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Guard members face serious penalties in bikini film shoot

Associated Press  SALT LAKE CITY — Utah National Guard members could face career-ending penalties for allowing a risque video featuring bikini-clad British women firing high-powered weapons and riding in tanks to be partially filmed at a military training camp, the agency's top commander told state lawmakers Thursday. A separate investigation, meanwhile, has found that a state police officer was on duty while participating in the video shoot earlier this year and that the models bran ... More

Military marks second death in campaign against IS

Associated Press  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says a Marine who died Thursday in a noncombat incident in Baghdad was the second U.S. military death associated with the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The Marine was identified as 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal of Riverside, California. The Pentagon isn't providing more details and says it's investigating. On Oct. 2, the Navy said a Marine who ejected from an MV-22 Osprey aircraft over the Persian ... More

Pa. military surplus store sold over $200K in stolen items

By Paul Peirce Tribune-Review WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. — The owner of California Army-Navy surplus store and his nephew made "substantial profits" by selling more than $216,000 worth of military property that allegedly was stolen from the Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune, N.C., according to Washington County detectives. Thomas Miske, 63, of Brownsville and Michael Miske Jr., 31, of California Borough were charged by detectives Wednesday with dealing in proceeds of illegal activities ... More

As number eligible to serve shrinks, Army adapts recruiting strategy

By Clifford Davis The Florida Times-Union The U.S. Army now says that seven out of 10 young people between the ages of 17 and 24 are ineligible to become soldiers. The alarming reduction in the pool of prospective soldiers worries Army brass and they largely attribute it to three issues: obesity or health problems; lack of a high school education; and criminal histories. "There's a reliance on an ever-smaller group of people to serve and defend the country," said Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, ... More

Trial begins over mysterious Navy silencer contract

By Matthew Barakat Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A Navy intelligence officer illegally diverted nearly $2 million in government funds to his boss's brother under a secret, illegitimate contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers, prosecutors said Monday. In opening trial statements in Alexandria, prosecutors said the defendant, Navy civilian Lee Hall of Sterling, had no authority to buy weapons and that the real reason for the contract was to bail out his boss's br ... More