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No booze for you: Drinking banned for U.S. Navy sailors in Japan

No drinking for sailors in JapanU.S. Navy sailors in Japan can say goodbye to their sake.

Following an alleged drunk driving incident by a 21-year-old Petty Officer 2nd Class Aimee Mejia, the Navy announced Monday that drinking alcohol would be banned for all 19,000 personnel in Japan.

Imbibing will be banned both on and off base, and sailors will no longer be able to freely leave their bases. Leaving base grounds will be allowed only for running necessary errands, or commuting from an off-base home.

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3 soldiers dead, 6 missing in flood accident near Ft. Hood, Texas

3 soldiers dead, 6 missing in Texas floodThree soldiers died after their tactical vehicle overturned at a flooded crossing near Fort Hood, Texas, US Army officials have confirmed.

Three soldiers were rescued and are in stable condition, according to KXXV News. They are being transported from Coryell Memorial Healthcare System in Gatesville, Texas to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center on the base.

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Guantánamo is planning for prison after Obama

GitmoMilitary leaders are thinking about whether they will need to put a wheelchair lift into their showcase communal prison three or four years from now, widen some some cell doors, add ramps for geriatric captives.

Not one of the 80 prisoners is now in a wheelchair and most are in their 30s or 40s. The oldest is 68. But briefings by senior military officials here made clear that they are starting to actively think about operating an offshore Pentagon detention center long after President Barack Obama leaves office.

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World War II plane crashes into Hudson River, pilot's body recovered

WWII plane crashes into Hudson RiverThe body of the 56-year-old pilot who is presumed to have been operating a World War II plane that crashed into the Hudson River has been recovered.

William Gordon, originally from Florida, appeared to have attempted escape from the wreckage as the small plane sunk, but was unsuccessful, CNN reported.

Police said Friday an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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“American Sniper” Chris Kyle Distorted His Military Record, Documents Show

Chris KyleNo American has been more associated with the Navy SEAL mystique than Chris Kyle, known as the deadliest sniper in military history. His bestselling autobiography, American Sniper —  a story of honor, glory, and quiet heroism —  has sold more than a million copies. The movie adaptation became the highest-grossing war film in American history.

“All told,” Kyle wrote in his book, “I would end my career as a SEAL with two Silver Stars and five Bronze [Stars], all for valor.”

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The merchants of war sell their wares at Tampa Convention Center

Merchants of War in Tampa

Packed with robots and trucks and guns and drones, the Tampa Convention Center’s exhibition hall this week has been transformed into a showroom for the latest in war gadgets.

It’s all part of the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, a major annual confab that brings military commanders together with defense contractors to figure out what commandos need in a dangerous and ever-changing world.

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Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source

Snowden calls for whistleblower shieldEdward Snowden has called for a complete overhaul of US whistleblower protections after a new source from deep inside the Pentagon came forward with a startling account of how the system became a “trap” for those seeking to expose wrongdoing.

The account of John Crane, a former senior Pentagon investigator, appears to undermine Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other major establishment figures who argue that there were established routes for Snowden other than leaking to the media.

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