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Navy Fires USS Mississippi Submarine Commander

Navy Cmdr. Tory Swanson (Navy photo)

The commanding officer of the Pearl Harbor-based Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Mississippi was relieved of his duties Friday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy said. Cmdr. Tory Swanson was removed from his position by Capt. Harry Ganteaume, commander of Submarine Squadron 1. A command investigation into t... more

Coast Guard Pay Cutoff Looms as House Votes Down Homeland Funding

Capitol Hill

The House voted down a bill Friday that would have extended funding for the $40 billion Homeland Security Department for another three weeks, leaving 42,000 Coast Guard active duty members and 34,000 retirees to face the loss of their paychecks. The 224 -203 vote was a stunning rebuke to the House Republican leadership that backed the stopg... more

Congress OKs 1-Week Bill to Keep Homeland Security Open

Capitol in fog.

WASHINGTON -- Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama's immigration policy intact. The final vote of a long day and... more

Maryland Lawmaker Proposes Dropping Drinking Age for Troops to 18

Beer And Fitness Can It Be?

ANNAPOLIS -- Sen. Ron Young is working to persuade fellow Maryland lawmakers to let members of the armed services start drinking at age 18. Speaking to a committee of his peers Friday, Young said he's offering the proposal even though he's "never been much of a drinker" himself; Young said he didn't have his first alcoholic beverage until age 2... more

National Guardsman Sentenced to 20 Months in Jail Corruption Sting

Gripping bars in jail.

When his National Guard company was up for deployment to Afghanistan in 2013, Derrick Jones could have retired. Instead, the 23-year veteran went to the war zone, wanting to ensure the company had enough seasoned veterans and "see that the mission was a complete success," according to one of his supervisors. But while he was overseas, federal a... more

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