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US Navy drops live bombs in Florida national forest

Residents in southern Marion, northern Lake or west Volusia counties should not be alarmed if they hear loud booms near their neighborhoods.

The US Navy began bomb training exercises this week at the Pine Castle Range Complex in the Ocala National Forest, officials said in a news release.

F-18 jets fly from Naval Air Station in Jacksonville and conduct the training.

Read: Navy Destroyer named after Winter Park veteran christened

Residents nearby might hear the training or feel the vibrations.

The exercises began Monday and continue Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., officials said.

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Officials said wildlife might be temporarily displaced and that drivers should use caution when driving through the Ocala National Forest and surrounding areas.

The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059. 

Diplomas temporarily stripped from 2 students who wore military cords at graduation

Two North Carolina students said they had their diplomas taken away because they wore military cords around their necks at graduation.

>> Woman graduates from Naval Academy 5 years after struggling to get ex-NFL player dad's signature

The two graduates wore the special cords during graduation to symbolize their enlistment in the U.S. Army.

Their celebration turned to punishment after they wore their cords Friday at West Bladen High School in Bladen County, located in eastern North Carolina.

A school administrator said they broke the rules because their cords weren't pre-approved.

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"Ms. Kelly came up to them and asked them if she could see the diplomas, and they handed them to her and she kept them," a mother, Wendy Paris, said. "I don't have a problem with rules and policies, but some of them are ridiculous."

Paris said she was able to get her son's diploma back the day after graduation.

How much coffee should you drink to stay awake? Army answers with new algorithm

Researchers with the U.S. Army have come with an algorithm that can determine the perfect amount of caffeine a person needs to drink to stay at maximum alertness, according to a study published last month in the Journal of Sleep Research.

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The study’s lead author, Jaques Reifman, a senior research scientist with the U.S. Army, said the algorithm is the first of its kind.

Researchers used a mathematical model that predicts the effects of sleep loss and caffeine on a person’s attention and reaction time, combined with the algorithm to determine “when and how much caffeine to consume to safely maximize alertness during sleep loss,” according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Researchers presented their findings Monday at SLEEP 2018, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC, a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society.

The algorithm used a person’s sleep and wake schedule along with his or her “maximum allowed caffeine” to determine the perfect caffeine-dosing strategy, according to the study authors.

“We found that by using our algorithm, which determines when and how much caffeine a subject should consume, we can improve alertness by up to 64 percent, while consuming the same total amount of caffeine,” Reifman said. “Alternatively, a subject can reduce caffeine consumption by up to 65 percent and still achieve equivalent improvements in alertness.”

The Army is already using the algorithm for its soldiers-in-training and has plans to license it for wider use as a smartphone app, Government Technology magazine reported.

Scientists first published the study, “Caffeine dosing strategies to optimize alertness during sleep loss,” May 28 in the Journal of Sleep Research.

Woman graduates from Naval Academy 5 years after struggling to get ex-NFL player dad's signature

Florida's military community has a new addition: Ashanti Curry of Jacksonville graduated last week from the United States Naval Academy.

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ActionNewsJax first introduced you to Curry when she was 17 years old and her dream of attending the Naval Academy almost didn't happen.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: ActionNewsJax helps Naval Academy hopeful get dad's signature for admission

Her smile says it all. It’s even more of an accomplishment when you consider what it took to get her here.

In 2013, the honor student faced losing her academy acceptance because it required both parents’ signatures.

Her father, former Jacksonville Jaguars player Eric Curry, was never in her life and had an arrest warrant out for unpaid child support. Her attempts to get him to sign all failed.

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“This man has never made one decision in my life, but the most important decision that needs to be made he has that in his hands. I was very upset,” Curry said at the time.

It took phone calls to Eric Curry, his attorney, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s office and eventually a temporary stay of his arrest warrant.

But finally, Curry got the signature she needed.

Now, five years later, she's graduated from the Naval Academy. Her first salute was to her stepfather, a gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps.

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Curry is now writing the next chapter to her story, a story of service that Jacksonville and our country can be proud of.

Curry's mother contacted ActionNewsJax’s Paige Kelton on Facebook this weekend with pictures and two words that were a reminder of the power one person’s story can have. The picture was of Curry’s graduation, the words – “thank you.”

Melania Trump makes first official appearance in 24 days

She's back.

According to CNN, first lady Melania Trump, who hadn't made any official appearances since May 10, attended a private White House event for Gold Star families Monday afternoon. 

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Although the reception was closed to the media, a video from the event quickly circulated on Twitter.

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Trump also tweeted photos from the event.

"Tonight @POTUS & I were honored to pay tribute to our fallen heroes," she wrote. "Thank you to the Gold Star families that joined us in celebration & remembrance." 

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The news followed weeks of rumors and speculation about the first lady, who last appeared publicly when she and her husband, President Donald Trump, welcomed three American detainees released from North Korea. Soon afterward, she had surgery "for a benign kidney condition," CNN reported.

