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  • Officials: Army hospital chief relieved of command

    05/28/2014 8:34:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    FOX ^ | AP
    The chief of an Army medical center has been relieved of his command because of problems with patient care, and the Pentagon has ordered a review of its health care system, defense officials said. The commander was replaced Tuesday at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and three deputies were suspended, the Army said in a statement. The shake-up comes after two deaths this month of patients in their 20s and problems with infection control at the facility that were pointed out in March by a hospital accreditation group, according to two defense officials. They spoke on...
  • As Army shrinks, young officers are being pushed out

    04/21/2014 6:01:42 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 36 replies
    AP, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 21, 2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq. Many of them now are officers in the Army with multiple combat deployments under their belts. But as the wars wind down and Pentagon budgets shrink, a lot of them are being told they have to leave. It's painful and frustrating. In quiet conversations at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Eustis in Virginia, captains talk about their new worries after 15-month deployments in which they battled insurgents and saw roadside bombs...
  • Fort Bragg chapel holds first same-sex ceremony

    12/22/2013 6:44:37 AM PST · by Salman · 96 replies
    The Fayetteville Observer ^ | Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 | Drew Brooks
    Three years ago, Maj. Daniel Toven couldn’t imagine being married, let alone having a ceremony in Fort Bragg’s Main Post Chapel. Like all gay soldiers at the time, he was living under the policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” — a policy that kept separated his personal life and his work. But after a whirlwind of changes that began with the repeal of the ban in 2011, Toven and his partner, Johnathan Taylor, have broken ground. The pair, who wed in Washington, D.C., in August, blessed their marriage before more than 100 people at Fort Bragg on Saturday. The ceremony...
  • Obama Spends $100M on African Trip But Cancels Marines' July 4th Fireworks

    07/01/2013 5:58:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    AP ^ | July 01, 2013
    Independence Day celebrations have been canceled at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and at the Army's Fort Bragg, both in North Carolina. The annual July Fourth celebration also has been scrapped at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga. The reason is money — namely the lack of it.
  • Yudh Abhyas 2013 at Fort Bragg Begins

    05/03/2013 10:15:46 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    IDRW ^ | May 4, 2013
    The 82nd Airborne Division Band struck up “Carolina in the Morning ” as a coalition color guard held the U.S. and Indian flags side by side Friday on Fort Bragg. The ceremony on Pike Field marked the beginning of Yudh Abhyas 2013. About 200 soldiers from the Indian army will be on Fort Bragg for the U.S.-Indian exercise through May 17. The scenario calls for the two armies to work together under a United Nations mandate. “The United States has the world’s oldest democracy, and India, the largest,” Brig. Jagdish Chaudhari said. “We have a lot to learn from each...
  • Fort Bragg cancels July 4th celebration over budget cuts

    04/11/2013 7:16:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Fort Bragg is canceling its July 4th celebration because of budget cuts and worker furloughs. The event - a tradition for more than 30 years - usually attracts 50,000 people and includes what many people believe to be among the best fireworks shows in the region. "Our reduced operating budget for the remainder of this year forces many very tough decisions," said Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg ... Fort Bragg announced other cuts and reductions today
  • Wife of Female Officer Gets Membership in Ft. Bragg Spouse Club

    01/28/2013 12:25:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 27, 2013 | Alyssa Newcomb
    The equal treatment of gay spouses in the military took a step forward after the Fort Bragg spouse’s club offered full membership to the wife of a female officer. Ashley Broadway, who is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, was offered full membership to the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses on Friday, after initially being offered a guest membership. “In order to immediately support all military officer spouses who are eligible for ABOS membership, a more inclusive definition of spouse was needed,” the group wrote on its website. Moving forward, the group said any spouse of an active duty commissioned...
  • Political War: Candidates Fight For Troop Votes, Highlight Military Experience

    08/20/2012 8:20:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    Duffelblog ^ | August 8, 2012 | "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" Mittle
    Fort Bragg, NC - As the 2012 Presidential election race heats up, both candidates have engaged in a political firefight for the votes of military service-members and veterans President Obama, hoping to capitalize on his experiences as commander-in-chief... Political operatives within the Democratic National Committee announced that Fort Bragg Army base would be host to their upcoming convention. DNC spokesman cited budget concerns as the primary reason for the short move away from Charlotte, NC... David Axelrod, the President’s campaign advisor, skeptical of the venue change due to the President’s lack of military credentials.
  • None Dare Call Major Hasan A Terrorist

