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US soldier injured in crash near Grafenwoehr | Stars and Stripes

A 48-year-old U.S. soldier was seriously injured in a car crash near the Army’s garrison in Grafenwoehr, police said. The accident happened Thursday on the B470 when the soldier’s Toyota RAV 4 crashed into the rear of a long truck, police at Neustadt an der Waldnaab said. The soldier had to be cut from the wreckage by firefighters, who were ... Read More »

Wife used Snapchat to plan Army sergeant’s murder, police say | Stars and Stripes

The wife of an Army sergeant killed in December admitted that she planned his killing together with another man, communicating on Snapchat in an attempt to hide their communications, according to statements she made to police. Kemia Hassel, 22, told police that she spent months planning her husband’s death in order to be with someone else, St. Joseph Township Police ... Read More »

US to leave a ‘peacekeeping group’ of 200 troops in Syria | Stars and Stripes

The White House said Thursday that “a small peacekeeping group of about 200” U.S. troops will stay in Syria beyond the planned withdrawal of American forces this spring. An announcement by press secretary Sarah Sanders did not specify where the troops would be based, what their responsibilities would be, or how long they would stay, beyond “a period of time.” ... Read More »

Air Guardsman arrested after reportedly posing as CIA agent to impress woman at church | Air Force Times

Relationship red flags exist. Sometimes they manifest through anger outbursts, substance abuse or infidelity indicators. And other times, a man pretends to be a CIA agent to impress a woman he’s developed an eye for, informing her she is “the target of a terrorist organization and that her life was in danger,” and that “if she did not follow his ... Read More »

Coast Guard Lieutenant Accused of Terrorist Plot Ordered to Pretrial Confinement | Military.com

A Coast Guard officer accused of compiling a target list of Democratic presidential candidates and media personalities amid threats of mass violence will remain behind bars while his case moves forward, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Thursday. Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson was arrested Feb. 15 on drug and weapons possession charges, but a document filed by a U.S. attorney ... Read More »

US military wants to turn all infantrymen into Special Operations Rangers. Would it work? | News Rep

In one of his more important undertakings as Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis had launched a project to review and improve the lethality of the military’s close-combat units. The Close Combat Lethality Task Force (CCLTF) is examining how it can increase the combat effectiveness of troops engaged in close combat. In an interview with Military.com, retired Army Major General ... Read More »

U.S. Africa Command to cut 10% of forces, top general says | Washington Times

The U.S. military will cut about 10 percent of its forces in Africa over the next three years, a top general said Wednesday, telling reporters the troops are needed in other hot spots around the world. About 6,000 American troops and another 1,000 civilian Pentagon employees are currently in Africa. Gen. Waldhauser said the cuts will be carried out in ... Read More »

Two ex-Navy SEALs among those arrested in failed security contractor gig in Haiti | News Rep

Chris Osman and Chris McKinley (formerly known as Chris Heben) were arrested this weekend in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on conspiracy charges. Also arrested in the same group was a former US Marine named Kent Kroeker and several Serbian contractors identified as Bajavic Danilo, Vlad Jankovic and three others named Estera Michael, Daniel Dustin, and Burton Talon. According to Danilo’s LinkedIn account, ... Read More »

Army amputee’s award is getting upgrade to Distinguished Service Cross | Army Times

More than 10 years after earning a Silver Star for taking down an insurgent in a suicide vest while deployed to Iraq, retired Sgt. Daniel Cowart is getting an upgrade. On March 20, he’s going back to Fort Hood, Texas, where he’ll receive the military’s second highest valor award ― the Distinguished Service Cross ― for the heroic act that ... Read More »

Check Out the U.S. Navy SEALs Deadly ‘Stealth’ Guns | National Interest

The Navy’s SEALs are well-known for their exotic guns—everything from machine gun to grenade launchers … and several iconic, quiet handguns. The Navy stood up the Sea Air Lands teams in 1962 and quickly sent them to Vietnam to search out the enemy and work with local forces. The naval operators realized a suppressed pistol would be ideal for many ... Read More »