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Navy: Base Shooting Suspect Didn't Have Own Weapon

USS MahanA civilian suspect approached a destroyer docked at the world's largest naval base late Monday, disarmed a petty officer on watch and fatally shot a sailor, according to the Navy.

Navy security forces then killed the suspect, who was authorized to be at Naval Station Norfolk and did not bring his own weapon on base, according to the Navy's statement. No other fatalities or injuries were reported.

The male sailor was shot about 11:20 p.m. on the USS Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer, base spokeswoman Terri Davis said Tuesday. She said she couldn't say whether the suspect had permission to be onboard.

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Recording shows that Army punished soldiers who asked for help

Army punshed soldiers who asked for helpAfter three combat tours, Sgt. Dennis Tackett was kicked out of the Army for punching a man in the face while drunk. It didn’t matter that he had been diagnosed with PTSD (by the Army) and had tried to get help (from the Army) for the drinking it led to. It didn’t matter that he was in the late stages of a medical discharge that would get him out soon anyway — with benefits.

What mattered to the commanding general at Fort Carson, Colo., who spoke to him that day in November 2012 was that he had tried to fight the discharge with the help of a pair of civilian watchdogs, Georg-Andreas Pogany and Robert Alvarez.

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High unemployment still haunting military veterans

vets fac e unemploymentUnemployment among U.S. military veterans eased last year, government data showed on Thursday, but remained far higher than the national average rate for the civilian population.

The unemployment rate among veterans who had joined the military after September 11, 2001, averaged 9.0 percent last year, down from 9.9 percent in 2012, the Labor Department said. That was about 1.6 percentage points above the rate for the civilian population.

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Chelsea Manning petitioning Kansas court for legal name change

Chelsea ManningThe army private who was tried and convicted as Bradley Edward Manning for leaking US secrets to WikiLeaks is petitioning a Kansas court for a name change to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Leavenworth County District Court has scheduled an April 23 hearing on the request, according to a Leavenworth Times legal notice sent Wednesday to The Associated Press by a spokesman at Fort Leavenworth, where Manning is serving a 35-year sentence. The petition was filed January 27 and published 1 March after it was submitted by Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs of Providence, Rhode Island.

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Army general fined, reprimanded in sex case

Genneral fined in sex assault caseAn Army general who carried on a three-year affair with a captain and had two other inappropriate relationships with subordinates was reprimanded and docked $20,000 in pay Thursday, avoiding jail time in one of the military's most closely watched courts-martial.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, the former deputy commander of the storied 82nd Airborne Division, was believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. military officer ever court-martialed on sexual assault charges, but earlier this week those charges were dropped when he pleaded guilty to inappropriate relationships with the three women.

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Here Are The 24 Heroic Stories Behind Today's Medals Of Honor

Medal of HonorOld wrongs will be righted Tuesday afternoon, , when President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans.

The men served either during World War II or during the wars in Korea and Vietnam. Just three are still alive. All are finally being recognized for their heroic acts "after Congress ordered a review to determine whether service members of Jewish or Hispanic heritage or others had been wrongly denied the Medal of Honor due to prejudice," the AP writes. That review also turned up several men who were not of Jewish or Hispanic heritage, but were judged to be worthy of the nation's highest honor for valor in action.

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Sexual assault charges dropped against general

Sexual asault charges droppedProsecutors have agreed to drop sexual assault charges against one of the highest-ranking military officers ever to face such allegations in an agreement under which the defendant will plead guilty to lesser offenses, according to defense attorneys.

After a judge last week ruled that a prosecution decision to seek trial against Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, 51, was tainted by political considerations, the proceedings were suspended and a new round of plea negotiation commenced.

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