Why was Maine shooter allowed to have guns? Questions swirl in wake of massacre
Authorities face mounting questions about how a gunman with a history of mental illness, an array of weapons and who police knew had a potential for violence was still able to own guns and commit the deadliest mass shooting in Maine’s history.
What to know and what's next for Travis King, the American soldier who ran into North Korea
An American soldier who sprinted into North Korea and was held there for two months before being returned to the U.S. is now set to undergo medical testing and extensive questioning about his time in the isolated country before potentially facing charges under the military justice system.
Source: Army booted Texas mall gunman over mental health
The man accused of killing eight people and wounding several others in a mass shooting at a suburban Dallas shopping mall over the weekend apparently had been working as a security guard and was discharged from the U.S. Army in 2008 because of mental health issues, according to neighbors and an Army official.
1st class of Ukraine fighters finishes advanced US training
The Pentagon says the first class of 635 Ukrainian fighters has finished a five-week advanced U.S. training course in Germany on sophisticated combat skills and armored vehicles that will be critical in the coming spring offensive against the Russians.
Panel advises removal of Confederate statue at Arlington
An independent commission is recommending that the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery be dismantled and taken down, as part of its final report to Congress on the renaming of military bases and assets that commemorate the Confederacy.
Search for Supreme Court leaker falls to former Army colonel
When Gail Curley began her job as Marshal of the U.S. Supreme Court less than a year ago, she would have expected to work mostly behind the scenes: overseeing the court’s police force and the operations of the marble-columned building where the justices work.
Microsoft wins $22 billion deal making headsets for US Army
Microsoft says it has won a nearly $22 billion contract to supply U.S. Army combat troops with its virtual reality headsets. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)Microsoft won a nearly $22 billion contract to supply U.S. Army combat troops with its augmented reality headsets. Microsoft and the Army separately announced the deal Wednesday. The technology is based on Microsoft's HoloLens headsets, which were originally intended for the video game and entertainment industries. The new contract will enable Microsoft to mass produce units for more than 120,000 soldiers in the Army Close Combat Force.
More Johnson & Johnson shots coming to Florida but next shipment date unknown
FILE - U.S. Army medic Kristen Rogers of Waxhaw, N.C. fills syringes with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in North Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)Florida is slated to get 42,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines the week of March 22, marking the state’s second delivery of the single-dose shots, but it may be some time before another round is headed to the Sunshine state. They’re there for a day, they move to another block for a day.”AdMoskowitz said those mobile units are “doing exclusively Johnson & Johnson, because obviously it’s just much easier to do it once and then move and continue. It’s just logistically much easier.”Since December, Florida has received nearly 7 million coronavirus vaccine doses between Moderna, Pfizer and, most recently, Johnson & Johnson. More than 2.4 million people in Florida are fully vaccinated as of Friday, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Seoul agrees to pay more for hosting American troops in 2021
U.S. and South Korean officials say has Seoul agreed to a 13.9% increase in payments to cover this year's cost of basing U.S. troops on the Korean peninsula. American and South Korean officials, in separate briefings for reporters in Washington and Seoul, said the 13.9% increase will apply to the South Korean government's payments this year. That is a 13.9% increase, which a State Department official said is the largest since 2004. Overall, South Korea will be paying about 44% of the overall cost of having American troops based on the peninsula, not counting U.S. military and civilian salaries. The U.S. has about 28,500 troops in South Korea.
US and South Korea agree on new cost-sharing deal for troops
FILE - U.S. Army mobile equipment sits in a field in Yeoncheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The U.S. keeps about 28,000 troops in South Korea to help deter potential aggression from North Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War. On Monday, the South Korea and U.S militaries kicked off annual military drills that would last for nine days. The big U.S. military presence in South Korea is a symbol of the countries’ alliance but also a source of long-running anti-American sentiments. ___Associated Press writer Hyung-jin Kim in Seoul, South Korea, contributed to this report.
Updated CDC guidelines for those who are vaccinated coming ‘soon’
In the meantime, health officials said it’s important to keep following the current guidelines even after getting the vaccine. When prevention measures like mask mandates are rolled back, cases go up,” Walensky said. A representative of Osceola County said they have no plans to relax their mask mandate anytime soon. A Volusia County spokesperson said in a statement:Ad“Here in Volusia County, while some cities have mask mandates, Volusia County Government never instituted one. We never had a mask mandate, and we do not plan to start one.
