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Fort Jackson trainee charged with 19 counts of kidnapping in school bus hijacking

Jovan Collazo, 23, also faces counts of armed robbery, carjacking and weapons charges after fleeing Fort Jackson on Thursday morning during his third week of Basic Combat Training, said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.

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Army investigating soldier's noncombat death in Kuwait

The soldier was found dead in his living quarters at Ali Al Salem Air Base, the Army said Tuesday in a statement. Officials did not provide information about the cause of death, stating it was under investigation.

Army says its coronavirus vaccine demand is greater than supply as Pentagon prepares to restart J&J jabs

The Pentagon later this week will lift its pause on administering the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus vaccine as it seeks to increase its supply amid increasing demand for the inoculations among service members, defense officials said Monday

Lawmakers vow to slow F-35 production amid mounting cost overruns, low mission-capable rates

Top House Democrats vowed Thursday to fight efforts to hasten the production of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in next year’s defense budget amid surging costs to keep America’s most expensive-ever weapons system flying.

82nd Airborne paratrooper killed in training jump was artist, forward observer

Spc. Abigail Jenks, 21, of Gansevoort, N.Y., was fatally injured during a static-line jump as part of the training exercise, said Lt. Col. Mike Burns, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne. She was assigned to the division’s 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

STRATCOM commander calls on Congress to update US triad as China’s nuclear program advances weekly

The Chinese military’s nuclear capabilities are increasing rapidly and, for the first time, might be primed for use, the U.S. military officer in charge of America’s nuclear arsenal warned Tuesday as he urged Congress to upgrade America’s aging nuclear infrastructure.

75th Ranger Regiment lieutenants earn Best Ranger title, credit 'focused' training

Just two events into the famously grueling, three-day Best Ranger competition, Army 1st Lts. Vince Paikowski and Alastair Keys grabbed the lead in the 51-team field and never relinquished it.

Best Ranger competition, the Army’s 'Super Bowl,' returns to Fort Benning

For three nearly nonstop days, some of the Army’s most-skilled soldiers overcame a lack of sleep to tough out brutal obstacle courses, miles-long runs and marches, and weapons and tactics challenges as they moved some 75 miles across Fort Benning for a chance at the title of Best Ranger.

Fort Jackson soldier charged with assault after confronting Black man is suspended from duties

Army Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Pentland, 42, will remain suspended barring the outcome of an Army investigation into the incident and the outcome of the criminal charges filed against him by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

Biden: 9/11 attacks no longer justify US military presence in Afghanistan

Critics of Biden’s decision worry if the United States military leaves Afghanistan, the Taliban could quickly rout the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in key locations and, eventually, return to power in the country.

Competitors vie for Best Sniper title, relish chance to learn new skills

It wasn’t easy to leave Germany with its tightened coronavirus restrictions to travel to the United States, but the chance to earn the Army’s Best Sniper title made navigating the red tape worthwhile.

Austin launching panel to address extremism in the ranks as military completes stand downs

Current Defense Department rules do not bar troops from membership in extremist organizations unless they actively participate in activity deemed illegal or that could harm military order and discipline.

Fort Stewart sending first all-female team to Best Sapper Competition

The 3rd Infantry Division will send the all-female team of 1st Lt. Trish Burden and 2nd Lt. Amanda Atkinson to the Army’s Best Sapper Competition May 1-4 at Fort Leonard Wood.

Airmen failed to wear seatbelts, helmets in fatal wreck outside Kuwait base, Air Force finds

Senior Airman Jason Khai Phan, who was seated behind the driver, was killed instantly in the Sept. 12, 2020, wreck near the end of a 12-hour security patrol just outside Ali Al Salem Air Base.

Infantry Week set to return to Fort Benning after coronavirus canceled 2020 competitions

Fort Benning will host the Best Sniper competition between April 12-16 and the Best Ranger competition between April 16-19, taking precautions meant to mitigate the risk of spreading the coronavirus, officials said.

Pentagon issues policy allowing transgender troops to serve in preferred gender, reversing Trump ban

The Pentagon on Wednesday unveiled new regulations allowing transgender troops to serve in their preferred gender and affording them access to military medical care.

Air Force civilian accused of supporting violence against US government is barred from base

The man, whom military officials have not identified, proclaimed he was a member of the far-right Proud Boys group and threatened to join in civil war against the federal government in the wake of the Jan. 6 events at the U.S. Capitol.

Army is investigating soldier’s death at Ranger School

The Army is investigating the death Thursday of a 28-year-old soldier who was in the final phase of Ranger School at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, service officials said Friday.

