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June 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO -- Five male staff sergeants at Camp Pendleton face dismissal from the Marine Corps after being convicted of fraternization with a female lance corporal, Marine officials said Monday. After a court-martial, one of the five received a bad conduct discharge. Another pleaded guilty to fraternization and adultery and waived his right to an administrative hearing to avoid being dismissed. Three others were convicted of fraternization at court-martial and were recommended for administrative separation from the Marine Corps for "commission of a serious offense.
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June 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The U.S. Army staff sergeant accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians in two villages pleaded guilty Wednesday in a move expected to spare him from the death penalty. And when a military judge asked Robert Bales, 39, why he slaughtered the men, women and children outside Camp Belambay in southern Afghanistan on March 11, 2012, Bales gave his first and only public explanation for the attack. "Sir, as far as why: I've asked that question a million times since then," said Bales, according to the Associated Press.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2013 | By Tony Perry
An Air Force staff sergeant from a base in Northern California has been killed in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Sunday. Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, east of Sacramento, was among four Air Force personnel killed Saturday near Kandahar in the crash of an MC-12 surveillance aircraft. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but initial reporting indicates no enemy activity in the area, the Air Force said. Dickson was assigned to the 306th Intelligence Squadron at Beale Air Force Base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO -- Five male staff sergeants at Camp Pendleton face dismissal from the Marine Corps after being convicted of fraternization with a female lance corporal, Marine officials said Monday. After a court-martial, one of the five received a bad conduct discharge. Another pleaded guilty to fraternization and adultery and waived his right to an administrative hearing to avoid being dismissed. Three others were convicted of fraternization at court-martial and were recommended for administrative separation from the Marine Corps for "commission of a serious offense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
When Russell Jeremiah Proctor was a child, his father often pushed him to excel because he thought his son could grow up to be a leader, according to family members. Proctor, 25, of Oroville , north of Sacramento, eventually joined the Army and became a staff sergeant. He was on his third deployment to Iraq when he was killed in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, on June 26. Army officials said Proctor and another soldier were killed by an improvised explosive device.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2011 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Kristofferson Bernardo Lorenzo would drive for hours for two passions: Filipino food and the company of friends. The Army staff sergeant who left Manila as a child had a perennial smile, said those who knew him. Lorenzo, who was married and the father of two young boys, was also a whiz mechanic, fixing buddies' brakes in exchange for a good meal or some laughs, said his wife, Leah Liza Lorenzo. A 33-year-old infantryman from Chula Vista , Lorenzo was killed with three other soldiers May 23 in eastern Kunar province, Afghanistan, when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.
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March 16, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - In Afghanistan, Tonya Long, a 13-year Army veteran, approved military cash payments to Afghan drivers of "jingle trucks," the colorful transport trucks that carry supplies to U.S. bases. Last week, Staff Sgt. Long stood in the dock in a federal courtroom here and read aloud from a statement she had written on notebook paper: "I cannot express how sorry I am … I chose to betray my country and my family. " She did not ask for mercy, she told a judge, "because I don't deserve it. " Long, 30, had pleaded guilty to stealing at least $1 million and shipping the cash in hundred-dollar bills to the U.S. in the guts of hollowed-out VCR players.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
CAMP PENDLETON - A female Marine was convicted Wednesday of "attempted adultery" and lying to investigators in a case involving allegations of sexual misconduct and alcohol abuse in the enlisted ranks. The Marine, a staff sergeant with 17 years' service, could receive a year in the brig and a bad-conduct discharge when the judge, Lt. Col. Leon Francis, announces the sentence Thursday. She was convicted of attempting "to have sexual intercourse with … a man not her husband," but she was acquitted of adultery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2010
The Defense Department last week identified the following American military personnel killed in Afghanistan: David H. Gutierrez, 35, of San Francisco; staff sergeant, Army. Gutierrez died Dec. 25 at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near him in the village of Howz-e Madad, southwest of Kabul. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash. Jason M. Johnston, 24, of Albion, N.Y.; specialist, Army.
SPORTS
July 9, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
BONSALL, Calif. — America's best race walker is standing in the corner of his kitchen kneading three bags of buttered microwave popcorn into a lumpy mound of yellow dough already thick with malted milk balls, peanut butter and toffee. But that's not the main part of this cookie recipe — or any of the others John Nunn has thrown together. Because standing beside him is the secret ingredient he says makes his unusual concoctions work: his ponytailed 8-year-old daughter, Ella. "She taste-tests it. She runs the show," Nunn says.
