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Fort Carson soldiers honored for actions after Taliban gunman opened fire on top US, Afghan officials

When a Taliban-trained gunman who had infiltrated the Afghan security forces opened fire during a meeting of top U.S. and Afghan security forces in Kandahar in the fall, six 4th Infantry Division soldiers sprang into action – killing the shooter and providing medical care.

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The fighter jets were part of a previously announced deployment of new forces into the Middle East, aimed at bolstering the ability of the United States to protect its forces throughout the region, especially in Iraq and Syria.


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Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn has long admitted the killing in interviews with media and Army investigators, identifying the victim as a Taliban bombmaker responsible for the deaths of two Marines.


Fort Carson Green Beret, Fort Hood EOD soldier killed in Afghanistan firefight

A 32-year-old Green Beret and a 24-year-old explosive ordnance disposal soldier were killed Tuesday in a close-quarters firefight with Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan, Pentagon officials said.


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David Bellavia receives the Medal of Honor for his actions in a ‘house of nightmares’

Many of the men at the White House on Tuesday would not have been there if it were not for Staff Sgt. David Bellavia and his “exceptional courage to protect his men and defend our nation,” against an enemy “that would have killed them all had it not been for David,” President Donald Trump said.


Conservative talk show host, Republican candidate, now Medal of Honor recipient

For David Bellavia, receiving the nation’s highest military honor will mean a career change, at least temporarily, and it will likely mean setting any political ambitions aside in the near future, he told Stars and Stripes on Monday.


Former Ranger McCarthy will take on duties of Army secretary on Monday

Ryan McCarthy served in the Army from 1997 to 2002, later spending time working as a staffer on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and as an executive at Lockheed Martin.


Trump’s Washington July 4th shakeup will include military parade, flyover, presidential address

The parade of military units, musicians and drill teams — as well as floats, horses and giant balloons — will step off at 11:45 a.m. on July 4, traveling down Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street to 17th Street.


Border Patrol says military has contributed to more than 100,000 apprehensions along border

Chief Carla Provost, who has led Border Patrol since August, said National Guard forces deployed mostly in Texas and Arizona have aided in some 94,000 apprehensions in fiscal year 2019 and active-duty troops operating mobile surveillance cameras have contributed to another 15,600 apprehensions.


Shanahan steps down as acting defense secretary, Esper to take over

Pat Shanahan confirmed Tuesday that he has resigned as acting defense secretary and ended his campaign to seek the job outright amid reports of domestic violence in his family involving himself, his ex-wife and their son.


Pentagon to send another 1,000 troops to Middle East as it works to prove Iran was behind tanker attacks

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan announced the new deployment, saying the tanker attacks and other incidents carried out by the Iranians or their proxy forces required sending more forces to protect US troops deployed throughout the region.


25th ID soldier killed, another injured in Humvee rollover during training in Alaska

Army Spc. Marquise Gabriel Elliott, 25, was initially treated for injuries at the scene after the up-armored Humvee rolled over Friday. He was pronounced dead after he was airlifted to a hospital.


Army announces Expert badge for soldiers outside infantry, medic, Special Forces fields

Soldiers outside the infantry, combat medic and Special Forces fields will soon have the opportunity to earn a badge acknowledging their experience at critical skills, the Army announced Friday on the service’s 244th birthday.


Highest ranking female Air Force fighter pilot fired from overseeing top secret DOD programs

Maj. Gen. Dawn Dunlop was accused of fostering a “toxic work environment” in the Defense Department’s Special Access Programs Central Office, according to reports.


Marine Raider is sentenced to four years in prison in Green Beret’s death, says he 'betrayed a friend'

An elite Marine Raider was sentenced Friday to spend four years in a military prison after admitting his role in the strangulation death of a Green Beret, a fellow special operator he described as a friend.


Marine Raider pleads guilty to negligent homicide, other charges in Green Beret’s death in Africa

Marine Raider Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell Jr., one of four special operators charged in the 2017 strangling death of a Green Beret in Africa, pleaded guilty Thursday to negligent homicide, admitting his role in a plot to embarrass the soldier.


Marine charged in hazing death of Green Beret will face court-martial, plead guilty Thursday

A Marine Raider charged in the 2017 hazing death of a Green Beret in Africa will plead guilty Thursday to negligent homicide and other charges for his role in a “stupid prank that went horribly wrong,” his defense attorney said.


Space Command nominee says space is no longer a 'peaceful, benign domain'

The Air Force general nominated to lead the Pentagon’s newest combatant command that would direct the U.S. military’s space operations told lawmakers on Tuesday that any future conflicts with major powers such as Russia or China would be partially fought in space.


Shaw AFB suspends PT tests following second death of an airman

Officials at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., have suspended physical fitness testing after a second airman in less than a week died of health problems after completing a physical training assessment.


