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Carpenter Awarded MOH, $54B for Vet Doc appointments

Military and Veterans Headline News. I’m Rick Rogers * Former Marine William Carpenter received the Medal of Honor from President Obama Thursday for his actions in Afghanistan. Carpenter was gravely wounded while protecting a fellow Marine from a grenade blast nearly four years ago. He becomes just the eighth living Iraq or Afghanistan combat veteran to receive the nation’s highest military honor. * Details are emerging in the capture of alleged terrorist Ahmed Abu Khatallah in Libya earlier this week. He is accused of plotting the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. A senior defense official said Abu Khatallah was lured to a villa outside Benghazi where he was taken into custody. Officials say he now headed to the United States to face charges. * … Read entire article »

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Military&Veterans Headline News: Partnership with Iran? Khatallah Standing Trial in U.S.

MVHN618http://defensetracker.com/archives/mvhn61814.wav 60-second audio clip of top military and veterans stories  * There’s one less terrorist at large today. American forces grabbed Ahmed Abu Khatallah Sunday in Libya. The U.S. announced the capture of Khatallah who is believed to have masterminded the 2012 U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi that killed ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. A Pentagon spokesman outlined what would happen next. (Kirby Clip) * Iran — long a bitter rival of the United States — is now increasingly viewed as an option by both political sides to help U.S. interests in Iraq. Secretary of State John Kerry and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham appear open to the idea. (clips from Kerry and Graham) * The Army has appointed Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl to probe the circumstances … Read entire article »

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Military & Veterans Headline News 17 June 2014

Military & Veterans Headline News 17 June 2014

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Middle East Reshaping

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Podcast: Military Headline News

Military Headline News, brought to you by Defensetracker.com, your source for military and veterans news. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] A NATO troop was killed Thursday by an insider attack by Afghan security. On Saturday another insider attack killed three Army Green Berets. Sixty-two members of NATO were killed in such attacks last year. More here The Navy is honoring a San Diego war hero by naming a destroyer after him. Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta died from a grenade blast during the battle for Fallujah in 2004. For his heroics he received the Navy Cross. More here Combat stress, drug abuse and other mental health issues sent about 20,000 troops to hospitals last year. In fact, those issues accounted for more in-patient hospital days than war wounds and injuries, according to the Pentagon. More here A human rights complaint has … Read entire article »

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Front & Center: Military Talk Radio Show #85: MiraCosta College President Francisco Rodriguez on Prop EE

Note: Sorry for the delay of this post. First, Super Storm Sandy stranded me on the East Coast and then the flu laid me low. The one-two punch wiped me out until now. This show is a first and a last. it is the first show I ever cobbled together using audio editing — meaning, when this show ran on Sunday, Oct. 28, in San Diego, I was waiting in the rain to get through a gate at Heinz Field to watch the Steelers play the Redskins. It is also a last, as in the last Front & Center: MIlitary Talk Radio for the time being. I hope to return at some point. I will, however, continue, to post audio and stories. — Rick Rogers   Front & Center: Military Talk Radio … Read entire article »

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Front & Center: Military Talk Radio for 21 Oct. 2012

Front & Center: Military Talk Radio w/Rick Rogers Listen here Show No. 84, Oct. 21, 2012 * Robert Miller, co-author of “Portraits of Service: Looking into the Faces of Veterans.”2 Taped 21:19 * Richard Sammon, a Senior Associate Editor at The Kiplinger Letter, on new technology the military is developing. Segment 1, Opening Hello and welcome to Front & Center, appointment talk radio. I’m your host Rick Rogers. So glad to have you along. On today’s show, first a run down of military and defense stories making news this week, including some very good news for 100,000 vets on the employment front. Finally, some huge corporations are finally figuring out how to employ vets and get the workers they need at the same time. It’s known as a win-win. A win for the vets and a win for the companies … Read entire article »

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Front & Center: Military Headline News for 19 Oct.

Front & Center: Military Headline News Listen here. * Starting early next year, some Marines can leave the service with a 15-year retirement, but at a reduced lifetime pension. The early out program targets NCOs and field-grade officers with less than 20 years of service who agree to exit early.   The Marine Corps is cutting 20,000 positions in the next few years.   * Navy Medicine is taking a new look at managing the prescription drugs that Marines take. Throughout October medical providers will focus on ways to improve treatment plans for Marines taking multiple mental health drugs often for post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Mixing the drugs can cause sedation, which hinders military readiness. Rick Rogers, Front & Center: Military Headline News. … Read entire article »

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Front & Center: Military Headline News

Front & Center: Military Headline News * Military retirees are getting a modest cost-of-living bump. A 1.7 percent increase kicks in Dec. 1. The extra money will appear in January checks. Social Security and other government entitlements linked to the Consumer Price Index will see the same increase. * A former Army medic destroyed murder evidence to cover up the activities of a secret militia group bent on domestic terrorism and assassination.   That’s what former medic Christopher Jenderseck said in a plea deal. Eight current or former soldiers at Fort Stewart, Georgia are accused of plotting to bomb a park and even assassinate the president.   * Combat is dangerous — so is peace.   Troops — out of the war zone — are dying by guns at a rate 62 percent higher than a decade ago. And are … Read entire article »

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Front & Center: Military Talk Radio — the Vet Employment Show, Episode No. 83

Front & Center: Military Talk Radio w/Rick Rogers Show No. 83, Oct. 14, 2012 Listen to show here. * Sam Giovinazzi, from California Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves * David Silva, veterans employment rep for California Employment Development Department. Segment 1, Opening Hello and welcome to Front & Center, appointment talk radio for everything military and defense related. I’m your host Rick Rogers. So glad to have you along. On today’s show, first a run down of military and defense stories making news this week, including some news on the Staff Sgt. Robert Bales case. He’s the soldier accused of murdering more than a dozen Afghanis back in March. Then a little later in show, two guests will discuss veteran employment. Finding vets jobs is nothing less than a moral responsibility for this country and is more vital … Read entire article »

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