Claudia Grisales

Claudia Grisales covers Congress for Stars and Stripes.

She joined Stripes in August 2017, after serving for 16 years as a staff writer for the Austin American-Statesman, the daily newspaper in Austin, Texas. She’s a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She’s also an alum from the University of Texas and the University of Houston.

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Immigrant’s 18-year dream to join US military finally becomes reality

Cesar Vargas made a vow to join the military when he was a high school student after the 9/11 attacks. On Thursday, the 35-year-old will realize a major milestone in that dream, graduating from the Army Reserve’s Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood.

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Air Force secretary warns: 'We are too small for what the nation is asking us to do'

Outgoing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told a House panel Tuesday that the service’s number of squadrons needs to grow another 25 percent to meet increasing demands around the world.

House denounces Trump transgender ban

The House approved a resolution Thursday condemning a controversial Trump administration ban of transgender personnel in the military ahead of the plan’s potential implementation next month.

House rebuke of military transgender ban nears vote

The House on Wednesday approved debate of the resolution on the House floor and could see passage of the measure by Thursday in the Democrat-controlled chamber.

Shanahan: New review of 2017 Niger attack underway

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told House lawmakers Tuesday that a new review into the deadly October 2017 ambush in Niger that left four American soldiers dead is underway.

Senate lawmakers hammer Pentagon officials on massive military budget

Democratic lawmakers hammered top military officials during a congressional hearing on Thursday, highlighting the uphill battle ahead for the Pentagon to push through its $718.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2020.