Pentagon review calls for reforms to reverse spike in sexual misconduct at military academies
A new report says the U.S. military academies must improve their leadership, stop toxic practices such as hazing, and shift behavior training into the classrooms in order to address an alarming spike in sexual assaults and misconduct.
JSO officer ‘demonstrated conduct unbecoming’ during traffic stop of Black veteran, internal investigation finds
Investigators with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs division have completed an investigation into a JSO traffic stop where a local veteran claims he was the victim of racial profiling.
Navy probe prompted by suicides condemns conditions at shipyard: 'We let our people down'
A Navy investigation triggered by a series of suicides is recommending widespread improvements in housing, food, parking and internet for sailors, as well as changes to mental health and other personnel programs.
Attorney: JSO officers went ‘too far’ during traffic stop involving Navy veteran who says he was profiled
After viewing body-worn camera video of a traffic stop involving a Navy veteran who claims he was racially profiled by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, legal experts are weighing in on the officers’ actions.
Rance and Jana visit Diva Dance
Rance and Jana hit the floor with the team at Diva Dance! Owner Jasmine shares,” As a mom and a Navy veteran, I brought DivaDance to Jacksonville in July 2021 because of the shared values and mission of providing dance fitness classes in a space that offers adults of all shapes, sizes, shades, and experience levels a unique form of exercise and choreography! Introducing DivaDance to Jacksonville has been a new favorite confidence boosting, booty shaking, heels optional, hair flipping, inclusive, FUN cardio option for adults. It is my passion and vision to give every client power and attitude in their individual style of dance while unleashing their inner goddess in a safe, fun and encouraging environment. And people are responding like crazy - we already have over 1,000 members of our private Facebook group and more than 100 members! Oh! And did I mention you can be a star in our music video series and dance team performance program - This is a perfect opportunity to level up your DivaDance experience as you’ll learn, polish and perfect one full routine that will culminate in a professional video shoot. Be part of our upcoming recital and perform LIVE for friends and family. Whether you’ve performed in a million recitals growing up or never had the chance to put on the tutu and all the makeup, now is your chance to be part of an unforgettable experience - and there’s no experience or audition required! Please check out our website for details to sign up!”
Driver fleeing hit & run crash dies after attempting to ram Birmingham Gate at NAS Jacksonville
A driver who attempted to crash through the Birmingham Gate at Naval Air Station Jacksonville on Thursday morning died after gate sentries deployed the protective barrier that stopped the vehicle from entering the base, Navy officials said.
Jacksonville finalist on ‘The Voice’ to perform on Ortega River for tiny dock series
Fans of singing competition shows might remember local fan-favorite Paris Winningham's recent all-star performance on NBC's The Voice. Winningham, a Jacksonville resident and Navy veteran, finished third on the show in Season 21.
Navy expands boot camp to sharpen focus on character issues
The Navy is adding two weeks to boot camp in a major overhaul aimed at improving recruits' war fighting and emergency skills while also focusing on suicide prevention and character issues such as sexual assault, hazing and extremism in the ranks.
Across services, troops face discipline for refusing vaccine
U.S. officials say all of the military services have now begun disciplinary actions and discharges for troops who have refused to get the mandated coronavirus vaccine, with as many as 20,000 unvaccinated forces at risk of being removed from service.
Mayport sailor accused of crashing into parked airplanes facing DUI charge
A Navy petty officer stationed at Naval Station Mayport was arrested early Sunday morning after a bizarre incident at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport, in which she crashed into two planes that were parked on the ground, according to a report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Jacksonville native awarded medal for saving choking classmate at Officer Candidate School
Mark C. Hazenberg, commanding officer of Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN), Rhode Island, awards Officer Candidate Tyler Zutell, an Officer School (OCS) class 08-21 student, with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, March 17. Jacksonville native Tyler Zutell, an Officer Candidate School student, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal on March 17, for his actions that saved the life of a choking student. “Officer Candidate Zutell’s effective use of prior training and his ‘take-charge’ attitude demonstrated leadership and saved the life of a shipmate,” said Capt. Mark Hazenberg, commanding officer, Officer Training Command Newport, who awarded Zutell the medal. After graduating OCS, Zutell will report to the Navy’s Supply Corps School.
Coworkers: Man charged in Capitol riot had a Hitler mustache
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo rioters supporting President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington. An Army reservist charged with taking part in the attack on the U.S. Capitol was known as a Nazi sympathizer who wore a Hitler mustache, coworkers told federal investigators. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)WASHINGTON – An Army reservist charged with taking part in the attack on the U.S. Capitol was known as a Nazi sympathizer who wore a Hitler mustache, coworkers told federal investigators. The filing included photos from Hale-Cusanelli’s cellphone of him with a Hitler mustache, along with pro-Nazi cartoons. Jonathan Zucker, Hale-Cusanelli’s attorney, wrote in a filing that there was no evidence his client belongs to any white supremacist organizations.