Once a year, the Warrior Games bring together wounded, injured, and ill servicemen and servicewomen to compete in multiple sporting events, including archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball. Organized by the Department of Defense, the 2016 games were held at West Point in June and hosted by comedian Jon Stewart. According to Military Times, it was Stewart’s third military-related gig in three months, and it was evident in his opening speech that the former Daily Show host’s admiration for veterans is both genuine and personal.
“I have to be honest with you,” he began. “I didn’t come up here to support these athletes. I came up here to get support from them.”
ESPN chronicled Stewart’s time at the Warrior Games in the 10-minute video below. In a surprising departure from the political lampooning he’s best known for, Stewart interviews several of the athletes, praising them for their service and discussing the hardships they overcame to compete on that level. Describing the 250 athletes who participated in the games — some of whom were injured in training, others in combat — he says, “They’re not superheroes; they’re not the X-men. They are us. Just slightly better versions of us.”
Army Staff Sgt. Albert Leon Mampre, who served during World War II with the famed Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division depicted in the HBO series 'Band of Brothers,' was laid to rest on June 15th, the Army announced
Mampre, who died on May 31 at 97 years old, was the last living medic from Easy Company, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. A number of soldiers assigned to his unit provided an honor guard for his funeral service.
NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (Reuters) - Three Russians and a Ukrainian will face murder charges for the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine which killed 298 people, in a trial to start in the Netherlands next March, an investigation team said on Wednesday.
The suspects are likely to be tried in absentia, however, as the Netherlands has said Russia has not cooperated with the investigation and is not expected to hand anyone over.
"These suspects are seen to have played an important role in the death of 298 innocent civilians", said Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke.
"Although they did not push the button themselves, we suspect them of close cooperation to get the (missile launcher) where it was, with the aim to shoot down an airplane."
A Navy SEAL sentenced to one year in prison for the death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is under investigation for allegedly flirting with Melgar's widow while using a false name and trying to persuade her that he and another SEAL accused of killing her husband were "really good guys," according to the Washington Post.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The trial of Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher officially kicked off on Tuesday with the completion of jury selection, opening statements, and witness testimony indicating that drinking alcohol on the front lines of Mosul, Iraq in 2017 seemed to be a common occurrence for members of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon.
Government prosecutors characterized Gallagher as a knife-wielding murderer who not only killed a wounded ISIS fighter but shot indiscriminately at innocent civilians, while the defense argued that those allegations were falsehoods spread by Gallagher's angry subordinates, with attorney Tim Parlatore telling the jury that "this trial is not about murder. It's about mutiny."