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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.

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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

Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown said the Air Force must institute cultural changes to keep pace with the improving Chinese and Russian militaries.


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

The award is an upgrade of the Distinguished Service Cross that Sgt. Maj. Thomas Patrick Payne was initially awarded in 2017. He is just the second living service member to receive the nation’s highest honor for combat valor for actions in Iraq.


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.


90-year-old Korean War veteran receives long-lost Bronze Star

It took 67 years, but Korean War veteran Donald L. Roy received the Bronze Star medal last week that he was awarded decades ago for service as an Army medic.


Pentagon considers redacting names from promotion packets after removing photos

Top Pentagon officials said Friday that they are considering new moves to remove information from service members’ promotion packets that could potentially lead evaluators to discriminate against them, such as redacting individuals’ full names and gender.


New Pentagon policy limits what flags can be displayed by troops, effectively banning Confederate flags

The new policy comes after weeks of rigorous debate within the Pentagon’s highest levels about the Confederate battle flag’s place on America’s military posts.


Space Force selects more than 2,400 airmen to join newest military branch

The U.S. Space Force on Thursday announced it had approved more than 2,400 Air Force troops already serving in space specialties to move into the new branch of the military later this year.


Soldiers who helped in early virus fight describe overwhelmed hospital as they brace for potential second deployment

When a medical detachment of Army soldiers first arrived at University Hospital in Newark, N.J., in mid-April to assist the mounting coronavirus fight there, they found overwhelmed doctors and nurses treating patients in hallways.


House bill would fund effort to strip Army posts of Confederate names, boost pay 3% for troops

A draft of the 2021 defense funding bill approved Tuesday by a key House panel would support efforts to strip Army installations of Confederate-linked names, block Pentagon money for border wall construction and boost pay for troops.


Esper, Trump say SOUTHCOM counter-drug fight has captured 120 metric tons of cocaine, 18,000 pounds of pot

The Pentagon has flooded waters in U.S. Southern Command’s area of operations off South and Central America with a 75% increase in surveillance aircraft and 65% more ships than usual as part of the operation launched April 1, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.


Esper says Russian bounty intelligence uncorroborated, pledges crackdown on leaks

Defense Secretary Mark Esper told House lawmakers Thursday that Pentagon intelligence agencies had not corroborated reports Russia offered Taliban fighters payments to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan and pledged a crackdown on leaks of sensitive information coming from his department.


Lt. Col. Vindman, fired by White House after testifying in Trump impeachment, will retire from Army

Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the former Ukraine expert for the National Security Council who testified in President Donald Trump’s impeachment case, will retire from the military, his lawyer announced Wednesday in a statement that charged Trump with bullying.


Recent West Point grads reveal racist incidents at academy

“By failing in these areas, West Point ultimately fails to produce leaders of character equipped to lead diverse organizations,” according to a letter penned by alumni. “In other words, West Point is failing to accomplish its mission.”


F-22s intercept Russian military aircraft off Alaskan coast for fifth time this month

The F-22s intercepted two Russian IL-38 Dolphin maritime patrol aircraft, which flew within about 50 miles of Unimak Island, according to a statement Thursday from the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which guard’s U.S. and Canadian airspace.


Army leaders want to talk to soldiers about race issues, but won’t immediately change Confederate-named bases

The Army’s top leaders want to hear directly from soldiers amid a national conversation on racial issues and a renewed effort to strip military institutions of Confederate-linked names, which has pushed the military into the forefront of the debate.


Army investigating noncombat death of Fort Bliss soldier in Jordan

The Army is investigating the noncombat death of Spc. Nick Bravo-Regules of Largo, Fla., a 20-year-old Fort Bliss, Texas-based soldier, Tuesday in Jordan.


House panel's NDAA proposals: 3% pay boost, protections for sex-assault victims, fight against extremism

A key House subcommittee plans to give U.S. troops a 3% pay boost next year as the lower chamber of Congress drafts portions of its 2021 version of the bill that sets Pentagon policy and spending priorities, congressional staffers said Monday.


Air Force makes history by selecting woman to become next senior enlisted leader

In her new role, Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne Bass will be responsible for guiding the Air Force’s about 410,000 enlisted airmen and serving as the chief adviser to Brown and Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett on issues facing the enlisted community.


Army, local police investigating senior enlisted soldier’s death in Virginia

Sgt. Maj. Eric M. Schmitz was the top enlisted soldier for the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command, known as INSCOM, a position he had held since 2017.


Esper to create DOD boards to study military diversity, says Pentagon must lead on the issue

Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced Thursday that he would create two new groups charged with studying racial diversity challenges in the military in an effort to make the Pentagon a leader in a national conversation on systemic racism.


