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Ohio sailor among 7 killed aboard USS Fitzgerald, US Navy says

Published: Sunday, June 18, 2017 @ 7:53 PM

An Ohioan was among the seven casualties found in flooded berthing compartments of the USS Fitzgerald following the collision with a Japanese merchant vessel.

The U.S. Navy Sunday identified the sailors killed as:

  • Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, of Elyria, Ohio

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  • Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, of Palmyra, Virginia
  • Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, of San Diego, California
  • Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T. Truong Huynh, 25, of Oakville, Connecticut
  • Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, of Weslaco, Texas
  • Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, of Chula Vista, California
  • Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, of Halethorpe, Maryland

The sailors’ remains were found when divers gained access to the compartments on Sunday that were damaged when the destroyer and Phillippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal collided, the U.S. Navy stated in a release issued Sunday evening.

The incident remains under investigation.

Report: Russian warships fire missiles at ISIS targets in Syria

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 3:11 AM

Russian warships fired missiles into Syria on Friday, according to reports.
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Russian warships fired six missiles at ISIS targets in Syria on Friday, according to the country’s state media.

According to CNN, a statement from Russia’s Defense Ministry that was posted to RIA said that the missiles were fired  from the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. The Cailber missiles were fired from the frigates “Admiral Essen,” “Admiral Grigorovich,” and the submarine “Krosnodar,” the RIA said.

Travis AFB no longer on lockdown after report of ‘active shooter’

Published: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 7:55 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 8:15 PM

A US Air Force C-5 Galaxy and a C-17 Globemaster sit on the tarmac at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, on July 17, 2008. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m.

Travis Air Force Base in California is no longer on lockdown, base officials reported on its Facebook page

UPDATE @ 8:07 p.m.

A California congressman told the Associated Press that a mistaken report of a shooting led to the Travis Air Force Base in California to lock down.

UPDATE @ 8 p.m.

Travis Air Force Base is on lock for what the base calls a “security incident.” 

The base issued a security alert shortly after 3:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. EDT) asking people to shelter in place and to lock doors and windows.  

Marie Lowe, a civilian who answered the phone at the base's public affairs office, said details are sketchy and officials are investigating because they don't know exactly what is going on, the Associated Press reported 

Base officials used social media, posting on its Facebook page, to ask the public to stay away to ensure emergency responders can do their work. The base is northeast of San Francisco. 


Travis Air Force Base is under a security alert tonight due to a “real world security incident.”

The Air Force Base had training exercises planned for today and Thursday, but an official said the alert and lockdown is unrelated, CBS Sacramento reported.

A witness at the scene told the television station there is an active shooter situation at the shopping center on the base, and that security is in the parking lot and guiding people outside from the shopping center.

A CBS 13 reporter near the base said he could hear alerts for the lockdown being called out over a loudspeaker.

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U.S. Army offering up to $90,000 re-enlistment bonuses to lure soldiers

Published: Thursday, June 08, 2017 @ 5:59 AM

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To combat a shortage of troops, the Army has announced that it will triple the amount it will pay in bonuses this year to over $380 million — with the goal of getting soldiers to re-enlist. By committing to another four or more years, some soldiers could get a bonus of up to $90,000.

According to The Associated Press, the incentives follow Congress’ decision to enlarge the Army and comes as the armed service hopes to reverse some of the downsizing that happened under the Obama administration. The move also comes after President Donald Trump has promised to increase military personnel and power.

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“We’ve got a ways to go,” Gen. Robert Abrams, head of U.S. Army Forces Command, said in an interview. “I’m not going to kid you. It’s been difficult because a lot of these kids had plans, and their families had plans.”

The president has unveiled a plan to grow the Army to 540,000 soldiers, with the goal of having 476,000 soldiers by October. To fulfill that goal, the Army must find 6,000 new soldiers, convince 9,000 current soldiers to commit to another term and add 1,000 officers.

According to Mst. Sgt. Mark Thompson, the new bonuses have convinced 2,200 soldiers to re-enlist since the end of May. Usually, around one-third of soldiers re-enlist each year, but the Army’s goal this year will require nearly three quarters of them to sign back on for another four years.

“Time is our biggest challenge,” Maj. Gen. Jason Evans said.


Memorial Day 2017: Soldiers place 280,000 flags on headstones of fallen service members 

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 9:00 PM

As part of a Memorial Day tradition, soldiers placed 280,000 flags on the headstones of fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery.

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The tradition, which soldiers call “Flags In,” has been held every year since the 3rd U.S. Infantry, known as the “Old Guard,” was designated as the Army’s official ceremonial unit 70 years ago.

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Specialist Kristen Pinnock participated in the tribute for the first time this year, telling WFLA, “I’m thinking about the families -- what they had gone through, what they still go through.”

“It really pulls at your heartstrings as it reminds you that we’ll always be there. We’ll always honor our guys,” Staff Sgt. Jason Kohne said.

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It takes nearly 1,000 soldiers to complete the ritual, and they also perform the same task at U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

“I would do this every single year I could until I retire, if I could,” Army Pvt. Wes DeFee said told The Washington Examiner. “It’s such an honor to help the families and support them with honor and respect.”