Military & Veterans

U.S. Central Commander Gen. James Mattis: Iran Nuclear Weapon Would Drive At Least One More Sunni-Arab State to Develop Nukes

March 5, 2013

“MATTIS: At least one other [Sunni-Arab] nation has told me they would do that, at a leadership level, they have assured me they would not stay without a nuclear weapon if Iran armed.”

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Navy Spokesman: U.S. Navy Frigates Will Stop Patrolling For Drug Runners By April Due to Sequestration

March 5, 2013

“With the frigates out of the picture, the amount of drugs entering the country will increase, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp told USNI News following Tuesday’s State of the Coast Guard address.”

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Sequester Spending Cut Exemptions Soften the $85 Billion Blow

March 4, 2013

“The 1.4 million active-duty members of the armed forces won’t get furlough notices or pay cuts. Programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs and several public aid funds designed to help the neediest will survive untouched.”

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Private First Class Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty to Providing Secret Documents to WikiLeaks

February 28, 2013

“”The U.S. Army private accused of providing secret documents to the WikiLeaks website pleaded guilty on Thursday to misusing classified material he felt “should become public,” but denied the top charge of aiding the enemy.”

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U.S. Scrambled Two F-15 Fighter Jets to Intercept Russian Nuclear Bombers Over the U.S. Island of Guam

February 24, 2013

“U.S. military officials say “it’s highly unusual but not unprecedented” that Russian bombers would fly training missions in the vicinity of Guam. According to one official, “It wasn’t provocative but it certainly got our attention.””

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Afghan President Karzai Orders U.S. Special Forces to Leave Strategic Province Over Allegations of Torture by Afghan Soldiers

February 24, 2013

“Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said the decision to order the American special forces to leave Wardak province was taken during a meeting of the National Security Council because of the alleged actions of Afghans who are considered linked to the U.S. special forces.”

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U.S. Marine Corps Set to Announce New Crisis Response Task Force in Eastern Europe and North Africa

February 21, 2013

“The group, which will be known as the Marine Air-Ground Task Force, will likely be based at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy.”

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F-22 Pilot’s Widow Blames “Incompetent” Defense Department “Cowards” For Husband’s Death

February 20, 2013

“”The F-22 is not ready to serve its country, but my husband Jeffrey Haney was and he gave his life to demonstrate that brave men will serve while the cowards in the military-industrial complex systematically loot our Treasury to build inferior equipment upon which our servicemen and women stake their lives every day.”"

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Pentagon Investigating Navy SEAL Who Killed Osama bin Laden Following his Interview With Esquire Magazine

February 20, 2013

“Warren would not comment on which DOD office was leading the inquiry or whether the SEAL, referred to only as “the Shooter” in the article, is now the subject of an official investigation by the department’s inspector general’s office.”

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General John Allen Retires, Withdraws Name From Consideration For Supreme Allied Commander in Europe

February 19, 2013

“Allen’s decision came amid a flurry of speculation that Allen might request that his nomination to become supreme allied commander in Europe be withdrawn.”

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U.S. Defense Department Creates New “War on Terrorism” Medal Awarded for Drone Operations

February 13, 2013

“A recognition of the evolving 21st Century warfare, the medal will be considered a bit higher in ranking than the Bronze Star, but is lower than the Silver Star, defense officials said.”

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Pentagon Releases Memo Outlining Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

February 12, 2013

“The Department will immediately proceed with the planning and implementation of these changes and provide the Secretary of Defense an implementation plan within 60 days.”

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President Obama to Announce a Troop Reduction in Afghanistan During his State of the Union Address

February 12, 2013

“The highly anticipated announcement on the next phase of the Afghanistan troop withdrawal will cut the size of the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan by more than half by a year from now.”

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Former Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha Awarded the Medal of Honor

February 11, 2013

“The official citation says that Sgt Romesha personally killed 10 Taliban fighters and was instrumental in the deaths of another 35.”

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Esquire: Navy SEAL Who Killed bin Laden Lost Health Insurance After Leaving the Military

February 11, 2013

“But the Shooter will discover soon enough that when he leaves after sixteen years in the Navy, his body filled with scar tissue, arthritis, tendonitis, eye damage, and blown disks, here is what he gets from his employer and a grateful nation: Nothing. No pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family.”

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