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Texas teen mows US flag into lawn to honor Army friend who died by suicide along US-Mexico border

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A Texas teen is honoring his late friend who was in the Army with a touching, patriotic tribute.

Cameron James, 17, of Haslet, mowed an American flag in his lawn to honor his hometown friend who committed suicide while deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, as Fox 4 reported.

Pfc. Kevin Christian, 21, who was a member of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, was found dead by suicide on June 23.

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“Pfc. Christian was a constant positive force on our team, always ready and willing to shoulder more than his share of the load. He will be sorely missed by the Warriors, but his contribution to our mission and the sacrifices he has made to our country will never be forgotten,” Lt. Col. Dallas Cheatham, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment said in a statement to the news outlet.

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Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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Boy, 5, who wanted to be ‘Army Man’ dies from cancer; family asks for military members to attend funeral

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A 5-year-old boy from Arkansas who dreamed of being an “Army Man” died last week after fighting cancer — and his family asked those he idolized to support him at his funeral.

River “Oakley” Nimmo passed away on Thursday after suffering from an “extensive battle” with neuroblastoma for more than three years.

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Described in his obituary as “feisty, courageous, smart and full of life,” his family said Oakley “often talked of being an ‘Army Man,’ as he called it, when he grew up,” and often played with his Power Wheels and shot his toy guns when he had free time outside of the hospital visits.

In honor of Oakley’s big dreams, his family requested military service members or veterans to attend the 5-year-old’s funeral service — in uniform — on Tuesday, which was scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. at Cullendale First Baptist Church in Camden, Ark. A burial was to take place at Furr Cemetery in Locust Bayou after.

“We are going to give Oakley a full military service in honor of his wish to become an ‘Army Man,’ one day,” his family wrote on Facebook. “We really want to pay tribute to this soldier.”

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Social media users were quick to send their prayers to Oakley’s family from around the U.S., as many had followed his journey.

One user said that despite it all, Oakley “is all army, after all he was in combat for 3 of his 5 year enlistment,” referencing that the boy was sick for more than three years.

“He was a fine soldier, and a proud American. God bless you little dude,” one user wrote. “He was as brave as any Navy Seal. We live in Georgia or my husband would be there in dress uniform,” another person added.

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President Trump to nominate Army’s Mark Esper as permanent defense secretary

President Trump plans to nominate Army Secretary Mark Esper as the nation’s next defense secretary, the White House announced Friday evening.

Esper is set to start as acting defense secretary Monday following the departure Friday of current acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, the Washington Post reported.

The transition at the Pentagon comes amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran, following Iran’s downing of a U.S. drone over international waters and the country’s suspected involvement on attacks against oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier this month.

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Secretary of the Army Mark Esper speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 2, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Trump had announced Tuesday that Shanahan was withdrawing from consideration for a permanent appointment to lead the Pentagon because of family matters. In that same message, the president revealed that Esper was his choice to succeed Shanahan.

“I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!,” the president wrote.

Esper has been secretary of the Army since November 2017. He served in the Gulf War, worked on Capitol Hill and has been a lobbyist for Raytheon, a defense contractor. His Washington experience far outweighs that of Shanahan, who was a Boeing executive.

After Esper was nominated to lead the Army in 2017, the former infantry officer was confirmed by the Senate in an 89-6 vote, the Hill reported.

There has been no permanent secretary of defense since James Mattis resigned last December. Under the Vacancies Reform Act, which says department secretary positions can have an acting head for only 210 days, Trump must nominate a defense secretary by July 30, the Washington Post reported.

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If nominated, Esper will have to step down from his acting secretary role while the Senate considers his nomination.

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Retired Army captain: Eddie Gallagher’s trial is a ‘disgrace,’ ‘clearly, he did not murder anyone’

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The trial of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher — who is accused of killing an injured ISIS prisoner of war in Iraq – is a “disgrace,” according to a fellow service member.

Speaking Thursday after a medic stunningly claimed he killed the combatant by suffocating him, retired U.S. Army Capt. Tyler Merritt told Sandra Smith on “The Story” the testimony proves Gallagher’s innocent.

