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With San Francisco and Boston now on board, Tampa Bay can’t contain Frogman Swim any more | Tampa Bay Times

As a result, Tomalin, Farnan and Navy SEAL Dan O’Shea created the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim. Since 2010, the event has raised $3.5 million for the Navy SEAL Foundation, a charity that provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. Last year’s event also honored Tomalin, who died at 55 in May ... Read More »

Are we leaving Syria or not? | Military Times

The U.S. military’s three-year mission in Syria shows no signs of ending or significantly changing anytime soon, U.S. officials now say, despite President Donald Trump’s announcement in December that the Islamic State was defeated and all troops would be withdrawn immediately. U.S. airstrikes in Syria have not slowed down based on strike reports released by the American-led coalition, showing that ... Read More »

Update: Camp Lejeune Marines under investigation in former Green Beret’s death | The Fayetteville Observer

A military contractor and former Green Beret from Fayetteville died after an alleged altercation with three American service members in northern Iraq, according to multiple media reports. The Jan. 4 death of the Lockheed Martin employee is under investigation. The New York Times reported that two Marines and a Navy corpsman stationed in Iraq are the focus of the investigation, ... Read More »

Jury acquits senior NCO accused of pointing weapon at soldier and calling another fat | Stars and Stripes

A senior noncommissioned officer accused of pointing a pistol at one soldier, calling another fat and improperly touching a third’s hair was acquitted of all related charges at her court-martial Wednesday. Sgt. 1st Class Jessica Barboza was found not guilty of dereliction of duty, maltreatment and disrespecting an NCO by a panel of nine male officers and senior NCOs. At ... Read More »

Erik Prince on his Mueller interview: ‘Probably would rather go to a proctology exam’ | CNBC

But the controversial security consultant told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that his previously reported sit-down with Mueller’s team regarding that curious encounter in the Seychelles islands, which took place shortly before Donald Trump became president, was “much ado about nothing.” Prince, whose sister Betsy DeVos is Trump’s Education secretary, is a supporter of the president. “I answered their questions, and they ... Read More »

Talk about being accomplished: Asian-American only 34 years old yet a Navy SEAL, doctor and astronaut | The Independent

He was first a seaman recruit who signed up for the grueling SEAL training that took 2 years. After becoming a part of the Navy SEAL, he was sent to Iraq as a member of SEAL Team 3. Kim was a sniper, combat medic and a navigator. Of course, he couldn’t just settle for one role. After earning a Silver ... Read More »

2 Marines, Navy corpsman under investigation in the death of US contractor in Iraq: Officials | ABC News

In a statement to ABC News, Lockheed Martin confirmed that one of their employees was “fatally injured while supporting Special Operations Forces.” This spring, a Department of Defense report is due to the Senate and House Armed Services Committee on ethics and standards in the special operations community. Source: 2 Marines, Navy corpsman under investigation in the death of US ... Read More »

Indicted Lawmaker Defends Navy SEAL Charged with Premeditated Murder | Military.com

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, said he is skeptical of the charges brought against a Navy SEAL accused of killing an Islamic State fighter, among other war crimes, and has called for better treatment of the special operator while he remains confined. Hunter said Friday that the case of Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Gallagher must be independent of the Navy’s ... Read More »

Military investigating death of U.S. contractor in Iraq | NBC News

The military has launched an investigation into how a U.S. contractor received fatal head wounds while working with special operations Marines in Irbil, Iraq, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the investigation. The Lockheed Martin employee died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany last week, just days after he was found in his barracks room with severe head ... Read More »

New in 2019: Two new US air bases in Africa nearing completion | Air Force Times

U.S. Africa Command is hoping to finish two new air bases in 2019, one in Niger and one in Somalia, to stage operations against militants in the region. Niger Air Base 201, a future hub for armed drones and other aircraft, was supposed to be completed this year. The region’s difficult weather and harsh conditions are pushing completion back to ... Read More »