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So... Why Would a Dog Be on Facebook?

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 9:11 AM

Visit Hank Lopez's Facebook page and you'll find out he's from Newburgh, New York, listens to Metallica and works part time as a beer pong referee.

He's bilingual, getting by in Dutch and English, and is into the TV show Dog Whisperer, which makes plenty of sense...

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The Victims Aren't the Problem, the Perverts Are

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 5:11 PM

He asked her out for Valentine's Day. She was an Army private, a 39-year-old single mom who enlisted late in life. He was a smart-talking seasoned soldier whose advances flattered her.

They dined at a restaurant in the quaint European resort town where they were stationed. She nursed a half...

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On King Day, Remembering a Queen

(4) Comments | Posted January 15, 2012 | 3:58 PM

It was an assignment for work. On a Sunday. In a blizzard.

I was writing for the New York Amsterdam News and my assignment was Yolanda King, the oldest of MLK's four children.

She was preaching at her sister-friend Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook's Harlem church.

I really don't know...

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U.S. and Afghan Troops Dance Off

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 12:14 PM

There are days in Afghanistan when U.S. and Afghan forces are not in firefights with insurgents, neither are they sniffing out roadside bombs, or raiding weapons caches.

Sometimes they're just dancing...

A few weeks ago I found myself at a party the 2nd Zone Afghan Border Police at Forward Operating Base Gardez threw for the U.S. soldiers of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Special Troops Battalion as they prepared to return home to Ft. Knox, KY.

During their deployment the 3-1 Soldiers provided more than 800 Afghan troops with medical, team leader, and military intelligence training. The party-- that featured a deliciously stewed slaughtered goat -- was the 2nd Zone ABP's way of saying thank you.

In the middle of the festivities, a U.S. soldier dressed in Perahan Tunban, that's the traditional Afghan shirt and pants, tried to dance off with an Afghan Border Policeman but clearly proved no match for him....

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"All I Want for Christmas Is...": A Deployed Soldier's Holiday List

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 3:27 PM

All I want for Christmas is a thick wedge of Junior's cheesecake. A big fat slice with a thick piecrust baptized in syrupy strawberries. The one Junior's insanely charges $6.75 a pop for at their Brooklyn, New York franchise and I more insanely plop down the money for.

The in-between...

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The 9/11 Of Their Generation

(48) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 10:54 AM

It took me mindlessly peddling away on a stationary bike in the empty gym of Forward Operating Base Gardez in eastern Afghanistan to get it.

I was debating whether to flip the flat screen TV from the Pentagon Channel to something less sensible, when a teaser for an upcoming

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The Plain-Clothed Service Members Among Us

(9) Comments | Posted November 25, 2011 | 5:42 PM

It happens to every service member -- usually in airports.

After a little more than two years of wearing this uniform, I still don't quite know how to respond when a stranger walks up to me and says, "Thank you for your service."

It's a mixture of...

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On Veterans Day, Remembering the Sacrifice of Those Who Served

(7) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 2:35 PM

He died on a mountainside, far away from home. We were hours into the mission when insurgents ambushed our squad. They marred the beauty of that crisp, emerald morning with rocket-propelled grenades, chased by hellfire. He was the first one hit. He died instantly.

As our team laid down suppressive...

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