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'A smile big enough to fill any room’ — West Point identifies cadet killed in vehicle rollover
West Point has lost 'a talented, hardworking, and determined athlete,' who was killed on Thursday in a vehicle rollover, the U.S. Military Academy has announced.
Cadet Christopher J. Morgan, a rising senior, died of his injuries when a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle overturned on the way to a land navigation course, a West Point news release says. Nineteen other cadets and two soldiers received non-life-threatening injuries.
Morgan, 22, was a law and legal studies major who was recruited as an athlete and became a "standout member" of the Army Wrestling Team, the news release says. He was originally from West Orange, New Jersey.
"We are devastated by the news of Chris' passing," West Point's wrestling coach Kevin Ward said in a statement. "He was a talented, hardworking, and determined athlete who loved his sport. Chris had an infectious personality with a smile big enough to fill any room, and a heart big enough to love everyone around him. He made everyone around him better and he will be greatly missed."
Twenty other cadets and two soldiers sustained non-life threatening injuries in the accident. Investigators are looking into why the vehicle turned over in the first place
The Corps of Cadets is holding a vigil to honor Morgan on Friday evening. West Point will also hold a memorial ceremony for Morgan and a private funeral service will be held at the military academy next week.
"Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all," West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family."
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Once again, the United States and the Taliban are apparently close to striking a peace deal. Such a peace agreement has been rumored to be in the works longer than the latest "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" sequel. (The difference is Keanu Reeves has fewer f**ks to give than U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.)
Both sides appeared to be close to reaching an agreement in September until the Taliban took credit for an attack that killed Army Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. That prompted President Donald Trump to angrily cancel a planned summit with the Taliban that had been scheduled to take place at Camp David, Maryland, on Sept. 8.
Now Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has told a Pakistani newspaper that he is "optimistic" that the Taliban could reach an agreement with U.S. negotiators by the end of January.
75 years ago, Audie Murphy earned his Medal of Honor with nothing but a burning tank destroyer's .50 cal and insane bravery
Editor's note: a version of this post first appeared in 2018
On January 26, 1945, the most decorated U.S. service member of World War II earned his legacy in a fiery fashion.
Florida senators are pushing for Purple Hearts for service members wounded in the NAS Pensacola shooting
Florida's two senators are pushing the Defense Department to award Purple Hearts to the U.S. service members wounded in the December shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
The Navy Department is in the middle of a new force-structure review, which could change the number and types of ships the sea services say they'll need to fight future conflicts. But instead of trying to project what they will need three decades out, which has been the case in past assessments, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said the services will take a shorter view.
"I don't know what the threat's going to be 30 years from now, but if we're building a force structure for 30 years from now, I would suggest we're probably not building the right one," he said Friday at a National Defense Industrial Association event.
The Navy completed its last force-structure assessment in 2016. That 30-year plan called for a 355-ship fleet.
When Oscar Jesus Temores showed up to work at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story each day, his colleagues in base security knew they were in for a treat.
Temores was a master-at-arms who loved his job and cracking corny jokes.
"He just he just had that personality that you can go up to him and talk to him about anything. It was goofy and weird, and he always had jokes," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Derek Lopez, a fellow base patrolman. "Sometimes he'd make you cry from laughter and other times you'd just want to cringe because of how dumb his joke was. But that's what made him more approachable and easy to be around."
That ability to make others laugh and put people at ease is just one of the ways Temores is remembered by his colleagues. It has been seven weeks since the 23-year-old married father of one was killed when a civilian intruder crashed his pickup truck into Temores' vehicle at Fort Story.