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Rebecca Grant: Fired Navy secretary’s actions prove a ‘deep state’ anti-Trump ‘resistance’ exists at Pentagon

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The resistance movements in Europe in World War II were made up of brave men and women who risked their lives to fight tyrannical Nazi occupation forces. Absurdly, political opponents of President Trump today call themselves “the resistance,” and pretend they are heroically fighting evil in the form of the president of the United States.

We’ve seen those on the left hold protest demonstrations against Trump since he was elected in a dramatic upset in 2016. And with much of the media glorifying those opposed to the president, it has become chic to be part of the anti-Trump resistance.

But that’s not OK within the executive branch of government – especially at the Pentagon, which is in charge of defending our nation.

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The latest person to fall under the spell of the anti-Trump resistance was Navy Secretary Richard Spencer. His boss, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, fired Spencer on Sunday for going outside the chain of command when Spencer disapproved of President Trump’s decision to restore the rank of Navy Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher and allow him to retire as a SEAL.

Gallagher had been demoted and the Navy was in the process of reviewing his status as a SEAL after he was acquitted of a murder charge but convicted on a lesser charge of posing with the body of an ISIS fighter in Iraq.

Esper said Trump gave him a direct order to let Gallagher retire as a SEAL. The defense secretary said Spencer sought to have the Navy disciplinary process go forward against Gallagher anyway, but secretly offered a plan to the White House to rig the process to ensure Gallagher would not lose his status as a SEAL. 

“I lost trust and confidence when I found that this secret proposal was happening,” Esper said Monday night.

Not even one bit sorry, Spencer spoke to David Martin of CBS News and said he “had to step up and do something” for the resiliency of the Navy. He complained that President Trump doesn’t understand what it means to be “a warfighter.”

Faced with a direct order, Spencer said: “I could not in my conscience do this.” CBS even got the Spencer family car on-camera pulling up to give the fired official a ride home.

Then, two Navy secretaries from the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush spoke out to bash Trump for interfering with the Navy and label his action in favor of Gallagher “contamination.”  “His values are not the military’s values,” they wrote in The New York Times.

That’s a lot of resistance. All the more shocking is that Spencer took on Trump and Esper both.

The Spencer case is sad proof there is indeed a “deep state” anti-Trump resistance phenomenon popping up within the Pentagon. Spencer felt free to act and speak out as he did because he’s surrounded by like-minded Trump skeptics, and over time it clouds judgment.

The backlash over President Trump’s Syria, Turkey and even North Korea policies provided warning signs, but when senior appointed officials develop a disdain for carrying out clear orders from the commander chief, that’s bad for the military and bad for America.

Fortunately, Esper gets it. Esper fought off a major challenge to legitimate authority, and he’ll have to keep protecting the chain of command against “resistance” groupthink.

The secretary of defense has to get the leadership team at the Pentagon back on track, and he realizes it.

“I want the SEALs and the Navy to move beyond this now and get fully focused on their warfighting mission,” Esper said Monday.

Spencer had no basis for going against Trump’s order regarding Gallagher. The Constitution gives the president the power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the nation.

Executive clemency dates back to President George Washington. Where military matters are involved, you never know who presidents may pardon or give a reduced sentence.

Washington forgave the ringleaders of the Whiskey Rebellion, who tried break Pennsylvania out of the infant Unite States. Other presidents let off pirates, killers, Confederate secessionists at the end of the Civil War, and other rebels.

Some clemencies were astonishing.

Army Master Sgt. Maurice Schick admitted he killed the 8-year old daughter of a colonel on a military base in Japan in 1954. Schick was a combat veteran of WWII campaigns in North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. In 1960 President Dwight Eisenhower reduced Shick’s sentence from death to life without parole.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon (trial lawyer and World War II veteran) moved Army Lt. William Calley from prison to house arrest after only three days behind bars while Calley appealed his conviction and life prison sentence in the 1968 My Lai massacre in South Vietnam, in which several hundred South Vietnamese civilians were killed. Calley was later paroled after serving three years under house arrest.

