The U.S. soldier accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians last weekend had twice been injured during tours in Iraq and was reluctant to leave on his fourth deployment, a Seattle lawyer said Thursday.
WASHINGTON — Aided by the shrinking troop requirements for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is cutting the current yearlong deployment tours to nine months for most of its units beginning next January.
By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press
, August 05, 2011
GRAND FORKS — When it comes to Guard duty, Sgt. Maj. Mark Nelson has a simple agreement with Pfc. Derek Nelson.
“I’m going to be no harder or no easier to him than I am to any other soldier that I’m in charge of leading,” Mark Nelson said.
It’s a pledge his son holds him to.
By Archie Ingersoll, Grand Forks Herald
, August 12, 2009
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