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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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Navy Fires Executive Officer Of USS Cowpens

The Navy announced Friday that it had relieved Cmdr. Armando Ramirez of his duties as executive officer of the San Diego-based USS Cowpens on Sept. 18.

Ramirez lost his job due to what the Navy is calling "an alcohol-related incident."

The Navy Times obtained a report from the Navy that outlines the behavior that got Ramirez sacked. On Aug. 31, Ramirez appeared drunk on the Cowpens' quarterdeck, and was given ...

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Airman Who Refused To Say 'So Help Me God' Allowed To Reenlist

The Air Force announced this week airmen aren't required to say "So help me God" as part of the enlistment oath.

The decision was prompted by an atheist airman from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada who refused to say those four words in his reenlistment oath, and thus was denied the opportunity to remain in the Air Force.

According to an Air Force news release:

In response to ...

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Army Paratrooper Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

The Department of Defense has identified Army Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, as one of two Americans killed Tuesday when their convoy was attacked by a suicide car bomber near Kabul, Afghanistan.

As Home Post reported Wednesday, the other American killed was Navy Reservist Stephen Byus, 39, of Columbus, Ohio.

Donahue was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg. Lt. Col. Gabriel Barton, Donahue ...

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Navy Reservist Killed In Tuesday's Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

Family members of Navy Reservist Stephen Byus have told the Columbus Dispatch the 39-year-old was one of two American troops killed in a suicide car bombing Tuesday near Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense has not yet officially released the names of the two American service members killed when a Toyota Corolla filled with explosives struck a coalition convoy roughly 200 yards from the U.S. Embassy.

Byus leaves behind ...

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Special Ops Marine Killed In Afghanistan Insider Attack (Video)

Marine Corps Sgt. Charles C. Strong was killed Sept. 15 in Herat province, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

Strong, 28, was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The Military Times reports Strong is believed to be the unnamed coalition service member killed in western Afghanistan Sept. 15 "by an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform." International ...

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Sending Holiday Gifts To Your Sailor? Here Are The Navy's Mail Deadlines

Planning to send a Christmas gift or holiday card to someone you love aboard a Navy ship or on shore duty? The Navy has announced its mail-by dates to ensure presents and letters get to your sailor before Dec. 25:

For mail addressed to/from:

APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966

  • Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 17

  • First-Class and Priority Mail ...

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2 US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

Two U.S. soldiers were killed Tuesday and several others wounded when their motorcade was hit by the blast of a suicide car bomb near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Fox News reports that in addition to the two American troops who died, a Polish service member also lost his life in the attack.

According to a NATO ISAF casualty report:

We can confirm three International Security Assistance Force members died as a ...

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Two Vietnam War Soldiers Awarded Medal Of Honor On Monday

President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to two Vietnam War soldiers at a White House ceremony Monday: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, 80, and Army Spc. Four Donald P. Sloat, who was killed in combat in 1970 at the age of 20.

Adkins and his wife of 58 years, Mary Adkins, made the trip from their home in Opelika, Alabama to attend Monday's ceremony.

According ...

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USS America To Arrive In New Homeport Of San Diego On Monday (Video)

The future USS America is slated to arrive in its new homeport of San Diego on Monday.

As Home Post reported earlier this summer, USS America departed the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi in July for its maiden voyage to San Diego.

Because the 844-foot-long amphibious assault ship was too large to fit through the Panama Canal, it circumnavigated South America on a “America Visits the Americas” goodwill tour ...

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Navy Names Pilot Presumed Dead After Crash Off USS Carl Vinson

The Navy has identified the pilot who went missing and is presumed dead after his fighter jet crashed as Lt. Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, California.

As Home Post reported earlier, Poloski was the pilot of one of two F/A-18C Hornet jets from the USS Carl Vinson that collided Friday and crashed into the Western Pacific.

The other pilot was immediately rescued and received medical attention aboard the ...

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Navy: Pilot From Crashed Jet Presumed Dead; Search Called Off

The Navy has called off its search for the pilot of one of two F/A-18C Hornet jets from the USS Carl Vinson that crashed Friday in the Western Pacific.

The pilot, according to the Navy, "has been presumed deceased." That pilot was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 out of Naval Air Station Lemoore in Central California.