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President Gerald Ford famously pardoned Nixon after Nixon resigned as president following the Watergate scandal. Ford also gave back citizenship to Confederate General Robert E. Lee and even pardoned the woman known as Tokyo Rose, the World War II propaganda broadcaster convicted of treason.

President Obama used his power to take double-murderer Pfc. Dwight Loving off death row. Obama pardoned Army Spec. Chelsea Manning, erasing a serious espionage conviction. Obama also swapped five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo to get deserter Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl back from Afghanistan.

The list goes on. Some are easy to grasp, others aren’t. But unless the Constitution is amended, the president has the power to pardon.

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Executive clemency allows the president to show compassion or forgiveness. That’s a heavy responsibility, and history shows presidents use it repeatedly.

This power is one we ordinary citizens may never fully understand. And while we won’t all agree on the clemency decisions by our presidents, we should always respect them, as our Constitution intended.

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Wounded warrior ‘Joey’ Jones: This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for America – And a superpower we all have

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In a country as young as ours, few uniquely American holidays and traditions are as old and cemented in American culture as Thanksgiving.

First experienced over 100 years before we even became a country, it’s also fitting that this day to give thanks for our blessings was first acknowledged by President George Washington and made a federal holiday by President Abraham Lincoln.

These two most important leaders of our country understood the fundamental need to set aside aspirations, frustrations, dreams and ill-will to celebrate one another. Perhaps Washington and Lincoln themselves saw how fragile a free country can be, especially in time of war.

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Having deployed to Iraq and again to Afghanistan as a Marine, I’ve seen what sacrifice means in the cause of preserving our freedom.

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I’ve lost dozens of friends and I’ve lost much of my own body – giving up my legs above the knee and severely injuring my right forearm and both wrists when I was wounded in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device in 2010.

Yet I have so much to be thankful for. Pain and adversity are constants in our lives. Diseases, bankruptcy, death, missed opportunities and broken hearts are some of the hardships we share by simply being human and alive.

As much as life throws at us there are a few things that remain true.

First, life is for the living. We owe it to those we’ve lost and those who will survive us to live and live well. To make a positive impact on those around us, and to carry the burdens we have with dignity and grace.

Second, perspective is key. It wasn’t my choice to have prosthetic legs to stand on, but the choice to stand again was 100 percent my choice.

We can’t control the cards we’re dealt or even the situations we find ourselves in, but we can control how we respond. We have the ability to focus on what we can control to overcome the things we can’t.

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Third, we have a superpower. We have the power to change lives by simply telling others what they need to hear, when they need to hear it. Sometimes the person you need to talk to is the person facing you in the mirror. If you let them, people will help you. Don’t miss an opportunity to help them.

People will look at me and ask: “How do you stay so positive after you lost your legs?” And I’ll stare them back in the eyes and say “Well, I don’t know how you stay negative. You have yours.”

I’m thankful for so much in my life, perhaps first and foremost the fact I was born in a free and compassionate society. A country so brave it will stand up to the world’s villains, and so benevolent that the ruling power belongs to its citizens. Government serves the people in America – not the other way around.

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This Thanksgiving I hope each of you reading this has many things to celebrate and be thankful for. But don’t forget to celebrate all of us – the American people.

If Memorial Day reminds us the cost of freedom, and Independence Day reminds us the struggle to obtain it, let Thanksgiving remind us why. Live your life and live it well. Happy Thanksgiving America. I’m thankful for you.

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Georgia jail’s ‘Barracks’ aims to help incarcerated veterans with extra resources

A new housing unit within the Gwinnett County Jail in Georgia is aiming to provide military-veteran inmates with additional resources to help them transition back into society upon their release.

The 70-bed unit known as “The Barracks,” a specialized therapeutic program northeast of Atlanta, has aimed to give both violent and non-violent offenders a second chance at life.

