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Chad Garland

Marines aim for more variety, realism in new marksmanship course

Marines will soon take a new annual marksmanship test designed to more closely resemble battlefield shooting, but fewer may qualify as expert riflemen, at least at first.

Army tests fitness benefits of yoga and meditation in basic training

The Army is studying whether the warrior pose could make better warriors after putting hundreds of new recruits through daily yoga and meditation regimens in basic training.


Soldier indicted for conspiring with neo-Nazi group seeks dismissal because grand jury wasn't racially diverse

A soldier indicted on federal charges of conspiring with neo-Nazis to ambush his own unit wants his case dismissed because the grand jury didn’t include enough Black and Hispanic members.


Marine Corps seeks to make 'smarter' infantry force with new course

The Marine Corps is ditching some of its formation marches and adding board games to a new, longer entry-level infantry training course aimed at creating Marines who can better think and act for themselves.


Family awaits answers more than a month after Aviano airman's death

The Air Force and the family of Tech. Sgt. Michael W. Morris still don’t know what caused his death last month while quarantining at home alone, hours after calling to wish his youngest daughter a happy 5th birthday.


US Navy destroyer intercepts weapons cache off Somali coast

Members of the Navy, Army and Coast Guard aboard the destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill seized weapons in international waters.


Contractor killed, nine injured in rocket attack on US base in Kurdistan’s capital

A civilian contractor was killed and a U.S. service member was injured when rockets fell on the airfield where U.S. and coalition forces are based in the capital of Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region Monday, the military said.


Light vehicles with long-range punch give Marines a better tank killer, general says

Marine Corps experiments show lightweight vehicles mounted with long-range weapons can take out enemy tanks at a distance 15 to 20 times greater than a Marine tank could, Lt. Gen. Eric Smith said this week.


Skywalkers, Wookies and FloatyBois: Here are the names Space Force rejected

About 380 possible names, from Aces to Zero-gees, were suggested for members of the Space Force.


Dean & david in Kaiserslautern hits the spot for a light, quick afternoon bite

My go-to meal when ordering out is rarely much better than fast food, usually a burger. But a few times in January, when I tried to turn over a new leaf for the new year, I found myself craving something lighter or more exotic.


Army makes 'Harlem Hellfighters' nickname official after more than a century

They called themselves the “Black Rattlers” and the French dubbed them “Men of Bronze,” but the Army now officially recognizes a historic Harlem unit by what the enemy called them in World War I — the “Hellfighters.”


Fallen Green Beret is awarded Silver Star for actions during 2016 Jordan terror attack

On the day he would have celebrated his 32nd birthday, Staff Sgt. Jimmy Moriarty’s family accepted a Silver Star Medal awarded for the fallen Army Green Beret's courageous last stand in 2016.


Marine Corps looks to add fire protection to combat utility uniform

Marine Corps Systems Command is looking for a uniform that would combine the benefits of the flame-resistant organizational gear, known as FROG, with the durability and comfort of the existing digital-pattern combat utility uniform, and at a price point closer to the latter.


Soldier who died in Kuwait was Texas guardsman, Marine Corps veteran

Staff Sgt. Timothy Luke Manchester, 34, died Wednesday in a noncombat incident at Camp Arifjan, the Defense Department said in a statement.


Tributes pour in after Green Beret's noncombat death

Dozens of people paid homage online to Warrant Officer John Wirka, who died last week in a noncombat incident, and hundreds of people have raised more than $50,000 for the wife and young daughter he left behind.


Veteran sues retailers after finding image of him in Afghanistan for sale on posters

Army veteran Nicholas Giovannelli is suing to stop several companies from “exploiting his image for profit” after he found them selling posters featuring photos of him taken in Afghanistan many years ago.


Spangdahlem Air Base’s rifle-cleaning system does ‘too good a job’ for the Army

A U.S. Air Force base in Germany has slashed the time and cost of a common chore after thousands of M4 rifles failed an inspection — but the Army says the cleaning method they used may do “too good a job.”


Aviano airman's death was from coronavirus, family and friends say

Tech. Sgt. Michael Morris, an airman based in Italy, died Tuesday.


