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Max Hauptman

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Past articles by Max:

Army trainee who hijacked school bus full of kids found not guilty by reason of insanity

Jovan Collazo, who escaped basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and hijacked a school bus, was found not guilty by reason of insanity last week. → Read More

US airstrike in Somalia kills 12 al-Shabaab militants

A U.S. airstrike carried out last week roughly 290 miles northeast of Mogadishu killed 12 al-Shabaab militants. → Read More

JTAC vs TACP: A user’s guide to the troops who call in close air support

In Guy Ritchie’s 'The Covenant,' Jake Gyllenhaal plays a special operations soldier with a JTAC patch on his uniform. Is that accurate? → Read More

That time a US Navy submarine got a confirmed kill on a train during WWII

In the closing weeks of World War II, a Navy submarine was credited with “sinking” a train during a daring mission. → Read More

Coast Guardsman saves man hours before graduating from rescue swimmer school

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer was pulled from class at the Advanced Helicopter Rescue School to save a man from a sinking ship off the coast of Oregon. → Read More

The Army once developed a sim round to mimic a nuclear explosion

The M-142 was a 55-gallon drum filled with explosives, meant to mimic a nuclear explosion on the battlefield. → Read More

The F-22s that downed China’s spy balloon had call signs named for this WWI fighter ace

The call signs used by a pair of F-22s that shot down a Chinese spy balloon paid homage to famed WWI pilot Frank Luke Jr. → Read More

Jake Gyllenhaal is back in uniform for Afghanistan rescue drama ‘The Covenant’

Directed by Guy Ritchie, “The Covenant” stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a military veteran who returns to Afghanistan to rescue his old interpreter. → Read More

The Pentagon wants to develop a giant seaplane with the cargo capacity of a C-17

The Pentagon has selected two designs for a possible seaplane that would have the cargo capacity of a C-17. → Read More

The Air Force claims a proposed Chinese-owned corn plant near a North Dakota base is a ‘significant’ national security threat

A letter from the Air Force described a proposed Chinese-owned corn mill in North Dakota a ‘significant threat to national security.’ → Read More

An Army tank crew appears to have named their M1 Abrams ‘Dahmer’s Fridge’

This Army tank crew was certainly going for dark humor when they chose the name “Dahmer’s Fridge.” → Read More

The Army’s new parental leave policy doubles the amount of time soldiers can take off

The Army released its new parental leave policy on Tuesday, doubling the leave time for all new parents from six to 12 weeks. → Read More

Russia says it will fast-track testing of tank-killing robot in Ukraine

As Ukraine receives western-built tanks, Russia has announced it is sending robots designed to destroy them. → Read More

US-trained Afghan commandos may be fighting as mercenaries for Russia

Former Afghan army officers say that ex-Afghan army commandos are being recruited by Russia’s Wagner Group. → Read More

This Marine used everything he learned in first aid training to save a shooting victim

When a man was shot multiple times in Honolulu earlier this month, Sgt. Amed Issa ran toward the gunfire and performed critical first aid on the victim. → Read More

Marines outwitted an AI security camera by hiding in a cardboard box and pretending to be trees

When tasked with defeating an AI programmed to detect human movement, a squad of Marines got creative. → Read More

Russia’s new commander in Ukraine tells his troops: police that mustache

The new commander of Russian troops in Ukraine, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, has a new order: shave and wear your uniform. → Read More

‘War Thunder’ players are once again leaking sensitive military technology information on a video game forum

The latest leaks involve technical details for the F-15 and F-16. → Read More

2 Navy commanders fired in one day

The commanders of the USS Carney and the USS Mesa Verde were relieved on Wednesday. → Read More

Sailors brought a dead F/A-18 back to life in just 33 days while at sea

The Navy conducted some “first of its kind” repairs aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush to an F/A-18 damaged by an engine fire. → Read More