August 19, 2010

News from the Home Front: 08/19/2010

US service member killed in southern Afghanistan - A U.S. service member died in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan, bringing to at least 17 the number of American troops killed so far this month, the international military coalition said Thursday. (READ MORE)

2 Fort Campbell soldiers killed in Afghanistan - Two soldiers based at Fort Campbell were killed after their vehicle rolled over following an improvised explosive device detonating in Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Fort Worth soldier killed in Afghanistan - A Fort Worth soldier was killed after his vehicle rolled over when an improvised explosive device detonated in Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

US says not negotiating with Wikileaks - The US has said it is not in direct contact with Wikileaks, a website that published tens of thousands of classified documents related to the Afghanistan war and has plans to publish more. (READ MORE)

Stolen Valor Act Is Declared Unconstitutional by Circuit Court - Criminalizing speech is a tricky business, but Congress seemed to think it had found the right balance in 2006 when it overwhelmingly enacted the Stolen Valor Act, which made it a crime simply to lie about having received a military medal or service badge. (READ MORE)

A Soldier Lost, and Remembered - As the men and women of First Battalion, 87th Infantry deployed, planeload after planeload, to Afghanistan this year, there was an unspoken question in the air: Who among them wouldn’t make it home? (READ MORE)

DOD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for July 2010 - The Department of Defense announced today its recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for July 2010. (READ MORE)

A Home for Christian - Christian and Melissa Bagge had only been married for three months when Christian lost both legs following a June 3, 2005, roadside bomb blast in Iraq. (READ MORE)

WikiLeaks Has Yet to Contact ‘Competent Authorities’ - The operators of a website that published tens of thousands of classified documents have contacted no “competent authorities” in the Defense Department, a Pentagon spokesman said here today. (READ MORE)

Pentagon Cost-Saving Drive Comes Under Fire - Lawmakers worried about potential job losses in their districts have rallied against the closure of a military command in Virginia, presenting Secretary of Defense Robert Gates with a big test of his sweeping effort to hold down military spending. (READ MORE)

Lawsuit against KBR over soldier's electrocution to go forward - A lawsuit against military contractor KBR for the 2008 death of an Army Special Forces soldier will go forward, according to a ruling Tuesday by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. (READ MORE)

Brass again nixes medal for dogs ... Emergency tweets - The Pentagon has slammed the door -- again -- on a request from former military dog handlers to honor U.S. war dogs with an official medal for their service. (READ MORE)

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