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A review of the Navy and Marine Corps' legal community — ordered after the court-martial of then-Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher — found ethical and systemic problems in the JAG communities and recommends organizational changes and increased training, senior officers said Friday.
The review of the Judge Advocate General Corps was ordered Aug. 1 by then-Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson after President Donald Trump lashed out at the Navy on Twitter about awards that were to be given to the prosecutors in the Gallagher case.
The review, done by an executive review panel, found systemic problems relating to other military law cases in addition to Gallagher's.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — More than nine months after embarking on what was supposed to be a seven-month round-the-world deployment, the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln is finally on course for its new home port of San Diego.
The ship, which has been operating in and around the Middle East since May, left the region in mid-December and is bound for home.
When the carrier left Norfolk, Va., on April 1, its crew knew it was in for a deployment that was outside the norm. Not only was it deploying to the Middle East, but it also was switching home ports from the East Coast to the West, originally due in San Diego around Halloween. Many Lincoln family members moved across the country over the summer — without the help of their sailors — in order for children to start school in time for the new school year.
World events — and maintenance issues on another carrier — led to the ship's mission being extended well beyond its original return date.
Navy SEALs who were never called to testify in the war crimes trial of Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher told naval criminal investigators about behavior they witnessed, including the alleged stabbing of a wounded ISIS fighter that led to murder charges against Gallagher.
The two SEALs were granted immunity to testify in the trial this past summer, but were never called to the stand.
Their interviews with criminal investigators will be available for streaming today on Hulu, on "The Weekly" from The New York Times. It will be broadcast on FX on Sunday.
Starting New Year's Day, more than 3 million veterans nationwide, including tens of thousands of local veterans, will be able to shop at exchanges and commissaries on military bases and utilize their recreation facilities.
A new law makes veterans who are registered with the Veterans Affairs healthcare system and who have service-connected disabilities eligible to access those facilities on military bases. Purple Heart recipients and former POWs also will have shopping privileges and access.
In San Diego, almost 65,000 more veterans and caregivers are affected, the VA says.
Civil rights leader Harvey Milk was kicked out of the Navy for being gay. Now the Navy’s naming a ship after him
SAN DIEGO — Construction began Friday on the future Harvey Milk, a fleet oiler named for the slain gay rights leader and the first openly gay man elected in California.
Milk was elected to the San Francisco board of supervisors in 1978 and was assassinated 10 months later by an ex-supervisor. His life was the subject of the 2008 film "Milk."
Almost 30 years before his election, Milk was a Navy dive officer based in San Diego. His nephew, Stuart Milk, attended Friday's event and said naming the ship after his uncle sends a message to people around the world.
SAN DIEGO — President Donald Trump intends to nominate retired two-star admiral James McPherson to be the next Army undersecretary, the White House announced in a statement Thursday.
McPherson, 66, was the Judge Advocate General of the Navy when he retired in 2006.