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March 20, 2014

General avoids prison time and loss of benefits with plea deal

  • Zero The number of hours that Brigadier General Jeffrey A. Sinclair will spend behind bars, thanks to a plea deal that saw the alleged rapist accept responsibility for military crimes that would not be considered criminal in a civilian court. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop both of the sexual assault charges against Sinclair, clearing the way for a sentence that includes little real punishment other than the revocation of four months’ pay. Because justice, or something. More details here.
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March 11, 2014
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March 8, 2014
I was scared the Drill Sergeants would ask me why I wasn’t eating, or assume I was a privileged teen acting picky. I didn’t want to be noticed. Then, something struck me! It was as if that little light bulb turned on. I said to myself, “Whatever struggle you face here, no matter how difficult it is, remember that the animals on industrial farms have it worse. Remember that labor camps in North Korea are worse. Remember who you are and what you vowed you would never do is still a part of you today.” It was difficult, but I never let a piece of meat touch my paper tray ever again.
What It’s Like To Be Vegan In The Military, The Dodo
9:15 // 5 months ago
March 6, 2014
U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair plead guilty to several military crimes on Thursday, including having an adulterous affair and seeking nude photographs of junior officers, but the general continues to deny government claims that he forced a junior officer to perform oral sex on two separate occasions. Sinclair also faces charges of misusing a government credit card and using derogatory language about female officers. Should he be convicted of forcible sodomy, Sinclair would face life imprisonment. (Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ellen Ozier) source

U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair plead guilty to several military crimes on Thursday, including having an adulterous affair and seeking nude photographs of junior officers, but the general continues to deny government claims that he forced a junior officer to perform oral sex on two separate occasions. Sinclair also faces charges of misusing a government credit card and using derogatory language about female officers. Should he be convicted of forcible sodomy, Sinclair would face life imprisonment. (Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ellen Ozier) source

14:17 // 5 months ago
January 22, 2014

Pentagon pushing for all or nothing on Afghan troop levels

  • 10K troops should remain in Afghanistan to help with peace keeping operations, according to a new recommendation from senior Pentagon officials. The recommendation also says that, if the United States isn’t willing to leave at least 10,000 active duty soldiers inside the country, they should bring home every single service member currently stationed in Afghanistan. To station any less would leave those who remain incapable of defending both themselves and the diplomats, military officials, etc that they’d be responsible for. source
14:20 // 7 months ago
January 8, 2014

U.S. Military reports two helicopter crashes in as many days

  • Yesterday A U.S. military helicopter crashed on the eastern coast of England, killing all four of the crew members on-board, during a low-level training exercise taking place near RAF Station Lakenheath.
  • Today A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed off the coast of Virginia. Though it was originally believed all five of the air transport’s crew members were alive and accounted for, updated reports have confirmed one crew member died several hours after being rescued and that another is still missing at this time. The military has yet to identify a cause for either crash at this time.

Editor’s Note: We’ve updated the post to reflect the latest information on Wednesday’s crash, and will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day. — Scott @ SFB

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December 21, 2013
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November 26, 2013

U.S. military ignores no-fly zone in East China Sea

  • Last Weekend The Chinese government implemented new restrictions on U.S.-allied military aircraft, requiring them to identify themselves anytime they plan to pass through the new no-fly-zone over the Diaoyutai and Senkaku islands.
  • Tuesday a pair of unescorted American B-52 bombers passed through the newly-declared “Air Defense Identification Zone” without ever announcing their presence, as part of a scheduled training exercise. The breach was meant as a direct rebuke of China’s claims to control of air space in the region. source
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