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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.

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Pentagon bans use of fitness trackers, other devices from areas deemed sensitive

The prohibition of such tracking services, which range from smartphone and tablet applications to wearable fitness trackers, is designed to protect information about where American servicemembers are operating.


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.


Documentary looks to tell the remarkable story of Marine special operator James Capers Jr.

No matter what hell was enveloping James Capers Jr. and his Force Reconnaissance Marines, when it was time to escape a melee he was the last man on the ground — sometimes holding off enemy attackers alone before boarding a helicopter to safety.


Gunmen dressed as US soldiers attack Afghan Interior Ministry

It’s not clear who carried out the attack — one of at least three that occurred in Afghanistan on Wednesday — that targeted the Interior Ministry’s compound a few hundred yards from Kabul’s airport and a coalition air base where Americans and their allies train Afghan forces.


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Retired SEAL receives Medal of Honor 16 years after deadly rescue operation in Afghanistan

The citation for retired Navy SEAL Britt Slabinksi’s Medal of Honor – an upgrade from the Navy Cross he initially received for his heroics – describes “a murderous hail of machine gun fire” greeting Slabinksi and his commando team as he “charged directly toward the enemy” up the mountainside.


US rescinds invitation to Chinese navy to participate in major Pacific exercise

A Defense Department spokesman, described disinviting China’s navy from participating in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise as a first step in protesting China’s actions in the Spratly Islands.


Mattis won’t ban cellphones from Pentagon; use in secure areas remains restricted

The new guidance follows a months-long review ordered in January by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to probe the use of personal communications devices within the Pentagon. An all-out ban of personal devices was under consideration.


Mattis won’t ban cellphones from Pentagon; use in secure areas remains restricted

WASHINGTON – Personal mobile devices including cellphones will not be banned from the Pentagon, but Defense Department guidance released Tuesday stressed that they won’t be allowed in areas containing sensitive material.


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Newly released Niger ambush video: American survivors sent final messages to loved ones

More than an hour after their team of 11 American and 34 Nigerien troops was attacked just outside the village of Tongo Tongo, the American survivors – six Green Berets and an intelligence contractor – drafted final words to families and friends, a video narration of the ambush revealed.


Air Force to switch to Army camo, ditch tiger stripes beginning in October

The Air Force will adopt the Army’s Operation Camouflage Pattern combat uniform already worn by some airmen overseas as its official utility uniform for the entire service beginning in October, Air Force officials announced Monday.


Marines bolster security at US embassies as dozens killed during protests in Gaza

The Pentagon sent Marines to bolster security at American compounds overseas as the United States formally moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, military officials said Monday.


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Pentagon: Systemic problems led to deadly Niger ambush

No single failure was to blame for a botched Special Forces mission in Niger that led to the deaths of four U.S. troops at the hands of Islamic State-aligned militants, according to a Pentagon investigation.


Mattis pledges to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons after Trump backs out of deal

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis indicated the Trump administration would seek other avenues to curb Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons and address its ballistic missile program, its use of cyberattacks and its use of military vessels to disrupt commerce in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.


Air Force orders stand down over safety issues, as fatal crashes climb in 2018

Gen. David Goldfein ordered a one-day stand down Monday for flying and maintenance units on the heels of a May 2 crash of an Air Force WC-130H in Savannah, Ga., that killed all nine members of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard aboard.


Veteran who served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam to speak at VE Day ceremony in DC

It was the bone-chilling northern European cold that Harry Miller faced as a teenager in the opening days of the Battle of the Bulge that the Army and Air Force veteran most prominently recalls about his 22-year military career that spanned three major wars.


Navy to re-establish 2nd Fleet as Russia increases activity in the Atlantic

The move is part of a revamped Pentagon National Defense Strategy that places competition with near-peer military adversaries, including Russia and China, above the threat of terrorism, Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said Friday.


Initial border deployments by the National Guard could cost $182 million

President Donald Trump has long railed against the state of the nation’s southern border, describing it as porous and allowing undocumented immigrants and drugs to flow into the United States.


Trump says US troop withdrawal from South Korea is 'not on the table'

The president did not rule out the eventual removal of some troops from the peninsula in his brief comments Friday, telling reporters he’d "like to save the money" that it costs to house servicemembers there.


9 airmen killed in C-130 crash identified, a day after failed flight to ‘The Boneyard’

All Puerto Ricans, the men ranged in rank from a senior airman with three years of service to a major who had served 23 years, according to a Puerto Rico Guard statement.


US lodges complaint after pilots in Djibouti are targeted with lasers near Chinese base

On Thursday, the FAA issued a warning advising military aircraft to exercise “extreme caution” when transiting the area. The FAA has issued repeated warnings since April 14 to pilots in the area.


Nine killed in final flight of 60-year-old C-130

The plane, which was was assigned to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard’s 156th Airlift Wing, was being delivered to Arizona where it was scheduled to be retired, according to the military.


Pentagon identifies Army specialist killed in Afghanistan

Spc. Gabriel D. Conde of Loveland, Colo., was killed by small arms fire during a firefight in the Tagab District in Kapisa province, the Pentagon said Tuesday.


Pentagon IG considering probe of Ronny Jackson allegations

A Defense Department spokesman said Monday that the Pentagon's inspector general has received the allegations and is looking into the issue further to see if a formal probe is necessary.


Military sexual assault reports rise in 2017 but fewer servicemembers faced courts-martial

Of the 6,769 sexual assault cases reported last year, military commanders found sufficient evidence to pursue disciplinary action in 2,218 cases. Of the total cases reported, about 1,200 were outside of the Defense Department’s jurisdiction.


Mattis defends new transgender policy, drawing senator’s ire

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers Thursday that none of the four military services’ top generals nor the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were consulted before his predecessor permitted transgender people to serve in the armed forces two years ago.


