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Member of 'Cuban Five' Released From US Jail

A member of the so-called "Cuban Five" espionage ring has been released from a U.S. jail after serving 13 years of a 15-year sentence.

Rene Gonzalez, who had been jailed since 1998, left the prison in Florida early Friday.

He must serve three years probation in the United States. His lawyer says he will make a renewed request for Gonzalez to instead be allowed to return to Cuba.

Aid Work in Somalia Continues Despite Violence

The United Nations has cautioned that insecurity in Somalia continues to pose a challenge to aid workers, after a suicide bomber killed at least 72 people in the capital, Mogadishu. U.N. officials say, however, the attack has not stopped efforts to scale up assistance to those in need.

The suicide bombing in Mogadishu, which targeted a compound containing government offices, but killed mostly students, came after a period of relative calm in the Somali capital.

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained multiple suspected insurgents and discovered a bomb cache during an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Musa Qal’ah district, Helmand province.

The security force safely destroyed 600 pounds (272 kg) of homemade explosives, multiple rockets, land mines, pressure plate bombs and rocket-propelled grenades on-site.

The leader facilitates murder and intimidation campaigns against local nationals in the southern Musa Qala district, as well as conducts direct fire, roadside bomb and suicide attacks against Afghan forces.

No Soldier left behind: Return of Korean War vet brings closure to family, friends

The family of Cpl. Eduardo Pedregon, a Korean War veteran, received news of his missing in action in 1950, and since then they have been awaiting for his return.

Eduardo enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 in 1948 with his mother's consent and was assigned to Heavy Mortar Company, 31st Infantry Regiment.

Deploying Soldiers to receive ballistic briefs

Deploying Soldiers will have several new items in their kit when they deploy, including ballistic underwear designed to mitigate some of the effects of an improvised explosive device, or IED, blast.

During a round table session with PEO Soldier Oct. 6, Col. William Cole, project manager for Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, highlighted some of the new equipment Soldiers will be seeing in the field.

In Afghanistan, improvised explosive devices are causing an increased number of lower body injuries, including the groin area, during dismounted operations.

Cargo UAS to Deploy, Keeping Trucks off the Road

The Navy and Marine Corps announced Oct. 5 its plan to deploy the service's first cargo unmanned aircraft system to Afghanistan next month.

Adm. Bill Shannon, program executive officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, approved Lockheed Martin/Kaman's K-MAX unmanned helicopter for a six-month deployment to augment Marine Corps ground and air logistics operations.

"I am very excited to deploy a system that will keep our Marines and Sailors out of harm's way and ultimately save lives," said Shannon.

Nightstalkers bring heavy assault aerial platform to European exercise

When special operations forces need to move a large component to a target by air, they often look to the heavy assault Chinook helicopter to do the job.

The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment brought this capability to Exercise Jackal Stone 2011 with two MH-47G Chinook helicopters and crews. SOAR's expertise is getting special operations forces to a target, under any environmental and combat conditions, plus or minus 30 seconds from when the ground force commander needs to be there.

Marines conduct vessel board search and seizure exercise

As the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters crested the horizon and approached the USS Germantown (LSD 42), they began lowering ropes to deliver their payload of approximately 35 Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Marines of the MRF, consisting of Force Reconnaissance Platoon and elements of the Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, conducted a mock vessel board, search and seizure in preparation for the MEU’s upcoming certification exercise.

Special Forces Soldiers save motorist's life, earn them Soldier's Medal

A leisurely motorcycle ride through Mount Rainier National Park forever changed the lives of Sgt. 1st Class Anton Engelmann and Staff Sgt. Marc Emmi.

A sports utility vehicle was overturned in the raging Nisqually River, and a man was trapped inside. Instincts kicked into high gear for the two Special Forces Soldiers, and without regard to their own safety, jumped into the water and pulled the man to the shoreline.

Park rangers called in emergency medical support and the rescued man survived.