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.)
Carnival ships will need court approval 60 days before restarting cruises, judge says
MIAMI — A federal judge said she plans to require Carnival Corp. to certify that each of its cruise ships is compliant with its probation obligations 60 days before those ships reenter U.S. waters to restart cruises.The forthcoming order from U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida Patricia Seitz could inhibit the company’s plans to resume cruise operations in the United States on Dec. 1. Seitz made the announcement at a status conference Friday in the company’s ongoing criminal case for environmental crimes.Seitz said the order will require ships to notify her 60 days in adva...
Marine battalion commander fired after amphibious vehicle accident killed 9 near San Diego
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The commander of a Camp Pendleton-based battalion was relieved of command months after a fatal amphibious vehicle accident killed nine service members in July, the Marines said Tuesday.Lt. Col. Michael Regner, commanding officer of Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment was relieved due to a “loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command as a result of the assault amphibious vehicle mishap,” according to the statement.Lt. Gen. Karsten Heckl, the commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force, ordered Regner’s relief based on “a substantial amoun...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
20 years after deadly bombing, honoring the USS Cole's legacy
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Two decades after the attack that cost the lives of 17 sailors, the legacy of USS Cole lives on — and Senior Chief Will Merchen has proof.He was a damage controlman on the Cole on that Oct. 12 in Aden, Yemen, his first deployment. He and his shipmates kept the destroyer afloat after a suicide bomb nearly tore the ship in two.In February, he was back. Merchen is now an inspector with Afloat Training Group Atlantic, responsible for seeing if sailors are hitting their marks on damage control tasks. In February, his job was to see how the 2020 crew of the Cole was doing.“I insp...
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Foiled 2-point conversion seals Temple's opening 31-29 loss at Navy
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Behind all game, Temple kept clawing back, but an ill-advised pass on a two-point conversion ended any comeback hopes for the Owls.Navy linebacker Terrell Adams batted away Anthony Russo’s two-point conversion pass to Re’Mahn Davis with 1:02 remaining to preserve a 31-29 win over the Owls at Navy-Marine-Corps Memorial Stadium.Afterward, coach Rod Carey took the blame.It turns out that Carey overruled offensive coordinator Mike Uremovich on the call.“I made the call, Mike had the call, and I should have gone with his,” Carey said. “They covered it, (Russo) didn’t have any place...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
5 sailors granted immunity to testify in San Diego Navy SEAL sexual assault trial
SAN DIEGO — Five sailors, including three Navy SEALs, have been granted immunity to testify in the case of a SEAL charged with sexually assaulting a fellow sailor during a deployment to Iraq in 2019, prosecutors said during a motions hearing this week.Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Adel Enayat, in his dress blue uniform, was in a Naval Base San Diego courtroom Tuesday for a hearing in his ongoing court-martial. His legal team, led by civilian attorney Jeremiah Sullivan, argued that previous SEAL cases involving Enayat’s SEAL Team 7 have tainted the Navy legal community and the investigativ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Navy removes gendered terms from official SEAL ethos
The U.S. Navy SEALs and the Navy Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) have replaced gendered terms such as “man” and “brotherhood” in their ethos and creed statements for a more inclusive gender representation.According to American Military News, Naval Special Warfare spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Stroup confirmed the news, saying that the changes in language have been made to comply with changes in law, opening the potential for women to join the elite military units.“Naval Special Warfare continues to deliberately develop a culture of tactical and ethical excellence that reflects the...
New York Daily News
Mac Engel: Dallas Cowboys' Dontari Poe on taking a knee: 'This is the beginning of my fight.'
FRISCO, Texas — The first man from the Dallas Cowboys to take a knee knows it may be unpopular, and he doesn’t care.Defensive tackle Dontari Poe said Wednesday he has spoken to team owner Jerry Jones, and he has the full support of the team and his teammates every time he takes a knee during the playing of the national anthem.Poe has been the only member of the Dallas Cowboys to kneel during the national anthem, and on Wednesday he addressed the media for the first time since the season began.“It’s because I felt like America, in the whole, wasn’t doing the right thing to people of my color,” ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Nation and world news briefs
US sanctions powerful Cuban general and former son-in-law of Raúl CastroThe United States on Wednesday sanctioned Gen. Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja, the former son-in-law of Cuban leader Raúl Castro who manages most of the Cuban economy as head of the powerful conglomerate of military companies GAESA.The Treasury Department included López-Calleja on the list of specially designated nationals and blocked persons. The listing freezes all of his assets in the U.S. or under the control of U.S. persons. Individuals and companies under U.S. jurisdiction are prohibited from dealing with him.G...
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