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Army Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Sheperty was pronounced dead in Suffolk, Va., after he was injured during an airborne operations exercise Wednesday.

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Army staff sergeant’s family to accept posthumous Medal of Honor for his dive onto 'living grenade'

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Fort Benning-based Army Ranger is killed in parachute training in Arizona

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Trump taps Air Force general to lead US European Command, NATO forces

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Trump delivers speech at Pentagon touting new weapons to protect US from missile attacks

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Two servicemembers among four Americans killed in Syria explosion claimed by ISIS

Three additional American servicemembers were injured in the blast that occurred as U.S. military officials met with local leaders in Manbij.


Report: China has some of world’s most advanced weapons, remains ‘long way’ from US military

China in recent years has poured billions of dollars into developing advanced weapons, some of which outclass U.S. weapons, but with an inexperienced military it remains years away from challenging American security interests globally, the Pentagon’s intelligence agency concluded in a report released Tuesday.


Air Force accepts first Boeing modern air tanker after years of delays

The Air Force on Thursday accepted the first KC-46A Pegasus jet tanker from Boeing following years of delays to the modernized air-refueling plane program due to technical issues and allegations of corruption.


Navy hospital corpsman held on DC murder charge in ‘domestic homicide’

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Mattis to step down as Pentagon chief, citing deep differences with Trump

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday as the Pentagon chief just one day after President Donald Trump abruptly announced he was pulling all American troops out of Syria against the advice of his top national security advisers.


White House says troops are leaving Syria, claims victory over ISIS

President Donald Trump has begun withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria, the White House announced Wednesday, declaring victory over Islamic State fighters in the country despite ongoing skirmishes and concerns from others in Washington that the terrorist group might mount a comeback.


White House directs Pentagon to form Space Command, eyes Space Force by 2020

President Donald Trump ordered the formation of U.S. Space Command, a four-star unified command to lead military space operations and develop the Pentagon’s space warfighting plans and techniques.


Fort Drum soldier, 19, died in noncombat incident in Afghanistan

Army Pfc. Joshua Mikeasky died in the incident Thursday on the major U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said in a statement. Mikeasky was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum in New York.


‘He was my heart’: Fallen Marine captain lived his dream of flying

All Capt. Jahmar Resilard wanted to be since he was a child was a pilot. The 28-year-old Marine Corps pilot, who was killed in a collision Thursday off the coast of Japan, had Lego plane sets and played flight simulation games growing up. His devastated family says it's "amazing" Resilard was able to achieve his lifelong dream.


Trump is expected to pick Army chief Milley as next Joint Chiefs chairman

President Donald Trump is expected to reveal the Army’s top general as his choice for the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Saturday during an appearance at the annual Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, officials said Friday.


Marine pilot from South Florida killed in fighter jet-tanker collision off Japan coast

A 28-year-old Marine Corps pilot from south Florida was killed after his F/A-18 Hornet fighter collided with a refueling plane during training Thursday off the coast of Japan, an accident from which five Marines remain missing, service officials said.


Army Futures Command unveils unit patch that features golden anvil

The soldiers assigned to the Army’s newest four-star command charged with modernizing the service’s warfighting equipment received their unit patches Friday, a significant step for Army Futures Command as it continues to grow since its founding this summer, a service official said.


Tornado injures five, spares submarines at Georgia Navy base

An apparent tornado damaged buildings, blew vehicles into the sea and injured five people on Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in southern Georgia on Sunday, base officials said.


US, South Korea to scale back Foal Eagle exercise this spring

The United States and South Korea have canceled their last four scheduled large-scale training exercises on the Korean Peninsula to provide diplomats an opportunity to negotiate with North Korea.


Mattis reviewing new powers authorized for troops deployed along US-Mexico border

The White House has granted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis broader authority to move U.S. troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border region to provide force protection for the Customs and Border Protection agents they are supporting, the Pentagon chief said Wednesday.


Air Force grants beard waiver to Muslim airman

The Air Force has quietly approved a request by a Muslim airman to grow a beard, making it one of the service’s first such religious accommodations for a follower of Islam, Air Force officials said.


Army Green uniform will include garrison cap, three optional jackets

The Army is finalizing its new green throwback uniforms inspired by soldiers’ World War II attire, but only recruiters should expect to don the new duds for the time being.


Border troops in Texas finish laying razor wire, Pentagon expects to send most home by Dec. 15

The roughly 5,800 active-duty troops sent to locations along the U.S.-Mexico border will spend Thanksgiving in Texas, Arizona, and California, but they are expected to return home in time for Christmas, Pentagon officials said Monday.


Families of slain Green Berets sue Jordan, charging a cover-up attempt in 2016 deaths

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington seeks monetary damages from the Kingdom of Jordan, where the Special Forces soldiers were stationed when they were gunned down Nov. 4, 2016 by Jordanian Air Force 1st Sgt. Maarik al-Tawayha.


Air Force instructor pilot from Maryland killed in Laughlin AFB crash

A 28-year-old Air Force instructor pilot was killed when his T-38C Talon jet trainer crashed Tuesday evening at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas, service officials said late Wednesday.


One pilot dead, another injured in the fifth T-38 Talon crash in a year

One pilot was killed and another was hospitalized when their T-38C Talon crashed late Tuesday at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas, service officials said. It was the fifth crash of the training jet in the last 12 months.


New Army policy gives some nondeployable soldiers six months to overcome issues

Last month, Pentagon officials said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ policy aimed at reducing the number of nondeployable troops was already working, announcing the military had seen a reduction of about 100,000 such troops since February.


Pentagon No. 3 Gibson, tasked with finding DOD cost savings, resigns

The Pentagon’s first-ever chief management officer resigned Monday from the Defense Department’s No. 3 position just eight months after taking the job charged with leading efforts to save the department money through business reforms.


Sheriff: Marine veteran killed 12 in California nightclub before killing self

A 28-year-old Marine veteran who had served in Afghanistan as a machine gunner is suspected of killing 12 people and himself late Wednesday night at a Los Angeles-area nightclub, police and military officials said Thursday.


Active-duty troops sent to US-Mexico border are training for 'a range of scenarios'

Thousands of active-duty troops are bolstering temporary barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border and training at nearby logistics hubs for issues that could arise as they support Customs and Border Protection agents protecting against immigration from Central America, a department spokesman said Monday.


Trump might send up to 15K troops to US-Mexico border

President Donald Trump late Wednesday told reporters that he intends to send 10,000 to 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, indicating that as many as 6,000 additional troops could be notified to prepare to deploy.


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Air Force fires three Laughlin AFB commanders over 'chronic leadership failures'

The Air Force removed three top commanders at Laughlin Air Force Base on Wednesday citing concerns about dangerous and threatening behavior at the major pilot training installation in Texas, the service’s Air Education and Training Command announced.


Air Force probe: Pilot error to blame in Iraq helicopter crash that killed seven

An experienced pilot misinterpreted navigation displays on the Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter he was flying over western Iraq before it struck a cable and crashed, killing all seven servicemembers aboard, an investigation into the March crash found.


NORTHCOM General: Border deployment will grow beyond 5,200 troops

The Pentagon will deploy 5,200 active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to help curb illegal immigration, officials said Monday following President Donald Trump's repeated warning that migrants in southern Mexico making their way toward the United States pose a national security threat.