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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.

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Gen. Abrams: North Korea has not changed its military posture as Trump-Kim meeting nears

Army Gen. Robert Abrams' observations come just weeks before Trump and Kim are set to meet face-to-face again. That summit is scheduled for Feb. 27 and 28 in Hanoi, Vietnam.


Deteriorating facilities draw scrutiny as Gitmo eyed for possible prisoner influx

Since it became clear that the detention center would remain open, top officials at Guantanamo Bay have sought hundreds of millions of dollars for construction projects they say are needed to improve troops’ quality of life and their safety.


Talks with Taliban for US troop withdrawal only in early stages, Khalilzad says

The top State Department official charged with negotiating with the Taliban said he hopes to see an end this year to the nearly two-decade war in Afghanistan, calling recent dialogue with the insurgent group encouraging while admitting a cease-fire remains a long-term goal.


Congress must be consulted before any military intervention in Venezuela, Sen. Reed contends

Last month, Donald Trump announced the United States would recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president, charging last year's election was illegitimate, a stance now backed by some 30 other nations.


Army secretary seeks to help families through fewer moves, spouse job opportunities

The proposed initiatives include lengthening soldiers’ home station tours at most installations outside the United States, quickening the pace for hiring spouses to Army civilian jobs and reimbursing spouses for fees incurred to update professional licenses in new locations.


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The Army needs to recruit more Gen Z-ers and it's turning to recruiters' rap to do it

The video, released on Army social media pages, was meant to highlight the talent that lives within the Army — but it also is a highlight of many of the new approaches senior leaders are taking to recruiting young men and women to serve in the U.S. military’s largest branch.


Army sees moderate increase in early 2019 recruiting as it launches reforms

Last year, the Army fell about 6,500 recruits shy of its goal of bringing in 76,500 new soldiers, a benchmark that it lowered twice after senior leaders realized they would not achieve the loftier goals.


Success of Army’s increase to basic infantry training fuels more training for armor, cavalry recruits

Extending basic training by eight weeks was a success for the infantry and the Army plans to test longer training programs for future armor and cavalry soldiers as well, Army Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday.


Fort Bragg Green Beret killed in action was on third tour in Afghanistan

A 32-year-old Green Beret from Virginia who was killed in a firefight Tuesday with enemy forces in central Afghanistan was on his third deployment to the war-torn country, Army officials said Wednesday.


Pentagon will hold off on transgender troops ban despite Supreme Court ruling

The Pentagon will not immediately implement President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender men and women serving in the military, the Defense Department said Wednesday, one day after the Supreme Court removed some legal roadblocks that have stalled the controversial policy.


US servicemember is killed during engagement with enemy in Afghanistan

A U.S. servicemember was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan during an engagement with enemy forces, marking the second American killed in action there in 2019, military officials said.


Green Beret, two language specialists, SEAL-turned-DIA civilian among dead in ISIS-claimed Syria bombing

The ISIS-claimed bombing of a restaurant in Syria on Wednesday killed an Army Green Beret with four children, a former Navy SEAL working for the Pentagon’s intelligence agency and a Navy linguist, the Pentagon announced Friday. An American contractor was also killed.


Trump delivers speech at Pentagon touting new weapons to protect US from missile attacks

The president's announcement marks a change in the U.S. missile defense system's long-held commitment to protect the country only from ballistic missile threats.


Trump to call for big boost in US missile defense capability during Pentagon visit

Donald Trump is expected to make a roughly 30-minute speech in the Pentagon auditorium in which he will outline that the United States is postured primarily to defend the homeland against potential missile attacks from rogue nations.


Manbij, where US troops were killed Wednesday, has long been a site of tensions in Syria

Even before the offensive to reclaim Manbij from ISIS was launched, Turkey has opposed the presence of U.S.-backed Kurds. The Turks consider the SDF’s primary source of fighters, the People’s Protections Units, or YPG, an extension of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, a terrorist organization known as the PKK.


Two servicemembers among four Americans killed in Syria explosion claimed by ISIS

Three additional American servicemembers were injured in the blast that occurred as U.S. military officials met with local leaders in Manbij.


Report: China has some of world’s most advanced weapons, remains ‘long way’ from US military

China in recent years has poured billions of dollars into developing advanced weapons, some of which outclass U.S. weapons, but with an inexperienced military it remains years away from challenging American security interests globally, the Pentagon’s intelligence agency concluded in a report released Tuesday.


Air Force accepts first Boeing modern air tanker after years of delays

The Air Force on Thursday accepted the first KC-46A Pegasus jet tanker from Boeing following years of delays to the modernized air-refueling plane program due to technical issues and allegations of corruption.


