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US-led coalition strikes ISIS-held mosque in Syria for second time in a week

Airstrikes on Monday by the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition hit the terrorist group’s fighters inside a Syrian mosque where ISIS was launching attacks against American-back militia, Pentagon officials said.

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Trump threatens to send troops to close southern border as ‘caravan’ of migrants approaches US

Earlier this week, Donald Trump threatened to stop U.S. monetary aid to those Central American nations if they could not curb migration of their citizens to the United States.


'Marine warrior' receives Medal of Honor for heroic actions in Vietnam’s Battle of Hue

Nearly 51 years after the battle that would launch John L. Canley into the annals of Marine lore, the retired sergeant major stood stoic in the White House on Wednesday as he received the nation’s highest military honor.


Air Force investigation finds Thunderbirds pilot lost consciousness before fatal crash in April

Maj. Stephen Del Bagno “became completely incapacitated for a period” as he practiced the “High Bomb Burst Rejoin” maneuver alongside five other Thunderbirds pilots April 4 at the Nevada Test and Training Range near Las Vegas.


Dunford warns against complacency in fight against terrorism as ISIS’ caliphate disintegrates

The U.S. military’s top general warned Tuesday that the international community must maintain its focus on the terrorism threat even as the Islamic State nears defeat on the battlefields of Syria and other security challenges rise around the world.


Pentagon says 80 percent of F-35 fleet has returned to flying

More than 80 percent of the U.S. military’s F-35 Lightning II fighters have returned to flying, Pentagon officials said Monday after a fleet-wide grounding last week to inspect the stealth jets for a problematic engine part at least partially blamed for a recent crash.


New Army newsletter aims to smooth retirement transition, encourage connection with service

Some 17,000 soldiers across the Army’s active duty, reserve and National Guard force will receive a new emailed newsletter on Monday, as the service attempts to better prepare anyone who has served 17 or more years for their eventual transition to retirement.


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Air Force uncertain how long devastated Tyndall will be closed; F-22s possibly damaged in hurricane

How long Tyndall Air Force Base will remain closed is unknown after the coastal Florida installation sustained catastrophic damage from Hurricane Michael, which left nearly every building and some aircraft wrecked, service officials said Friday.


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Tyndall AFB leveled by Hurricane Michael as most other installations avoid major damage

The Category 4 storm, the strongest to ever hit the Florida Panhandle, tore roofing from aircraft hangars and mangled buildings at Tyndall, just outside Panama City, Fla., according to Air Force officials.


Entire US fleet of F-35s grounded for engine inspections

The U.S. military has grounded its fleet of F-35s following a recent crash in South Carolina to inspect the fighter jets’ engine fuel tubes, the Pentagon announced Thursday.


National Guard, Coast Guard, aircraft and rescue teams prepared to respond to Hurricane Michael

The Defense Department has 2,216 active-duty personnel, 32 helicopters, 240 high-water vehicles and 32 swift-water boats ready to assist in relief efforts for the storm, which made landfall Wednesday afternoon.


Army targets young Americans in new ways for recruiting

Recruiters armed with new marketing campaigns and technology will target cities where the Army has struggled to engage potential soldiers as part of a revamped strategy to fill the ranks.


Army’s top leaders optimistic about service’s future even as it struggles to recruit

Army Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the service’s chief of staff, downplayed concerns about the Army falling 6,500 recruits short of its fiscal year 2018 goal, missing its mark for the first time since 2015.


Votel says US is not 'on the road' to military conflict with Iran

The top American military commander for the Middle East on Thursday warned Iran must curtail “reckless, unsafe and escalatory” actions, such as its ballistic missile strike into Syria earlier in the week.


Navy veteran from Utah is arrested in probe of suspicious letters sent to Pentagon, White House

A Navy veteran from Utah has admitted to federal authorities that he mailed suspicious packages this week addressed to two top Pentagon officials and President Donald Trump, Justice Department officials said Thursday.


Pentagon: Mattis’ 'deploy or get out' policy is working

The Defense Department has reduced the number of servicemembers listed as undeployable by more than 100,000 in the eight months since the Pentagon announced its new ‘deploy or out’ policy, defense officials said Tuesday.


Mattis cancels China trip after Chinese, US Navy destroyers nearly collide

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that U.S.-Chinese relations have not worsened despite canceling his visit to the rival nation one day after a Chinese ship veered within 45 yards of a U.S. Navy destroyer.


Mail suspected of containing ricin sent to Pentagon; suspicious letter addressed to Trump

In a statement Tuesday evening, the Secret Service says the envelope addressed to Trump was not received at the White House, nor did it ever enter the White House.


Former Green Beret medic receives Medal of Honor for lifesaving actions in Afghanistan

Former Army Staff Sgt. Ron Shurer's Silver Star was upgraded Monday to a Medal of Honor for his efforts during a six-hour firefight in Afghanistan in 2008.


