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National Guard ID's Pilot Killed In F-15 Jet Crash

After days of searching for the missing pilot of a downed F-15C jet in the hopes he had safely ejected, rescue crews came to the realization Thursday that the pilot was actually killed in the crash.

Col. James Keefe, 104th Fighter Wing Commander, announced Friday:

"On behalf of the family of our fallen pilot and with a sense of profound sadness, I am sad to share that Lt. Col. Morris ...

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Paula Walker ID'ed As Soldier Who Committed Suicide At Fort Lee (Video)

The Army has identified the woman who committed suicide at Fort Lee Army base on Monday as Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker, 33, of Yonkers, N.Y.

As Home Post reported previously, Walker entered Building 5020 of the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters on base at about 9 a.m. EDT. She barricaded herself inside the building with a handgun, and then turned the gun on herself.

Walker was ...

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Flags Lowered Over State Capitol For California Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Governor Jerry Brown ordered flags above the State Capitol to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday in honor of fallen California soldier Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka.

Brown also released a statement that read, in part:

On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation.

The Governor ...

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F-15C Fighter Jet Crashes In Virginia, Pilot's Condition Unknown

An F-15C fighter jet crashed Wednesday morning into George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, roughly 135 miles northwest of Richmond.

The jet was assigned to the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass., Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Candice Ismirle told USA Today.

The pilot reported an inflight emergency, and then lost radio contact with the base at about 9 ...

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Coast Guard Fires Warning Shot At Iranian Boat In Arabian Gulf

An inflatable boat dispatched by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy fired a warning shot at an Iranian dhow (fishing boat), after a member of the dhow's crew aimed a machine gun at the American boat with what the U.S. Navy called "hostile intent."

The incident took place in international waters in the Arabian Gulf.

A statement released by the U.S. 5th Fleet reports the Monomoy ...

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Erin Corwin's Husband Speaks Out For The First Time Since Wife's Disappearance (Video)

Marine Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, the widower of homicide victim Erin Corwin, is speaking to the media for the first time since his wife went missing on June 28.

Corwin's body was discovered on Aug. 16 in a 140-foot deep mine shaft southeast of Twentynine Palms in the Mojave Desert.

Jonathan Corwin spoke with The Desert Sun shortly before the start of a vigil held in Erin's memory at ...

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Recalled Peanut And Almond Butters Sold At Military Commissaries

Brands of almond and peanut butters recalled from store shelves because of possible Salmonella contamination were sold by military commissaries, according to an announcement the Defense Commissary Agency.

The company nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. voluntarily recalled Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, and private label nut butters (click here for a complete list).

The Defense Commissary Agency's lead consumer safety officer, Richard Stith, said although ...

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Armed Female Soldier Prompts Lockdown At Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia

A female soldier who shot herself with a gun prompted a lockdown this morning at Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia.

According to Fort Lee's official Facebook page, the woman entered Building 5020 of the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters at about 9 a.m. EDT:

Early reports indicate the Soldier turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself.

The Soldier was transported Virginia Commonwealth University ...

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Navy Fires Command Master Chief Of San Diego-Based USS Dewey

The Navy fired Master Chief Petty Officer Joe Grgetich from his job as command master chief of the San Diego-based USS Dewey on Aug. 21, a day before the ship departed with the Vinson Carrier Strike Group for a nine-month deployment to the Middle East.

The reason the Navy gave for the dismissal was due to:

"[L]oss of confidence in Grgetich’s ability to fulfill his role as the ...

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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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Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Departs San Diego Friday For Middle East Deployment

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to leave homeport Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado on Friday 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.

The strike group consists of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, along with USS Bunker Hill, USS Gridley, USS Sterett, and USS Dewey.

The nine ...

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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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Marine Vet Could Face 2nd Murder Charge In Death Of Erin Corwin's Fetus

The final results of Erin Corwin's autopsy could determine whether or not Marine veteran Christopher Lee is charged with murder in the death of Corwin's fetus.

Lee has already been arrested and charged with murdering Corwin, 19, who may have been pregnant with his child.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos told the Desert Sun an additional murder charge against Lee is possible if the autopsy can ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Killed Driving Home To Surprise Brother (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine, Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching, loved to surprise his 8-year-old brother, Alex Vicary, with unexpected trips to the family home in Colorado. It was en route to one of those surprise homecomings that Ching, 20, was killed in an automobile crash.

On Aug. 15, The Associated Press reports, Ching was riding shotgun in a pickup truck driven by fellow Marine Jesus T. Paredes on I-70 in central Utah ...

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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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UPDATE: The Evidence That Led To Marine Vet's Arrest In Erin Corwin Case (Video)

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos filed murder charges Tuesday against Marine veteran Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, in connection with the death of Erin Corwin.

Ramos said in a news release that the special circumstance of "lying in wait" was attached to the murder charge, making Lee eligible for the death penalty or life without parole:

"The decision regarding which penalty will be sought will be made after a ...

