Fort Bragg

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'I've Never Heard of Someone Flying Into a Home Before'

2 Fort Bragg paratroopers crash in NC after missing drop zone; one critically injured

(Newser) - A training exercise for two Special Forces paratroopers went awry this week, sending them both into a North Carolina residential area instead of their intended drop zone 8 miles away. One of the paratroopers crashed into the roof of a Raeford home, in Hoke County, while the other landed in...

First of US Troops Arrive in Poland
US Troops Land
Near Ukraine Border

US Troops Land Near Ukraine Border

Biden sends 82nd Airborne members to Poland in support of allies

(Newser) - The first of 1,700 US service members to arrive in Poland from Fort Bragg landed Sunday, about 56 miles from the Ukraine border. A C-17 and several other planes delivered troops and equipment, Reuters reports, as well as Army Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue, commanding general of the 82nd Airborne...

California City Keeps Name of Confederate General

Fort Bragg officials debated for a year

(Newser) - After George Floyd’s murder in 2020, a commission of citizens of Fort Bragg, Calif., examined whether they should change the name of the city named after a Confederate general. That won't be happening, for now at least, the Guardian reports. The city of 7,000 was named after...

Army Admits First Woman to Green Berets

National Guard becomes an engineer sergeant after a year of training

(Newser) - About 400 soldiers just successfully completed the 53-week Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg. Each of them is special, their parents would agree, but one is in a league of her own—the first woman to ever join the Army's Green Berets. "Each and every one of...

1 Killed in Fight Between Elite Special Operations Soldiers

The incident happened at house outside Fort Bragg

(Newser) - A member of a National Guard Green Beret unit was killed during a fight with a fellow elite Army special operations soldier Wednesday in North Carolina, ABC News reports. Sgt. 1st Class Mark Leshikar and an unnamed soldier had returned to a house outside Fort Bragg following a vacation in...

Soldier Killed at Fort Bragg Was in Green Beret Training

Staff Sgt. Alexander Dalida killed during training exercises

(Newser) - A soldier killed in an apparent demolition accident was training to become a Green Beret experienced in handling explosives. Staff Sgt. Alexander Dalida of Dunstable, Massachusetts, died Thursday at Fort Bragg during training exercises involving demolitions, the AP reports. Investigators haven't said whether an explosion caused his death, US...

Con Man Fooled Soldiers, Lived in Army Barracks for Months

He even assigned rooms and conducted inspections

(Newser) - The Fayetteville Observer has a crazy look at how a 20-year-old con man successfully lived in the barracks at Fort Bragg for months despite never having served in the military. His ruse was apparently so successful he even started assigning rooms to new soldiers and conducting room inspections. The information...

Bad Idea: Soldier's Suicide Bomber Costume

Did not go over well at Fort Bragg

(Newser) - Halloween and bad decision-making go together like chocolate and more chocolate, but it takes a certain and utter suspension of common sense to dress up like a suicide bomber—complete with an explosives vest, because why do things in half measures?—and try to get inside a United States military...

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...

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...

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'...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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