Military & Veterans

Iraq Veteran Eddie Ray Routh Who Killed Chris Kyle Currently Listed as a Marine Reserve

February 4, 2013

“The U.S. military confirmed Sunday that Eddie Ray Routh was in the Marines from 2006 to 2010. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007. His current duty status is listed as reserve.”

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Guantanamo Bay Judge Orders End to Secret U.S. Government Censorship of Trial Audio

February 3, 2013

“Finding that the Military Commission Rules already provide the remedy that, if followed, would preclude the United States from indefinitely detaining unclassified information, Judge Pohl held essentially that the United States must comply with its own regulation.”

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Former Navy SEAL and Author of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle Killed At Gun Range By Ex-Marine

February 3, 2013

“A former Marine has been charged with three counts of murder in the killing of former Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle, the most deadly sniper in U.S. history, and another man at an Erath County, Texas, gun range, police said.”

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Fort Hood Soldier Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter for Trying to Scare Away a Soldier’s Hiccups

February 1, 2013

“The case was tried in military court on the Central Texas Army post because the victim and suspect were soldiers.”

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Military Judge Rejects Defense Lawyer’s Death Penalty Arguments in the Fort Hood Shooting Trial

January 30, 2013

“More than three years after Hasan, an Army psychiatrist allegedly carried out the worst shooting ever at a U.S. military base, defense lawyers last week asked the court to set aside the possibility of the death penalty against him.”

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American Iraq War Veteran Brendan Marrocco Receives Successful Bilateral Arm Transplant

January 30, 2013

“Marrocco lost his arms and legs when his unit was struck by an explosive fired projectile outside Baghdad.”

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Washington Post/Pew Research Center Poll: 66% of Americans Support Allowing Women in Combat Roles

January 30, 2013

“Last week, the Obama administration opened up combat roles to women in the military, and fully 66 percent of all Americans back the idea. Most men and women alike support the idea, as do majorities across party lines.”

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U.S. Navy: USS Guardian, a Minesweeper Stuck Aground on a Coral Reef Near the Philippines, will be Cut into Pieces

January 29, 2013

“Unable to tow the minesweeper USS Guardian off a reef in the Philippines, the Navy has decided that the only way to free the ship without causing further damage to the reef is to cut the ship into pieces.”

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Italian Coast Guard: Fishing Boat Discovers Debris Believed To Be From A Downed F-16 Fighter Jet

January 29, 2013

“Search-and-rescue operations are being conducted by sea from the port of Ravenna, and Air Force planes from Aviano are spearheading the search from above, Ferrara said.”

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U.S. Military Preparing to Establish a Drone Base in Northwest Africa to Combat Terrorism

January 28, 2013

“For now, officials say they envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones from the base, though they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens.”

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Empty Gas Tanks of Grounded USS Guardian Pumped Full of Seawater to Stabilize the Vessel

January 28, 2013

“All of the 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the 224-foot-long, 1,312-ton ship were removed Friday, the Navy said.”

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U.S. Increases Involvement in Mali by Conducting Aerial Refueling Missions

January 28, 2013

“U.S. policy prohibits direct military aid to Mali because the fledgling government is the result of a coup. No support can go to the Malian military directly until leaders are chosen through an election.”

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U.S. F-16 Fighter Jet Goes Missing Over the Adriatic Sea

January 28, 2013

“The plane lost contact with the control tower at about 1900 GMT and the Italian coast guard has joined in the search-and-rescue in the Adriatic Sea, where the jet is presumed to have gone down, ANSA reported.”

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White House: President Obama Supports Pentagon’s Decision Allowing Women to Serve in Combat

January 24, 2013

“Ahead of the Pentagon’s formal announcement later on Thursday, Carney told reporters Obama is “very pleased” with the decision and “fully supports this effort to expand opportunities for women.”"

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President Obama Proceeds With Nomination of General John Allen for NATO Commander in Europe

January 24, 2013

“Allen, the outgoing commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was ensnared in the scandal that prompted retired General David Petraeus to resign as CIA director last year after his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, was exposed.”

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