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Remains of Missing Fort Bragg Soldier Found

Suspect arrested in Kelli Bordeaux death

(Newser) - Police in North Carolina say they've found the remains of a female soldier at Fort Bragg who went missing more than two years ago, reports WRAL . Authorities made the discovery in the woods about 4 miles from the bar where Kelli Bordeaux, then 23, was last seen after a... More »

Paratrooper Killed in Training Accident

Seven others injured

(Newser) - A paratrooper training exercise went terribly wrong at Fort Bragg in North Carolina today, leaving one paratrooper dead and seven others injured, Army Times and WRAL report. Five of those injured were treated for minor injuries at Womack Army Medical Center and then released, but the other two were seriously... More »

Fort Bragg Spouse Group Allows First Lesbian

Officers' club changes laws after initial denial

(Newser) - Gays can now serve openly in the military, so it only follows that their husbands and wives can join military spouse groups, right? Right, although it took a formal review of the bylaws at Fort Bragg in North Carolina to make it so, reports BuzzFeed . The Association of Bragg Officers'... More »

Fort Bragg Soldier Who Killed Commander Dies

Spc. Ricky Elder was facing legal problems in Army and personal life

(Newser) - A soldier who shot and killed his battalion commander at Fort Bragg last week, injured a second soldier, then shot himself has died of his injuries, reports AP . Spc. Ricky G. Elder, 27, died Friday while receiving treatment at a local medical center, according to an Army news release issued... More »

Soldier Kills Commander at Fort Bragg

Alleged gunman shot himself, now in custody

(Newser) - A soldier in the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade shot his battalion commander dead at Fort Bragg yesterday before shooting and injuring himself. The soldier broke out of formation during a safety briefing to shoot the commander, a defense official tells ABC . A third soldier was slightly injured. The shooter is... More »

Green Beret Dies Trying to Save Kids in Fire

Dad, 2 daughters die in house blaze near Fort Bragg

(Newser) - A decorated Green Beret soldier who recently returned from Afghanistan died a hero's death at home in North Carolina. After Edward Cantrell and his wife jumped from the second floor of their burning home, he wrapped himself in a blanket and ran back inside in an attempt to save... More »

Calif. Murder Fugitive Killed by SWAT Team

Aaron Bassler had hiding in forests since allegedly killing two people

(Newser) - A 35-year-old fugitive suspected in killing two people in Fort Bragg, Calif., was shot seven times and killed by a three-man SWAT team yesterday, reports the LA Times. Aaron Bassler, reportedly a schizophrenic, is thought to have killed the manager of a local conservation group on Aug. 11 and local... More »

Calif. Fugitive Hiding Out in Redwoods Fires on Cops

Aaron Bassler was running a poppy operation, say police

(Newser) - A California fugitive who has been living on his wits in the Redwood forests of Northern California is close to being caught—and has fired on deputies, according to cops. Aaron Bassler, 35, is suspected of shooting to death a city councilman last month and another person earlier. Bassler has... More »

California Pol Stumbles Onto Pot Farm, Gunned Down

Sheriff's Dept. seeks itinerant dope grower with criminal history

(Newser) - Northern California law officers are hunting a transient marijuana grower accused of gunning down a city councilman, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Mendocino County officials say that Fort Bragg councilman Jere Melo, working for a timber company, found suspect Aaron Bassler growing marijuana on company land. Bassler allegedly opened fire... More »

Fort Bragg Will Host Atheist Concert

Military agrees to give it same support it gave to Christian event

(Newser) - Last fall a Christian-themed concert was held at Fort Bragg; next spring, an atheism-themed one will be staged there—and the Army will provide equal support. Rock Beyond Belief, an event organized by atheist, agnostic, and non-theist soldiers, was originally planned for this year, but organizers complained that leaders at... More »

Deployed Soldiers Cost N. Carolina a Congress Seat

But they will return to North Carolina, guv's rep points out

(Newser) - During last year's Census, more than 40,000 troops were deployed from North Carolina's military bases—but because only 12,200 of them listed North Carolina as their home state, the state lost out on a congressional seat. That's because, though the Census usually counts the troops' current base as... More »

Ft. Bragg Plagued by Infant Deaths

10 babies have died in 3 years

(Newser) - Families living at the Ft. Bragg Army base have suffered undue numbers of infant deaths, prompting military authorities to begin an investigation. Ten infants have died from unknown causes since 2007—three in the same house, the LA Times reports. "There has to be something in that house that's... More »

Fort Bragg Probes Sudden Infant Deaths

10 babies have died at base since 2007

(Newser) - Ten babies under the age of eight months have died suddenly in military housing at Fort Bragg since early 2007, and investigators haven't been able to figure out why. Officials don't suspect foul play, but are looking into environmental conditions, structural factors and hazardous materials as possible causes, the Los ... More »

Man Pleads No Contest in Killing of His Alleged Molester

Victim, 32, was 'pushed to breaking point'

(Newser) - A week before he was to stand trial for the murder of the former Boy Scout leader he says molested him as a child, a California man has reached a deal to plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter, a charge that will bring anywhere from probation to 10 years in... More »

Michelle Says Nation Owes Military Families More

First Lady to pay special attention to hurting relatives of soldiers

(Newser) - Michelle Obama usually keeps it pretty cool. But in her first TV interview since moving into the White House, she showed particular emotion talking about the precarious state of military families. “It hurts, it hurts,” she told Robin Roberts of ABC. “These are people who are willing... More »

Ex-Beau Charged in Pregnant Soldier's Murder

Victim had ended affair with married man

(Newser) - The former boyfriend of a pregnant Fort Bragg soldier has been charged with her murder, reports CNN. Edgar Patino, 27, proposed to fellow soldier Spc. Megan Lynn Touma while the two were stationed in Germany, according to friends. But Touma, 23, broke up with Patino recently when they were transferred... More »

Pregnant Soldier's Death Homicide: Cops

'Zodiac'-style letter claims responsibility for Touma's murder

(Newser) - Police say the pregnant soldier whose body was found in a North Carolina motel last week was murdered, the Fayetteville Observer reports. The Observer, meanwhile, received a letter from someone claiming to be the killer, which contains a symbol sources say was also drawn in lipstick in the room where... More »

Filthy Barracks Video Sparks Clean Up

Dad uploads photos that shock generals

(Newser) - The Pentagon ordered filthy barracks at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and garrisons throughout the US Army cleaned up after a soldier's father posted embarrassing images of foul living conditions on YouTube. The dad welcomed his 22-year-old son home safe from Afghanistan, but was horrified by the living conditions at... More »

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