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A Silver Star recipient’s retelling of one of the Iraq War’s most critical battles will get the Hollywood treatment, but a Deadline.com report says it’ll be in good hands. Former Staff Sgt. David Bellavia’s “House to House,” a 2007 memoir centered on the fighting in Fallujah three years before, has been optioned by Universal Pictures, Deadline reported Tuesday. Former Army officer Max Adams, a U.S. Military Academy graduate who also saw combat in Iraq, will adapt the book for the big screen. Adams’ entertainment-industry experience includes writing and producing “Precious Cargo,” a thriller starring Bruce Willis set for a 2016 release,…

Since the first military burial on May 13, 1864, Arlington National Cemetery has become the final resting place for more than 400,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and their families. Those who on Sept. 11, 2001, died only a few hundred yards away at the Pentagon are buried here, as are the Challenger astronauts. Fifteen thousand soldiers from the Civil War — Union and Confederate — rest in Section 27 and Section 13, known as the Field of the Dead. Four thousand freed slaves, many identified only as “Citizen,” and two presidents also are buried at Arlington. Section 60 is the…

Looking to start off your weekend on the right note? Check out this heartwarming reunion between former Sgt. Jason Bos and his military working dog Cila. [HTML1] Bos and Cila were battle buddies in Iraq, completing nearly 100 missions together. They also served together at home, supporting President Obama and Vice President Biden. The pair was separated in 2012 when Bos was forced to leave the Army because of an injury, according to news reports. On Wednesday, thanks to the American Humane Association and Mission K9 Rescue, Bos was reunited with Cila as she was retired from service.  Bos is…

By  Jeff Schogol In one of the most sickening displays of disrespect toward a veteran since the Vietnam War, students swore at and harassed retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, who recently began teaching a class at the City University of New York. A video posted on Youtube titled “CUNY Students Confront War Criminal David Petraeus” shows Petraeus walking through a gauntlet of students who aggressively taunt him for close to 90 seconds. “There’s blood all over you, I can smell it,” one student yells. Petraeus, who served as the top U.S. commander in both Iraq and Afghanistan,  takes the abuse…

Barbara Allen has launched a White House petition to get her husband a Purple Heart. Allen’s husband, 1st Lt. Louis Allen, and Capt. Phillip Esposito were killed eight years ago when an anti-personnel mine detonated in a window of their room at their headquarters in Tikrit, Iraq. Both officers were assigned to the New York National Guard’s 42nd Infantry Division. One of their soldiers, Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez, was charged and tried on murder charges. He was acquitted in December 2008 in the two officers’ June 7, 2005, deaths. Since then, Barbara Allen has fought, unsuccessfully, for her husband’s death…

Almost eight years ago, Capt. Phillip Esposito and 1st Lt. Louis Allen, from the New York National Guard’s 42nd Infantry Division, were killed when an anti-personnel mine detonated in a window of their room at their headquarters in Tikrit, Iraq. One of their soldiers, Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez, was charged and tried on murder charges. He was acquitted in December 2008 in the two officers’ June 7, 2005, deaths. Since then, Barbara Allen, Louis Allen’s wife, has fought, unsuccessfully, for her husband’s death certificate to be changed to reflect a hostile death, which would qualify him for a Purple Heart.…

“Didn’t we make a bet that you said when we finally came out of Iraq you’d let me shave your head one more time?” General Raymond Odierno asked Stephen Colbert, during Odierno’s second appearance on the Colbert Report. “No we did not!” Colbert said grinning ear to ear with an audience cheering in the background “DO IT , DO IT , DO IT!” Giggling, Colbert said, “Unless the President is about to appear on that screen behind you, with all due respect you can go to hell.” (at about the 4 minute mark) Gen. Odierno and Colbert also brushed up on…

The National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center is soon to close as it prepares for its move to Silver Spring, Md. Perhaps you missed this museum as you toured Washington, D.C.’s famed Smithsonians. And granted, the “Evolution of the Microscope” exhibit doesn’t rate high on our excite-o-meter. But this museum has some pretty cool national and military history that’s worth checking out. Among them: Abraham Lincoln: The Final Casualty of the War. This exhibition includes items associated with Lincoln’s last hours and the physicians who cared for him – and is anchored by .44…

Since returning stateside from Iraq I followed up with Army & Air Force Exchange Service officials to update an earlier post I wrote about the lack of non-fiction books on PX/BX shelves in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the trip photographer Chris Maddaloni and I found only one non-fiction book, an Oprah biography, at Exchanges we visited in Iraq. As I expected, Judd Antsey, PR manager for AAFES, said his company stocks its shelves in accordance with what troops want. I still find it hard to believe all soldiers want to read are steamy romance, science fiction and mystery novels, but…

BAGHDAD — Sgt. 1st Class Rene Gonzalez spent his last Iraq deployment driving mounted patrols in Humvees outside Kirkuk Air Base. In 2004 and 2005, he spent most days seeking out improvised explosive devices and rooting out insurgents. This deployment, the Idaho Guardsmen is living the high life. He helps oversee operations at the Joint Visitor’s Bureau Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq. Based inside of one of Saddam Hussein’s old palaces, the hotel is located across a man-made pond from the Al-Faw Palace where U.S. Forces – Iraq is headquartered.

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