Porn star and three Marines, all white supremacists, charged in federal gun conspiracy
Four white supremacists have been charged in a conspiracy to build, transport and sell illegal guns, the Justice Department announced Friday in a press release.Paul Kryscuk, a 35-year-old reported porn star, sold multiple manufactured weapons to 21-year-old then-Marine Liam Collins, the feds said. Kryscuk allegedly mailed the illegal DIY weapons from his homes in New York and Idaho to Collins in North Carolina.Kryscuk and Collins were regulars on the online neo-Nazi forum Iron March back in 2017 before the site was shut down, according to the feds. During that time, they recruited Jordan Dunca...
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New defense secretary makes another major military change, this one on Special ForcesFORT BRAGG, N.C. — Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller on Wednesday made his second major change since taking charge of the Pentagon, streamlining the command structure for the Special Forces.One day after announcing a reduction in U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, Miller visited Fort Bragg, home of Army Special Operations Command, and signed a memo authorizing the change in the command structure.Miller, a former member of the Army Special Forces, deployed to Afghanistan in the weeks after the 9/...
Tribune News Service
Biden taps transgender veteran to join Department of Defense transition team
President-elect Joe Biden has chosen a transgender veteran to be part of the transition team at the Department of Defense.Shawn Skelly previously worked in the Obama administration in multiple defense and transportation roles, and became the first transgender veteran to be appointed by a president in 2013.Skelly’s appointment comes as the Trump administration has banned transgender people from serving in the military under their self-identified gender.The ban is still being battled in court, but Biden has signaled that he plans to overturn the executive order after he’s sworn in as president o...
New York Daily News
President-elect Joe Biden observes Veterans Day in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA — Days after Philadelphians danced in the street at the news of his election, President-elect Joe Biden stopped in the city for a more solemn ceremony Wednesday, laying a wreath at the Korean War Memorial at Penn’s Landing in honor of Veterans Day.Biden and his wife, Jill, visited the site near Columbus Boulevard for around 15 minutes, standing with Mayor Jim Kenney and Judge Patrick Dugan to lay a red, white and blue floral wreath near the black marble columns as U.S. and Korean flags flew overhead. More than 100 people gathered on the grassy hill near the memorial, snapping cell...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
US veterans, Gold Star families awarded free lifetime access to national parks
Starting Wednesday, Veterans Day 2020, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and Gold Star families (next of kin to fallen servicemembers) can enjoy a lifetime of free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and federal recreational lands.U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced this Secretarial Order at the Iowa Gold Star Museum on Oct. 28. “With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting veterans and Gold Star Families free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect starting this Veterans Day and every single day thereafter,” he declared proudly....
Fort Hood to name one of post's gates after slain Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen
AUSTIN, Texas — While murals in Austin and across the country pay tribute to slain U.S. Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen, Fort Hood officials have announced their own plans to honor the soldier at the post where she is believed to have been killed.Army officials invited Guillen’s family onto Fort Hood once again Tuesday, asking for their input on design concepts for a gate to be named after their beloved sister and daughter.“The gate we designated leads to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment area where Vanessa served,” a statement from Fort Hood officials said Tuesday. “The gate is accessed by thousands of sold...
Texas A&M knocks out South Carolina, 48-3
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Texas A&M football team delivered body shot after body shot. Nothing that clocked South Carolina out before the game was well out of reach, but just wore the residents of Williams-Brice Stadium down with blow after blow in their own home Saturday night.That might not have been as bad, except the Gamecocks could only respond with a few light thumps against an opponent patient enough to let them glance off and keep on pounding.South Carolina’s 48-3 loss to the No. 7 Aggies, the seventh in as many tries across the past seven years, was about as demoralizing as any defeat the ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
'Living like a king': Navy officer who demanded bribes from 'Fat Leonard' gets prison
SAN DIEGO — Brooks Alonzo Parks, a naval logistics officer serving in the western Pacific, was often quite specific about what he thought he deserved in exchange for the insider information he was leaking to military contractor Leonard Francis.One time, it was a case of Hennessy Pure White cognac.Another, it was a $4,000-a-night room at the Ritz-Carlton in Singapore.“It feels good living like a KING on an E-6’s salary!!!” Parks wrote in one email to Francis’ company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, or GDMA, referring to his military pay grade.Parks admitted back in 2007 that he’d been bitten by the...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Army rules Vanessa Guillen death as 'in line of duty,' grants benefits
AUSTIN, Texas — Fort Hood officials on Tuesday said the family of U.S. Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen received word that the Army classified the soldier’s death as “in the line of duty.”Army officials spoke with the Guillen family of Houston, saying the new classification would allow them to receive Army benefits on behalf of the 20-year-old who is thought to have been killed by a fellow soldier on post, Fort Hood officials said in a written statement.Typically, those benefits include compensation to help the family with expenses, a funeral with full military honors, life insurance and final pay an...
They call USS Ford's all female bridge watch section the 'Iron 9'
Women have been serving on Navy ships for a quarter-century, although the deck department — especially the bridge watch sections responsible for steering the ship and keeping a lookout for hazards — have remained a mainly male preserve.That changed with USS Gerald R. Ford’s underway last month — all the deck department sailors assigned to the boatswain’s mates bridge watch teams were women. They call themselves the Iron 9.“They did great. If there’s a grade higher than ‘A’, that’s what I’d give them,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Faeline Matthews, the boatswain’s mate who lead the team and who...
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)