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Two soldiers die in separate training accidents

by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/15/17, 10:58 am

Two soldiers died this week during separate training exercises at two of the U.S. Army’s largest bases. On Thursday, a special operations soldier died during a demolitions training exercise that injured seven others at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Officials confirmed the men were at a range on the base but did not specify how the accident happened. Initial reports mentioned an explosion, but officials would not confirm that or provide information on the condition of those injured. On Tuesday, a soldier at Fort Hood in Texas died during hoist training for medical helicopter evacuations.

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Mattis keeps transgender policy in place during review

by Evan Wilt
Posted 8/30/17, 10:46 am

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced Tuesday that transgender military members would remain at their posts pending further study. President Donald Trump signed a memo Friday blocking transgender Americans from enlisting but gave Mattis the responsibility of figuring out what to do with those already serving. Trump gave Mattis until Feb. 21, 2018, to establish a policy and until March 23, 2018, to enact it. Mattis said Tuesday he plans to assemble a panel of experts to review current transgender personnel.

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Associated Press/Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/U.S. Navy

Remains of all missing sailors found

by Leigh Jones
Posted 8/28/17, 10:42 am

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers have recovered the remains of all 10 sailors missing from the USS John S. McCain since last week, Navy officials confirmed Monday. The destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore on Aug. 21, leaving a deep gash in the ship’s side. The subsequent flooding filled crew berths and machinery and communications rooms. Navy investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the accident.

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