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Defense bill would continue Stars and Stripes' funding

The compromise Defense Department spending and policy bill lawmakers revealed Thursday would fund Stars and Stripes in 2021, maintaining the news organization that the Pentagon sought to close earlier this year.

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Navy to offer voluntary early separation for some enlisted sailors in overstaffed jobs

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New Army policy will allow soldiers who are deployed or pregnant to be promoted before finishing required training

The courses covered by the new policy include the basic leader course, the advanced leader course, the senior leader course, the master leader course and the sergeants major academy.


Army merges Europe, Africa commands under a single 4-star headquarters

USAREUR-AF will be headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, where U.S. Army Europe had been posted. Meanwhile, soldiers assigned to the former U.S. Army Africa will remain at Vicenza, Italy.


Analysts tell lawmakers Biden should freeze US troop level in Afghanistan until Taliban agrees to end war

A trio of foreign policy experts told the House Armed Services Committee that without continued U.S. military support — especially air power — the Afghan national security forces were unlikely to win the ongoing war with the Taliban, which would likely return to power.


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Acting defense secretary orders top special ops civilian to report directly to him

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Pentagon will draw down to 2,500 troops in both Afghanistan and Iraq

The decision would give military officials about 10 weeks to remove about 2,500 troops from Afghanistan and about 500 from Iraq.


Air Force Gen. Hyten won't seek second term as Joint Chiefs vice chairman

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the military’s No. 2 officer, intends to retire next year at the end of his first term in the high-level Pentagon position, his spokeswoman said Monday.


Army activates Iron Dome batteries at Fort Bliss to test Israeli-built air defense systems

The Army on Friday activated two new air defense artillery batteries at Fort Bliss, Texas, charged with evaluating the two Iron Dome missile defense systems that the United States recently purchased from Israel.


Army looks at tech popular in big-time sports for answers to costly soldier injuries

Looking to solve the costly training injuries that have long-plagued its soldiers, the Army is set to test technology popular with major sports programs to help the service build individualized approaches to its troops’ fitness workouts.


Pilot errors, leadership decisions, ejection-seat malfunction blamed in deadly F-16 crash at Shaw AFB

Air Force 1st Lt. David Schmitz, 32, was killed June 30 as he attempted to land at Shaw Air Force Base during a nighttime training flight.


Trump fires Esper via Twitter, replaces him with counterterrorism chief Christopher Miller

Mark Esper’s dismissal comes some five months after rumors of Trump’s ire with his second Senate-confirmed Pentagon leader first began circulating throughout Washington.


Army does not suspect foul play in Fort Jackson basic training death

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National Army museum opening on Veterans Day tells the US soldier’s story from 1600s to today

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Medal of Honor recipients to appear on Exchange’s ‘Chief Chat’ broadcasts this month to share valor stories

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Pentagon plans to open a school focused entirely on beating drones

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Former Fort Benning soldier pleads guilty to sneaking 13-year-old into barracks for a week of sex

A former Army specialist faces at least 10 years imprisonment after pleading guilty Tuesday to federal child exploitation charges, admitting he snuck a 13-year-old runaway into his barracks at Fort Benning, Ga., for six days of sex, U.S. attorneys announced Wednesday.


Army general: Military troops won’t be on the streets distributing coronavirus vaccines when they are ready

Military troops will not have a hands-on role in distributing coronavirus vaccines to Americans once inoculations are ready to go to the public, said the Army general in charge of the federal government’s effort to quickly secure and dispense a vaccine.


Fort Sill basic trainees are first to get Army’s new, throwback greens

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Hawaii-based general credits the mindset of soldiers with coronavirus-free training rotation in Louisiana

If all goes as planned, some 5,500 soldiers with the Army's 25th Infantry Division will return to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii without a single coronavirus case reported during an almost monthlong training exercise in Louisiana, the division’s top general said Monday.


Mold in Fort Bragg barracks displaces 200 soldiers, but no health issues reported

Some 200 Fort Bragg soldiers were forced from their barracks this month after mold was found in two buildings housing troops with the 528th Special Operations Sustainment Brigade on the Army post in North Carolina, service officials said Thursday.


