Ft. Campbell

An AWOL Ft. Campbell soldier convicted of planning to blow up a restaurant full of Texas soldiers will represent himself when he’s sentenced next month. Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo told U.S. District Judge Walter Smith during a Thursday hearing in Waco, Texas, that he and his attorneys weren’t communicating effectively.

The leader of an infantry brigade combat team stationed at Fort Knox is relinquishing command of the brigade at a ceremony tomorrow morning. But he’s not going far.

In fact, Col. Chris Toner is going from one Kentucky military installation to another.

The Kansas native has led the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division for the past three years. He was responsible for helping move the Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas to Fort Knox after the Brigade’s first deployment to Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense has announced four units--including two from Ft. Campbell, Ky--will deploy to Afghanistan this year. The scheduled rotation involves more than 11,000 soldiers from the four units that will start deploying between spring and winter.

A federal jury on Thursday convicted an AWOL Muslim soldier from Fort Campbell of attempting to blow up a Texas restaurant full of Fort Hood troops. The Waco jury convicted Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo of the most serious charge, attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, which could land him in prison for life. Abdo also was convicted of attempted murder of U.S. officers or employees, and four counts of possessing a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.

A new trial date has been set in the court martial of a Kentucky soldier facing two murder charges. Sergeant Brent Burke is accused of killing his estranged wife and her former mother-in-law in 2007. The two women were found shot to death inside a home in Rineyville in Hardin County.

A Fort Campbell soldier credited with saving the lives of two fellow soldiers during an attack in Afghanistan while wounded has been presented with the nation's second highest military honor. Sgt. Felipe Pereira of the 101st Airborne Division was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by Gen. Ray Odierno, Army chief of staff, during a ceremony Thursday at the installation on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.

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