    08/06/2012 8:25:38 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 19 replies
    patriotstatesman.com ^ | July 21, 2012
    A heavily redacted report – by former FBI Director William Webster (07/20/2012 “Houston Chronicle”, Page B1) – following a two-year review of the Fort Hood “shooting rampage” by Major Hasan declined to assign individual blame for “failing to prevent the November 2009 tragedy”. Describing the deadliest attack on a U.S. military base (13 killed, 32 wounded) as a “tragedy” is acceptable since “tragic” can also mean “disastrous”. However, Mr. Webster’s statement “(Major Hasan) arrived at the deployment center 11/05/2009 and opened fire shouting ‘God is Great’ in Arabic” contradicts the Department of Defense classification of the major’s massacre as “workplace...
  • CBS News: Shooter Identified As Former US Military Member

    ...CBS News reports that Page enlisted in the Army in April 1992 and was given a less-than-honorable discharge in October 1998. He was last stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C., serving in the psychological operations unit...
  • Official: Battalion commander dead in Fort Bragg shooting

    06/30/2012 7:39:17 AM PDT · by izzatzo · 54 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 06/30/2012 | MSNBC
    Updated at 7:38 p.m. ET: A soldier is dead and two others injured following a shooting Thursday afternoon at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, according to a statement released by the post. A senior U.S. defense official told NBC News that the deceased victim was a battalion commander.
  • Soldier killed, two injured in Fort Bragg shooting

    06/28/2012 1:27:22 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 38 replies
    fox news ^ | June 28, 2012 | Charlie Glancy
    <p>FAYETTVILLE, N.C. – Fort Bragg officials say police have responded to a shooting incident at Fort Bragg on Thursday.</p> <p>According to Deputy Public Affairs Officer Benjamin Abel, the incident happened on post around 3:30 p.m.</p> <p>Police ask that drivers and pedestrians to avoid the historic district of Fort Bragg until further notice.</p>
  • (Playing The Race Card) Commentary: You’re Going to Celebrate BHM With Fried Chicken, Really?

    02/19/2012 7:45:45 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 94 replies
    BET ^ | Feb 16, 2012 | Danielle Wright
    Commentary: You’re Going to Celebrate BHM With Fried Chicken, Really? Is Black History Month turning into a stereotypical holiday? I love Black History Month because it serves as a time to acknowledge the contributions of little-known Black inventors, learn the struggles of Black ancestors and celebrate the victories of how far Black people have come as a whole. Companies, schools, churches and organizations across the country organize events to pay tribute, but is there an appropriate way to honor Black History Month? After recent reports in the news, I’m thinking the answer to that question may be "yes." In a...
  • Obama Takes Credit for Success of the "Dumb War" in Iraq

    12/14/2011 12:54:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 14, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This afternoon, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Obama addressed the troops. Listen to this. OBAMA: Nine years ago American troops were preparing to deploy to the Persian Gulf and the possibility that they would be sent to war. Many of you were in grade school. I was a state senator. Many of the leaders now governing Iraq, including the prime minister, were living in exile. RUSH: "I was a state senator." Meaning I didn't have anything to do with it. Now he's praising the troops. This is October 2nd, 2002. Listen to this. OBAMA: I don't oppose war...
  • Obama, first lady to visit Fort Bragg next week

    12/08/2011 6:20:53 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 8, 2011
    FORT BRAGG — The president and first lady are heading to North Carolina next week to talk to soldiers at Fort Bragg. The White House said President Obama will give a speech Wednesday about his decision to finish the war in Iraq at the end of the month and what it means for the nation’s future.
  • Authorities Say California Slayings Suspect Killed in Manhunt

    10/01/2011 3:51:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 1, 2011 | AP
    FORT BRAGG, Calif. – A man suspected in the fatal shootings of a Fort Bragg councilman and a county land trust official was shot and killed Saturday after a massive manhunt in the redwood forests of Northern California, a sheriff's deputy said. Deputy Ron Parsons of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said Aaron Bassler was shot and killed around midday,
  • 37 injured in march at Fort Bragg, 1 critically

