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Strikes on Taliban opium facilities first major use of new bombing authorities in Afghanistan

U.S. and Afghan warplanes bombed 10 Taliban-controlled opium production facilities in Helmand province Sunday in the first major use of new White House-approved authorities to target the insurgents’ revenue stream, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan said Monday.

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Army: No waivers for self-mutilators, others with serious mental health issues

The U.S. Army has not and will not approve enlistment waivers for individuals with a history of self-mutilation or other documented serious mental health conditions, the Army’s top general said Wednesday.


Army pushes back on reports of mental health waivers

The U.S. Army quietly made it easier this summer for individuals with some history of mental health problems to enlist in the service, but a top general pushed back Tuesday on a report the Army had relaxed standards to meet increased recruiting goals.


Floodgates open for Trump’s Pentagon nominees

In early October, Sen. John McCain said he was halting Pentagon nominations as a result of a disconnect between Congress and Pentagon officials. Recently, however, Armed Services Committee members said they were pleased with the new level of cooperation from the Pentagon and would lift the holds.


Air Force expects report into mishandled Texas shooter information by next week

Air Force investigators have interviewed about 100 people about the failure to inform federal officials that the shooter responsible for killing rural Texas churchgoers Sunday was ineligible to own firearms, the service’s top civilian said Thursday.


US-led coalition airstrikes drop as ISIS caliphate shrinks

Anti-Islamic State coalition aircraft dropped some 850 bombs last month on ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, a dramatic decline since the summer months when the U.S.-led alliance dropped nearly 4,500 explosives on average, a top U.S. general said Tuesday.


Deserter Bergdahl gets no jail time; dishonorably discharged

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban captive who pleaded guilty last month to deserting his combat post in Afghanistan and endangering his fellow troops, will not serve prison time, a military judge ruled Friday.


Prosecutors recommend 14 years in prison for Bergdahl; judge could decide sentence Friday

Army prosecutors on Thursday recommended Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for years after walking off his post in Afghanistan, serve 14 years in a military prison for deserting and endangering his fellow troops.


Psychiatrist: Bergdahl likely suffered from PTSD and other disorders before his capture

A forensic psychiatrist said Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was suffering from schizotypal personality disorder and has likely suffered with the condition most of his life. Dr. Charles Morgan said the disorder likely contributed to his washing out of Coast Guard basic training.


Intelligence provided by former Taliban captive Bergdahl is 'a gold mine,' officials testify

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has provided intelligence analysts and Pentagon hostage experts valuable information about the Taliban-linked group that held him captive for five years after he walked off his Afghanistan combat post in 2009, two officials testified Tuesday.


Bergdahl: ‘The words I’m sorry are not enough’

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl took the witness stand Monday, delivering an apology to servicemembers sent searching eastern Afghanistan for him after his “horrible decision” to walk away from his combat post eight years ago.


Soldier testifies in Bergdahl trial: ‘I thought I was going to definitely die’

A former soldier permanently injured during a mission in eastern Afghanistan to collect information about missing Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl testified Thursday that he did not expect to survive the operation.


SEAL testifies in Bergdahl trial: ‘He’s an American … and he had a mom’

Special operators risked their lives to rescue Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl even though they knew he had deserted because “he had a mom,” a former Navy SEAL seriously wounded during the search testified Wednesday.


Bergdahl judge says he can be fair despite Trump's comments

The military judge who will sentence Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl expressed concern Monday about a new comment made President Donald Trump about the former Taliban captive, though he insisted the soldier’s punishment would not be influenced by the president.


Bergdahl saga set to enter sentencing phase

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will learn his fate inside a Fort Bragg courtroom next week when defense attorneys and prosecutors will spar over the circumstances surrounding the soldier’s decision to walk off his combat outpost in Afghanistan some eight years ago.


Pentagon: Troops never left battle space in Niger during nearly 2-day search for missing soldier

The U.S. military is searching for answers into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four U.S. soldiers killed two weeks ago in an ambush in Niger as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis conceded Thursday that little about the attack is known, including how one soldier became separated from the rest of his unit.


Air National Guard colonel convicted of soliciting sex from child

Air Force Col. Michael Shawn Garrett, 45, arranged to meet with an undercover police officer who he believed was a 14-year-old boy to engage in sexual activity. He faces at least 10 years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment without parole.


Bergdahl lawyers: Judge should throw out case over new Trump comment

Attorneys for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl renewed efforts to have the soldier’s court-martial dismissed, filing an 11th-hour motion Tuesday arguing President Donald Trump’s reasserted past criticism of their client makes a fair sentence impossible.


