Posted tagged ‘Navy’

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.

Missile Fires Off California Coast

November 9, 2010

An apparent missile shot across the sky off the coast of Southern California last night and was caught on video by a local TV station’s camera.

You can see video at the link below.

From MSNBC:

KCBS reported the trail was visible from Los Angeles. The station’s helicopter crew described the missile’s location as 35 miles out to sea north of Catalina Island.

Senior Pentagon and Navy officials told NBC News that they did not know who launched the missile.

A senior official told NBC News it was “possible” that the incident was an accidental launch by the military. However, the Navy, Air Force and Missile Defense Agency said they had no information to indicate they were involved, NBC News reported.

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.

Enjoy!

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.

9 Missing After Plane, Helicopter Collide

October 30, 2009

A large debris field has been found following the collision of a Coast Guard plane and a Marine helicopter off the southern California coast yesterday.

From CNN:

The search continued early Friday for nine people who may have plunged into the water after the mid-air collision, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

“The assumption is always that they are alive,” Capt. Thomas Farris said. “We have not found any human remains at this point, or survivors.”

A Coast Guard C-130 plane and its seven crew members had been searching for a missing person when it collided with a Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter on a military training exercise, Farris said. The helicopter had a two-member crew.

A pilot reported seeing a fireball about 7:10 p.m. Thursday near the crash site off San Diego, California’s, coast.

Coast Guard cutters, small boats and helicopters searched the area all night with help from the U.S. Navy. With water temperatures in the 60s, Farris estimated survivability could be up to 20 hours.

Somali Pirates Vow Revenge

April 13, 2009

Pirates in Somalia have vowed revenge after the U.S. military killed three pirates and freed a U.S. ship captain who had been held hostage for several days.

From CNN:

The pirates told a Somali journalist that they were angered by the U.S. action, as well as a French raid Friday that killed two pirates and one hostage and freed four hostages.

“We have decided to kill U.S. and French sailors if they happen to be among our future hostages,” said Abdullahi Ahmed, a member of a pirate group based at Harardhere, a coastal town in central Somalia.

Members of the U.S. Navy shot and killed three pirates who had been holding Capt. Richard Phillips hostage in a lifeboat on Sunday evening, a military official said. The pirates seized Phillips after a failed attempt to hijack his ship, the Maersk Alabama.

For five days the pirates held Phillips in the lifeboat as U.S. Navy ships closed in and lingered nearby.

On Sunday, U.S. Navy snipers opened fire on the lifeboat after seeing one pirate point an AK-47 at the captain’s back, the U.S. military said. The shootings occurred as one pirate was aboard the USS Bainbridge negotiating over Phillips’ fate.


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