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Dianna Cahn

HOLDING ON TO HOPE

A military family, divided: After deportation, a Marine veteran’s wife searches for a future

Alejandra Juarez was deported Aug. 3, leaving behind her home of 22 years, where she and her Iraq War veteran husband, Cuauhtemoc or “Temo,” had two American children and planted roots. Now, they are a family divided.

USS Fitzgerald junior officer enters no plea in arraignment for court-martial

Lt. Natalie Combs did not enter a plea Monday at her arraignment for a general court-martial on charges stemming from the deadly collision involving the USS Fitzgerald Navy destroyer last year.


Votel: Time for Pakistan to step up in peace efforts in Afghanistan

A successful cease-fire between Afghan forces and Taliban fighters last month helped create an “unprecedented opportunity” for peace efforts in Afghanistan, and now Pakistan – as a key regional player - must step up to the plate, the top commander of U.S. operations in the region said Thursday.


Former Fitzgerald commander pleads not guilty to criminal charges from collision

Details of the USS Fitzgerald collision revealed Cmdr. Bryce Benson was in his quarters the night of the collision leaving a more junior officer to serve as officer of the deck. Seven sailors died aboard the Fitzgerald on June 17, 2017.


Senators urge Pentagon to rethink sending military lawyers to be immigration prosecutors

The senators' letter came just hours after the Pentagon confirmed that it had approved sending 21 active-duty and reserve judge advocates to help the Justice Department with its growing backlog of cases created after the government adopted a policy to prosecute adults who cross the border illegally.


2 USS Fitzgerald officers face courts-martial in wake of fatal collision a year ago

Prosecutors portrayed the defendants as failing in their jobs — not using the tools at their disposal properly, not trying to get faulty equipment fixed and therefore failing to see close calls in busy waters over the course of the night — in the moments leading up to the 2017 collision.


Army reverses deportation decision for soldier from China

Luo Shu was accepted into the Military Accessions for Vital National Interest, a military program for foreigners with language or medical skills that the Army lacks. A paperwork mistake led to Luo arrest by immigration authorities for overstaying his visa earlier this month.


Recommended: No court-martial for 2 Fitzgerald junior officers

Cmdr. Anthony Johnson recommended that both cases go before an administrative separation board, where each sailor will likely face a board of inquiry to determine whether their performance was substandard and whether they should be separated from the Navy.


‘Glaring deficiencies’ and ‘decision paralysis’: Navy finds seamanship incompetencies in junior deck officers

Nearly 84 percent of Navy first-tour junior deck officers randomly tested were not competent to drive their ships without raising concerns, particularly when “immediate action” was required “to avoid collision,” according to findings the Navy released Wednesday.


Foreign-born recruit faces deportation despite assurances by Mattis

Luo Shu, a Chinese citizen who graduated with a degree in data analytics from George Washington University, was recruited into the Army’s delayed entry program two years ago. He was arrested at a Department of Homeland Security Investigations office on Monday after an Army administrative error allowed his service contract to expire.


After nearly 29 years, Navy reverses ‘other than honorable’ discharge for sailor sexually assaulted by 6 shipmates

Nearly 29 years after Heath Phillips was discharged for going AWOL after repeatedly attempting to get his command to intervene in a series of sexual assaults committed against him, his doggedness paid off. The Board for Correction of Naval Records agreed on Wednesday to overturn his record and grant him an honorable discharge.