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US offers multi-million dollar bounty for info on Iranian planner of deadly 2007 attack

The United States is offering a $15 million reward for information on Abdul Reza Shahlai, a top Iranian commander who allegedly planned attacks against U.S. and allied forces, including a 2007 raid in Iraq that killed five American soldiers.

Corps reminds Marines they can 'like' politicians, but should be careful what they 'share'

With political campaigns ramping up and presidential impeachment efforts underway, the Marine Corps issued a reminder about what political activities its members can engage in legally, including what’s acceptable to tweet, “gram” and otherwise share on social media.

What’s it like when a parent goes to war? 9-year-old boy tells all

Titled “Brave for My Family,” the book tells the story of the Christmas six years ago that young Davidson Whetstone spent with his father, Dave, who was recuperating at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., after being wounded in a rocket-propelled grenade blast in Afghanistan.

Soldier severed his own leg to help wounded tank crew after accident in Slovakia

Spc. Ezra Maes spent four months in intensive care undergoing near daily surgeries and battling an infection. He’s now assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion and undergoing physical and occupational therapy.

Army mechanics deployed to Jordan trick out an ATV

The operation, led by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Frank Cocciolillo, was a team-building opportunity for the unit, which supports the Jordan Armed Forces Joint Training Center in Amman.

Teenager who disarmed Colorado school shooter is now a Marine

Brendan Bialy, 18, who helped tackle and disarm a gunman during a school shooting earlier this year, has graduated Marine Corps boot camp, where he distinguished himself as platoon honor man.

‘A blistering series of operations’: Special operations task force earns nearly 50 combat awards in one deployment

The soldiers of Special Operations Task Force 102 received five Silver Star medals, seven Bronze Star medals with Valor devices, 15 Army Commendation medals with Valor devices and 21 Purple Hearts in one deployment.

Army tests airdrops of US-produced freeze-dried plasma near battlefields

Soldiers from the Fort Bragg, N.C.-based 432nd Blood Support Detachment jumped out of a CH-47 Chinook with rehydrated, freeze-dried plasma packed in their ruck sacks.

‘Outstanding’ airman on way to collect award performs one more good deed, saving a child’s life

Tech. Sgt. Ken O’Brien has been called "Superman" by some and a hero by others — and, while en-route to receive one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year awards, O'Brien lived up to his reputation when he saved a child's life.

Edwards AFB drop zones will honor parachutist who died in training jump

Drop zones at Edwards to be named after parachutist who died in training jump


Intergalactic visitors land at Ramstein for Exchange ‘Comic Con’ event

Kids high-fived Wookiees, hugged Jawas and posed for photos with Spider-Man at the main exchange on Ramstein Air Base over the weekend, as the mall celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Throwback tiger stripes could get more use among Green Berets

“These uniforms were nonstandard in nature, which demonstrates the uniqueness of U.S. Army Special Forces and their mission,” said Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman.

Air Force identifies civilian intelligence analyst who died in noncombat incident in Qatar

A U.S. Air Force civilian who died this week in a noncombat incident at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar was identified Friday as 32-year-old intelligence analyst Jason P. Zaki.

Army activates new units in Europe to support Poland

The 510th Regional Support Group and six subordinate units were activated at Sembach Kaserne.

US servicemember is killed in action in Afghanistan

The name of the servicemember was being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin notification, per standard procedure, according to a statement released Monday by the U.S.-led Resolute Support mission in Kabul.

Servicemembers are warned to lay off vaping amid reports of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes

Even without the risk of lung disease, vaping may be harmful to soldiers’ health, Army public health officials said. It has been associated with anxiety, increased blood pressure and seizures.

Airman who died in parachuting accident ‘loved his country and his job,’ family says

Staff Sgt. Adam K. Erickson, 29, was killed in California during a training accident on a routine military proficiency jump.

Lt. Gen. Pat White takes reins of Operation Inherent Resolve

Lt. Gen. Pat White, leader of the Army's III Armored Corps, assumed command of Operation Inherent Resolve from Lt. Gen. Paul LaCamera, head of the service’s XVIII Airborne Corps, in a ceremony in Baghdad on Saturday.

Marine seen tackling two fist-fighting students has been counseled on 'appropriate level of involvement'

Pfc. Josue Valdez Sarmiento is now under investigation following his actions at a California school, where he attempted to break up a fight by tackling two students.

IG report: US sent bomb-sniffing dogs to Jordan, then they died from poor care

The U.S. government continued to provide dozens of bomb-sniffing dogs to the Kingdom of Jordan, even as the animals were dying of serious health problems and others were so poorly treated that they had “lost the will to work,” a government evaluation found.

