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Ex-Green Beret admits to scheme to take government cash

Jan. 14, 2020 12:11 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former U.S. Army Green Beret pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy while deployed to Afghanistan to steal about $200,000 from government funds meant for purposes ranging from humanitarian efforts to base construction, prosecutors said. The Raleigh-based U.S. attorney's office...

This image still provided by WFTS-TV shows traffic near the MacDill Air Force base in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. MacDill Air Force base was put on lockdown but officials wouldn't immediately say why.
Adam Shanks of the base's public affairs office told The Associated Press the base  was on lockdown but he didn't have any other information.  (WFTS-TV via AP)

MacDill AFB on brief lockdown after report of armed suspect

Jan. 10, 2020 12:05 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, was briefly put on lockdown Friday morning after a report of an armed suspect outside the base. The base was put on lockdown after local authorities notified the base there was an armed suspect near one of the base's gates, a news release said. MacDill...

FILE - In this July 2, 2019, file photo, Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military court on Naval Base San Diego. Navy SEALs described their platoon leader, retired Special Operations Chief Gallagher, as

Navy SEALs call Edward Gallagher 'evil' in leaked videos

Dec. 27, 2019 4:45 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Navy SEALs described their platoon leader, retired Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, as "evil," "toxic" and “perfectly OK with killing anybody that was moving,” in video footage of interviews obtained by The New York Times. Gallagher's war crimes case earlier this...

In this image provided by Mark Kelton, Lenny Kravitz, the headliner at this years Spookstock concert poses with Army Gen. Tony Thomas, former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the annual Spookstock event, While many Washington insiders haven’t heard of it, the annual charitable event, held each year in an undisclosed Washington location, has become a centerpiece for Washington’s tight-knit intelligence-military special operations community. It has raised millions to fund higher education for the children of CIA field officers and special operations soldiers killed on duty. (Mark Kelton via AP)

Party like a spy: Spookstock is intel world’s hush-hush bash

Nov. 29, 2019 9:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sometime earlier this year, one of the most elite social events in Washington took place, but without any fanfare or news coverage. It drew about 1,800 attendees and Grammy-winning rocker Lenny Kravitz performed. Yet there were no written invitations, and the actual date and location were...

FILE - In this July 27, 2019, file photo, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer talks with the media following a commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Navy's guided missile destroyer, the USS Paul Ignatius, at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Spencer has written an opinion article sharply critical of President Donald Trump for intervening in the war crimes case of a Navy SEAL.
Spencer wrote in the Washington Post on Wednesday, Nov. 27, that Trump’s actions were “shocking” and unprecedented. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Fired Navy Secretary Spencer criticizes Trump in SEAL case

Nov. 28, 2019 11:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Spencer, who was fired as Navy secretary for his handling of a SEAL war crimes case championed by President Donald Trump, wrote that the commander in chief “has very little understanding” of how the American military works. The extraordinary accusation came in an...

File - In this July 2, 2019, file photo, Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, center, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, as they leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego in San Diego. The acting Navy secretary has canceled a peer-review process for three Navy SEALs who supervised a fourth SEAL convicted of posing with a dead teenage prisoner in Iraq. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, the case was becoming a distraction. The decision comes after President Donald Trump intervened in the case of Chief Petty Officer Gallagher. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Navy cancels review for SEALs after firing of Navy secretary

Nov. 27, 2019 7:34 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy on Wednesday canceled a peer-review process that would have determined if three Navy SEAL officers who supervised an enlisted SEAL convicted of posing with a dead teenage captive in Iraq should remain on the elite force. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said the case was...

FILE - In this July 2, 2019, file photo, Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military court on Naval Base San Diego. The war crimes case against the Navy SEAL not only cost the Navy secretary his job. It dragged an elite military force whose ethos calls for its warriors to be quiet professionals into a very public and divisive political firestorm. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

‘Frogman against frogman’: Case against SEAL sparks debate

Nov. 26, 2019 4:54 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The war crimes case against a Navy SEAL not only cost the Navy secretary his job. It dragged an elite military force known for quiet professionalism into a political firestorm and drove a wedge through the special operations community. Regardless of their position on the allegations...

President Donald Trump participates in a bill signing ceremony for the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump’s actions raise concern about role in military justice

Nov. 26, 2019 11:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper declared that President Donald Trump ordered him to stop a disciplinary review of a Navy SEAL accused of battlefield misconduct, an intervention that raised questions about America’s commitment to international standards for battlefield ethics....

Democratic Presidential candidate, Michael Bloomberg during remarks to the media at the Hilton Hotel on his first campaign stop in Norfolk, Va. Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Bill Tiernan)

In Virginia, Bloomberg blasts Trump for Navy leader’s ouster

Nov. 25, 2019 10:35 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — New presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg traveled to the city that hosts the world’s largest Navy base on Monday and blasted President Donald Trump over the recent ouster of the nation’s Navy secretary. For the first stop of his Democratic campaign, Bloomberg went to...

In this Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 photo, U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer fields questions at a media availability at the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has fired the Navy’s top official over his handling of the case of a SEAL accused of war crimes who President Donald Trump has defended. Esper said on Sunday, Nov. 24 that he had lost confidence in Spencer and alleged that Spencer proposed a deal with the White House behind his back to resolve the SEAL’s case. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Latest: Trump: I am backing ‘war fighters’ in SEAL case

Nov. 25, 2019 10:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the case of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher (all times local): 2:50 p.m. President Donald Trump says “I have to protect our war fighters” as he explains his actions in the case of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq. Chief Petty...