Tensions between Kurds, Iraqi government distract from ISIS fight, US military says

Tensions between Iraq’s Kurdish forces and the nation’s government-controlled military, which resulted in brief clashes over disputed territory in northern Iraq on Monday, distract from the mission to defeat Islamic State, a U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday.


Bergdahl enters guilty plea to desertion, misbehavior charges without plea deal

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he deserted his Afghanistan combat post and misbehaved before the enemy, acts he told a judge were “very inexcusable” and endangered his fellow troops.


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A guilty plea by Bergdahl on Monday could set up a unique military pre-sentencing trial

Some eight years after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked off his combat outpost in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, he is expected to plead guilty Monday to charges he deserted his unit and misbehaved before the enemy, endangering his fellow soldiers.


New West African ISIS affiliate suspected in deadly Niger attack

A new group of West African militants affiliated with the Islamic State is suspected of launching the ambush in southwestern Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers and injured two others, a top American general said Thursday.


Army looking to add female infantry, armor soldiers to new posts

The Army will expand the number of installations where it assigns female soldiers serving in previously all-male, front-line combat jobs as more women enter the infantry and armor fields, a top general said Wednesday.


Army rolls out new field manual focused on fighting near-peer adversaries

The Army has reshaped its primary operating concept to focus on large-scale combat against enemies with technology and capabilities similar to American forces after 16 years of fighting insurgent groups in the Middle East and southwest Asia.


Army chief: Service must grow to fill expanding train-and-assist missions

The U.S. Army intends to grow for a second consecutive year as it anticipates increasing need for soldiers to train and assist indigenous forces to fight global terrorism, the top general said Monday.


Mattis pushes Congress to pass budget to increase combat readiness

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis scolded U.S. lawmakers for their inability to pass a Pentagon budget without spending caps so American armed forces can prepare to battle adversaries around the globe that are gaining strength and becoming more dangerous.


4th American soldier killed in Niger attack; 3 soldiers identified

The body of a fourth American soldier killed in an enemy ambush of a joint patrol of U.S.-Niger forces in the West African nation was recovered Friday as the Pentagon identified three soldiers killed in the same attack.


Soldier killed in Iraq bomb blast was just starting first deployment

The U.S. soldier killed in a roadside bomb blast Sunday in Iraq was a 20-year-old transport driver less than a month into his first overseas deployment, according to the Pentagon.


Pilots killed in Tennessee jet trainer crash identified

Lt. Patrick L. Ruth and Lt. j.g. Wallace E. Burch were the Navy pilots killed Sunday when the T-45C training jet that they were flying crashed into the Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee, the Navy announced Tuesday.


Navy: Two pilots dead in Tennessee training jet crash

Two Navy pilots were killed late Sunday when their T-45C Goshawk training jet crashed in eastern Tennessee, the service announced.


American drone shot down in Yemen

An American MQ-9 Reaper drone was shot down Sunday in western Yemen, the Pentagon said, where a civil war between Saudi Arabia-backed government forces and Iran-backed Houthi rebels has raged for nearly three years.


Pentagon adding USS Wasp to Puerto Rico response, USNS Comfort departs for island

Two Navy ships are now cruising toward Puerto Rico to bolster the U.S. response to the island left devastated last week by a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, officials said Friday.


2 injured in Osprey crash in Syria

A Marine MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashed in Syria on Friday, injuring two U.S. servicemembers, according to defense officials.


3-star general tapped to lead hurricane response in Puerto Rico

Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan will take command of the military portion of rescue and relief operations on Puerto Rico, where some 4,400 troops were fanning out across the U.S. territory to deliver life-sustaining supplies.


US: Iraq Kurdish referendum distracting from mission to defeat ISIS

Mounting tensions between Iraq’s government and the nation’s Kurdistan region after the semi-autonomous northern region voted overwhelmingly this week for independence have distracted fighters from their mission to defeat Islamic State militants, a U.S. military spokesman said Thursday.


Pentagon deploys Army general and more troops to lead hurricane response on Puerto Rico

The Pentagon is shifting its response to Hurricane Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico to a land-based operation as it clears airfields and adds communications capabilities, allowing it to flow more troops onto the ailing U.S. island, defense officials said Wednesday.


Military increasing flights into Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands; bringing satellite phones

The Department of Defense is preparing to send additional medical support and a shipment of satellite telephones to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to aid Hurricane Maria victims devastated by the Category 4 storm.


Top US general voices support for transgender troops

The top U.S. general told lawmakers Tuesday that he advised President Donald Trump that transgender servicemembers should not be separated from the military based solely on their gender identity.


