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Paratrooper pleads not guilty to charges he plotted with satanic Neo-Nazis to ambush his unit

Ethan Melzer faces charges including onspiracy to kill U.S. nationals and conspiring and attempting to murder U.S. service members, which each carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Air Force pilot to resume flying after being electrocuted

Lt. Col. Jonathan Kassebaum is set to return to the skies for the first time Monday since an accidental electrocution in his backyard pool just over eight months ago caused his heart to stop for 12 minutes.


Navy chief who died aboard Theodore Roosevelt leaves behind wife and three children

Chief Petty Officer Justin Calderone died after a medical emergency aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.


Father who pushed for son’s Purple Heart and championed veteran suicide awareness has died

Howard Berry, 64, had sought unsuccessfully for the medal to recognize his son for wounds he received during the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 dead and 33 wounded.


‘Deltas’ are in as Space Force develops command structure

The new Space Force has streamlined its structure by going without wings. Instead, the intermediate echelons above squadrons in the country’s newest military branch will be known as “deltas,” and they will be led by whatever the service decides to call its equivalent of a colonel.


First Air Force ‘Echo Flight’ class graduates basic training after English-language immersion

A group of mostly native Spanish speakers from Puerto Rico recently completed a first-ever Air Force program to provide them English-language training and cultural immersion before basic training.


CENTCOM battling a series of coronavirus cases that developed at Kuwaiti air base

A cluster of coronavirus cases has developed at a Kuwaiti air base that houses U.S. Central Command personnel, officials said.


Taser-like shotgun round could let Marines stun people a football field away

A company recently demonstrated the ability of a "less lethal" electroshock round to incapacitate a target around 330 feet away.


Navy working dog donates blood to save Air Force canine colleague

When an Air Force working dog suffering a heat injury in Saudi Arabia needed a blood transfusion, he got it from a Navy dog named Army, in what officials are calling a joint service lifesaving effort.


Service members, civilians honored for response to Pensacola terror attack

More than two dozen Marines, sailors and civilians have been recognized for their response to a terrorist shooting that left three sailors dead at Florida’s Naval Air Station Pensacola.


Airstrikes destroy ISIS mountain training camp, cave hideout in Iraq, coalition says

Coalition strikes took out three Islamic State camp sites in Iraq’s Kirkuk province on Friday, while a jet “blasted” an ISIS cave in Nineveh province.


Marine who died during airborne training is remembered for his 'unconquerable spirit'

Sgt. Wolfgang K. “Wolf” Weninger, 28, a critical skills operator assigned to the Marine Raider Training Center, was fatally wounded during one of the final qualification jumps of the Army’s Basic Airborne Course class 24-20 at Fort Benning, Ga.


Special operations Marine dies during airborne training at Fort Benning

A special operations Marine died this week from injuries suffered during airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga., days shy of completing jump school.


First F-35 pilots graduate from TOPGUN, return as instructors

The coronavirus pandemic may have set back the sequel to the movie “Top Gun,” but it hasn’t kept the real-life Navy training course from graduating pilots in its newest fighter aircraft for the first time.


'He was the love of my life': Air Force pilot who died in F-15 crash remembered for his kindness and faith

Air Force 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen, who died Monday, was a man of strong faith who showed love and respect for others, even in the face of danger, friends and family recalled.


Head of Navy aviation school command, one other Navy pilot killed in plane crash

Two seasoned Naval aviators were killed in a civilian plane crash in Alabama this week while heading back to Pensacola, Fla., where they were both based.


‘You will not be bored’: AFRICOM’s Townsend welcomes new Horn of Africa commander

Believed to be the first Vietnamese “boat person” to rise to the rank of general in the U.S. military, Maj. Gen. Lapthe C. Flora took command of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti on Monday.


‘Humbling’: Airman receives Bronze Star after providing surgical care for over 600 casualties in ISIS fight

A special operations airman has been awarded a Bronze Star for his work on a battlefield surgical team during the fight against the Islamic State group, as the terrorists lost the last of their territory.


Hundreds gather in Kaiserslautern for racism protest; service members were told to stay away

U.S. military personnel in Germany were warned to avoid an anti-racism demonstration that drew about 300 people by early Thursday evening in Kaiserslautern.


Patrick Tadina, Vietnam War's longest continuously serving Ranger, dies at 77

A 30-year Army veteran who was the longest continuously serving Ranger in Vietnam and one of the war’s most decorated enlisted soldiers has died.


