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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2012
The other day I heard a radio news reader describe an attack in Afghanistan in which "a troop" was killed. Now troop  is a word with a good deal of elasticity in it, but you can stretch it too far.  A core meaning of the word in the singular is a military unit.* A cavalry troop  is a group or particular detachment of soldiers.   In the plural, it can mean the military collectively, as in the Our Troops Over...
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September 30, 2014
The signing of a long-delayed bilateral security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan today means the U.S. won't again find itself in the same situation it faced two years ago in Iraq, where the failure to reach a similar accord precipitated the withdrawal of all American forces and a rapid deterioration of the security situation. The Afghans can now be assured of continued American military assistance in their struggle against a resurgent Taliban - at least for the next two years, when the agreement must be renewed.
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NEWS
June 25, 2011
Listening to the speech of the president about the "war" in Afghanistan, which is in reality a brutal occupation, we have to realize that torturing and killing people under any pretext is inhumane. It gets us also in great danger, and it is very expensive. It is so stupid! Bringing the "boys home" means establishing an enduring occupation. We have to withdraw all military from foreign countries. And in countries as Afghanistan and Iraq, we must try to repay the immense destruction we caused.
NEWS
By Frederic Hill and Sam Gardiner | September 18, 2014
Geopolitical analysts are especially fond of quoting Edmund Burke and George Santayana on the folly of ignoring the lessons of history and the dangers of repeating the original decisions. But what's even more imprudent, and potentially fatal, is to learn the wrong lessons from history — and by avoiding the previous mistakes, plow ahead without understanding the causes of their failure. President Barack Obama is now in danger of steering a perilous course in confronting the threat of Islamic State in the Middle East (also known as ISIS or ISIL)
EXPLORE
October 19, 2011
Drew Lovell, of Troop 973, sponsored by St. Mary's Episcopal Church, in Abingdon, completed his Eagle Scout project Oct. 8 at the Humane Society of Harford County, 2208 Connolly Road, in Fallston. His project involved building a brick paver walkway and platform at Rebel's Dog Park to be used by dog owners as they let their dogs play off leash in the park. His project also included landscaping the surrounding ground to divert rain water runoff which previously made the area muddy. Drew's project involved months of planning and fundraising.
NEWS
March 11, 2010
- Congressional opponents of the war in Afghanistan forced a debate Wednesday on the floor of the House of Representatives on a resolution to bring U.S. forces home and end the eight-year-old war. The measure ended up losing, 356-65, a margin that had been expected. Nonetheless, anti-war representatives welcomed the debate as a chance to express pent-up frustration with the continued troop buildup in Afghanistan, and to express their view that the original mission of U.S. forces, defeating al-Qaida, had been lost.
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By Janet Nickel, janetnickel@hotmail.com | May 27, 2013
Boy Scout Troop 328 of Timonium United Methodist Church has been buzzing with activity the last few months. For starters, it celebrated an Eagle Court of Honor for three of its Scouts on April 20. David Harper, Matt Rafferty and J.P. Schmelz were recognized for attaining the rank of Eagle, the highest award in Scouting. For their Eagle service projects, David reconstructed a trail at the Woodbourne Center in Baltimore City; Matt collected more than 200 musical instruments and related items in support of Baltimore City Public Schools; and J.P. constructed a judges' reviewing stand for the new Baltimore County Agricultural Center on Shawan Road.
NEWS
June 2, 2012
The more I read about Afghanistan, the more concerned I become about the contending factions faced by President Hamid Karzai's government and the American forces trying to support it. We have spent $471 million to complete the Afghanistan Dam project, begun in the early 1950s to provide electricity, and the $6 billion we have spent over the past decade to combat the opium trade has helped finance the insurgency and fueled government corruption....
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By LOURDES SULLIVAN | September 15, 1995
The local Cub Scout troops invite old members and new friends to Back to School Night on Thursday. Leaders of the local dens will be available to sign up new members and renew old friendships that night at area schools.Dave Czaplicki is the contact person for Troop 62 at Forest Ridge. His number is (301) 725-1076. Lisa Maloney of Troop 345 out of Laurel Woods can be reached at (301) 725-4750. Tanya Lewis of Troop 513 at Guilford Elementary can be reached at (410) 381-5785. Joseph Owens of Troop 606 at Hammond Elementary can be reached at (301)
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By CHARLES W. CORDDRY and CHARLES W. CORDDRY,Charles Corddry writes from the Washington bureau of the Baltimore Sun on defense issues | March 15, 1992
Washington. -- Whenever a war or protracted crisis ends, Gen. John R. Galvin said here the other day, we expect that "paradise" will quickly follow. This flies in the face of both American experience and the post-Cold War world outlook, said the top military leader of the Western alliance, but the hope won't seem to go away."
