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Susan Katz Keating

Navy Fighter Jet Blown Overboard at Sea

The jet is the type of plane featured in the ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ film. An F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet aboard the USS Harry S. Truman blew overboard during heavy weather in the Mediterranean Sea, the Navy confirmed. All personnel aboard the ship are accounted for. It is not clear …

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California Gun Owners’ Personal Information Exposed in Statewide Data Leak

A data breach in California this week exposed the personal information of people in the state who have applied for permits to carry firearms in public.  The leak, announced Wednesday by the California Department of Justice, revealed the name, date of birth, gender, race, driver’s license number, addresses, and any …

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The Fire Pit: New Section Featuring Stories of Fortune, Lore, and More

Welcome to The Fire Pit! Our new section is for stories and yarns that you would share while sitting with comrades around the fire. This includes Stories of Fortune; Lore; Book Reviews; and more.  On tap are tales from the longtime SOF gang; from publisher SKK on Cold War adventures; …

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Moscow Describes Captured Americans as ‘Prisoners of War’, but Says They Are Not Protected by Geneva Conventions

The Geneva Conventions governing the treatment of people in wartime does not apply to Americans who were captured in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Additionally, Moscow cannot guarantee that Americans captured in Ukraine will be spared the death penalty, he said. “I cannot guarantee anything. It depends on the …

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Azov Commanders Being Held Inside Notorious Lefortovo Prison, Moscow Says

The Azov Battalion chain of command remains intact, sources tell Soldier of Fortune Commanders of Ukraine’s Azov battalion, who held out for weeks against Russian forces in Mariupol, have been sent to Moscow’s notorious Lefortovo detention center, according to Moscow’s state-sponsored TASS news agency. “Currently, several Azov commanders, who were …

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Missing Americans Appear on Video, Alive in Captivity

Two Americans who went missing last week in Ukraine have appeared alive and in captivity, in video posted Friday on Twitter. The two men, U.S. veterans from Alabama, were in Ukraine to help defend against Russian forces. The men hadn’t been seen in days, and were feared to have been …

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Third American May Be Missing While Fighting in Ukraine: State Department

Updated A third American may be missing while fighting inside Ukraine, the U.S. State Department said. The man was identified in news reports as former Marine Corps Capt. Grady Kurpasi, who joined the service after witnessing the Sept. 11 terror attacks in New York City  “There are reports of one …

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Donetsk Breakaway Leader Confirms Russian General Killed in Ukraine, Frames Death as By-Product of “Invincible” Warfighting

The leader of pro-Moscow separatists in Donetsk verified that another Russian military commander was killed in combat against Ukrainian troops, and implied also that such deaths are a by-product of “invincible” Russian warfighting.  Denis Pushilin, who leads the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic, wrote June 7 on Telegram that Russian Lieutenant …

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Soldiers of Misfortune, Captured in Brazil: Escape, Evasion, and Hiding Out in a Bordello

by John Coleman If there’s a lesson to be learned from merc work, it’s this -you are on your own. When you put your trust in others, or rely on outside forces for salvation, you’re buying yourself a one·way ticket to the oblivion of a mercs’ limbo: jail if you’re …

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Burn Pits May Force the Military to Acknowledge Generations of Poisoned Veterans

by Sonner Kehrt, The War Horse On a late spring day in 1945, a boyish-looking 17-year-old reported to the Naval Station Great Lakes, just north of Chicago. His name was James Ryals, but everyone called him by his middle name, Jerry. Jerry had been so eager to serve that he’d …

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