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3 missing after U.S. Navy plane crashes into Pacific

3 missing after navy plane crash

Eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a U.S. Navy plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, the Navy said.

The C-2 "Greyhound" transport aircraft came down about 500 nautical miles (925 kilometers) southeast of Okinawa as it was bringing passengers and cargo from Japan to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, the Navy said in a statement.

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1 Air Force pilot dead, 1 injured in Texas crash

One pilot dead, one injured in Texas crashA U.S. Air Force trainer jet crashed in Texas late Monday afternoon, killing one pilot and injuring another, the service said.

The T-38 Talon, assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base, crashed at approximately 4:00 p.m. local time roughly 15 miles northwest of the base in Del Rio, Texas, the base said in a release Monday.

One pilot is dead and one was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center, according to a separate statement released later in the evening. The names of the airmen weren't released.

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US warship collides with Japanese tug boat

US warship collides with Ja[anese tugboat

A U.S. warship sustained minor damage Saturday when it collided with a Japanese tug boat, the Navy's 7th Fleet announced.

NBC News reports that the tugboat lost propulsion control and drifted into the Navy destroyer, causing a minor collision. No injuries were reported on either vessel.

The USS Benfold was conducting a scheduled exercise in Japan's Sagami Bay at the time of the collision.

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Air Force pilot shortage has grown, is 'stretching the force to the limit'

AF shortage of pilots stretching force to the limitThe Pilot shortage that has dogged the U.S. Air Force has gotten worse as the service's top officials say the shortage has surged to about 2,000 airmen.

In September, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Goldfein told attendees at the annual Air Crew Summit at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland that the service is "in a crisis" that could compromise its ability to defend the nation. According to Goldfein and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, it's gotten worse.

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US Marine trainer guilty of abusing Muslim recruits

US Marine trainer guiilty of abuse against Muslim recruitsA former US Marine instructor who abused Muslim military recruits - including ordering them into an industrial clothes dryer and turning it on - will be sentenced to prison on Friday.

Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Felix, 34, was found guilty of "maltreatment" on Thursday after he physically and verbally abused three American Muslims training to become US Marines at a facility in Parris Island in South Carolina state.

Felix "picked out Muslim recruits for special abuse because of their Muslim faith. He degraded their religion and put them in industrial appliances", Lieutenant-Colonel John Norman, the prosecutor, was quoted as saying by the Washington Post.

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‘Fat Leonard’ scandal expands to ensnare more than 60 admirals

Fat Leonard scandal expands to include 60 admirals

The "Fat Leonard" corruption investigation has expanded to include more than 60 admirals and hundreds of other U.S. Navy officers under scrutiny for their contacts with a defense contractor in Asia who systematically bribed sailors with sex, liquor and other temptations, according to the Navy.

Most of the admirals are suspected of attending extravagant feasts at Asia's best restaurants paid for by Leonard Glenn Francis, a Singapore-based maritime tycoon who made an illicit fortune supplying Navy vessels in ports from Vladivostok, Russia to Brisbane, Australia. Francis also was renowned for hosting alcohol-soaked, after-dinner parties, which often featured imported prostitutes and sometimes lasted for days, according to federal court records.

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Pentagon Frees Marine General from Guantanamo Bay

Gitmo marine lawyer freed from jailMarine Brigadier General John Baker is no longer the 42nd Guantanamo Bay detainee. But that doesn’t mean his unexpected conviction in the Gitmo war courts is overturned.

Shortly before attorneys for Baker arrived in federal court to seek the Marine general’s freedom, military commissions convening authority Harvey Rishikof ruled that Baker does not have to serve his remaining 19 days of confinement at his Guantanamo Bay quarters.

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