Navy hospital corpsman held on DC murder charge in ‘domestic homicide’

A Quantico, Va.-based corpsman faces a second degree murder charge in the stabbing death of a Washington D.C. man, according to local police and court officials.


Mattis to step down as Pentagon chief, citing deep differences with Trump

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday as the Pentagon chief just one day after President Donald Trump abruptly announced he was pulling all American troops out of Syria against the advice of his top national security advisers.


White House says troops are leaving Syria, claims victory over ISIS

President Donald Trump has begun withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria, the White House announced Wednesday, declaring victory over Islamic State fighters in the country despite ongoing skirmishes and concerns from others in Washington that the terrorist group might mount a comeback.


White House directs Pentagon to form Space Command, eyes Space Force by 2020

President Donald Trump ordered the formation of U.S. Space Command, a four-star unified command to lead military space operations and develop the Pentagon’s space warfighting plans and techniques.


Fort Drum soldier, 19, died in noncombat incident in Afghanistan

Army Pfc. Joshua Mikeasky died in the incident Thursday on the major U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said in a statement. Mikeasky was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum in New York.


‘He was my heart’: Fallen Marine captain lived his dream of flying

All Capt. Jahmar Resilard wanted to be since he was a child was a pilot. The 28-year-old Marine Corps pilot, who was killed in a collision Thursday off the coast of Japan, had Lego plane sets and played flight simulation games growing up. His devastated family says it's "amazing" Resilard was able to achieve his lifelong dream.


Marine pilot from South Florida killed in fighter jet-tanker collision off Japan coast

A 28-year-old Marine Corps pilot from south Florida was killed after his F/A-18 Hornet fighter collided with a refueling plane during training Thursday off the coast of Japan, an accident from which five Marines remain missing, service officials said.


Army Futures Command unveils unit patch that features golden anvil

The soldiers assigned to the Army’s newest four-star command charged with modernizing the service’s warfighting equipment received their unit patches Friday, a significant step for Army Futures Command as it continues to grow since its founding this summer, a service official said.


Tornado injures five, spares submarines at Georgia Navy base

An apparent tornado damaged buildings, blew vehicles into the sea and injured five people on Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in southern Georgia on Sunday, base officials said.


US, South Korea to scale back Foal Eagle exercise this spring

The United States and South Korea have canceled their last four scheduled large-scale training exercises on the Korean Peninsula to provide diplomats an opportunity to negotiate with North Korea.


Mattis reviewing new powers authorized for troops deployed along US-Mexico border

The White House has granted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis broader authority to move U.S. troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border region to provide force protection for the Customs and Border Protection agents they are supporting, the Pentagon chief said Wednesday.


Air Force grants beard waiver to Muslim airman

The Air Force has quietly approved a request by a Muslim airman to grow a beard, making it one of the service’s first such religious accommodations for a follower of Islam, Air Force officials said.


Army Green uniform will include garrison cap, three optional jackets

The Army is finalizing its new green throwback uniforms inspired by soldiers’ World War II attire, but only recruiters should expect to don the new duds for the time being.


Border troops in Texas finish laying razor wire, Pentagon expects to send most home by Dec. 15

The roughly 5,800 active-duty troops sent to locations along the U.S.-Mexico border will spend Thanksgiving in Texas, Arizona, and California, but they are expected to return home in time for Christmas, Pentagon officials said Monday.


Families of slain Green Berets sue Jordan, charging a cover-up attempt in 2016 deaths

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington seeks monetary damages from the Kingdom of Jordan, where the Special Forces soldiers were stationed when they were gunned down Nov. 4, 2016 by Jordanian Air Force 1st Sgt. Maarik al-Tawayha.


Air Force instructor pilot from Maryland killed in Laughlin AFB crash

A 28-year-old Air Force instructor pilot was killed when his T-38C Talon jet trainer crashed Tuesday evening at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas, service officials said late Wednesday.


One pilot dead, another injured in the fifth T-38 Talon crash in a year

One pilot was killed and another was hospitalized when their T-38C Talon crashed late Tuesday at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas, service officials said. It was the fifth crash of the training jet in the last 12 months.


New Army policy gives some nondeployable soldiers six months to overcome issues

Last month, Pentagon officials said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ policy aimed at reducing the number of nondeployable troops was already working, announcing the military had seen a reduction of about 100,000 such troops since February.


Pentagon No. 3 Gibson, tasked with finding DOD cost savings, resigns

The Pentagon’s first-ever chief management officer resigned Monday from the Defense Department’s No. 3 position just eight months after taking the job charged with leading efforts to save the department money through business reforms.


