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Guantanamo Bay prison commander fired over ‘loss of confidence in his ability to command’

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The commander of the task force that runs the prison at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been fired, according to military officials.

Navy Admiral Craig Faller, commander of Southern Command, relieved Navy Rear Admiral John Ring of duty Saturday due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to command,” according to a statement from U.S. Southern Command.

“This change in leadership will not interrupt the safe, humane, legal care and custody provided to the detainee population,” the statement said.

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Army Brigadier General John Hussey, who served as deputy commander under Ring, has been named acting commander.

Ring, a former commander of the aircraft carrier Nimitz, took charge of Joint Task Force in April 2018. He was to be replaced as part of a scheduled rotation in less than two months.

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Military officials say that U.S. Navy Rear Adm. John Ring, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Commander, has been fired for a “loss of confidence in his ability to command.” A statement from U.S. Southern Command says Ring was relieved of duty Saturday, April 27. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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A Southern Command spokeswoman, Colonel Amanda Azubuike, said the decision to terminate Ring came at the end of an investigation that began in March.

“The vast majority of commanders complete their assigned tours with distinction,” Azubuike said.

“When they fall short, we hold our leaders accountable, which reflects the importance we place on the public’s trust and confidence in our military leaders,” she said, adding Ring “will be temporarily assigned duties elsewhere.”

Azubuike also dismissed speculation that the firing was related to a news media visit Ring hosted at the facility earlier this month, during which he expressed concern about caring for aging detainees.

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The Guantanamo Bay Naval Base was built in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. But the detention center, sometimes referred to as “Gitmo,” opened more than a century later – in January 2002 – under former President George W. Bush as a place to detain and interrogate people with suspected links to terrorism in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, including mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

At its peak in mid-2003, the facility held nearly 700 prisoners. Now, it holds approximately 40.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Taiwan reports voyage of 2 US warships through Taiwan Strait

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Taiwan’s defense ministry says two U.S. warships have sailed through the Taiwan Strait, in a move likely to spark protests from Beijing.

The ministry said the ships made the passage on Sunday, sailing from south to north through the waterway that divides the self-governing island from mainland China.

Beijing frequently objects to such voyages based on its claim to Taiwan as its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary.

In a statement Monday, the ministry said U.S. ships were free to sail through the Taiwan Strait as part of their “strategic Indo-Pacific tasks.”

China last week complained to France after a French warship entered Chinese territorial waters while traversing the Taiwan Strait, and blamed British naval activity in the South China Sea for a downturn in bilateral relations.

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Navy reviewing procedures after female recruit, 18, dies during boot camp

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The U.S. Navy is reviewing its training and safety procedures after an 18-year-old recruit from Alabama died during boot camp last week.

Kelsey Nobles, of Mobile, collapsed during training at the Navy Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill., on Tuesday, spokesman Lt. Joseph W. Pfaff said.

Nobles’ father, Harold, told WKRG-TV that doctors said the woman went into cardiac arrest after a fitness test, and “couldn’t be revived.”

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Kelsey Nobles, 18, died during Navy boot camp in Illinois last week, officials said. (Navy Recruit Training Command)

The recruit’s death was the second at the Navy training center in just over eight weeks. On Feb. 22, Seaman Recruit Kierra Evans, 20, collapsed following the 1.5-mile run portion of the Navy’s Physical Fitness Assessment. She was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead several hours later, according to Military.com.

“For me, I’m just like, ‘What’s wrong?’ These young people are so excited about serving their country and going into the military. Are they doing enough to check them? Does physical testing need to be more in-depth?”Harold Nobles told the news station.

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Nobles was a kind person who “was just full of energy,” her dad said. “She would give anyone anything, her last her dollar. She was the sweetest soul. That’s the best way I can describe her.”

Pfaff told Military.com that the Navy is investigating Nobles’ death, as well as the way it runs boot camp.

“”Recruit Training Command reviewed the training, safety, medical processes, and overall procedures regarding the implementation of the Physical Fitness Assessment and found no discrepancies in its execution,” Pfaff told the outlet. “However, there is a much more in-depth investigation going on and, if information is discovered during the course of the investigation revealing deficiencies in our processes and procedures that could improve safety in training, it would be acted on.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former US Sen. Richard Lugar, foreign policy expert, dies

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Former longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a foreign policy expert who helped spur the dismantling and securing of thousands of nuclear weapons in the former Soviet states, has died. He was 87.

The Lugar Center issued a statement saying Lugar died early Sunday at the Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia.

Lugar was a Rhodes Scholar who was first elected to the Senate in 1976, after eight years as Indianapolis mayor.

He was a generally loyal conservative but lost his bid for a seventh Senate term in the 2012 GOP primary after attacks over his reputation for cooperation with Democrats and friendliness with President Barack Obama.

Lugar gained little traction with a 1996 run for president, but he focused on the threat of terrorism years ahead of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Air Force plans combat exercise, weapons evaluation in Utah

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The U.S. Air Force will conduct a large training exercise and a weapons evaluation in Utah in coming weeks.

Hill Air Force Base officials said Saturday that the 388th and 419th fighter wings based at Hill and equipped with F-16 fighters will conduct the simulated combat exercise Tuesday and Wednesday with F-16 units from Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico and Kunsan Air Base in Korea.

Officials said pilots will take off in waves to simulate a large-scale engagement with enemy aircraft.

The Combat Hammer weapons evaluation is scheduled May 6-17 at the Utah Test and Training Range and will include F-35As from Hill, F-16s from Kunsan, F-16s from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina and A-10s from Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.

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NY funeral for Marine and firefighter killed in Afghanistan

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A U.S. Marine killed in a bombing in Afghanistan will be honored by mourners from across the country at his funeral in New York City where he was also a decorated firefighter .

