3rd Special Forces Group to return to Africa mission

By Drew Brooks The Fayetteville Observer FORT BRAGG, Ga. — On the 25th anniversary of the 3rd Special Forces Group being reactivated at Fort Bragg, officials are announcing a return to the unit's roots. Starting this fall, the Green Berets of 3rd Group will once again build a presence on Africa, the continent that was the original area of operations for the group. Col. Robert L. Wilson, the commander, said 3rd Group would slowly transition to the African mission while relinquishing its duties i ... More

Navy, Marines ease up on transgender policy

By William Cole The Honolulu Star-Advertiser The Navy and Marine Corps have joined the Army and Air Force in making it harder to discharge transgender military members. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed a memorandum Wednesday stating, "Effective immediately, separations initiated under the provisions of the reference for service members with a diagnosis or history of gender dysphoria, who identify themselves as transgender, or who have taken steps to externalize the condition, must be forwarded to the as ... More

USCG fines Calif. fisherman $5K for jumping off charter boat

By Nels Johnson The Marin Independent Journal MARIN, Calif. — A man who jumped from a fishing boat into the ocean off Muir Beach to win a bet lost big time as the Coast Guard issued a $5,000 fine. The incident last week aboard the party boat Bass Tub stunned 13 others aboard including the captain and crew, who swung into a life-or-death rescue. Veteran skipper Erik Anfinson of Sleepy Hollow said his brother, Aaron, was at the helm a mile off Muir Beach near the end of a bountiful day off the coast, ... More

Video: Wounded Pa. soldier gets the keys to brand new 'smart home'

By Laura Olson The Morning Call ALLENTOWN, Penn.  — Nearly five years after Whitehall soldier Adam Keys returned from Afghanistan, the 31-year-old got another long-awaited homecoming on Thursday. Keys, a sergeant with the U.S. Army, lost both legs and his left hand in 2011 after a bomb rocked his armored car in Afghanistan. Since then, he has endured more than 130 surgeries and has transitioned to using prosthetic legs in addition to a wheelchair. But on Thursday, Keys got to enter his new ... More

Calif. man pleads guilty to stealing more than $316K of government property

The Modesto Bee SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Eric M. Shaffer, 42, of Modesto, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of theft of government property for taking Department of Defense property worth more than $316,000, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Shaffer was an employee at the Department of Defense Logistics Agency, San Joaquin Distribution Center, in Tracy. Shaffer regularly came into contact with new goods delivered by venders to the DoD and the United States General Services Admini ... More