Sheriff Butch Conway said the project was inspired by the belief that it could awaken the values learned through military service, according to a release by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

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A new housing unit within the Gwinnett County Jail is helping military-veteran inmates with additional resources to help them transition back into society upon their release.

“Our goal is to help reconnect these inmates to the time in their lives when they made better decisions, respected authority and obeyed the law. This program has the potential to greatly influence these inmates and help them lead more productive lives when they’re released from custody,” he said.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has affected 20 percent of Iraq veterans, 12 percent of gulf war veterans and 15 percent of Vietnam veterans in a given year, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Barracks has aimed to address the trauma associated with serving, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shannon Volkodav said.

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The 70-bed unit called “The Barracks” has aimed to give both violent and non-violent offenders a second chance at life. (Google Maps)

“The Barracks program provides classes to address [the] trauma associated with military service, drug abuse, and behavioral therapy,” Volkodav said. “The Barracks will maintain a regimented schedule which includes daily room inspections and military-style physical fitness training. Military veterans have previously demonstrated their ability to lead a life of discipline, respect authority and follow orders, which we believe will be instrumental to the program’s success.”

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Roughly seven percent of the 2.3 million people behind bars have served in the military, according to a paper titled “Barracks Behind Bars” which mirrored “The Barracks” and was sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections.

Its studies found 77 percent of incarcerated veterans received honorable discharges and were affected when transitioning back to civilian life.

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“By housing veterans together in an environment that inspires military culture, values, and a sense of brotherhood or sisterhood, these units are not only promoting safety improvements, but also restoration, healing, and growth in a way that may not have been possible via general population housing,” the paper concluded.

The release added that many of the staff members at Gwinnett County Jail have been veterans themselves while adding that it’s the only metro-Atlanta jail with a housing unit designed specifically for veterans.

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US military drone disappears over Libyan capital, officials say

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The U.S. military announced Friday it lost an unarmed drone over Tripoli, the Libyan capital — the site of a months-long battle between the Libyan National Army and militias allied with the United Nations-supported government.

The U.S. Africa Command said the remotely piloted aircraft was part of an operation conducted in Libya to assess the area’s security and monitor for violent extremist activity. They didn’t give a reason for the drone loss on Thursday, but the command will be investigating.

“These operations are critical to counter-terror activity in Libya and are fully coordinated with appropriate government officials,” according to a statement.

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Since 2015, Libya has been divided between two governments, one based in Tripoli and the other in the country’s east. Forces loyal to the eastern government have been trying to wrest control of the capital since April.

An Italian drone was shot down Wednesday southeast of Tripoli by forces loyal to the eastern government.

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In September, the U.S. military said it carried out several airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Libya, killing more than 40 militants. Those were the first U.S. strikes in the North African country in over a year.

Oil-rich Libya descended into chaos in 2011 when an international military coalition helped rebels overthrow longtime autocrat Moammar Gadhafi. Islamic extremists have exploited the chaos to expand their reach in the country.

The Associated Press contributed to the report

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Emily Compagno visits military dogs at Fort Dix training center, becomes fake bait

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This week Fox News contributor Emily Compagno took a trip to the dog kennel at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey to see how military working dogs are trained to protect U.S. troops every day.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Ed Henry, Pete Hegseth, and Rachel Campos-Duffy, Compagno said that she had a “great time” observing canine training but “also got pretty much the scare of [her] life” when she became the fake bait for one of the dogs.

“Those dogs are trained to the nth degree,” she told the “Friends: Weekend” hosts.

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“It’s also so exciting and it’s incredible to see and witness the bond between those dogs and their handlers, to hear the reverence these soldiers have for their fellow soldiers, for how honorable the entire process is, of course,” said Compagno.

While on the base, Compagno spoke with some of the sergeants who said that their main mission is “law enforcement and security of the base.”

