Military & Veterans

U.S. Naval Ship Stuck on a Reef Near the Philippines Taking In “Lots of Water”

January 24, 2013

“Rear Adm. Thomas Carney said Thursday that 56,000 liters (15,000 gallons) of fuel must be removed from the USS Guardian before a crane ship can lift it from the Tubbataha Reef.”

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U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta Removes Military’s Ban on Women Serving in Combat

January 23, 2013

“The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule prohibiting women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units.”

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Top Commander of U.S. and NATO Forces General John Allen Cleared of Any Wrongdoing

January 23, 2013

“Allen, a Marine general, had been under investigation since mid-November when it was revealed that he too had engaged in significant e-mail contacts with Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite.”

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Senate Democrats Carl Levin (MI) and Jack Reed (RI) Urge President Obama to Keep More Troops in Afghanistan Past 2015

January 22, 2013

“Officials say the White House is considering keeping between 3,000 and 9,000 troops in the country, a lower range than initially recommended by the top commander in Afghanistan.”

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Russia Denied Entry to U.S. Naval Officer in Retaliation Against the Magnitsky Act

January 19, 2013

“Russian media reported last year that entry was denied to Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harbeson, former commander at the Guantanamo U.S. Naval Base in Cuba who now oversees Europe, NATO and Russia affairs at the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.”

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U.S. Air Force Changing Approach to National Security Satellites

January 18, 2013

“The Air Force was also looking at launching an additional navigational satellite as part of its Global Positioning System that would save money by dropping the sensor used on existing satellites to detect nuclear detonations.”

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U.S. Navy Minesweeper Ship Stuck Aground on a Coral Reef Near the Philippines

January 18, 2013

“In a statement, it said the ship had 79 crew on board when it ran aground, but that 72 were being transferred to a smaller vessel “as a precautionary measure”.”

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2013 National Defense Authorization Act Lets Doctors Ask Troops With Mental Health Issues About Gun Access

January 18, 2013

“Last month, Congress passed a little-noticed provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that allows commanders and ranking officers to ask troops who are struggling with mental health issues if they have access to firearms.”

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Two Military Fighter Jets Escort Commercial Plane to Seattle After FBI Receives Incorrect Anonymous Tip

January 18, 2013

“The security scare appeared to be a false alarm, and possibly a hoax, said Tom Simon, an FBI special agent in Honolulu.”

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Defense Lawyers: U.S. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales Diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

January 18, 2013

“The disclosure that Bales was diagnosed with PTSD followed a hearing in which defense lawyers told a military judge they were preparing a possible “mental health defense” for Bales.”

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Military Arraigns U.S. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales on Murder Charges Stemming from the Afghan Village Massacre

January 17, 2013

“The shootings occurred over a five-hour period in March. It was one of the deadliest incidents the military has blamed on a rogue U.S. soldier since the Vietnam War and strained U.S.-Afghan relations.”

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U.S. Suspends Transfer of Afghan Detainees to Some Afghan Prisons Due to Human Rights Concerns

January 17, 2013

“In addition, the American-led coalition said that it had asked the Afghan government to investigate allegations of torture by Afghan Local Police units that have been trained and advised by American Special Operations forces.”

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U.S. Navy Minesweeper Ship Runs Aground a on Reef in the Philippines

January 17, 2013

“The ship remains stuck on the reef. No injuries were reported among the ship’s crew of 81 and there were no indications of a fuel leak.”

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U.S. Military Leader: Congress’ Inability to Pass a 2013 Budget Pushing the Pentagon to “Brink of a Crisis”

January 17, 2013

“The military leaders said that troops in combat and those who are being treated for wounds will get the funds needed. But the rest of the force will be severely compromised if the Pentagon has to continue operating on last year’s budget.”

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U.S. Marine Pleads Guilty to Urinating on the Dead Corpse of a Taliban Soldier

January 16, 2013

“”A Marine who pleaded guilty Wednesday to urinating on the corpse of a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan will likely be demoted one rank under a plea agreement. The judge, Lt. Col. Nicole Hudspeth, said she would have sentenced him to six months confinement, a $5,000 fine, demotion to private and a bad-conduct discharge.”

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