Air Force rolls out proposed changes to officer promotion system, seeks feedback

The Air Force is planning to overhaul its long-standing officer promotion system this year by dividing its largest category of officers into smaller, more specific groups, the service announced Friday.


Statue of Air Force Medal of Honor recipient to be unveiled Thursday at Pope Army Airfield

The statue of the bearded, combat-outfitted Master Sgt. John Chapman, the Air Force’s lone post-9/11 recipient of the Medal of Honor, will be the image that students and cadre see as they enter or leave the service’s school for future combat controllers.


Pentagon to deploy another 900 troops to Middle East, extend Patriot missile battalion amid tensions with Iran

The Pentagon will send another 900 troops to the Middle East in the coming weeks in a move meant to bolster security for U.S. troops in the region amid heightening tensions with Iran, the Defense Department announced Friday.


Shanahan: Pentagon considering sending more troops to Middle East amid tensions with Iran

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said Thursday that the United States is considering a deployment of new troops to the Middle East to shore up force protection amid recent heightened tensions with Iran. But he also denied news reports such orders could include 5,000 to 10,000 servicemembers.


Pardons for war crimes could harm commanders’ influence, former military lawyers warn

Presidential pardons for American servicemembers convicted or accused of war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the killing of unarmed enemy fighters, could undermine military leadership and might complicate the U.S. relationship with key allies, several military law experts said.


Trump to nominate former ambassador, astronaut for Air Force secretary

President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he would nominate Barbara Barrett, a former ambassador to Finland and astronaut, to be the next secretary of the Air Force, replacing Heather Wilson who is slated to leave that post at the end of this month.


Navy SEAL Team 6 member sentenced to a year in prison for his role in death of Green Beret

Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Adam Matthews will spend the next year in a military prison after pleading guilty Thursday for his actions in the 2017 strangulation death of a Green Beret in Mali.


Pentagon to deploy Patriot missile battery, USS Arlington to Middle East amid tensions with Iran

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan ordered the new deployments Friday, just days after he approved the expedited deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and a task force of B-52 bombers into the Middle East, the Pentagon said.


Navy officer accused of masturbating at desk, searching for child pornography online

Lt. Cmdr. Robert J. Cleary was charged in November with more than a handful of crimes primarily stemming from an investigation of his alleged use of a Navy computer to search for illicit images of children.


Fired Marine recon battalion commander is fourth Marine leader removed in recent weeks

Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala was removed from his command of Camp Pendleton’s 1st Reconnaissance Battalion after Maj. Gen. Robert Castellvi “lost trust and confidence in the commanding officer’s ability to lead.”


Navy will deploy hospital ship Comfort to South America as tensions heighten in Venezuela

The Pentagon will dispatch a Navy hospital ship carrying hundreds of doctors and nurses to South America next month where it will be tasked with treating Venezuelans fleeing that nation’s economic and growing political crises.


Three Navy corpsmen slain in suspected double murder-suicide, Virginia police say

Investigators believe Donavon Moora, 22, an E-2 hospitalman apprentice from New York, killed Shianne Soles, 19, of Veradale, Wash., and Meaghan Burns, 23, of Massachusetts, in Portsmouth, Va., on Saturday before fatally shooting himself.


Afghan Air Force pilot training program in US ends after nearly half go AWOL

A Defense Department watchdog report says more than 40 percent of the Afghan pilots sent to train on the AC-208 Combat Caravan lightweight reconnaissance aircraft went absent without leave while in the United States.


Air Force training plane crashes in Oklahoma

Initial indications show the pilot and co-pilot safely ejected before the T-6 Texan II plane from Sheppard Air Force Base went down near Lake Waurika just across the state line in Oklahoma.


Shanahan says he doesn't know how long troops will remain at southern border

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told lawmakers Wednesday that he did not know how long thousands of military troops would remain at the U.S. southern border though he said they would stay as long as they were under legal orders from the White House.


CNO nominee backs Navy plan to scrap USS Truman as White House vows to keep the ship

Adm. Bill Moran, President Donald Trump’s selection for the next chief of naval operations, said he supported the plan unveiled in the service’s fiscal year 2020 budget request to forgo a $3.5 billion midlife overhaul of the USS Truman scheduled for 2024.


Top officer at Guantanamo detention facilities fired following investigation

The top military officer in charge of the detention facilities at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba was relieved of command this weekend by the commander of U.S. Southern Command, who cited a “loss of confidence in his ability,” officials said Monday.


Pentagon to expand mission on US-Mexico border, allow some troops direct contact with migrants

The new deployment will bring the number of active-duty troops operating along the southern border in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California to about 3,200. Another roughly 2,000 National Guard troops are also serving deployments along the border in a separate, but related, mission.