    09/23/2011 2:42:45 PM PDT · by decimon · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 23, 2011 | Unknown
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Dozens of soldiers at North Carolina's Fort Bragg suffered heat-related problems after participating in an early morning march. Base spokesman Ben Abel said Friday that 37 soldiers required medical treatment. Of those, 13 were taken to Womack Army Medical Center.
  • Officials investigate missing ammo at Fort Bragg

    09/11/2011 3:35:34 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 24 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | sept 12, 2011 | staff reporter
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials at Fort Bragg say an investigation is under way into the disappearance of nearly 14,000 rounds of ammunition at the Army base. Staff Sgt. Joshua Ford, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, says the ammunition went missing from the 1st Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bragg.
  • City councilman killed after finding CA pot field

    08/29/2011 3:23:15 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 29, 2011
    FORT BRAGG, Calif. (AP) -- A Northern California town was reeling Monday after the death of a well-respected city councilman and former mayor who was gunned down after finding a remote illegal marijuana operation. As authorities searched the rugged forest terrain for a suspect in the shooting, Fort Bragg Councilman Jere Melo was remembered as a community leader who led efforts to build firehouses and a first-class high school football stadium in the coastal town of about 7,000 people.
  • Army group 'coming out of the atheist closet'

    04/06/2011 10:48:33 AM PDT · by UndauntedR · 24 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 4/2/2011 | TOM BREEN
    The cliche notwithstanding, there are atheists in foxholes. In fact, atheists, agnostics, humanists and other assorted skeptics from the Army's Fort Bragg have formed an organization in a pioneering effort to win recognition and ensure fair treatment for nonbelievers in the overwhelmingly Christian U.S. military. "We exist, we're here, we're normal," said Sgt. Justin Griffith, chief organizer of Military Atheists and Secular Humanists, or MASH. "We're also in foxholes. That's a big one, right there." For now, the group meets regularly in homes and bars outside of Fort Bragg, one of the biggest military bases in the country. But it...
  • Atheist soldiers want recognition at NC army post

    04/05/2011 10:54:19 AM PDT · by UndauntedR · 68 replies · 1+ views
    WVEC.com ^ | April 1, 2011 | WVEC.com
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A group of religious non-believers at Fort Bragg is pushing for the U.S. military to make sure they get the same treatment as religious groups.</p> <p>Soldiers at the post have filed paperwork seeking recognition for their group, called Military Atheists and Secular Humanists. They want to hold meetings at the base, work with the Army's chaplains and have their gatherings listed in a bulletin of religious services.</p>
  • N.C.-based sailor charged with attempted espionage

    03/03/2011 5:04:37 PM PST · by csvset · 21 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | March 3, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
    NORFOLK A U.S. Navy sailor serving at Fort Bragg was charged today with attempting to sell classified documents. Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Minkyu Martin, of New York, was charged with attempting to forward classified information to a person not authorized to receive such information, a news release from the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic public affairs office said. A court-martial date has not been set. Martin, an intelligence specialist, was arrested in December while he was assigned to the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story in Virginia Beach. According to a warrant filed in...
  • Say Bye-Bye to 'Psy Ops'

    07/02/2010 9:43:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Associated Press via Military.com ^ | 6/2/2010 | Associated Press via Military.com
    The Army has dropped the Vietnam-era name "psychological operations" for its branch in charge of trying to change minds behind enemy lines, acknowledging the term can sound ominous. The Defense Department picked a more neutral moniker: "Military Information Support Operations," or MISO. U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Ken McGraw said Thursday the new name, adopted last month, more accurately reflects the unit's job of producing leaflets, radio broadcasts and loudspeaker messages to influence enemy soldiers and civilians. "One of the catalysts for the transition is foreign and domestic sensitivities to the term 'psychological operations' that often lead to a misunderstanding...
  • Bragg colonel's wife barred from 4th Brigade functions

    06/11/2010 10:24:30 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 70 replies · 2,385+ views
    FayObserver ^ | June 11th 2010 | John Ramsey
    The commander of Fort Bragg has barred the wife of an 82nd Airborne Division colonel from nearly all interaction with her husband's brigade and the unit's families after an investigation found her influence "detrimental to the morale and well-being of both." Sworn statements from the investigation, ordered in January by Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, accuse Col. Brian Drinkwine's wife, Leslie Drinkwine, of using her husband's position as leverage to repeatedly harass and threaten soldiers and their families. The statements say the harassment and threats began almost as soon as Col. Drinkwine took command of the 4th Brigade Combat Team in...
  • Palin Draws Thousands to Book Signing at Fort Bragg