Dunford: US should assume North Korea can strike mainland now

The United States should assume North Korea can already strike its mainland with missiles, the top American general said Tuesday while cautioning that Kim Jong Un primarily seeks nuclear weapons to maintain control of his regime.


Commander of Fort Benning infantry training battalion is relieved of command

Army Lt. Col. Robert Howard was relieved of command of the 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade “for a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” said Ben Garrett, a spokesman for Fort Benning’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, which is responsible for infantry recruit training.


Military conducting multiple operations to help Hurricane Maria-struck Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

The Defense Department has dispatched about 2,600 troops to aid Hurricane Maria victims in the U.S. Virgin Islands and in Puerto Rico, where access to power and communications remained severely limited five days after the Category 4 storm struck the U.S. territory.


The Marines have their first female infantry officer

The first female Marine to complete the Corps' famously grueling Infantry Officer Course graduated Monday and will soon take responsibility for a platoon as the service’s first-ever female infantry officer, the Marines announced.


Navy tech awarded Silver Star for actions in 10-hour fight against ISIS

A Navy explosive ordnance disposal technician received the Silver Star this week for his actions during a deadly 10-hour firefight with Islamic State militants that helped his fellow sailors navigate a minefield, the Navy announced Friday.


Fort Bragg soldier returned from Afghanistan to face rape, kidnapping charges

A U.S. soldier from Fort Bragg deployed to Afghanistan was sent back to North Carolina this week to face kidnapping and multiple sex offense allegations, according to law enforcement and Army officials.


US, Russian generals met to discuss ISIS operations in Syria

Generals with the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State met face-to-face with their Russian counterparts recently to discuss ways to keep forces they support in Syria separated on a shrinking battlefield, a U.S. military spokesman said Thursday.


47 years after Vietnam War secret mission, Green Beret to receive Medal of Honor

A retired Army Green Beret credited with saving multiple lives during a covert four-day mission into Laos to target North Vietnamese soldiers operating there will receive the Medal of Honor next month, 47 years after his heroic actions.


Mattis: US must face ‘somber reality’ of military option on North Korea

The United States must face the “somber reality” that military action against North Korea could be necessary should diplomacy fail to curb the nation’s hostile provocations, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.


Mattis deploying more than 3,000 new troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon will send more than 3,000 new troops to Afghanistan as part of President Donald Trump’s new strategy for the 16-year war, but the Defense Department will not provide specific details about those upcoming deployments, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.


Mattis: Transgender troops can temporarily re-enlist, continue receiving medical care

Transgender servicemembers can re-enlist and receive Defense Department-approved medical care for at least several more months while a panel of top Pentagon officials determines how to carry out President Donald Trump’s ban on their service, according to a Pentagon memorandum.


US citizen fighting for ISIS captured, turned over to DOD

The U.S. military has detained an American captured in Syria fighting for the Islamic State, the Pentagon said Thursday.


1st Infantry Division soldier killed in fall during helicopter training at Fort Hood

Army Staff Sgt. Sean Devoy, 28, was killed after falling during medical evacuation hoist training for an HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter crew. He was a medic stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas.


2 dead, 23 injured in training incidents at Fort Hood, Fort Bragg, Camp Pendleton

Two soldiers died and 23 servicemembers were injured in three days during training exercises at Fort Hood, Fort Bragg and Camp Pendleton, defense officials said.


6 Marines in critical condition after Camp Pendleton training incident

Six Marines are in critical condition and another six are in serious condition after their amphibious-assault vehicle caught fire Wednesday morning while training at Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps said.


Nearly 30,000 servicemembers involved in Irma response

The Pentagon has mobilized nearly 30,000 military personnel for recovery operations along Hurricane Irma’s devastating path from the U.S. Virgin Islands up to the eastern mainland, where it carried tropical storm-strength winds north of Atlanta, defense officials said Wednesday.


Air Force Hurricane Hunters gathered critical Irma data as storm battered Florida

The relative calm inside the aircraft — where a team of nine crew and researchers worked near constantly to monitor and relay information to federal authorities — seemed at odds with Hurricane Irma’s true nature, as the storm slammed into the Florida Keys about 10,000 feet below and moved over the state’s mainland.


Carrier among 7 Navy ships prepping for Irma response; coastal military installations evacuated

The U.S. Navy prepared seven warships including an aircraft carrier, and the National Guard readied nearly 20,000 servicemembers to respond to areas in Hurricane Irma’s path as the storm reached Cuba on Friday en route to Florida, defense officials said.


Two A-10s crash in Nevada, pilots eject safely

Two Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jets crashed Wednesday during a training flight over a Nevada military range. The pilots of both planes ejected safely and were being evaluated Thursday.


