Articles by Sean Timmons

Another Female Soldier Died at Fort Hood. The Base Said Nothing.

On March 13, Pvt. Ana Basaldua Ruiz, a soldier assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, was found dead in an apparent suicide after telling her family about sexual harassment she had faced…

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Lawyer: Return to military service a challenge after vaccine mandate lifted

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — During the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Military required servicemembers to get the vaccine, with very few exceptions. Those refusing were usually given a…

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The Tragic, Conflicting and Now Politicized Tale of a US Sailor Sitting in a Japanese Prison

Navy Lt. Ridge Alkonis was driving his car, filled with his wife and their three children, down from the heights of Mount Fuji on May 29, 2021. It’s an iconic destination…

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Report: sexual assaults at military academies up 18%

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military service academies last year recorded the highest rate of sexual assault since the Defense Department started measuring the problem in 2006.…

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Null and void, but still causing headaches: Pentagon’s legal woes over COVID vaccine mandate persist

At the height of the global pandemic, the Pentagon in August 2021 decreed that all U.S. troops must get the COVID-19 vaccine, then launched a logistical push to get the shot to…

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Army Private’s Death and Claims of Harassment Again Shine Spotlight on Fort Hood

A 20-year-old Army private stationed at Fort Hood was found dead this week, and investigators are examining claims from her family that the young woman had experienced harassment…

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Fort Hood soldier’s death sparks reminders of Guillen; “no foul play,’ say Army investigators

The death of an Hispanic, female soldier at Fort Hood this week has sparked thoughts of Vanessa Guillen, according to comments on social media attached to posts about reports of…

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Some US Troops Will Still Have to Get COVID-19 Vaccine, Pentagon Says After Mandate Ends

Certain U.S. troops will still be mandated to receive COVID-19 vaccines, the Department of Defense (DoD) said in a recent memorandum. Troops who are deployed to countries that…

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Air Force nurse convicted at court-martial for groping another officer

RAF LAKENHEATH, England — An Air Force officer who was found guilty Friday on charges related to groping a colleague two years ago will be reprimanded and spend just over a…

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Navy drops consideration of COVID vaccination status in determining sailors’ deployment eligibility

NORFOLK, Va. — In a move that will have ripple effects throughout the fleet, the Navy reverses course on a policy that was in place for more than a year. According to newly…

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