Alleged antifa protestors Thomas Massey (left) and Tom Keenan (right) in their Philadelphia Police Department mugshots.
Philadelphia Police Department
Two Marine Corps reservists described being viciously attacked in Philadelphia by two alleged Antifa activists in November, Philadelphia Magazine reports, testifying on Dec. 13 that an "antifa mob" mistook the two Marines as members of a far-right group the activists were protesting.
Reservists Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres testified that they were in Philadelphia for a Corps event on the evening of Nov. 17 when suspects Thomas Massey and Tom Keenan — described as "linked to antifa on websites and social media" by Philadelphia Magazine — allegedly approached them and asked if they were "proud," a reference to the "Proud Boys" group that was reportedly in attendance at the nearby alt-right "We The People" rally.
Godinez apparently mistook the question as a reference to "the few, the proud, the Marines" and responded in the affirmative, after which a group of "approximately ten other people ... began attacking them with mace, punches, and kicks" while calling them "Nazis" and "white supremacists," Philadelphia Magazine reports.
Godinez testified that he was “bewildered” at the white supremacist slur and yelled “I’m Mexican!," according to Philadelphia Magazine. Despite this, he was "maced at least six times, hit in the head, and kicked in the ribs" while onlookers reportedly chanted "fuck him up" while others, he alleges, called him "spic" and "wetback."
It's worth noting that just a month before the incident, a Military Times poll found that than 30% of U.S. service members saw white nationalism as a significant threat to national security, outstripping the 27% who said the same thing about Syria, 22% about Afghanistan, and 17% about Iraq.
Thousands of U.S. service members who've been sent to operate along the Mexico border will receive a military award reserved for troops who "encounter no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action."
The Pentagon has authorized troops who have deployed to the border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last April to receive the Armed Forces Service Medal. Details about the decision were included in a Marine Corps administrative message in response to authorization from the Defense Department.
There is no end date for the award since the operation remains ongoing.
Photo: US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
A former sailor who was busted buying firearms with his military discount and then reselling some of them to criminals is proving to be a wealth of information for federal investigators.
Julio Pino used his iPhone to record most, if not all, of his sales, court documents said. He even went so far as to review the buyers' driver's license on camera.
It is unclear how many of Pino's customer's now face criminal charges of their own. Federal indictments generally don't provide that level of detail and Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson declined to comment.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
U.S. Army Cpt. Katrina Hopkins and Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Rogers, assigned to Task Force Warhorse, pilot a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) operation at Camp Taji, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Javion Siders)
U.S. forces must now ask the Iraqi military for permission to fly in Iraqi airspace before coming to the aid of U.S. troops under fire, a top military spokesman said.
However, the mandatory approval process is not expected to slow down the time it takes the U.S. military to launch close air support and casualty evacuation missions for troops in the middle of a fight, said Army Col. James Rawlinson, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.