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Retired Green Beret says Mattis left 'my men to die' in Afghanistan

A retired Green Beret officer alleged Friday that Gen. James Mattis, who has been nominated to be the next defense secretary, hesitated to send medical evacuation flights and left soldiers to die during a 2001 friendly fire incident in Afghanistan.

Defense bill could waive bonus repayments for California Guard soldiers

Thousands of California National Guard soldiers faced with repaying wartime re-enlistment bonuses could get some financial relief from an annual defense policy bill unveiled Wednesday by Congress.


Congress takes steps to address California Guard bonus recoupments

SUGHED: Congress takes steps to address California Guard bonus recoupments


If NDAA bill passes, troops would see biggest pay increase in years

Troops would get their biggest pay raise in years under the final version of Congress’ annual defense policy bill unveiled Tuesday. The bill also dropped a plan requiring women to register for draft.


DOD says ‘crappy’ process led to University of Phoenix probation

The Defense Department said Tuesday that communication failures played a part in its decision to put the University of Phoenix on probation in 2015 for violations related to base access and challenge coins.


Bigger pay raise for troops still possible this year

Troops still have a chance in December to receive their highest pay raise in years, even if Congress goes ahead with plans to put off a vote on 2017 defense spending for months to accommodate President-elect Donald Trump.


McCain opposes delaying defense budget for Trump

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chastised Congress on Thursday for considering a short-term spending measure that would put off passing an already overdue defense budget until April to give President-elect Donald Trump an opportunity to help craft the legislation.


Trump’s victory could boost chance for bigger troop pay raises

After years of being squeezed, troops and their families are hoping for higher pay raises and the surprise victory of Donald Trump might make that more likely — even before the president-elect takes office in January.


Air Force denies MIA status for airman in Vietnam-era Baron 52 case

The Air Force will not reconsider whether a Vietnam-era airman might have survived or been taken prisoner when his U.S. surveillance aircraft was shot down over Laos in 1973, the airman’s family said Wednesday.


Senate races a mixed bag for veteran candidates

Republicans won victories Tuesday night allowing them to retain control of the Senate but the election was a mixed bag for veteran and military candidates in some of the chamber’s key races.


National Guard retracts estimate on soldier bonus reviews

The National Guard retracted its estimate that about 20,000-30,000 soldiers outside of California had re-enlistment and education bonuses flagged for review. The estimate was made using incomplete data and did not indicate how many cases actually led to recoupment efforts.


Guard, Pentagon cannot say how many US soldiers must repay bonuses

The National Guard and Pentagon on Friday still could not say how many soldiers in the United States might have their wartime re-enlistment bonuses reclaimed, despite claiming days ago that cases outside of California only number “in the dozens.”


Congress eyeing law to absolve National Guard from repaying bonuses

Support was building on Capitol Hill on Thursday for a new law that could absolve some Army National Guard troops from repaying re-enlistment bonuses doled out during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.


Pentagon halts bonus repayments amid latest National Guard recruitment scandal

The move came after days of outcry from veterans groups, criticism from leadership in Congress and a newly-launched probe by a House oversight panel. It's the second time Washington has intervened in a Guard scandal over the past year.


Thousands more Guard soldiers could see bonuses reclaimed

Thousands more National Guard soldiers in California could have their wartime re-enlistment bonuses reclaimed, Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said Wednesday morning.


House launches investigation of National Guard bonus reclaiming

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform requested the Army National Guard turn over all documents and audits related to it clawing back the decade-old payments of $15,000 or more to soldiers who agreed to re-enlist for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


House leadership calls for probe of Army reclaiming bonuses

A top House Republican on Sunday called for an investigation into the Army National Guard effort to reclaim decade-old, wartime re-enlistment bonuses from thousands of troops.


Islamic State is expected to fall back, wage urban warfare in Mosul

The Islamic State group is expected to fall back from its outer perimeter defenses in Mosul and wage what could be brutal urban combat inside the city of about 1.5 million people, a U.S. military official said Friday.


US servicemember killed by IED in Iraq

A U.S. servicemember died Thursday after being wounded by an improvised explosive device in northern Iraq, according to a statement by the military’s Combined Joint Task Force Inherent Resolve.


House Republicans make case for Trump defense plan

Hours ahead of the final presidential debate, a dozen House Republicans released an open letter of support Wednesday for Donald Trump’s defense plans and claimed that President Barack Obama’s administration has thrust reckless budget cuts on the military.


Veterans groups face off, spend big on Nevada race

Two veterans groups are pouring money into the Senate race in Nevada, staking out opposite sides as a Republican brigadier general takes on a Democrat lawyer in one of the closest and most pivotal battles of the 2016 election.