Green Beret earns Soldier’s Medal for aiding retired Army Ranger

Lt. Col. Larry Wyatt, an Army physician assistant, earned the Soldier’s Medal for his bravery and decisiveness when he strapped a makeshift tourniquet on his own mangled arm and treated his badly wounded mentor after motorcyclists slammed into them at high speed.


Soldier who died in Kuwait in vehicle accident was on first overseas deployment

Staff Sgt. Anthony Bermudez, 28, from Dallas, Texas, died after being injured in a vehicle accident in Kuwait.


What kind of uniform is that? Marines drill for inauguration in unique style

The Marines preparing for Inauguration Day ceremonies wore black face masks, white gloves — and an unusual combination of a Vietnam-era field jacket in woodland camouflage with their khaki-and-olive green service dress uniforms.


'Highly driven' Marine silent drill platoon member shot and killed while home on leave

A 20-year-old Marine who was shot and killed while on leave in his Idaho hometown last week was a member of the service’s high profile silent drill platoon.


'I did all I could do': NCO earns commendation for bravery in Camp Taji attack

Senior Master Sgt. Rick Johnson had deployed twice before to combat zones, but he never experienced the panic and confusion he saw in Iraq last March during a fatal rocket attack on Camp Taji.


Remembering US troops who died in Iraq and Syria in 2020

The eight deaths last year bring to 99 the number of American troops who have died while taking part in the U.S.-led coalition battling ISIS since it began a little over six years ago.


'Irresponsible, immature … completely lacking in soldierly qualities': Why the Army booted Jerry Garcia 60 years ago

Army recruit Jerome J. Garcia’s staunch resistance to the strictures of military life six decades ago got him discharged just months into his enlistment. Five years later, he founded the Grateful Dead.


Poland charges two Iraqis with supporting ISIS fighter and bride from Germany

Polish authorities have charged two Iraqi citizens with financing the Islamic State, following a yearslong investigation into money transfers to a German man who went to Syria to join the terror group.


Army K9 and handler honored for discovering IED cache in Syria

Fritz, a 4.5-year-old military working dog who joined the kennels at Fort Carson, Colo., in September 2018, was awarded an Army Commendation Medal with “C” device for the achievement under combat conditions.


Marine helps save toddler’s life in California car fire

Gunnery Sgt. Kyle Wetter credited his infantry training with conditioning him to quickly respond when an 18-month-old was trapped in a burning car.


Army special operations medic, pregnant wife dead after domestic dispute

Sarah Lewis, who had served in the Army until the birth of her first child, was due to have her fourth child on Christmas.


‘Angry, sad, heartbroken, numb’: Soldier's sudden death stuns family

A memorial for 34-year old Sgt. 1st Class Levi Presley was held Friday at Eglin Air Force Base.


Army 'expedited' rollout of camouflage masks arrives in less than a year

If it had taken the Army the typical 18 months to two years to roll out its official face mask, it would have been roasted on social media. It got roasted anyway this week for announcing it would be delivered in about half that time.


Boll Burger in Kaiserslautern beats fast-food competition with its simple menu options

There’s a storefront in downtown Kaiserslautern that I’ve seen go from a perpetually shuttered burrito shack, to a sausage shop that rarely showed signs of life, to a pizzeria that at least regularly opened its doors, to a burger joint now.


Special operations soldier in Florida dies suddenly after illness

A special operations soldier and father of six died from “unforeseen medical complications” in Florida last week, the military said Tuesday.


Marine Corps to let armor Marines out early as it prepares for a tankless future

Eligible enlisted armor Marines, senior armor staff noncommissioned officers, tank officers and main battle tank repairer/technicians may be approved to separate up to 365 days before the end of their expiration of active service.


Airman who protected fallen Green Beret during ISIS fight receives Air Force Cross

The actions Alaxey Germanovich were honored for came about a week into the mission, on April 8, 2017, when ambushed coalition forces fought a grueling 8-hour gun battle under machine gun and sniper fire from all sides, the award citation says.


Army and he knows it: Arizonan set to go from DJ to GI

DJ Kenny Oliver, who co-wrote and co-produced tracks on LMFAO’s 2011 album, is joining the Army.


Soldier and veteran found dead at Fort Bragg had longtime ties to the base

Master Sgt. William J. Lavigne II, 37, with U.S. Army Special Operations Command's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and Timothy Dumas, 44, an Army veteran from Pinehurst, N.C., were found Wednesday in a training area on Fort Bragg, near Fayetteville.