Fewest number of special ops forces deployed since 2001 as Pentagon reviews decisions to draw down troops

Some 5,000 U.S. special operators were deployed in about 62 countries as of Thursday, Army Gen. Richard Clarke, the SOCOM commander, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. The deployment total represented about a 15% decrease in forward special operations forces compared with 2020 levels, he said.

Congressman asks Biden to make coronavirus vaccine mandatory for military troops

The Defense Department cannot mandate service members receive any of the three coronavirus vaccines being provided to the American public because the Food and Drug Administration approved them on an emergency authorization.

Army ups incentive for soldiers to move themselves as service faces busy PCS season

Despite the increased incentive last year, the Army only saw a minor uptick in the percentage of soldiers choosing to conduct personally procured moves, which used to be known as do-it-yourself, or DITY, moves.

Army rolls out latest combat fitness test with different scoring tiers for male, female soldiers

One change that will be implemented with ACFT 3.0 is the permanent inclusion of the two-minute plank as an alternative event to the leg-tuck, in which soldiers hang from a pull-up bar and tuck their knees up to their chins.

Army won’t reinstate valor medal, Special Forces tab for ex-Green Beret pardoned by Trump

Top Army officials stripped the awards from former Maj. Mathew Golsteyn as the service probed his admitted killing of an unarmed Afghan man while the Green Beret was deployed to Marjah in 2010.

$8.5 billion annual cost to keep US troops in Japan, South Korea ensures regional stability, American security, GAO says

The U.S. military spent approximately $34.3 billion between 2016 and 2019 to station more than 83,000 troops permanently in Japan and South Korea.

Four-stars tell senators more resources are needed to compete with China, Russia in Latin America, Arctic

The U.S. military needs more resources in Central and South America and the Arctic region to counter increasing Chinese and Russian activities in those areas, the top U.S. military officers in charge of operations in the Western Hemisphere testified Tuesday.

Majority of wounded female veterans feel isolated, believe their service isn’t respected, WWP poll finds

Female veterans gave differing reasons for feeling as if their service was not valued — but some said in places such as Department of Veterans Affairs clinics, they often felt like second-class citizens to men.

Pentagon-approved tourniquet, previously banned by Army, is available to soldiers after lawsuit settlement

Army units can now purchase a tourniquet previously banned by the service after a retired Green Beret’s medical supply company settled a lawsuit last month with the federal government over procurement law violations.

‘Distracted’ guard let intruder who entered military plane onto Joint Base Andrews, investigators conclude

A Security Forces airman on Feb. 4 failed to ensure the civilian had proper credentials to enter Joint Base Andrews before granting him access to the installation, where hours later he accessed the flight line and boarded a C-40 transport aircraft, an IG report released Thursday determined.

Lawmakers say they still hear reports of ‘horror stories’ in on-post housing, blast company for declining to testify

Top representatives for three of the four largest companies that run privatized on-post housing told House Armed Services Committee members on Wednesday that they were making progress in improving housing conditions and customer service at hundreds of locations across the U.S.

Austin says no decision has been made yet on Afghanistan troop withdrawal, but 'violence must decrease now’

The United States has yet to decide the future of its military posture in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Friday, urging an end to violence in the nation where American troops have been fighting for nearly 20 years.

Suspended Army War College commandant faces sexual assault investigation

The commandant of the Army War College was suspended last week over allegations of sexual assault, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

One-third of troops offered coronavirus vaccine have refused, DOD official tells Congress

About one-third of U.S. troops offered the coronavirus vaccine as of Wednesday have refused the inoculation, top Defense Department officials told House lawmakers.

Five teams of troops tapped to provide vaccines in Texas and New York

The Pentagon will send five teams of active-duty medical troops to locations in Texas and New York next week to work at new federal government-supported coronavirus vaccination sites, a top general announced Tuesday.

Pentagon increases vaccination deployment authorization to 4,700 troops

The Pentagon on Friday said it had alerted thousands of active-duty troops to prepare to deploy to support coronavirus vaccination efforts throughout the United States.

Army considers change to Combat Fitness Test scoring for male, female soldiers

The reevaluation of the Army Combat Fitness Test comes weeks after Congress delayed its implementation over concerns the new test created an unfair disadvantage to female soldiers.

Austin, lawmakers name eight to commission for renaming military bases that honor Confederates

The commission to rename military bases honoring Confederate leaders will include three retired generals, a retired admiral, a former drill sergeant, a civilian defense policy expert, a congressman and the secretary of the Smithsonian, Pentagon and congressional leaders announced Friday.

