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First woman enlists to become a Navy SEAL

A woman will be training with other potential candidates as she tries to become te first female Navy SEAL, CNN reported.

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The midshipman and another woman have enlisted and hope to join the Navy’s special operations teams. The Navy declined to identify the candidates, citing security considerations, NPR reported.

The latter candidate was in boot camp for the Navy’s Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman program, also known as SWCC. Naval Special Warfare Center Deputy Commander Capt. Christian Dunbar told members of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service about the two candidates in June.

Women had been prohibited from serving in combat roles until January 2016, CNN reported. 

Eight SEAL and seven SWCC classes have graduated since March 2016. All of those candidates were males, CNN reported.

There are approximately 1,000 SEAL candidates who begin training each year,  Lt. Cmdr. Mark Walton, a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Command, told CNN. He said that usually only between 200 to 250 candidates complete their training.

Navy sailor found hiding on ship after week-long disappearance could face discharge

A sailor whose disappearance from a U.S. Navy vessel last month launched a days-long search amid fears he had fallen overboard could face discharge after he was found hiding in the ship’s engine room, according to multiple reports.

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Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Peter Mims, 23, appeared to have vanished June 8 from the USS Shiloh as the vessel was 180 miles east of Okinawa, Japan.

He was found one week later, hiding in one of the ship’s engine rooms, Navy Times reported.

Mims admitted last week during an admiral’s mast that his disappearance was “intentional, and that he took steps to try to avoid being found by the other Shiloh sailors who were actively trying to locate him,” during an admiral’s mast, Lt. Paul Newell, spokesman for the U.S. 7th Fleet, told Navy Times.

He was charged with violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including abandoning watch and dereliction of duty, Stars and Stripes reported.

Navy officials declined to discuss Mims’ possible punishment for the violations, although Navy Times reported that he could face discharge.

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“We are not disclosing any of the punitive actions taken against him,” Newell told Navy Times. "However, I can say that Mims is facing possible further administrative action."

Citing the Manual for Courts-Martial, Stars and Stripes reported that Mims could face a maximum of a “bad-conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and confinement for six months.”

Mims’ disappearance triggered a multinational search.

The U.S. Navy, Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japanese Coast Guard spent more than 50 hours combing 5,500 square miles of the Philippine Sea in search of Mims. The search was suspended on June 11, although crewmembers on the Shiloh continued to look for the missing sailor.

Mims is from Putnam County, Florida, and was assigned to the Shiloh in 2014

Soldier who saluted stranger's funeral procession in viral photo responds to unexpected attention

A photo of Tennessee National Guard Col. Jack Usrey standing beside his car in the pouring rain to salute a funeral procession is going viral.

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But Usrey doesn’t think anything of it. He says that’s how he was raised, telling WTVF: “Maybe I can make them feel better. ... I’m just an average soldier, but I was raised that way. We always stopped; my mom and dad taught me to do that.”

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Usrey works at the Tennessee National Guard headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee. The photo was captured in Vine Grove, Kentucky, near Fort Knox; it was taken by Instagram user Erin Hester earlier this month and promptly went viral.

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“I was so completely touched by this today,” she wrote. “I feel pretty confident there isn’t a military rule that soldiers have to do this. This made my heart happy to see the amount of respect that this gentleman showed a family that he doesn’t even know.”

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She tagged the photo #values and #respect.

Usrey is one of many in his family to have served, reports WSMV. His father and brother served in the Navy, with his brother advancing to the rank of lieutenant colonel. One of Usrey’s sons serves in the Navy now, and another is a student at The Citadel.

Possible military device discovered on newly formed NC island

A U.S. Navy crew was headed Friday afternoon to a newly formed island off the coast of North Carolina to determine if an object found there is a military device.

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The sandbar, known as Shelly Island, formed off Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks as little more than a bump in early April.

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The object found on Shelly Island is heavily encrusted with marine growth, according to WTVD.

The Dare County Emergency Management blocked access to the island on Friday, while a military bomb disposal team investigated the object.

