November 26, 2010 |
The insurgent took what he must have thought was a lucky shot. His rocket-propelled grenade smashed into a bladder full of 63,000 gallons of diesel fuel, sending a fireball 1,000 feet skyward, destroying 10 "mine-resistant ambush-protected" vehicles and raining metal over the base. Troops on this base in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province labored in a 6-inch-deep river of slowly igniting fuel to prevent broader damage. Miraculously, no one was seriously hurt. "There was a higher being watching out for us that day," said Army 1st Lt. Anthony Goble.
November 22, 2005 |
Romania's former defense minister said Monday that parts of an air base used by U.S. troops during the Iraq war were off-limits to Romanian authorities, but he could not determine whether prisoners had been held there. The Mihail Kogalniceanu military airfield near the Black Sea, which was used by the Americans in 2003, had "a handful of two-people tents used by special forces" from which Romanian officials were barred, the ex-minister, Ioan Mircea Pascu, told Associated Press. He said the U.S.
September 26, 2005 |
Stumping for the nation's first female president, Susan Estrich is forming a different kind of party. Estrich -- USC law professor, author and longtime Democratic insider -- has invited about 50 area VIPs to a "house party" at her Hancock Park home, promoting ABC's Tuesday premiere of "Commander in Chief." The series stars Geena Davis as President Mackenzie Allen, who struggles to balance hectic workdays in the Oval Office with the harried demands of motherhood.
June 17, 2005 |
An airbase with no runways may be the perfect takeoff spot for an unusual public-private real estate development. One key reason that Los Angeles Air Force Base avoided being included on the Pentagon's proposed base closure list released last month was the complex deal that is bringing new offices for the military and homes for the South Bay.
January 10, 2002 |
The cells are boxes of chain-link fence with concrete floors and thick-planked wood roofs. The beds are mats on the floor. The jailers are gun-toting infantrymen, military police with attack-trained German shepherds and artillerymen in Humvees. And the inmates are "the worst of the worst," said the prison's commander--the toughest of the Al Qaeda and Taliban members currently held by the U.S. military in Afghanistan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2000 |
For years, the Los Alamitos community and the Armed Forces Reserve Center (located in its backyard) have forged some very important ties. The city's Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza has been held there the past 14 years and last year attracted about 25,000 spectators.