NATIONAL
May 29, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has agreed to plead guilty to the killing of 16 Afghan civilians who were shot to death in their homes outside a U.S. Army outpost in a violent rampage his lawyers have said was brought on by stress fueled with alcohol and drugs. Bales, 39, will enter the plea June 5 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state as part of an agreement in which the government will not seek the death penalty, according to his lawyer, John Henry Browne. "I didn't think we'd be getting to this point, but if they take the death penalty off the table, we're able to work it out," Browne said in an interview.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2013 | By Tony Perry
An Air Force staff sergeant from a base in Northern California has been killed in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Sunday. Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, east of Sacramento, was among four Air Force personnel killed Saturday near Kandahar in the crash of an MC-12 surveillance aircraft. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but initial reporting indicates no enemy activity in the area, the Air Force said. Dickson was assigned to the 306th Intelligence Squadron at Beale Air Force Base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
CAMP PENDLETON - A female Marine was convicted Wednesday of "attempted adultery" and lying to investigators in a case involving allegations of sexual misconduct and alcohol abuse in the enlisted ranks. The Marine, a staff sergeant with 17 years' service, could receive a year in the brig and a bad-conduct discharge when the judge, Lt. Col. Leon Francis, announces the sentence Thursday. She was convicted of attempting "to have sexual intercourse with … a man not her husband," but she was acquitted of adultery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A Marine is on trial at Camp Pendleton on charges of committing adultery and then lying to investigators by saying she was drunk and had been raped. Under military law, adultery can lead to a bad-conduct discharge and a year in the brig. Although adultery has long been a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, cases of prosecution are rare, officials said. According to the official charge sheet at the special court martial, the defendant, a staff sergeant, had sex with another staff sergeant at or near Temecula on March 2 of last year.
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March 16, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - In Afghanistan, Tonya Long, a 13-year Army veteran, approved military cash payments to Afghan drivers of "jingle trucks," the colorful transport trucks that carry supplies to U.S. bases. Last week, Staff Sgt. Long stood in the dock in a federal courtroom here and read aloud from a statement she had written on notebook paper: "I cannot express how sorry I am … I chose to betray my country and my family. " She did not ask for mercy, she told a judge, "because I don't deserve it. " Long, 30, had pleaded guilty to stealing at least $1 million and shipping the cash in hundred-dollar bills to the U.S. in the guts of hollowed-out VCR players.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2012 | By Kim Murphy and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - Most everyone was asleep when an Afghan guard at a U.S. military camp spotted the American soldier walking out the southern gate into the quiet chill of the desert. A general alarm had been sounded by the time he returned and laid his weapon on the ground. What happened that night, U.S. authorities say, was one of the most horrific massacres of the war in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, a spit-polished and personable veteran of four deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, is accused of murdering 16 villagers and attempting to kill at least six others.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2000
What a great article on the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service ("Lifelines to Home on the Air," by Brian Lowry, July 2)! As the former art director of the network, I remember attending industry functions and conventions, and being met with a collection of snickers, stares of disbelief and outright denial. While I now have a great job with a major cable network, it will never compare with the five years I spent as a staff sergeant in the Army watching the network go from a simple program provider to "the greatest network you've never seen."
SPORTS
July 9, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
BONSALL, Calif. — America's best race walker is standing in the corner of his kitchen kneading three bags of buttered microwave popcorn into a lumpy mound of yellow dough already thick with malted milk balls, peanut butter and toffee. But that's not the main part of this cookie recipe — or any of the others John Nunn has thrown together. Because standing beside him is the secret ingredient he says makes his unusual concoctions work: his ponytailed 8-year-old daughter, Ella. "She taste-tests it. She runs the show," Nunn says.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
In her first media interview, Karilyn Bales - wife of the Army staff sergeant accused of murdering 17 Afghan civilians - says it's hard for her to believe her husband could have committed the killings. She also says she didn't notice behavior indicating that he could be suffering from post-traumatic  stress disorder. “This is not him. It's not him,” she told NBC's "Today" show in an interview near her home in Washington state. She described the 38-year-old soldier as a man who loved children and who wanted to avoid further combat deployments in order to spend more time with his own two kids.
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