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Coronado’s “Avenue Of The Heroes” … Lieutenant Philip L. “Moki” Martin | Coronado Eagle & Journal

Lieutenant Philip L. “Moki” Martin was born in September 1942 in Paia, Hawaii, where he grew up swimming, free diving and surfing. Those watery pastimes led to his interest in joining the Navy, an interest he pursued in 1960 and for the next 23 years. Martin enlisted right after graduating from Maui High School and went through boot camp in ... Read More »

US Marshal Murdered Serving PA Warrant Hailed a ‘Hero’ (Multi-Video) | American Security Today

A “hero” U.S. marshal was shot and killed and another police officer was wounded Thursday morning in Harrisburg, Penn., when gunfire erupted during the service of a warrant. Another officer was struck by a bullet but not injured. Christopher D. Hill, 45, an Army veteran who was part of the U.S. Marshals Service for 11 years, was killed after being ... Read More »

Abe, Turnbull view Japanese special forces in action | Nikkei Asian Review

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday viewed special operations exercises at an army camp near Tokyo, demonstrating his country’s solidarity with Japan regarding the North Korean crisis.  Turnbull toured Camp Narashino, east of Tokyo, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The military installation is home to the special operations unit of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force, the nation’s only such ... Read More »

CZECH REPUBLIC CONSIDERS SENDING ITS SPECIAL FORCES TO IRAQ | ESJ News

As part of the plan to strengthen its participation in military foreign missions in 2018, the Czech Republic is considering sending up to 200 members of the 601st Special Forces Group to Iraq. However, their deployment will have to be initiated by the Iraqi government and the Czech Parliament will need to give its approval. Iraqi special forces, the core strike units in fighting ... Read More »

Taliban’s ‘Red Unit’ poses new threat to Afghan security | Asia Times

In December, US forces in Afghanistan released footage of an operation they conducted in the Taliban-dominated district of Musa Qala, in Helmand province. The grainy, black and white video showed them targeting a compound and blowing it to smithereens, with everyone inside. An accompanying press statement declared that the “Taliban’s ‘Red Unit’ commander in Helmand province, Mullah Shah Wali, aka ... Read More »

DoD reports spike in contractors in Iraq | Military Times

The number of civilian contractors supporting U.S. and coalition operations in Iraq against the Islamic State is on the rise, even as major military operations there have ceased, according to new figures released by U.S. Central Command, From January 2017 to January 2018 the number of Defense Department contractors in Iraq rose 37 percent, from 3,592 to 4,927, according to ... Read More »