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
William E. Mosley, a retired Maryland Transit Administration subway motorman and World War II veteran, died June 8 of undetermined causes at Manor Care Health Services — Woodbridge Valley in Catonsville. He was 90. William Edward Mosley was born and raised in West Baltimore. After graduating in 1942 from George Washington Carver Vocational-Technical High School, he enlisted in the Army. Mr. Mosley served with the infantry in Africa, Corsica, Italy and France, and was in the second wave of troops landing at Normandy on June 6, 1944.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
A couple that police said were posing as fundraisers for the "Support Our Troops Foundation" outside a Glen Burnie grocery store were charged Friday. Police said Amanda Ashley Miskimon and Matthew David Michalski were not authorized to collect donations on behalf of the foundation and were pocketing the money. Officers were called to a Giant supermarket on Crain Highway by a person who had donated funds and called the number on a flier the couple were distributing and heard their cellphone ringing.
NEWS
May 28, 2014
Congratulations are in order for Mount View Middle School seventh-graders and Girl Scouts Juliettes Hanna Al-Kowsi and her partner Ava Pirie of Troop 794 who were awarded the prestigious Girl Scout Silver Award in early May. The Silver Award is the second highest award in Girl Scouts and can be earned by scouts in the sixth through eighth grades. The girls were honored during a ceremony at Camp Ilchester. Hanna and Ava spent more than 70 hours working with the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company to create educational materials that were used during their Salute to Strong and Independent Women Weekend in last summer.
NEWS
April 4, 2014
It's time that the paper generals at the Pentagon go. They are more concerned about the gays in the military and women in combat than protecting our soldiers on American soil ( "Fort Hood shooting: Iraq vet was being treated for mental health issues," April 3). There are tens of thousands of workers at the Pentagon who have never dodged a bullet and make five times as much money as our soldiers. After the first shootings at Fort Hood, they learned nothing and then we had the same thing happen at the Navy Yard.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
In Iraq, Lauren Augustine operated unmanned aircraft on surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the Army's storied 1st Infantry Division. In Washington last week, Augustine and her fellow veterans stormed Capitol Hill for comrades they say are being left behind. The 26-year-old Army veteran was one of more than 30 former service members who spent the week visiting lawmakers to call attention to the persistence of suicide among veterans. In a time of fiscal constraint, when the Pentagon is shrinking the military and other departments are reining in spending, the veterans are asking Congress and the White House to devote more resources to mental health for former troops.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
After more than a dozen years fighting side by side in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army and the National Guard are battling each other over budget cuts. The Army, tasked with restructuring for a postwar future amid rising personnel costs and spending cuts ordered by Congress, has proposed reducing the number of national guardsmen nationwide by 10 percent - from 350,000 soldiers to as few as 315,000 by 2019. In Maryland, that could mean the loss of 400 to 500 soldiers from the 4,700-member Maryland Army National Guard, according to Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins.
NEWS
By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 25, 1999
WASHINGTON -- The Boy Scouts of America, already putting on a full defense in court of its ban on homosexuals, now finds it has to defend that policy within its own ranks, too -- especially among groups that sponsor Scout troops.The future of the ban depends heavily on the U.S. Supreme Court. The Scouts have appealed a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that struck down the exclusion of gays as youth members or adult leaders.Signs of Scouting's internal debate over the ban are expected to emerge anew next week when a group of troop-sponsoring organizations reportedly plans to line up on the opposite side in that case.
NEWS
By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2002
The members of Boy Scout Troop 216 don't tell stories around the campfire or go on 50-mile weekend hikes. It may take two years of work to earn a citizenship merit badge, and it's unlikely that anyone in this troop will make Eagle Scout before the age of 40. But few Scouts wear their uniforms more proudly. Created 24 years ago to offer Scouting to the disabled, Troop 216 gathers twice a month in the Knights of Columbus hall on Ritchie Highway. There, volunteers pass on Scouting's practical skills and timeless values to the 19 Boy Scouts who range in age from 16 to 65. Many have Down syndrome.
NEWS
By Ralph Masi | March 2, 2014
The recently proposed U.S. troop cuts are an important step toward re-sizing today's forces to meet the current U.S. defense strategy, which calls for defeating a major adversary and deterring a second by denying objectives or imposing unacceptable costs, in the process discouraging others from following the same path. It also calls for the ability to conduct smaller-scale, albeit highly important, missions such as humanitarian relief and counter terrorism. These new force sizes - a reduction in active duty Army troops from about 520,000 to around 440,000 and a decrease in the reserve components from 559,000 to 530,000, along with a smaller cut to the Marine Corps and a reduction and reallocation of air assets - also reduce defense costs and better align government spending with revenues.
NEWS
February 10, 2014
The weekend of Nov. 15 to 17, 44 scouts and 17 adult leaders of Boy Scout Troop 238 of Hickory visited Camp John Ware at Horseshoe Scout Reservation in Cecil County. While at camp, scouts cooked, cooked and cooked some more! Scouts outdid themselves by cooking apple cobbler, pumpkin pie, steak and potatoes, pot roast, brownies, chocolate cream pie and a troop favorite, crab soup. Scouts used several methods to do their cooking, including campfire, backpack stove, kitchen oven and slow cooker.
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