More than a dozen Fort Hood soldiers arrested in Texas prostitution sting

Thirteen Fort Hood soldiers face solicitation of prostitution charges after they were arrested during a two-day sting operation in locations near the Army post in central Texas, local law enforcement and Army officials said.


US apologizes for ‘highly offensive’ leaflet after attack causes casualties at Bagram

A suicide bomber attacked a gate Wednesday at the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan after the U.S. military distributed “highly offensive” propaganda flyers, Afghan and U.S. authorities said.


Military preps for Hurricane Irma response as storm bears down on Puerto Rico

The U.S. Navy evacuated some 5,000 servicemembers from its Key West air station Wednesday as National Guard troops in Hurricane Irma’s path prepared to respond to the massive storm.


Pentagon: Another BRAC could increase forces’ combat readiness

The Pentagon’s recently installed installations chief wants Congress to consider a new round of base closures and troop realignments, touting it as an opportunity to increase combat readiness by stationing forces closer to their optimal training facilities.


Soldier killed in Black Hawk crash off Yemen was decorated member of Night Stalkers

The Pentagon identified the soldier missing from a Black Hawk helicopter crash last week off the coast of Yemen as Army Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez.


US, Russia speak daily to ensure proxy forces in Syria don’t attack each other

The United States and Russia are working to ensure U.S.-backed forces and pro-Syrian regime forces avoid clashes when they eventually converge on the final Islamic State held territory along the Euphrates River south of Raqqa, according to a top U.S. commander.


Mattis signs orders to deploy more forces to Afghanistan

The bulk of the new forces ordered to deploy will bolster the U.S. mission to advise and assist Afghan security forces in their fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.


Army announces troop rotations for Kuwait; 3,500 from Fort Bliss will deploy

About 3,500 Fort Bliss soldiers will deploy this fall to Kuwait in a regular troop rotation to support Operation Spartan Shield, the Army announced Wednesday.


Pentagon says 11,000 troops in Afghanistan, additional forces not deployed

There are roughly 11,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Wednesday, saying it has eliminated misleading troop caps that failed to account for servicemembers on temporary duty.


Military response to Harvey could grow as large as Katrina deployment

Several thousand troops will soon join about 3,500 servicemembers already responding to Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts in southeastern Texas in an operation that could equal the size of the military’s response to Hurricane Katrina.


Mattis to US troops: 'Hold the line,' illustrate selflessness and respect

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis acknowledged “problems” now plaguing the United States in recent off-the-cuff remarks to deployed American troops, urging them to illustrate selflessness and respect for the rest of the nation.


Air Force seeks retired pilots to return for staff jobs, will boost flight pay

The Air Force is hoping some retired pilots will return temporarily to active duty to serve in staff positions in a move aimed at keeping its current middle-ranked pilots in the air, the service’s top civilian said Friday.


Remains of 3 Marines killed in Osprey crash near Australia recovered

The bodies of Capt. Benjamin R. Cross, Cpl. Nathaniel F. Ordway and Lance Cpl. Ruben P. Velasco were recovered from the crashed tilt-rotor aircraft and will soon be returned to their families, according to a statement from the Japan-based III Marine Expeditionary Force.


Fort Carson soldier deployed to Germany is found dead

The Army is investigating the death of a Fort Carson soldier who died Wednesday on a training installation in Germany where he was deployed in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the service announced Friday.


Fort Carson soldier killed in training accident was shot

Spc. Matthew R. Turcotte was shot during a nighttime combined-arms, live-fire training exercise, according to a Fort Carson statement. He died about 2:30 a.m. after receiving extensive medical treatment.


Senator vows to fight Trump’s anticipated transgender troops ban

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand vowed Thursday to fight an order expected soon from President Donald Trump for the Pentagon to implement a new ban on transgender servicemembers and discharge any transgender troops deemed non-deployable.


Fort Carson soldier killed in training accident

Fort Carson launched an investigation into the cause of the fatal accident which occurred during a training exercise early Wednesday morning on the Colorado post.


Fort Benning drill sergeants suspended amid sexual assault allegations

The Army has suspended multiple Fort Benning drill sergeants as it investigates allegations of sexual assault raised by a female trainee, officials at the Georgia installation said Wednesday.


CNO orders Navy-wide pause, broad review after 2nd Pacific collision in 2 months

The Chief of Naval Operations on Monday ordered a servicewide operational pause and a broad review of naval practices in the Pacific after the latest at-sea collision, this one between the American warship USS John S. McCain and a commercial vessel that injured five sailors and left 10 missing.