in proposals detailing ways to prevent TBI.

The seven winners were notified today. Embattled ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Hit With $2000 Phone Bill While Deployed (Video)

Camp Pendleton-based Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Johnstone wasn't even halfway through his deployment at sea aboard the USS America when he was hit with a $2000 phone bill.

Johnstone, a native of Arizona, told Phoenix television station Channel 12 he believed that prior to his deployment, he had negotiated with AT&T to get the proper plan for calling while overseas. But that wasn't the case:

"I pull ...

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List Of Top 4-Year Colleges For Veterans Includes Several San Diego Universities

The Military Times has released its list of the 100 top four-year universities for veterans.

Local schools making the cut include California State University San Marcos (#20), San Diego State University (#38), and the University of San Diego (#84).

The Military Times complied the list based on several factors:

Broadly speaking, schools were evaluated in five categories: university culture, academic quality, student support, academic policies and financial aid.

The Military ...

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Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part Two

It's Veterans Day, and it may surprise you to learn that these ten famous rock stars, actors, and politicians all served in the military. Here are the remaining five:

Bob Ross

No word if Bob Ross considered serving in the military a happy accident, but “The Joy of Painting” star spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.

Ice-T

Before Ice-T became Ice-T, he was Tracy Marrow, a ...

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Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part One

It's Veterans Day, but it may surprise you to learn that some of your favorite rock stars, actors, and politicians served in the military. Here are the first five:

Ron Paul

Fans of Libertarian icon Ron Paul may be surprised to learn he served in both the U.S. Air Force and the United States Air National Guard. After all, as part of his economic plan during his 2012 ...

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Military Dogs Honored During Veterans Day Parade (Video)

For the first time ever, six retired military working dogs and their handlers will get their own float during this year's America's Parade, billed as the biggest Veterans Day event in the whole U. S. of A.

Joining the doggie heroes on the float will be Army veteran Tracy Marrow (better known as actor and rapper Ice-T), his lovely wife Coco, veterans advocate Lois Pope, and American Humane ...

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Check Out These Veterans Day Freebies And Discounts

In honor of Veterans Day, restaurant chains and retailers on Nov. 11 are offering all sorts of discounts and freebies for active-duty military, veterans, and reservists.

Here's a sample of retail discounts, courtesy of the Henry Daily Herald:

-Home Depot - 10 percent off up to $500 on a single-receipt purchase.

-Cost Plus World Market - 20 percent off everything in the store (except alcohol).

-Bed Beth & Beyond- 20 percent off ...

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Body Of Pilot From Missing F-16 FIghter Jet Recovered

Search crews have recovered the body of the airman whose F-16 military jet crashed Thursday into the Gulf of Mexico.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon was assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. The aircraft was taking part in a routine training mission over the Gulf of Mexico when Tyndall Air Force Base lost contact with the pilot around 9:15 a.m.

Air Force officials announced the recovery of the ...

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Missing Military Jet, Pilot Believed To Have Crashed In Gulf of Mexico

Search and rescue efforts are currently underway for a missing F-16 Fighting Falcon and its pilot. Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida lost contact with the pilot at 9:15 a.m. Thursday.

Air Force officials have told the media they believe the military jet crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

The aircraft is assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. Col. Scott Ward, commander of that group, said during ...

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Baskin-Robbins' Newest Flavor For Veterans Day? Camouflage Ice Cream

You had me at salty caramel, Baskin-Robbins. But the ice cream chain's newest flavor isn't just about taste. First Class Camouflage is meant to honor our military on Veterans Day.

According to People magazine, First Class Camouflage is a swirl of three flavors: salty caramel, chocolate, and vanilla cake.

Reviewed.com reports that not only will Baskin-Robbins give the USO a dime for every scoop of ice cream ...

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Watch Live Feed Of Medal Of Honor Ceremony For Civil War Soldier (Video)

San Diego resident Helen Loring Ensign will be on hand Thursday morning at the White House to accept the posthumous Medal of Honor for her ancestor, Civil War hero Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing.

Home Post will carry a live feed of the ceremony, which begins at 11:45 a.m. EST.

According to the Department of Defense, Cushing displayed "conspicuous gallantry" during the Confederacy's infamous battle assault ...

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Surgeries Suspended For Military Family Pets As Cost-Saving Measure

The cherished dogs and cats of military families are no longer able to get surgical procedures at military veterinary facilities, as these clinics have cut back on services to save money.

Lt. Col. Matt Takara of U.S. Army Public Health Command tells Star and Stripes virtually all on-base veterinary treatment facilities have "suspended procedures involving anesthetics" for family-owned pets.

Department of Defense-owned animals will still be able to get ...

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