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U.S., Partners Work Together to Keep Europe Safe | Defense .gov

More than 5,500 soldiers from 16 nations, including special operations forces from five nations, were at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Dec. 1-11, for exercise Combined Resolve XI. The exercise series is led by U.S. Army Europe and is focused on improving readiness and interoperability amongst allies and partners, incorporating U.S. rotational units aligned under Operation Atlantic ... Read More »

Navy SEALs are shifting focus to prepare for a fight with Russia or China | Business Insider

Having spent 17 years conducting counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations in the deserts and mountains of the Middle East, the Naval Special Warfare community is shifting its focus to threats from China, Russia and aspiring adversaries. Navy operations planners are including Navy SEALs in all aspects of planning and training, such as war games, exercises and tabletop scenarios, Vice Chief of ... Read More »

Two Essex sailors plead guilty to using and selling a bunch of drugs | Navy Times

Two sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship Essex pleaded guilty this month to using and distributing a boatload of drugs in the San Diego area, according to Navy officials and legal filings. Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Casey T. Balausky, and Interior Communications Specialist 2nd Class Tyler D. Farley were both charged with conspiring to sell 3.5 grams of ... Read More »

Former Green Beret sentenced to 10 years in domestic abuse court-martial | Military Times

A 7th Special Forces Group officer was sentenced to 10 years confinement and dismissal from the Army following a conviction on five counts of assault and two of child endangerment on Wednesday, a 1st Special Forces Command spokeswoman confirmed to Army Times. Maj. Jason Sartori’s charges included strangling, battery and shoving his then-wife, as well as brandishing a loaded weapon ... Read More »

Marines raid water park in urban-assault training held in Hawaii for first time | Stars and Stripes

On a typical day, thrill-seekers slide the likes of Tornado, Volcano Express and Big Kahuna at the Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii water park in suburban Honolulu. But Tuesday night after visitors had left for the day, the deserted 25-acre park was the scene of a mock raid by Marines and sailors with the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, joined by ... Read More »

False reports of fellow Navy SEALs testifying against Chief Gallagher are set straight | American Military News

Confusion brewed nationwide this week when the a report incorrectly reported that Special Operations Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher’s fellow Navy SEALs had secured immunity in exchange for testifying against him, a claim that many media outlets repeated, and built a narrative of SEALs turning against their decorated chief. Gallagher’s attorney Phil Stackhouse told American Military News, “That makes it look ... Read More »

How do you compost a human body – and why would you? | BBC

This is the vision – in an indoor garden, a honeycomb structure lines the walls, and inside each cell, a human body composts. When it’s done, loved ones take home a pot of soil, not an urn of ash. A person’s final resting place could be the foundations of a flowerbed or could feed the roots of a tree. This ... Read More »