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2 soldiers were dropped a rank for 'bullying' after they catfished another soldier and shared their nude photos with their unit
Two soldiers with the 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Germany were recently punished after they catfished a fellow soldier and shared the soldier's nude photographs with others in their unit
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According to the newsletter, a staff sergeant and private "conspired ... to use a fake social media account and obtain nude photographs" from another Pvt. 1st Class.
The two pretended to be "a fictional romantic interest," and got the other private send nude photos, which they then shared with other soldiers in their company and "joked about."
They both received Article 15s and were reduced a rank. The genders of those involved weren't made clear in the post.
This comes just a day after the Pentagon released it's latest sexual assault report, which showed assaults are at a four-year high; most of the perpetrators are E-3 to E-5, at the same rank or slightly above their victims.
While more cases of assault are being reported, fewer are being referred to court-martial in part because commanders are using administrative action to deal with offenders.
On Thursday, hours before the Pentagon's report was released, Sen. Kristen Gillibrand raised this issue to Army Chief of Staff nominee Gen. James McConville, asking for his commitment to making the eradication of assault a priority.
"It's an issue of climate," Gillibrand said. "There's been an increase overall for percentage of all members who experienced unhealthy climate. This is your job. This is chain of command's job. You set the tone ... We have heard from survivors that the reason they don't report as often as they could is because they don't believe the chain of command will have their back."
The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act made "revenge porn" — maliciously distributing sexually explicit photos of another person — criminal under the UCMJ, mostly as a result of the 2017 "Marines United" scandal. Article 117a, which addresses the issue of sharing sexually explicit content, applies to the "broadcast" and "distribution" of images.
The 21st TSC did not immediately respond to request for comment from Task & Purpose.
Police arrest suspected terrorist for 1985 hijacking in which Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was murdered
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) plane in which a U.S. navy diver was killed.
A Greek police official said on Saturday the suspect had disembarked from a cruise ship on the island of Mykonos on Thursday and that his name came up as being wanted by German authorities.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
SAN DIEGO — John Timothy Earnest didn't hide his smirks as he sat in a San Diego courtroom on Thursday, watching surveillance video of Lori Gilbert-Kaye being shot down inside the lobby of a Poway synagogue.
Earnest also smiled as a synagogue congregant testified about running toward the shooter, screaming "I'm going to kill you!" and seeing the gunman "with a look of astonishment or fear" turn and run.
Earnest, 20, is facing one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shootings at Chabad of Poway on April 27. He also faces an arson charge related to an Escondido mosque fire in March, when several people who were sleeping inside escaped unharmed.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is ready to act on its southern border with Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said, after warning that it could take unilateral steps if the U.S. does not establish a "safe zone" in northeast Syria this month.
"Our preparations along our borders are complete," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on Saturday before departing to attend a U.N. General Assembly meeting.