95-year-old Navy vet receives medals he earned as a teen on WWII combat missions

Bernard Bartusiak of Chicago earned more than one Distinguished Flying Cross and several Air Medals during the war, but, “for reasons unknown,” didn’t receive them, a Navy spokesman said.

US bombs ISIS island in Iraq’s Tigris River

Coalition and Iraqi forces carried out airstrikes Tuesday against an island south of Mosul in the Tigris River believed to be a safe haven for the Islamic State group in Iraq.

A soldier died of natural causes in Kosovo. He was a dedicated staff sergeant, loving father — and Ray Charles’ grandson

Staff Sgt. Conrad Robinson followed one of his grandfathers into the Army, but what he shared with few colleagues before he died was that his other one was “the Genius" of soul music, Ray Charles.

Purple Hearts awarded 101 years after Coast Guard cutter torpedoed by Germans

Officials have been looking for surviving relatives of the 111 Coast Guard and four Navy crewmembers who perished aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa for the past two decades. They’ve found nearly half of them.

The Navy has fattest members of the military — but obesity rates are up across all services

A recent Defense Department report found more than 17% of military personnel are considered obese, up from less than 16% four years earlier.

Ranger School graduates include first woman in Air Force to earn tab, 7-foot former NBA player

First Lt. Chelsey Hibsch, an Air Force security forces officer, and Second Lt. Marshall Plumlee, a member of Duke University’s 2015 NCAA Championship basketball team and former New York Knicks player, were among the graduates of the Army's most recent Ranger School class.

Green Beret killed in combat in Afghanistan leaves behind daughter, pregnant wife

Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Ard, 31, of Idaho Falls, became the 15th U.S. combat casualty in that country this year.

Wounded pararescueman who kept fighting Taliban for hours awarded Bronze Star

Staff Sgt. Aaron Metzger was wounded while he treated two severely injured Afghan commandos during a nighttime raid against the Taliban in April 2018.

Casual eatery Storchenturm makes a welcome reappearance in Kaiserslautern

The Kaiserslautern cafe/bistro/bar Storchenturm has done an on-again, off-again routine both baffling and familiar to me after more than three years living in this town.

Moran’s private emails to disciplined officer violated Pentagon policy, IG says

Retired Adm. Bill Moran showed poor judgment and broke Pentagon rules by using his personal email account to conduct official communications with a former officer who had been disciplined for sexual misconduct, an investigation has found.

Defense language school pays tribute to Shannon Kent, Navy linguist killed in Syria

Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, who was killed in Syria earlier this year, trained at the Defense Language Institute and was a 2005 graduate of the language school’s Arabic course.

African militaries are working to bolster their 'backbone,' the NCOs

High-ranking enlisted troops in Africa aren’t always proud of their rank, one senior noncommissioned officer confessed to a roomful of his peers from nearly 30 African countries and the U.S.

‘LaDavid fought like a hero:’ Family of soldier killed in Niger attack receives posthumous medal

The family of a U.S. soldier killed during an October 2017 ambush in West Africa was presented the country’s third-highest valor award Friday in Florida, the fourth posthumous medal for valor in that incident presented in the past week.

AMRDEC file transfer site is shuttered as Pentagon launches DOD-wide solution

Users will be unable to download material from a popular military file exchange service after Thursday, as the Defense Department transitions to a new site with larger capacity and better security.

Families receive posthumous awards on behalf of soldiers killed in 2017 Niger ambush

Showing “total disregard for his personal safety or life,” Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright crossed open terrain under intense enemy fire to protect and recover two fallen comrades, his medal citation says. The medal was one of three posthumous awards presented in recent days to families of those slain in the attack.

Marine Corps Exchanges to end DVD, Blu-ray disc sales

Marine Corps Exchanges are selling off their stocks of DVDs and Blu-ray discs and will end sales of the media in the next few months, an official said.

2018 blast in Syria that killed US, UK soldiers accidental detonation, not enemy action

U.S. Special Operations Command on Monday confirmed that a 2018 blast in Syria that killed two special operations soldiers from the U.S. and the U.K. was caused by coalition explosives, not a roadside bomb.


‘Without trust, there’s no partnership’: Civil affairs soldiers strengthen US ties to Djibouti

Civil affairs soldiers serve as cultural and governance experts who form a key part of the U.S. mission as it competes with other world powers making inroads in East Africa.

USS Boxer pulls into Bahrain a week after Iranian drone incident

The USS Boxer pulled into Bahrain’s Khalifa bin Salman Port on Thursday for a visit, days after the amphibious assault ship made headlines for downing at least one Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz.

