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Pentagon won’t comply with Trump impeachment probe, DOD official tells House Democrats

Robert R. Hood, assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs, cites several “legal and practical concerns" in declining to participate in the impeachment probe aimed at President Donald Trump.

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Pentagon warns Turkey not to invade Syria as Trump blasted for abandoning Kurdish partners

The Pentagon warned Turkey against a military incursion in northeastern Syrian land controlled by Kurdish forces that the United States has backed for five years in their fight against the Islamic State, the Defense Department said Monday in a statement.


Top US commander in Europe endorses more Javelin missiles to Ukraine

The United States should provide more Javelin missiles to Ukraine’s military as it battles pro-Russian forces in the eastern region of the country, said Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters, the top American military commander for U.S. and NATO forces in Europe.


Army's maligned UCP uniforms quietly retired years after new camo design became the norm

Originally meant for urban, desert and wooded battlefields, the green-blue-gray Universal Camouflage Pattern was ultimately scorned as virtually useless in most environments and had largely disappeared in recent years from major Army posts.


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Gen. Dunford, steady force at the Pentagon, gives way to Gen. Milley as new Joint Chiefs chairman

Since October 2015, when he was sworn in as the 19th chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford provided unfiltered and often unheralded military advice and options to former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump, a trio of defense secretaries and two acting Pentagon chiefs.


Initial standards for the coming Army Combat Fitness Test are unveiled

After conducting testing at more than 60 battalions in recent months, Army leaders grouped military occupational specialties, or MOS, into three levels with different scoring requirements based on the typical physical demands of those jobs.


Pentagon to send Patriot battery to Saudi Arabia to help protect against further attacks

The Defense Department announced the deployment Thursday, about one week after the Pentagon announced more troops would be sent to the Middle East as a direct result of the Sept. 14 drone and cruise missile attack on Saudi Arabia.


Fort Carson-based soldier dies during medic training in South Korea

Staff Sgt. Kelly L. Richards, 32, died during the training at Camp Casey, where he had been sent temporarily to participate in the EFMB testing while his unit was deployed to Kuwait, according to the Army.


Four Marine officers fired in wake of deadly 2018 collision during in-air refueling

Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 suffered from “inadequate oversight of training and operations” and an “unprofessional command climate” when the Hornet fighter jet crashed Dec. 6 into the rear of the KC-130 Super Hercules while conducting air-to-air refueling off Japan’s coast.


Three US troops wounded in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

A statement from NATO’s Kabul-based Resolute Support mission said the servicemembers suffered “non-life-threatening injuries,” and the attacker, an Afghan Civil Order police officer, was killed in the incident.


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Pentagon marks POW/MIA day with joint U.S.-British parachute jump

The Pentagon’s annual National POW/MIA Recognition Day honors the more than 140,000 American servicemembers who have served in POW camps and the tens of thousands more who have gone missing in wars fought in foreign lands.


Pentagon to send more troops to Middle East amid ‘significant escalation’ from Iran

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the announcement of President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy new forces to the Middle East late Friday in a rare briefing at the Pentagon.


WWII 'Hero of Cologne' receives valor award nearly 75 years after famous tank battle

Clarence Smoyer earned the moniker the “Hero of Cologne” as a 21-year-old tank gunner credited with destroying a German Panther IV tank blocking the U.S. Army’s 3rd Armored Division’s march to the Rhine River during WWII.


Army meets recruiting goal for 2019 after revamping how it attracts prospective soldiers

The Army has met its fiscal year 2019 recruiting goal, service officials said Tuesday, crediting a retooled effort focused largely on attracting young men and women through internet applications and in large cities the military had long ignored.


Chemical cleanup at bases could cost more than $2 billion, new task force determines

The costs to clean up chemical contaminates suspected at more than 400 current and former military sites could eclipse the $2 billion estimate that the Pentagon projected in March, defense officials said Thursday.


Another setback: Air Force restricts cargo, passengers on KC-46 tanker flights

The Air Force has banned cargo and passengers aboard its KC-46A Pegasus tanker jets after floor cargo restraints unlocked during recent test flights, according to the service’s Air Mobility Command.


Combat controller will receive Air Force Cross for actions in Afghanistan ISIS fight

Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel P. Keller had already been fighting for 15 hours when a house rigged with improvised explosives just feet away from the combat controller blew up, forcing him to the ground, injured and dazed. But he kept fighting.


Trump pledges to hit Taliban harder as he marks 18th anniversary of 9/11 at Pentagon

The ceremony at the Pentagon was held in its memorial grove, where 184 trees and benches inscribed with the victims’ names face the facility’s southwest wall, where an airliner was crashed into the building on Sept. 11, 2001.