Soldier who risked his life to pull man from burning car gets award for bravery

Sgt. Alexander Jabin sprang into action last year when he heard a "bang" and looked outside his barracks to see figures running around flames.


A Coast Guardsman bought dinner for a stranger in Greenland; he turned out to be the prime minister

While the Coast Guard cutter Campbell was at port in Greenland’s capital city of Nuuk, Kate Kilroy visited a diner, where she saw a stranger sitting alone. She bought him a meal, just as she would have done in the small North Carolina town where she was raised.


Army veteran in love with a terrorist is accused of supporting al-Qaida affiliate in Syria

Holiday travel can be stressful, especially for a New Jersey woman arrested this week on charges she provided material support to a member of an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria whom she said she loved, but found too controlling.


Most military aircraft fleets missed readiness targets over nine years, GAO says

More than half of 46 types of military aircraft failed to meet mission capability readiness goals in any year from 2011 through 2019, including most fighter jets, a government review has found.


Navy destroys ICBM using new interceptor missile for first time

The destroyer USS John Finn shot down an ICBM on Monday.


Navy SEAL Foundation backs study of ecstasy component for PTSD treatment

A grant made by the Navy SEAL Foundation is expected to assist with large-scale trials of the psychoactive drug MDMA, also known as molly, coupled with psychotherapy.


Pentagon identifies five Americans killed in Black Hawk crash in Egypt

An Army doctor on his first overseas assignment and three veterans of the Afghanistan War were among the five Americans killed in a helicopter crash in Egypt, the Pentagon said Saturday.


Indiana mom captured in Syria is sentenced to prison for supporting ISIS

An American woman who helped her husband and brother-in-law join the Islamic State in Syria by smuggling cash and gold overseas has been sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty to financing terrorism.


Air Force pilot earns Distinguished Flying Cross after landing A-10 with damaged gear, no canopy

During a 2017 training flight, Maj. Brett DeVries flew for 25 minutes after a misfire in the aircraft’s 30 mm cannon caused the canopy and several panels to blow off.


US-trained Iraqi counterterrorism forces capture ISIS child recruiter in independent operation

An Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service raid in Fallujah that captured a suspected Islamic State child recruitment ringleader without firing a shot last week was one of many successful recent Iraqi operations, coalition officials said.


Pararescueman awarded Silver Star for treating Green Berets during Afghan firefight

Staff Sgt. Nicholas Brunetto never expected to receive an award for his actions in combat with a Special Forces team ambushed in Afghanistan earlier this year.


‘Finally getting that recognition’: Marine who died trying to save struggling swimmer honored over two years after death

Lance Cpl. Corey Staten, who was just 23 when he drowned in a Missouri river in 2018, was recently awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal.


‘Nerds run the Army': 101st Airborne soldier wins innovation challenge with range app

Winning the XVIII Airborne Corps’ first “Dragon Innovation Challenge” with an idea to improve training range management by using mobile apps earned Maj. Evan Adams his choice of any Army school. He opted for something sensible, if less action-packed.


Marines choosing Corps over tanks as service eliminates armor

Most Marine tankers have chosen to stay in the Corps rather than join the Army to keep on tanking in the months since the top Marine general called for the shuttering of heavy armor battalions earlier this year.


‘Semper Tanks’: Marines hold on to tanker spirit as 100-year legacy ends

The Marine Corps is ditching tanks, but its tankers are working to preserve their unique subculture, some with hopes that their special breed may one day be called on again.


Military working dogs in Iraq get a blood bank like their humans have

Military working dog handlers in Iraq have set up a “walking blood bank” for their four-legged partners who help secure bases, hunt explosives and assist in combat missions.


Paratrooper’s airborne TikTok video could be a safety violation, Army says

The Army is looking into a viral video showing a soldier drinking from an Ocean Spray juice bottle and lip-syncing the words of the Fleetwood Mac hit “Dreams” while on a daytime parachute jump.


USS Nimitz crew welcomed to COVID-free ‘bubble’ during Bahrain visit

The USS Nimitz was the first U.S. aircraft carrier to put the Navy’s coronavirus-related port call procedures to the test in Bahrain.


