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U.S. military plane crashes in Mississippi, 16 Marines dead

C 130 crashes in MississippiA U.S. Marine aircraft crashed in Mississippi on Monday night, killing all 16 military personnel on board, local authorities said.

Fred Randle, Leflore County emergency management director, confirmed that there were no survivors in the crash, and all 16 victims were Marines.

The plane crashed in a soybean field in Leflore County, located about 100 miles north of Jackson, Miss. The debris from the crash scattered throughout a 5-mile radius.

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Tornado damaged at least 10 jets as it tore through Offutt Air Force Base

Tornado damages air force planesLast week’s EF1 tornado knocked out half of the Pentagon’s fleet of four E-4B Nightwatch aircraft — popularly known as the “Doomsday” plane — when the twister hopscotched through Offutt Air Force Base, Air Force officials said Friday.

The June 16 tornado also damaged eight of the 55th Wing’s fleet of 29 RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft, which fly critical surveillance missions in the Middle East, the western Pacific and the Far East. Seven of the RC-135s sustained only minor damage, said Drew Nystrom, a 55th Wing spokesman, and six have been repaired and returned to “mission-capable” status.

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Disgraced Army general fired after 'inappropriate' relationship with young woman on staff

Wayne Grigsby dimissed from militaryThe Army has stripped a disgraced former division commander of one star and forced him to retire for having an inappropriate relationship with a female captain on his staff.

Wayne Grigsby will leave the service as a one-star general, the Army announced nine months after it fired him from commanding the First Infantry Division in September 2016. Grigsby had been weeks away from deploying to Iraq when the Army recalled him to Washington. He became the first division commander to be relieved in more than 45 years.

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Pentagon spent $28M on Afghan uniforms with bad camouflage

bad camouflage cost $28mThe U.S. Department of Defense may have wasted nearly $30 million over the past decade on uniforms for the Afghan military that featured a camouflage pattern inappropriate for the country's desert landscapes, a top government fiscal watchdog said Wednesday.

A 17-page report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says $28 million has already been spent by the Pentagon on the uniforms -- and perhaps another $72 million will go toward them in the next decade.

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Missing U.S. Sailors Found Dead Aboard Ship Following Collision

Missing sailors foundThe search for seven missing American sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald was called off Sunday, a day after it collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship, after multiple bodies were found in flooded compartments of the ship.

So far, officials have not confirmed that all seven missing sailors have been accounted for, but after surveying the damage done by the merchant ship—which is three to four times the U.S. destroyer’s size—it appears highly likely all of the sailors were trapped in flooded compartments, which included the ship’s sleeping quarters.

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7 sailors missing after Navy destroyer collision off Japan

US destroyer collides with Japan shipSeven US sailors are missing and one has sustained a head injury after a US destroyer collided with a merchant ship about 56 nautical miles off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan, the Japanese coast guard has told CNN.

The USS Fitzgerald suffered damage to its starboard side above and below the waterline, resulting in some flooding, the Navy said.

A Navy official told CNN the destroyer is under its own power but has limited propulsion.

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Judge gives Naval officer 6 years in prison for espionage

Lt. Cmdr. Edward sentenced to six years for espionageA naval flight officer who pleaded guilty in May to disclosing classified information will spend six years in prison, a military judge in Virginia ruled.

Cmdr. Robert Monahan said Friday that in addition to the time behind bars -- with 646 days of time served credit -- Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin, 40, will be dismissed from the Navy. He faced up to nine years in prison.

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