F-35B Lightning II fighter jet crashes, pilot ejects in South Carolina

The aircraft was a total loss, according to a Marine official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. An investigation into the incident could take months to determine the cause, the official said.


US military’s top enlisted leader is suspended amid investigation

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell has been temporarily removed from his position as the senior enlisted adviser to Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for the Joint Staff.


F-35 makes American combat debut, strikes Taliban target in Afghanistan

The Marine Corps’ F-35B variant of the aircraft carried out the strike on a static target in support of ground clearance operations after flying from the USS Essex, an amphibious assault ship now positioned in the U.S. Central Command area of operations.


Mattis contends 'the jury is out' on women serving in combat jobs

There are not enough women serving in traditionally all-male combat jobs to determine whether the 3-year-old policy to open all military positions to everyone has been successful, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told future officers Tuesday.


House lawmakers confused over US military’s goals in Syria as Pentagon maintains focus on ISIS

On Monday, National Security Adviser John Bolton said U.S. servicemembers would not leave Syria until Iran withdraws its proxy forces from the country. Hours later, Mattis insisted some 2,000 troops are only in the country to back forces fighting ISIS.


Marine who fought in brutal Vietnam Battle of Hue will receive Medal of Honor

John L. Canley, who was a gunnery sergeant when he led Marines into Vietnam’s Hue City on Jan. 31, 1968 and fought for six more days, will be awarded the nation’s highest military honor on Oct. 17. The Medal of Honor will upgrade the Navy Cross that Canley received in 1970.


Gen. Abrams: Joint US-South Korea military exercises a top priority

Gen. Robert B. Abrams,who could also be selected to lead United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command in Korea if confirmed, made the comments during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to vet him for these jobs.


Mattis: US troops will remain in Syria to ensure ISIS’ defeat, support peace process

U.S. troops have been fighting Islamic State militants in Syria for four years and will remain in eastern portions of the war-torn country until American leaders are convinced the terrorist group cannot mount a return, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.


Army misses 2018 recruiting goal, which hasn't happened since 2005

The Army had hoped to enlist 76,500 recruits in 2018, a goal that was lowered from 80,000 in April after more soldiers than expected elected to remain in the service.


Army to transition two brigades to add heavy firepower as it prepares for near-peer conflict

The Army will convert two of its existing brigade combat teams to add firepower to the service as it prepares for a potential fight with the more advanced militaries of near-peer adversaries, service officials announced Thursday.


US identifies first two US soldiers from Korean War remains

The remains of an Army master sergeant from Indiana and a private first class from North Carolina were included in the 55 cases of remains of missing Korean War veterans turned over in July by North Korea, President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday.


Sailor killed aboard USS George HW Bush was struck by plane propeller

Seaman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak, 21, was an aviation boatswain’s mate from West Windsor, New Jersey. He had served aboard the Bush since August 2017, four months after he enlisted in the service.


NORTHCOM chief lauds Pentagon, other responders in Florence relief

Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy said the military has held its deployment of about 13,000 troops steady since the weekend and he does not anticipate a major change in that force size.


Sailor killed in mishap aboard USS George HW Bush

The officials described the death aboard the aircraft carrier as “a mishap” on the ship’s flight deck. The Bush was at sea conducting carrier qualification training after it had departed from Norfolk, Va., last week.


Pentagon deploys thousands of troops as flooding from Florence worsens

The Pentagon has sent some 13,000 servicemembers to areas impacted by Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina where they are charged with search and rescue and other operations as flooding worsened throughout the region Monday.


Wilson: Air Force needs massive combat squadron boost to compete with Russia, China

For years, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and other top Air Force officials have been calling for an increase in the service’s size, noting airmen have been busy for nearly two decades fighting in Afghanistan and the Middle East.


How Florence is affecting area bases

Servicemembers at North Carolina installations that felt the brunt of the storm were working Saturday to assess damage and warned that flooded streets and tornado threats should keep everyone who wasn’t required to report to stay sheltered. Navy ships and aircraft were heading back to Hampton Roads.


Last living member of Marine aviation legend Joe Foss’ ‘Flying Circus’ recalls Guadalcanal

“We were in combat immediately with no experience,” Sam Folsom, 98, told Stars and Stripes recently. “Green as can be – very few of us had any real flight experience." He would ultimately leave Guadalcanal with three air-to-air kills.


Marine's second Vietnam tour helped his brother, Arthur Ashe, win US Open 50 years ago

In the spring of 1967, Johnnie Ashe, a Marine counting down the days left of his time at war in Vietnam, realized that if he went home, his older brother, who had 15 months left in the Army, could be shipped off to Vietnam.


