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Marine Corps has no record that suspect in Milwaukee acid attack was ever a Marine
The Marine Corps says it has no record of service for Clifton A. Blackwell, the 61-year-old Milwaukee man arrested on Saturday night for allegedly throwing battery acid on a Hispanic man while asking him, "Why did you come here and invade my country?"
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Associated Press previously reported that Blackwell, 61, was a Marine Corps vet based on comments from both his mother Jacqueline, 83, of California, and brother Arthur, 63, of Colorado.
But a Marine Corps spokeswoman, Yvonne Carlock, told Task & Purpose that the service "did not have a record matching the info they provided for the perpetrator."
Blackwell was arrested on Saturday night in south Milwaukee after allegedly throwing battery acid on 42-year-old Mahmud Villalaz, a U.S. citizen who immigrated from Peru, following a dispute over how the latter had parked his truck, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Arthur Blackwell had stated that his brother had served at least four years in the Marines and "was not a confrontational person."
When reached by Task & Purpose, he reiterated that his brother was honorably discharged after a four-year term in the Corps in "the late 1980s," where he was deployed to Panama.
Blackwell could not provide additional details regarding his brother's service.
"He was a pistol champion, I believe, and he earned a Pistol Sharpshooter badge," he said. "But I haven't talked to him in 25 years ... he's never been in contact with us."
Speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Jaqueline Backwell stated that her son had been under the care of the Milwaukee VA Medical Center for service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder.
"Once you've been in the service, you look at the world a different way," Jacqueline Blackwell, a California psychologist and herself a military veteran, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "I don't know if people can understand if they haven't been there."
When Task & Purpose called two numbers listed for Jacqueline, Arthur answered: "She's not here."
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressed confidence on Sunday in the U.S. military justice system's ability to hold troops to account, two days after President Donald Trump pardoned two Army officers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan.
Trump also restored the rank of a Navy SEAL platoon commander who was demoted for actions in Iraq.
Asked how he would reassure countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the pardons, Esper said: "We have a very effective military justice system."
"I have great faith in the military justice system," Esper told reporters during a trip to Bangkok, in his first remarks about the issue since Trump issued the pardons.
On a military base, a black flag is bad news. That means it's too hot outside to do anything strenuous, so training and missions are put off until conditions improve.
As the climate changes, there could be plenty more black flag days ahead, especially in Florida, a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists found. America's military bases could see an average of an extra month of dangerously hot days by mid-century. In Florida, they could quadruple.
Pentagon data shows heat-related illnesses and injuries are on the rise in every branch of the military. Last year, nearly 2,800 troops suffered heatstroke or heat exhaustion, a roughly 50 percent jump from 2014.
"I think most of us, if we hear there are tens of thousands of cases of heat stress in our troops every year, our minds would go to where they were deployed," said Kristy Dahl, a senior climate scientist at UCS and the lead author of the study. "But more than 90% of the military cases of heatstroke happened right here at home."
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea said on Sunday they will postpone upcoming military drills in an effort to bolster a stalled peace push with North Korea, even as Washington denied the move amounted to another concession to Pyongyang.
The drills, known as the Combined Flying Training Event, would have simulated air combat scenarios and involved an undisclosed number of warplanes from both the United States and South Korea.
An opening ceremony will be held Monday on Hawaii island for a military exercise with China that will involve about 100 People's Liberation Army soldiers training alongside U.S. Army counterparts.
This comes after Adm. Phil Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, spoke on Veterans Day at Punchbowl cemetery about the "rules-based international order" that followed U.S. victory in the Pacific in World War II, and China's attempts to usurp it.
Those American standards "are even more important today," Davidson said, "as malicious actors like the Communist Party of China seek to redefine the international order through corruption, malign cyber activities, intellectual property theft, restriction of individual liberties, military coercion and the direct attempts to override other nations' sovereignty."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to "act quickly" to reach a deal with the United States, in a tweet weighing in on North Korea's criticism of his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, who has met Kim three times since 2018 over ending the North's missile and nuclear programs, addressed Kim directly, referring to the one-party state's ruler as "Mr. Chairman".
In his tweet, Trump told Kim, "You should act quickly, get the deal done," and hinted at a further meeting, signing off "See you soon!"