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June 21, 2011
Air National Guard Airman Reginald Fairley Jr. completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base,San Antonio,Texas. The Woodlawn High School graduate is the son of Reginald Fairley Sr., who lives in Catonsville.
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October 12, 2014
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has criticized President Barack Obama as a person who often "avoids the battle" and says Mr. Obama's efforts have been to "steer the country away from costly and ineffective wars. " I say thank God for a return to sanity. Dwight D. Eisenhower, a war hero, commanding general and former president of the United States, warned us more than 60 years ago to beware the danger of the military industrial complex. In 1985, Richard Barnet, founder of the Institute for Policy Studies, remarked that "though the U.S came out of WWII the most powerful nation on earth, perhaps, briefly, the paramount nation of all times, it has not won a decisive military victory since 1945 despite trillions spent on the military and the frequent engagement of its forces.
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SPORTS
March 12, 2013
Less loud and fun Matt Murschel Orlando Sentinel Military flyovers are just as much a part of major sporting events in America as beer and hot dogs. It's seems like a long-standing tradition and that's what makes sporting events, well, an event. It's the tradition and pageantry that keeps fans coming out to stadiums and parks. Will they be missed? Sure. Major League Baseball's opening day won't be the same without them. Are they a necessity? Not really. Fans at a NASCAR races are already on the edge of their seats with excitement.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
The Baltimore Sun won an Online Journalism Award Saturday for Matthew Hay Brown's 2013 article, " Breaking the Silence ," about American servicemen who were sexually assaulted while serving in the military. Women in uniform are more likely to be sexually assaulted than men. But because there are many more men than women in the military, there are more assaults against men than against women. And when the victim is a man, Brown's reporting showed, a perpetrator is far less likely to be punished.
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December 23, 2011
Now that President Barack Obama has withdrawn our troops from war-torn Iraq, he is putting all of our troops in Afghanistan in harm's way. Geraldine Segal, Randallstown
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July 22, 2011
Air Force Airman 1st Class Alexander J. Kim graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio. He is the son of Hyo and Seong Kim, of West Friendship. Kim graduated in 2005 from Glenelg High School. Pvt. Xavier A. Johnson graduated from the United States Marine Corp basic training 2nd Battalion platoon 2052, on July 1, from Parris Island, S.C. He is the son of Barbara L. Jackson, of Columbia, and grandson of Edna M. Jackson, of Columbia.
NEWS
March 14, 2010
Military officials are opening a new center for Army and Marine reservists in Frederick. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was set for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center at Fort Detrick. The $15 million facility replaces a building dating to 1958 and had become too cramped. The new building has triple the space. -The Frederick News-Post
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May 26, 2010
I applaud Paul Marx's suggestion to reinstate the draft ("Reconsider the draft," May 24). Not only do I believe in compulsory military service for men, I also believe it also should include women. As I watch the horror of the oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, I question why the National Guard has not been called out. But then it occurred to me, they're in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have a "draft" — it's called a "backdoor draft." The folks who volunteered for the National Guard, expecting to be called up for local disasters, have been siphoned off to fight in the Middle East.
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January 20, 2010
Combat rifle sights used by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan carry references to Bible verses, stoking concerns about whether the inscriptions break a government rule that bars proselytizing by American troops. Military officials said the citations don't violate the ban and they won't stop using the telescoping sights, which allow troops to pinpoint the enemy day or night. The contractor that makes the equipment, Trijicon of Wixom, Mich., said the U.S. military has been a customer since 1995 and the company has never received any complaints about the Scripture citations.
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March 4, 2010
- Four days after a deadly earthquake, Chile's military finally launched a massive humanitarian aid effort Wednesday that promised to improve an image long associated with dictatorship-era repression. Its first delivery went to a neighborhood of military families who already had food. After days of looting, rifle-toting army troops occupied nearly every block of hard-hit Concepcion on Wednesday, enforcing a curfew that expired at noon with checkpoints throughout the city. With the streets more secure, they focused on aid. Soldiers had worked overnight stuffing flour, canned beans, cooking oil and tea into hundreds of plastic bags that volunteers loaded into dump trucks for distribution to survivors, many of whom had gone without fresh food or drinking water since Saturday's quake.