Vermont man among those killed in military plane crash, family says

One of the 16 killed in a military plane crash is from Vermont, according to family members

WCAX-TV reports that Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson graduated from Colchester High School in 1989 and later joined the Marines. 

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He was aboard the U.S. military plane that crashed into a field in rural Mississippi on Monday, killing at least 16 people aboard and spreading debris for miles, officials said.

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His family told WCAX-TV that he leaves behind his wife, along with his brother, mother and father. 

Johnson said he had the best job in the Marine Corps because he got to see the world from the air, his family said. 

Seven of the U.S. troops killed in the Mississippi plane crash were special operations forces based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Six were Marines and one was a sailor.

The Marine Corps refueling and cargo plane went down in a soybean field on Monday and killed 16 military members in all. The Marines said Tuesday that the air tanker was based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, and headed to California.

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One of the plane's stops was in North Carolina, presumably to pick up the seven commandos. The plane was scheduled to drop them and their equipment off for training at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, and fly on to a naval air field at El Centro, California. The seven commandos were from the Camp Lejeune-based 2nd Marine Raider Battalion.

Officials have not released the names of those killed. The crash is under investigation.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report

5 things to know about the deadly military plane crash

A U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 crashed Monday in Leflore County, Mississippi, killing at least 16 people.

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WATCH: Trump stops to pick up Marine's hat after wind blows it away – twice

A lighthearted moment between President Donald Trump and a Marine is going viral.

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While preparing to board Marine One on Saturday, a Marine standing guard at the entrance of the helicopter had his hat blown off by the wind. Trump retrieved the hat, placed it back on the Marine’s head and patted him on the arm.

Only it happened again.

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The Marine, obviously bound to his stationary position, could do nothing about his renegade hat. But don’t worry – the president again retrieved the young Marine’s headgear. This time, Trump handed the hat to the military officer who was escorting him to Marine One, who then handed the hat back to the Marine.

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“This was kind of a light moment, we just wanted to play it for you, provide a little, a little relief as we’ve covered all the serious news,” a CNN anchor said.

“He’s trying to right the ship here, help out the Marine who’s standing alongside, apparently cannot move from his current position.”

Trump was returning to Washington, D.C., from the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, where he met with Russia president Vladimir Putin, who denied that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

US plans to test THAAD missile defenses 

The United States is expected to test its THAAD missile defense system against an intermediate range ballistic missile in the next few days, Reuters reported Friday.

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The test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile, designed to shoot down medium and intermediate range missiles, has been planned for months, Reuters reported. The test takes on greater significance after North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this week.

The THAAD interceptors will be fired from Alaska, Reuters reported.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency confirmed to Reuters that it planned a THAAD test “in early July.”

MDA spokesman Chris Johnson said the THAAD weapon system at the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak, Alaska, would “detect, track and engage a target with a THAAD interceptor.”

U.S. bombers fly over Korea in response to ICBM test

A pair of U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula on Friday, in a response to North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this week, CNN reported.

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North Korea test fired the ICBM on Tuesday, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said. 

“North Korea’s actions are a threat to our allies, partners, and homeland,” said Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the Pacific Air Forces commander. “Let me be clear: If called upon we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the full lethal capacity of our allied air forces.”

The bombers flew from Guam and conducted a 10-hour mission, CNN reported. Upon reaching the Korean Peninsula, they were joined by U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets and South Korean F-15 fighter jets.

“The B-1Bs practiced attack capabilities by releasing inert weapons at the Pilsung Range,” the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement. 

The Pilsung Range is located in the center of South Korea and is jointly operated by the U.S. and South Korean air forces, CNN reported.

Explosion at Eglin Air Force Base sends possibly dangerous smoke into air

Officials at Eglin Air Force Base ordered people to shelter in place Wednesday after an explosion at the McKinley Climatic Lab sent possibly dangerous smoke into the air.

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Officials said the explosion happened around 10 a.m.

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