Some call it wishful thinking, but President Barack Obama has all but declared an end to the global war on terror.
18:14 May 25, 2013
On a recent tour of the piece of southern Afghanistan that his squadron will inherit when it deploys this summer, Lt. Col. Eric Smith surveyed the remnants of past efforts against Taliban insurgents, from abandoned outposts to faded roads and former phase lines. While there, Smith’s armored vehicle struck a roadside bomb. The close call underlines the continued stakes in Afghanistan as Smith’s squadron and its parent unit, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, prepare to deploy to Kandahar province.
The Army is investigating a battalion commander in Alaska for condoning sexual affairs, creating what subordinates called a “toxic environment.” The service already was looking into the officer for promoting a World War II-style pinup calendar featuring his wife and scantily clad female soldiers.
Spending cuts have forced a “readiness crisis” in the Air Force, grounding a dozen combat squadrons, cutting training and maintenance, and threatening modernization of an aging fleet, top Air Force leaders said Friday.
Troops can soon look forward to small improvements, even a possible complete redesign, of the fragmentation hand grenade.
On Feb. 2, 1968, a 21-year-old American private witnessed his first combat death up close — the sudden, shocking killing of another young soldier by a Vietnamese sniper.