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USS Carl Vinson Sailors And Marines Could Earn New Special Pay

Sailors and Marines serving aboard the USS Carl Vinson on its upcoming deployment could qualify for new special pay under a proposal being considered by Navy and Marine Corps officials.

The Marine Corps Times reports "Mission Hardship Duty Pay - Tempo" would amount to $17 a day for each day a sailor or Marine is deployed at sea beyond 220 days.

Vice Adm. Bill Moran, chief of naval personnel, told the ...

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Erin Corwin's Body Discovered, Alleged Lover Arrested In Her Death

Searchers discovered the body of missing pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin on Aug. 16 in a 140-foot mine shaft on Bureau of Land Management land in the Mojave Desert, law enforcement officials announced Monday.

Dental records were needed to confirm Corwin's identity. An autopsy conducted Monday morning concluded the manner of death to be homicide, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

Christopher Lee, the Marine veteran who ...

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How Military Surplus Gear Played A Role In Ferguson Upheaval (Video)

Demonstrators protesting the police killing of an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri were met with a police force equipped to go to war - literally. That's because in recent years, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have drawn down, the amount of surplus military gear flowing to local police departments has soared.

As the New York Times explains, the program to transfer the Pentagon's surplus military equipment ...

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Study: One In Four Military Families Depend On Food Banks (Video)

A new study on hunger in America finds roughly 25 percent of military households need assistance from food banks to feed their families.

The Hunger in America 2014 study was conducted by Feeding America, the largest hunger relief charity in the United States.

This is the first year researchers surveyed military families. They discovered Feeding America's network of 200 food banks provides assistance to 620,000 families with at ...

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USA Discounters Must Refund $350,000 To Military Customers

USA Discounters must provide refunds to U.S. military troops to the tune of $350,000, after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau put a stop to the retail chain's practice of targeting service members with a so-called "fee scam."

The CFPB announced Thursday that USA Discounters must also pay a $50,000 civil penalty:

CFPB Director Richard Cordray explained the scam:

“USA Discounters charged servicemembers for legal protections they ...

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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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Navy Fires Commanding Officer Of San Diego-Based Coastal Riverine Squadron

The Navy has relieved Cmdr. Joseph Fauth of his duties as commanding officer of the San Diego-based Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, citing "a loss of confidence in his ability to command" as the reason.

According to a Navy news release, Rear Adm. Frank Morneau, head of the Navy Expeditionary Command Command, made the decision to remove Fauth on Aug. 12...

...following an investigation into several personnel issues and actions by ...

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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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Army Pfc. Paul Ieti Performs One Direction Ballad On 'America's Got Talent' (Video)

Did you catch Army Pfc. Paul Ieti's live performance Tuesday night on "America's Got Talent"? The singing soldier attempted to wow the judges with his rendition of the One Direction ballad "You & I."

Ieti wrote on his Facebook page that he spent the week rehearsing for his live TV appearance, shot at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

According to the Army Times, Tuesday night's ...

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ACLU To Military: Provide Gender Treatment To Chelsea Manning Or Get Sued

Military officials have until Sept. 4 to provide gender identity disorder treatment to Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Army Pvt. Bradley Manning), or face a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, according to The Associated Press.

In July, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved the early stages of treatment for Manning, whom the Army diagnosed with gender identity disorder.

But Manning's attorney, David E. Coombs, and the ACLU say ...

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Real 'Good Morning Vietnam' Airman Shares Memories Of Robin Williams (Video)

Retired airman Adrian Cronauer said he was "gobsmacked” upon learning of Robin Williams' death on Monday.

Williams portrayed Cronauer in the 1987 film "Good Morning Vietnam." According to Smithsonian.com, the movie was loosely based on Cronauer's experience hosting the radio program “Dawn Buster” in Saigon for Armed Forces Radio from 1965 to 1966.

Cronauer told the Military Times he was "gobsmacked" to learn of Williams' passing at such ...

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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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Robin Williams A Beloved Figure On USO Tours (Video)

Actor Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63 of an apparent suicide, had visited both Afghanistan and Iraq in 2010 as part of a USO tour to bring entertainment to the troops during the holidays. But it was his visit to Kuwait in 2007, and how his military audience reacted during the retreat ceremony, that might have been the most memorable.

Williams was in the middle of entertaining service ...

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USS Carl Vinson Could Become Part Of Iraq Air Campaign

The San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson is slated for a 10-month deployment at the end of August. But the Vinson is on standby to depart earlier, if the Navy needs the aircraft carrier for the military's Iraq air campaign.

Naval Air Forces spokeswoman Cmdr. Jeannie Groeneveld told the Military Times that the Vinson "is on ready standby as the surge carrier."

Rand defines a surge carrier as one that ...

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Zoo Fundraiser Held For Family Of Missing Marine Wife Erin Corwin (Video)

The family of Erin Corwin has had to endure more than six weeks of not knowing what happened to the missing pregnant Marine wife. Friends of Corwin, 20, held a fundraiser at a zoo near her Tennessee hometown to boost her family's spirits.

