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Aug 24, 2011 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Aug 24, 2011 16 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Aug 23, 2011 11 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Military Times: So here’s the news: audible farting has been banned for some Marines downrange because it offends the Afghans. I know there are many things in the Afghan culture that don’t seem normal to Americans and it’s hard to spend seven months working in someone else’s back yard. Still, the Marines I saw ...

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Aug 23, 2011 5 Comments ›› The Assassin

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Aug 21, 2011 Comments Off Pat Dollard

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (AP) – Keith Nolan spent a decade applying repeatedly to the Army's Reserve Officers Training Corps' program before the deaf man's tenacity paid off and a commander finally let him audit the classes. Nolan became a top performer in the ROTC program's Bravo Company at California State University at Northridge, and his ...

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Aug 19, 2011 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Los Angeles Times: An 18-foot, bright-yellow submarine drone is being tested off the coast of Santa Catalina Island for possible use by the U.S. military to stalk enemy waters, patrol local harbors for national security threats and scour ocean floors to detect environmental hazards. Although robotic aircraft already play a critical role in modern warfare, taking ...

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Aug 19, 2011 Comments Off Angelia

USA Today: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Iraq has agreed to keep non-combat U.S. forces in the country beyond 2011, and that the Pentagon is negotiating a new agreement, Stars & Stripes reports. "My view is that they finally did say, 'Yes,' " Panetta tells a small group of reporters in his Pentagon office today, the ...

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Aug 18, 2011 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

NY Daily News: Armchair jihadists have brainstormed another sick way to strike America: bomb the funerals of U.S. service members killed in action. The recent post on the Ansar al-Mujahedeen web forum cites 2009's Fort Hood massacre, urging readers to conceal suicide vests under phony military uniforms to get close to funeral VIPs like military brass ...

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Aug 18, 2011 2 Comments ›› Angelia

Like these men don't have enough to worry about while they are deployed. Army Times: A Harnett County soldier’s decision to ask a friend to house-sit during his deployment to Afghanistan led to a massive betrayal of trust that included identity theft, the fraudulent sale of possessions and the friend’s death, according to police in ...

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Aug 18, 2011 Comments Off Pat Dollard

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Air Force said Wednesday it is discharging a hero of the so-called birther movement who refused to report to duty in Germany for a few days earlier this month because he doubts President Barack Obama's citizenship. Staff Sgt. Daryn Moran expects to be discharged within the next week. Although the ...

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Aug 17, 2011 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Nicknamed "Superman" because of his chiseled 6-foot-3 frame, Marine Lt. Patrick Wayland saved his most heroic act for last. He donated a kidney to a comrade he never met. Wayland, a flight student at Pensacola Naval Air Station, died earlier this month after his heart stopped beating during water survival training. He ...

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Aug 16, 2011 3 Comments ›› Angelia

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Aug 16, 2011 1 Comment ›› Angelia

The Hill: Steep cuts to military or diplomatic budgets could undermine national security, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Tuesday in a joint appearance. The two Cabinet members said cuts that could be triggered under the debt-ceiling deal signed by President Obama earlier this month could hurt U.S. troops while ...

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Aug 15, 2011 15 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Aug 14, 2011 6 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Financial Times: Pakistan allowed Chinese military engineers to photograph and take samples from the top-secret stealth helicopter that US special forces left behind when they killed Osama bin Laden, the Financial Times has learnt. The action is the latest incident to underscore the increasingly complicated relationship and lack of trust between Islamabad and Washington following the raid. "The ...

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Aug 14, 2011 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the dozen lawmakers tasked with producing a deficit-cutting plan, the threatened "doomsday" defense cuts hit close to home. The six Republicans and six Democrats represent states where the biggest military contractors — Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Corp., Raytheon Co. and Boeing Co. — build missiles, aircraft, jet fighters and tanks while employing ...

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Aug 14, 2011 10 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Aug 12, 2011 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Johnson City Press: Dr. Daniel McConnell’s say he’s the unluckiest lucky person they’ve ever met. Now that three of his prosthetic hands have been stolen, the first-year medical resident and Afghanistan veteran has decided to accept his fate. “I’ve survived stuff that I shouldn’t have,” he said. “But it would be nice to catch a break at ...

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Aug 12, 2011 2 Comments ›› Angelia

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Aug 12, 2011 17 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Just months after pulling out of a remote slice of eastern Afghanistan dubbed the "Valley of Death," U.S. troops are back reinforcing their once-abandoned bases in the area — a hotbed of the insurgency and a dangerous second front in the decade-old war. Stationing U.S. troops again in the isolated, sparsely populated ...

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Aug 11, 2011 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Pentagon itself did not even send a photographer, but Obama snuck his in. WASHINGTON – A White House photographer was allowed to take and widely distribute a photo from the ceremony Tuesday for the return of the remains of 30 American troops killed in a weekend helicopter crash in Afghanistan despite the Pentagon's claim ...

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Aug 11, 2011 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

ABC News: As China's first aircraft carrier takes to the open seas today for its inaugural sea trials, the U.S. government directed a pointed question at the Chinese military: Why would you need a warship like that? "We would welcome any kind of explanation that China would like to give for needing this kind of equipment," U.S. ...

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Aug 11, 2011 Comments Off Pat Dollard

BEIJING (Reuters) - China launched its first aircraft carrier for a maiden run on Wednesday, a step likely to boost patriotic pride at home and jitters abroad about Beijing's naval ambitions. The long-awaited debut of the vessel, a refitted former Soviet craft, marked a step forward in China's long-term plan to build a carrier force that ...

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Aug 11, 2011 19 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Aug 11, 2011 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Los Angeles Times: Two Marine aviators were rescued early Thursday morning after their F/A-18D Hornet crashed into the ocean about 85 miles southwest of San Diego, the Coast Guard said. The two spent about four hours in the water after the Wednesday night crash. Both Marines -- a pilot and a weapon systems officer -- were airlifted to ...

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