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National Guardsman Jailed After Making ‘Terroristic Threats’ Against VP Pence
A National Guard soldier has been arrested after reportedly making death threats against Vice President Mike Pence, according to the Associated Press.
The soldier, 22-year-old William Robert Dunbar, was charged on Sept. 9 with disorderly conduct and making terroristic threats prior to Pence’s visit to Pennsylvania for the Sept. 11 observance of the United Airlines Flight 93 crash.
Dunbar allegedly stated that “If someone pays me enough money, I will kill the vice president,” and witnesses said they contacted their commanding officers after Dunbar made the threatening statement twice, according to the Associated Press. The threats came while Dunbar was on duty at the Army National Guard Training Center in Richland Township, Pennsylvania, notes WeAreCentralPA.com.
According the Pennsylvania General Assembly website, the “terroristic threats,” Dunbar is charged with, are defined as communicating an intent to “commit any crime of violence with the intent to terrorize another; cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly or facility of public transportation; or otherwise cause serious public inconvenience, or cause terror or serious public inconvenience with reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience.”
In addition to any other sentences imposed for making “terroristic threats,” an individual convicted of the charge is required to pay restitution for the cost of any subsequent evacuation, and to cover any costs related to transportation, police, fire, or emergency response.
Pence addressed 1,000 attendees in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, according to the Associated Press. There, the vice president honored the 33 passengers and seven crewmembers who died on the Flight 93 cra from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, which crashed near Shanksville when the passengers and crew overcame the hijackers.
"Without regard to personal safety, they rushed forward to save lives," Pence said during the memorial ceremony. "I will always believe that I and many others in our nation's capital were able to go home that day and hug our families because of the courage and sacrifice of the heroes of Flight 93."
Police told the Associated Press that Dunbar was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for “evaluation.” He was then transferred before to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10% of his $250,000 bail.
‘I made promises to the people that I lost’— How the Iraq war forged a Navy SEAL’s path to Harvard Medical School and NASA
Navy Lt. Jonny Kim went viral last week when NASA announced that he and 10 other candidates (including six other service members) became the newest members of the agency's hallowed astronaut corps. A decorated Navy SEAL and graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kim in particular seems to have a penchant for achieving people's childhood dreams.
However, Kim shared with Task & Purpose that his motivation for living life the way he has stems not so much from starry-eyed ambition, but from the pain and loss he suffered both on the battlefields of Iraq and from childhood instability while growing up in Los Angeles. Kim tells his story in the following Q&A, which was lightly edited for length and clarity:
You can almost smell the gunpowder in the scene captured by a Marine photographer over the weekend, showing a Marine grunt firing a shotgun during non-lethal weapons training.
A Marine grunt stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is being considered for an award after he saved the lives of three people earlier this month from a fiery car crash.
Cpl. Scott McDonell, an infantry assaultman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was driving down Market Street in Wilmington in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 when he saw a car on fire after it had crashed into a tree. Inside were three victims aged 17, 20, and 20.
"It was a pretty mangled wreck," McDonell told ABC 15. "The passenger was hanging out of the window."
New Vietnam War movie 'The Last Full Measure' takes some well-deserved shots at the military’s award process
Todd Robinson's upcoming Vietnam War drama, The Last Full Measure, is a story of two battles: One takes place during an ambush in the jungles of Vietnam in 1966, while the other unfolds more than three decades later as the survivors fight to see one pararescueman's valor posthumously recognized.
With ISIS trying to reorganize itself into an insurgency, most attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Iraq are being carried out by Shiite militias, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, the deputy commander for operations and intelligence for U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.
"In the time that I have been in Iraq, we've taken a couple of casualties from ISIS fighting on the ground, but most of the attacks have come from those Shia militia groups, who are launching rockets at our bases and frankly just trying to kill someone to make a point," Grynkewich said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.