Pentagon cannot track sexual misconduct reports filed by its civilians, GAO finds

The Defense Department has no ability to track exactly how many workplace sexual assaults are reported by its civilian population, according to a new Government Accountability Agency report published amid the military’s high-profile fight against sexual misbehavior among its troops.

Army War College commandant is suspended, under investigation

Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Maranian took command of the War College in July, when he became that school’s 52nd commandant.

Senate confirms Hicks as first woman to serve as Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian

Kathleen Hicks will become the first woman to serve as the Pentagon’s No. 2 ranking civilian after the Senate confirmed her late Monday as deputy defense secretary.

Army’s 18th Airborne Corps is looking for soldiers' ideas to curb sexual assault and harassment

The Army’s 18th Airborne Corps wants soldiers to pitch ideas for improving the service's sexual assault and harassment prevention program that they believe would better address the long-standing problem within its ranks, the corps announced Monday.

Army's 1st Combat Aviation Brigade is deploying to Europe

The Army’s 1st Combat Aviation Brigade will deploy to Europe in April to support training operations in at least four allied countries, the service announced Monday.

Pentagon to deploy more than 1,000 troops for vaccination efforts; first team goes to California

The Pentagon will deploy more than 1,000 active-duty troops to support coronavirus vaccination efforts at multiple locations throughout the United States, the Defense Department announced Friday.

Air Force launches global security review after intruder accessed Joint Base Andrews and entered plane

The Air Force has launched a global security review of its bases after a man illegally accessed Joint Base Andrews, Md., on Thursday and entered an airplane on the installation best known as the home of Air Force One, defense officials said.

Idaho Guard pilots killed in Black Hawk crash were experienced aviators, fathers

The Idaho National Guard identified the pilots as Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jesse Anderson, 43; Chief Warrant Officer 3 George “Geoff” Laubhan, 39; and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Peltzer, 43.

Defense secretary will order military-wide stand down to address extremism

The Pentagon has a zero-tolerance policy for any service members engaging in extremist activity. But defense officials and lawmakers have long been critical of Pentagon efforts to keep extremists from its ranks.

Three National Guard pilots killed in Idaho Black Hawk crash were flying in bad weather

The names of the pilots killed were being withheld until 24 hours after family notification per Pentagon policy, officials said.

Austin will dismiss all Pentagon policy board members, and is launching a review of at least 42 panels

In a Jan. 30 memorandum, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin wrote advisory boards play an “important role” in shaping policy, and he would rely on their expertise in the future.

Busiest year ever for National Guard shows the force should be bigger, two generals say

The United States needs more National Guard troops, two top Guard generals said Friday as tens of thousands of part-time troops responded to recent crises including the coronavirus pandemic, racial protests, and violence in the nation's capital.

New Army grooming standards allow ponytails, buzzcuts for female soldiers

Female soldiers will be permitted by late February to wear several additional hairstyles in uniform under a new Army policy that is part of an effort to improve racial and gender equality throughout the service.

5,000 National Guard troops will remain in DC beyond mid-March

National Guard forces in D.C. drew down from nearly 26,000 for President Joe Biden’s inauguration Jan. 20 to about 13,000 over the weekend.

Biden ends Trump-ordered ban on transgender service members

The order immediately stops involuntary separations, discharges, and denials of reenlistment or continuation of service due to gender identity.

Thousands of National Guard troops could remain in DC into March

The plan to extend some troops’ deployments comes at the request of federal law enforcement officials, including the Secret Service.

Senate, House pass waiver for Austin, clearing way for confirmation of first Black defense secretary

President Joe Biden has pitched retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, who he sought out for the role, as uniquely fit for leading the Pentagon. He has urged Congress to approve his pick as quickly as possible.

David Norquist takes over as acting defense secretary

David Norquist, a Pentagon mainstay throughout former President Donald Trump’s term, was sworn in Wednesday as the acting defense secretary, taking over the Defense Department's top position until a permanent choice is approved by Congress.

Austin commits to relying on career civilians to craft Pentagon policy if he becomes defense secretary

Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, who spent 41 years in the Army and retired in 2016 after leading the Defense Department’s U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Service Committee that he understood the “enormous difference” between leading in uniform and serving as the civilian leader of the Pentagon

Virginia Army National Guardsman charged in US Capitol riot

Jacob Fracker, an infantryman who serves in the Virginia National Guard, is the first known service member to have been directly involved in the siege of the Capitol or charged in connection to it.

