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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2011
He duped FBI agents and small-town cops, students and child advocates, volunteer firefighters and war veterans into thinking he was a retired colonel in Army special operations who had fought terrorists and insurgents from Kabul to Bogota. William G. Hillar packed rooms and pocketed speaking fees in big cities and tiny towns from Maryland to California, spending a dozen years spinning tall tales about the mujahedin, drug lords and his own daughter being kidnapped, sold into sex slavery and killed.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
Making a rare direct reply Tuesday to an attack by a rival candidate for governor, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown labeled "reckless and irresponsible" remarks by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler suggesting that Brown's service in Iraq was not a real job. Meanwhile, a veterans organization stepped up its attack on Gansler over the comments, accusing him of "swiftboating" the lieutenant governor. Brown went on the "C4 Show" on WBAL radio Tuesday to comment on Gansler's campaign volley a day earlier, in which he questioned whether Brown has the experience to be governor.
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By Paul Marx | May 24, 2010
With the revelation that Richard Blumenthal, the U.S. Senate candidate in Connecticut, received five draft deferments during the Vietnam War, and with the country now involved in two wars, the draft has become a subject of renewed interest. Mr. Blumenthal apparently did not oppose the war on principle. He seems to have requested the deferments for two reasons: He did not want to take the chance of putting himself at risk in the war zone, and he did not want his blossoming career interrupted.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler disparaged Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown 's military service , drawing outrage from a veterans group Monday as the two top Democrats contending for the governor's mansion clashed over Brown's work history. A political action group that represents veterans - and has endorsed Brown - demanded an apology from Gansler after he suggested Brown's work as a military lawyer in Iraq was not “a real job.” Gansler's campaign, meanwhile, criticized Brown for omitting a brief stint at the investment bank Merrill Lynch from his official biography on the state's website.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2012
As the No. 2 leader of the Coast Guard, Vice Adm. — and Vice Commandant — Sally Brice-O'Hara is the chief operating officer of an organization with a $10 billion budget and 58,000 military and civilian employees, plus 31,000 volunteers. Last week, less than a month before her own retirement, the Annapolis native and 1974 Goucher College graduate was temporarily bumped up a rung to No. 1 while her boss, Adm. Robert Papp, recovered from surgery. Brice-O'Hara has served coast to coast as well as in Hawaii.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2012
Joseph Bathgate calls them "the Hollywood questions. " When college classmates learn he was a machine gunner for the Marine Corps for two tours in Iraq, they want to know: Did anyone ever shoot at you? Ever get hit? And there's the big one. You ever kill anyone? "It's unusual, I understand that, what I've done," says Bathgate, 24, of Dundalk, now out of the military and studying kinesiology at Towson University. "Still, it's annoying. … Naturally, I feel different" from the other, mostly younger students on campus.
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February 23, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's introduction of the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 is a great stride forward for Maryland's veterans. As the governor stated in his testimony on the bill in early February, military service members and their spouses too often face hurdles regarding employment. While a majority of those involved with the bill are supportive, the recent coverage by The Sun mentioned opposition within the nursing field ("Bill for hiring veterans draws praise, concern," Feb. 20)
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | September 27, 2000
The nations' three military academies have promoted themselves for decades as the schools that train the "future leaders of tomorrow," producing career officers equipped with an elite - and free - military education. But recent budget cuts, low morale and the tightest labor market in 30 years have contributed to a growing number of departures from the military, not just of young officers, but of those whom military officials most counted on to stay: the academies' alumni. Academy graduates have become among the most sought-after workers in the world, offering leadership experience, technical training and an almost guaranteed sense of personal responsibility.
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September 12, 2013
Another expose on the Naval Academy makes front page news ("Mids' getaways an open secret," Sept. 8). Three out of 5,000 midshipmen have been accused of sexual assault. How many in our civilian colleges and universities? How about this front page headline: "U.S. Naval Academy graduates 90 percent incoming freshman" and compare that to the 60 percent graduation at civilian schools. Or perhaps The Sun might write a series of articles on the fine young people who endure discipline and commit for five years of military service after graduation.
