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Army Sgt. Okan Cetinbag (Defense Department)

Army Probes Death Of Alaska-Based Soldier From Chicago Area

Sgt. Okan Murat Cetinbag of Morton Grove, Ill., died at an Anchorage hospital Tuesday evening after being removed from life support.


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Chicago Woman Among 21 Killed In Afghanistan Terrorist Attack

A Chicago woman is one of 21 killed in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan on Friday.


Debbie Passerallo, the mother of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jesse Lee Williams. (Credit: CBS)

Soldier From Elkhart, Ind. Killed In Helicopter Crash In Afghanistan

An Elkhart Indiana soldier has been identified as one of six GI’s killed in a single incident in Afghanistan Tuesday. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


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Army Reserve Unit Ships Out For Afghanistan Deployment

They were able to spend Thanksgiving with family, but now it’s time to deploy for members of a suburban Army Reserve unit.


U.S. Marine Capt. Nathan McHone died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Jan. 19, 2012. (Credit: U.S. Marine Corps)

Crystal Lake Marine Buried At Arlington Cemetery

The remains of a Marine from Crystal Lake now lie at Arlington National Cemetery – buried two-and-a-half weeks ago, along with five other members of his unit who died in Afghanistan in 2012.


Anne Smedinghoff. (Credit: Facebook)

Slain Diplomat From River Forest Honored At Funeral

Hundreds of mourners were packing into a church in west suburban River Forest on Wednesday, to pay their final respects to a young woman killed while working as a diplomat in Afghanistan.

CBS Chicago–04/17/2013

Anne Smedinghoff. (Credit: Facebook)

Kerry Visits Family Of Slain River Forest Diplomat

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stopped in Chicago today to visit the parents of the young U.S. diplomat killed in Afghanistan. Anne Smedinghoff was killed while delivering textbooks in southern Afghanistan earlier this month.


Anne Smedinghoff. (Credit: Facebook)

Slain Diplomat From River Forest Remembered As ‘Serenely Beautiful’

Loved ones honored a young diplomat from River Forest on Tuesday at her former high school, three days after she was killed in a Taliban bombing in Afghanistan.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2013


Body Of Slain Diplomat Anne Smedinghoff Returns To U.S.

The body of Anne Smedinghoff, the U.S. diplomat form River Forest killed in Afghanistan over the weekend, has been returned to the U.S.


Anne Smedinghoff. (Credit: Facebook)

Diplomat From Chicago Area Killed In Afghanistan

A Fenwick High School graduate was among the six Americans killed in an explosion in Afghanistan Saturday.


Lt. Jeffery Gray and daughter, Payton. (Credit: Lisa Fielding/WBBM Newsradio)

Fourth-Grader Gets Surprise Of Her Life From Dad

It was business as usual inside Mrs. Clancy’s fourth grade math class at Newberry Math & Science Academy until Lt. Jeffery Gray walked into the room.


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National Guard Members Return From Afghanistan

Twelve men were greeted with hugs and some tears.


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Names Of Soldiers Killed In Iraq, Afghanistan To Be Read At Thompson Center

A daylong memorial for the 6,600 Americans killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was scheduled for 9:11 a.m. Friday at the plaza outside the Thompson Center.

CBS Chicago–12/13/2012

Sailors walk past the Vietnam Memorial Wall (Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

Opinion: Our Veterans Should Not Be At Risk In Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

When the deal is being made to change the tax rates and cut the deficit we must remember to keep our commitment to our veterans.


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Charity Plans Huge Pizza Donation For Soldiers On Super Bowl

A taste of Chicago will be headed to Afghanistan come Super Bowl Sunday.


Mitt Romney and Barack Obama debate (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Opinion: A Mad, Personal-Attacking, Interrupting Obama Loses Third Presidential Debate

Romney won this debate in more ways than one – most impressively due to his dignified style.


Mitt Romney (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)

Opinion: Romney’s Move To The Middle Is Nothing More Than Baseless Rhetoric

Why is Mitt Romney, the severely Conservative candidate for president, all of a sudden moving to the middle?


U.S. Army mortar men from the 2-27th Infantry Regiment fire mortars at a Taliban position (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Opinion: Obama’s Afghan Surge Failed

With the situation getting worse on the ground Obama has ended the surge just in time for the election in November. Taliban and related attacks against NATO powers were approximately 2,700 in August of 2009 when Obama made his contrary-to-campaign promised-move to step up the nation’s military assistance in Afghanistan. Three years later, in August of 2012, there were more attacks – nearly 3,000.


The transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley is moved by a U.S. Marine carry team. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Opinion: National Security Shouldn’t Get Lost In This Campaign

Our economy is on a slow recovery – slower than anyone wants. But the lack of serious discussion about national security and the world we live in is troubling.


Tom Boyle, a retired Chicago police officer, was killed in Afghanistan while training law-enforcement recruits. (courtesy: Boyle family)

Chicago Police Honor Retired Officer Killed In Afghanistan

The name of a retired Chicago police officer who friends say had a heart for the poor is now on the memorial wall for all to see, at Gold Star Families Memorial Park alongside Soldier Field.

CBS Chicago–08/21/2012