Tag: Army

White UMD Student Now Charged with Hate Crime in Murder of Bowie State Grad

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Sean Urbanski. Photo via University of Maryland Police.

A 22-year-old Severna Park native has been slapped with a charge of hate crime resulting in death in the May murder of Richard Collins III, a black recent grad and newly commissioned Army officer.

Army Aims to Kill 100 Deer Near Fort Meade to Save Its Vegetation

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On the same day when Maryland wildlife officials announced they saved a deer in Harford County from a pretzel jar, the U.S. Army renewed its campaign to shoot dozens of them around Fort Meade.

Army and Navy Ships Coming to Inner Harbor This Month for Free Public Tours

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Courtesy Sail Baltimore
Courtesy Sail Baltimore

The final ships of Sail Baltimore’s 40th season are coming to the Inner Harbor from Dec. 9 to 11.

Giant Drone-Hunting Blimp to Launch Over Baltimore

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JLENS (via Raytheon)
JLENS (via Raytheon)

A giant blimp is set to hover over the Baltimore area this weekend, and the Ravens don’t even have a home game.

Roll Call: The Girl Who Didn’t Come Home

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image via mauitube.org
image via mauitube.org

University of Baltimore MFA writing student Lisa M. Van Wormer recalls the day her fellow soldier failed to answer the repeat call of her name. Hear Lisa read the piece on WYPR’s “The Signal” this Friday at 7.

You are about halfway through your year deployment to Iraq at this point, just enough time to make routines and gain a sense of security in the day to day. You are at a satellite site away from the majority of your unit when you hear the news. Once granted permission you are on the next convoy to travel the 40 miles down IED alley to the base that it happened at, to be there for your surviving friends—for roll call. The feeling this day at the base is far different from any other you have experienced. For one, everyone is in full battle rattle (flak vest with shields, Kevlar, slung weapon, eight 30-round magazines), even off guard duty, which is not the norm for this secluded base. Secondly, there’s no milling around or open chatting—the whole base is silent and somber.

The Rucksack: What One Woman Carried to War

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image via female-soldier.com
image via female-soldier.com

University of Baltimore MFA student Lisa M. Van Wormer recounts poetically the contents of her rucksack when she served one long year in the Gulf region–the list of items will surprise you.

One knotted ball of light brown hair ties

One of the many challenges of being a woman in the Army was that your hair always had to be regulation: either cut into a bob that did not touch your collar or pulled back into a tight bun. Even in a sandstorm, even under a Velcro-strapped Kevlar helmet, perfection was required. Many of my fellow female soldiers had tools to make this magic occur: hair-colored bobby pins, hair bands with no metal on them that would blend in with a natural hair color (as stated in Army Regulation 670-1), gel and smoothers, even a sock cuff to pull off the “perfect bun” look. I knotted my thick, wavy red hair tightly each morning and always had my cargo pockets full of hair ties as close to my color as I could find, but inevitably by midday wisps would become unruly and slip out of ranks.