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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."

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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.


Statue of Air Force Medal of Honor recipient to be unveiled Thursday at Pope Army Airfield

The statue of the bearded, combat-outfitted Master Sgt. John Chapman, the Air Force’s lone post-9/11 recipient of the Medal of Honor, will be the image that students and cadre see as they enter or leave the service’s school for future combat controllers.


Pentagon to deploy another 900 troops to Middle East, extend Patriot missile battalion amid tensions with Iran

The Pentagon will send another 900 troops to the Middle East in the coming weeks in a move meant to bolster security for U.S. troops in the region amid heightening tensions with Iran, the Defense Department announced Friday.


Shanahan: Pentagon considering sending more troops to Middle East amid tensions with Iran

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said Thursday that the United States is considering a deployment of new troops to the Middle East to shore up force protection amid recent heightened tensions with Iran. But he also denied news reports such orders could include 5,000 to 10,000 servicemembers.


Pardons for war crimes could harm commanders’ influence, former military lawyers warn

Presidential pardons for American servicemembers convicted or accused of war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the killing of unarmed enemy fighters, could undermine military leadership and might complicate the U.S. relationship with key allies, several military law experts said.


Trump to nominate former ambassador, astronaut for Air Force secretary

President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he would nominate Barbara Barrett, a former ambassador to Finland and astronaut, to be the next secretary of the Air Force, replacing Heather Wilson who is slated to leave that post at the end of this month.


Navy SEAL Team 6 member sentenced to a year in prison for his role in death of Green Beret

Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Adam Matthews will spend the next year in a military prison after pleading guilty Thursday for his actions in the 2017 strangulation death of a Green Beret in Mali.


Pentagon to deploy Patriot missile battery, USS Arlington to Middle East amid tensions with Iran

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan ordered the new deployments Friday, just days after he approved the expedited deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and a task force of B-52 bombers into the Middle East, the Pentagon said.


Navy officer accused of masturbating at desk, searching for child pornography online

Lt. Cmdr. Robert J. Cleary was charged in November with more than a handful of crimes primarily stemming from an investigation of his alleged use of a Navy computer to search for illicit images of children.


Fired Marine recon battalion commander is fourth Marine leader removed in recent weeks

Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala was removed from his command of Camp Pendleton’s 1st Reconnaissance Battalion after Maj. Gen. Robert Castellvi “lost trust and confidence in the commanding officer’s ability to lead.”


Navy will deploy hospital ship Comfort to South America as tensions heighten in Venezuela

The Pentagon will dispatch a Navy hospital ship carrying hundreds of doctors and nurses to South America next month where it will be tasked with treating Venezuelans fleeing that nation’s economic and growing political crises.


Three Navy corpsmen slain in suspected double murder-suicide, Virginia police say

Investigators believe Donavon Moora, 22, an E-2 hospitalman apprentice from New York, killed Shianne Soles, 19, of Veradale, Wash., and Meaghan Burns, 23, of Massachusetts, in Portsmouth, Va., on Saturday before fatally shooting himself.


Afghan Air Force pilot training program in US ends after nearly half go AWOL

A Defense Department watchdog report says more than 40 percent of the Afghan pilots sent to train on the AC-208 Combat Caravan lightweight reconnaissance aircraft went absent without leave while in the United States.


Air Force training plane crashes in Oklahoma

Initial indications show the pilot and co-pilot safely ejected before the T-6 Texan II plane from Sheppard Air Force Base went down near Lake Waurika just across the state line in Oklahoma.


Shanahan says he doesn't know how long troops will remain at southern border

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told lawmakers Wednesday that he did not know how long thousands of military troops would remain at the U.S. southern border though he said they would stay as long as they were under legal orders from the White House.


CNO nominee backs Navy plan to scrap USS Truman as White House vows to keep the ship

Adm. Bill Moran, President Donald Trump’s selection for the next chief of naval operations, said he supported the plan unveiled in the service’s fiscal year 2020 budget request to forgo a $3.5 billion midlife overhaul of the USS Truman scheduled for 2024.


Top officer at Guantanamo detention facilities fired following investigation

The top military officer in charge of the detention facilities at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba was relieved of command this weekend by the commander of U.S. Southern Command, who cited a “loss of confidence in his ability,” officials said Monday.


Pentagon to expand mission on US-Mexico border, allow some troops direct contact with migrants

The new deployment will bring the number of active-duty troops operating along the southern border in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California to about 3,200. Another roughly 2,000 National Guard troops are also serving deployments along the border in a separate, but related, mission.


Recruit collapses, dies at Naval Station Great Lakes boot camp

An 18-year-old Navy recruit died Tuesday after collapsing during physical training at the service’s boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois, service officials said Friday.


