"I had ice in my veins," he said. "It’s not who I am. It’s who I had to be in the situation I was in," said Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, during his court-martial, Thursday.
Hutchins was given a bad conduct discharge, and sentenced to time already served in confinement for the 2006 murder of a former Iraqi police officer. On Apr. 26, 2006, Hitchins led six Marines and a Navy Corpsman in the abduction and murder of 52-year-old retired policeman Hashim Ibrahim Awad, and staged it to suggest that Awad had been planting a bomb.
Hutchins was initially convicted in 2007 and served seven of his 11 years in military confinement, which left open the possibility of a four-year sentence.
Staff Sgt. Saul Lopez, who served with Hutchins, testified at the hearing, crediting Hutchins with his own survival.
"Every Marine on that patrol is now a convicted felon. Is that leadership?” asked prosecutor Samson Newsome.
"They are alive, sir. They are alive," said Lopez.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.