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Lloyd Austin’s Pentagon Clears Austin of Wrongdoing Over Secret ‘Hospitalgate’ Incident

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating Lloyd Austin’s Pentagon today cleared Austin of wrongdoing during the Defense Secretary’s five-day disappearance in early January, when he was hospitalized for complications following a medical procedure. A Pentagon statement to that effect was accompanied by a memo that contains only an illegible signature with no …

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‘The Mother’: A Soldier’s Haunting Encounter in Iraq

by Cliff Wade Iraq, 2006 We found ourselves in the home of an Iraqi family during a massive clearing operation in an area characterized by terrain varying between urban landscape, farmland, palm groves, and small villages. We had been clearing routes of improvised explosive devices all morning. We had been …

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Boy Suspended For Playing With Toy Gun During School Zoom Class

by Fred Ganous A 13-year-old student attending a virtual class from home on a snow day was suspended after a teacher saw him playing with a toy gun he had received for Christmas. The incident occurred at Spring Grove Middle School in York County, Pennsylvania, after the boy showed his …

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Florida Deputy Saves Infant Trapped in Car After Deadly Crash

A Florida law enforcement officer saved the life of a six-month-old baby who lost consciousness and stopped breathing while trapped inside a car following a horrific high-speed crash. The baby was strapped securely in the back seat of her mom’s car when a motorcyclist slammed through the baby’s window on …

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Two Years Into Russian Invasion, Ukrainians Recall ‘That Terrible Day’

In the early morning hours of February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine with tanks and mechanized columns. Simultaneously, it launched missile and air strikes in what Russian President Vladimir Putin said was a “special military operation.” Two years later, Ukrainians who survived the invasion recall their experiences, collected by Soldier …

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Did Putin Fly a Russian Tu-160M Blackjack Bomber?

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin flew in the cockpit of a Tu-160M bomber. And, Moscow adds, it has proof! A video that we captured from Russian state media seems to show Putin airborne and in the left seat of the plane’s cockpit. Is this …

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Hero Dog ‘Shimanski’ Honored for Courage Under Fire

An American multi-purpose canine (MPC) Belgian Malinois was honored for heroism under fire while serving four tours of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps.  Shimanski was deployed to Jordan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia during his seven-year career and received the Animals in War and Peace Medal of Bravery for his service, an …

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The Battle of Bayonet Hill: Lewis Millett and the ‘Wolfhounds’ at War in Korea

The last major bayonet charge in American military history took place in Korea on February 7, 1951. The charge was carried out by the men of Easy Company, 27th Infantry “Wolfhounds,” during the Battle of Bayonet Hill. The soldiers were led by Cpt. Lewis Millett, who had been awarded the …

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With the SAS in Mozambique, We Parachuted Into Enemy Territory While Bombs Exploded on the Ground Below

by John Gartner As I sat looking out the port side window of the Dakota, I could see below me the vast expanse of Lake Cahora Bassa dam. The grey skeletal branches of long-drowned trees dotted the shoreline and seemed, in my reverie, to be reaching imploringly skyward. The surface …

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