The Navy won't release the pilot's name until his ...

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Two Navy Jets From USS Carl Vinson Collide At Sea; One Pilot Missing (Video)

The pilot of one of two U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet jets that collided in the western Pacific after taking off from the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was in fair condition Friday, while a search continued for the other pilot, Navy officials said.

At the time of the incident, the Navy reports the Vinson was roughly 250 nautical miles west of Wake Island.

Both jets were ...

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Bulldog Puppy PFC Smedley Butler Becomes A Marine

He might have been the youngest and smallest Marine at the Eagle, Globe and Anchor ceremony at Camp Pendleton Thursday morning, but he certainly attracted the most attention.

Private First Class Smedley Butler, a 6-month-old English Bulldog, donned a camouflage utility uniform for the big event, which symbolizes the first time a recruit is called a Marine.

There are only three official Marine Corps mascots, and Smedley is now one ...

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Marine Veteran Reunites With Military Dog, Thanks To California Group (Video)

They ate every meal together, slept next to each other each night. Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Robert Hulsey forged an unbreakable bond with his Improvised Detection Dog Jjoe when the two served together in Afghanistan for seven months in 2011.

Hulsey told the Dallas Morning News:

“Every single day, I’d wake up in the morning, and we’d patrol [around the base] for a few hours and come back ...

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New Ribbon For Marine Corps Combat Instructors

There's a new ribbon special duty assignment ribbon for Marines who've completed a three year tour as combat instructor at the School of Infantry West at Camp Pendleton, or the School of Infantry East at Camp Geiger in North Carolina.

According to news release by Headquarters Marine Corps:

The combat instructors at the Schools of Infantry teach all Marines the basic combat skills which make every Marine a ...

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Airman Won't Say 'So Help Me God' And Is Denied Reenlistment

"So help me God." Those four words are at the center of a controversy brewing for an atheist airman who refuses to say them as part of his reenlistment oath, and thus has been denied the opportunity to remain in the Air Force after his term of service expires in November.

The airman is stationed at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada and is choosing to remain anonymous for fear ...

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Baked French Fries For Crew Of USS America - San Diego's Newest Ship

As the USS America makes its way to its new home port of San Diego, the crew's dining options have been quite different from what other sailors usually experience during deployment - no free soft drinks, and french fries that aren't actually fried.

The Marine Corps Times reports the America does not have any deep fryers or free soft drink machines on board. Instead, America's crew has been ...

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Commanding Officer Of California Navy Base Fires Himself

Believing that Naval Surface Warfare Command Center Port Hueneme would "be better served by a new CO," Capt. Burt Espe resigned his post as commanding officer of the Navy base last month.

In an Aug. 14 email obtained by the Navy Times, Espe wrote to the nearly 2,000 employees under his command the reason why he decided to quit:

“As you know, procedural compliance is a monumental issue at ...

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Rape Tweets Prompt Navy To Drop Cee Lo Green From Concert

Cee Lo Green's Tweets claiming a woman can't be raped unless she's conscious got him booted from the lineup of entertainers scheduled to perform at Naval District Washington’s Freedom LIVE concert later this month.

Freedom LIVE released a statement on its Facebook page which read, in part:

Unfortunately, one of the performers we signed for the JBAB Freedom Live show on 20 September recently posted comments ...

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Obama Sending Military Resources To Battle Ebola Epidemic (Video)

Saying the United States needs to make the Ebola epidemic "a national security priority," President Barack Obama announced Sunday on "Meet the Press" he plans to send additional U.S. military assets to Africa in an attempt to stem the outbreak.

Obama explained his reasoning for acting as quickly as possible:

"If we don't make that effort now, and this spreads, not just through Africa but other parts of ...

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9/11 Museum Displays Shirt Of Navy SEAL Who Killed Osama Bin Laden (Video)

As the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, the National September 11 Memorial Museum is now displaying the shirt worn by the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden.

In addition to the Navy SEAL uniform shirt, the new exhibit also displays a brick the SEALs recovered from bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The third component of the museum's newest display includes a coin of ...

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Chris Kyle's Widow Asks Judge To Toss Verdict In Jesse Ventura Lawsuit

Taya Kyle, the widow of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, is urging a judge to toss out a jury's verdict that awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in his defamation lawsuit against Kyle's estate.

