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Apr 15, 2014

Military appeals courts uphold sexting convictions | RallyPoint.com

By Kristin Davis, Staff writer
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Troops have gotten in trouble for years for sending sexually explicit photos and messages over text message — even without much legal precedent.

Now, several decisions handed down by appeals courts in recent months demonstrate how military law is catching up to technological phenomena of “sexting” and text-stalking, say attorneys who specialize in military justice.

In what is perhaps the service’s most notorious sexting case, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in February a superior officer’s raunchy texts to younger enlisted airmen supported a charge of maltreatment, even if the subordinate airmen sent similar messages in return.

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Air Force names new acquisition, mobility leaders | RallyPoint.com

Military News - Air Force names new acquisition, mobility leaders

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By Aaron Mehta, Staff writer
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WASHINGTON — The Air Force is shuffling the command of several key programs, including missile systems and its new tanker plane, the service announced Monday.

Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, the head of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, has been nominated to the role of military deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. She replaces Lt. Gen. Charles Davis as the service’s top military acquisition official.

William LaPlante, the service’s top civilian acquisition official, was confirmed earlier this year.

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Anonymous online counseling for vets shows early success | RallyPoint.com

By Leo Shane III, Staff writer
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When they contracted with the Vets Prevail program late last year, Veterans Affairs Department officials hoped the Web-based mental health resource could enroll about 2,200 new veterans in its anonymous counseling over a year.

The program reached that number in a little more than three months.

“We think that shows the real need for something like this,” said Richard Gengler, founder of Prevail Health Solutions, which runs the program. “A lot of the time, veterans are scared away from getting any help because of the stigma. But this is a way to reach them and help them.”

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Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence upheld | RallyPoint.com

Military News - Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence upheld

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By David Dishneau
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An Army general has upheld Pvt. Chelsea Manning’s conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Army said Monday.

The approval by Maj. Gen. Jeffery S. Buchanan, commander of the Military District of Washington, clears the way for an automatic appeal to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

Manning’s appellate lawyers, Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward, told supporters Sunday in Washington that they expect to argue that the sentence unreasonable. It is the longest prison term ever given by a U.S. court for leaking government secrets to the media. They said they also expect to argue that Manning’s speedy trial rights were violated, that the Espionage Act was misused and that high-ranking commanders improperly influenced her case.

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Pentagon condemns 'provocative' Russian military action against U.S. Navy ship | RallyPoint.com

Military News - Pentagon condemns 'provocative' Russian military action against U.S. Navy ship

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By Andrew Tilghman, Staff writer
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A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated “provocative” close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S. Navy destroyer Donald Cook while it was steaming in the Black Sea, heightening Cold War-style tensions that have continued to escalate for weeks, a defense official said.

The Russian SU-24 Fencer made a total of 12 passes above the destroyer that is equipped with the powerful Aegis missile defense system. The incident occurred in international waters about 48 hours after the Navy ship arrived in the Black Sea.

The aircraft did not respond to multiple queries from the Donald Cook’s bridge. The Navy destroyer did not respond and the incident ended after about 90 minutes. The fighter jet did not appear to be carrying missiles under its wings, official said.

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