The Army is racing to identify the source of a salmonella outbreak that has left five soldiers sickened at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, Army Times reports, another reminder that much of the Global War on Terror is duked out in downrange service members' guts.
Of the "handful" of personnel at Arifhan who came down with bowel-wrenching symptoms, only five tested positive for the illness, Army Central Command spokeswoman Col. Angela Funaro told Army Times, adding that all medical and dining facilities are under inspection "as a proactive safety measure."
Rumors are aflutter. "I am told that the number of ‘unconfirmed cases’ printed in the morning report at the installation were significantly higher... possibly as many as 40," one soldier's family member told Army Times. “It seems that [MEDCOM] stopped testing for salmonella and just treated symptoms to keep the reporting numbers low.”
The alert comes less than two months after an outbreak of norovirus at Arifjan and Camp Buehring sickened at least 77 personnel and saw soldiers pulled off flights back to the United States, out of concerns that they could spread the infection.
Soldiers on Arifjan with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 28th Infantry Division received a mid-deployment update last month reminding them that soldiers stationed at Arifjan "can choose healthy foods in the dining facilities."
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.