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  • IS conflict: US soldier killed in Syria blast

    11/25/2016 1:37:31 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    BBC "News" ^ | November 25, 2016 | Staff
    A US serviceman has been killed by an improvised explosive device while fighting against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, officials say. The soldier, who has not been named, died after the device detonated in Ayn Issa, north of the IS stronghold Raqqa. It is the first such death since US special forces deployed in Syria in October 2015.
  • New Miss USA from DC to take a break from Army reserves

    06/06/2016 1:58:30 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Associated PressMSN ^ | June 5, 2016
    The newly crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia who gave perhaps the strongest answer of the night when asked about women in combat. "As a woman in the United States Army, I think ... we are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I'm powerful, I am dedicated," Deshauna Barber said. "Gender does not limit us in the United States." The winner of Sunday's 2016 Miss USA competition held at the T-Mobile Arena off the Las Vegas Strip will go on to compete in the Miss Universe contest.
  • MIA Veteran's Body Returns Home After 66 Years

    04/07/2016 9:41:26 AM PDT · by Morgana · 54 replies
    wowktv.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | wowk
    FOLLANSBEE, W.Va. - It has been 66 years since Roy Henderson has been on American soil. We live in an unrecognizable United States to the one the private first class left, but he has never been forgotten. And he has finally been welcomed home to the Ohio Valley after going being killing in action, declared MIA in July of 1950. "It's closure for the family, and not only for the family, but for the veterans who fight on a daily basis," said casualty assistance officer SFC Bradley Maston. "We want to see our brothers and sisters come back home and...
  • U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies

    09/21/2015 4:15:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 55 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/20/15 | Joseph Goldstein
    In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base. “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s...
  • Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

    07/21/2014 2:39:20 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 7/21/14 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his nine platoon comrades who died that summer day in Afghanistan. Pitts, a 28-year-old former Army staff sergeant from Nashua, New Hampshire, is the ninth living veteran of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor. In a...
  • Bowhunting M-16 Sharpsooting, Skydiving Soldier Runs for Miss America

    09/15/2013 1:54:10 PM PDT · by Red Statements · 31 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | Sept 11th, 2013 | Steven H Ahle
    “She's a redneck boy's dream come true. Theresa Vail is a bowhunter, an M-16 sharpshooter, skydiver, national guard soldier, grease monkey, and also Miss Kansas. She's been a motorcycle racing queen and can skin out a deer with the best of them. And if that wasn't enough to melt your heart, she is also devastatingly beautiful. She is not, to say the least, your typical beauty queen contestant. She will also differ from past and present contestants in another way. She intends to let the whole world see her tattoos, which include the Serenity Prayer and the army's medical insignia....
  • Medal of Honor winner Clint Romesha declines State of the Union invite from Michelle Obama

    02/12/2013 5:36:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 12, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    Just a day after receiving the Medal of Honor by the president of the United States, former Army staff sergeant Clinton Romesha has declined an invite by the first lady to be her guest at the State of the Union address Tuesday night. He said that after some soul searching he decided he’d rather spend the evening with friends from his former unit, his wife Tammy — with whom he celebrates a wedding anniversary Tuesday — and their families, CNN reports.
  • Family pleads for release of U.S. soldier

    01/24/2010 1:15:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 11 replies · 448+ views
    msnbc ^ | 12/25/09 | AP
    KABUL - The family of a U.S. soldier captured in eastern Afghanistan more than five months ago pleaded for the release of their son Friday and urged him to "stay strong." Lt. Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard issued a statement from the family of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. airborne infantryman who was taken by the Afghan Taliban in Paktika province June 30.
  • Soldier from Bolingbrook among Ft. Hood dead

    11/06/2009 9:51:03 AM PST · by JustPiper · 14 replies · 747+ views
    Tribune/WGN ^ | 11-6-09 | N/A
    An Army private first class from southwest suburban Bolingbrook was one of the 13 people killed in the rampage at Fort Hood, his family said. Michael Pearson, 21, joined the Army slightly more than a year ago and was training to deactivate bombs, said his mother, Sheryll.
  • Spanaway (WA) man is Army's oldest Afghanistan casualty (age 59)

    08/21/2009 8:29:30 PM PDT · by llevrok · 21 replies · 1,242+ views
    KING 5 TV Seattle ^ | 8/21/09 | DREW MIKKELSEN
    SPANAWAY, Wash. - A Spanaway grandfather is the latest casualty of war from Washington state. Fifty-nine-year-old First Sergeant Jose Crisostomo was killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb Tuesday. He is believed to be the oldest U.S. soldier to die in Afghanistan. Crisostomo, who was known to friends as "Joe Sinbad," was well aware of the risks of combat. During a 24-year military career he served in Vietnam and Kuwait before retiring from the military in 1993. After 9/11, Crisostomo decided to re-enlist in the U.S. Army. "He insisted going back and serving his country," said Crisostomo’s wife of 39...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Honored for Valor, Recalls Ambush

    07/09/2009 4:30:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 380+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Petty Officer 3rd Class William Selby, USN
    WASHINGTON, July 9, 2009 – The fifth Army Reserve soldier to earn the Silver Star since the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001 spoke about his experience in a “DoDLive” bloggers roundtable July 6. Army Spc. David Hutchinson receives the Silver Star medal from Army Col. James Doty on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, June 6, 2009. Hutchinson earned the award for valor during and following an ambush in Afghanistan on May 21, 2008. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Spc. David Hutchinson of the 420th Engineer Brigade discussed...
  • Soldier who fought in pink boxers home for the 4th

