Chief Boatswain's Mate Tedrick Horton, from Cleveland watches as the Arleigh Burke-class guided- missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) steams alongside the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) while underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
U.S Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kelsey J. Hockenberger
Remember that old show World's Dumbest Criminals?
There's a 31-year-old sailor apparently trying to impress the show's casting director.
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Aaron Booker was arrested by Navy investigators in Great Lakes, Ill. on Tuesday on suspicion that he stole 20 concussion grenades from a ship he had been serving on in San Diego, according to Associated Press.
Now, you may be thinking, hmm, well, that doesn't seem that dumb. Brace yourself, reader.
Booker was previously assigned to the USS Pinckney in the Weapons Department, where one of his duties was to check the temperature of the locker where the grenades were kept. As is the case with armories, only a limited number of people have access to certain areas.
In Feb. 2017, the grenades were discovered missing. A week later, Booker left for his next duty station in Great Lakes.
Oh, but it gets so much better.
The grenades were found roughly two months later, but not on Booker. Officials told AP the stolen items were inside of a black military backpack, leaning on a guardrail alongside I-15 in Arizona. A tag inside said, "GM2 BOOKER," which makes me laugh hysterically, and yet makes me think of so many questions.
To be clear, Booker denies he took the grenades and these are mere allegations, though he told investigators two grenades that went missing may have wound up in Mexico (how would you know that?).
So, question: Did you ever think, hey, maybe someone is going to check on how many there are in this locker and the timing of my leaving the ship could be suspicious? (Probably not).
What the hell are you going to do with concussion grenades? Are these for home defense?
Anyway, Booker faces up to 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine if convicted, which could hopefully be softened if truTV brings back the show for another season.
A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, consoles a fellow Soldier after sleeping on the ground in a designated sleeping area on another cold evening, between training exercises during NTC 17-03, National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, CA., Jan. 15, 2017. (U.S. Army/Spc. Tracy McKithern)
The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) is the largest official database of U.S. military media available for public consumption. It is also an occasional source of unexpected laughs, like this gem from a live fire exercise that a public affairs officer simply tagged 'Fire mortar boom.' In the world of droll data entry and too many acronyms, sometimes little jokes are their own little form of rebellion, right?
But some DVIDS uploads, however, come with captions and titles that cut right to the core, perfectly capturing the essence of life in the U.S. military in a way that makes you sigh, facepalm, and utter a mournful, 'too real.'
The U.S. military does not need Iraqi permission to fly close air support and casualty evacuation missions for U.S. troops in combat, a top spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS clarified on Tuesday.
Army Col. James Rawlinson clarified that the Iraqis do not need to approve missions in emergency circumstances after Task & Purpose reported on Monday that the U.S. military needed permission to fly CAS missions for troops in a fight.
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.
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.