Mattis pledges re-energized ISIS fight in Syria, says US would regret leaving

American troops will be key in a soon-to-be re-energized campaign against remaining Islamic State fighters in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told senators Thursday on Capitol Hill, pledging the United States was not preparing to pull its forces from the war-torn country.


F-16 crashes in western Arizona; pilot released from hospital

The Fighting Falcon was diverted to Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport at about 10:35 a.m. local time during a routine training flight, according to a statement from Luke Air Force Base. The Air Force declined to explain why the jet was diverted, but the incident was described as an “emergency landing.”


Mattis sees 'reasons for optimism' after North Korea pledges weapons testing halt

“Right now, I think there is a lot of reasons for optimism that the negotiations will be fruitful, and we’ll see,” Mattis said of North Korea's promise to cease testing long-range missiles and nuclear weapons ahead of upcoming summits with the presidents of South Korea and the United States.


Army announces upcoming troop rotations for Europe, Afghanistan and Iraq

The Army’s 3rd Cavalry Regiment will deploy in the spring to Iraq, the 101st Airborne Sustainment Brigade will deploy to Afghanistan in the summer and the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade will deploy to Eastern Europe, Army officials said in separate statements.


Pentagon: No threats to US troops in Syria since strikes on Assad’s chemical weapons facilities

American troops in Syria have seen no signs of threats from forces backing President Bashar Assad since U.S., Britain and France planes and ships launched more than 100 missiles over the weekend at Syrian chemical weapons facilities, a U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday.


US, British and French assets involved in strike on Syrian targets

The attack on Syria came from multiple directions as the coalition launched missiles from warships in the Red Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf while a pair of American B-1 Lancer conventional bombers and French and British fighters struck from the air, said Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff.


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Pentagon: 105 missiles successfully struck 'heart’ of Syria's chemical weapons operation

American, British and French air and sea forces launched 105 missiles at three Syrian facilities late Friday, striking at “the heart” of President Bashar Assad’s ability to produce the chemical weapons that he has used repeatedly against civilians, Pentagon officials said Saturday.


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US and allied forces attack Syrian chemical weapons facilities

U.S. and allied forces bombarded three Syrian chemical weapons facilities late Friday night with more than 100 missiles, an assault launched in retaliation for a recent chemical weapons attack U.S. officials contend was carried out by President Bashar Assad’s regime.


Army Ranger awarded Silver Star for actions in deadly, 'terrifyingly chaotic' fight in Afghanistan

Throughout the fight, Army Staff Sgt. Michael Young displayed an “extraordinary ability to maintain composure in a terrifyingly chaotic situation,” his award citation reads.


Army leaders warn that return to budget caps would undo recent readiness improvements

Increased funding has helped the Army restore some of the combat readiness eroded in recent years by budget cuts and increased workload, but senior service leaders warned lawmakers Thursday a return to sequestration in 2020 would rapidly diminish those improvements.


Air Force: Pilot blamed in 2017 crash that destroyed two A-10s

A pilot training to become an instructor was at fault in a crash in September at the Nevada Test and Training Range near Las Vegas that destroyed two A-10C Thunderbolt II attack jets, according to an Air Force investigation released Thursday.


Air Force to probe rise in low-level, non-fatal aviation mishaps

Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, has ordered a probe into low-level, non-fatal aviation mishaps, asking investigators to determine whether underlying issues are responsible for an uptick in their frequency in recent years, Air Force officials said Tuesday.


Marine-turned-Army aviator and 17-year veteran killed in Apache helicopter crash last week

The Army pilots killed Friday when their AH-64E Apache helicopter crashed in Kentucky were a 17-year veteran of the service and a Marine-turned-Army aviator, according to military officials.


3 Marines in their 20s and a crew chief who served in Iraq died in California helicopter crash

"The hardest part of being a Marine is the tragic loss of life of a fellow brother-in-arms,” said Col. Craig Leflore, the commander of Marine Aircraft Group 16, which oversees the fallen Marines’ unit.


Air Force Thunderbirds pilot killed in training crash is identified

The Air Force Thunderbirds pilot killed in a training crash Wednesday in Nevada was a longtime aviator who joined the elite demonstration team this season after two and a half years flying F-35s in Florida, according to the Air Force.


4 Marines killed in California heavy lift helicopter crash

A CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter crashed Tuesday at about 2:35 p.m. local time, outside the border town of El Centro, Calif., with the crewmembers aboard, according to a statement by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. The crew was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, just north of San Diego.


Senior US officials insist military to remain in Syria as Trump publicly mulls pullout

The president recently emphasized his desire to abandon the military mission in Syria, telling reporters he would make his decision about American troops there “very quickly.”


Missing Fort Bragg soldier found, has returned to his unit

Army Sgt. Carl Seeman, a 25-year-old cannon crewmember, had returned to Fort Bragg on Tuesday, said Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division. It was not immediately clear what, if any, punishment Seeman would face for his time missing.


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Army hopes new units will help break Afghanistan stalemate

Seventeen years in the infantry have turned Army 1st Sgt. Shaun Morgan into a hard-charging grunt, but the veteran of five combat tours who recently deployed to Afghanistan is prepared to take a back seat and let that nation’s forces lead the fight.


With 1st SFAB deployed, Army looks to build more adviser brigades

Army officials say the service is seeking to quickly build its Security Force Assistance Brigades, units designed to shoulder the bulk of the Pentagon’s train, advise and assist missions throughout the world. That is why the Army is seeking funding to build three SFABs — it has begun assembling two — in fiscal year 2019.


Pentagon leaders avoid questions about new transgender policy

Nearly a week after the White House announced it intends to at least partially ban transgender people from serving in the military, top Pentagon leaders have continually declined to answer questions about the updated policy.