U.S. Marine Corps

How do you make sense of 2017? Maybe you don’t. But you can’t deny that it was a defining year for the United States military, which got a shiny new chain of command, renewed interest from the U.S. public at large, and a whole lot of weird news day after day. Task & Purpose asked you, our readers, what you thought our community’s biggest stories were this year, and these are the results.

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Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton

The Navy on Aug. 24 publicly disclosed the identities of the 10 crewmembers lost in the USS John S. McCain collision last weekend, announcing the suspension search-and-rescue operations for the nine sailors who are still missing.

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Preliminary findings from the Navy’s investigation into the fatal collision between the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and Philippine-flagged container ship ACX Crystal indicate the June 17 accident off the coast of Japan resulted from “multiple errors” and “a failure to take action” on the part of the Fitzgerald’s crew, CNN reported July 21, citing two anonymous Department of Defense officials.

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US Navy

Rear Adm. Brian Fort will lead a Navy investigation into the collision that killed seven USS Fitzgerald sailors off the Japanese coast, a 7th Fleet statement said Friday.

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Rehm family photo

ELYRIA, Ohio -- A petition is circling online to name the next unguided missile destroyer after the Elyria sailor who lost his life in the crash of the U.S.S. Fitzgerald to save others.

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