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10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. WATCHDOG ISSUES SOBERING REPORT ON AFGHANISTAN As the U.S. pursues peace in the war-torn country, the Afghan government has been unable to expand control of its country, Afghan security forces are shrinking and gaps in security are growing. 2. AP: ICE FORCE-FEEDING DETAINEES ON HUNGER STRIKE Federal immigration officials are force-feeding six immigrants through […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. COULD AFGHANISTAN BE NEXT AFTER SYRIA PULLOUT? The abruptness with which President Trump turned the page on Syria raises questions about whether combat partners like Iraq and Afghanistan should feel confident that he will not pull the plug on them, too. 2. WHY TRUMP IS ON VERGE OF GIVING UP BEST CHANCE FOR WALL […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. MONSTROUS HURRICANE AIMING FOR US SEABOARD More than a million people are predicted to evacuate coastal areas of the Carolinas and Virginia as the Category 4 storm could be the most catastrophic to hit the region in decades. 2. HOW US IS MARKING 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 Americans are commemorating the Sept. 11 attacks […]

Historic Medal of Honor

Historic Medal of Honor

For the first time since the Vietnam War, an airman received the Medal of Honor for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman was selected for the medal after he gave his life in the attempted rescue of a comrade while serving in Afghanistan. His family departed Fort Walton Beach […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. HOW PRIESTS ‘WEAPONIZED’ THEIR FAITH Roman Catholic priests across Pennsylvania used religious rituals, symbols of the faith and the threat of eternity in hell to groom, molest and rape children, a grand jury found , in what the state’s top prosecutor called the “weaponization of faith.” 2. WHY TRUMP ABRUPTLY REVOKED THE SECURITY CLEARANCE […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. DEATH TOLL RISES TO 37 IN ITALY BRIDGE COLLAPSE Rescuers search a second day through tons of broken concrete and twisted steel for any more survivors of the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa, which sent dozens of cars and three trucks plunging as much as 45 meters, as politicians cast blame. 2. […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TRUMP ROOTS ON IRANIAN PROTESTERS In throwing the full weight of the U.S. government behind the protesters, the administration risks helping Iranian authorities dismiss the demonstrations as the product of American instigation. 2. ORRIN HATCH WON’T SEEK RE-ELECTION The decision by the Utah Republican, who has spent more than 40 years in the Senate, […]

Hunter, Spooky 43 crew members receive valorous medals

Hunter, Spooky 43 crew members receive valorous medals

Staff Sgt. Richard Hunter found himself in the midst of chaos in Afghanistan last November. He and the U.S. Army Special Forces team he was embedded with were ambushed by insurgents as they entered a village in Kunduz province. The team headed into an alley but hit a dead end at a locked metal gate. […]

A gunslinger messenger for God

A gunslinger messenger for God

The message from the charismatic battle-tested active duty military leader is simple: surrender.  Not to your enemies but to God.  It’s the message Navarre residents Damon Friedman and his wife Dayna are bringing to men and women across the country through The Surrender Project. And Saturday night at Coastline Calvary Chapel in Gulf Breeze, the […]

9/11: Fifteen years ago time stood still

9/11:  Fifteen years ago time stood still

9/11.  It is the one day in the history of our lifetime when no matter whom you ask, everyone knows exactly where they were and what they were doing at the moment they heard about the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and what probably would have been the United States Capitol or […]

Special Tactics honors deceased double Silver Star recipient

Special Tactics honors deceased double Silver Star recipient

Hurlburt Field, Fla. — The Special Tactics community mourns the loss of retired Tech. Sgt. Sean Harvell, a highly decorated Air Force combat controller who passed away April 26. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of Sean,” said Col. Michael Flatten, 24th Special Operations Wing vice commander. “Sean served his nation […]

Vets get voice mail at VA Crisis Line

Vets get voice mail at VA Crisis Line

The number 22. It doesn’t signify one’s age, a date on a calendar, the number of days until one graduates, gets a new job, retires or the distance to one’s mailbox. It’s the number of vets who commit suicide every day: 22. Their pain may not be visible though they’ve healed through physical and multiple […]

Special Tactics airmen killed in hostile incident

Special Tactics airmen killed in hostile incident

Special Tactics Airmen, Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were attacked at Camp Antonik, a forward operating base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 25, 2015.  Two individuals wearing Afghan National Defense and Security Forces uniforms opened fire on them at a vehicle checkpoint. The airmen later succumbed to their wounds […]

Eglin Special Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan

Eglin Special Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Master Sgt. Peter A. McKenna Jr., 35, of Bristol, Rhode Island, died Aug. 8, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds when he was attacked by enemy small arms fire. McKenna was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces […]

Sports play role in healing process for Wounded Warriors

Sports play role in healing process for Wounded Warriors

Tim McDonough doesn’t like to talk about the explosion that changed his life. It was 2005 and McDonough was in Afghanistan. The price he paid for defending his country was severe. It consisted of nine surgeries, post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury. Once on top of the world as a flight crew chief in […]