Hot Pockets in short supply at AAFES, commissaries because of coronavirus

Nestle told the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and other retailers that it will have “severe inventory constraints” in its Hot Pockets product lines.


Tattoo shop at US military base exchange could be first of a trend

Military Star Cards are accepted at the Nellis Air Force Base Exchange tattoo store, which opened last month.


Marine who fled Camp Lejeune, three others charged with armed robbery at church

Lance Cpl. Shawn M. Miller was initially thought to be a victim of a robbery in the parking lot of a Catholic church, but police said he conspired with three other suspects.


Carrier-launched airstrikes hit ISIS targets in Iraq as USS Nimitz patrols Persian Gulf

For the first time in over two years, carrier-launched U.S. aircraft conducted an airstrike against Islamic State targets on Sept. 23 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition battling the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.


Air Force lab wants to find out how to get humans to trust robots

Researchers want to test how troops might react to artificial intelligence when it behaves independently, and in unexpected ways.


Navy sailor in Naples drops 94 pounds to stay in the service

Dietitians at Naval Support Activity Naples helped Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew O’Brien change his eating habits.


Injured Army musician turns crutches into flutes

Spc. Jessica Tang made crutches into flutes after a severe injury during Army basic training. Here's why.


US deploys Bradleys, mechanized infantry to Syria to ensure 'freedom of movement' for coalition forces

The mechanized forces are from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, deployed to Kuwait from Fort Bliss, Texas, according to Operation Inherent Resolve .


Special operations soldier is killed in vehicle accident at Key West Navy base

A 17-year Army veteran and father of two was killed when he was hit by a security patrol truck that ran into the entrance of the Navy Exchange store at Naval Air Station Key West’s Sigsbee Park Annex this week.


‘Marines make excellent soldiers’: Over half a Marine tank company just joined the Army National Guard

When a Marine Corps tank company disbanded, 39 of its reservists transferred to the Idaho Army National Guard.


Trump awards Distinguished Flying Cross to guardsmen who helped rescue hundreds from wildfires

“They flew into blazing flames, raging wind — and it was raging — and blinding smoke to rescue families who were trapped by the massive Creek Fire,” President Donald Trump said during an awards ceremony Monday.


Security Forces airman killed on noncombat patrol in Kuwait was slated to train as a dog handler

One U.S. airman was killed and two others were injured in a single-vehicle accident while conducting a routine patrol in Kuwait, the military said Sunday.


Air Force special ops members ‘fight, bleed and laugh’ on nearly 7,000 days of deployments

The 17th Special Tactics Squadron has had no breaks in its rotations in support of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since October 2001.


Sailors, Marines can no longer use hemp products to fight frizz, soften skin, Navy says

The Army, Air Force and Coast Guard already have policies in place that forbid military members from using products made with hemp or hemp seed oil.


Navy calls off search for US sailor reported overboard in Arabian Sea

The Navy ended the search for a missing U.S. sailor in the North Arabian Sea, officials said more than 48 hours after a “man overboard” alert was sounded aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, officials said Tuesday.


Air Force joins Navy's search for US sailor reported overboard in Arabian Sea

Air Force aircraft joined a round-the-clock Navy search for a missing member of the USS Nimitz crew, officials said more than 36 hours after a “man overboard” alert was sounded.


US blocks propaganda websites registered by Iran-backed militia

The United States this week seized two websites run by an Iran-backed terror group linked to dozens of rocket attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq and the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in December.


American who told parents he was camping pleads guilty after joining ISIS in Syria

A U.S. citizen pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to terrorism after spending five years handling communications for ISIS militants battling the U.S.-led coalition, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas said.


Stepbrothers reunite on Afghanistan deployment for first time since 2001

The last time the soldier stepbrothers had seen each other was the year the war in Afghanistan started — and one of them was a baby.


Silver Stars awarded to two Green Berets and a pararescueman for close-quarters Taliban battle

Two Green Berets and an Air Force pararescueman were awarded Silver Stars for their heroism during a nearly eight-hour firefight last year after the Special Forces team “stumbled upon” an elite Taliban force in a small Afghan village.


Army policy changes focus on extremist activity and gun ownership by violent offenders

Soldiers can now face punishment for social media posts supporting extremist groups, under a major revision to the Army’s policy guidance to its commanders.