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Tonight we honor a Naval Commander who died in a non-combat-related incident at Al Udeid Air Base.

Since 2001 we have lost 2349 American troops in Afghanistan and a total of 3476 American and coalition forces.  Since 2003* we have lost 4488 American troops in Iraq and a total of 4806 American and coalition forces. (* The two troops lost in support of Operation Inherent Resolve have been added to the Operation Iraqi Freedom iCasualties Report.)

I Got The News Today (IGTNT), which is the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The IGTNT title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.

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The Department of Defense has announced the death of death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, of Oceanside, California, died Oct. 24, in Doha, Qatar, of a non-combat related incident at Al Udeid Air Base. He was found deceased in his room. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to Naval Amphibious Liaison Element, Combined Forces Air Component Center, U.S. Central Command.

Please join me tonight for a remembrance of his life.
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Semper Fidelis

More than a motto, a way of life that distinguishes the Marine Corps bond from any other. It goes beyond teamwork – it is a brotherhood and lasts for life.

Latin for "always faithful," Semper Fidelis became the Marine Corps motto in 1883. It guides Marines to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps and to country, no matter what.

Becoming a Marine is a transformation that cannot be undone, and Semper Fi reminds us of that. Once made, a Marine will forever live by the ethics and values of the Corps.  

There is no such thing as an ex-Marine.

"For 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation.  We make Marines and we win battles."
  ~ Gen. Chalres C. Krulak, USMC (CMC): 5 May 1977  

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Lance Cpl Sean P. Neal
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I Got The News Today (IGTNT), which is one of the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The IGTNT  title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
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Major Jonathan D. Walker
Sergeant 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers
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Fri Sep 19, 2014 at 05:30 PM PDT

IGTNT: Honor the Fallen

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I Got The News Today (IGTNT), the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The IGTNT title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
Tonight, we remember three men who lost their lives in Afghanistan:

Sgt. Charles C. Strong
Maj. Michael J. Donahue
Navy Reservist Stephen Byus

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Blossom the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
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I Got The News Today (IGTNT) , which is one of the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.   The IGTNT  title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
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 Spc Brian K. Arsenault
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Tonight we honor an Army sergeant who died in Afghanistan from injuries suffered in a non-combat-related incident.

Since 2001, 2333 U.S. troops have lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan, and between 2003 and 2012, 4489 U.S. troops lost their lives while serving in Iraq.

I Got The News Today (IGTNT), which is the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The IGTNT title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.

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The Department of Defense has announced the death of death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka, Calif., died Aug. 22, in Gardez, Afghanistan, as the result of a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

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I Got The News Today (IGTNT) is among the oldest series on Daily Kos and provides an opportunity and venue to remember and pay respect to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The IGTNT title is a reference to the moment when the family of an active duty service member receives that tragic news.


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died Aug. 20, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy.

He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

For more information, media may contact the XVIII Airborne Corps public affairs office at 910-908-5006 or after duty hours at 910-633-9221.

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Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 05:30 PM PDT

IGTNT: His smile lit up the room

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I Got The News Today (IGTNT), the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.   The IGTNT title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
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Tonight, we remember a Special Forces Soldier out of Fort Bragg. Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass, aka "Jerry", was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, when he died, while on patrol in the Nangarhar Province.    His death is under investigation, but the Army has ruled it to be a non-combat fatality.

Since 2001, there have been 2339 American troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom. Since 2010, there have been 66 casualties in Operation New Dawn. 

Please bear in mind that these diaries are read by friends and family of the service members chronicled here. May all of our remembrances be full of compassion rather than politics.

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Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 05:30 PM PDT

IGTNT: The Major General

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I Got The News Today (IGTNT), the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The IGTNT title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
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Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 06:21 PM PDT

IGTNT: Remembering a Sailor

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Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco was on her first tour of duty aboard the USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), when her life ended tragically.  She leaves behind a husband and her parents in Puerto Rico.  

She joined the Navy in April, 2013 and left Norfolk on the Destroyer USS James E. Williams on May 30, 2014.  On June 19, shipmates found her unresponsive and the Navy is investigating her death as a suicide.   A memorial service was held for her on the USS James E. Williams on June 20th.  There isn't personal information available at this time, but there is a sufficient statement from the Commander of the destroyer USS James E. Williams, on a vibrant, young Sailor.   Please take a moment to read and reflect on Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco.

Since 2001, there have been 2337 American troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom. Since 2010, there have been 66 casualties in Operation New Dawn.

Please bear in mind that these diaries are read by friends and family of the service members chronicled here. May all of our remembrances be full of compassion rather than politics.

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I Got The News Today (IGTNT), which is one of the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The IGTNT  title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
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Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange
Pfc. Keith M. Williams
Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr
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