Roadside bomb kills US soldier in Afghanistan, coalition says

Roadside bomb kills US soldier 2016

A roadside bomb killed a US soldier in Helmand, a province in southern Afghanistan that has seen an upsurge in violence in recent weeks.

The bomb also wounded another US soldier and six Afghan soldiers, coalition forces said in a statement on Tuesday. The wounded soldier was in stable condition, the statement said. Read more

Blue Angels jet crashes after take-off in Tennessee, killing pilot

Matt Bell/The Register & Bee via AP This May 19, 2016, photo shows Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss at an air show

An F/A-18 Super Hornet with the Navy’s elite demonstration squadron crashed shortly after take-off Thursday, killing the pilot just days before a weekend air show performance, officials said

A U.S. official told the Associated Press that the pilot was Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. According to his official Blue Angels biography, Kuss joined the elite acrobatics team in 2014 and accumulated more than 1,400 flight hours.
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A Russian Special Forces Commando went viral this week when it was revealed that he called an airstrike on his own position to take out ISIS. The transcript of his final words has now been released.

The Russian officer’s name is Alexander Prokhorenko and below is a transcript of what was said:

Officer: command I am compromised, repeat I am compromised.

Command: please repeat and confirm

Officer: They have spotted me, there are shooting everywhere, i am pinned, request evacuation immediately

Command: evacuation request acknowledged

Officer: please hurry I am low on ammo, they seem to everywhere, I can’t hold them for too long please hurry

Command: Confirmed, hold them off, continue return of fire, go to safe position, air support is monitoring, state coordinates

Officer: gives coordinates which are blurred in the translation

Command: command repeats coordinates which are blurred. Confirm

Officer: confirmed, please hurry I am low on ammo, they are surroundig me, bastards

Command: 12 minutes until evacuation, return to safe line, I repeat return to safe line

Officer: They are close, I am surrounded, this may be the end, tell my family I love them dearly

Command: return to green line, continue return of fire, help is on the way, followed by air support

Officer: negative, I am surrounded, they are so many of these bastards

Command: 10 minutes, return to green line

Officer: I can’t they have surrounded me and are closing in, please hurry

Command: move to green line, repeat move to green line

Officer: They are outside, conduct the airstrike now please hurry, this is the end, tell my family I love them and i died fighting for my motherland.

Command: Negative return to green line

Officer: I cant command, I am surrounded, they are outside, I don’t want them to take me and parade me, conduct the airstrike, they will make a mockery of me and this uniform. I want to die with dignity and take all these bastards with me. please my last wish, conduct the airstrike, they will kill me either way.

Command: please confirm your request

Officer: They out outside, this is the end commander, thank you, tell my family and my country I love them. Tell them I was brave and I fought until I could no longer. Please take care of my family, avenge my death, good bye commander, tell my family I love them

Command: No response, orders the airstrike

Russian or not – this man is a hero. Getting the enemy in closer before sacrificing himself for the country is noble indeed.

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His Last Journey

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Column: The Death of Captain Waskow

Captain Waskow

By Ernie Pyle

Ernie Pyle: The GI’s reporter
We’ve reprinted “The Death of Captain Waskow,” a memorable column written by Hoosier journalist Ernie Pyle, who was covering American forces during their liberation of Italy in World War II.
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Unsung Heroes: The 7 Marines, 4 Soldiers Presumed Dead In Florida’s Black Hawk Helicopter Crash

A U.S. Army soldier waits to board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Whelan


The feared loss of these 11 service members offers a painful reminder that sacrifice in the name of service never stops.

The seven special operations Marines and four Louisiana Army National Guard crew members feared dead after their Black Hawk helicopter crashed off Florida’s panhandle Mar. 10 are a reminder of the constant risk service members face at home and abroad, during training and in combat.
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Image of the Day: 9 March 2015


Marine Cpl. Jorge Villarreal, a 22-year-old motor transportation mechanic from San Antonio, was photographed Sept. 29 while he leaned over the edge of a compound in Kajaki, Afghanistan.
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Major Keith A Butler was laid to rest in Arlington national cemetery after being KIA in Afghanistan 5 May 2014. Butler served 37 years in the Army and Marine Corps, and had 44 deployments under his belt. This man was a giant among men. He was one.