Navy SEAL platoon ordered out of Iraq for drinking alcohol while deployed, report says

The apparent breakdown in discipline among the elite Navy team comes at a time of increased scrutiny of the special operations communities that have borne the strain of a high operational tempo over more than 17 years of war in the Middle East.

Navy identifies missing sailor who went overboard from carrier in Arabian Sea

The search for Petty Officer 2nd Class Slayton Saldana was called off Friday after “extensive attempts to locate the sailor” involving three ships and aircraft from two patrol squadrons, 5th Fleet said.

Navy halts search for sailor missing in Arabian Sea

A sailor who was reported overboard from a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea earlier this week remains missing after the Navy ended its search-and-rescue efforts, officials said Saturday.

Pentagon IDs soldier who died in noncombat incident in Kuwait

Sgt. William Edward Friese, 30, a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic in the West Virginia Army National Guard, died Thursday at Camp Buehring, the military said. Details of the incident were not released, and a Pentagon statement said it remained under investigation.

Tehran denies USS Boxer destroyed Iranian drone after US says it threatened ship’s safety

Senior Iranian officials said that none of the country’s drones in the region had been destroyed, although a top military spokesman in the country suggested that one had approached the USS Boxer.

Navy ship shoots down Iranian drone over Strait of Hormuz, Pentagon says

The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, was in international waters traveling into the Strait of Hormuz when a drone “closed within a threatening range," U.S. officials said. Iran denied that it had lost a drone.

More US troops to head to Mideast amid rising tensions with Iran, reports say

About 500 servicemembers are expected to be sent to Prince Sultan Air Base in the desert east of the Saudi capital of Riyadh, unnamed Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

Wahlburgers, Arby’s and more: These new restaurants are opening at military exchanges in Europe

Wahlburgers, a fast-casual burger chain founded by a trio of brothers from Boston, is among the eateries slated to open at military exchanges in Europe in the coming months, along with pizza, barbecue and chicken stands.

No, the Pentagon isn’t planning a war on pizza

Word that the Pentagon was set to mandate a low-carbohydrate, high-fat ketogenic diet for servicemembers spread like spilled avocado oil across the internet last week, with some respected outlets repeating the claim. These reports, sources said, were not true.

Army wraps up Mosul Dam mission, the 'construction project that never ends'

Last week, Iraqi, U.S. and Italian officials celebrated the completion of a $530-million project to shore-up Iraq's largest dam. But while the work has stabilized the dam, construction flaws that have posed a threat since its completion in 1984 have yet to be permanently fixed, a research paper says.

Iran attack marks first known successful strike on high-flying Global Hawk drone

The RQ-4A Global Hawk maritime surveillance drone was flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz when it was downed by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, U.S. Central Command said in a statement, though Tehran has claimed it was flying in Iranian airspace.

CENTCOM confirms Yemen rebels shot down US drone

The CENTCOM statement confirmed earlier reports of the incident, which took place earlier this month, and comes as the U.S. has accused Iran of attacking merchant ships in the region amid rising tensions in a standoff between Washington and Tehran.


Quiet professional remembered: Bill Dean had lasting impact on ISIS fight

A memorial Monday at an Alaska National Guard armory will celebrate a Special Forces veteran whose role in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria was relatively unknown before he died in a climbing accident last month.

New commander takes over Horn of Africa mission ahead of proposed US shift

Army Maj. Gen. Michael D. Turello assumed command of U.S. military efforts in East Africa, where a proposal may shift the mission focus from multinational training and counterterrorism to a permanent presence that seeks to strengthen American influence on the continent.

Taji NCO infantry school to be Iraqi-run as US coalition partners draw down

A new urban training range located about 25 miles north of Baghdad at the Taji Military Complex has the capacity to train up to a battalion of Iraqi troops at a time in urban operations, the Australian and New Zealand-led Task Group Taji said in a statement Thursday.

AFRICOM commander sees recent signs of progress in Somalia

In high-level talks in Mogadishu on Tuesday, U.S. Africa Command’s Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser and U.S. Ambassador to Somalia Donald Yamamoto discussed how to keep momentum “moving forward” in the Horn of Africa country, which has been in disarray for more than 20 years.

ROTC cadet admits to operating pro-Nazi Twitter account, Army officials say

During an investigation into “online behavior that is not consistent with Army values,” Cadet Martha Gerdes of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte admitted to posting anti-Semitic, racist and anti-gay statements on Twitter, Maj. Dean Carter, a command spokesman, said Monday in an emailed statement.

'Failure is not an option': Infantry officer becomes first woman in her division with EIB

Despite the desert heat, dozens of soldiers in Kuwait last week earned the prestigious Expert Infantry Badge, including one of the first women to receive the decoration since women began making inroads into combat arms fields previously closed to them.

