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Rose L. Thayer

New Army rifle offers more versatility in combat

The Army’s new Squad Designated Marksman Rifle, or SDM-R, is intended to provide precision fire between 300 and 600 meters — without losing close-range lethality.

Troops shuffled along US southern border to counter migrant caravan from Mexico

In total, about 2,300 active-duty troops are deployed in Texas, Arizona and California, based on information from the Defense Department.


‘A sense of pride’: Army mascots, a donkey and goat, promoted at Fort Sill

The 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery Regiment recognized Staff Sgt. Big Deuce VII and Spc. Short Round VI for their good behavior — in their case, not biting or kicking anyone.


Another 3,500 troops heading to the US-Mexico border, House Armed Services chairman says

With the 2,300 active-duty troops and 2,270 National Guard members already deployed in Texas, California and Arizona, the military will have 5,800 troops along the border within weeks. All are expected to remain along the border through fiscal year 2019, which ends Sept. 30.


Wild winter weather impacts Navy’s Great Lakes station

Extreme cold weather and wind chills as low as -52 degrees in the Midwest caused two days of closures this week at Naval Station Great Lakes, located north of Chicago on Lake Michigan.


More troops headed to border as cost estimates for deployment reach nearly $700 million

Defense officials told members of the House Armed Services Committee that the Defense Department will spend more than $680 million on the deployment of active-duty and National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.