News about the military and veterans

Soldier being held at Fort Leavenworth charged with 17 murder counts in Afghan killings
March 23, 2012
KABULU.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was charged on Friday with 17 counts of premeditated murder, a capital offense that could lead to the death penalty in the massacre of Afghan civilians, the U.S. military said.
Lawyer describes talk with Afghan killings suspect held at Fort Leavenworth
March 19, 2012
A Seattle lawyer who is defending an Army staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 Afghans, including nine children, met Monday with the soldier for the first time at Fort Leavenworth, a conversation the attorney described as emotional.
Afghan shooting suspect expected to be brought to Fort Leavenworth
March 16, 2012
A senior defense official says the U.S. soldier accused in the killings of 16 Afghan civilians is expected to be flown to the U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth as early as Friday.
Rumsfeld visits Fort Leavenworth
February 24, 2012
Donald Rumsfeld recalled his 2001 Secretary of Defense confirmation hearing in which he fielded a question from U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas about what worried him late at night.
KU Chancellor speaks to Fort Leavenworth soldiers on civil rights in military
February 9, 2012
While serving in conflicts abroad, the U.S. military has been on the front lines of a historic battle at home, said Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little: African-Americans’ fight for civil rights.
Photos and video: Middle-schoolers read essays on patriotism for Basehor veterans
January 30, 2012
A group of Basehor-Linwood Middle School students on Thursday gathered at the Basehor VFW Post 11499 to speak about patriotism in front of veterans, school officials and their families.
Sunday gas leak blamed for unpleasant odor on Fort Leavenworth, surrounding area
January 9, 2012
Fort Leavenworth experienced a small leakage of mercaptan Sunday, which caused an unpleasant odor on Fort Leavenworth and in the surrounding community.
Basehor-Linwood graduate earns KU Navy scholarship
January 5, 2012
A Basehor-Linwood High School graduate attending Kansas University has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Navy League of Greater Kansas City.
Ladies Auxiliary biscuit and gravy breakfast Sunday
December 27, 2011
The Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271 Ladies Auxiliary’s annual New Year’s Day biscuit and gravy breakfast will be from 7 a.m. to noon, Sunday at the post, 1009 E. First St., Tonganoxie.
Help pick the five biggest Basehor-area stories of 2011
December 19, 2011
During the last week of 2011, the Sentinel will take a look back through a Basehor-area lens with recaps of the five biggest Basehor news stories of the year. And who better to decide which five stories best sum up Basehor-area life in 2011 than you, our readers?
Soldier father surprises 6-year-old daughter in Basehor-Linwood kindergarten class with return
December 15, 2011
The kindergartners chattered loudly, shouting over each other to say words that start with “ch”: “Chicken!” “Chocolate!”
Basehor fifth-grader with deep military lineage gives back through Wreaths Across America
December 14, 2011
When Connor McEnerney was in second grade, he heard that his school was raising money to lay wreaths on veterans’ graves for the holidays.
Photos: Basehor faces at weekend holiday events
December 12, 2011
Basehor residents marked the holiday season this past Saturday at the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Leavenworth National Cemetery, as well as the Christmas Open House at the Basehor Historical Museum, which featured a visit from Santa Claus.
Middle-school ‘Patriot’ reaches state level of VFW essay competition
December 7, 2011
Pieces of paper, filled with passages that had been scratched out and rewritten, were spread across the Foster family’s dinner table as Alyssa Foster worked on her VFW Patriot’s Pen essay earlier this fall, her mother Linda remembers.