According to the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Kyle wants the judge to either set the verdict aside, or to order a new trial.

Mrs. Kyle's attorneys filed paperwork Thursday that argues the evidence ...

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US Army Paratrooper Killed In Afghanistan

Army Spc. Brian K. Arsenault, 28, was killed Sept. 4, in Ghazni, Afghanistan.

According to the Department of Defense, Arsenault died from injuries suffered when the enemy attacked his unit with small-arms fire.

Arsenault was a native of Northborough, Massachusetts.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

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From Korea To Denver, Joan Rivers Was A Longtime USO Supporter

Groundbreaking comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81.

Rivers was a longtime supporter of the USO, even being named the 2001 USO of Metropolitan New York’s Woman of the Year.

She made a surprise visit last month to USO Denver at Denver International Airport, according to the Official USO Blog:

[Rivers] made sure each guest, volunteer and staff member knew how much she appreciated them.

While ...

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US Military Heading To Ukraine For 'Peacekeeping' Exercise

U.S. troops will train in Ukraine starting next week - the first time American service members have touched Ukraine soil since that country's crisis with Russia began.

The United States will join more than a dozen other countries in the annual military exercise known as Rapid Trident.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told Stars and Stripes that Rapid Trident is a peacekeeping exercise that doesn't involve firing live ...

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San Diegans Saved From Sinking Ship Reunite With Coast Guard Rescuers (Video)

Four adults and one teenager who were rescued from their sinking 30-foot pleasure boat on Saturday night reunited this week with the Coast Guard crew who saved them.

According to the Coast Guard, the PMS Escape II started taking on water 17 miles off the coast of Point Loma.

The Los Angeles Times reports upon receiving a distress call from the PMS Escape II, the San Diego Coast Guard station ...

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Death Of Soldier With Military Dog Unit Under Investigation

The Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the death of Pvt. 1st Class Darrell Robinson, 23, who was found dead at Fort Bragg in North Carolina on Aug. 31.

Robinson was a military police officer with the 550th Military Working Dog Detachment.

Fort Bragg officials have not released any information on the circumstances surrounding Robinson's passing, except to say that at this point, his cause of death is unknown ...

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WWII Veteran From California Stars In TV Commercial (Video)

"Pretty damn exciting!" is how 89-year-old World War II veteran Bruce Campbell describes his experience appearing in a television commercial for the very first time.

The Watertown Daily Times reports Campbell was tapped to narrate the commercial for Tide detergent, called "Honor Uniforms."

He first got the call from the ad agency producing the commercial in February, but didn't shoot the ad until August.

Until his recent stint in ...

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U.S. Marine Helicopter Crashes In Gulf Of Aden, All 25 Aboard Rescued (Video)

All 25 Marines and sailors aboard a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter that crashed Monday into the Gulf of Aden survived, according to a Navy news release:

17 Marines and eight Navy Sailors, were safely recovered and are aboard USS Mesa Verde.

Personnel who sustained minor injuries in the crash were treated aboard USS Mesa Verde.

The helicopter, assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, was in the process of transferring ...

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Meet Kelsey DeSantis: Marine Vet, Mixed Martial Arts Pro, Pageant Contestant (Video)

(Original publication date: July 16, 2014)

Marine veteran and professional mixed martial arts fighter Kelsey DeSantis may best be known for taking Justin Timberlake as her date to the Marine Corps Ball. Well, DeSantis is making headlines again, this time for competing in a beauty pageant-esque competition called Ms. Veteran America.

DeSantis told the Military Times she decided to participate in the competition as a way of continuing her service ...

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Navy Seal Veteran Nabs Role In Chris Kyle Biopic 'American Sniper' (Video)

(Original publication date: April 24, 2014)

With Clint Eastwood directing and Bradley Cooper playing the title role, casting directors of the Chris Kyle biopic "American Sniper" were still looking for someone to play Kevin Lacz, a Navy SEAL teammate of Kyle's.

Just so happens Lacz was available to play the role.

Like Kyle, Lacz was a member of SEAL Team 3, based in Coronado. Lacz told The Middletown Press ...

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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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