F-22s intercept Russian bombers off Alaska’s coast for second straight week

F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets were scrambled late Tuesday to intercept two Russian bomber formations flying off Alaska’s coast, the eighth such incident reported this year by U.S. military officials.


Army will try to sign up 10,000 recruits in three days

The Army, faced with a shortage of recruits amid the coronavirus pandemic, will launch an unprecedented effort later in the month to sign up 10,000 potential soldiers in three days, service officials announced Wednesday.


Military lawyers admit racial disparities in service justice systems

“This is a very grave problem that, if left unchecked, could undermine the [combat] readiness of our armed forces,” said Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., a brigadier general in the Mississippi Army National Guard.


Trump confirms he wants to cut US troop level in Germany to 25,000

President Donald Trump has long called for Germany and other NATO allies to increase military spending, saying the United States bears too much of the burden for Europe’s defense.


Army’s new fitness test to be implemented in October, but scores won’t count for some time

The Army initially planned for the test to be fully implemented by Oct. 1, but with soldiers locked down due to coronavirus, the service paused physical evaluation requirements in March.


Senate committee’s NDAA version backs Pentagon proposal to strip Stars and Stripes funding

Stars and Stripes receives about $8.7 million annually in operations and maintenance funds and about $6.9 million in contingency operations funds from the federal government.


Senate panel approves $740 billion defense bill that would increase military force, boost troops' pay

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday sent its version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to the full Senate, approving a pay boost for troops, an increase to the military’s end strength and funding a new initiative aimed at checking China’s military power.


Senate bill would build commission to study striking Confederate names from Army bases

The Senate’s initial version of the 2021 Pentagon policy bill directs the establishment of a three-year commission charged with studying ways to strike honors to the Confederacy at military installations, Senate Armed Services Committee staffers said Thursday.


Trump says he ‘will not even consider’ stripping Army posts of Confederate names

“[M]y Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations,” Donald Trump wrote in a series of tweets.


CENTCOM general says he can't recommend full withdrawal until Taliban comply with accord

U.S. Central Command’s top general said Wednesday that he cannot recommend a full withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan by mid-2021 unless the Taliban demonstrate they no longer support al-Qaida forces there.


Russian bombers fly within 8 miles of US airspace off Alaska, are intercepted by US F-22s

Two formations of Russian military aircraft featuring four bombers and two fighter jets flew unusually close to American airspace Wednesday morning but were intercepted by F-22 fighters off Alaska’s coast, U.S. military officials said.


Senate panel supports 3% pay boost for troops in 2021

The 3% pay raise, which if approved would go into effect in January, matches what the White House proposed in its budget recommendation. Troops received a 3.1% boost in pay last year.


Esper, Army secretary open to renaming 10 posts named for Confederate generals

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy are open to starting a conversation about changing the names of 10 of the service’s posts named for prominent Confederate generals from the Civil War, Army officials said Monday.


Inquiry results into helicopter’s show of force over DC protesters expected this week; Guard going home

An investigation into the use of a D.C. National Guard helicopter over protesters Monday night in Washington could be completed this week as Guard troops from outside the city are sent home, the Army’s top civilian said.


Pentagon sends home all active-duty troops deployed near DC

The Army will leave a small contingent of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as the Old Guard, on alert status to respond in case demonstrations in the coming days grow violent.


Fort Bliss soldier charged in death of estranged wife whose body was found in closet

Spc. Linwood James Smith III was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged in the killing of Kerica Robinson after police investigators discovered evidence on his phone that he might have attempted to cover up her death.


South Carolina National Guard troops in DC hospitalized after lightning strike

Two South Carolina National Guard soldiers were hospitalized early Friday morning after lightning struck close to their position in Washington, D.C., where they were deployed this week in response to protests in the city, according to military and local officials.


Pentagon sending home some active-duty troops deployed near DC

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday ordered a portion of the active-duty troops he had deployed to military installations on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. to return to their home base, defense officials said.


Pentagon leaders planned to send home active-duty troops in DC area before reversing decision

The roughly 1,600 soldiers deployed this week from Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Drum, N.Y., to undisclosed military installations in the national capital region remained “on alert” Wednesday afternoon, defense officials said.


At Trump's command, Pentagon rushes active-duty troops to DC but prefers not to use them

Senior Pentagon officials on Tuesday said those troops — primarily military police and combat engineers — never entered Washington and are unlikely to do so unless the more than 2,000 National Guard troops operating in the city prove to be insufficient to aid the law enforcement response in the capital.