    11/23/2009 3:57:51 PM PST · by Al B. · 54 replies · 2,683+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | Nov. 23, 2009
    Sarah Palin drew a crowd of over 4,000 on Monday to her book signing at Fort Bragg, though the former Alaska governor kept her appearance from turning into the kind of "political platform" that some military officials were concerned about. Palin did not give a speech during her three-hour stop at the North Carolina Army base, apparently living up to her pledge to tone down the event after Fort Bragg officials expressed concern that the visit could prompt grandstanding against the Obama administration. "It was just a peaceful crowd -- orderly, no one making any strange comments that I know...
  • Thousands cheer Palin during Bragg book-signing (video at link)

    11/23/2009 7:01:55 PM PST · by markomalley · 45 replies · 3,220+ views
    WRAL Fayetteville ^ | 11/23/2009
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Thousands of people braved a cold, drizzly Monday for a chance to meet former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who was signing copies of her memoir at a Fort Bragg store. Some people camped out overnight, and the line snaked around the North Post-Exchange by the time Palin arrived at 11:15 a.m. The crowd chanted Palin's name when her "Going Rogue" tour bus pulled up outside the PX. "We love Sarah because she's a woman and she's smart," Sandra Harvath said. "She loves this country. I voted for her last time, and I'd vote for...
  • Cheers, Whistles and a Big Crowd Greet Sarah Palin at Fort Bragg

    11/23/2009 9:23:44 AM PST · by kristinn · 23 replies · 2,835+ views
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | Monday, November 23, 2009 | Staff Report
    Sarah Palin arrived at Fort Bragg this morning to a media mob and cheers from more than 1,000 people lined up for her book-signing event. About a dozen people had been waiting since Sunday. Palin's bus pulled up to the North Post Exchange just after 11:15 a.m. and the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate emerged in a black suit to cheers and whistles. As she passed the collected media, Palin was asked what she was thankful for this holiday season. "I'm thankful for the U.S. military, the best in the world," she said. The line to see Palin extended...
  • Sarah Palin arrives in Asheville NC to have Dinner with Billy Graham & Family

    11/22/2009 5:06:50 PM PST · by euram · 26 replies · 2,063+ views
    Buncombe County Republican Party ^ | 11-22-09 | Richard Bernier
    Sarah Palin comes to Asheville NC to have Dinner with Billy Graham & Family from richard bernier on Vimeo. Sarah Palin arrives in Asheville NC to have Dinner with Billy Graham & Family. 22 Nov 2009 - On a very short notice, Space Mountain Productions was advised that Mrs.Palin would be coming to Asheville to have dinner with Billy Graham & Familly. Mrs. Palin is on her book tour & will be in Fayetteville the next day to promote her book. Mrs.Palin arrived at 3:10pm & took a few questions & meet some supporters who had time to come to...
  • Sarah Palin to dine with Billy and Franklin Graham tonight

    11/22/2009 11:36:43 AM PST · by SolidWood · 30 replies · 2,054+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Nov. 22, 2009 | Tim Funk
    Sarah Palin, who will sign books Monday at Fort Bragg, plans a stopover in Montreat today to have dinner with 91-year-old Billy Graham and his son, Franklin Graham, who issued the invitation. "He just saw that she was going to be in the area and he said to come by," said Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for Franklin Graham. Former Alaska Gov. Palin, who was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, will fly into Asheville this afternoon, Blume said, and then go to Billy Graham's mountaintop home in Montreat for dinner. The Charlotte-born evangelist has never met Palin, who is...
  • Army relents, will allow media at Palin book event

    11/20/2009 5:23:10 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies · 916+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 20, 2009
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Army has reversed its position and now says it will open Sarah Palin's appearance on Fort Bragg to media despite fears the event will turn into political grandstanding against President Barack Obama. Fort Bragg officials said Friday in a news advisory that any interested media will be able to attend. A day earlier, a spokesman said media would be prevented from attending so the Palin book signing would not become a political platform to express opinions "directed against the commander in chief."
  • AP NewsBreak: Army keeping media from Palin event