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Army Strong: Fallen hero's division honors him in sweet photo shoot with his newborn daughter

The military brothers of a fallen soldier are still holding up one of their own and his family, even after he was laid to rest. 

Chris Harris was married to his bride Britt for less than a year before he was killed by an improvised explosive device, ABC News reported. A week before his death, Chris found out that Britt was expecting.

From almost day one, with Chris gone, his Army unit has stepped in, filling as much of the void as they can since Britt lost Chris. 

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He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82 Airborne Division. 

The unit was the first to know whether the couple was having a boy or a girl. She shipped confetti poppers that were stuffed with pink or blue confetti. When her husband’s military buddies lined up, complete with an American flag behind the group, they all found out they would be surrogate uncles to a little girl. 

>>Read: Soldiers help with gender reveal for the baby of one of their fallen 

At the time, one of the servicemen, Joel Crunk, posted, “Chris Harris laid down his life for our country. His newly wed wife was expecting their first child. The reveal is in Afghanistan with the men who fought by his side. We are happy to welcome the new member of our company.”

When Britt found out she was having a little girl, she decided to honor her husband’s memory with their daughter’s name Christian Michelle Harris. Chris’ full name was Christopher Michael Harris, ABC News reported.

>>Read: Baby’s first photos have connection to fallen soldier father

A few months later, Christian was born on a day that could not have been more appropriate: March 17, the same day Chris’ unit returned home missing one of their brothers in arms, WTVD reported.

“Knowing that we could come home to a baby girl, that was awesome,” Sgt. Nathan Bagley told WTVD. “When everyone came home, that was the day she was born, so that made it 10 times better.”

Britt told WTVD that the couple’s little girl has her father’s eyes. His mother, Sue Kolean, couldn’t agree more.

“It’s refreshing to see those blue eyes again,” Britt said.

“When she was born, it was like I was looking at my own son,” Kolean told WTVD.

And not only is her father possibly looking down, and watching over his little girl, she also has an entire division of heroes watching out for her, too. 

They immortalized their connection with the little girl during a recent photoshoot, WTVD reported.

As they were setting up, one of the soldiers said, “Chris, we got your baby girl.” The moment was caught on video.

Dressed in their Army blues, the division lined up behind Britt, who was dressed in a red gown and holding Christian. The little girl was dressed in a splash of white.

Another photo shows the little girl clutching an American flag her father fought to defend. 

The one photo that fully illustrates the support the little girl will have her entire life shows her being held in the hands of the members of her father’s unit as she wears a onesie that says, “My Daddy’s my hero,” the words surrounded by angel wings, as her father’s dog tags are hung around her neck. 

University of Memphis to offer free tuition to fallen service members' children, spouses

Next year, the University of Memphis in Tennessee will help cover the tuition of children and spouses of fallen service members.

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The U of M is the first college in the country to ensure students who qualify for the Folds of Honor scholarship will not have to pay for their education.

>> PHOTOS: Memorial Day’s solemn reminder of those who made the ultimate sacrifice

“I'm excited for Memphis to be spearheading something as exciting news,” said Celeste Von Ahnen, who lives in Memphis.

The details of the program are not finalized, but a university spokesperson told WHBQ in a statement that “there will be a possible cap on how many will be admitted and that it is only for Tennessee residents.”

>> PHOTOS: Scouts place flags on veteran graves to mark Memorial Day

According to the Commercial Appeal, the nonprofit Folds of Honor has been searching for a university to accept its $5,000 scholarship as "payment-in-full," and the U of M is the first get on board. 

The university told WHBQ that it will locate other opportunities and scholarships to make up the rest of the nearly $10,000 in-state tuition.

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“I think it's awesome to give back to people (who) have lost and given so much. That would be awesome to give back to them, especially in ways of scholarships,” said Allyson Carneal, a student at nearby Christian Brothers University.

It is unclear how many current students at the university are on the Folds of Honor scholarship.

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WHBQ has reached out to the university to ask about the impact of the decision. It is also unknown how the university plans to supplement the remaining tuition balance.

“I'm sure it is just an extra weight off their shoulders. I can only imagine what that is like, not having to worry about something so burdensome,” said Von Ahnen.

>> President Trump marks Memorial Day

It is a move that Memphis is the first to do, but will likely not be the last. On Memorial Day, many Americans reflected on the sacrifice of men and women who serve the country.

The University of Memphis is making sure their relatives are taken care of year-round, and for years to come.

106-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor visits Washington for Memorial Day

The oldest surviving veteran of Pearl Harbor has made a Memorial Day trip to our nation’s capital to honor and remember those who went before him. 

Ray Chavez first met with President Donald Trump Thursday, KSWB reported.

Chavez had a packed schedule over the long holiday weekend. After the presidential audience, he then met with Secretary of Defense James Mattis Friday and toured monuments Saturday. Sunday he had the honor of unveiling a new painting that hangs in the Pentagon showing the attack on Pearl Harbor, KSWB reported.