House Democrats want Pentagon to ban servicemembers from staying at Trump properties on taxpayers’ dime

Reps. Elijah Cummings and Jamie Raskin, both Maryland Democrats, threatened to subpoena Pentagon records related trips in which crews have stayed at Trump’s Turnberry resort during flights from the Middle East to the United States.


Pentagon says 1,200 troops have been mobilized to assist Dorian-ravaged Bahamas

The troops — some of whom arrived in the Bahamas over the weekend — have begun a variety of missions, including search and rescue operations and assessing air fields to ensure they could safely receive aircraft.


SEAL Team 7 leaders fired as Navy looks to shake up commando culture

Cmdr. Edward Mason, SEAL Team 7's commander; Lt. Cmdr. Luke Im, its executive officer; and Command Master Chief Hugh Spangler, the unit’s senior enlisted leader were dismissed over problems with leadership in the team’s ranks, according to a Navy statement.


Report: Army officials did not understand their powers to oversee failing private military housing

The Inspector General probe was launched as news reports beginning late last year highlighted prevalent problems across private military housing, which are owned and run by private companies but sit on military installations.


DOD lists projects defunded by moving of billions of dollars to build border wall

The Pentagon is confident that Congress will backfill the $3.6 billion for the 127 planned construction projects in 23 states, three U.S. territories and at bases in 20 other countries. Meanwhile, lawmakers in affected states largely expressed dismay at the decision.


Esper approves use of $3.6 billion in Pentagon construction funds for US-Mexico border wall

The $3.6 billion includes two roughly equal pools of funds – overseas construction projects and projects planned for bases inside the United States and its territories.


Soldiers and Marines evacuate the coast as Dorian crawls toward shore

Hurricane Dorian continued its slow crawl Tuesday toward the U.S. East Coast, prompting military bases from Florida to North Carolina to move personnel and equipment before the Category 2 storm brought significant rain, flooding and winds up to 120 mph.


Green Beret killed in combat in Afghanistan leaves behind daughter, pregnant wife

Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Ard, 31, of Idaho Falls, became the 15th U.S. combat casualty in that country this year.


Pentagon establishes Space Command, lobbies for Space Force with eyes on Russia, China

President Donald Trump officially ordered the establishment of SPACECOM in December, a move long-embraced by top Pentagon officials who have pushed for more focus on protecting American space assets.


Trump: More than 8,000 US troops will remain in Afghanistan after peace deal with Taliban

President Donald Trump said Thursday that the United States would pull more than 5,000 troops out of Afghanistan once it reaches an accord with the Taliban, though he seemed to rule out a complete withdrawal of American forces from the country’s 18-year war.


Dunford indicates drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan is not imminent

Reports that the United States could soon begin removing at least some of its roughly 14,000 troops from Afghanistan as a result of the State Department-led dialogues with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, were “premature,” according to Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford.


Green Beret killed in Afghanistan last week was veteran of seven deployments

Army Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez was killed with Army Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa during a raid alongside Afghan special forces in Faryab province, according to U.S. and Afghan officials. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the soldiers’ deaths.


Navy’s top SEAL orders adoption of grooming and uniform standards, blames leadership for ‘ethically misaligned’ troops

The new guidance is the result of a command-wide review of ethics and culture that Rear Adm. Collin Green ordered last month as the SEAL community has dealt with several high-profile issues in recent years.


'One of the toughest kids I’ve ever met': Families mourn Green Berets killed in Afghanistan

The family of Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, Calif., requested that the Army not release further information about him, U.S. Army Special Operations Command said. But the family of Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, 31, publicly grieved his death in numerous social media posts.


Pentagon identifies two Green Beret soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, were assigned to 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., the Pentagon said in a statement Thursday.


Two American servicemembers killed in action in Afghanistan, NATO says

The deaths bring the number of American troops killed by hostile enemy action in 2019 to 14, the highest number of U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan since former President Barack Obama formally ended combat operations there at the end of 2014.


Judge allows prospective transgender troops to move forward with lawsuit challenging Pentagon ban

The Pentagon’s transgender policy was implemented in April after the Supreme Court ruled the Defense Department could move forward with the ban nearly two years after President Donald Trump tweeted his intentions to bar all transgender persons from the military.


Army MP falls from tower, dies while serving in Saudi Arabia

Spc. Clayton James Horne, 23, died Saturday in the Saudi capital of Riyadh from wounds that he sustained in a noncombat incident, according to the Army.


Pence’s press secretary to move to the Pentagon, plans 'frequent briefings'

Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Alyssa Farah, will move across the Potomac River next month to take the same title at the Pentagon, saying she plans to "hold frequent briefings."


Nearly 75 percent of grounded Air Force C-130s have returned to the air

The Air Force has resumed flights of almost three-quarters of the transport planes that the service grounded last week after maintainers discovered unusual cracks in the wing joints of an Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft, an Air Mobility Command spokeswoman said Wednesday.


