Jim McCullough of Beltsville just spent seven weeks restoring a desk once used by Thurgood Marshall, the Baltimore native who grew up to become the first African-American Supreme Court justice and a giant in the civil rights movement.
When Maryland National Guard Capt. Cara Kupcho first enlisted in the military 18 years ago, she wanted to drive a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. "I like things that go boom," she explained Thursday. "I like tanks."
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has decided to lift the long-standing ban on women serving in direct combat, Pentagon officials said, opening hundreds of thousands of military jobs previously closed to female service members.
In a ceremony at the Pentagon, hosted by General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Jan. 6, Brigadier General Ralph O. Baker, an Aberdeen High School graduate, was promoted to major general in the United States Army.
Rather than signal an improvement in ties between two uneasy allies in the war against Islamic extremists, the resumption of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan could make an already tense relationship worse