Four-month-old Mechelle Borgelin calmly plopped into the hands of Fayetteville firefighter A.J. Brown, her ruffly pink onesie clashing against his neon orange life jacket.
Brown tenderly cradled Mechelle and carried her to safety as her mom, not far behind, walked through water with the assistance of another firefighter.
The moment, captured by Fayetteville Observer photographer Andrew Craft, became a bright spot in a day for many people in Fayetteville who dealt with heavy flooding that collapsed roads, encroached into homes and forced drivers to find lengthy detours.
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Prosecutors are pushing back against efforts by lawyers for alleged deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to have Gen. Robert Abrams disqualified as the court-martial convening authority, saying the defense team's issues are with the decades-old military justice system.
Bergdahl's lawyers said they know of at least two times Abrams has met with prosecutors behind closed-doors for consultation. They called the conversations a "flagrant disregard of his obligations as an official statutorily charged with the performance of judicial acts" in a motion they filed earlier this month.
Lt. Col. Frank Rosenblatt, one of Bergdahl's lawyers, said that the conversations are inappropriate. Abrams, the four-star general over U.S. Forces Command, referred the charges against Bergdahl for court-martial.
A peculiar quiet hung over a Fort Bragg training field at dawn, broken only by the intermittent rustling of leaves as soldiers crawled across the dirt.
Unlike the artillerymen and mortarmen who are accustomed to firing off loud explosions, or even the infantrymen ready to strike with multiple rounds of ammunition, these soldiers quietly stalked the area, carefully choosing the opportune moment to fire a lethal shot.
Sergeants Brandon Spann and Rory Ponte, a sniper team from the 82nd Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, crept ahead together slowly, never losing track of the enemy and the dangerous objects surrounding them, like the concealed mines and mortar tubes. They lurked carefully, knowing the enemy was searching for them through magnifying optics.
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I interviewed Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Abshier, a pilot, on a Chinnok. Abshier is credited with safely landing his CH-47 Chinook after both engines failed.The U.S. Army is recognizing his instinctive and skilled reaction with the Army Aviation Broken Wing Award - a unit safety award presented to military members who demonstrate extraordinary skill during an emergency while flying on a mission.
Just 15 seconds passed between the distress call and the dusty, clunky landing on the rocky countryside of Afghanistan.
In that time, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Abshier had to cut off fuel and release a suppressant into flaming engines to prevent a mid-air explosion as his CH-47 Chinook helicopter fell from 1,500 feet above the foreign terrain.
Abshier yanked the nose of the helicopter up in time for the rough landing, miraculously avoiding even minor dents to the Chinook. His crew was shaken, but uninjured.
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With Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Abshier after our interview on the Chinook.
Two soldiers suffered serious injuries while on missions searching for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who intentionally caused a crisis when he walked off his remote post in Afghanistan, according to an argument lodged by government prosecutors.
In a motion filed last week, prosecutors outline how they plan to use evidence of the soldiers' injuries to show Bergdahl's guilt under a charge of misbehavior before the enemy.
Col. Jeffery Nance, the military judge overseeing Bergdahl's court-martial, will decide if the evidence is admissible.
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