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December 23, 2010
I think the critics of Obamacare have a point that there is a difference between requiring health insurance and requiring car insurance because in the latter case one can simply refuse to drive. But I would rather analogize the requirement of having health insurance with military conscription. Conscription is certainly not voluntary. But people can be exempted from military service if they have a legitimate conscientious objection to military service. So why not let people similarly prove a philosophical, religious or moral objection to being insured in order to be exempted from having to obtain or purchase health insurance?
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January 22, 2014
CARLSON: Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas R. Carlson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Carlson completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
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September 12, 2013
Another expose on the Naval Academy makes front page news ("Mids' getaways an open secret," Sept. 8). Three out of 5,000 midshipmen have been accused of sexual assault. How many in our civilian colleges and universities? How about this front page headline: "U.S. Naval Academy graduates 90 percent incoming freshman" and compare that to the 60 percent graduation at civilian schools. Or perhaps The Sun might write a series of articles on the fine young people who endure discipline and commit for five years of military service after graduation.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2013
One day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for espionage in the largest breach of classified documents in the nation's history, U.S. soldier Bradley Manning made a request of all of us: to stop calling him Brad, and start calling her Chelsea. "As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female," Manning said in a public statement Thursday. "Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.
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February 23, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's introduction of the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 is a great stride forward for Maryland's veterans. As the governor stated in his testimony on the bill in early February, military service members and their spouses too often face hurdles regarding employment. While a majority of those involved with the bill are supportive, the recent coverage by The Sun mentioned opposition within the nursing field ("Bill for hiring veterans draws praise, concern," Feb. 20)
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2012
Joseph Bathgate calls them "the Hollywood questions. " When college classmates learn he was a machine gunner for the Marine Corps for two tours in Iraq, they want to know: Did anyone ever shoot at you? Ever get hit? And there's the big one. You ever kill anyone? "It's unusual, I understand that, what I've done," says Bathgate, 24, of Dundalk, now out of the military and studying kinesiology at Towson University. "Still, it's annoying. … Naturally, I feel different" from the other, mostly younger students on campus.
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May 30, 2012
The Town of Bel Air will be celebrating Flag Day on Saturday, June 2, at 8 a.m. at the William A. Humbert Amphitheater in Shamrock Park. Traditionally, Flag Day is recognized on June 14; however, the town coordinates the scheduling of this ceremony with Bel Air High School's band and chorus to ensure the event does not interfere with their end of year studies and final exams. Retired Army Col. John F. Kutcher will be the featured speaker and County Councilman Jim McMahan will be the master of ceremonies.
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By JEFFREY RECORD | July 31, 1995
Notwithstanding repeated pronouncements over the past several years that the Vietnam War is behind us, the issue of one's military service (or lack of it) during that most divisive war in modern American history will almost surely be raised in the 1996 presidential campaign, as it was in the '88 and '92 campaigns.In 1988, it was revealed that Republican vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle, then a Senate defense hawk with a record of strong support for the Vietnam War, had volunteered for service in the Indiana National Guard during the war.This seemingly patriotic and courageous act was in fact nothing more than a means of escaping the prospect of being sent to Vietnam, since practically no guard units were mobilized during the war. The guard was packed with white, affluent and well-connected young men who did not wish to be unduly inconvenienced by a war for which there was plenty of poor, uneducated -- and truly courageous -- cannon fodder already available.
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By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | December 5, 2001
COLLEGE PARK - Nearly 1,000 students packed the University of Maryland's Memorial Chapel last night for a "town meeting" with Arizona Sen. John McCain - the first in a series of such events planned at campuses across the country by the former Republican presidential candidate. McCain is promoting his bill to expand volunteer opportunities and encourage military service in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. He also talked with the students about campaign-finance reform, last year's election, terrorism and war, and explained his Call to Service Act, the measure targeted at encouraging young people to serve their country.
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