Posted tagged ‘Marines’

Bombers’ Bodies Photos Condemned

April 18, 2012

According to Defense Secretary Leo Panetta, photos of U.S. soldiers posing with bodies of suspected Afghan insurgents depict behavior that “absolutely violates” U.S. regulations and values.

From CNN:

“This is not who we are, and it’s certainly not who we represent when it comes to the great majority of men and women in uniform who are serving there,” he said.

The two photos published by the paper are among 18 provided by a U.S. soldier who wanted “to draw attention to the safety risk of a breakdown in leadership and discipline,” The Times reported.

The military said an investigation is under way.

My Brother on National Geographic…

June 8, 2010

I wanted to share some very cool footage of my brother on National Geographic Explorer tonight.

He was interviewed during the episode “Talibanistan” where they took a look at what US soldiers are doing in the region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In this segment, he is the soldier that you see in the first scene, on the left, with dark glasses on. He’s interviewed multiple times later during the four minute segment.


Nancy Kerrigan’s Father Dies; Brother Charged With Assault

January 25, 2010

According to the Boston Globe, Mark Kerrigan, the 45-year-old brother of Olympic skating star Nancy Kerrigan, has been charged with assaulting their father who was found  unresponsive in his home and later died.

Crazy! Much worse than the fiasco with Tonya Harding back in the 90′s.

From the Boston Globe:

The brother of Olympics skating star Nancy Kerrigan was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail today, charged with assaulting their father who was found unresponsive in his Stoneham home early Sunday morning and later died, authorities said.

“He [Mark Kerrigan] stated that he wanted to use the phone and his father would not let him,” according to a Stoneham police report filed in court.”He said that he struggled with his father and put his hands around his father’s neck and his father fell to the floor. He said that his father was faking it.”

The death of 70-year-old Daniel Kerrigan remains under investigation, and police said this morning that his son, 45-year-old Mark D. Kerrigan, has not been charged with murder. The cause of death for the elder Kerrigan is undetermined pending an autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office.

Mark Kerrigan pleaded not guilty to all charges and was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail. He was described by his attorney as an unemployed plumber, and an Army veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who regularly receives counseling.

Nidal Malik Hasan Paralyzed From the Waist Down

November 13, 2009

It seems that Nidal Malik Hasan, the man accused of the Ft. Hood rampage last week that killed 13, may be paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by police.

From the Los Angeles Times:

John Galligan told the Associated Press that his client, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, reported no feeling in his legs and extreme pain in his hands. Doctors at the San Antonio military hospital where he is being confined told him his condition could improve.

Galligan met with Hasan on Thursday after the 39-year-old was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder, allegations that could make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted in a military court.

There has been no final decision about whether to charge Hasan with the death penalty, a spokesman at Ft. Hood said today.

Cop’s Gunfire Ended Fort Hood Rampage

November 6, 2009

Kimberly Munley, the police officer who ended the Fort Hood rampage yesterday by shooting the suspect, was known as the enforcer on her street who patrolled her neighborhood.

She even stopped a burgulary in her own house!

Great job yesterday! I’m sure you saved many lives!

From CNN:

“If you come in, I’m going to shoot,” Kimberly Munley told the would-be intruders last year.

It was Munley who arrived quickly Thursday at the scene of the worst massacre at an Army base in U.S. history, where 13 people were killed. She confronted the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, and shot him four times. Munley was wounded in the exchange.

That’s just like her, friends and family say.

“I just felt more protected knowing she was on my street,” neighbor Erin Houston said.

Munley, the mother of a 3-year-old girl, lives on a street where a lot of homes are vacant because so many residents are deployed at war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Still Alive

November 5, 2009

It looks like initial reports of Nidal Malik Hasan’s death may have been premature.

It seems that Hasan was shot by police and is currently being treated at a local hospital and in stable condition.

From the New York Times:

Earlier reports that the suspect had been killed turned out to be wrong, said Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone, the commanding officer at Fort Hood.

Mr. Hasan, 39, who had been promoted in May and previously worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, was about to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, according to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Her spokesman, Jeff Sadoski, said Major Hasan was upset about his pending deployment.

Carrying two guns, one a semiautomatic weapon and neither of them military-issued, Mr. Hasan began firing around 1:30 p.m. central time at a deployment center where soldiers received last-minute medical attention and instructions before being shipped out overseas, Mr. Cone said. Describing the scene of the shooting, he called it “a very enclosed area” and said that soldiers from a number of units across Fort Hood where there at the time of the shooting.

12 Killed, Including Gunman, in Fort Hood Rampage

November 5, 2009

Twelve people, including a gunman, are dead and 31 wounded after a gunman opened fire today on a soldier-processing center at Fort Hood, Texas.

From CNN:

The gunman was a soldier, and two other soldiers have been detained as suspects, Army Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said.

The slain gunman was identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, a law enforcement source told CNN. Licensed in Virginia, Hasan was a psychiatrist who previously worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center but more recently was practicing at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, according to professional records.

Ten of the other dead also were soldiers, while the remaining one was a civilian police officer who was working as a contractor on the base, Cone said.

Two of the injured were in “very serious” condition, Fort Hood spokesman Christopher Hogue said.

Sixteen Americans Dead as Helicopters Crash in Afghanistan

October 26, 2009

Helicopter crashes killed 14 Americans today in the deadliest day for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan in more than four years.