Purple Heart found in Arizona thrift store returned to Flagler County family
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – A priceless war medal was returned to a Flagler County family after a volunteer found the memorabilia at an Arizona thrift shop. Lisa Walker said it took more than three decades for her father’s war medals to be returned to her family. (WKMG)She said she only had photos of him, until his Purple Heart and other Korean War medals were found more than 2,000 miles away at an Arizona thrift store. Her only clue was Blauberg’s name on the back of the Purple Heart. AdWalker said she didn’t know her father earned a Purple Heart.
US Army crowdsources ideas to combat sexual assault crisis
In this Monda, Feb. 22, 2021 photo released by the U.S. Army, Sgt. The 18th Airborne Corps says they plan to implement parts of all seven pitches heard at the presentation. Taylor Knueven always knew sexual assault and harassment plagued the U.S. Army. Last week, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said at his first Pentagon news conference that reducing sexual assault is one of his top priorities and that he would introduce stronger efforts to fight it. Some ideas, like Knueven’s will be easier than others and involve simple policy changes, according to Col. Joe Buccino, Public Affairs Officer for the 18th Airborne Corps.
Army: Sick soldiers drank compound found in antifreeze
FILE - This Sept. 9, 2014 file photo shows cars wait to enter Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. The U.S. Army says eleven soldiers have been injured after ingesting an unknown substance during a field training exercise at Fort Bliss. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca, File)FORT BLISS, Texas – An investigation into what sickened 11 soldiers who ingested an unauthorized substance shows they drank an industrial compound found in antifreeze believing it was alcohol following a 10-day field training exercise at Fort Bliss in Texas, U.S. Army officials said Friday. Those sickened include one warrant officer, two noncommissioned officers and eight enlisted members, Fort Bliss officials said in an earlier statement. The Fort Bliss senior commander has also directed an administrative investigation.
Boeing bumps up Starliner launch date, docking with space station
In December, Boeing officials said they were targeting March 29 but now the company is planning to repeat the orbital flight test on March 25. Additionally, a March 25 launch would mean there is room for Starliner to dock at the space station. Boeing teams recently mated Starliner’s crew module on the spacecraft service module at Kennedy Space Center. “Teams conducted a full software review and several series of tests to verify Starliner’s software meets design specifications,” the company said in a news release. Following a full review of the test, Boeing could fly its first astronaut crew in December, according to NASA’s most recent timeline.
US soldier arrested in plot to blow up NYC 9/11 Memorial
(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)NEW YORK – A U.S. Army soldier was arrested Tuesday in Georgia on terrorism charges after he spoke online about plots to blow up New York City's 9/11 Memorial and other landmarks and attack U.S. soldiers in the Middle East, authorities said. According to court papers, he expressed his frustration with the U.S. military and his desire to aid the Islamic State group. The criminal complaint said he then provided training and guidance to purported Islamic State fighters who were planning attacks, including advice about potential targets in New York City, including the 9/11 Memorial. This month, according to the complaint, Bridges sent a video of himself in body armor standing before an Islamic State flag, gesturing support. In a statement Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Fort Stewart-based 3rd Infantry Division, Lt. Col. Lindsey Elder, confirmed that Pfc.
Correction: Bowling Alley Shooting story
This Dec. 13, 2019 photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. 1st Class Duke Webb who is currently serving as a Special Forces Assistance Operations and Intelligence Sergeant. Webb, arrested in an apparently random shooting at an Illinois bowling alley that left three people dead and three others injured had four deployments to Afghanistan, the most recent ending in July. Webb was scheduled to appear in court Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, on three counts of murder and three counts of first-degree attempted murder in the shooting at Don Carter Lanes, in Rockford, Ill., on Saturday evening. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army via AP)
Man charged in Illinois bowling alley shooting that killed 3
Authorities say Webb, a U.S. serviceman from Florida has been charged in the deaths of three people and the wounding of three more in a shooting at an Illinois bowling alley on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. While no bowling is currently allowed due to state-imposed coronavirus restrictions, a bar linked to the business was legally open. Maj. Gen. John Brennan, commander of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), said in a statement Sunday night that Webb's alleged actions were “abhorrent” and not representative of the Special Forces Regiment. The bowling alley was closed at the time of the shooting, in accordance with restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, O'Shea said. The teens who were wounded were picking up food at the carryout section of the bowling alley, he said.
Florida serviceman charged in Illinois bowling alley shooting that killed 3
Duke Webb, a U.S. serviceman from Florida, has been charged in a shooting at an Illinois bowling alley that left three people dead and three wounded, authorities said Sunday. ROCKFORD, Ill. – A U.S. Army special forces sergeant based in Florida has been charged in an apparently random shooting at an Illinois bowling alley that left three people dead and three wounded, authorities said Sunday. Maj. Gen. John Brennan, commander of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), said in a statement Sunday night that Webb's alleged actions were “abhorrent” and not representative of the Special Forces Regiment. The bowling alley was closed at the time of the shooting, in accordance with restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, O'Shea said. The teens who were wounded were picking up food at the carryout section of the bowling alley, he said.
