UK Army marksman, Olympic hopeful kept ammunition illegally

PA Regional Newswire BEDFORDSHIRE, England — An Army marksman living in Bedfordshire went from Olympic gold medal hopes to a career in ruins after illegally keeping ammunition, a court martial has heard. Warrant Officer Morgan Cook, 40, who had been tipped to lead Team GB to shooting glory at the London games, admitted illegal possession at his home of thousands of rounds of ammunition at an earlier hearing. At Colchester Military Court Centre, Judge Advocate Emma Peters and a military board ordered he be ... More

For returning vets, jobs remain elusive

By Mary McCarty Dayton Daily News  MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Sgt. Rard Hamber returned from Afghanistan in September and is planning his future steps while juggling daily life with his fiancee, Debbie Lonsway, and their daughter, Alanna, 6.   Kristen Brown of Middletown starts a new job Monday after coming home from Afghanistan. Her service in Afghanistan helped her land the job.   Tens of thousands of American veterans will be celebrating Veterans Day today without the one thing they want the ... More

Syria's opposition urges West to send rebels arms

The Capital DOHA, Qatar — The newly elected leader of Syria's main opposition group slammed the international community for what he called inaction, saying Saturday that fighters are in desperate need of weapons to break the stalemate with President Bashar Assad's forces.   George Sabra's comments came as his Syrian National Council struggled with other opposition groups to try to forge a cohesive and more representative leadership as rebels step up attacks against regime forces.   ... More

Missing records frustrate veterans in Wash.

Peter Sleeth and Hal Bernton  Seattle Times SEATTLE — A strange thing happened when Christopher DeLara filed for disability benefits after his tour in Iraq: The U.S. Army said it had no records showing he had ever been overseas. DeLara had searing memories of his combat experiences. A friend bled to death before his eyes. He saw an insurgent shoot his commander in the head. And, most hauntingly, he recalled firing at an Iraqi boy who had attacked his convoy. The Army said it could find no field re ... More

Vietnam traveling wall exhibit chokes up veterans in Pa.

The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — From the road, the dark chevron that snakes along the grounds of the Coatesville VA Hospital looks like a fence for a Little League diamond.   Come closer, on a cold, blustery day, and you'll see men and women approach it slowly, silently: a sign announces: Quiet Zone.   A bearded, ponytailed man walks up to the wall and searches its 250-foot length for a name etched into the powder-coated aluminum. He finds what he's looking for, touc ... More

Ohio World War II vet to receive prestigious military honor

By Barrie Barber Dayton Daily News  CENTERVILLE, Ohio — More than six decades after he landed on Utah Beach in Normandy, Russell Taylor will be presented the prestigious French Knight of the Legion of Honor Medal.   The 95-year-old man, long past his days as an Army soldier, is expected to be given the honor on Sunday in a Veterans Day ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.   "I was really surprised," said Taylor, who lives near Centerville. "I certainly didn ... More

Fury at SAS sniper's trophy gun jailing

The Sunday Telegraph  LONDON — An SAS soldier has been jailed for possessing a "war trophy" pistol presented to him by the Iraqi army for outstanding service. Sgt Danny Nightingale, a special forces sniper who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was sentenced to 18 months in military detention by a court martial last week. His sentence was described last night as the "betrayal of a war hero", made worse because it was handed down in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday. Sgt Nighting ... More

Sandy pollution response unified command continues response to threats

Coast Guard News NEW YORK – The Hurricane Sandy Pollution Response Unified Command continues to focus on environmental threats and hazardous substance mitigation efforts within marinas, bays and harbors throughout New York and New Jersey caused by Hurricane Sandy. The interagency pollution response consists of federal, state and local agencies that have a strong working relationship, and have been coordinating pollution response operations for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Responders with the unified ... More