From the Associated Press:

In the first crash, a helicopter went down in the west of the country after leaving the scene of a firefight with insurgents, killing 10 Americans — seven troops and three civilians working for the government. Eleven American troops, one U.S. civilian and 14 Afghans were also injured.

In a separate incident, two U.S. Marine helicopters — one UH-1 and an AH-1 Cobra — collided in flight before sunrise over the southern province of Helmand, killing four American troops and wounding two more, Marine spokesman Capt. Bill Pelletier said.

It was the heaviest single-day loss of life since June 28, 2005, when 16 U.S. troops on a special forces helicopter died when their MH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down by insurgents.

U.S. authorities have ruled out hostile fire in the collision but have not given a cause for the other fatal crash in the west. Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmedi claimed Taliban fighters shot down a helicopter in northwest Badghis province’s Darabam district. It was impossible to verify the claim and unclear if he was referring to the same incident.

From CNN:

Fourteen Americans died in two separate helicopter crashes in Afghanistan on Monday, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said — 10 in one incident and four in the other.

It was the largest number of Americans killed in Afghanistan in a single day in at least four years, according to CNN records.

ISAF ruled out enemy fire in the crash that killed four Americans, and said enemy action was not thought to be the cause of the other.

In the deadlier crash, a helicopter went down in the country’s west.

“Seven U.S. service members and three U.S. civilians were killed,” an ISAF statement said. “Those injured include 14 Afghan service members, 11 U.S. service members and one U.S. civilian.”

James Jones to Be Named National Security Advisor

December 1, 2008

James Jones is expected to be announced by Barack Obama next week as part of the president-elect’s national security team, along with Robert Gates as secretary of defense and Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.

From Time:

A year ago it would have seemed all but impossible. Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate with the earliest and most outspoken record of opposition to the war in Iraq, wouldn’t name the man who led the Marines during the run-up to the war — and failed to publicly criticize the operation’s flawed planning — as his closest national security aide.

But he has. And it’s a testament to both Obama’s needs as a young and untested Commander-in-Chief and the political abilities of Gen. James Jones, Marine Corps commandant from July 1999 through January 2003, that Jones will fill one of the most powerful positions in America, National Security Advisor. At first glance, Jones doesn’t make a ton of sense as the man to help Obama through his now-familiar litany of challenges: two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a global anti-terror campaign, Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, rising India-Pakistan tensions and a moribund Middle East peace process. Add to that list a new, self-created challenge: the selection of Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates — two smart, strong and politically opposed people — to head the traditionally antagonistic State and Defense Departments.

Obama doesn’t really know Jones. Back in October, then-candidate Obama said he’d valued Jones advice, but in fact, he’d only spoken with him twice at that point, and Jones was never in his close circle of advisors during the primaries or general election. Jones’ political affiliation is not clear, though he has never been called a Democrat, and his lack of public complaint during the planning for the war drew criticism, despite later reports that he had argued with Donald Rumsfeld and then-Joint Chiefs Chairman Peter Pace. But those who know Jones say his strengths vastly outweigh his perceived weaknesses. In Jones, Obama gets someone with instant and deep understanding of military plans and details. He gets a 6’5″ Marine Corps veteran at his side who has firsthand experience of combat theaters from Vietnam to Bosnia and who earned Defense Distinguished Service Medal, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star with “V” for valor. While the uniformed military will follow the orders of the Commander-in-Chief no matter what, the public is more likely to support them when they’re being enforced by a decorated veteran with a long career on the battlefield.

Man Drops 140 Pounds to Join the Marines

November 18, 2008

Now, this is what I call determination! Ulysses Milana of Maine lost 140 pounds in order to enlist in the Marine Corps. Milana, who used to weigh approximately 330 pounds, left yesterday for basic training in Parris Island, South Carolina.

From the Associated Press:

Army and Navy recruiters took one look at 330-pound Ulysses Milana and told him to forget about joining. “‘You’ve got to lose weight,’” Milana remembers them saying. But Marine recruiters were willing to work with him as he began his weight-loss journey in December 2007.

Now, 11 months later, Milana is 140 pounds lighter as he leaves Monday for Parris Island, S.C., to begin boot camp.

It wasn’t easy, Milana said, but he managed to slim down through exercise, healthier eating habits and forgoing an occasional beer after work. The 23-year-old said he even refused a beer at his going-away party Saturday night.

Milana said he always wanted to follow in his family’s footsteps by serving his country. His wife, Latoya, also comes from a military family.

Much of his weight-loss motivation came from Latoya, a nurse, who helped him reduce his calorie intake when he began his effort in earnest last December.

“It was really difficult for him at first. He always said, ‘I’m gonna lose weight.’ But I never took him seriously,” Latoya told the Sun Journal newspaper. “Then, when he started to do it, I told him he needed to cut his portion sizes way down.”

Marine recruiters also worked with him, helping to develop a workout regimen.

“You can sit there and preach and preach, but if you’re not willing to help, then it doesn’t lead you to success,” Staff Sgt. George Monteith said. “If I say, ‘Go lose weight and I’ll see you in a year,’ then what kind of help have I offered to make that happen?”

A former culinary student, Milana said it was a challenge to give up favorites like pizza and hot wings, but cracking open a cold beer after work was perhaps the toughest guilty pleasure to abandon.

“It was really hard. You see all your friends drinking beer, and you’re like, ‘Oh, man, I want one,’” he said. But his determination kept him on track, and he would head for the gym or don a head lamp and go out for a run.


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