DeKALB – Strapped into a fabric seat waiting for the go-ahead to jump out of an airplane thousands of feet in the air isn’t how most people spend their Saturday afternoon. Most people would rather spend the afternoon cheering for the Northern Illinois University Huskies in the stands at their homecoming football game, not parachuting out of an airplane 3,500 feet in the air, about two-thirds of a mile high, to land on the field in time for the opening ceremony. But members of the Golden Knights aren’t most people. The U.S. Army’s world-champion parachute team demonstrated its skills Saturday as members landed on Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium before the Huskies’ game against the Ohio University Bobcats. The demonstration commemorated the 50th anniversary of the NIUHuskie ROTCBattalion. Team leader Sgt. 1st Class Keith Pierce was the first member of the team to land on the ground, for a “touchdown.” The homecoming game’s football was … [Read more...] about U.S. Army’s Golden Knights drop into NIU homecoming with game ball
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A hero of the American Civil War, Ivan Turchaninov (John Basil Turchin) left Imperial Russia seeking freedom. In the U.S., he befriended Abraham Lincoln and was the only Russian to rise to the rank of general. Despite such achievements, his final fate was unfortunate. In 1862, during the Civil War in America, the Russian envoy to Washington, Eduard de Stoeckl, expressed his discontent with Russian officer Ivan Turchaninov serving in the Union Army. “Ranks of this army consist of revolutionaries and adventurers from every corner of the Earth,” Stoeckl wrote to St. Petersburg. Even though the Russian Empire supported the North , Stoeckl believed that fighting in America’s internal battles was a shame for an officer who had previously served under the Emperor’s flag. Nevertheless, Turchaninov didn’t care what the unsupportive Russian officials thought, as he had left his homeland for good. Stubborn colonel Born in 1822 in the Don … [Read more...] about The Russian Collusion: How did a Tsarist military officer become a general in the U.S. Army?
Last Updated Jul 6, 2018 10:24 AM EDT SAN ANTONIO -- Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned. The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures."It was my dream to serve in the military," said reservist Lucas Calixto, a Brazilian immigrant who filed a lawsuit against the Army last week. "Since this country has been so good to me, I thought it was the least I could do to give back to my adopted country and serve in the United States military."Some of the service members say they were not told why they were being discharged. Others who pressed for answers said the Army informed them they'd been labeled as security … [Read more...] about U.S. Army abruptly discharging immigrant recruits: AP
Ben Knight Deutsche Welle Published 9:51 p.m. UTC May 31, 2018 Some 2,050 U.S. military vehicles, in 102 convoys, are currently rumbling through the flat, sleepy country roads in the eastern German state of Brandenburg on their way to Poland. On Monday, they faced token opposition at their stop at a German military barracks near the small town of Brück, from a protest organized by the Left party and attended by a handful of communists and peace activists. The troop movements, which will likely inconvenience a few motorists until mid-June, are part of the vast and indefinite NATO operation Atlantic Resolve, which is meant to reinforce the alliance's borders in eastern Europe. While the military purpose of this exercise is uncertain, given that Russian forces across the border are much larger, Atlantic Resolve is considered a vital political signal of NATO's commitment to its smaller members in the east. Atlantic Resolve, which … [Read more...] about German villagers protest massive U.S. military convoy on sleepy roads
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department on Tuesday indicted an ex-CIA case officer suspected of passing information to Chinese intelligence agents. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, a resident of Hong Kong, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to gather or deliver national defense information to aid a foreign government. He also was charged with two counts of unlawfully retaining documents related to U.S. national defense. Prosecutors say Lee, who speaks fluent Chinese, illegally retained classified documents that included names and numbers of covert CIA employees and locations of covert facilities. He could also be the key to a years-old mystery at the spy agency, as CBS News' Jeff Pegues reported in January. As early as 2010, officials at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, were concerned about a possible mole. CIA contacts and informants in China were being killed or imprisoned -- and investigators wanted to know why. Sources told Pegues in January that Lee may have been … [Read more...] about U.S. indicts ex-CIA officer suspected of passing info to Chinese agents