March 19, 2013 |
HAWTHORNE, Nev. - As the U.S. has fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps has considered the sprawling and remote Hawthorne Army Depot an invaluable site for realistic training - its wide-open spaces supporting live-fire exercises, its climate, elevation and terrain similar to much of Afghanistan. But with realism comes danger. On Monday night a 60-millimeter mortar round exploded at the facility outside Reno, killing at least seven Marines and injuring eight - seven Marines and a Navy corpsman.
January 17, 2013 |
LONDON - The European Union on Thursday authorized sending a military training mission to Mali to help the African nation fend off the Islamist rebels that have taken over a broad swath of territory. The EU said the mission would provide instruction to the Malian army on matters of command and control, logistics, civilian protection and humanitarian law. It would not involve combat. [Updated 8:05 a.m. Jan. 17: EU foreign ministers said they hoped to launch the training mission to Mali by mid-February at the latest.
October 7, 2012 |
The Warrior's Heart A memoir By Eric Greitens Houghton Mifflin, 288 pp.: $16.99, for ages 12 and up Eric Greitens came from the humblest of beginnings to become a Rhodes scholar, a national boxing champion, a PhD, a Navy SEAL, an Iraq war veteran, a humanitarian and a bestselling author from writing about his experiences. Now the 38-year-old is back with "The Warrior's Heart," a young-adult adaptation of his bestselling memoir for adults, "The Heart and the Fist," that offers living proof of its tag line: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage.
April 25, 2012 |
The trip wires rigged to potentially deadly booby traps in a popular Utah recreation area were so slender they were practically invisible to the average eye. But James Schoeffler's eyes are not average. During his tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was Schoeffler's job to find such trip wires and dismantle the explosive devices to which they were attached. He never expected to find himself doing the same job in a forest in Utah. Authorities are lauding Schoeffler as a hero after he spotted trip wires to a pair of deadly traps just off Big Springs Trail in Provo Canyon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2011 |
Some of the most fearsome military personnel in the world train on this rocky, windswept island: Marine infantry and Navy SEALs. But the largest mammal native to the island ? average size, 3 to 4 pounds ? is not afraid of them at all. That's a problem on a 22-mile-long island with a ship-to-shore/air-to-ground bombardment range on its south end, beaches for amphibious assault training on the north and a heavily traveled road down its spine. The San Clemente Island fox ( Urocyon littoralis )
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December 13, 2010 |
For years this tiny desert town in western Imperial County has been a haven for retirees and others who desire a slow and quiet existence. Howard Kelly, 62, a Vietnam War veteran, moved here to escape the urban noise that triggers his incapacitating post-traumatic stress disorder. Joseph Asciutto, 64, a retired firefighter from San Diego, built a home in this stark landscape he visited as a boy and grew to love, and which he now calmly observes from a lawn chair on his front porch.