“Blatantly – clearly, he did not murder anyone,” he said. “If there is another individual who said they asphyxiated a wounded combatant, then it’s kind of hard for Eddie to be guilty of murder.”

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Merritt was alluding to testimony from Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott, who revealed during cross-examination he killed the ISIS fighter.

“Why did you kill him?” Gallagher attorney Timothy Parlatore asked Scott during the trial Thursday in San Diego.

“Because I knew he was going to die anyway,” Scott answered. “I wanted to save him from what was going to happen next to him.”

Merritt – who served with Gallagher – slammed the charges against the officer.

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“You are asking Navy SEALs to go to foreign countries and do bad things to bad people and this is a bad person … that is a military-aged male,” he told Smith.

“Regardless of all of that, Eddie did not murder this individual. He is an honorable man and what’s happened here is an absolute travesty.”

Gallagher, 40, has pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder and aggravated assault charges stemming from the alleged killing and alleged instances of firing sniper rounds at civilians in Iraq.

Fox News’ Greg Norman and Dan Gallo contributed to this report.

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DNA leads to arrest in 1987 cold case slaying of Fort Carson soldier

Police and the U.S. Army have announced the arrest of a suspect in the 32-year-old cold case rape and murder of a Fort Carson soldier.

Spc. Darlene Krashoc, 20, was found naked on March 17, 1987. She had been beaten, bitten, raped and strangled with a coat hanger and leather straps. She was a member of the Army’s 73rd Maintenance Company and was last seen at a nightclub where she and other members of her unit went out for drinks.

Colorado Springs cold case detectives and agents with the Army Criminal Investigation Command on Friday charged Michael Whyte, 58, of Thorton, Colo., with the murder.

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“Words cannot convey the satisfaction we are feeling from this arrest,” said Major General David Glaser, the Provost Marshal General of the Army and Commanding General of the CID.

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Michael Whyte of Thornton, Colo., was charged Friday with raping and killing Army soldier Darlene Krashoc in Colorado Springs in 1987 after DNA from the crime scene was submitted for genetic genealogy analysis. (Colorado Springs Police Department )

The FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit was given details of the case given how unusual — and violent — the killing was but couldn’t help, the Colorado Springs Gazettee reported in 1996.

“They have never had anybody killed in this manner before,” Detective Gary Hilty said then. “They weren’t able to give us any assistance.”

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Hilty told the paper police weren’t able to establish a motive for the murder.

“We don’t know why somebody would develop this kind of anger,” he said.

More recently, the Army posted a $10,000 reward and police released a computer-generated composite using DNA showing what the killer could have looked like in 1987. Still, the case stayed cold.

The breakthrough came this year when police submitted DNA from the crime scene for genetic genealogy analysis.

“As a result, the investigation culminated in identifying 58-year-old Michael Whyte as the suspect in this investigation,” police said in a news release.

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His DNA was obtained for comparison after investigators put a tail on him and then watched him discard a cup he drank from at a fast food restaurant, KKTV reported.

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West Point cadet killed in vehicle accident identified as exemplary wrestler from New Jersey studying law

The 22-year-old West Point cadet killed on Thursday morning after a multi-vehicle accident near the U.S. Military Academy was identified on Friday as Christopher J. Morgan of West Orange, New Jersey.

The cadet died at the scene after a 5-ton truck with 20 cadets and some U.S. Army soldiers aboard overturned during summer training near the Camp Natural Bridge facility in upstate New York.

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Nineteen other cadets and two soldiers operating the vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries. All had been treated and released by Friday.

“Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all. The entire community is ensuring that our cadets are being cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, West Point superintendent, said in a statement on Friday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family.”

It remains unclear what caused the crash. The investigation will include a probe by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, a review by a safety team from Alabama’s Fort Rucker. The New York State Police will help to re-create the scene.

“Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all. The entire community is ensuring that our cadets are being cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”

— Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams

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Morgan was an exemplary wrestler who studied law in the class of 2020. His father called him a hero and “an inspiration to me and my family.”