US jets intercept Russian bombers off Alaskan coast for 14th time this year

F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets scrambled late Monday to intercept Russian long-range bombers and fighters flying off Alaska’s coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said Tuesday.


Esper: 2nd Cavalry Regiment, slated to leave Germany, could spread across Eastern European countries

The Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment might retain an “enduring” presence in Eastern Europe even after the unit’s more than 4,500 soldiers withdraw from Germany, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday.


New Army computer tool will give commanders detailed risk assessments of their soldiers

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Soldiers won’t be classified AWOL under new policy until Army proves they are intentionally absent

The Army leaders did not provide a specific date when the new policy would be adopted. They also did not say if current cases of AWOL soldiers would be reviewed to determine if some might instead be designated missing.


Army hits 2020 recruiting, retention goals amid pandemic, but top officials say more diversity needed

Army officials credited stronger-than-anticipated retention numbers and an adaptable recruiting force amid the pandemic with ensuring the service reached it Congress-mandated target of 485,383 active-duty soldiers by Sept. 30.


Army suspends requirement of passing new fitness test for initial entrance training graduation

New soldiers and recruits will not have to pass a fitness test to graduate from the Army’s enlisted, officer or warrant officer initial entrance training programs for at least the rest of Fiscal Year 2021, service officials said Tuesday.


Newly appointed Marine judge for Guantanamo 9/11 trial recuses himself

Col. Stephen F. Keane, the military judge assigned to preside over the trial for accused 9/11 attack mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, recused himself from the case, citing potential conflicts of interest.


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‘We’re not taking a knee’: Training under pandemic conditions could better prepare soldiers for the big fight

At Fort Irwin, before reopening after missing two rotations, officials had to answer a challenging question: How do you move 5,000 soldiers on and off the installation without spreading the coronavirus between rotational forces and the post’s own population of troops, family members and civilian workers?


Gen. Milley: Military services working to remove all identifying information from promotions processes

Top leaders for each of the Defense Department’s military services are working to remove all personal identifying information from promotions packets, Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday.


In Arizona desert, the Army prepares to fight much faster aided by artificial intelligence

Project Convergence is the Army’s answer to learning to fight the conflict that top Pentagon officials have long feared could be their next major war — a high-end conflict stretching across land, air, space, sea and cyberspace.


NAS Pensacola digs out after Hurricane Sally, hopes to restart pilot training soon

The airfield at Naval Air Station Pensacola was set to reopen Friday, though recovery efforts from Hurricane Sally will continue for weeks at the training base on the Florida Panhandle, a base spokesman said.


NAS Pensacola reports Hurricane Sally damage; Florida Guard rescues 113 people

Multiple buildings, including the hospital, at Naval Air Station Pensacola sustained damage from Hurricane Sally as the storm dumped torrential rain and spread debris across the base Wednesday, several Navy officials said.


National Guard begins Hurricane Sally response as storm drenches Florida and Alabama

Some 500 Florida National Guard troops were beginning search-and-rescue efforts in the state’s western Panhandle on Wednesday afternoon after Hurricane Sally unleashed torrential rains that caused life-threatening floods throughout the region.


Airman is killed in second fatal vehicle wreck at Kuwait air base in recent days

A 23-year-old Air Force reservist was killed in a single-vehicle wreck on the flight line at Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait on Monday, the second fatal wreck on the base in less than a week.


Military bases in Hurricane Sally’s path prepare to ride out storm

Gulf Coast military installations from Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle were bracing Tuesday evening for the impact of slow-moving Hurricane Sally, which forecasters warned could drop record, life-threatening rainfall on the region in the coming days.


New Air Force chief of staff wants to empower airmen to drive change

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'One of the bravest': Trump presents Medal of Honor to soldier for his heroics in ISIS-hostage rescue

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Pentagon will reverse shutdown order for Stars and Stripes

The Pentagon will rescind its order for Stars and Stripes to cease publication by Sept. 30, according to an email sent to the news organization Thursday.


US to cut thousands of troops from Iraq, Afghanistan in coming months

The United States will withdraw almost half of its troops from Iraq this month and make a similar cut to its force in Afghanistan by November, the top U.S. general overseeing operations in the Middle East announced Wednesday.


