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Soldier’s Medal awarded to Army captain who subdued a soldier stabbing his own wife

An Army captain who pulled a knife-wielding attacker off his victim wishes he could have done more, though his actions earned him the Army’s highest medal for acts of noncombat bravery.

Prosecutors recommend 17-year sentence for former Green Beret convicted of spying for Russia

Federal prosecutors are seeking a 17-year prison sentence for a former Green Beret who pleaded guilty last year to providing classified information to Russian military intelligence for over a decade.


Paratroopers jump into Estonia during ‘complex but awesome’ nighttime drill

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division dropped into Estonia early Saturday during an exercise meant to test their ability to communicate and cooperate with each other and their allies.


Army approves fitness test exception for E-4s to keep up promotion potential

All corporals and specialists will have the option to take the Army Physical Fitness Test, a move meant to help them “stay on track for promotion” as the service transitions to the long-awaited combat fitness test.


Jabbing and jumping: 82nd Airborne paratroopers get fully vaccinated ahead of Baltic jump

Before hundreds of 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers stand up, hook up and shuffle to the door for an airborne jump over Estonia, they sat down, rolled up their sleeves and got the coronavirus vaccination.


Iraq’s F-16 program stalls after US contractors evacuate Balad Air Base, report says

Increased threats and attacks by Iran-backed militias forced American contractors to evacuate Iraq’s Balad Air Base in March, where they were supporting Iraq’s F-16 program, a U.S. government report said this week.


82nd Airborne paratrooper faces charges related to gunfight at Syrian checkpoint

Sgt. 1st Class Robert Nicoson, the platoon sergeant on a patrol that came under fire in August near the northeastern Syrian town of Qamishli, is facing an Article 32 hearing later this month.


Air Force pararescueman recalls ‘apocalyptic’ Afghanistan blast that killed Green Beret, wounded six others

A pararescueman who treated seven people at the scene recalls a 2019 blast.


Retired SEAL Jocko Willink surprises guard members, tells them to relish adversity

Former Navy SEAL and podcaster John Gretton “Jocko” Willink made the impromptu visit to an air base in Pennsylvania after some soldiers ran into him making a promotional video.


‘No big thing’: NCO earns Soldier's Medal after running into house fire to save woman and dog

Sgt. 1st Class Jedidia Powell was on duty in Portland one afternoon in late November 2017 when a state maintenance worker poked his head in the door and said a house was on fire down the street.


Short film about Marines’ bravery in 2008 Ramadi attack is now free online

A short film about two Marines’ final acts of heroism to stop a truck bomb suicide attack in Iraq became free to view this week on the 13th anniversary of the incident, for which the two men earned Navy Cross medals.


Air Force to court-martial a general on sexual assault charge for the first time

Former Air Force Research Laboratory commander Maj. Gen. William Cooley is accused of making unwanted sexual advances by kissing and touching a civilian woman during an off-duty incident in Albuquerque, N.M.


‘By far the hardest thing I have done’: Aviation soldiers march through Arabian Desert for Nordic skills badge

Some 100 U.S. soldiers in Kuwait grabbed their loaded rucksacks and marched through the desert in a bid to prove their mental and physical endurance was up to Nordic standards.


US can build military facilities in Norway under new defense cooperation pact

The U.S. and Norway signed a revised defense cooperation agreement Friday that will allow the Americans to build facilities at three airfields and one naval base in the country.


Judge temporarily grants orthodox Jewish sailor's plea to keep his beard

The Navy can’t force an orthodox Jewish sailor aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt to shave his beard, at least until the end of the month, a federal judge has decided.


Gone in 65 seconds: Pilot error led to $6 million loss in military drone crash

A drone crashed at the end of a New York runway last year because the operators mixed up the levers on the control panel, an Air Force investigation report said.


Nellis master sergeant who offered to sell AK-47 pleads guilty to drug and gun charges

Michael Reimers offered to sell several firearms in July through September 2019 — including an AK-47, a .25 caliber handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun — the Justice Department said.


Knoxville man charged with aiding ISIS just a harmless nerd, his lawyer says

A Tennessee man translates and publishes pro-ISIS content and official ISIS media in English, the Justice Department said.


US Navy carrier group transits Suez Canal for first time since container ship freed

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group has sailed through the Suez Canal from the Mediterranean Sea.


Italian autopsy confirms first coronavirus-related death of a US airman in Europe; DOD inquiry still in progress

Tech. Sgt. Michael W. Morris, 36, died alone in his off-base home Jan. 12. He had tested positive for the coronavirus a week earlier, and his family immediately suspected it caused his death.


Almond blossoms add flair to the German Wine Route, if you know where to look

The almond blossoms mark the awakening of nature each March and April. Villages usually celebrate with festivals featuring wine and almond-based culinary delights, which for obvious reasons are not happening this year.


Airstrikes ‘pummel’ ISIS in Iraq as US prepares for talks with Baghdad

Including Iraqi air force and army aviation operations, a total of 312 airstrikes have destroyed 120 enemy positions and killed 27 terrorists, Col. Wayne Marotto, a spokesman for the military coalition, said in a tweet.


‘Warrior Restaurants?' How the Army hopes to boost DFAC usage

In an effort to change how and what soldiers eat, the service has begun rebranding its dining facilities, modernizing them and upgrading their offerings to prioritize fresh or frozen ingredients over heavily processed foods.


Dyess airman who led police on 16-day manhunt sentenced to prison

Airman 1st Class Erland Injerd was given a dishonorable discharge and reduced in rank to airman basic during his court martial.


Airman honored for braving icy waters to rescue elderly woman from sinking ambulance

An airman teamed up with a passerby and an ambulance crew member for a 2019 rescue.


DOD pushes more vaccines to CENTCOM after rise in coronavirus cases

Officials are urging “continued vigilance” as troops deployed to the Middle East await coronavirus vaccine shipments following what one doctor said was an uptick in infections last month.


'It was our spot': Popular Fort Campbell area pub ravaged by fire

Soldiers are mourning the closure of a popular veteran-owned pub near an Army base in Tennessee, after fire ravaged much of the building.


US civilian contractor dies in rocket attack on air base in Iraq

At least 10 rockets rained down on Asad Air Base in Anbar province housing U.S. and coalition forces in western Iraq, the Pentagon said.


More military exchange locations to get tattoo studios

American Tattoo Society, which opened its first on-base location at the Nellis Air Force Base exchange in September, expects to open a new shop at Fort Bliss in the coming months.


Would you like fries with that? Soldier reenlists in front of overseas McDonald’s

An Army staff sergeant in Kuwait last week reenlisted against the backdrop of two widely recognized American symbols: the stars and stripes and the golden arches.


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.