“He was my first son. He was an inspiration to me and my family. He was my hero,” Christopher C. Morgan told the New York Post. “I miss talking to him, I miss his smile, I miss hearing about what he’s doing. No father should have to bury their child.”

His wrestling coach Kevin Ward said in a statement that Morgan 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,” he said.

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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Military Academy West Point shows Cadet Christopher J. Morgan, Class of 2020, from West Orange, NJ, who died Thursday June 6, 2019 when a vehicle loaded with West Point cadets on summer training overturned in rough, wooded terrain. (U.S. Military Academy West Point via AP)

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Morgan always wanted to serve the country, saying back in 2015, when he was part of the school’s Air Force ROTC, that although he planned to wrestle at West Point, he was more interested in academics.

“I’m interested in political science, foreign affairs, and global economy,” Morgan told online news site TAPinto West Orange. “Whether or not I remain in the Army as a career officer, I want to work in Homeland Security.”

A memorial ceremony and private funeral service will be held at the academy 50 miles north of New York City next week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pentagon ends reviews of Niger ambush that killed 4 soldiers

The Pentagon announced it has concluded its reviews of a 2017 ambush that left four U.S. soldiers dead in the African nation of Niger and said it has found the discipline it meted out to be adequate.

Last week, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan accepted that conclusion, which was the result of a monthlong review conducted by four-star Army Gen. Robert Brown that did not go beyond the scope of the initial investigation conducted by Special Operations Africa Command. Brown found the administration actions, primarily against junior officers, adequate.

Based on an examination of the review, “I am satisfied that all findings, awards, and accountability actions were thorough and appropriate,” Shanahan said in a statement issued Wednesday.

The release of the 176-page unclassified report Wednesday ends more than a year of reviews after the Pentagon wrapped an internal investigation into the 2017 ambush. It detailed a series of “individual, organizational, and institutional failures and deficiencies that contributed to the tragic events” but “no single failure or deficiency” to blame for what happened.

A 12-member Army special forces unit was accompanying 30 Nigerien forces on a mission to capture or kill a high-level Islamic State group leader in West Africa when they were outnumbered and attacked by more than 100 extremists carrying small arms just outside the village of Tongo Tongo.

The investigation into the Oct. 4, 2017, attack resulted in the implementation of 20 recommendations on issues including training, turnover, equipment and improved procedures, according to the Pentagon.

The report said U.S. forces didn’t have time to train together before they deployed and didn’t do preparatory battle drills with their Nigerien partners.

The mission was hastily planned with lack of attention to details because of time-sensitive intelligence, received hours earlier, that could lead to capture of a high-value target.

The time-sensitive nature of the mission resulted in hasty planning and a lack of attention to details, the unclassified report stated.

Investigators found that Special Operations Command in Africa had no process to deal with time-sensitive or real-time mission approvals and the command seemed implicitly to allow for last-minute notice of operations.

Nine individuals have been disciplined, mainly with letters of reprimand or administrative action. Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks, who was serving as the commander of special operations forces in Africa at the time of the attack, was the most senior officer punished. That has left some lawmakers and family members of the fallen soldiers asking whether junior officers were unfairly being forced to take the brunt of the blame.

The Pentagon also announced Wednesday that the Army has approved nine awards for valor, including four awarded posthumously to the soldiers killed in the ambush and ensuing firefight.

Killed in the attack were Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida; Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia.

Four Nigerien troops were also killed, and two American soldiers and eight Nigerien forces were wounded.

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Owen West said the team “served gallantly under fire.”

“Ambushed by a numerically superior force, these soldiers upheld the highest standards of small unit infantry combat,” West said. “If not for the courageous actions of several soldiers, additional loss of life likely would have occurred.”

Wright and La David Johnson were awarded the Silver Star; Black and Jeremiah Johnson were awarded the Bronze Star with V for valor. Jeremiah Johnson was also posthumously promoted to Sgt. 1st Class.

The U.S. military in Africa has taken steps to increase the security of troops on the ground, adding armed drones and armored vehicles and taking a harder look when American forces go out with local troops.