SOCOM chief orders review of military’s special operations culture

Army Gen. Richard Clarke, the SOCOM commander, ordered the comprehensive review in a memorandum sent last week to his entire force. The review was to start immediately and conclude by the fall.


Marine killed in Iraq was once Corps’ top commando; Pentagon probes possible friendly fire

Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer was killed during operations against an Islamic State group in the expansive Ninevah province, where efforts are ongoing to clear the remnants of the terrorist group.


McConville, Grinston sworn in as Army’s top uniformed soldiers

Army Gen. James McConville and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston were sworn in Friday as the top general and noncommissioned officer, respectively, in the U.S. military’s largest service during a ceremony at Fort Myer in Arlington, Va.


US, Canadian fighters intercept Russian bombers off Alaskan coast

Two U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets and two Canadian CF-18 Hornet fighters on Thursday morning intercepted the long-range, nuclear-capable Russian bombers north of Alaska over the Beaufort Sea.


Army plans wireless, wearable tokens to access secure platforms quickly in the field

Army Futures Command is working to develop small, wearable tokens that would produce a wireless signal to be used while serving in a war zone or similar location.


New veterans memorial in Florida opens — 40 feet down in the Gulf of Mexico

After 2½ years of planning and building, a dozen 6-foot tall statues of U.S. servicemembers from each of the five military branches now rest on the seabed west of Dunedin Beach, just north of Clearwater.


33-year-old Navy lieutenant killed in Death Valley Super Hornet crash

Lt. Charles Z. Walker, from Strike Fighter Squadron 151 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California, was piloting through a canyon when he crashed into a ravine wall at high speed Wednesday.


Esper announces US withdrawal from INF Treaty, says Pentagon will build new weapons

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday announced the official withdrawal of the United States from a key nuclear missile treaty with Russia, blaming Moscow for violating the terms of the 1987 pact and vowing to build new weapons previously banned under the agreement.


Navy’s top SEAL tells force 'we have a problem' and orders ethics review of Special Warfare Command

Rear Adm. Collin Green, the commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, has ordered an ethics review of the elite force, which has been plagued by allegations of crimes and other misconduct.


Navy declares pilot dead in Hornet crash in California’s Death Valley

The pilot of the F/A-18E Super Hornet, whose identity was not released Thursday, was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 151 based at California’s Naval Air Station Lemoore.


Several senators support Hyten for No. 2 military office, call sexual assault accusations false

Several senators said Tuesday they would support President Donald Trump’s nominee for the No. 2 U.S. military officer, calling sexual misconduct allegations against Air Force Gen. John Hyten by a subordinate false.


Army housing surveys show drop in satisfaction as DOD grapples with subpar conditions for military families

Army families are less satisfied with living conditions in on-post housing than they were last year, according to a pair of surveys that service officials sent out in January as they work to address ongoing problems reported in residences run by private management companies.


Trump, parade honor Esper as new defense secretary

President Donald Trump expressed confidence in his newly installed defense secretary Thursday morning as the commander in chief hosted an honor ceremony just outside the Pentagon for Mark Esper.


Iran, water contamination at bases high on new defense secretary Mark Esper’s priority list

Mark Esper, who was sworn in Tuesday as the 27th defense secretary hours after he was confirmed by the Senate, told reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday that he was determined to “get our hands fully around” the problem of contaminated drinking water reported in recent years on or near some 175 military installations.


Air Force withholds millions of dollars in pay to military housing operator after reports of falsified logs

The Air Force has paused incentive fee payments to a company that runs its on-base housing at 21 installations amid allegations Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC employees falsified maintenance work logs delivered to the service.


Fort Carson soldiers honored for actions after Taliban gunman opened fire on top US, Afghan officials

When a Taliban-trained gunman who had infiltrated the Afghan security forces opened fire during a meeting of top U.S. and Afghan security forces in Kandahar in the fall, six 4th Infantry Division soldiers sprang into action – killing the shooter and providing medical care.


Navy commander is fired after LCS collides with cargo ship in St. Lawrence River

The commanding officer of a Navy littoral combat ship that struck a moored merchant ship in the St. Lawrence River in Montreal has been removed from duty “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command," the service said Monday.


Marines offering big bonuses to keep certain aviators from leaving for commercial airliners

The Marine Corps is offering some of its aviators bonuses of up to $280,000 to remain in the service as the service looks to improve pilot retention, an issue the military has struggled with in recent years.


Court considers request to throw out Bergdahl conviction over Trump 'traitor' comments

Military appellate judges are considering a request to dismiss the convictions of former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a one-time Taliban captive who in 2017 pleaded guilty to charges that he deserted his post in Afghanistan and endangered his fellow troops.