    11/19/2009 6:15:45 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 42 replies · 2,179+ views
    AP ^ | 19 Nov 09 | MIKE BAKER
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Army plans to prevent media from covering Sarah Palin's appearance at Fort Bragg, fearing the event will turn into political grandstanding against President Barack Obama, officials said Thursday. Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum told The Associated Press that Bragg's garrison commander and other Army officials had decided to keep media away from Palin's book promotion. He said the Army did not want the Monday event to become a platform to express political opinions "directed against the commander in chief." "The main reason is to stop this from turning into a political platform," he said....
  • Army limits media access at Palin event at NC base

    11/19/2009 6:06:46 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies · 1,257+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 19, 2009
    The U.S. Army now says it will allow media limited access to Sarah Palin's appearance at Fort Bragg. The Associated Press and The Fayetteville Observer objected and the military changed its position slightly on Thursday night. It will grant a pool of reporters restricted access to Monday's appearance. Buckner said the setup will allow reporters their right to access .
  • Army Keeping Media From Palin Event (at Fort Bragg; Afraid of Obama's Wrath)

    11/19/2009 11:46:53 AM PST · by kristinn · 155 replies · 6,518+ views
    AP via Denver Post ^ | Thursday, November 19, 2009 | Mike Baker
    Army officials plan to prevent media from covering Sarah Palin's appearance at Fort Bragg on Monday, saying they fear the event will turn into political grandstanding against President Barack Obama. Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum told The Associated Press on Thursday that Army officials had decided to keep media away from Palin's book promotion at the North Carolina base. SNIP McCollum said the Army did not want the event to become a platform for Palin supporters to express political opinions "directed against the commander in chief."
  • Samurai Mind Training for Modern American Warriors (Brainwashing the military as CW2 Prep)

    09/07/2009 3:26:44 PM PDT · by blueglass · 53 replies · 1,981+ views
    Time via Yahoo ^ | 9-7-09 | BONNIE ROCHMAN
    Not long ago at Fort Bragg, N.C., the country's largest military base, seven soldiers sat in a semi-circle, lights dimmed, eyes closed, two fingertips lightly pressed beneath their belly buttons to activate their "core." Electronic music thumped as the soldiers tried to silence their thoughts, the key to Warrior Mind Training, a form of meditation slowly making inroads on military bases across the country. Think military and you think macho, not meditation, but that's about to change now that the Army intends to train its 1.1 million soldiers in the art of mental toughness.
  • Army to review Fort Bragg's punishment for wounded

    03/11/2009 3:22:29 PM PDT · by PurpleMan · 9 replies · 605+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11 March 09 | KEVIN MAURER
    The general in charge of the Army's more than 9,000 wounded soldiers said Wednesday he is ordering a review of how the ones at Fort Bragg are being punished for minor violations. Brig. Gen. Gary Cheek said he is asking the Army Surgeon General to look at all discipline that has been taken against soldiers in the base's Warrior Transition unit to make sure each case was fair.
  • Soldiers' return from Iraq sparks baby boom in US military town of Fort Bragg

    11/23/2008 11:14:43 PM PST · by Oakeshott · 10 replies · 873+ views
    Eight months later, in August, the heavily pregnant Rebekah began to notice that the military base at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where her husband is based, and the neighbouring town of Fayetteville were overrun with new and expectant mothers. Nature had taken its course when the legendary 82nd Airborne Division began returning home from Iraq, along with special operations forces also based at Fort Bragg, and the result is a baby boom, which has left hospitals straining to cope not with combat casualties but bouncing newborn infants. Last weekend Rebekah Sandelin, 32, was one of 1,000 mothers from Fort Bragg...
  • Army to execute soldier at Terre Haute Federal Prison

    11/21/2008 9:50:18 AM PST · by Military family member · 39 replies · 1,662+ views
    Tribune-Star ^ | November 21, 2008 | John Milburn
    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A former Army cook convicted of multiple rapes and murders is set to die next month in what would be the U.S. military's first execution in nearly 50 years. The military said Thursday that former North Carolina soldier Ronald A. Gray is to be executed Dec. 10 at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Gray was arrested in connection with four slayings and eight rapes in the Fayetteville, N.C., area between April 1986 and January 1987, while he was stationed at Fort Bragg. He was convicted of murdering two women.
  • Army Base Teems With Babies as Stork Lands With Airborne [The feel good news of the day...}