“As a result of this firefight, a team on patrol in Africa would not be in an uncovered position,” West said.

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Former West Point cadet sentenced to 21 years in classmate rape case can return to academy after conviction overturned

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A former military cadet who was sentenced to 21 years behind bars for allegedly raping a female classmate will be able to return to West Point Military Academy after his conviction was overturned two years later on Monday.

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U.S. Military Academy Cadet Jacob Whisenhunt, originally a member of the class of 2019 at West Point, was dismissed from the Army and removed from the school after he was convicted of raping a female cadet while she slept in her sleeping bag during a summer field training event on July 7, 2016.

An appellate court threw out the conviction on Monday, citing a lack of evidence to prove the sex wasn’t consensual. A judge concluded the woman did not audibly struggle and Whisenhunt did not attempt to silence her, hide his identity or remove evidence.

“The defense theory was that the appellant and [the victim] engaged in a consensual sexual encounter while taking active measures to avoid detection,” the written decision by three military judges said, according to Military Times.

“In our view, the circumstantial evidence in support of this defense theory severely undercuts the government’s case.”

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Whisenhunt can now be fully reinstated at West Point or can request his disenrollment. Because he was removed from school before completing two years at the university, he’s not required to serve in the military further or pay back his education.

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High schools across US hosting ‘military signing days’

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High schools across the country are highlighting their soon-to-be graduating students’ intentions to join the military.

Similar to college or athletic “signing days” — in which high school students officially or ceremonially declare the place of higher education they’ve committed to — schools are increasingly hosting “military signing days.”

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At Robertsdale High School in Robertsdale, Ala., on Thursday, 28 students enlisted in the military, according to Fox affiliate WALA-TV. It was the school’s first such event, where the students signed paperwork to join various branches including the Alabama National Guard, the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.

Four students at Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford, N.J., did the same on Wednesday, also the school’s inaugural “military signing” day.

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Four students at Becton Regional High School in New Jersey signed their intent to join the armed forces at the school’s first “military signing day.” (Dario Sforza)

Dario Sforza, the school principal and acting superintendent, told Fox News on Thursday, “We hope this inspires leaders to have the courage to recognize and celebrate all students’ skills, abilities, talents and post-secondary selections — not only the academically and athletically gifted.”

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The principal told NorthJersey.com that the four students — 4 percent of the 100-student class — make up the largest amount of graduating seniors he’s seen enlist in the military during his time at the school.

Another eight students in Clarkston, Mich., committed to the armed forces once they graduate from high school during a ceremony at Clarkston High School on Wednesday.

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Alex Hunt, a student who will join the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Alabama, told WDIV-TV he feels as though his enlistment will be “more of a betterment for me.”

“I’m growing as a person,” he told the news outlet. “I’m going to become a better human being by coming through this. It’s going to make me grow.”

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Iowa veteran, 20, marries girlfriend hours before cancer death

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An Army veteran from Iowa received his final wish to marry the love of his life just hours before he tragically died at the age of 20 from liver cancer.

Tristin Laue first told his parents he wanted to propose to his then-girlfriend Tianna a few weeks ago, and worked up the nerve to ask her on Easter. She said yes, and plans were quickly set in motion as his family realized that the vows would need to be exchanged sooner rather than later because of his deteriorating health.

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Laue’s mother, Debbie, posted a plea on Facebook for help finding a tent to host the reception, decorations and a dress for Tianna.

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Tristin and Tianna Laue exchanged vows just hours before his death. (Mitch Laue)

On April 27, the pair said “I do” in front of family and friends. Photos taken during the ceremony show the groom, who joined the Army in 2016 before being medically discharged in last April, beaming up at his bride from his bed. Laue died just hours after exchanging vows with his bride.

“Make sure you tell people you love them because you never know when you won’t be able to,” Tianna Laue told KWWL. “He’s the love of my life, and even like talking to my mom and everything, she said some people don’t get what you two had in the amount of time, like they’ll be together for years and still not have the same connection that you guys did.”

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His funeral was held on May 4, and he was honored with full military rites by the Army Honor Guard, according to his obituary.

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