Sam LaGrone

About Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.


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Pentagon ‘Very Concerned’ With Military Suicide Trends; Effect of Pandemic on 2020 Rates Unclear

Pentagon ‘Very Concerned’ With Military Suicide Trends; Effect of Pandemic on 2020 Rates Unclear

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) sing the Navy Hymn during a memorial service for Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Robert “Bobby” John Bartulewicz III on July 14, 2019. US Navy Photo

Pentagon leaders are expressing new concern regarding the rate of suicide in active-duty service members, as the Department of Defense has seen a steady rise in cases over the last five years. Read More

Investigation Finds USS Columbia Shooter Was Likely Unfit to Serve on Submarines

Investigation Finds USS Columbia Shooter Was Likely Unfit to Serve on Submarines

USS Columbia (SSN-771) undocked in July 16, 2020 from Dry Dock #2 at the shipyard in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. US Navy Photo

The sailor who killed two civilian shipyard workers and them himself at a repair yard in Hawaii had shown signs of “long-developing problems that in aggregate should have raised concerns about his mental condition,” which would have likely disqualified him for submarine service, according to an investigation into the Dec. 4 incident that was released on Tuesday. Read More

Vice Adm. Franchetti Nominated for Joint Staff Role After Brief Time at N7

Vice Adm. Franchetti Nominated for Joint Staff Role After Brief Time at N7

U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti renders honors as she passes through sideboys during the 6th Fleet change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy on July 1, 2020. US Navy Photo

After less than two months on the job, the head of the Navy’s warfighting development office has been nominated for a new role on the Joint Staff, USNI News has learned. Read More

Thornberry: Final NDAA Bill Won’t Be Ready Until After Election

Thornberry: Final NDAA Bill Won’t Be Ready Until After Election

Rep. Mac Thornberry, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, met with journalists from the Defense Writers Group, an association of news outlets with reporters that cover national security issues, at the George Washington University on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. GWU Photo

The final conference report on the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act won’t be ready until after the Nov. 3 election, the outgoing ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee said on Wednesday. Read More