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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

15:45 // 3 months ago
January 7, 2013

New Mexico judge awards “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”-discharged service members back pay

  • 181 U.S. military veterans who were discharged under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy will receive their full back pay following a judge’s ruling on a lawsuit filed by the ACLU in New Mexico.
  • $13,000 is the average amount that each former soldier, sailor, Marine or pilot will receive as a result of the lawsuit, which granted full back-pay to any member of the U.S. military discharged during or after November 2004.
  • $2.4M will be paid out in total by the Pentagon, which had originally halved the separation pay of any service member who was discharged under the old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. source
19:29 // 1 year ago
March 14, 2011

U.S. Navy: Officers helping in Japan exposed to radiation

  • 17 U.S. Navy personnel treated for low levels of radiation source

» But how … ? Apparently the officials were in Navy helicopters and flew through a plume of radioactive material let into the atmosphere by the Fukushima reactors. Yikes.

11:07 // 3 years ago