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POLITICO Pro Navy fires Guantanamo Bay commander

John NettletonThe Navy fired the commanding officer of Naval Base Guantánamo Bay on Wednesday amid allegations of an extramarital affair, revealed following the death of the husband of the woman the base commander was allegedly seeing.

Capt. John Nettleton was relieved of command “due to a loss of confidence” by the head of Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, the Navy said. It declined to offer any additional details about the circumstances, citing an “ongoing” investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

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US Special Forces Are Operating in More Countries Than You Can Imagine

Special OpsIn the dead of night, they swept in aboard V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Landing in a remote region of one of the most volatile countries on the planet, they raided a village and soon found themselves in a life-or-death firefight. It was the second time in two weeks that elite U.S. Navy SEALs had attempted to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers. And it was the second time they failed.

On December 6, 2014, approximately 36 of America’s top commandos, heavily armed, operating with intelligence from satellites, drones, and high-tech eavesdropping, outfitted with night vision goggles, and backed up by elite Yemeni troops, went toe-to-toe with about six militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. When it was over, Somers was dead, along with Pierre Korkie, a South African teacher due to be set free the next day. Eight civilians were also killed by the commandos, according to local reports. Most of the militants escaped.

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Hackers make US military Twitter account look like ISIS

US Military CommandHackers claiming to be the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Monday hacked into the Twitter and YouTube accounts for U.S. Central Command.

The banner on the military command’s Twitter page was changed to a black and white photo of an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighter with the words “Cybercaliphate” and “i love you isis,” before switching back to Centcom’s previous graphics about 20 minutes later.
The account also had sent out a number of Tweets, the first declaring: “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK.”

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Two Tuskegee Airmen die in Los Angeles at 91

tuskegee airmenTwo members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the famed all-black squadron that flew in World War II, died on the same day. The men, lifelong friends who enlisted together, were 91.

Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey died on Jan. 5 in their Los Angeles homes, relatives said Sunday.

Huntley and Shambrey enlisted in 1942. They were shipped overseas to Italy in 1944 with the 100th Fighter Squadron of the Army Air Force's 332nd Fighter Group. As mechanics, they kept the combat planes flying.

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Top American military officer says Gitmo creates 'psychological scar on our national values'

Gen. martin DempseyCount the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman among those who believe it's in the national interest to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Gen. Martin Dempsey says the facility at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba "does create a psychological scar on our national values. Whether it should or not, it does."  The U.S. has transferred of a number of detainees recently as President Barack Obama tries to make progress toward his goal of closing Guantanamo.

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Agent Orange may have affected Air Force workers after Vietnam

agent orange Two dozen U.S. Air Force planes used to spray Agent Orange during the Vietnam War remained contaminated with the herbicide at levels that likely posed a health risk to some personnel who flew on them in the decade after the conflict, according to a new report.

The report could open the way to medical care and disability pay for hundreds of reservists who worked on the C-123 planes until 1982 and later developed certain medical conditions.

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U.S. Seeks Criminal Charges Against David Petraeus

Petraues to be chargedThe FBI and Justice Department prosecutors have recommended bringing criminal charges against former CIA chief David Petraeus for improperly providing classified information to a female Army Reserve officer with whom he was having an affair, the New York Times reported on Friday.

The newspaper cited officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Justice Department investigation focuses on whether Petraeus gave the woman, Paula Broadwell, access to his CIA email account and other highly classified information. The Times said officials have recommended felony charges.

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