Browsing: Outside the wire

Two staff sergeants who fought alongside Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta said acclaimed author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger left out two of the three platoons fighting in the Korengal Valley when Junger filmed “Restrepo,” a documentary chronicling the fighting in the “Valley of Death.” Junger spent a year embedded with Second Platoon of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. His book, “War,” covers the brutal fighting as American troops tried to root out Taliban insurgents. The book describes the battle in which Salvatore’s heroic actions earned the Medal of Honor. However, members of…

A 41-year-old soldier from Fort Riley, Kan., faces charges in Connecticut that he sexually assaulted the 13-year-old daughter of a friend. He had arranged to meet the girl on Facebook, picked her up at her father’s house and took her to a motel. The girl’s mother found a message from her daughter worrying she was pregnant, and a reply from the soldier, worrying he’d go to jail. [via Metro Source News/KSAL-Radio] An Alabama jury watched a videotaped confession of a homeless, Iraq vet with mental health issues who kidnapped, robbed and murdered an 18-year-old Auburn University freshman. In his chilling…

In 1942, when the outcome of World War II was unwritten, Life magazine published maps depicting the various ways America might be invaded. Easy to laugh off today what must have been chilling then:  “U.S. fifth column, heretofore held in reserve, blows up the country. The Japs take the West Coast aviation industry, shipyards and oil wells. Then Germans stab at East Coast.” The maps were speculative, Life’s a response to another speculative article, by science fiction author Phillip Wylie, describing how America’s defeat might go. If you’re into this sort of thing, consider the upcoming BBC TV series, “The…

A self-described jihadist who killed a soldier outside a Little Rock recruiting station speaks. He had a history of addiction and violence before he turned to radical Islam. He said he was arrested in Yemen, and came to the attention of the FBI and CIA, which he said, “dropped the ball with me,” even after he returned to the U.S. to plot terrorist acts. The Memphis Commercial Appeal describes his “one-man jihad” and how he slipped through the cracks. [via Commercial Appeal] A federal jury in Washington Monday convicted a former Air Force senior airman in the fatal beating of…

Army Times has an ongoing request for feedback about Army Knowledge Online, and we’re getting quite an earful about its various faults. The main criticisms we hear are that AKO’s outdated and not as user friendly as commercial email, like Gmail. One user wrote us and said, “AKO is an antiquated dinosaur that is difficult to access and navigate with much ease. Get rid of it.” And that’s not all.

The mother of a private first class from Boise accused in the Stryker “rogue platoon” case said she blames the Army “for putting psychopaths in charge of the unit.” The soldier was due in court today. [via The Olympian of Olympia, Wash.] Three Fort Carson, Colo., soldiers in masks broke into a medical marijuana dispensary and locked themselves in. Colorado Springs cops surrounded the store — Rocky Road Remedies — let them out and arrested them. Surveillance video shows their frantic and comical efforts to escape. [via KMGH-TV] The trial of three people accused of selling weapons to a white…

Pentagon officials are warning commanders not to ship Army uniforms through the usual U.S. supply routes in Pakistan and Afghanistan because Taliban fighters are stealing them to “gain a tactical advantage on the battlefield.” Politico quotes a DoD message it obtained in which Army commanders were directed to treat certain uniform items as “sensitive cargo” to be flown into Afghanistan, not shipped over land, so they won’t be intercepted. Items now considered sensitive include tactical vests, plate carriers, cold weather gear and fire-resistant items, as well as standard uniforms.

A Fort Rucker, Ala., sergeant charged with possessing photos of himself molesting 8- and 9-year-old girls will face a court martial before year’s end and then civilian court.  The soldier, 30, arrested in a drug bust, may face life in prison. With the pornography, investigators found a pair of night vision goggles worth $6K that disappeared from a helo crash. [via The Southeast Sun] A 21-year-old soldier charged in the drunken driving death of a 19-year-old woman in Nevada was on leave to attend the funeral of his brother. The brother, a  Marine lance corporal, had been killed in a…

Ever dreamed about making it big in Hollywood? Former 101st Airborne soldier Ryan Ahern may not be on the marquee just yet, but he’s in the credits for his small role in “Unstoppable,” opening tomorrow. The Portland Press-Herald reports that Ahern, 25, plays a Marine vet working at a rail yard who helps Denzel Washington and Chris Pine (The 2009 Star Trek’s Kirk) stop a runaway train. For filming, he was dangled out of a helicopter, sort of like the air assaults he performed in Iraq in 2005. Over there, an officer he knew hooked him up with his talent-agent…

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