Sheriff: Marine veteran killed 12 in California nightclub before killing self

A 28-year-old Marine veteran who had served in Afghanistan as a machine gunner is suspected of killing 12 people and himself late Wednesday night at a Los Angeles-area nightclub, police and military officials said Thursday.


Active-duty troops sent to US-Mexico border are training for 'a range of scenarios'

Thousands of active-duty troops are bolstering temporary barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border and training at nearby logistics hubs for issues that could arise as they support Customs and Border Protection agents protecting against immigration from Central America, a department spokesman said Monday.


Trump might send up to 15K troops to US-Mexico border

President Donald Trump late Wednesday told reporters that he intends to send 10,000 to 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, indicating that as many as 6,000 additional troops could be notified to prepare to deploy.


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Air Force fires three Laughlin AFB commanders over 'chronic leadership failures'

The Air Force removed three top commanders at Laughlin Air Force Base on Wednesday citing concerns about dangerous and threatening behavior at the major pilot training installation in Texas, the service’s Air Education and Training Command announced.


Air Force probe: Pilot error to blame in Iraq helicopter crash that killed seven

An experienced pilot misinterpreted navigation displays on the Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter he was flying over western Iraq before it struck a cable and crashed, killing all seven servicemembers aboard, an investigation into the March crash found.


NORTHCOM General: Border deployment will grow beyond 5,200 troops

The Pentagon will deploy 5,200 active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to help curb illegal immigration, officials said Monday following President Donald Trump's repeated warning that migrants in southern Mexico making their way toward the United States pose a national security threat.


Mattis approves deployment of untold number of troops to US-Mexico border

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to send a second deployment of U.S. military troops to the U.S.-Mexico border after President Donald Trump pledged to send servicemembers to halt illegal immigration.


Navy successfully tests ballistic missile intercept system

Navy sailors on the USS John Finn, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, intercepted the test missile off the west coast of Hawaii using a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA, part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, the MDA said in a statement.


Iranian fast boats shadow USS Essex with Gen. Votel aboard the warship

A pair of Iranian fast boats approached the USS Essex in the Persian Gulf on Friday as the top U.S. general in charge of operations throughout the Middle East visited sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship, Pentagon officials said.


Pentagon to send several hundred troops to US-Mexico border

The possible deployment, which was expected to be approved by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis this week, is expected to include troops who specialize in engineering and construction capabilities. It likely would also include medical and legal specialists.


Army tinkering with new Combat Fitness Test as trials begin

The Army has yet to determine the standards soldiers must meet to pass the new, six-event evaluation set to become its physical fitness test in October 2020, officials with the Army’s Center for Initial Military Training at Fort Eustis said Tuesday.


US-led coalition strikes ISIS-held mosque in Syria for second time in a week

Airstrikes on Monday by the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition hit the terrorist group’s fighters inside a Syrian mosque where ISIS was launching attacks against American-back militia, Pentagon officials said.


NATO soldier killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

A servicemember from NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan was killed Monday in an apparent insider attack, the second deadly shooting of friendly forces in recent days believed to be carried out by an Afghan servicemember.


Pentagon suspends another military exercise with South Korea amid nuclear negotiations

Exercise Vigilant Ace becomes the fourth military exercise that the nations have canceled since President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced he was suspending military “war games” on the peninsula after his June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Trump threatens to send troops to close southern border as ‘caravan’ of migrants approaches US

Earlier this week, Donald Trump threatened to stop U.S. monetary aid to those Central American nations if they could not curb migration of their citizens to the United States.


'Marine warrior' receives Medal of Honor for heroic actions in Vietnam’s Battle of Hue

Nearly 51 years after the battle that would launch John L. Canley into the annals of Marine lore, the retired sergeant major stood stoic in the White House on Wednesday as he received the nation’s highest military honor.


Air Force investigation finds Thunderbirds pilot lost consciousness before fatal crash in April

Maj. Stephen Del Bagno “became completely incapacitated for a period” as he practiced the “High Bomb Burst Rejoin” maneuver alongside five other Thunderbirds pilots April 4 at the Nevada Test and Training Range near Las Vegas.


Dunford warns against complacency in fight against terrorism as ISIS’ caliphate disintegrates

The U.S. military’s top general warned Tuesday that the international community must maintain its focus on the terrorism threat even as the Islamic State nears defeat on the battlefields of Syria and other security challenges rise around the world.


Pentagon says 80 percent of F-35 fleet has returned to flying

More than 80 percent of the U.S. military’s F-35 Lightning II fighters have returned to flying, Pentagon officials said Monday after a fleet-wide grounding last week to inspect the stealth jets for a problematic engine part at least partially blamed for a recent crash.