“Our dogs that are trained as explosive, narcotic, and patrol detector jobs,” one soldier said. “Anybody who is committing offenses against the base, bringing contraband onto the base, we’ll be there to enhance the base’s security.”

Most dogs trained to serve in the U.S. military are Belgian Malinois and German and Dutch shepherds, according to the nonprofit U.S. War Dogs Association. These breeds are selected “because they are very aggressive, smart, loyal and athletic.”

A Belgian Malinois accompanied U.S. Navy SEALs on the 2011 raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden. Another was “slightly wounded” in the mission to take out ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The vast majority of military working dogs are trained with the 341st Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The dogs first go through 60 days of detection training and 60 days of patrol training. Following that, they go through a certification process and then are released to their duty station.

The base members said that the dog teams are always training to better themselves.

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“The bond that you’re going to build with these dogs is essential to your success as a dog team,” another sergeant told Compagno.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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Navy pauses Eddie Gallagher review that could lead to loss of SEAL trident

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The Navy has paused a review to determine whether to remove SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s Trident pin following his highly publicized war crimes case. President Trump demanded the halt on Thursday.

In an early-morning tweet, Trump wrote: “The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!”

The pint is bestowed on SEALs to reinforce “good order and discipline” across the force, a source told Fox News.

A defense official told Fox News that following Trump’s tweet, “there is a pause in the proceedings while we await further guidance” on whether or not Gallagher will remain in Navy Special Warfare.

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The head of Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Adm. Collin Green, was scheduled to review the possibility of stripping Gallagher of the pin, upholding a part of his sentence that would reduce his rank. Gallagher was found guilty in July of posing with the body of a dead ISIS fighter in Iraq, though a directive signed by Trump last week that ordered the Navy to restore Gallagher’s rank to chief petty officer.

Rear Adm. Charlie Brown, a top Navy spokesman, told Fox News that the Navy would be halting the review.

“The Navy follows the lawful orders of the president. We will do so in case of an order to stop the administrative review of SOC Gallagher’s professional qualification. We are aware of the president’s tweet and we are awaiting further guidance,” Brown said.

Gallagher was formerly facing seven counts of war crimes and was acquitted of the most serious of them– killing an Islamic State fighter in Iraq.

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Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report. 

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2 US service members killed in chopper crash in Afghanistan

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The U.S. forces in Afghanistan in a statement says that two U.S. service members have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

The statement says Wednesday that the cause of the crash is under investigation, however preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire.

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It added further that in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete.

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2 US service members killed in chopper crash in Afghanistan

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The U.S. forces in Afghanistan in a statement says that two U.S. service members have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

The statement says Wednesday that the cause of the crash is under investigation, however preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire.

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It added further that in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete.

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Oklahoma State football team honors veterans with military style uniforms

In honor of Veterans Day, the Oklahoma State football program (OSU) is rolling out a new set of military-style uniforms during their game against the University of Kansas on Saturday.

The team has partnered with Nike on developing custom design uniforms to commemorate all those who have served in the armed forces, according to a team news release – with the team Twitter account announcing, “Saturday is for the troops.”

During the contest on Saturday, the names on the back of their jerseys will be replaced by the words “Cowboy Battalion” with the goal of having the player’s names take a backseat to the base call-outs on the nameplate. Cowboy Battalion is the name of the Oklahoma State’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.

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During the contest on Saturday, the names on the back of their jerseys will be replaced by the words “Cowboy Battalion” with the goal of having the player’s names take a backseat to the base call-outs on the nameplate

The official military base crest of the Cowboy Battalion will be located on the right sleeve of the jersey, which the school says represents the historical roots of service by the university. The school’s ROTC program originated when the school was established in 1980 and military instruction was part of the school curriculum.

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The official military base crest of the Cowboy Battalion will be located on the right sleeve of the jersey, which the school says represents the historical roots of service by the university.

The American flag was also sewn into the left sleeve.