Navy seizes 1,000 AK-47s after boarding stateless vessel near Yemen

U.S. Navy sailors seized more than 1,000 AK-47s from a small, disabled boat in the Gulf of Aden this week after boarding the vessel to determine its nation of origin, service officials said Thursday.


Mattis signals that large-scale US-South Korea military exercises could restart

The U.S. military could proceed with long-planned, large-scale training alongside South Korean troops next year, depending on how the negotiations develop with North Korea to end its nuclear program.


Army removes two-star general at Fort Lee amid investigation

Maj. Gen. Paul C. Hurley was fired as the commander of Fort Lee due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to effectively command.” It was not immediately clear Thursday what sparked the investigation into Hurley or what the general has been accused of doing.


Air Force combat controller’s posthumous Medal of Honor caps massive effort to upgrade award

Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman is the first servicemember to be awarded the nation’s highest military honor since the Vietnam War. The Medal of Honor is an upgrade of the Air Force Cross that Chapman was awarded posthumously in the months after the brutal fight now known as the Battle of Roberts’ Ridge.


American servicemember killed in Iraq helicopter crash after raid on ISIS

An American servicemember was killed and several other troops were injured late Sunday in Iraq when their helicopter crashed after participating in a raid against an Islamic State target, military officials said Monday.


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Pentagon to establish a space command, eyes Space Force by 2020

The new Space Force would defend America’s satellite systems at a time when adversaries, including Russia and China, have worked to develop tech aimed at disabling or jamming them, Vice President Mike Pence said during a speech at the Pentagon.


Gen. Votel: US monitoring Strait of Hormuz after Iran’s naval exercise

The U.S. Central Command chief told reporters at the Pentagon that the exercise was a reaction to new sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration against the Iranians, who wanted to demonstrate they were capable of shutting down the strait.


Sailor killed, another injured in California after fuel tank detached from Sea Hawk helicopter

Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Richard Clement died July 30 when an auxiliary fuel tank fell on him from an HH-60H Sea Hawk during “hotseat” operations at Naval Air Station North Island, said Navy Cmdr. Ron Flanders, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces.


Army will send 200 soldiers to fight wildfires as blazes burn in 11 western states

Soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 14th Engineer Battalion will begin training Thursday on wildland firefighting skills and could join firefighting efforts as soon as Monday, said Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman.


Pentagon to double size of ID team as analysis of Korean War remains begins

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency will expand its Korean War Program team of scientists from five to 10 people after receiving the first transfer of remains from North Korea in more than a decade.


Air Force says there was no active-shooter incident at Wright-Patterson

Officials said the incident occurred during a scheduled installation exercise, which included an active shooter scenario. In an attempt to breach a locked door, a security forces member discharged his firearm to open the door and continue sweeping the building.


Pentagon officially exempts troops wounded in combat from nondeployable separation policy

The Pentagon directive issued Monday fulfills a promise that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made months ago when he announced the policy was aimed at increasing the military’s deadliness and that troops injured on the battlefield need not worry that they will be forced out of the service.


Discharged Marine recruit sues food supplier of MCRD San Diego over E. coli infection

Lawyers representing Vincent Grano filed the lawsuit against Sodexo, Inc. on Tuesday, charging their client suffered permanent brain and kidney damage after contracting E. coli from undercooked ground beef served at the company-run facility on Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, according to court documents.


Air Force combat controller to receive Medal of Honor posthumously, service’s 1st since Vietnam

President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman for his actions in 2002 on Takur Ghar mountain in Afghanistan. He will become the first airman to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, and just the 19th in the service’s history.


Mattis: Military teams could be sent into North Korea to search for missing American remains

Joint U.S.-North Korean military searches for American remains were suspended in 2005 by former President George W. Bush as tensions increased between the nations over North Korean nuclear activity.


First woman promoted to Navy admiral dies at 98

Retired Rear Adm. Alene Duerk spent her career in the Navy’s nursing corps, serving during three major wars and eventually rising to the Navy’s top nurse position, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command.


Military services to work together to speed hypersonic weapon development

The U.S. military’s services will work together to boost development of ultra-high speed weapons capable of penetrating the most advanced air-defense systems in the world, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Wednesday.


French general: 2 to 3 months of fighting remains in Syria to end ISIS caliphate

In addition to ISIS fighters around the small town of Hajin, about 20 miles from the Iraq border, which has been held by the terrorist group since 2013, militants have gathered in small cells in Iraq and Syria.


Pentagon sending letters to more than 130,000 owed tax refund on disability pay

The letters are being sent as the Pentagon’s response to the Combat Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016, which required the Defense Department to identify and notify veterans about the error. The problem was first discovered by The National Veterans Legal Services Program, a nonprofit veterans service organization.


