Military December 19, 2018

By Matthew Cox: US Officials Send Mixed Messages on Withdrawal of Troops from Syria

By Alex Riggins: Brother of Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Good Samaritan Navy Sailor Arrested

By Howard Altman: Retired Marine Colonel Is 5th Vet Suicide at Bay Pines VA Campus Since 2013
“I bet if you look at the 22 suicides a day you will see VA screwed up in 90%,” wrote Turner, who was well-known and well-respected in military circles. “I did 20+ years, had PTSD and still had to pay over $1,000 a month health care.”

Turner’s death marked the fifth time since 2013 that a veteran has taken his life at Bay Pines. There were more suicides there during those five years than at the rest of the VA hospitals in the state combined. There were none at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa.

By Christopher Woody, Business Insider: Norway Releases Footage From Inside Frigate That Sank After Getting Rammed By Tanker
By Andrew Dys, The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.): Felon Stole Army Grenade Launcher Through Unlocked Door In Thanksgiving Day Heist
A convicted felon jumped a fence and stole a grenade launcher, rifles and other weapons from an Army National Guard armory in Lancaster that had an unsecured door, prosecutors said.

Brandon Shane Polston, 33, of Lancaster, was identified as the thief in the Thanksgiving Day 2017 heist of the weapons. He later traded them for drugs and money, said Assistant U.S Attorney for South Carolina Stacey Haynes.

Polston was sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison.
By Jared Keller: Antifa Idiots Allegedly Beat Up Two Mexican-American US Marines While Calling Them ‘Nazis’