Recruit collapses, dies at Naval Station Great Lakes boot camp

An 18-year-old Navy recruit died Tuesday after collapsing during physical training at the service’s boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois, service officials said Friday.


Should women register for the draft? Experts debate as Trump administration challenges court ruling

Arguments in support of requiring women to register with the Selective Service raised Thursday cited the many positive contributions women have made to the armed forces. Others pointed towards a higher rate of injury among female servicemembers, as well as their personal beliefs in traditional gender roles, to testify against the change.


Air Force Academy ethics instructor arrested on charges of attempting to lure a child online

Capt. Paul Sikkema described his genitals, expressed his desire to perform sexual acts with an undercover officer and attempted to persuade the officer who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl to meet him, according to arrest documents.


Air Force OKs two-piece flight suits for regular duty, changes patch placement on OCP uniforms

When wearing the Operational Camouflage Pattern combat uniforms, which the service adopted in October, airmen are now to place their squadrons’ patches on the right sleeve along with the U.S. flag and their higher headquarters patches on the left sleeve.


Green Beret with West Virginia National Guard killed in parachute training incident

Army Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Sheperty was pronounced dead in Suffolk, Va., after he was injured during an airborne operations exercise Wednesday.


Pentagon establishes panel to probe Defense Department’s handling of sexual assault cases

The Sexual Assault Accountability and Investigation Task Force, or SAAITF, will focus largely on reforms and improvements that can be made to the military judicial process to ensure servicemembers’ confidence in the system, acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan wrote on March 27.


Trump ban on transgender military service begins as court battle continues

The Pentagon will no longer allow the vast majority of men and women who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria to enlist in the military.


Air Force offers incentives to top officers to serve recruiting, instruction assignments

The Air Force wants some of its best officers to spend time recruiting or instructing future officers in ROTC and entrance training, and it is offering incentives designed to make such duties more attractive, service officials announced Thursday.


STRATCOM’s chief tapped to become vice chairman of Joint Chiefs

Gen. John Hyten, who has commanded U.S. Strategic Command for more than two years, was formally nominated late Monday to become the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Shanahan: Space organizations integral to preventing Chinese, Russian military dominance

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said in a keynote speech delivered at the yearly Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., “This is not a future or theoretical threat, this is today’s threat. We are not going to sit back and watch — we are going to act."


Neller says Congress will approve $400 million for storm damage at Camp Lejeune, other bases

Congress will approve a Pentagon request to move hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for recovery operations at major military bases that suffered catastrophic damage from two hurricanes last year, the top Marine said Friday.


Pentagon will still train Turkish F-35 pilots as it considers expelling Turkey from jet program

The Pentagon said Thursday that it will not halt training for Turkish pilots flying the F-35A Lightning II fighters that country has purchased even as the United States threatens to expel its ally from the advanced jet program over its intentions to purchase a Russian missile defense system.


House lawmakers applaud Pentagon's first step in addressing housing crisis, but demand more

Lawmakers applauded the initial steps the Defense Department and its four military services have taken to address widespread problems military families have reported in recent months. But they also raised concerns about those long-term fixes.


Air Force grounds B-1 Lancer bomber fleet over ejection system concerns

Air Force technicians will inspect all 62 of the service’s B-1B aircraft during the stand down, and jets will be returned to flying status on a rolling basis as they are inspected.


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Fallen soldier’s son accepts Medal of Honor for his father’s dive onto ‘living grenade’

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins was killed in Iraq in June 2007, after tackling a suicide bomber and using his own body to shield three soldiers from the blast. His Distinguished Service Cross was upgraded to the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor in the U.S.


Army staff sergeant’s family to accept posthumous Medal of Honor for his dive onto 'living grenade'

“He saved my life and the life of several others,” former Army Sgt. Sand Aijo said Tuesday at the Pentagon, recalling Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins’ act nearly 12 years ago. “I would not be here today without him.”


Combat readiness of Army brigades improving but hasn’t reached service’s goal, Milley says

More than half of the Army’s brigade combat teams have achieved top levels of preparedness to fight a major ground war, the service’s top general said Tuesday, noting only three brigades were considered fully prepared to fight in 2015.


James McConville, the Army’s No. 2 general, nominated as service’s next chief of staff

The White House has nominated Army Gen. James McConville to become the service’s next chief of staff, officials announced Tuesday during an Association of the United States Army event.


Fort Benning-based Army Ranger is killed in parachute training in Arizona

Sgt. 1st Class Ethan Carpenter was killed March 15 during the routine training exercise. He was a reconnaissance specialist assigned to the elite 75th Ranger Regiment’s special troops battalion at Fort Benning in Georgia.


