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Marines Say Helicopters Safe to Fly, Despite 'Challenges'

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The Marine Corps said it grounded its CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters from training in Hawaii for 19 days and pulled them from an Australia deployment after the Jan. 14 crash of two of the big choppers off the North Shore of Oahu killed all 12 aboard. The Corps maintains, however, that the helicopters remain safe to fly. The return to flight... more

18 Sailors Implicated in USS Bainbridge Fireworks, Gambling Scandal

The guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) is assisted by a tug boat as it pulls away from the pier at Naval Station Norfolk. (Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber O'Donovan)

An investigation into events that led to the reliefs of the commanding officer, former executive officer and command master chief of the guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge earlier this month implicated 15 other officers and senior leaders on the ship in the scandal. Cmdr. Sean Rongers, Cmdr. Brandon Murray, and Command Master Chief Richard... more

Discharged Marine Heads to Court over Workplace Bible Verse Posting

Former Lance Cpl. Monifa F. Sterling (Photo: The Becket Fund)

A former Marine discharged more than two years ago for disobeying orders, including that she not post Bible verses at her workstation, will go before the military's highest court next week to argue her religious rights were violated. In challenging the ruling of her court-martial judge, former Lance Cpl. Monifa F. Sterling has garnered ... more

Vietnam Vet Credits Congressman for Getting Him Needed Help

Troops lay down covering fire with an M-60 machine gun during the Vietnam War. (DoD photo)

For a year and a half, retired Marine Bill Carico needled the Department of Veterans Affairs for the disability back pay it owed him. He called and wrote his congressmen and reached out to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. "I was a squeaky wheel, to say the least," said Carico, a Stafford County resident. Mostly, though, the Vietnam W... more

Obama, UN Envoy Voice Alarm at 'Fraying' Syria Truce

Syrian volunteers evacuate a civilian wounded during an April 22 air strike on an Aleppo neighborhood. (Ameer Alhabi/AFP)

Syria's fragile ceasefire is in grave peril, US President Barack Obama and the UN's special envoy warned, as violence surged in the war-ravaged country's second city Aleppo. The truce "is still in effect, but it is in great trouble if we don't act quickly", the United Nations' top envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told reporters in Geneva, w... more

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