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75th anniversary of Dieppe

75th anniversary of Dieppe

| August 19, 2017 | 2 Comments

Seventy-five years ago today, more than 900 Canadian soldiers died on the beach at Dieppe, France in the precursor to the Normandy invasion, on what CTV News calls the bloodiest day for Canadians during World War II. Of the nearly 5,000 Canadians who took part in the raid, 916 were killed and more than half […]

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Jesus Cantu pleads guilty for role in Fat Leonard case

Jesus Cantu pleads guilty for role in Fat Leonard case

| August 19, 2017 | 3 Comments

Stars & Stripes reports that former Navy Captain Jesus Cantu became the 19th person convicted in the Fat Leonard mess when he pleaded guilty yesterday; Cantu admitted taking bribes and prostitutes from Francis until 2013, when he was serving as deputy commander of the Military Sealift Command’s Far East division in Singapore. According to the […]

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SSG Aaron R. Butler passes

SSG Aaron R. Butler passes

| August 19, 2017 | 7 Comments

The Department of Defense reports that Staff Sergeant Aaron R. Butler was killed in an IED explosion while he was battling ISIS in Afghanistan this week; The Department of Defense announced [yesterday] the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Staff Sgt. Aaron R. Butler, 27, of Monticello, Utah, died Aug. 16 […]

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Washington Post: After Charlottesville, the U.S. military grapples with its history of racism and extremism

Washington Post: After Charlottesville, the U.S. military grapples with its history of racism and extremism

| August 19, 2017 | 62 Comments

Dan Lamothe who currently works at the Washington Post wrote an article today entitled “After Charlottesville, the U.S. military grapples with its history of racism and extremism” which really doesn’t say much of anything about the military grappling with racism or extremism. Speaking from my two decades of service in the military, I’d have to […]

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Saturday morning feel good stories

Saturday morning feel good stories

| August 19, 2017 | 3 Comments

From Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota; A man who was trying to rob a Verizon Wireless store in Inver Grove Heights on Thursday morning was shot by a clerk during an exchange of gunfire, police said. The man, who is believed to be in his mid to late 20s, has several gunshot wounds and was taken […]

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Weekend open thread

Weekend open thread

| August 18, 2017 | 120 Comments

This week’s pictures come from the camera of Ex-PH2.

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Terror in Spain

Terror in Spain

| August 18, 2017 | 28 Comments

It looks like another terrorist attack was foiled by Spanish police near Barcelona in the town of Cambrils according to BBC. Seven people, including a police officer, were wounded when a car was driven into them early on Friday, Catalan emergency services said. One later died in hospital. The attackers’ vehicle overturned and when the […]

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FITZGERALD officers “detached for cause”

FITZGERALD officers “detached for cause”

| August 18, 2017 | 55 Comments

Mick and Chief Tango send us links to the news about the firing of three folks commanding the USS FITZGERALD after the ship collided with a Filipino ship, ACX Crystal, last month. According to Fox News, commanding officer, Commander Bryce Benson; the executive officer, Commander Sean Babbitt; and Master Chief Petty Officer Brice Baldwin were […]

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