    11/15/2008 5:09:46 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies · 1,445+ views
    Army Base Teems With Babies as Stork Lands With Airborne By JULIE SCELFO FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Joanne Chavonne saw pregnant women everywhere in town, shopping at Target for diapers or dining at a Mexican restaurant. Then she heard that so many families were calling the medical clinic at nearby Fort Bragg for the results of pregnancy tests that the Army had to install an extra telephone line. And finally, over the summer, an administrator told her that the hospital on base was overrun with women in labor, and was delivering nearly 300 babies a month. “I was shocked,” said Ms....
  • Army trainee died from cottonmouth bites

    09/17/2008 9:41:54 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 83 replies · 2,179+ views
    AP via N&R ^ | 9/17/08 | AP
    FORT BRAGG (AP) — The Army says a Special Forces trainee found dead this summer during a land navigation exercise in North Carolina was bitten by a poisonous water moccasin, also known as a cottonmouth. The military said Wednesday the autopsy of 20-year-old Pfc. Norman M. Murburg of Dade City, Fla., ruled out heat or dehydration as a cause of death. Murburg was bitten multiple times while training at the Hoffman training area near Fort Bragg's Camp Mackall. Soldiers began searching for Murburg when he didn't return from the exercise. His body was found June 10. Authorities met with Murburg's...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush... (Photos and news) 05-22-08

    05/22/2008 6:43:31 PM PDT · by snugs · 47 replies · 192+ views
    Today the President visited soldiers at Ft. Bragg, N.C., home of the 82nd Airborne Division. Pray for President Bush -- Day 2807 Today Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband talked to employees at the Google Inc. headquarters in Mountain View, California Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Bush Praises 82nd Paratroopers, Families, Veterans at Fort Bragg

    05/22/2008 6:22:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 153+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 22, 2008 – President Bush saluted thousands of soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division during his visit to Fort Bragg, N.C., today. The president cited the soldiers’ distinguished service in Afghanistan and Iraq. “This is the first time since 2006 that five brigades from your division have assembled together,” Bush remarked to troops after performing an in-ranks review of the division. Many of the paratroopers Bush addressed had recently completed 15-month deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. “We’ve asked a lot of you,” Bush told the soldiers, noting they’ve “achieved difficult objectives in a new kind...
  • Army targets 8 bases for immediate barracks repairs after worldwide inspections

    05/10/2008 12:05:11 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 31 replies · 3,167+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 5/9/08 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The U.S. Army said Friday it will immediately repair barracks at eight facilities in the wake of inspection at bases worldwide. The inspections were done the last week of April and covered nearly 150,000 barracks rooms. They found that 45 repairs needed priority attention, including new heating and cooling equipment, repainting, mold removal and other work. Army Secretary Pete Geren has said that $248 million in emergency funds has been appropriated to fix problems found during the inspections. The Army on Friday identified eight installations that will get priority attention: Fort Polk, La.; Fort Gordon, Ga.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort...
  • The disgusting conditions in the barracks at Fort Bragg

    05/03/2008 10:19:59 AM PDT · by vvpete · 9 replies · 129+ views
    May 3, 2008 | M. K. Freeberg
    Watch the YouTube clip in this post... http://mkfreeberg.webloggin.com/barracks/ ...and then take what you think would be the appropriate action.
  • Fort Bragg soldier awarded Distinguished Service Cross

    04/30/2008 4:30:23 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 1 replies · 155+ views
    The Fayetteville Observer ^ | April 30, 2008 | ap
    A Fort Bragg soldier who crawled 200 feet while being fired upon to save a wounded colleague and then led a group of besieged soldiers to safety has received the Distinguished Service Cross. Master Sgt. Brendan O'Connor received the cross in a ceremony Wednesday at Fort Bragg for his actions in Afghanistan. The cross is the Army's second-highest award for combat valor, behind only the Medal of Honor. O'Connor was honored for his actions during a battle in 2006 in southern Afghanistan. He is assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group. The unit is based at Fort Bragg, a massive...
  • Observer interview: Clinton calls for hearing on Fort Bragg's aging barracks

