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October 10, 2007 | Peter Spiegel and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
Absorbing the lessons of a troubled war, U.S. military officials have begun an intense debate over proposals for a sweeping reorganization of the Army to address shortcomings that have plagued the force in Iraq and to abandon some war-fighting principles that have prevailed since the Cold War. On one side of the widening debate are officers who want many Army units to become specialized, so that entire units or even divisions are dedicated to training foreign militaries.
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September 11, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- A drill instructor whose motto was "pain retains" kicked, hit and cursed recruits and forced an injured recruit to perform strenuous exercises that made his injury worse, a Marine prosecutor alleged Monday at the instructor's court-martial. Sgt. Mark A. Delarosa made a recruit with a fractured ankle repeatedly stomp his foot and taunted him with, "Does it hurt? Good. I don't care. Stomp your feet," the prosecutor told the jury at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A fourth drill instructor has been criminally charged in the alleged abuse of recruits at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot here, officials said Friday. Iraq veteran Sgt. Mark A. Delarosa, 25, is facing court-martial on charges of assault, cruelty and maltreatment, violating an order and making false statements. The trial, set to begin Monday, is listed as a special court-martial, meaning that he faces a maximum of one year in the brig.
NATIONAL
May 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Military officials announced they were suspending training at an aerial bombing range where a flare dropped from a military jet may have caused a 27-square-mile wildfire. The Air Force also said it had convened an accident investigation board to investigate how the blaze began on the Warren Grove Gunnery Range. New Jersey Air National Guard officials said the fire might have been sparked by a flare dropped from an F-16 into the dry Pinelands during a training mission Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A Marine general has ordered a review of training procedures after an investigation blamed the shooting death of a corporal on a failure to follow safety procedures during an exercise meant to simulate fighting in Iraq. Cpl. Seth Algrim, who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was killed Oct. 30 during a night training exercise. Sgt. Caleb P. Hohman shot Algrim twice, including once in the head, according to a military investigative report.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Air Force's top general expressed frustration on Tuesday with the reassignment of troops under his command to ground jobs for which they were not trained, including guarding prisoners, driving trucks and typing. Gen. T. Michael "Buzz" Moseley, the Air Force chief of staff, said that more than 20,000 airmen had been assigned to roles outside their specialties. In a breakfast session with reporters, Moseley said he was trying to be realistic. "We live in a military that's at war.
WORLD
April 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
In a video shown on national television, an army instructor orders a soldier to envision himself in the Bronx facing hostile blacks while firing his machine gun, prompting a Defense Ministry investigation of training tactics in Germany's conscript army. The New York borough president demanded an apology from the German military.
WORLD
January 14, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
On a sandy promontory overlooking the desert that stretches to Syria and Jordan in western Iraq, U.S. Army officers and Iraqi police officials were discussing the future. The Americans' concept of the future involved the Iraqis taking responsibility for catching insurgent smugglers and bomb-makers along the two freeways that stretch from the border region to Baghdad. The future starts now, Capt. Ian Lauer told Iraqi police Col.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2006 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Lynann Edkin of Muscatine, Iowa, scanned the young Marines a hundred yards or so away on the parade deck. All were very young and dressed in the same uniform. Edkin was looking for her son, David Knowles, 20. The last time she had seen him was when he had left for boot camp 13 weeks earlier. Now it was graduation day. In all, a dozen of Knowles' family members stood searching for him, most wearing bright red Marine Corps T-shirts and sweatshirts.
WORLD
November 3, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Iran's Revolutionary Guard fired missiles carrying cluster warheads at the start of 10 days of military maneuvers, state television reported. Tehran had said the maneuvers, which will include drills in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, were to demonstrate "defensive strength." Days before, the United States had led naval exercises in the Persian Gulf to practice blocking the transport of weapons of mass destruction.
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