New Army newsletter aims to smooth retirement transition, encourage connection with service

Some 17,000 soldiers across the Army’s active duty, reserve and National Guard force will receive a new emailed newsletter on Monday, as the service attempts to better prepare anyone who has served 17 or more years for their eventual transition to retirement.


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Air Force uncertain how long devastated Tyndall will be closed; F-22s possibly damaged in hurricane

How long Tyndall Air Force Base will remain closed is unknown after the coastal Florida installation sustained catastrophic damage from Hurricane Michael, which left nearly every building and some aircraft wrecked, service officials said Friday.


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Tyndall AFB leveled by Hurricane Michael as most other installations avoid major damage

The Category 4 storm, the strongest to ever hit the Florida Panhandle, tore roofing from aircraft hangars and mangled buildings at Tyndall, just outside Panama City, Fla., according to Air Force officials.


Entire US fleet of F-35s grounded for engine inspections

The U.S. military has grounded its fleet of F-35s following a recent crash in South Carolina to inspect the fighter jets’ engine fuel tubes, the Pentagon announced Thursday.


National Guard, Coast Guard, aircraft and rescue teams prepared to respond to Hurricane Michael

The Defense Department has 2,216 active-duty personnel, 32 helicopters, 240 high-water vehicles and 32 swift-water boats ready to assist in relief efforts for the storm, which made landfall Wednesday afternoon.


Army targets young Americans in new ways for recruiting

Recruiters armed with new marketing campaigns and technology will target cities where the Army has struggled to engage potential soldiers as part of a revamped strategy to fill the ranks.


Army’s top leaders optimistic about service’s future even as it struggles to recruit

Army Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the service’s chief of staff, downplayed concerns about the Army falling 6,500 recruits short of its fiscal year 2018 goal, missing its mark for the first time since 2015.


Votel says US is not 'on the road' to military conflict with Iran

The top American military commander for the Middle East on Thursday warned Iran must curtail “reckless, unsafe and escalatory” actions, such as its ballistic missile strike into Syria earlier in the week.


Navy veteran from Utah is arrested in probe of suspicious letters sent to Pentagon, White House

A Navy veteran from Utah has admitted to federal authorities that he mailed suspicious packages this week addressed to two top Pentagon officials and President Donald Trump, Justice Department officials said Thursday.


Pentagon: Mattis’ 'deploy or get out' policy is working

The Defense Department has reduced the number of servicemembers listed as undeployable by more than 100,000 in the eight months since the Pentagon announced its new ‘deploy or out’ policy, defense officials said Tuesday.


Mattis cancels China trip after Chinese, US Navy destroyers nearly collide

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that U.S.-Chinese relations have not worsened despite canceling his visit to the rival nation one day after a Chinese ship veered within 45 yards of a U.S. Navy destroyer.


Mail suspected of containing ricin sent to Pentagon; suspicious letter addressed to Trump

In a statement Tuesday evening, the Secret Service says the envelope addressed to Trump was not received at the White House, nor did it ever enter the White House.


Former Green Beret medic receives Medal of Honor for lifesaving actions in Afghanistan

Former Army Staff Sgt. Ron Shurer's Silver Star was upgraded Monday to a Medal of Honor for his efforts during a six-hour firefight in Afghanistan in 2008.


F-35B Lightning II fighter jet crashes, pilot ejects in South Carolina

The aircraft was a total loss, according to a Marine official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. An investigation into the incident could take months to determine the cause, the official said.


US military’s top enlisted leader is suspended amid investigation

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell has been temporarily removed from his position as the senior enlisted adviser to Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for the Joint Staff.


F-35 makes American combat debut, strikes Taliban target in Afghanistan

The Marine Corps’ F-35B variant of the aircraft carried out the strike on a static target in support of ground clearance operations after flying from the USS Essex, an amphibious assault ship now positioned in the U.S. Central Command area of operations.


Mattis contends 'the jury is out' on women serving in combat jobs

There are not enough women serving in traditionally all-male combat jobs to determine whether the 3-year-old policy to open all military positions to everyone has been successful, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told future officers Tuesday.


House lawmakers confused over US military’s goals in Syria as Pentagon maintains focus on ISIS

On Monday, National Security Adviser John Bolton said U.S. servicemembers would not leave Syria until Iran withdraws its proxy forces from the country. Hours later, Mattis insisted some 2,000 troops are only in the country to back forces fighting ISIS.


Marine who fought in brutal Vietnam Battle of Hue will receive Medal of Honor

John L. Canley, who was a gunnery sergeant when he led Marines into Vietnam’s Hue City on Jan. 31, 1968 and fought for six more days, will be awarded the nation’s highest military honor on Oct. 17. The Medal of Honor will upgrade the Navy Cross that Canley received in 1970.