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By Jules Witcover | September 1, 2014
Addressing the annual American Legion convention in Charlotte last week, President Obama sugar-coated his defense of selective use of military force by reciting what's been done to cope with the Department of Veterans Affairs' failures to deliver promised benefits to returning troops. To only mild applause, the president cited efforts to deal with the backup of claims at various VA facilities around the county, a beefing up of mental illness care, access to more non-VA doctors, greater efforts to reduce veterans' homelessness and easing transition to civilian life.
NEWS
August 28, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's attempt to justify the police department's possession of military equipment to WBAL on the grounds that there might be a terrorist attack is ridiculous. The people to deal with such an attack are the National Guard, not the police. The function of the police is to deal with ordinary law enforcement, and they can do that best by remembering they are civilians and a part of the community they serve, not by making believe they are soldiers at war. Katharine W. Rylaarsdam - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
August 28, 2014
Nothing can justify the looting and violence by those who used the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer as an opportunity to destroy the businesses and property of residents who had no hand in what happened and we should condemn the actions that have overshadowed the rights of citizens to peacefully protest. Yet the presence of military-style equipment in response to such demonstrations of civil disobedience should also be scrutinized. I spent more than 30 years in law enforcement, first as a Maryland state trooper, then as the public safety director in Prince George's County.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake contrasted her police department's peaceful handling of Occupy Baltimore protesters with the militarized response of police in Ferguson, Mo., where officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets into a crowd.  Rawlings-Blake, who has become a recurring guest on the program, appeared on a panel discussing the civil unrest sweeping in the country after police shot and killed 18-year-old...
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2014
Local police departments in Maryland have received more than $12 million in excess equipment from the U.S. military - from a $400,000 "mine-resistant vehicle" to a set of a dozen spoons valued at $3.06 apiece - through a federal program that has come under bipartisan scrutiny. In all, local law enforcement agencies in the state have received more than 2,000 assault rifles, 873 semi-automatic handguns and 220 12-gauge shotguns from the Department of Defense Excess Property Program since 2006, according to Pentagon data made public Friday.
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August 15, 2014
I am not a supporter of President Obama, but I must applaud his support of the Kurds with supplies of humanitarian and military aid. This needs to be done for many reasons to show Russia and others that we are not a "paper tiger. " F. Cordell, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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June 10, 2013
It helps no one to allege that the military's disagreement with lawmakers' proposals to remove control of criminal sexual assault cases from commanders amounts to insensitivity ("They still don't get it," June 6). In fact, many readers could well conclude that your editorial accuses commanders of outright hostility to victims. That stridently emotional position is simply not factual. Commanders' objections to removing their discretion to deal with the problem of sexual assaults while holding them accountable for it does not mean that they, or the armed forces in general, harbor any animus toward victims.
NEWS
April 20, 2010
Bruce Fleming makes some fair points in raising concerns that the military must think hard about how to enforce a new policy that lets open gays serve in the military ("Military's history will repeat," April 20). But Mr. Fleming stumbles in several of his points. Mr. Fleming states that allowing openly gay service is not comparable to the integration of "soldiers of color" because "gender matters more fundamentally than skin color." Yet this is not how Americans experienced race generations ago. Indeed, while men and women have always lived together in the same household, many whites found the very idea of being in the same house with an African American totally unacceptable.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
When she was in 10th grade, Risa Kelemer made up her mind: She wanted to serve in the army. The Israeli army. A member of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Greenspring and a student at Yeshivat Rambam in Park Heights, the Baltimore native visited the Jewish state regularly throughout her childhood. She left her family to spend 10th grade at a school in Haifa. On returning home, she took up running to build strength and endurance, and began contacting authorities to ask about enlisting in the Israel Defense Forces.
NEWS
July 28, 2014
How nice to learn that thanks to its "Iron Dome" air defense system, Israel has been spared civilian deaths and all but "minimal damage" by Hamas rockets ("'Iron Dome' worth the aid," July 22). Also heartwarming is the information that since 2011, with both American parties rallying around Israel, our Congress has approved $700 million to bolster that nation's defense shield. The icing on the cake, as commentator Robert Pines points out, is that our investment has paid off in another way: Much of the U.S. money going toward Israel's defense will now come back to this country because Israel has agreed to let American firms manufacture the Israeli Dome.
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