DOD IG to probe allegations acting Pentagon chief’s actions benefited former employer

The investigation will determine whether acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan has promoted Boeing, where he worked for more than 30 years before arriving at the Pentagon in 2017, or disparaged the massive aerospace firm’s competitors


Trump taps Air Force general to lead US European Command, NATO forces

The White House on Friday tapped an Air Force general with experience overseeing all U.S. and NATO air forces throughout Europe to lead U.S. European Command and serve as Supreme Allied Commander.


Pentagon: 'Deploy-or-get-out' policy reduced nondeployable troop numbers by 21,000

The “deploy-or-get-out” policy was the brainchild of former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who aimed to drastically reduce the number of troops deemed unfit to serve in combat for factors including medical issues or fitness problems.


Senators question building Trump’s proposed Space Force

The Air Force budget includes $72.4 million to establish a Space Force headquarters within the Air Force Department, including a new four-star general who would lead the organization and sit on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Group files IG complaint against acting defense secretary, cites potential ethics violations

The complaint alleges acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan has promoted Boeing products to his subordinates and disparaged the company’s competitors, including Lockheed Martin.


Air Force seeks $10.5 billion budget boost to increase force size, invest in future weapons

The Air Force has asked Congress for a $10.5 billion budget boost in fiscal year 2020 to add thousands of new airmen, buy dozens of new aircraft and increase funding for future weapons systems that the service contends will be necessary for a major war.


Trump requests largest-ever Pentagon budget, criticized by analysts as dead on arrival

The Pentagon on Tuesday unveiled its largest-ever budget request, asking Congress for $718.3 billion that emphasizes the need to modernize the aging U.S. inventory of weapons, begins building a Space Force and would boost troop pay by 3.1 percent.


Trump budget proposes 3.1 percent military pay raise, largest boost since 2010

The White House proposed the pay raise in its $718.3 billion defense budget proposal unveiled Monday, the largest request for Pentagon funding ever.


Heather Wilson to resign as Air Force secretary, take job as university president

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson will resign as the service’s top civilian at the end of May once she is formally named the next president of the University of Texas at El Paso, she said Friday in a letter to President Donald Trump.


Votel: No timeline for US troop withdrawal from Syria as ISIS caliphate nears end

The top U.S. commander in the Mideast told House lawmakers Thursday that he has not been ordered to withdraw most American forces from Syria by a specific date, telling them troops would leave as military conditions in the fight against the Islamic State allowed.


Two soldiers killed, third injured in vehicle crash with tractor-trailer in Kuwait

Army Sgt. Holli Bolinski and aSpc. Jackson D. Johnson were deployed to the Army’s sprawling Camp Arifjan in the Middle Eastern nation and died in the wreck early Tuesday morning.


Marines investigating blackface video posted on social media

The video was posted by a Marine assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California, according to the Marines. The investigation is being conducted by the unit that the Marines are assigned to, the 3rd Marine Airlift Wing, according to the unit.


Pentagon: Building Space Force would cost $2 billion for five years, include 15,000 personnel

The Pentagon wants $2 billion for the next five years to establish President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force, a sixth military service that would be built from the other services’ existing space-focused enterprises, according to a proposal sent to Capitol Hill this week.


Pentagon plans scaled-back spring training exercise in South Korea as Trump-Kim negotiations falter

The U.S. military intends to hold a scaled-back version of its annual spring training exercise with South Korean troops in March, Pentagon officials said Thursday.


Transgender servicemembers prepare to defend their service on Capitol Hill

Army Capt. Alivia Stehlik and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Blake Dremann will become the first openly serving transgender servicemembers to testify to Congress when they take part in a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee subpanel on military personnel on Wednesday.


White House says 200 troops will remain in Syria

The White House will leave some 200 U.S. troops in Syria after other servicemembers withdraw in the coming months, a policy reversal that comes two months after President Donald Trump ordered troops out of the country and claimed victory over the Islamic State.


Air Force updates 'deploy or get out' policy; 1,000 airmen could face separation

The new directive is expected to impact about 1,000 airmen, or about 0.5 percent of the Air Force, who have been considered non-deployable for at least 12 months. Those individuals face separation.


Trump signs directive that would place Space Force within Air Force

The Pentagon will include funding for the Space Force in its fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, which is expected to be sent to Congress next month, White House officials said Tuesday, speaking on the condition of anonymity.


Former Air Force tech sergeant who served 10 years charged with spying for Iran

Monica Elfriede Witt, a former Air Force technical sergeant and Defense Department intelligence contractor, held high-level security clearances before she defected to Iran in 2013. She remains at large.


First female Viper demo team chief relieved of command after two weeks

Air Force Capt. Zoe Kotnik, the first female F-16 pilot to lead the service’s Viper demonstration team, was relieved of command Monday, just two weeks after taking the team’s reins, officials said Tuesday.