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'Good Morning, Vietnam' DJ, USAF vet Adrian Cronauer dies at 79

Stars and Stripes Many things in Robin Williams' portrayal of DJ Adrian Cronauer in "Good Morning, Vietnam" weren't really based on Cronauer. But that drawn-out "goooooood morning, Vietnam" was all Cronauer. The Air Force veteran played by Williams in the 1987 movie, died Wednesday. He was 79. Mary Muse, the wife of Cronauer's stepson Michael Muse, said Thursday that Cronauer died from an age-related illness. He had lived in Troutville, Virginia, and died at a local nu ... More

US soldier killed in Afghanistan in 'insider attack'

Jeremy Redmon The Atlanta Journal-Constitution A Georgia-based soldier who was supporting the training of Afghan security forces was killed during an “apparent insider attack” Saturday, becoming the third U.S. service member to die in Afghanistan this year. Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, Calif., died in the Tarin Kowt District, which lies southwest of Kabul. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning. Two other unidentified U.S. troops w ... More

Fort Carson soldier, 19, killed in ATV crash

Ellie Mulder The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) A 19-year-old Fort Carson soldier died Saturday in an ATV crash while on leave in his hometown of Ashville, Penn. Cody "C.J." Maines was assigned Dec. 19 to the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson after enlisting June 12, Gazette news partner KKTV reported. He had received a National Defense Service Medal. "The Stagecoach Battalion is deeply saddened by the loss of PV2 Cody Maines. Cody was relatively new to the A ... More

JBLM soldier killed in training accident identified

Kenny Ocker The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) The Army has announced the name of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier killed in a training accident earlier this week.  Pvt. Julian Diaz, 19, of Tolleson, Ariz., died in a vehicle crash at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., on Tuesday, Lt. Col. Fred Williams announced in a news release Thursday afternoon. Diaz joined the Army in 2017 and was a member of the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team ... More

USMC IDs 4 crew members killed in helicopter crash

Carl Prine The San Diego Union-Tribune Helicopter crew members who died together in a Tuesday crash in Imperial County mirrored both the Marine Corps and the country that they served. Following notifications to their relatives on Thursday, the Pentagon released the names of the four Marines killed while crewing the CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter that went down around 2:35 p.m. Tuesday about 15 miles west of El Centro, near the desert community of Plaster City and the international border with Mexico. Pi ... More

DoD IDs soldier killed in Syria explosion

Lauren King and Chad Garland Stars and Stripes A 36-year-old soldier has been identified as the American servicemember killed in an improvised explosive device blast in Manbij, Syria. Master Sgt. Jonathan J. Dunbar of Austin, Texas, died Friday after the IED detonated near his patrol, according to a news release from the Defense Department. U.K. Sgt. Matt Tonroe was identified as the other servicemember killed in the blast. His is the U.K.’s first combat death in the anti-ISIS fight. The 33-year-ol ... More

Army IDs soldier killed in noncombat incident in Baghdad

Chad Garland Stars and Stripes The Pentagon has identified a soldier who died in a noncombat incident Monday in Iraq while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State campaign. In a statement Tuesday, the military said Sgt. Christina Marie Schoenecker, 26, of Arlington, Kan., died in Baghdad. The circumstances of her death are under investigation, which is standard for fatal events. Schoenecker, an Army Reserve human resources specialist, was assigned to the 89th Sustainment Br ... More