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Army identifies soldier who died in Arizona while deployed to the US-Mexico border
A soldier who died while deployed to the southwestern border has been identified as Pfc. Steven Hodges, 20, of Menifee, California, officials announced on Monday.
Hodges was found dead near Nogales, Arizona, on June 1, according to U.S. Northern Command.
No information about how he died was immediately available other than foul play is not suspected, officials said. The cause of death is under investigation
Hodges enlisted in the Army in 2017 and had been assigned as a grenadier with the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, said Lt. Col. Roger Cabiness, a spokesman for the 7th Infantry Division.
"Every soldier in the Tomahawk Battalion is an essential member of our team," his battalion commander Lt. Col. Sean Lyons said in a statement. "The loss of any soldier is deeply felt. Private First Class Steven Hodges is sorely missed by his teammates and the entire Tomahawk family. Every soldier is a national treasure."
Hodges' awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
"We are grateful for all the young men and women who volunteer to serve our nation," Lyons said. "We are humbled at the sacrifices their families continue to make on a daily basis, Steven and his family are in our prayers."
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Since the Washington Post first published the "Afghanistan papers," I have been reminded of a scene from "Apocalypse Now Redux" in which Army Col. Walter Kurtz reads to the soldier assigned to kill him two Time magazine articles showing how the American people had been lied to about Vietnam by both the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations.
In one of the articles, a British counterinsurgency expert tells Nixon that "things felt much better and smelled much better" during his visit to Vietnam.
"How do they smell to you, soldier?" Kurtz asks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro's closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter.
(Reuters Health) - While army suicides have historically decreased during wartime, that trend appears to have reversed in recent decades, a new study of U.S. records finds.
Researchers poring over nearly 200 years of data found that unlike earlier times when there was a decline in suicide rates among U.S. Army soldiers during and just after wars, the rate has risen significantly since 2004, according to the report in JAMA Network Open.
The Navy relieved a decorated explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) officer on Thursday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy announced on Friday.
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who led a Marine task force to Afghanistan shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, said the Washington Post's recent reporting about the U.S. government's pattern of lies about the war over the last two decades is not "revelatory."
Mattis, who was interviewed by the Washington Post's David Ignatius on Friday, also said he does not believe the U.S. government made any efforts to hide the true situation in Afghanistan and he argued the war has not been in vain.
Here are 10 key quotes from Mattis regarding the Washington Post's reporting in the 'Afghanistan Papers.'