Acting defense secretary ordered review of Pentagon’s extremism policies

The Pentagon has a zero-tolerance policy for any extremism among its forces — but some Defense Department officials and members of Congress have been critical of the department’s efforts to keep extremists from its ranks.

Air Force selects Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal to house US Space Command headquarters

The Air Force has chosen Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal to house the 1,400-member U.S. Space Command Headquarters, service and state officials said Wednesday.

Pentagon authorizes National Guard troops to carry firearms in DC

National Guard troops stationed in and around the Capitol have been approved to carry their service firearms, M4 carbines and M9 pistols, as law enforcement and Army officials fear the potential for further violence ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.

Army moves to oust 2nd lieutenant over anti-Semitic post on TikTok

The Army plans to remove a second lieutenant at Fort Stewart, Ga., from the service over his anti-Semitic social media post last year that went viral and resulted in his suspension from leadership roles, a service spokesman said Monday.

Experts tell senators a waiver for retired 4-star to become defense secretary could set 'dangerous precedent'

Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for defense secretary, should commit to working closely with career civilians to craft Defense Department policy without surrounding himself exclusively with military officials, experts told a panel of senators Tuesday.

Up to 15,000 National Guard troops could activate to help law enforcement during Biden inauguration

The National Guard deployment in Washington this week will increase from roughly 6,200 troops from D.C. and six states to about 10,000 troops by the weekend.

Fort Bragg captain questioned over attendance at rally before Capitol siege resigned commission last year, officials say

Capt. Emily Rainey, a psychological operations officer stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., resigned her commission last year after a run-in with local law enforcement, though she remains on active-duty awaiting her discharge.

Police officer who died after Capitol siege was an Air National Guard veteran

Officer Brian Sicknick was mortally injured during a clash with a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters as they sieged the Capitol Building on Wednesday.

Thousands of National Guard troops deploying to DC; Pentagon leaders decry violence after Capitol siege

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said more than 5,000 troops from six states will join the 1,100 D.C. Nation Guard members already on duty in Washington to man checkpoints around the city, including positions around the Capitol.

More National Guard troops are activated as Trump supporters force their way into US Capitol

National Guard troops were activated Wednesday to help federal law enforcement ward off a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol, breaking windows and forcing a halt to proceedings to certify the presidential election results.

Navy SEAL accused in death of Green Beret in Mali will plead guilty

Chief Petty Officer Tony DeDolph, a member of the elite SEAL Team 6, reached an agreement with the Navy to plead guilty to several charges in the June 4, 2017, death of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar.

DC Guard activating as Trump backers are expected to protest in nation’s capital

The D.C. Guard troops will not carry firearms or wear protective gear. No National Guard or active-duty troops from outside of Washington were expected to deploy in response to the protests.

Trump vetoes NDAA, setting up override votes in Congress

President Donald Trump on Wednesday issued his promised veto of the defense spending and policy bill that was passed easily by Senate and House lawmakers earlier this month, setting up votes to override Trump’s attempt to kill the legislation.

70 West Point cadets accused of cheating while studying remotely during pandemic

West Point officials said 72 plebes and one second-year cadet were accused of cheating on a calculus final in May when instructors found “irregularities in the mathematical work submitted by cadets” during the grading process.

Report: Black members of Air Force, Space Force not treated the same as white troops, services need to figure out why

The initial inspector general review was launched at the request of the Air Force Department’s top civilian and military leaders during the summer amid a racial reckoning nationwide following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

North Carolina man fires shots at Greensboro recruiting center after Army rejects him for service

James Alexander Cooper was arrested soon after he fired shots at about 6 p.m. at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center and charged with a felony count of discharging a firearm into an occupied building.

Space Force plans to nearly triple in size in second year, could accept Army, Navy transfers

The U.S. Space Force plans to almost triple in size and add a Reserve element in 2021, the service’s top general said Tuesday as the newest military branch neared its first birthday.

Guard troops from at least 26 states helping with coronavirus vaccine distribution

National Guard troops in at least 26 states are assisting with distributing the coronavirus vaccine as part of a massive national inoculation effort to curtail the disease that has killed more than 300,000 in the United States.

F-16 pilot killed in Michigan crash flew combat missions last year in Afghanistan

The Air National Guard pilot killed in an F-16 crash Tuesday in a remote area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was a 37-year-old combat-tested veteran of the Afghanistan war, Guard officials said Friday.