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But on Monday, he takes part in the 150th Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington Cemetery as a guest of Mattis followed by riding on a float in the national Memorial Day parade, KSWB reported

Chavez was a quartermaster on the USS Condor during the attack on Pearl Harbor, KSWB reported

The Condor, a minesweeper, found a Japanese submarine in restricted waters just before the attack. He says he remembers the day that will live in infamy is if it were yesterday, Hawaii News Now reported.

“I saw all the ships on fire, a terrible smoke screen, all through the harbor covering the ships. It never goes away, what you see and learn,” Chavez told Hawaii News Now.

He still remembers his shipmates all these years later.

“I never will forget them. I met some real fine young men,” Chavez said.

Chavez also had a message for younger generations.

“It’s very important that the younger generations know and learn the meaning of war,” the veteran told Hawaii News now.” I would do it again if I was called to active duty, but chances are they’ll never call me.”

Soldier reunited with dog she rescued during Iraq tour

It was a match made in a war zone that now has a happy ending with a long-awaited reunion.

Sgt. Tracy McKithern found a small stray dog hanging around camp when she was deployed to Iraq last year. But it wasn’t uncommon to see dogs roaming the streets in Iraq. The dog and her mom were abused, kicked and hit with rocks. They were also starving, the Army said.

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But the daily abuse didn’t stop the dog from greeting McKithern when she held out her hand.

“She loved everyone,” McKithern said. “She is the sweetest little soul. She came up to me immediately, probably hungry, but gentle. I think she was looking for love more than anything else.”

And it was love that she found. 

McKithern, and soldiers from Italy and Germany who were attached to her unit, named the dog Erby Kaisma. Erby came from the city Erbil, while Kaisma is the Arabic name for “beauty and elegance,” according to the Army.

Over the following days and weeks, Erby started sleeping outside McKithern’s quarters.

But soon McKithern would have to return home. She posted to Facebook saying she wished she could take Erby with her. The next morning, with the help of friends and family, they got the ball rolling to get the thousands of dollars needed to bring the dog to America.

Complete strangers started donating too, with the help of Puppy Rescue Mission.

Then the work began. McKithern started making arrangements to get Erby the vaccinations, documentations and travel plans to get the dog shipped home. When it got overwhelming, Kurdish and German officers whom McKithern worked with helped get Erby’s paperwork submitted, according to Army reports.

McKithern returned to the United States without her beloved pup. But Erby was scheduled to follow a few weeks later. 

After all that work, McKithern got orders for a 67-day mission in Wisconsin, forcing her to leave her Tampa home on March 11, the same day that Erby was supposed to land stateside.

Luckily McKithern’s husband was able to get Erby to Florida and have her waiting for McKithern when her two-month mission ended.

The long-awaited reunion happened this week, as McKithern returned home to the love of her canine companion, Erby, WFTS reported.

Erby’s mother is still back in Iraq and is being taken care of by the soldiers left behind. McKithern hopes that she can be adopted also, despite the high financial cost, WFTS reported.

For more information on the Puppy Rescue Mission, a nonprofit that helps reunite soldiers with the animals they find when deployed, click here.

Soldier watches birth of daughter on FaceTime when flight home is delayed

This was one time a passenger was grateful his flight was delayed.

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Video of Brooks Lindsey, a soldier watching the birth of his daughter on FaceTime, has gone viral. Lindsey was in El Paso preparing to deploy to Kuwait for a nine-month tour and booked a flight home to Mississippi, when his wife, Haley Lindsey, was induced two weeks early.

In an essay on Love What Matters, Haley Lindsey told the story of the birth and her husband’s reactions.

Brooks Lindsey had flown into Dallas from El Paso, but his flight to Jackson, Mississippi, was delayed. 

“He was scheduled to take off at 3:55 but luckily his flight was delayed to 5:45,” Haley Lindsey wrote.

Haley said that as she began to give birth, her mother-in-law “secretly FaceTimed Brooks” and shoved the phone in front of her shirt.

“When I began to push, the doctor asked what she (mother-in-law) was doing,” Haley wrote. The woman showed the doctor Brooks Lindsey’s face on the screen and the doctor understood immediately what was going on.

Just as the baby was crowning, Brooks Lindsey said he was being urged to board his flight to Mississippi.

The doctor was having none of that.

“All I remember was my doctor screaming, ‘Don’t let him board the flight! She’s here! She’s here!” Haley Lindsey wrote. “So, the airport personnel let him sit there and watch till it was over!”

Millie was born at 5:23 p.m. and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces. Brooks arrived in Jackson at 7 p.m. and made it to the hospital 20 minutes later, Haley wrote.

“He picked (Millie) up and held her for five minutes and kept saying ‘wow I can’t believe we just had a baby,’” she wrote. 

Tracy Dover, who was traveling with Brooks Lindsey, said the soldier cried as he saw Millie being born.

"When we heard the baby cry, we all rejoiced for him," Dover said in a Facebook post. “I wanted to share this because I never want us to forget about our soldiers who serve us everyday and the sacrifices they make.”

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