CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2000 |
When the U.S. Army wanted to capture Adolf Hitler late in World War II, Aaron Bank organized a mission to accomplish the task. It was aborted only at the last minute when intelligence reports indicated that the German leader had committed suicide in Berlin. Before the Allied invasion of Europe, Bank fought with the French resistance in Southern France. Later, he ran missions into Indochina.
November 30, 2004 |
An Army general and six other soldiers were killed Monday when the Army Black Hawk helicopter ferrying them across central Texas crashed after striking a wire used to stabilize a television broadcast tower, military and law enforcement officials said. "The site is unbelievable," said McLennan County Justice of the Peace Raymond N. Britton, one of the first officials to reach the wreckage. "It just disintegrated. It looks like there is nothing left." There were no survivors.
November 8, 2007 |
A U.S. Army sergeant who testified in September that he executed an Iraqi on orders from his platoon's senior sniper told the soldier's court-martial Wednesday that he now remembers little about the incident. The witness, Sgt. Evan Vela, and the defendant, Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley, stand at the center of the controversy over the killing of three Iraqis south of Baghdad in the spring. Testifying Sept.
October 30, 2005 |
A clam-dredging operation off the coast of New Jersey last summer pulled up an old artillery shell. The long-submerged World War I-era explosive was filled with a black, tar-like substance. Bomb-disposal technicians from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware were brought in to dismantle the shell, and they found it was filled with mustard gas in solid form. Three of the technicians were injured.
March 30, 2006 |
The Army has a message for the growing legions of flamboyantly tattooed American teens: Uncle Sam even wants you. Facing one of the worst recruiting climates in the allvolunteer military's history, the Army has decided to relax standards that dictate which parts of a soldier can be festooned with body art. Specifically, the service will accept recruits with tattoos on their neck and hands.
October 4, 2005 |
Facing recruiting shortages brought on by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has decided to accept a greater number of recruits who score near the bottom of military aptitude tests, the secretary of the Army said Monday. Coming off a recruiting year in which the Army fell short of its goal of 80,000 active-duty soldiers, Army Secretary Francis J.
March 14, 2001 |
Denora Borja is a working mother in San Mateo, Calif., with three children. So why is she featured in a U.S. Army recruitment commercial running on Spanish-language television? "Our research tells us that we've got to do things differently to appeal to the Latino market," said Maj. Gen. Dennis D. Cavin, commander of the Army Recruiting Command. "You have to recognize that the mother is a dominant influence in Latino families in terms of big decisions."
October 3, 1987 |
The Senate, anticipating a U.S.-Soviet agreement to eliminate all intermediate-range nuclear missiles, on Friday approved a first step toward modernizing part of this country's arsenal of shorter-range nuclear weapons on the European continent. Accepting arguments that improving such weapons could help compensate for those to be destroyed under the treaty, the Senate agreed to let the Army begin studying the need for a nuclear warhead for its Tactical Missile System--known by the acronym ATACMS.
May 10, 1992 |
Four thousand Army soldiers and Marines sent to quell the recent week's civil disorders were sent home Saturday from riot-scarred Los Angeles, leaving the streets patrolled by National Guard units and a battle-weary police force demoralized by public bickering over their readiness and performance during the unrest.
January 28, 1991 |
American commanders have warned Army doctors that some front-line U.S. combat units can be expected to suffer casualties of 10% over 30 days under current plans for a ground offensive against Iraq, according to officers familiar with the official estimate.