    07/05/2009 7:43:46 AM PDT · by decimon · 39 replies · 1,387+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 4, 2009 | Angela K. Brown
    > Now that he's home in Fort Worth he said his boxers will be displayed in the 1st Infantry Division museum at Fort Riley, Kansas. >
  • American soldier in pink boxers fought Taliban

    05/15/2009 6:48:50 AM PDT · by Justaham · 31 replies · 2,068+ views
    www.upi.com ^ | 5-15-09
    A U.S. soldier serving in Afghanistan has become a media sensation after he was photographed fighting Taliban forces while stripped down to his skivvies. Army Spc. Zachary Boyd, 19, who hails from Fort Worth, Texas, said he was in his sleeping quarters at Firebase Restrepo in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar province when the Taliban attacked, forcing him to take up a defensive position while clad only in his helmet, protective vest, a T-shirt and his pink "I Love NY" boxer shorts, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday.
  • American troops through a French infantryman's eyes

    11/21/2008 11:13:02 AM PST · by DogBarkTree · 64 replies · 2,787+ views
    americanthinker.com/ ^ | 11/21/08 | Thomas Lifson
    hockingly positive views of our forces in Afghanistan are revealed in this translation of a post by a French OMLT (Operational Mentoring Liaison Teams) infantryman working with our toops there. A couple of brief excerpts: Heavily built, fed at the earliest age with Gatorade, proteins and creatine - they are all heads and shoulders taller than us and their muscles remind us of Rambo. Our frames are amusingly skinny to them - we are wimps, even the strongest of us - and because of that they often mistake us for Afghans. [....] Each man knows he can count on the...
  • A French Soldier's Salute "To Our American Brothers In Arms"

    11/21/2008 6:55:43 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 14 replies · 1,296+ views
    omlt3-kdk3.over-blog.com ^ | 9/18/2008 | Unknown
    “We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while - they are the first and fourth companies of a prestigious infantry battalion whose name I will withhold for the sake of military secrecy. To the common man it is a unit just like any other. But we live with them and got to know them, and we henceforth know that we have the honor to live with one of the most renowned units of the US Army - one that the movies brought to the public as series showing “ordinary soldiers thrust into extraordinary events”....
  • More than a soldier

    07/16/2008 5:36:42 AM PDT · by Tennessee_Bob · 4 replies · 201+ views
    The Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | July 16, 2008 | Bob Fowler
    LAKE CITY - Spc. Jason Dean Hovater was much more than a soldier stationed in an outpost in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. "He was a brother and a son and a husband,'' said Hovater's sister, Jessica Davis of Norris. "Most of all, he was a man of God. He was a light to other people around him." Hovater, a Clinton resident, was one of nine soldiers killed last weekend in the deadliest assault in Afghanistan against the U.S. military in three years. Some 200 militants with machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars attacked the outpost but were beaten back...
  • U.S. soldier wins fight to get artificial legs for Iraqi girl

    05/12/2008 4:10:14 PM PDT · by radar101 · 17 replies · 651+ views
    SacBee ^ | May 10, 2008 | Leila Fadel
    Shahad Abbas, 11, lost her legs to a roadside bomb blast Staff Sgt. Luis Falcon, 38, was patrolling the streets of Baqouba, north of Baghdad, when he saw Shahad Abbas. The 11-year-old girl was in a large decrepit wheelchair Falcon stopped to talk. He came back the next day and the day after that, then every day for six months, bringing her toys, gauze for her legs, a new wheelchair. Anything she asked for, he would bring. Shahad became his mission. So when she asked for legs, that became his mission, too. On Friday, his dream and hers came...
  • Why We Serve: Army Sergeant Brings Positive Message to Public

    11/09/2007 4:31:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 100+ views
    Why We Serve ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2007 – Serving in the military was something Jose Munoz always wanted to do, but it wasn’t until after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that he was spurred to enlist and fulfill that dream. Army Sgt. Jose Munoz is telling the military’s story to the American people at community and business events, veterans organizations and other gatherings as part of the Defense Department’s “Why We Serve” public outreach program. Defense Department photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Munoz, now a sergeant with five and a half years in the Army, said a lack of...
  • Soldier laid to rest

    09/23/2007 3:28:14 AM PDT · by SLB · 22 replies · 460+ views
    The News-Enterprise ^ | September 22, 2007 | KELLY RICHARDSON
    RADCLIFF — It wasn’t only family and friends who arrived at Stithton Baptist Church in Radcliff on Saturday to honor the memory of Pfc. Sammie Phillips. Some 200 or more Patriot Guard Riders and community members stood outside the church and lined the drive with American flags. Phillips’ funeral began at 2 p.m., and he was buried at North Hardin Memorial Gardens following the service. The riders and others attended the burial as well, again lining the drive into the cemetery and the path to the graveside. Phillips, 19, was in the Kentucky Army National Guard. He was killed Sept....
  • GOLD STAR: STORY OF AN AMERICAN SOLDIER , AND HIS GOLD STAR MOTHER AND FAMILY

    09/22/2007 12:21:38 AM PDT · by Darkwolf377 · 3 replies · 119+ views
    guymadison.com ^ | 09/22/07 | Rees Lloyd
    When Spencer Timothy Karol, born April 13, 1983, the oldest of Bridget Madison's four sons, was growing up, he was a well-liked kid with a big smile and gentle and helpful manner; a "big brother" who watched over his three younger brothers and assumed "man of the house" responsibilities early and easily and without complaint. Learning values instilled in him early in his life by his famous grandfather, movie and television star Guy Madison, to whom he was very close, Spencer never had troubled teenage years with drugs or alcohol, fights or problems at school. Although he was not interested...