Rockets fire at US base in Syria from Iraq
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by Nicholas Slayton
9h ago
FILE: U.S. soldiers stand near an armored military vehicle on the outskirts of Rumaylan in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province, bordering Turkey, on March 27, 2023. (Delil Souleiman /AFP via Getty Images). For the first time in more than a month, Iraqi militants fired rockets at U.S. forces in the Middle East. Five rockets were launched from inside Iraq at a U.S. base inside northeastern Syria, Iraqi security forces announced Sunday night.  The attack took place at roughly 9:50 p.m. local time, with the rockets fired from the town of Zummar, northwest from Mosul and relatively close to ..read more
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National Guard delays staffing changes for Alaska Air National Guard
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by Nicholas Slayton
13h ago
Alaska Air National Guard pararescuemen assigned to the 212th Rescue Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard, conduct a freefall jump out of a of a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 144th Airlift Squadron, over the Pacific Ocean near Homer, Alaska, March 3, Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Farnsworth. The National Guard’s country-wide plan to level out personnel numbers is being pushed back a year for Alaska’s Air National Guard. Instead of going into effect this October, the National Guard Bureau will push implementing the new changes to Sept. 30, 2025. That delay, Alaska’s congressiona ..read more
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Military court finds US sailor guilty of attempted espionage
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by Nicholas Slayton
1d ago
The USS Higgins (photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carla Ocampo/U.S. Navy). A sailor who previously served in Japan aboard a guided-missile destroyer was found guilty in a court martial of sharing classified defense information with representatives of a foreign government.  A military court found Chief Petty Officer Bryce Pedicini guilty on Friday, April 19, according to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. He was convicted on counts of attempted espionage, failure to obey a lawful order and attempted violation of a lawful general order. The decision came after a seve ..read more
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How ‘Civil War’ brought its combat to life
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by Nicholas Slayton
2d ago
'Civil War' (photo courtesy A24). Alex Garland’s “Civil War” is now in theaters and it’s one of most gripping and tense films of the year. Imagining the United States torn apart in a modern civil war, with the Western Forces, Florida Alliance and others fighting against states loyal to a dictator, it looks at the last days of the combat against the federal government.  It’s an intense and gripping film, showing the devastation of just what a modern civil war would do to the U.S., and what the possible endgame would look like if a dictator fell. Whatever a viewer might take away from the ..read more
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Recon Marine killed in training accident identified
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by Nicholas Slayton
2d ago
Sgt. Colin Arslanbas (photo courtesy 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force). A Marine in to a specially trained Reconnaissance unit was killed in a training accident late Thursday night near Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, the service said in a statement. Sgt. Colin Arslanbas, a Reconnaissance Marine with the Maritime Special Purpose Force, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was taking part in a training exercise in Carteret County, North Carolina, just after 11 p.m. on Thursday night, April 18 when he died in what the Marine Corps said was a training accident. The accident is currently under investiga ..read more
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US agrees to pull troops from Niger
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by Nicholas Slayton
2d ago
Protesters react as a man holds up a sign demanding that soldiers from the United States Army leave Niger without negotiation during a demonstration in Niamey, on April 13, 2024. Thousands of people demonstrated on April 13, 2024 in Niger's capital Niamey to demand the immediate departure of American soldiers based in northern Niger, after the military regime said it was withdrawing from a 2012 cooperation deal with Washington. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images). The United States will withdraw hundreds of troops from Niger in West Africa, ending its military presence there mont ..read more
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Rescue Squadron airman dies at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam
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by Jeff Schogol
3d ago
Senior Arman Marcus Jordan, a cyber operations specialist with the 38th Rescue Squadron, was found dead at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Army photo by Maj. Robert Fellingham. A cyber operations specialist who died while deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, has been identified as Senior Arman Marcus Jordan. Jordan, 28, was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron, a “Guardian Angel” unit, one of a handful of Air Force units that trains, equips and deploys the service’s highly trained pararescue teams. Jordan was part of a 38th Rescue Squadron deployment to Guam from Moody Air Force Base, Ge ..read more
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Marine killed in Camp Lejeune training accident
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by Patty Nieberg
3d ago
U.S. Marines with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division on range Golf-36 (G-36), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Dec. 12, 2020. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacqueline Parsons. A Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit died in a training accident at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, officials said in a release. The Marine’s identity, job and details of the incident were not released, pending notifications to the family. Officials said the death involved a training exercise in Carteret County on Thursday. Subscribe to Task & Purpose today. Get the la ..read more
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Former soldier ran $100,000 romance scams from Fort Liberty
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by Jeff Schogol
3d ago
Army veteran Sanda G. Frimpong was recently sentenced to 40 months in federal prison for orchestrating online romance scams and other frauds. (Photo courtesy of the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina.). A soldier stationed at then-Fort Bragg orchestrated a series of online romance scams and other frauds that swindled victims out of thousands of dollars — at least one over $150,000 — over a two-year span, according to the Justice Department. Sanda G. Frimpong, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Ghana, was an E-4 soldier assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina when he and other ..read more
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Review: ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ is a breezy wartime adventure
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by Nicholas Slayton
3d ago
(Image courtesy Dan Smith for Lionsgate). It’s late 1941, and Britain stands alone against the Nazi war machine in Europe. German U-boats keep American ships from reaching the United Kingdom. When the Special Operations Executive (the British equivalent of the OSS) learns that the U-boats are being resupplied on a remote island off the coast of Africa, and one ship is carrying all of the needed supplies, Churchill dispatches a top-secret commando team of military mavericks to conduct “ungentlemanly warfare” and destroy the ship.  The catch: it’s seen as an illegal operation by most of th ..read more
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