    04/29/2008 8:39:36 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 18 replies · 70+ views
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | 4/29/08 | John Ramsey
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an interview today that she will call for a congressional hearing in response to an online video showing poor living conditions at barracks on Fort Bragg. The Fayetteville Observer first reported last Friday that the father of a soldier uploaded a video to YouTube showing peeling paint, exposed pipes, mildewed ceilings and showers, a broken toilet seat and a bathroom floor covered in sewage because of a clogged drain. Since last week, the video has logged more than 91,000 views on YouTube. In a phone interview this afternoon with the Observer, Clinton said from Indiana...
  • Fort Bragg soldiers come home to worn out unsafe housing

    04/29/2008 5:10:33 PM PDT · by oneolcop · 22 replies · 535+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 29, 2008 | Robert Burns
    Army widens probe after finding bad conditions at Fort Bragg By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer 31 minutes ago WASHINGTON - Army officials said Tuesday they are inspecting every barracks building worldwide to see whether plumbing and other problems revealed at Fort Bragg, N.C., last week are widespread. ADVERTISEMENT Brig. Gen. Dennis Rogers, who is responsible for maintaining barracks throughout the Army, told reporters at the Pentagon that most inspections were done last weekend but he had not seen final results. While not providing specifics about problems discovered during the weekend inspections, Rogers indicated some deficiencies were corrected. In cases...
  • Dad's Video of Army Barracks Filth Gets Results

    04/28/2008 10:20:22 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 113 replies · 773+ views
    http://www.abcnews.go.com ^ | April 28,2008 | By MARCUS BARAM
    Ed Frawley Posted Video on YouTube to Expose Conditions at Fort Bragg When Edward Frawley went to welcome home his 22-year-old son, who was returning from a tour of duty with the 82nd Airborne Division in the mountains of Afghanistan, he was in for a shock. Not to hear the stories about Jeff's battles with insurgents, but to witness his son's current living conditions at Fort Bragg, N.C. So, Frawley did what any concerned citizen does — he posted a video on YouTube two weeks ago, containing still photos of moldy ceiling panels, broken toilet seats, backed up sewage water...
  • Three Arrested On Immigration Violations In Ammunition Disposal Case

    02/17/2008 8:42:08 AM PST · by AuntB · 12 replies · 91+ views
    WITN TV ^ | Feb. 15, 2008 | Dave Jordan
    Authorities now have three people under arrest as they conduct an investigation into unspent anti-tank shells found in a Raleigh metal scrap yard. A federal agent says three Hispanic men were being held on immigration violations, but declined to elaborate about the case. Disposal operations ended Friday at the plant. Raleigh police said Army experts detonated 34 explosive devices. Sanford police say they found similar shells at one man's home and were told it came from the Fort Bragg area. Two workers at Raleigh Metals Processors were injured Tuesday when one of the munitions exploded as they sorted through the...
  • Christmas Miracle: Soldiers Fly Home for Holidays for Free

    12/23/2007 11:56:52 AM PST · by NCjim · 23 replies · 146+ views
    WRAL ^ | December 23, 2007
    <p>Fort Bragg — Southwest Airlines picked up the tab to fly 180 soldiers temporarily stationed at Fort Bragg home to Texas for the holidays.</p> <p>The members of the Texas National Guard were stationed at Fort Bragg and expected to be deployed to Afghanistan before the holidays, said John Lucy, assistant director of the United Service Organization's center at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.</p>
  • Green Berets Face Hearing on Killing of Suspect in Afghan Village

    09/23/2007 6:40:25 AM PDT · by bigheadfred · 46 replies · 234+ views
    New York Times ^ | Published: September 18, 2007 | PAUL von ZIELBAUER
    FORT BRAGG, N.C., Sept. 17 — From his position about 100 yards away, Master Sgt. Troy Anderson had a clear shot at the Afghan man standing outside a residential compound in a village near the Pakistan border last October. When Capt. Dave Staffel, the Special Forces officer in charge, gave the order to shoot, Sergeant Anderson fired a bullet into the man’s head, killing him. In June, Captain Staffel and Sergeant Anderson were charged with premeditated murder. On Tuesday, in a rare public examination of the rules that govern the actions of Special Operations troops in Afghanistan, a military hearing...