WATE-TV reports friends and supporters from Erin's hometown of Oak Ridge hosted the fundraiser at Little Ponderosa Zoo to raise money the family can use ...

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The Real Reason USS Cowpens' Commanding Officer Was Fired (Video)

During the recent deployment of the San Diego-based USS Cowpens, commanding officer Capt. Greg Gombert ensconced himself in his cabin for several weeks after becoming ill, putting a female officer in charge with whom Gombert had an “unduly familiar relationship," according to a report obtained by the Navy Times.

The woman, Lt. Cmdr. Destiny Savage, became the "acting commanding officer:"

Savage, a junior officer who was not fully qualified to ...

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National Guard Puts Brakes On NASCAR Sponsorship

The National Guard's sponsorship of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. is coming to a screeching halt.

A news release from the Army National Guard cites "significantly restrained resources" as the reason for ending sponsorship of both Earnhardt and Graham Rahal in the Indy Racing League...

The Army Guard spent $32 million on its NASCAR sponsorship and $12 million on its IndyCar sponsorship for 2014. Future programs will rely on ...

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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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Marine Corps Cutting Pay For Embassy Security Guards, Drill Instructors

A pay cut is coming for Marines who plan to work as drill instructors, security guards, or in other special duty assignments. That's because the Marine Corps is slated to slash Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP) starting Oct. 1.

According to a Marine Corps news release, the move was made to help the Corps save $35 million over the next five years.

Marine Corps compensation chief 1st Lt. John ...

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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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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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US Military In Africa To Help Battle Ebola Outbreak

U.S. military health workers are on the ground in West Africa, helping that part of the world deal with one of the most catastrophic outbreaks of Ebola in the continent's history.

And now Pentagon officials are considering sending additional Defense Department personnel to help fight the Ebola outbreak, as the Military Times reports:

Filoviruses like Ebola have been of interest to the Pentagon since the late 1970s, mainly ...

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Did Mexican Officials Violate Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's Rights?

Did Mexican officials at the border violate Marine veteran Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's rights? That's the question before a federal judge in Tijuana Monday morning at Tahmooressi's second court hearing.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Tahmooressi's defense attorney, Fernando Benitez, asserts Mexican police did not follow proper procedure when they arrested his client, and thus his legal rights were infringed upon:

The hearing will allow the ...

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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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Female MCAS Miramar Marine Named To 2015 Blue Angels Team

Women are breaking new ground — in the air — making history on the newly chosen 2015 Blue Angels team.

Blue Angels Public Affairs Officer Navy Lt. j.g. Amber Lynn Daniel, 33, of Ramona, Calif., told the Baltimore Sun that for the first time in the team's storied past, two female Marine Corps officers have been selected to be members of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron at the ...

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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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No California National Guard Troops Headed To Border With Mexico

Texas Gov. Rick Perry may be making headlines for sending National Guard troops to that state's border with Mexico, but California won't be following suit.

California National Guard spokesman Capt. Will Martin explained to The Associated Press:

“The border shared by Texas and Mexico presents a significantly different set of considerations than those presented by the border shared by California and Mexico.”

More than 50,000 immigrant children ...

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UPDATE: Detectives 'Looking For A Crime Scene' In Erin Corwin Case (Video)

Detectives with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division are "looking for a crime scene" in the disappearance of pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin, according to a department press release.

Several media outlets have obtained a probable-cause affidavit filed by Detective Cory Emon that indicates Corwin was involved in a romantic relationship with a married Marine veteran named Christopher Lee, whom she met at White Rock Horse Rescue.

According ...

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Military Commissaries Get Temporary Reprieve From Budget Ax

The Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to restore $200 million in cuts to the taxpayer subsidies that help fund military commissaries, according to CNN Money.

Back in February, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced taxpayer subsidies to stateside commissaries would be slashed by $200 million a year for the next five years, as Home Post previously reported.

The proposed cut in subsidies would have reduced the discount service members get at ...

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Marine Veteran First Paraplegic To Row From California To Hawaii (Video)

Marine veteran Angela Madsen, 54, became the first paraplegic to successfully row the epic 2,500 mile journey from California to Hawaii.

Madsen and her rowing partner, New Zealander Tara Remington, departed Long Beach on May 20 and arrived in Honolulu on July 19.

Madsen told Hawaii News Now after arriving at her destination:

"Basically that people shouldn't set limits on themselves and they should just challenge themselves and ...

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NCIS Involved In Erin Corwin Case; Search Warrants Info Revealed (Video)

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has confirmed its investigators are involved in the search for Erin Corwin.

The pregnant 20-year-old was last seen three weeks ago at her home on the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.

Spokesman Ed Buice told The Desert Sun that NCIS is helping the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department with their probe into Corwin's disappearance:

"We're assisting them as far ...

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