Pentagon sends destroyer, fighter jets to Middle East to beef up security amid Iranian ‘threat’

The Pentagon is sending a warship and fighter jets, including F-35s and F-16s, to the Middle East to provide extra security amid a rise of threatening actions by Iranian forces there, defense officials said Monday.

Video | Marines use VR ‘Battle Positions’ in recruiting

“Battle Positions” is a virtual reality experience the U.S. Marine Corps uses in recruiting new members. The simulation pits the user against a robot in a three-round battle, which attendees could participate in at Modern Day Marine. Watch this video for details.

Video | Sights and Sounds: Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea

A visit to Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea, July 9, 2023.

Episode 6: LGBTQ+ veterans are still struggling with ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ discharges

Co-host Rod Rodriguez speaks with CBS News’ Chief Investigative Correspondent Jim Axelrod and Investigative Producer Jessica Kegu, who have been reporting on LGBTQ+ veterans who are struggling to upgrade their discharges post-”don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Video | Ultimate Training Munitions leading the way in safety

Ultimate Training Munitions provides non-lethal munitions for the U.S. Marine Corps. UTM representatives demonstrated the use of the company’s products and spoke to Stars and Stripes at Modern Day Marine. Watch this video for details.

Former US Army facility is home to Germany’s national garden show

Spinelli Barracks in Mannheim, Germany, has been transformed from a giant military logistics hub into the home of the Bundesgartenschau, or federal horticulture show, which runs through Oct. 8.

Fast Take: Separating military fact from genre fiction

In this Fast Take episode, co-hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy examine how thrillers — such as Don Bentley’s Matt Drake series or the novels he has written in the Tom Clancy universe — relate to real-world military missions and special operations.

Marine balances her service with dreams of making Olympic bobsled team

First Lt. Riley Tejcek, 26, is competitive. She played softball at George Washington University, and she was named this year’s Ms. Military. Now, as a bobsledder, she’s aiming to be the first female Marine in the Olympics.

Strikes at US military bases in Italy disrupt traffic, but services largely unaffected

Food courts, child care centers and recreation facilities at NSA Naples remained open despite the strike called by two unions representing 4,000 Italian employees at Army, Air Force and Navy bases throughout Italy.

‘I refuse to go back in hiding’: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ days loom large during Pride Day parade at Yokosuka

Cheerful moments at a Pride Day parade at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan were interspersed with somber reflections on the history of LGBTQ+ service members.

Episode 5: How Don Bentley’s Army and FBI experience inspired his thriller novels

In this episode of Military Matters, co-host Rod Rodriguez speaks with author Don Bentley, a former Army aviator and FBI agent, about how his experiences have shaped his thrillers.

Neon nighttime trot attracts record field at Marine Corps base in Japan

A steady stream of glowing, flickering and pulsating lights flowed around Atago Sports Complex during a nighttime event Saturday by American and Japanese runners.

VIDEO | Sights and Sounds: Candle Night at Zojoji in Tokyo

A visit to Zojoji, a Buddhist temple near Tokyo Tower, on Candle Night, June 21, 2023.

VIDEO | Sights and Sounds: Kannonzaki Lighthouse near Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan

A visit to Kannonzaki Lighthouse near Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, June 15, 2023. Built in 1868, Kannonzaki is the country’s first Western-style lighthouse.

Fast Take: Why did the military cover up a friendly fire incident in Iraq?

In this Fast Take episode, co-hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy examine why they think the military is so quick to cover up incidents such as the friendly fire incident during the First Battle of Fallujah.

Fresh from Poland, infantry commander takes charge of US Army Japan

Maj. Gen. David Womack took command of US Army Japan at Camp Zama.

Texas guard unit’s training time in Germany prepares them for what may come in Kosovo

The 450 troops from the 143rd Infantry Battalion who are spending two weeks at an Army training facility in this Bavarian town have seen their upcoming Kosovo mission magnified by a string of violent flare-ups and renewed political hostility.

Petals float in Tokyo Bay in tribute to fallen US bomber crew from WWII

The family of a lost American World War II aviator tossed lily petals into Tokyo Bay on Friday near the spot where his B-29 Superfortress bomber crashed 78 years ago.

Episode 4: NPR reporters investigate a friendly fire incident in Iraq on ‘Taking Cover’

In this episode of Military Matters, co-host Rod Rodriguez speaks with NPR reporters Tom Bowman and Graham Smith about their investigation into a friendly fire incident involving Marines during the First Battle of Fallujah — the subject of the “Taking Cover” podcast.