Military only advises war as 'the last resort,' Army chief of staff says

The Pentagon’s top leaders only advise presidents to send American troops into combat when absolutely necessary, the Army’s top general said Tuesday, one day after President Donald Trump accused military brass of being beholden to the weapons industry.


Trump tweets he will not allow Stars and Stripes to be shut down

In a memo sent last month to Stars and Stripes leadership, Pentagon officials ordered the organization to submit a plan by Sept. 15 for shuttering the news organization by January and called for it to discontinue publishing “in all forms” by Sept. 30.


Exchange doubles credit limit for troops to buy uniforms as new Army Greens hit stores

Most U.S. troops can now receive up to $1,000 credit with no interest for one year on military uniform purchases through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s credit program, officials announced this week.


National Guard troops sent to front lines of California wildfires as fight worsens

Air and Army National Guard troops from California, Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado and Utah are now conducting firefighting operations against blazes that span nearly the entire state of California.


Five US military facilities are among the locations selected for final coronavirus vaccine trials

The military medical facilities chosen in Texas, California and the Washington D.C. area were among dozens of locations across the country selected to participate in Phase III testing of drug maker AstraZeneca’s AZD1222.


Bipartisan group of senators urges Esper to keep funding Stars and Stripes

A bipartisan group of 15 senators urged Defense Secretary Mark Esper in a letter Wednesday to maintain support for Stars and Stripes, which could be forced to stop publishing by the end of the month without Defense Department funding.


Here’s how the Army trained 4,500 senior ROTC cadets during the pandemic

More than 4,500 senior cadets in July and August completed the unprecedented, abbreviated military training programs meant to replace monthlong camps at Fort Knox, Ky., required before commissioning into the Army.


Army removes officer at Fort Stewart from leadership roles after anti-Semitic TikTok post

2nd Lt. Nathan Freihofer made a joke about the Holocaust on his TikTok account, which the commander of Fort Stewart’s 3rd Infantry Division called “vile."


National Guard distributes supplies, Fort Polk cleans up post after Hurricane Laura

Some 6,200 Louisiana National Guard members have spent recent days delivering tens of thousands of pounds of supplies to storm-stricken residents dealing with widespread power outages and damage from Hurricane Laura.


Special Forces colonel acquitted of sexual assault in Fort Bragg court-martial

Army Special Forces Col. Kevin M. Russell was acquitted Thursday of five sexual-assault charges after a court-martial that took less than two days at Fort Bragg, N.C., his attorney said.


Guard troops in Louisiana, Texas begin operations after Hurricane Laura strikes

More than 6,400 National Guard troops in Texas and Louisiana responded in the hours after Hurricane Laura made landfall along the Gulf of Mexico coast as a dangerous Category 4 storm.


Army’s nonprofit is poised to help soldiers impacted by Hurricane Laura, other natural disasters

Army Emergency Relief is poised to provide soldiers no-interest loans to help them with a range of issues hurricanes or other natural disasters can cause, such as home and vehicle repairs.


Army reservist is fifth US service member to die from coronavirus

Army Master Sgt. Brian K. Tolliver died in a Largo, Fla., hospital more than a month after first testing positive for the virus on July 10.


High-ranking Air Force female fighter pilot fostered toxic environment as leader of secret Pentagon office, IG finds

Maj. Gen. Dawn Dunlop, one of the Air Force’s highest-ranking female fighter pilots, regularly belittled subordinates and clashed with peers before her removal as the leader of an office responsible for some of the military’s most secret programs, an Air Force inspector general probe found.


Trump rejects reported $2.2 billion in cuts to military health care that Pentagon proposed

President Donald Trump said he would not allow a major cut to the Pentagon’s health care system under consideration by defense officials as part of an annual process to reprogram funds to warfighting priorities such as weapons and training.


Army eSports team to return to streaming after 5-week pause over speech concerns

The U.S. Army’s official video game team will return to online gaming Friday after pausing five weeks to consider its internal policies following accusations that having soldiers ban users was unconstitutional.


