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With the facts of his death murky, an investigation will see if a Marine was killed in Iraq by friendly fire
Investigators are looking into the possibility that a Marine Raider was killed by friendly fire in Iraq, U.S. military officials told Task & Purpose on Monday.
Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer died on Aug. 10 of "injuries sustained during combat action in Iraq," according to Marine Forces Special Operations Command.
The Pentagon's initial news release, which did not name Koppenhafer, said he had been killed, "After being engaged by enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations."
As part of the investigation into his death, U.S. military officials will look into whether Koppenhafer might have been accidentally killed by U.S. or Iraqi forces, Nancy Youssef of the Wall Street Journal first reported on Monday.
Much about the circumstances surrounding Koppenhafer's death remain unclear. U.S. officials stressed that the investigation will look into all possible causes of death, not just friendly fire.
Roughly 5,200 U.S. troops are currently serving in Iraq as part of the campaign against ISIS, said Army Lt. Col. Earl Brown, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command.
Koppenhafer is the third U.S. service member to die in Iraq this year. Two other U.S. troops have been died of non-combat injuries: Army Spc. Michael T. Osorio died on April 23 in Taji; and Army Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley died on April 20 in Ninawa province.
In Syria four Americans killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in January: Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, Defense Department civilian Scott A. Wirtz, and Defense Department contractor Ghadir Taher.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A woman has filed a civil suit against a former member of the 104th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard, saying she has suffered emotional distress and "a diminished capacity to enjoy life" in the years since he used a hidden camera at Barnes Air National Guard Base to record explicit images of her.
Former Tech Sgt. Jason Venne, 37, pleaded guilty in February to six counts of photographing an unsuspecting person in the nude and seven counts of unlawful wiretap. He admitted putting a camera in the women's locker room at the Westfield base, recording images and video between 2011 and 2013 when he worked there as a mechanic.
Five people have been indicted in federal court in the Western District of Texas on charges of participating in a scheme to steal millions of dollars from benefits reserved for military members, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Wednesday.
As the military services each roll out new policies regarding hemp-derived products like cannabidiol, or CBD, the Defense Department is not mincing words.
"It's completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time," said Patricia Deuster, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
The warning, along with the policies issued recently by the Air Force, Coast Guard and Department of the Navy, comes as CBD is becoming increasingly ubiquitous across the country in many forms, from coffee additives and vaping liquids to tinctures, candies and other foods, carrying promises of health benefits ranging from pain and anxiety relief to sleeping aids and inflammation reduction.
The Navy has fired five senior leaders so far in August – and the month isn't even over.
While the sea service is famous for instilling in officers that they are responsible for any wrongdoing by their sailors – whether they are aware of the infractions or not – the recent rash of firings is a lot, even for the Navy.
A Navy spokesman said there is no connection between any of the five officers relieved of command, adding that each relief is looked at separately.
'We are a people organization' — Army leaders push renewed focus on soldiers amid rise in sexual assaults and suicides
After months of focusing on modernization priorities, Army leadership plans to tackle persisting personnel issues in the coming years.
Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Tuesday at an event with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that what people can to hear service leadership "talk a lot about ... our people. Investing in our people, so that they can reach their potential. ... We are a people organization."