The casket of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman is to leave a Bronx funeral home atop a fire engine caisson Friday morning for St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue.

The 43-year-old father of three young daughters died on April 8 near Bagram Airfield U.S military base. Two other members of Slutman’s Massachusetts-based Marine Reserve unit also were killed.

A 15-year FDNY veteran, Slutman was with Ladder 27 in the Bronx. He got a medal for bravery after rescuing a woman from a burning apartment.

A native of Newark, Delaware, Slutman also had been a firefighter in Maryland.

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North Carolina Army base: Blackout was part of training

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A sprawling North Carolina Army base says a power outage that lasted for hours was part of an unannounced training exercise.

Fort Bragg officials issued a statement Thursday saying the base purposely cut power throughout the installation “to identify shortcomings in our infrastructure, operations and security.” They said they didn’t announce the exercise so that they could test people’s “real-world reactions” to the type of problems caused by an event such as a cyber-attack.

They said normal operations would be fully restored by later in the day.

The blackout began late Wednesday on the base that includes 52,000 soldiers, lasting into the next day.

During the outage, the on-base Womack Army Medical Center said it was operating under reduced capacity and certain appointments needed to be rescheduled.

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Idaho soldier assigned to Colorado Army post dies in Iraq

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The U.S. military says an Idaho soldier assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado, has died in a noncombat incident in Iraq.

The Defense Department said Wednesday that 20-year-old Spc. Michael T. Osorio died Tuesday in Taji, Iraq. No details were released, and the military said an investigation was underway.

Osorio was from Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. He was an intelligence analyst in Fort Carson’s 3rd Armored Brigade, part of the 4th Infantry Division.

He enlisted in the Army in July 2017 and was on his first deployment.

His decorations included the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

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Veterans should have choice on health care provider: Dan Caldwell

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Dan Caldwell, the executive director of Concerned Veterans for America, said on “America’s Newsroom” Wednesday that while many Americans get quality health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs system, those who served in the military and wish to join private networks should have that choice.

He said that New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “is really off base” with her contention at a Town Hall last week that the veterans health care system is efficient and “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

“In many cases, yes, the V.A. is performing well, it is giving veterans high-quality care, but in other cases they aren’t,” Caldwell said. “Just because some veterans are getting good care isn’t an excuse not to fix the V.A. for the veterans who aren’t getting good care. And that’s why we support giving veterans a choice, so if a veteran wants to access care in the community because he or she feels they aren’t getting good care in the V.A., they can do that. And that’s what President Trump supports — not privatizing the V.A., not dismantling the V.A.”

The V.A. Mission Act, which Congress passed in June and President Trump signed into law, allows veterans the option of using their benefits at a network of private health care providers.

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“Through legislation like the V.A. Mission Act, they’re trying to put the veteran at the center of the V.A., not the bureaucracy,” Caldwell said. “Giving veterans a choice will force the private sector and the V.A. to compete for veterans, this will give veterans the power to choose.”

The department was plagued by scandal during the Obama administration — including secret wait lists, systemic neglect and veterans dying while waiting to see a doctor.

Caldwell credited Trump, Congress and V.A. Secretary Robert Wilkie for getting the measure passed. Wilkie is the fourth secretary to lead the VA in the past four years, while the VA’s $200 billion budget has doubled in the past decade.

“If implemented properly, it will fix a lot of the long-term systemic problems in the V.A.,” he said, adding “You’re seeing more people like Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez inside and outside trying to stop the implementation of the bill and keep veterans trapped in many cases in failing V.A. hospitals. And that’s not just wrong, that’s immoral.”

President Trump on Wednesday took aim at Ocasio-Cortez’s V.A. remarks, tweeting: “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is correct, the VA is not broken, it is doing great. But that is only because of the Trump Administration. We got Veterans Choice & Accountability passed.”

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Ocasio-Cortez said at the Town Hall: “They are trying to fix it. But who are they trying to fix it for, is the question we’ve got to ask. And this is who they’re trying to fix it for. They’re trying to fix the V.A. for insurance companies. They’re trying to fix it for insurance corporations, and ultimately they’re trying to fix the V.A. for the for-profit health care industry that does not put people or veterans first.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Agents find 3-year-old migrant boy alone near Texas border

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U.S. Border Patrol agents found a 3-year-old boy alone in a field after likely being abandoned by smugglers at the southern border, authorities said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said late Tuesday that the boy’s name and phone numbers were written on his shoes when agents found him that morning. The agency said it is trying to reach the boy’s family.

NBC News, which first reported the story, said the boy was crying and in distress when the agents found him near Brownsville, which is at the eastern edge of the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. The child will likely be sent to a facility for unaccompanied minors operated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Border Patrol apprehended nearly 9,000 unaccompanied minors just in March and more than 20,000 since January, as border crossings surged compared to recent levels. The agency said Wednesday that it could not provide a breakdown by age.

Most minors are usually teenagers from Central America who travel north on their own, but some are young children who arrived with an adult relative or a human smuggler. And parents carrying infants or holding the hands of young children arrive daily .

That surge of families has put pressure on the Border Patrol, which says it doesn’t have the staff or facilities to care for hundreds of children at a time.

While U.S. authorities have ended the large-scale family separations that spurred outrage last year, the Border Patrol says it still must take children from adults who are not biological parents or legal guardians or when it suspects fraud or neglect. Agency officials said this month that from April 2018 through most of March, the Border Patrol identified more than 3,100 parents and children whom it accused of making “fraudulent claims.”

During a March visit to the Border Patrol’s main processing center in McAllen, reporters from The Associated Press saw a 4-year-old boy sitting with adult staff watching cartoons. Authorities said the adult who brought the boy wasn’t his parent and had a criminal record.

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