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The American flag is sewn into the left sleeve of the jerseys.

The color patterns of the uniform were developed to mirror the design used in helping the military’s F-117 Nighthawk aircraft evade detection during the daylight.

When developing the retired single-seat twin-engine stealth aircraft, Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works division found the best way to avoid detection during the day was to utilize a paint scheme involving different shades of gray. The use of gray on the jerseys represents the same type of scheme on the aircraft, with the paint stripe mimicking the one used on the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.

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The use of gray on the jerseys represents the same type of scheme on the aircraft, with the paint stripe mimicking the one used on the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.

To honor fallen service members, a Folds of Honor logo will be worn on each helmet and jersey of the players — below the left shoulder and a few inches above the heart. Folds of Honor helps to provide educational scholarships to the families of fallen and disabled U.S. service members and the flag represents a vivid reminder of all those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

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To honor fallen service members, a Folds of Honor logo will be worn on each helmet and jersey of the players — below the shoulder and a few inches above the heart.

The jerseys worn by the players will be auctioned off after the game, with proceeds going to Folds of Honor.

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Image Taken at the Oklahoma State University Cowboy Football Military Uniform Unveiling, Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, OK. Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics

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“I have great respect for the people in our armed forces and am excited to honor them for what they do for our country,” Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said. “These uniforms are a good reminder to our players – and to all of us – the price these people pay every day to protect our freedom.”

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Former Green Beret Maj. Mat Golsteyn praise Trump’s ‘courage’ for pardon, says he woke up ‘incredibly stunned’

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Former Green Beret officer Maj. Mat Golsteyn said the president showed “an incredible display of courage” Saturday after President Trump intervened in several military war crimes cases — including granting clemency for his own case.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” Saturday with host Pete Hegseth, Golsteyn said that he woke up “incredibly stunned and awed by the president’s generosity.”

Golsteyn was charged with premeditated murder in the 2010 death of a suspected Taliban bomb maker. His trial was expected to begin next month.

It was the second time the Army investigated the 2010 case after an initial probe didn’t find sufficient evidence to bring charges. A second investigation was opened in 2016 and Golsteyn was charged in December 2018. He faced life in prison if convicted and was stripped of his Special Forces tab and Silver Star award for valor.

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His family had called the case a “complete set-up,” a “farce” and a “kangaroo court.”

The president had tweeted on Oct. 12 that he was reviewing Golsteyn’s case.

“Mathew is a highly decorated Green Beret who is being tried for killing a Taliban bomb maker,” the president wrote. “We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill!

On Friday the White House released a statement issuing the Full Pardon: “Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for Army Major Mathew Golsteyn, and an order directing the promotion of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward R. Gallagher to the grade of E-7, the rank he held before he was tried and found not guilty of nearly all of the charges against him.”

Golsteyn said the president was “just incredibly sanguine and warm and demonstrated an amazing degree of knowledge about the case and what had been going on.”

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He said that while receiving a call from the president was “was an incredible honor,” he was “also quite funny.”

Golsteyn’s wife Julie chimed in that the president was compassionate.

“To have the ability to look forward to even just the holidays, let alone the remainder of our lives and our children’s’ lives, I can’t explain the burden that’s been lifted,” she said.

“Because we have dealt with nefarious people for too long and to have someone have the moral courage to step up and give us our life back — and that’s another thing the president said is to give you your life back — that’s exactly what he did,” she added.

“I think it sends a clear signal that the President of the United States is paying attention,” Maj. Golsteyn told Hegseth. “That he’s not going to be backed off by institutional elements of the DOD that are going to try to retain their ability to do certain things and force outcomes and weaponize the military justice process and then hide behind process.””It’s just incredible to have somebody step up and be a leader,” said Julie.

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“How do you say thank you to someone who gave you your life back? Thank you seems incredibly insignificant, but thank you,” he said.

Fox News’ Melissa Leon contributed to this report.

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