Most Americans say US right to fight WWII while 1 out of 5 don’t know

Most Americans believe the United States was right to participate in World War II but many are either skeptical or don’t know, according to a poll released ahead of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that kicked off the liberation of Europe.

Supporters raise funds after Army major, two daughters die in Kentucky crash

An online fundraiser for the family of Army Ranger Maj. Agustin “Augie” Gonzalez had raised more than $140,000 as of Friday, after news that he and his daughters Noelle, 6, and Gwen, 2, died in a car crash over Memorial Day weekend.

‘Saving Private Ryan’ coming to AAFES theaters in EUCOM, CENTCOM for D-Day 75

The film is scheduled to run on June 6 in more than 20 base theaters overseas in Europe and the Middle East.

Vietnam vet presents his medals to slain ROTC cadet

A Vietnam War veteran presented two of his medals posthumously to a University of North Carolina-Charlotte ROTC cadet who was killed when he tackled a gunman who opened fire inside a classroom.

Cadet who tackled UNC shooter is posthumously honored with ROTC Medal for Heroism

Riley Howell, a University of North Carolina Charlotte student and ROTC cadet who died after charging and tackling a gunman who opened fire in a university classroom, was posthumously awarded the ROTC Medal of Heroism earlier this month.

Bob Dole, former senator wounded in WWII, is promoted to Army colonel

Former Sen. Bob Dole was officially promoted from Army captain to the honorary rank of colonel during a ceremony Thursday at the World War II Memorial in Washington, becoming the third and only living recipient of such an honor in the service’s 244-year history.

State Department orders evacuation of non-emergency US government employees from Iraq

The State Department has ordered all non-emergency U.S. government employees at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. consulate in Erbil to leave the country, according to a statement posted on the embassy’s website Wednesday.

Bomber task force completes first CENTCOM mission as Iran warns US forces to leave region

The mission was the first for the unit since it was deployed to the Persian Gulf last week, in response to what U.S. officials have described as indications of Iranian threats against U.S. forces in Iraq, Syria and at sea.

A soldier’s award for tossing an enemy grenade back is upgraded to the Distinguished Service Cross

Nicholas Eslinger's quick action that night in October 2008 saved six soldiers from potential injury or death, earning him a Silver Star Medal in 2009. Last week, he received an upgraded award — a Distinguished Service Cross, the Army’s second-highest award for combat valor.

Want to know how many websites the Pentagon runs? So does the Pentagon

The Pentagon could be responsible for 5,000 publicly accessible websites. Or it could be less than half that. Nobody appears to know for sure.

No, Australian soldiers aren’t banned from using slang around US Marines

“We have lost-in-translation moments more than you would realize,” Australian Air Force Group Capt. Stewart Dowrie told the country’s 10 Daily last week. “The time to figure that out is not on the battlefield when the bullets are flying.”

Air Force carries out airstrike with F-35 for first time in combat

The service's first combat use of the F-35A Lightning II was an airstrike conducted deep in Iraq’s Hamrin Mountains, according to U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

Pentagon IDs soldier who died in noncombat incident in northern Syria

Pfc. Michael A. Thomason, 28, of Lincoln Park, Mich., died of “wounds sustained from a non-combat incident” in Kobani, Syria, according to a statement issued late Monday by the Pentagon.

‘A culture of fear’: A look at the California National Guard allegations spurring lawmakers to consider new legislation

The proposed legislation comes amid fresh scrutiny on the state’s military department after allegations of misconduct and claims of reprisal forced the removal of three top officers from their posts in the California Air National Guard earlier this month.

Merit over seniority: Army revamping 50-year-old centralized promotion board

The Army will revamp its centralized promotion board processes over the next few years to focus on advancing senior noncommissioned officers on merit, not time served.

'I just did what instinct told me to do': Soldiers awarded Silver Star medals for rescue mission

Two soldiers have been awarded Silver Star medals for a July mission where they said they barely noticed the enemy gunfire peppering their Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan.

How one veteran’s struggle to adjust to life after the Army led to the birth of ‘Shazam!’

The hit Warner Bros. superhero film “Shazam!” is based on a character whose origins begin with an Army veteran’s little-known struggle a century ago to adjust to life after war.

Marines killed in Afghanistan blast died only days before they were to come home

Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines and Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman were all assigned to 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, and were in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Resolute Support.

Three Americans slain in Bagram blast identified as Marines, one a decorated NYC fireman

All three American servicemembers killed in a bombing outside Bagram Air Field were Marines, it was announced Tuesday, while the military said an Afghan contractor initially reported dead has been found alive.