Paralyzed Marine Derek Herrera Walks Into Retirement

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Courtesy of Derek Herrera

Two years ago, 30-year-old Derek Herrera was hit by a sniper while leading a special operations team in Helmand River Valley in Afghanistan, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. However, within a year, Herrera was walking again with the aid of a ReWalk Exoskeleton.


On Friday, Herrera accepted a Bronze Star for combat valor at Camp Pendleton and simultaneously retired from the Marine Corps. He is currently finishing an MBA at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and is also the CEO of RuckPack, a company that manufactures and sells healthy alternatives to energy drinks and shots.

“When I fail, I will do so while daring greatly” to achieve something important and useful, he said to a standing ovation, according to U-T San Diego.

Veterans are pushing back against a Wall Street Journal op-ed, in which a woman with no military experience argued that women do not belong in combat units.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighboring Iraq the day after Christmas.

Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from U.S. commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, U.S. officials said.

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Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando

The Coast Guard's top officer is telling his subordinates to "stay the course" after they missed their regularly scheduled paycheck amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

In a message to the force sent Tuesday, Adm. Karl L. Schultz said both he and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary remain "fully engaged" on the missing pay issue, which have caused "anxiety and uncertainty" for Coasties and their families.

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After years of frequent mechanical failures ad embarrassing cost overruns, the Navy finally plans on deploying three hulls from its much-derided Littoral Combat Ship fleet by this fall after a protracted absence from the high seas, the U.S. Naval Institute reports.

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