Army approves honorary promotion of ROTC student murdered days after commissioning

The Army’s move to promote 2nd Lt. Richard W. Collins III to first lieutenant recognizes his bravery “in the face of evil,” according to a statement from lawmakers.


Coalition strike kills senior ISIS leader wanted by the US

A senior Islamic State leader the U.S. had put a $5 million bounty on was killed this week in a coalition airstrike aided by Syrian partner forces, officials said.


In online Memorial Day ceremonies, Americans in Europe honor service above self

Few people gathered at the Luxembourg American Cemetery for this year’s Memorial Day service due to coronavirus precautions. But the livestreamed event highlighted the difference just one person can make — the only woman buried among the more than 5,000 service members at the World War II cemetery.


Two ISIS regional leaders killed during joint raid in Syria, coalition says

The terrorist group’s governor of North Baghdad, known as Abu Ali al-Baghdadi, was killed in Deir al-Zour province, along with a senior logistics and supply official known as Abu Ammar.


Police investigate suspected vandalism to Medal of Honor recipient’s headstone

Maine Gravesite Maintenance, a company hired to clean the grave marker of Delta Force Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, was able to remove the paint Thursday, at no charge, after having a special solution delivered overnight.


HOPSEC: Beer rating app could pose a military security threat

Tapping into a beer rating app allowed researchers to track military and intelligence personnel, including some who checked in at a military base that hosts a CIA training facility known as “the farm.”


Airmen describe Oklahoma guardsman who died in Iraq as selfless, devoted

An Oklahoma community honored an airman killed in a rocket strike in Iraq more than two months ago, after coronavirus restrictions postponed memorial services.


Airline pilot is the first Air Force reservist to qualify to fly the U-2 spy plane

An Air Force reservist has qualified for the first time to fly the U-2 Dragon Lady, becoming one of fewer than 1,500 people to pilot the iconic spy plane.


Dyess Air Force Base airman captured in Texas after 16-day manhunt

Jail records indicate that Airman 1st Class Erland Injerd was arrested at a Dallas apartment, about a 205-mile drive from the base.


US special operations troops turn to drones to remotely advise Iraqis

U.S. special operations troops with the anti-Islamic State coalition have been using drones to train security forces in Iraq while physically distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.


Airman who fled Texas base had threatened his command and refused to surrender firearms, FBI alleges

An airman who police say scuffled with officials at a Texas air base before arming himself and fleeing over the perimeter fence had threatened his chain of command and refused to hand over his firearms, a criminal complaint said.


Navy pushes ‘mountain of mail to Europe’ via Middle East and Africa following commercial route cancellations

Many of the commercial flights typically used to transport military mail from the U.S. to Europe, Africa and the Middle East were canceled, Navy officials said.


Coalition strikes pound ISIS caves in Iraq

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq destroyed caves sheltering Islamic State militants in a series of airstrikes this week, as Iraqi security forces ended April with nearly 100 operations against the group.


Web-enabled birds and dogs could extend battlefield networks, military researchers say

The concept involves “networks with living nodes and links,” such as animals and people, alongside aerial and terrestrial drones, said Alex Bordetsky, director of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation.


US base in Djibouti to lock down after second contractor tests positive for coronavirus

U.S. military officials in Djibouti were preparing Tuesday to lock down Camp Lemonnier indefinitely after a second contractor tested positive for the coronavirus and was evacuated from the East African country.


Thousands of 82nd Airborne paratroopers to return home after rapid deployment to the Middle East

Some 2,500 members of the 82nd Airborne Division will return home soon after being deployed rapidly to the Middle East just after Christmas amid growing tensions with Iran.


Police identify ‘armed and dangerous’ Dyess airman accused of assault

The manhunt for 37-year-old airman Erland Injerd was ongoing late Thursday and “he continues to be a possible threat to Dyess personnel.”


USS Theodore Roosevelt sailors show gratitude for Marines supporting them in quarantine on Guam

USS Theodore Roosevelt sailors on Guam went to their balconies and cheered the Marines supporting them while they are in 14-day medical isolation.


Airmen recount tough decisions, fear leading up to Iranian missile strike in January

With little advanced warning of an Iranian ballistic missile attack in early January, commanders at al Asad Air Base in Iraq had to decide who would stay — possibly to die — and who would be evacuated to carry on operations, a new Air Force report shows.


