6 surprising things that are against the laws of war

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty They may seem like they’re tying troops’ hands behind their backs — especially given that today’s wars are very different from those when the former laws of war were written — but there’s a good reason why certain rules have been imposed to protect troops in combat. Though not every country ratified all of the protocols of the Geneva Convention, and fewer still signed the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, many still hold to the genera ... More

$700B defense bill approved by Senate

By Richard Lardner Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping defense policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military, putting the U.S. armed forces on track for a budget greater than at any time during the decade-plus wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Senators passed the legislation by an 89-8 vote Monday. The measure authorizes $700 billion in military spending for the budget year that begins Oct. 1, expands U.S. missile defenses in res ... More

Marine vehicle struck gas line before fiery crash

Carl Prine The San Diego Union-Tribune The armored amphibious vehicle that caught fire on Camp Pendleton Wednesday morning, sending 14 Marines and a Navy corpsman to area hospitals for serious burn injuries, struck a natural gas line during routine pre-deployment training. Although San Diego Gas & Electric Co. supplies natural gas to the sprawling North County base, the utility said it was not an SDG&E line that ignited. “We are aware of a gas incident that occurred on Camp Pendleton on Wed ... More

Soldier departs, burglars break-in to house

James Draper Kilgore News Herald, Texas Minutes after Daniel Mendez departed to serve his country in parts unknown, thieves were rifling through his home in Leverett’s Chapel. Rusk County Sheriff’s Department investigators are on the lookout for suspects (one or more) as the Mendez family – the soldier’s wife and five children – struggle to find their footing after the theft of as much as $5,000 in belongings and the loss of the security of their home. “It made it that ... More

1 soldier killed, 7 injured in Fort Bragg training exercise 

By Associated Press FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A training exercise involving demolitions killed one special operations soldier and injured seven others at the Army's largest base Thursday, just a day after 15 Marines were hurt in a fire while training in California. The soldiers were taken to several hospitals, including the Womack Army Medical Center on base for treatment, said Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt, a spokesman for the U.S. Army's Special Operations Command, which i ... More

VA offers beds to nursing home residents in need after Irma

David J. Neal Miami Herald After Wednesday’s death of eight residents of a Hollywood nursing home steaming without air conditioning, U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs David Shulkin announced Thursday that the agency will open available beds to non-Veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma. “We will continue to look for ways to relieve the hardship this powerful storm has caused,” Shulkin said. “Much of the heavy-lifting to recover from the hurricane is still ... More