Army to fire, suspend Fort Hood troops over violence at base
Guillen, who was last seen on April 22, was laid to rest nearly four months after she is said to have been killed by a fellow soldier at Fort Hood, a U.S. Army base in Texas. McCarthy and other senior Army leaders are expected to announce the results of the review on Tuesday. Army leaders have already delayed Efflandt's planned transfer to Fort Bliss, where he was slated to take over leadership of the 1st Armored Division. In a recent video message on Twitter, McCarthy said he had reviewed the findings of the independent commission he sent to assess the command climate at Fort Hood. All together, so far this year, 25 soldiers assigned to Fort Hood have died due to suicide, homicide or accidents, compared with 32 last year and 24 in 2018.
No more tarps: Cocoa Army veteran gets new roof after Hurricane Irma damaged his
COCOA, Fla. – It’s out with the old and in with the new at the home of U.S. Army Veteran John Cowell Sr.Cowell, 61, said he’s finally at ease because for the last three years, he’s had multiple tarps covering his longtime home. “When it rains outside ... it’s raining inside the same way,” Cowell said. [TRENDING: ‘Christmas Star’ forming soon | This holiday drone light show is way COOL | Can I legally pass a police car in traffic?] Through the Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Owens Corning and Collis Roofing, Cowell was one of the many veterans selected to receive a new roof. He said Hurricane Irma ruined most of his roof and he tried fixing it with his brother but said it was too much for them.
New program allows soldiers to innovate from the bottom up
On Wednesday, the 18th Airborne Corps announced Adams as the winner of their inaugural Dragon Innovation Challenge. Col. Joseph Buccino, spokesman for the 18th Airborne Corps, sees this as a way of unlocking hidden, untapped talent. The first round of the competition asked soldiers to address the challenges associated with training and shooting ranges on base. Adams’ app will be built and tested across the 18th Airborne Corps’ seven installations. Roy Smith, who sat on the panel that selected Adams’ idea, said the competition gives soldiers from the bottom up the chance to make broad changes necessary to the Army.
Army: Slain Texas soldier's family entitled to compensation
FILE - In this July 30, 2020, file photo, supporters of the family of slain Army Spc. The death of Guillen, who was slain by a fellow soldier at the Texas Army base where they both worked, has been classified as "in the line of duty," according to a report by U.S. Army officials. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)KILLEEN, Texas – The family of a Texas soldier whose on-base killing sparked calls in Congress for changes in the way the military handles sexual abuse and harassment is entitled to benefits, including compensation, because her death happened “in the line of duty,” U.S. Army officials announced. Officials said they had evidence that Guillén did face other kinds of harassment by other people at the Texas base. According to the Army's report, Guillén “died by homicide” at 11 a.m. on April 22.
'The military's #MeToo moment:' Fort Hood victims speak out
Members of Congress launched an investigation of Fort Hood in September after Sgt. Elder Fernandes was found dead on Aug. 25 hanging from a tree in Temple, Texas, months after reporting sexual harassment. A Fort Hood officer went with his wife to their apartment during one altercation after Buxton called for help. A Fort Hood spokesperson said they had no information on this allegation. “How many more must die at Fort Hood for them to be held accountable?” Lupe Guillen said.
Military suicides up as much as 20% in COVID era
The Pentagon refused to provide 2020 data or discuss the issue, but Army officials said discussions in Defense Department briefings indicate there has been up to a 20% jump in overall military suicides this year. Pointing to increases in Army suicides, murders and other violent behavior, he added, “We cannot say definitively it is because of COVID. “COVID adds stress,” said Gen. Charles Brown, the Air Force chief, in public remarks. The active duty Air Force and reserves had 98 suicides as of Sept. 15, unchanged from the same period last year. But last year was the worst in three decades for active duty Air Force suicides.
‘I feel a sense of duty:' Recruiters note influx of Hispanics enlisting in U.S. Army
He enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was 23 years old taking the first step in his military career. We have a majority of people enlisted out of this office are Hispanics,” Castillo explained. In fact, Castillo said 22% of Hispanic females and 17% of Hispanic males are serving in the U.S. Army. News 6 was there as Jose Luis Reategui arrived at the recruiting office on Monday morning. Sergeant First Class Isaac Ayala, also a U.S. Army recruiter, is from New York though his parents came from Puerto Rico.