Pentagon deploys Raptors to Qatar amid Iran tensions

The fighter jets were part of a previously announced deployment of new forces into the Middle East, aimed at bolstering the ability of the United States to protect its forces throughout the region, especially in Iraq and Syria.


Ex-Green Beret Golsteyn pleads not guilty to murder charge in suspected Taliban bombmaker’s death

Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn has long admitted the killing in interviews with media and Army investigators, identifying the victim as a Taliban bombmaker responsible for the deaths of two Marines.


Fort Carson Green Beret, Fort Hood EOD soldier killed in Afghanistan firefight

A 32-year-old Green Beret and a 24-year-old explosive ordnance disposal soldier were killed Tuesday in a close-quarters firefight with Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan, Pentagon officials said.


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David Bellavia receives the Medal of Honor for his actions in a ‘house of nightmares’

Many of the men at the White House on Tuesday would not have been there if it were not for Staff Sgt. David Bellavia and his “exceptional courage to protect his men and defend our nation,” against an enemy “that would have killed them all had it not been for David,” President Donald Trump said.


Conservative talk show host, Republican candidate, now Medal of Honor recipient

For David Bellavia, receiving the nation’s highest military honor will mean a career change, at least temporarily, and it will likely mean setting any political ambitions aside in the near future, he told Stars and Stripes on Monday.


Former Ranger McCarthy will take on duties of Army secretary on Monday

Ryan McCarthy served in the Army from 1997 to 2002, later spending time working as a staffer on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and as an executive at Lockheed Martin.


Trump’s Washington July 4th shakeup will include military parade, flyover, presidential address

The parade of military units, musicians and drill teams — as well as floats, horses and giant balloons — will step off at 11:45 a.m. on July 4, traveling down Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street to 17th Street.


Border Patrol says military has contributed to more than 100,000 apprehensions along border

Chief Carla Provost, who has led Border Patrol since August, said National Guard forces deployed mostly in Texas and Arizona have aided in some 94,000 apprehensions in fiscal year 2019 and active-duty troops operating mobile surveillance cameras have contributed to another 15,600 apprehensions.


Shanahan steps down as acting defense secretary, Esper to take over

Pat Shanahan confirmed Tuesday that he has resigned as acting defense secretary and ended his campaign to seek the job outright amid reports of domestic violence in his family involving himself, his ex-wife and their son.


Pentagon to send another 1,000 troops to Middle East as it works to prove Iran was behind tanker attacks

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan announced the new deployment, saying the tanker attacks and other incidents carried out by the Iranians or their proxy forces required sending more forces to protect US troops deployed throughout the region.


25th ID soldier killed, another injured in Humvee rollover during training in Alaska

Army Spc. Marquise Gabriel Elliott, 25, was initially treated for injuries at the scene after the up-armored Humvee rolled over Friday. He was pronounced dead after he was airlifted to a hospital.


Army announces Expert badge for soldiers outside infantry, medic, Special Forces fields

Soldiers outside the infantry, combat medic and Special Forces fields will soon have the opportunity to earn a badge acknowledging their experience at critical skills, the Army announced Friday on the service’s 244th birthday.


Highest ranking female Air Force fighter pilot fired from overseeing top secret DOD programs

Maj. Gen. Dawn Dunlop was accused of fostering a “toxic work environment” in the Defense Department’s Special Access Programs Central Office, according to reports.


Marine Raider is sentenced to four years in prison in Green Beret’s death, says he 'betrayed a friend'

An elite Marine Raider was sentenced Friday to spend four years in a military prison after admitting his role in the strangulation death of a Green Beret, a fellow special operator he described as a friend.


Marine Raider pleads guilty to negligent homicide, other charges in Green Beret’s death in Africa

Marine Raider Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell Jr., one of four special operators charged in the 2017 strangling death of a Green Beret in Africa, pleaded guilty Thursday to negligent homicide, admitting his role in a plot to embarrass the soldier.


Marine charged in hazing death of Green Beret will face court-martial, plead guilty Thursday

A Marine Raider charged in the 2017 hazing death of a Green Beret in Africa will plead guilty Thursday to negligent homicide and other charges for his role in a “stupid prank that went horribly wrong,” his defense attorney said.


Space Command nominee says space is no longer a 'peaceful, benign domain'

The Air Force general nominated to lead the Pentagon’s newest combatant command that would direct the U.S. military’s space operations told lawmakers on Tuesday that any future conflicts with major powers such as Russia or China would be partially fought in space.


Shaw AFB suspends PT tests following second death of an airman

Officials at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., have suspended physical fitness testing after a second airman in less than a week died of health problems after completing a physical training assessment.


Air Force rolls out proposed changes to officer promotion system, seeks feedback

The Air Force is planning to overhaul its long-standing officer promotion system this year by dividing its largest category of officers into smaller, more specific groups, the service announced Friday.