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Marine veteran Trevor Reed was wounded fighting in Ukraine

US Marine injured in Ukraine, freed in prisoner exchange

Trevor Reed, a U.S. Marine veteran who was freed from Russian prison in a prisoner swap last year, has sustained an injury while fighting in Ukraine, the State Department said.

State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel told reporters Tuesday that Reed is being treated for an injury in Germany.

"Mr. Reed was not engaged in any activities on behalf of the U.S. government and, as I indicated, we have been incredibly clear, warning American citizens, American nationals not to travel to Ukraine," Patel said.

Journalist James LaPorta of the news site The Messenger was the first to report the story, citing U.S. military officials as saying Reed had suffered shrapnel wounds from stepping on a land mine two weeks ago. The story added that Reed had joined a group of freelancers fighting on the side of Ukraine against Russia at some point last year.


Biden nominates Adm. Lisa Franchetti to be chief of naval operations

Adm. Lisa Franchetti

President Biden has nominated Adm. Lisa Franchetti, the current vice chief of naval operations, to be the next chief of naval operations — the first woman who would serve in that role and on the Joint Chiefs of Staff — setting up a clash in the Senate where Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., has been holding up military nominations.

Franchetti, who has served as a commissioned officer for nearly four decades, "has demonstrated extensive expertise in both the operational and policy arenas," Biden said in a statement. She is the second woman to achieve the rank of four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy.

Biden also nominated Vice Adm. James Kilby, the deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, to be the next vice chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Samuel Paparo for commander of Indo-Pacific Command and Vice Admiral Stephen "Web" Koehler for commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet.


U.S. soldier who crossed into North Korea was facing disciplinary action

US soldier walked int N Korea

A U.S. soldier is believed to be in custody in North Korea after crossing the border without authorization, according to officials from the Pentagon and the United Nations body that oversees the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

The Pentagon identified the soldier as Pvt. 2nd Class Travis King, who has been in the Army since January 2021. Army spokesman Bryce Dubee told NPR that King was on a Korean force rotation.

The Associated Press and other news organizations, citing U.S. officials, have reported that King was detained on assault charges in a South Korean prison and was in the process of being sent back to the United States.

Officials told the AP that King was on his way to the airport and was supposed to be flown to Fort Bliss in Texas, but he managed to duck his escort and joined a tour of the Korean border village of Panmunjom.


Tuberville’s hold leaves Marines leaderless for first time in 164 years

Sen. Tony Tuberville

The blockade from Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) on about 250 of the Pentagon’s general and flag officers has left the Marine Corps without a confirmed leader for the first time in 164 years.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger officially retired on Monday, leaving Assistant Commandant Gen. Eric Smith as the acting commandant and leader of the military branch until he is confirmed in the Senate.

The last time the Marine Corps was left with an acting commandant was in 1859, when Archibald Henderson, the fifth commandant of the Marines, died at 76 without a successor in place.

It’s unclear when Smith could be confirmed. Tuberville’s hold on the Pentagon nominees, which he began in March to protest the Defense Department’s new abortion policy, shows no signs of weakening, even as the block has sparked bipartisan frustration.


Marine in custody after missing 14-year-old girl found in California barracks, reports say

US Marine had 14 yr old runaway at base

A Marine was in custody after authorities found a 14-year-old girl in the barracks of a California base in late June who had run away from her grandparents' home earlier in the month, according to reports.

Melissa Aquino of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department first confirmed the news to NBC San Diego, saying the 14-year-old girl's grandmother reported her missing four days after her initial disappearance June 9. Aquino said the girl had run away from home before but "always returned home quickly."

The girl's information was entered into multiple missing person databases, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The girl was found June 28 by military police at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. Neither the girl nor the Marine have been publicly identified.



US military set to destroy last of huge chemical weapons arsenal

Toxic chemicals being destroyed by US

The US military is close to eliminating the last of its vast arsenal of chemical weapons – a milestone in the history of warfare dating back to the first world war.

Workers at the Blue Grass army depot at a sprawling military installatioStates’ declared chemical weapons.n in the middle of the rolling green hills of eastern Kentucky are close to destroying rockets filled with GB nerve agent – also known as sarin – that are the last of the United States’ declared chemical weapons.

The move would complete a decades-long campaign to clear a stockpile that by the end of the cold war totaled more than 30,000 tons.

It’s a major watershed for Richmond, Kentucky, as well as the area around Pueblo, Colorado, where an army depot destroyed the last of its chemical agents last month. It’s also a defining moment for arms control efforts worldwide.




US urged to reveal UFO evidence after claim that it has intact alien vehicles

US Navy photo of UFO

The US has been urged to disclose evidence of UFOs after a whistleblower former intelligence official said the government has possession of “intact and partially intact” alien vehicles.

The former intelligence official David Grusch, who led analysis of unexplained anomalous phenomena (UAP) within a US Department of Defense agency, has alleged that the US has craft of non-human origin.

Information on these vehicles is being illegally withheld from Congress, Grusch told the Debrief. Grusch said when he turned over classified information about the vehicles to Congress he suffered retaliation from government officials. He left the government in April after a 14-year career in US intelligence.

Jonathan Grey, a current US intelligence official at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (Nasic), confirmed the existence of “exotic materials” to the Debrief, adding: “We are not alone.”


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