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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 13, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Criminal charges against a staff sergeant in the drowning death of a Marine at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot have been dismissed, officials announced Thursday. Staff Sgt. Fernando Galvan will no longer face charges of negligent homicide and dereliction of duty in the 2005 death of Staff Sgt. Andrew Gonzales. Staff Sgt. David Roughan and Staff Sgt. Duane Dishon were acquitted of similar charges during courts-martial.
October 12, 2006 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Three years after insurgents appeared as a potent force in Iraq, the U.S. military has begun to expand its counterinsurgency training by focusing more closely on younger service members and junior officers. The new emphasis on training the lower ranks reflects the growing view among top commanders that the war cannot be won by military might alone and that U.S. troops at all levels must be taught how to win the allegiance of the local population.
September 8, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The United States signed a military cooperation pact with Serbia, despite strains over Belgrade's failure to help bring suspected Bosnian Serb war criminals to justice. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Serbian President Boris Tadic signed the agreement, which would allow the U.S. military to train Serbian forces and conduct exchange programs. U.S. officials played down the pact, suggesting initial cooperation was likely to focus on such things as civilian relations with the military.
July 8, 2006 | From the Associated Press
President Hamid Karzai on Friday urged neighbor Pakistan to stop militants from training on its soil, as a coalition soldier was killed in fighting in southern Afghanistan. Karzai blamed foreign terrorists for a recent surge in violence and called on Pakistan to dismantle terrorist training grounds on its soil. Pakistan, a former Taliban backer and now a key ally in the U.S.-declared war on terrorism, denies granting sanctuary to the militants.
April 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The U.S. military has spent only 40% of the $7 billion appropriated in 2005 for the training of security forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, a top Pentagon priority that is a linchpin for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. The slow pace of spending was outlined in a congressional report that also raised questions about whether the Pentagon needs the full $5.9 billion it has requested for training this year in an emergency spending bill that is pending in Congress.
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