“Call Us”

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The FBI has a short and simple message to the person who has shot at the Pentagon, a Marine museum and two military recruiting stations in the Washington area: Call us.

They want to speak to who they believe is an ex-Marine holding some type of grudge. The shooter has not harmed anyone because the all the shooting were at off-hours, but they do not know if this will escalate.

John Perren, acting assistant director for the FBI’s Washington field office, stated that investigators think the person may be dealing with a traumatic event such as loss of a job or divorce, and they assume the person was part of the Marine Corps at some point. Criminal profiler Pat Brown, who trains law enforcement, thinks the shooter is a young person who lives around the area of the museum.

Many people of the area are concerned something bad will happen, and someone will end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

They are hoping to catch the shooter and find out why he’s doing this, and if they can help him.

For full story, go to Military.com.

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The Return to Pilot Training

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On September 6, 2009 Air Force 1st Lt. Ryan McGuire got injured in a boating accident. From this accident his hip was dislocated, his pelvis was fractured and his right foot was severely damaged.

After the accident, McGuire went through the long process of rehabilitation. Air Force Col. Michael Frankel, 47th Flying Training Wing commander said, “He has always had a positive attitude. I’ve never seen him down, never seen him upset. He’s always been pressing forward, trying to achieve his goals. I look forward to the day when he graduates from pilot training and I can hand him a set of silver wings.”

After this long and painful process, McGuire completed the Air Force Marathon in his prosthetic leg and he participated in the Warrior Games. After a medical board found him fit for duty, they sent in a waiver request for him to be allowed to return to pilot training. On October 29th, the waiver was approved.

For full story, go to www.defense.gov.

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The Navy “Goes Green”

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During a “DODLive” bloggers round table, Navy Rear Adm. Philip H. Cullom, director of energy and environmental readiness for the Chief of Naval Operations, says, “It’s not just about natural security, because that’s what most people think of when they think about going green. Our energy program also strengthens national security.”

The Navy’s goal is to not just limit them to one source of energy, such as petroleum. By going green, it creates various sources. By 2020, they would like to have 50 percent of total Navy Department energy consumption to come from different energy sources. They would also like to reduce the use of petroleum in the non-tactical commercial fleet by 50 percent and to evaluate energy factors

They hope that working with the Air Force and the Coast Guard will help them on the path to become greener, and leave that “green footprint.”

More information at www.defense.gov.

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Marine Dies Protecting His Wife

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On Sunday night (Oct 31) , 23 year-old Sgt. Ryan Lekosky was attacked while he and his wife were walking along Dauphine Street in the Quarter after celebrating the service’s 235th birthday at a formal ball at the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street. A man allegedly pulled over right next to them, shouting inappropriate remarks at his wife. They then got in an altercation and Lekosky stepped in and defended her.

As reported by the police, (Sgt. Lekosky) sustained several stab wounds while trying to break up the fight.”

He survived combat in Iraq, but was murdered, in uniform, in the French Quarter.   In honor of this fallen Marine, we post the flag of the United States at half-staff, along with the U.S. Marine Emblem.

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Al-Qaida Spokesman Commends US Attacks

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Adam Gadahn, a U.S. born representative for al- Quaida, posted a 48-minute long video on militant websites concerning attacks in the U.S. Speaking in Arabic, he stated that Muslims living in United States and Europe should carry out attacks where they are, referring to it as a “duty and an obligation.”

Before Gadahn moved to Pakistan in 1998, he resided on a farm in California. While he was still living in California, he converted to Islam. When he moved to Pakistan it was said that he attended an al- Qaida training camp.

The FBI has been hunting Gadahn since 2004.

For more details, please visit Military.com.

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Michigan Man Plead Guilty to Spying for China

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In U.S. District Court on Friday (October 24th), Glenn D. Shriver admitted to accepting $70,000 from Chinese spies while attempting to obtain jobs with the CIA and U.S. Foreign Service. The 28 year-old, from Grand Rapids, Mich., confessed to looking for these jobs in order to get classified information to sell to Beijing.

Court documents stated that while Shriver was living in Shanghai  in 2004 after earlier study trips to China, he was approached by Chinese officers. After Shriver answered an English Speaking ad, Chinese officers recruited him and got him to look for U.S. Government jobs that would allow him access to classified and secret documents.

Shriver plead guilty to a single count of  “conspiring to provide national defense information to Chinese intelligence officers.”

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