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An FBI agent had a surprise guest at his retirement ceremony: a Marine he rescued as a baby 22 years ago
Last week, as FBI special agent Troy Sowers bid farewell to the bureau he'd spent more than two decades serving, he was surprised at his retirement ceremony by 22-year-old Marine Cpl. Stewart Rembert.
The two had met just once before in 1997, when Sowers rescued Rembert after he was kidnapped from the hospital just days after his birth.
Then a rookie agent, Sowers found Rembert 19 hours after he was abducted by a woman posing as a nurse at the hospital where he was born.
According to NBC News, Sowers tracked the kidnapper down and convinced her to bring him to where she'd left Rembert: Lying in a box next to a dumpster in Tacoma, Washington.
"We knew he had been out there for several hours," Sowers told NBC. "When I picked him up, he was not crying, but he just nuzzled right into my neck and I knew he was fine."
It was a happy ending to an otherwise tragic story, and the emotional reunion between the two served as a fitting way to round out Sowers' tenure at the FBI.
"I'm proud of anybody who serves others above themselves, and the fact that he is willing to serve this country in the United States Marine Corps, I think is just a perfect example of what we expect of everybody," Sowers said in a video uploaded to the FBI's YouTube channel.
FBI special agent Troy Sower and 22-year-old Marine Cpl. Stewart Rembert(YouTube/FBi)
Rembert's appearance at the retirement ceremony at the Knoxville, Tenn., FBI headquarters was a surprise set up by Sowers' colleagues.
As Rembert entered the room to applause, the two hugged, and Sowers could be heard telling Rembert: "I'm really proud of what you did with your life. Pass it on, alright?"
Of the emotional reunion, Rembert told NBC News, "I'm going to meet the man that saved my life."
"It's crazy to think that without his efforts I wouldn't be a Marine. My family wouldn't be the same," Rembert added. "I'm just super excited and honored to meet this man today."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday tested a conventionally configured ground-launched ballistic missile, a test that would have been prohibited under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
The United States formally withdrew from the landmark 1987 INF pact with Russia in August after determining that Moscow was violating the treaty, an accusation the Kremlin has denied.
The Taliban may not have breached the walls of Bagram, but they damaged the hell out of its main passenger terminal
Blasts from Taliban car bombs outside of Bagram Airfield on Wednesday caused extensive damage to the base's passenger terminal, new pictures released by the 45th Expeditionary Wing show.
The pictures, which are part of a photo essay called "Bagram stands fast," were posted on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service's website on Thursday.
The Pentagon's top spokesman tried to downplay recent revelations by the Washington Post that U.S. government officials have consistently misled the American public about the war in Afghanistan for nearly two decades.
Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock first brought to light that several top officials acknowledged to the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction that the war was going badly despite their optimistic public statements. The report, based on extensive interviews and internal government data, also found that U.S. officials manipulated statistics to create the public perception that the U.S. military was making progress in Afghanistan.
An Army colonel's alleged abuse saddled his wife with ongoing medical needs. Escaping him could bring that care to a screeching halt.
Katherine Burton was sitting on her couch when she heard a scream.
Though she had not yet met her upstairs neighbors, Army. Col. Jerel Grimes and his wife Ellizabeth, Burton went to investigate almost immediately. "I knew it was a cry for help," she recalled of the August 1 incident.
Above her downstairs apartment in Huntsville, Alabama, Jerel and Ellizabeth had been arguing. They had been doing a lot of that lately. According to Ellizabeth, Jerel, a soldier with 26 years of service and two Afghanistan deployments under his belt, had become increasingly controlling in the months since the couple had married in April, forcing her to share computer passwords, receipts for purchases, and asking where she was at all times.
"I was starting to realize how controlling he was, and how manipulative he was," Ellizabeth said. "And he'd never been this way towards me in the 15 years that I've known him."