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Army Times reports that:

Second Lt. Douglas Sofranko, a Florida National Guard officer photographed wearing a Navy SEAL Trident insignia he didn’t rate, has been relieved of his full-time duties with the Guard, and his future in the military is uncertain.

The earlier post, “Ooops I have to graduate?”, is here.

Military.com reports that:

Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents and Virginia Beach police are looking into possible threats against a local Navy officer who says he was subjected to anti-gay harassment while assigned to Oceana Naval Air Station.

deathandtaxesmag.com has this rather odd report on the astronaut case.

After a daylong hearing on Thursday, a Navy panel has finally suggested that Lisa Nowak should have her flying wings clipped. Her discharge comes in response to the time she famously drove from Texas to Florida in a pair of diapers and maced another astronaut over a love interest in 2007. However, if Nowak’s crush were a woman and not a man, this space cadet would be long gone by now.


The Arizona Daily Star reports that:

An airman who oversaw the armory at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was sentenced to 19 months in prison Friday for stealing more than $25,000 worth of military weaponry, bullets and accessories and selling some of his haul on eBay.

The Record-Courier continues its coverage of the Davila death penalty case at Fort Lewis.

The court-martial of the woman who is accused of killing an Army couple in Fort Lewis, Wash., is scheduled for next week.  Spc. Ivette Davila faces the death penalty in the March 2, 2008, slayings of soldiers Staff Sgt. Timothy and Sgt. Randi Miller.

Davila’s general court-martial on kidnapping and murder charges starts Monday, according to Joseph J. Piek, spokesman for Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. The hearing is expected to last through Aug. 26.

Sounds like they really do have a PTA?

7th Space Interactive reports:

A former United States Army sergeant pleaded guilty today to bribery in connection with a fuel theft scheme to solicit more than $400,000 in bribes from a government contractor in Afghanistan, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A Breuer of the Criminal Division and United States Attorney Neil H MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia. Michael Dugger, 27, of Jonesboro, Ga ., pleaded guilty today before United States District Court Judge T S Ellis, III in the Eastern District of Virginia to a one-count criminal information charging him with bribery as a public official. Dugger was originally charged in a criminal complaint filed on June 24, 2010. The complaint charged him and Stevan Nathan Ringo, a former United States Army staff sergeant in Afghanistan, with one count of conspiracy to commit theft of government property.

(A client until they whisked him off to prosecution in the E.D. of VA.)

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