Camp Lemonnier hospital gets help as coronavirus spreads in East Africa

The U.S. military has bolstered a critical hospital in Djibouti as it guards against a potential coronavirus outbreak among troops in East Africa.


‘It just took off’: Physical Distancing Fairy visits Army bases in Germany to raise awareness, lift spirits

An unusual sprite flitted across U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach recently with her sidekick, a hand sanitizer bottle with butterfly wings, to remind troops to remain socially connected while physically distancing.


Camp Lemonnier calls on US contractors to leave homes, bunk up on base in Djibouti

Military officials have flown out scores of personnel from Djibouti’s Camp Lemonnier as a precaution and are urging contractors to immediately move into temporary berthing on base, due to mounting numbers of coronavirus cases in the country.


US-backed forces capture ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq

U.S.-backed forces in Syria arrested members of four Islamic State cells in recent raids, while an Iraqi operation destroyed an ISIS hideout and killed nearly two dozen militants, officials said.


She’s back: Cyber Awareness Challenge star Tina returns in coronavirus security video

Tina has returned in a new public service announcement video, in which she pops by a coworker’s cubicle with a few suggestions that could pose a threat to military operational security as units combat the COVID-19 disease outbreak.


USS Theodore Roosevelt sailor is in intensive care after testing positive for coronavirus

A sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt was in intensive care Thursday after suffering complications from a coronavirus infection, the Navy said.


‘No skull and crossbones’: Here’s how the six services are implementing military face mask guidance

The Army, Air Force and Navy all indicated they will provide official uniform masks. Until then, they and the other services have outlined options that meet some basic requirements.


In speech to USS Roosevelt crew, Modly calls fired captain either 'stupid' or knowingly negligent

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly justified his firing last week of the USS Theodore Roosevelt’s skipper in a speech broadcast Monday over the ship’s public address system, calling Capt. Brett Crozier “stupid” if he thought a letter calling for his crew to be evacuated because of coronavirus concerns wasn’t going to leak.


Sailors and Marines prioritize who can update ID cards during pandemic

SUGHED: Sailors and Marines prioritize who can update ID cards during pandemic


Marines, coalition forces pull out of Iraq’s Taqaddam Air Base

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq transferred its compound at Taqaddam Air Base to government security forces on Saturday, as international forces battling the Islamic State group continue to shrink their presence in the country.


'Captain Crozier! Captain Crozier!': Videos show sailors sending off ousted USS Roosevelt commander with cheers

Capt. Brett Crozier was dismissed for not using his chain of command to make service leaders aware of his concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said at the Pentagon.


US deploys Patriot missiles in Iraq as tensions with Iran continue to rise

Ground-based air defenses in Iraq were being set up “to protect Iraqi, coalition, and U.S. service members from a variety of air threats,” a Pentagon official confirmed Wednesday, declining to say where or whether they were operational.


Fort Hood-based soldier’s death is seventh for coalition in Iraq this year

Sgt. 1st Class John David Randolph Hilty was due to retire in June and looking forward to returning to civilian life, according to friends.


Green Berets in ‘fully kitted out’ combat vehicles took part in Nevada off-road race

Despite only completing half the race, the Green Berets earned an “honorary finish” award, since they spent much of their time assisting other racers.


US-backed Syria forces say ISIS detainees caught at prison perimeter following uprising

A Syrian militia said no alleged Islamic State prisoners had escaped, contrary to initial reports, after the group quelled a prison uprising with the help of aircraft from U.S.-led coalition forces.


Special pay authorized for some service members isolated in temporary lodging

Service members could receive extra money for hardships caused by coronavirus quarantines, self-isolation or restricted movement, under new Defense Department pay guidance.


‘In limbo’ in Kuwait: Rapidly deployed paratroopers don’t know when they’re coming home

Some 2,500 Army paratroopers who were rushed to the Middle East just days after Christmas remain separated from their friends and families indefinitely as the rapidly spreading coronavirus prevents them from returning home.


State Department orders some US personnel out of Iraq

The State Department has ordered some U.S. government employees at diplomatic facilities in Iraq to leave the country, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said Thursday, hours after two rockets hit the Green Zone.


Americans hand over Q-West base as ISIS fight winds down

The long-planned transfer of the base, located 40 miles south of Mosul, and about $1.7 million in equipment, took place amid a pause in the U.S.-led coalition’s training of Iraqi forces and a temporary withdrawal of some foreign forces.