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The story of a Medal of Honor recipient killed at Iwo Jima 70 years ago


“Never fear your enemy but always respect them.” — Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone

Seventy years ago, on February 19, Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone was killed in action during the battle of Iwo Jima and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for heroism — making him the first and only enlisted Marine to receive the Medal of Honor as well as the Navy Cross during World War II.

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In Honor


HalfStaffFlagA veteran and a friend asked if I could post a tribute to her son, kp. He was killed in the line of duty one year ago today.
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#SEALOfHonor ……… Honoring Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford who selflessly sacrificed his life ON (July 29, 2012) in Afghanistan for our great Country. Please help me honor him so that he is not forgotten.

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Mastery of Fear

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. – Mark Twain

Senior Airmen Mike Malarsie (left) and Bradley Smith pose for a photo during their Afghanistan deployment. An improvised explosive device attack mortally wounded Airman Smith and injured Airman Malarsie in January 2010 in Afghanistan. The two tactical airlift control party Airmen were assigned to the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Riley, Kan. (Air Force photo
Senior Airmen Mike Malarsie (left) and Bradley Smith pose for a photo during their Afghanistan deployment. An improvised explosive device attack mortally wounded Airman Smith and injured Airman Malarsie in January 2010 in Afghanistan. The two tactical airlift control party Airmen were assigned to the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Riley, Kan. (Air Force photo



Bradley Smith – January 2010 – While returning fire, Smith ran through lethal crossfire to save his comrades. He also rescued the disoriented and blinded Airman from the water and recovered the mortally wounded Soldier. After administering first aid, Smith continued returning fire and coordinated close air support. While trying to recover the remains of another mortally wounded Soldier, a second improvised explosive device detonated killing him instantly.

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The Air Force museum (Troy) has an exhibit featuring  Sr. Airman Bradley Smith, that focuses on the unique duties and dangers of Air Force forward air controllers, the men who risk their lives directing air strikes against enemy ground targets.  In early Sept. 2012, just a few days before what would have been Bradley Smith’s 27th birthday, the Air Force presented his widow and parents the Silver Star for valor during a ceremony at Tri-Township Park in Troy.

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Air Force Capt. William H. Dubois – Honor the Fallen

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Died December 1, 2014 Serving During Operation Inherent Resolve

30, of New Castle, Colo., died Dec. 1 when his F-16 aircraft crashed near a coalition air base in the Middle East. He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

Air Force identifies pilot killed in Middle East crash

By Brian Everstine, Staff Writer
The Air Force has identified Capt. William Dubois as the F-16 pilot killed earlier this week in a crash in the Middle East.

Dubois, 30, died when his aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff while heading out on a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the military’s battle against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

Dubois, of New Castle, Colorado, was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

The F-16 crashed about 11 p.m. Sunday at an unnamed base in the region. U.S. Central Command would not say if the jet was headed to Iraq or Syria. While the F-16 was on a combat mission, the pilot encountered a problem and crashed in a “non combat related incident.”

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The mishap is the second fatal F-16 crash of a 77th Fighter Squadron pilot on a combat mission in the past two years. On April 2, 2013, Capt. James Steel was killed when his jet crashed into a mountain near Bagram Field in Afghanistan following a close air support mission.

U.S. and coalition jets have ramped up their fight against IS targets and conducted 28 airstrikes between Nov. 28 and Dec. 1 in both Iraq and Syria using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.


Air Force Capt. William H. Dubois – Honor the Fallen –

American F-16 pilot Killed in Middle East Crash


An American Air Force pilot was killed on November 30 when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed shortly after takeoff from a base in the Middle East, according to a report from from US Central Command.

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