Should women register for the draft? Experts debate as Trump administration challenges court ruling

Arguments in support of requiring women to register with the Selective Service raised Thursday cited the many positive contributions women have made to the armed forces. Others pointed towards a higher rate of injury among female servicemembers, as well as their personal beliefs in traditional gender roles, to testify against the change.


Air Force Academy ethics instructor arrested on charges of attempting to lure a child online

Capt. Paul Sikkema described his genitals, expressed his desire to perform sexual acts with an undercover officer and attempted to persuade the officer who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl to meet him, according to arrest documents.


Air Force OKs two-piece flight suits for regular duty, changes patch placement on OCP uniforms

When wearing the Operational Camouflage Pattern combat uniforms, which the service adopted in October, airmen are now to place their squadrons’ patches on the right sleeve along with the U.S. flag and their higher headquarters patches on the left sleeve.


Green Beret with West Virginia National Guard killed in parachute training incident

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


Pentagon establishes panel to probe Defense Department’s handling of sexual assault cases

The Sexual Assault Accountability and Investigation Task Force, or SAAITF, will focus largely on reforms and improvements that can be made to the military judicial process to ensure servicemembers’ confidence in the system, acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan wrote on March 27.


Trump ban on transgender military service begins as court battle continues

The Pentagon will no longer allow the vast majority of men and women who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria to enlist in the military.


Air Force offers incentives to top officers to serve recruiting, instruction assignments

The Air Force wants some of its best officers to spend time recruiting or instructing future officers in ROTC and entrance training, and it is offering incentives designed to make such duties more attractive, service officials announced Thursday.


STRATCOM’s chief tapped to become vice chairman of Joint Chiefs

Gen. John Hyten, who has commanded U.S. Strategic Command for more than two years, was formally nominated late Monday to become the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Shanahan: Space organizations integral to preventing Chinese, Russian military dominance

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said in a keynote speech delivered at the yearly Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., “This is not a future or theoretical threat, this is today’s threat. We are not going to sit back and watch — we are going to act."


Neller says Congress will approve $400 million for storm damage at Camp Lejeune, other bases

Congress will approve a Pentagon request to move hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for recovery operations at major military bases that suffered catastrophic damage from two hurricanes last year, the top Marine said Friday.


Pentagon will still train Turkish F-35 pilots as it considers expelling Turkey from jet program

The Pentagon said Thursday that it will not halt training for Turkish pilots flying the F-35A Lightning II fighters that country has purchased even as the United States threatens to expel its ally from the advanced jet program over its intentions to purchase a Russian missile defense system.


House lawmakers applaud Pentagon's first step in addressing housing crisis, but demand more

Lawmakers applauded the initial steps the Defense Department and its four military services have taken to address widespread problems military families have reported in recent months. But they also raised concerns about those long-term fixes.


Air Force grounds B-1 Lancer bomber fleet over ejection system concerns

Air Force technicians will inspect all 62 of the service’s B-1B aircraft during the stand down, and jets will be returned to flying status on a rolling basis as they are inspected.


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Fallen soldier’s son accepts Medal of Honor for his father’s dive onto ‘living grenade’

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins was killed in Iraq in June 2007, after tackling a suicide bomber and using his own body to shield three soldiers from the blast. His Distinguished Service Cross was upgraded to the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor in the U.S.


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

“He saved my life and the life of several others,” former Army Sgt. Sand Aijo said Tuesday at the Pentagon, recalling Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins’ act nearly 12 years ago. “I would not be here today without him.”


Combat readiness of Army brigades improving but hasn’t reached service’s goal, Milley says

More than half of the Army’s brigade combat teams have achieved top levels of preparedness to fight a major ground war, the service’s top general said Tuesday, noting only three brigades were considered fully prepared to fight in 2015.


James McConville, the Army’s No. 2 general, nominated as service’s next chief of staff

The White House has nominated Army Gen. James McConville to become the service’s next chief of staff, officials announced Tuesday during an Association of the United States Army event.


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

Sgt. 1st Class Ethan Carpenter was killed March 15 during the routine training exercise. He was a reconnaissance specialist assigned to the elite 75th Ranger Regiment’s special troops battalion at Fort Benning in Georgia.


DOD IG to probe allegations acting Pentagon chief’s actions benefited former employer

The investigation will determine whether acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan has promoted Boeing, where he worked for more than 30 years before arriving at the Pentagon in 2017, or disparaged the massive aerospace firm’s competitors


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

The White House on Friday tapped an Air Force general with experience overseeing all U.S. and NATO air forces throughout Europe to lead U.S. European Command and serve as Supreme Allied Commander.


Pentagon: 'Deploy-or-get-out' policy reduced nondeployable troop numbers by 21,000

The “deploy-or-get-out” policy was the brainchild of former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who aimed to drastically reduce the number of troops deemed unfit to serve in combat for factors including medical issues or fitness problems.