Air Force combat controller to receive Silver Star for actions in 'harrowing' 2013 Afghanistan fight

Air Force Master Sgt. John Grimesey’s Silver Star is an upgrade of a lesser award he received for his life-saving actions during a May 25, 2013, fight in Afghanistan on his first of many combat deployments.


CENTCOM chief says Syrian refugee camp is a breeding ground for ISIS 2.0

Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie urged partner nations to repatriate their citizens, especially children, held at the overcrowded al-Hawl camp run by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, where he fears horrid conditions put them at risk for radicalization by ISIS.


World War II-inspired Army Green uniforms should be available to most soldiers by March

By March, nearly all soldiers stationed worldwide should have the option to purchase the Army Green Service Uniform, modeled after the popular “pinks and greens” uniform worn by officers during World War II.


Gen. Charles Brown takes Air Force reins, becomes first Black military service chief

Gen. Charles Brown noted his promotion to lead the Air Force would never have come had his father — a career Army officer — not talked him out of quitting the ROTC program at Texas Tech University after just one semester.


Esper calls George Floyd killing a 'wake-up call' that opened his eyes to military racial issues

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday called George Floyd’s killing on Memorial Day by Minnesota police a “wake-up call” to military leadership about the racism and inequality minority Americans face, including those serving in the armed forces.


Army Special Forces colonel faces court-martial on five counts of sexual assault

Col. Kevin Russell was arraigned on the charges during a hearing at Fort Bragg in June and has pleaded not guilty, court records show. His court-martial is scheduled for Aug. 25.


Army Guard begins to reorganize force into eight divisions to prepare for possible fights with Russia and China

The Army National Guard will move most of its brigades under the command of its eight division headquarters as it reorganizes its fighting formations to give the force more combat power and some soldiers new career opportunities, officials said.


Transgender Americans barred from service have reason to hope for Pentagon ban reversal

Advocates and policy experts say the Pentagon’s current policy on transgender service members could be reversed in just 30 days, even distributing a memo that the potential Biden administration could use as a blueprint to reopen the military to these individuals.


Major US military units to leave Germany as part of large drawdown to begin within weeks, Esper says

The Pentagon will remove nearly 12,000 troops from Germany, sending thousands of service members home to the United States and shifting others to different locations in Europe, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday.


Kaine implores senators to ensure measure stripping bases’ Confederate names remains in NDAA

Sen. Tim Kaine on Tuesday urged other lawmakers not to cave to President Donald Trump’s demands to remove a measure from the annual defense authorization bill that would strip the Confederate names from 10 Army posts.


Army investigating after one tank fires on another at Fort Bliss, injuring one soldier

The Army official said the tanks were more than 1.5 miles apart and practicing shooting at moving targets when the tank fired the round that struck the other tank.


Senate’s 2021 defense bill passes easily, sets up Trump veto showdown over Confederate base names

Senate leaders praised the bill as a step forward for the U.S. military, providing it critical funding to modernize its force as it eyes potential conflict with near peer rivals, such as China and Russia.


Air Force Academy to return its 4,000 cadets to campus by end of July

The U.S. Air Force Academy will return its entire 4,000-cadet student body to its Colorado Springs, Colo., campus by July 31 in preparation to begin fall classes in mid-August amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, academy officials announced Thursday.


Space Force unveils its new motto: 'Semper Supra'

The U.S. Space Force on Wednesday took to Twitter to explain publicly elements of the new service’s delta symbol and unveil its branch motto: Semper Supra.


House passes defense bill, draws Trump veto threat over stripping Confederate names from Army posts

House lawmakers easily passed their $740.5 billion version of the yearly defense authorization bill Tuesday, drawing a White House veto threat primarily over a provision to strip Army installations of Confederate-linked names.


Air Force seeks increased training, infrastructure investment in changing Arctic region

Air Force and Space Force leaders said Tuesday that the United States must invest in upgrading its aging but critical Arctic-based homeland defense infrastructure and increase training in the world’s northernmost region as other global powers challenge for military influence within the Arctic Circle.


House Appropriations Committee approves funding for Stars and Stripes in 2021

The draft of the fiscal year 2021 Department of Defense Appropriations Act would provide the same amount of funding for the military news organization as it received in fiscal year 2020.