How Often Do Officers Actually Desert?

The Long March
U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations

That’s a question that occurred to me when I read an article about an Air Force captain who went on the lam from Albuquerque some 35 years ago. He recently was found in California.


We read a lot about enlisted going over the hill in wartime. But I also remember reading about pilots who intentionally flew into Switzerland or Sweden during World War II, having grown sick of the war. (By the way, the Swiss apparently were pretty rough about it — they put Allied fliers into internment camps where, if I recall correctly, conditions were far worse than in German PoW camps.)

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President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.

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Chris Osman (Photo: _chris_osman_designs/Instagram)

The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.

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Former Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis (DoD photo)

A Richland, Washington city councilman thinks native son Jim Mattis would make a terrific governor or even president.

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It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.

Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.

The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.

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