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5 life lessons today's troops could learn from Vietnam vets

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty It’s easy to look at different eras of veterans and write them off as coming a different time, a different place, a different war. The truth is, the old Vietnam vet you met at the Legion while trying to get cheap drinks isn’t all that different from our men and women fighting today in Iraq and Afghanistan. Toss a drink or two his way and share some stories. Life sucks in the sandbox, but things in the jungle weren’t any better. Whether you’re out t ... More

Soldier dies from injuries incurred during live-fire training

Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON — A Fort Stewart soldier died Tuesday of injuries he suffered last week while participating in a nighttime live-fire training exercise on the coastal Georgia Army post, Army officials said Wednesday. Sgt. Michael T. Trask died in a hospital in nearby Savannah from the injuries he sustained Dec. 6 during the training event, said Kevin Larson, a spokesman for Fort Stewart. The Army is investigating the incident and declined to provide any additional details, ... More

US commander orders new probe into Somalia raid

By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press WASHINGTON — The head of U.S. Africa Command has asked for an additional investigation into whether civilians were killed during a deadly August raid in Somalia involving American and Somali forces. Army Col. Mark Cheadle, a spokesman for Africa Command, said Wednesday that Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser has asked the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to look into the details of the raid in Bariire village by Somali troops supported by U.S. special operation ... More

EOD soldier honored for stopping bomb in Afghanistan

Drew Brooks The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Sgt. 1st Class John Visaggio was holding a bomb. And it was just about to blow. Serving in Afghanistan earlier this year, the explosive ordnance disposal, or EOD, soldier had to think and act quickly. As he shouted for others to leave the building, Visaggio took hold of the detonation cord and pulled it away from the makeshift explosive device. He threw the cord away from himself just as it fully ignited. “Everyone started running out of the building a ... More

Soldier dies in non-combat crash in Afghanistan

Lisa Demer Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage An Army soldier from Anchorage died Monday after a rollover crash in Afghanistan, according to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The crash in Nangarhar Province was not during combat, the military said. Staff Sgt. David Thomas Brabander, 24, was an airborne infantryman. He enlisted in the Army in Anchorage in March 2012 and was assigned to U.S. Army Alaska in November 2015. Before that, he was assigned to Hawaii. He died from injuries suffered ... More