Tag: Military and defense

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Obama taps Black former Pentagon senior attorney to head Homeland Security

President Barack Obama stands with Jeh Johnson, his choice for the next Homeland Security Secretary, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Johnson was general counsel at the Defense Department during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Avis Thomas-LesterFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)–President Barack Obama has selected Jeh Johnson, a graduate of Morehouse and Columbia Law School, as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. If confirmed, Johnson, who retired from government to go into private practice, would come to the position with substantial experience, officials said.

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3 shots, 3 kills? SEALs rescue in 2009 not so tidy

Tom Hanks, director Paul Greengrass, and Captain Richard Phillips, pose for photographers as they walk the red carpet at a screening for the movie “Captain Phillips” at the Newseum, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) by Adam GoldmanAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — After U.S. Navy SEAL snipers conducted a dramatic rescue in 2009 that freed a cargo ship captain being held by pirates, $30,000 disappeared from a lifeboat, triggering an investigation that questioned the integrity of the commandos.

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2 ex-Navy football players to face court-martial

July, 24, 2013 file photos provided by the U.S. Navy Football team, show Midshipman Eric Graham,left, and Midshipman Josh Tate. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy Football team, File) by Brian WitteAssociated Press Writer ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Two U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen will face courts-martial in an alleged sexual assault at an off-campus party while a third will not, the academy’s superintendent decided on Thursday. All three midshipmen were former Navy football players.