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9:23 am
Wed November 12, 2014

MD Congressman Presents Long Delayed Bronze Star

Rep. C.A Ruppersberger Presents Bronze Star to Chief Master Sgt. Scott Wallace
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TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) - A Maryland veteran has received a Bronze Star after waiting for the award for more than five years.

Maryland Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger presented the Bronze Star to retired Chief Master Sgt. Scott Wallace of Parkville on Monday, just in time for Veterans Day.

The congressman's office says Wallace served six years in Afghanistan with the Air National Guard, and that every other member of his team got recognition awards upon their return home in 2009. Wallace's medal, however, was lost in transit.

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8:41 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Nearly a $100 Million Upgrade for Dover Air Force Base Runways

Dover Air Force Base
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The runways at Dover Air Force Base will be getting a $98 million makeover in the next two years.

The massive project will force military officials to relocate the base’s 18 C-5M cargo jets starting next summer.

Solid concrete, which can be as thick at 15 inches, will replace concrete and asphalt.

At the height of the project some 100 to 120 workers are expected to be involved.

New lights and navigation aids for the flyers are expected to be added to the shorter runway while an old underground fuel line that runs under the runway is set to be relocated.

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9:33 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Flags in Maryland to be at Half Staff for Fallen General

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff in memory of a general who served at Aberdeen Proving Ground and was killed in Afghanistan.

O'Malley ordered the U.S. and Maryland state flags be lowered from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, the day Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

An Afghan soldier killed Greene and wounded 15 other allied troops on Aug. 5. Greene is the highest-ranked U.S. officer to be killed in combat since 1970 during the Vietnam War.

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11:47 am
Thu August 7, 2014

The Body of Major General Harold Greene Returns Home

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The body of a two-star general killed in an Afghan "insider attack" has arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

A C-17 cargo plane carrying the body of 55-year-old Maj. Gen. Harold Greene landed Thursday morning at Dover, home to the nation's largest military mortuary.

White-gloved soldiers solemnly carried a flag-draped metal case with Greene's remains to a waiting mortuary vehicle as Army officials and other dignitaries saluted.

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8:59 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Body of Two Star General Coming to Dover from Afghanistan

Maj. Gen. Harold Greene killed in Afghanistan
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials say the body of a two-star general killed in an Afghan "insider attack" will be flown to the military mortuary at Dover Air Force Base.

NATO officials have issued a statement saying Maj. Gen. Harold Greene's body was being prepared to be flown to the U.S. via Dover Air Force Base.

Greene is the highest-ranked U.S. officer to be slain in combat since 1970 during the Vietnam War. Greene, a 34-year U.S. Army veteran, also is the highest-ranked American officer killed in combat in the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

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9:39 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Delaware National Guard Units Coming Home Early From Afghanistan

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A Delaware National Guard unit is set to come home early.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the 198th Signal Battalion, most of which arrived in Afghanistan in early June, will begin returning to the United States next month.

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10:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Defense Secretary Travels to Dover to Meet Body of Fallen Soldier

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled to Dover Air Force Base for the arrival of the remains of four U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Joining Hagel on the trip from Washington on Wednesday were Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno.

The remains of every U.S. military member killed overseas are flown to Dover for processing. Family members often attend the arrivals, but high-ranking Pentagon officials usually do not.

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8:56 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Delaware National Guard Unit Returns from Afghanistan

153rd Military Police, Delaware National Guard
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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Delaware's 153rd Military Police Company of the National Guard has returned early from Afghanistan to the cheers of friends and family members.

The News Journal reports thousands of people gathered Saturday in Delaware City at the Gov. Bacon Parade Field for the early homecoming. A marching band played "God Bless America," and there were 127 homemade posters - one for each member of the unit.

Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, joined the homecoming event. She was also there when the troops left in January.

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8:52 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Another Delaware National Guard Unit to Return From Afghanistan

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - The National Guard says Delaware City's 153rd Military Police Company will return home from Afghanistan some six to eight weeks early.

Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Len Gratteri told The News Journal of Wilmington on Monday that it was not known why the 130-member unit will be returning next month instead of early December.

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9:23 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Camp for Children Who Lost Parents In War

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This weekend many celebrated Memorial Day often with a remembrance of those who have served in the nation’s uniform.

With the Afghan war winding down and the Iraq war now over many children are faced with the loss of a parent in those conflicts.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns reports this past weekend many children participated in the Good Grief Camp in Arlington Virginia and Washington DC.

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9:19 am
Mon April 15, 2013

MD Flags Half Staff for Capt. Sara Knutsen Cullen

Captain Sara M. Knutsen Cullen
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Flags in Maryland are flying at half-staff in honor of an Army helicopter pilot killed in a crash in Afghanistan.

U.S. flags and Maryland flags are flying at half-staff Monday in honor of 27-year-old Capt. Sara M. Knutson Cullen of Eldersburg. She is being buried Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.

The helicopter pilot was among five crew members killed when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed March 11 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. She was a 2007 West Point graduate and a 2003 graduate of Liberty High School.

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11:16 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Governor Markells Bids Farewell to National Guard Unit Headed to Afghanistan

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is bidding farewell to 325 Delaware National Guard members as they prepare for a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Markell will address the members of the 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion before they board a plane for Fort Bliss, Texas, on Friday morning.

The troops will spend 4 to 6 weeks training at Fort Bliss before deploying to Afghanistan, where they'll remain until next year.

The 198th is the Delaware Guard's oldest unit, known as "The First Regiment of the First State."

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9:11 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Maryland Soldier Dies Afghan Helicopter Crash

Capt. Sara Knutsen (Cullen)
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BALTIMORE (AP) - The mother of a soldier from Maryland killed in a crash involving a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter says her daughter wanted to be a pilot when she graduated from West Point.

Lynn Knutson said Sunday that her daughter, Capt. Sara Knutson (Cullen), made it clear that she didn't join the Army to sit behind a desk. The captain and four other soldiers were killed March 11 when their helicopter crashed during a training mission in Afghanistan. All five soldiers were assigned to Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah, Ga.

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10:48 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Delaware Guardsmen Set to Leave for Afghanistan

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The Delaware National Guard is saying goodbye to 175 members deploying to Afghanistan.


The National Guard is planning a departure ceremony for 11 a.m. Thursday at the Army Aviation Support Facility in New Castle. The National Guard's 153rd Military Police Company is scheduled to deploy for a 12 month tour. Their primary mission during their deployment will be to train their Afghan counterparts in security operations.

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12:14 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Delaware National Guard Units Prepare for Deployment in Afghanistan

Delaware National Guard Units Deploy to Afghanistan
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two Delaware National Guard units are training for deployments to Afghanistan next year.


Lt. Col. Len Gratteri, a spokesman for the guard, tells The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., that about 150 to 175 members of the 153rd Military Police Company will leave in January for a 10-month tour of Kandahar Province. About 300 to 350 members of the 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion will deploy in April.


Both units have been training at Fort Indiantown Gap near Harrisburg, Pa.

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10:46 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Nation Marks 11th Anniversary of 911 Attacks

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With the protests over a video offensive to Muslims spreading across the world, Americans this week took a moment to reflect on the 9-11 terrorist attacks eleven years ago. With the passage of time and the death of  Osama Bin Laden , the architect of those attacks, America seems to have turned a page.  Salisbury University political science professor and peace activist Michael O'Loughlin reflects on the era which saw two wars and an economic crisis.