Army: Austin is 'the right place' for Futures Command headquarters

The Army will station its new four-star command aimed at harvesting innovation to better equip soldiers to fight modern wars in an office building in downtown Austin, Texas, top service officials announced Friday.


Pentagon to cap transfer eligibility of GI Bill benefits at 16 years

The new policy narrows the window during which servicemembers may transfer their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member to after their sixth year in uniform and before their 16th year of service. The policy will go into effect July 12, 2019, according to Pentagon documents.


Pentagon estimates canceled ‘war games’ with South Korea would have cost $14 million

Since President Donald Trump’s announcement suspending all joint military exercises with the South Koreans he has touted the cost savings of canceling the exercises, which he has characterized as “very expensive” and “provocative” to the North Koreans.


Two Navy SEAL leaders fired over sexual misconduct allegations

Cmdr. Jarrod Donaldson and Master Chief Petty Officer Jon Franklin were fired from their positions as a unit commander and a senior enlisted adviser. Both men had been reassigned to other duties within Naval Special Warfare Group Two.


Army unveils new, six-event physical fitness test to help ready troops for combat

The Army will roll out its long-planned update to its physical fitness test during the next two years, with a new six-event assessment that will dramatically improve the service’s ability to predict how a soldier will perform in combat, senior officials said Monday.


Sailor dies in non-combat incident in Red Sea

A Navy sailor was killed in a non-combat incident while conducting small-boat operations in the Red Sea, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday.


Air Force ends flying portion of light-attack experiment following fatal A-29 crash

The Air Force will continue collecting data about the A-29 and the AT-6B Wolverine — turbo-prop, light-attack aircraft that it has been testing — as officials determine whether the service should add one of those models to its inventory.


Pentagon considering additional bases to house detained immigrants

The Pentagon has received formal requests from DHS and HHS in recent weeks to provide room to house as many as 32,000 detained immigrants on its bases. Officials from the departments are studying military posts in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California to house some of those immigrants.


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WWII Army lieutenant’s widow accepts Medal of Honor for him, capping 2 decade quest

Garlin “Murl” Conner never wavered under fire during his 28 consecutive months of combat in North Africa and Europe. In the two decades since Conner's death, his family never wavered in their quest for the recognition that they knew he deserved – the Medal of Honor.


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WWII Army lieutenant who called artillery fire onto his position will receive Medal of Honor

Garlin “Murl” Conner never wavered under fire during his 28 consecutive months of combat in North Africa and Europe. In the two decades since Conner's death, his family never wavered in their quest for the recognition that they knew he deserved – the Medal of Honor.


Navy misconduct investigation continues as top enlisted sailor retires

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Giordano said he would leave to “avoid distraction” as the Navy inspector general’s office completes its misconduct investigation. He had served as the Navy’s top enlisted sailor since September 2016 and had taken leave during the IG inquiry.


DHS requests room for up to 20,000 unaccompanied minors on military bases

The Department of Homeland Security is considering four military posts in Texas and Arkansas — Fort Bliss, Goodfellow Air Force Base and Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, and Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas — to house the children.


Navy’s top enlisted sailor announces retirement amidst misconduct probe

Master Chief of the Navy Steven Giordano on Thursday announced he would leave the service in an attempt to “avoid distraction” as the Navy inspector general probes allegations that he fostered a hostile work environment in his Pentagon office.


Officers censured for bringing 'embarrassment' on Navy in 'Fat Leonard' scandal

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has issued letters of censure to a retired rear admiral and two other officers found to have accepted inappropriate gifts and maintained unethical relationships with “Fat” Leonard Francis, the central figure in a widespread fraud investigation.


Trump's pick to command in Afghanistan says war unlikely to end soon

Army Lt. Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, the president's choice to lead American and NATO efforts in Afghanistan, told lawmakers on Tuesday that a revamped war strategy has made progress but he doesn’t see an end to the 17-year conflict any time soon.


Navy’s senior enlisted sailor under investigation

The Navy has launched a misconduct inquiry into accusations raised against Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven Giordano, claiming he has fostered a hostile workplace in his Pentagon office.


Trump: ‘We are going to have the Space Force’

The president said the new force would be part of his administration’s efforts to return “American dominance” to space, as he vowed to send new missions to the moon and eventually to Mars.


Air Force commander relieved over lost munitions at Minot to take new job at AFSOC

Col. Jason Beers will be assigned as the chief of installations division at AFSOC Headquarters at Hurlburt Field in Florida. His responsibilities will include managing funding for AFSOC’s security forces and civil engineering personnel, and implementing policy for the installations division.


General upholds judge’s no-prison sentence for Bergdahl

Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl — the former Taliban captive who was spared prison time after pleading guilty to desertion — was required to forfeit $10,000 in pay, a drop in rank from sergeant to E-1 private and a dishonorable discharge.