DOD overpaid $116M for Camp Taji contract and troops got moldy sandwiches, raw chicken, burn pit smoke

While Katyusha rockets have been the deadliest thing flying over Camp Taji in recent weeks, officials have long been concerned about the threat of potentially toxic burn pit smoke, a government watchdog has found.


Coronavirus almost ruins veteran's 90th birthday party. But neighbors pull off big surprise

Milton Eatchel, a 90-year-old Korean War veteran, couldn’t celebrate his birthday with a party because of coronavirus social distancing, so neighbors threw him a kind of reverse parade.


Troops deploying to CENTCOM area of responsibility will be quarantined first

U.S. and coalition troops deploying to the Middle East will be put under a 14-day predeployment quarantine at their home stations to prevent potential strain on medical facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Naval Special Warfare sailor tests positive for coronavirus in Washington

The unnamed petty officer second class was training at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Washington, the state with the second-highest number of cases of the COVID-19 disease in the U.S.


Trump calls on Syria to release journalist, Marine vet Austin Tice 'immediately'

President Donald Trump called on the Syrian government to release U.S. Marine veteran Austin Tice, buoying the family’s hopes for the return of the Texan, who was abducted while working as a freelance photojournalist near Damascus in 2012.


US-led coalition in Iraq suspends training mission, sends some personnel to UK

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq has paused training activities and begun pulling some international troops from the country because of concerns about the rapidly spreading coronavirus, military officials said Thursday.


US reduces footprint in Iraq with transfer of base used to fight ISIS

The U.S. transfer of an outpost near Iraq’s western border with Syria to Iraqi security forces Tuesday marked the official start of a long-planned consolidation of coalition troops in the waning battle against the Islamic State group.


Special operations gunship joins Navy drill in Persian Gulf amid Iranian threats

A special operations gunship directly supported maritime operations in the Persian Gulf for the first time during a joint exercise with Navy ships and a patrol aircraft last week, the U.S. military said.


82nd Airborne soldiers quarantined at Fort Bragg after return from Afghanistan

More than 300 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers returning from Afghanistan began a 14-day quarantine Saturday to prevent potential spread of the coronavirus, the division said in a statement.


1st Cavalry Division soldier, Oklahoma Air National Guard airman killed in rocket attack at Camp Taji

Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts and Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias were killed in Wednesday's attack on the training base north of Baghdad.


CENTCOM general: US strikes on Iran-backed militia send 'clear, unambiguous' message

An American air raid early Friday morning on an Iranian-backed militia group in Iraq was precise, proportionate and defensive — designed to deter the group from launching more rockets at American and anti-ISIS coalition forces, the top general for U.S. Central Command said.


Officials: US strikes Iran-backed militias in response to Iraq base attack

Multiple strikes in a joint U.S.-British operation targeted Kataeb Hezbollah weapons facilities inside Iraq, one unnamed U.S. official told The Associated Press in Washington.


‘Cowardly and retrograde’: Rocket strike on Iraq base kills American and British troops, injures others

Three coalition troops — two Americans and a Briton — were killed Wednesday when nearly 20 107mm Katyusha rockets struck Camp Taji north of Baghdad, where U.S. and other coalition troops are based, U.S. Central Command’s top officer said.


'Family men, adoring husbands and fathers': Two NC-based Marines killed in Iraq

Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo, of Simi Valley, Calif., and Capt. Moises A. Navas, of Germantown, Md., both 34 and both with 2nd Marine Raider Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., were identified as the service members killed Sunday during a joint U.S.-Iraq raid.


Army officials in Italy say soldiers should report to work as normal Tuesday amid nationwide virus lockdown

U.S. Army troops and other personnel in Italy should report to work as normal Tuesday, officials said on Facebook, as the military awaited a signed copy of an Italian decree imposing restrictions on travel throughout the country.


Two US service members killed in assault on ISIS stronghold in Iraq

The two American deaths are the first combat fatalities in the country in 2020 and bring to three the number of Americans who have died while deployed as part of the U.S. anti-ISIS coalition in Iraq and Syria.


New plastic Army women include dog handler and Rosie the Riveter — and pink as a color option

The first collection of female versions of the classic green toy soldiers are also available for pre-order in bagged sets of 36. Color options include tan and, somewhat controversially, pink.


Air Force elite training site to be renamed for Afghanistan Medal of Honor recipient

Master Sgt. John A. Chapman as posthumously awarded the military’s highest decoration for combat bravery for his actions during the March 2002 Battle of Takur Ghar in Afghanistan. He was the first airman to earn the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.