March 11, 2013 |
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - On his way home from Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had planned to stop Monday at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the U.S.-run hospital in Germany where thousands of American soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan have been treated over the last decade. But the visit was canceled when Hagel's staff learned no Americans were being treated for combat wounds there now, a military official said. Only three U.S. military personnel have been killed in combat since January, and about 60 have been wounded.
March 1, 2013 |
Two American sailors will be imprisoned for the rape and robbery of a young woman in Okinawa, a crime that has renewed opposition to the heavy U.S. military presence on the Japanese island. The Naha court on Friday sentenced 24-year-old Christopher Browning to 10 years and 23-year-old Skyler Dozierwalker to nine years for the October assault on a woman who was walking home from work early in the morning, according to Japanese news reports. The attack was captured on security cameras.
December 23, 2012 |
My soldier son called last month to wish his mother and me a happy Thanksgiving. My iPhone buzzed and there he was, sitting in a gun tower, his smiling face bathed in gauzy infrared light, an M249 machine gun propped at the ready behind him. For security reasons, we didn't talk about his location. It could've been Afghanistan, Iraq or Kuwait. He's spent the better part of this year serving in all three. His infantry company will soon be rotated back to the United States after a one-year deployment.
December 20, 2012 |
Forget the demise of “don't ask, don't tell.” Something even bigger is, er, brewing in our armed forces, or at least in the Marine Corps. Semper fi is going kinda dry. As my colleague Tony Perry reported Thursday: Starting next month, Marines at Camp Pendleton and other bases will be subject to random Breathalyzer tests twice a year under what is billed as the toughest anti-drinking policy in the U.S. military. An order issued last week by Lt. Gen. R.E. Milstead Jr., deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs, calls for any Marine or sailor who tests positive at .01% or higher to be referred for counseling.
November 10, 2012 |
Red Lion Hotel Anaheim is preparing for a little military fanfare this Veterans Day. The hotel offers members of the military a free night's stay, a special turkey dinner buffet at reduced prices and free s'mores around the pool. Why? To say thank you, something we should all do, and not just on Veterans Day. The deal: Active, former and retired military personnel may make a reservation for a free stay on Sunday at the 308-room hotel near Disneyland . The Military Appreciation dinner -- turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, pies -- costs $12 per person and $9 for children younger than 10. Make reservations at (714)
October 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Ohio's Republican leaders who sought to block early voting there on the final weekend before election day. The justices without comment turned down an emergency appeal filed by Secretary of State Jon Husted. The court's action leaves intact rulings from two federal courts in Ohio that require the state to open the polls for all voters, including military personnel, on the Saturday, Sunday...