Construction begins for first permanent U.S. F-35 base in Europe
Christopher Dennis Stars and Stripes A $205 million construction project to prepare RAF Lakenheath for the arrival of two squadrons of U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II fighter jets in 2021 officially got underway Monday. The commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe — U.S. Air Forces Africa, Gen.... Read more
VA is banning smoking for everyone except their employees
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes The Department of Veterans Affairs announced its health care facilities will soon be “smoke-free,” though a smoking ban set to take effect Oct. 1 does not apply to employees, the agency clarified Friday. While veterans, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors will be prohibited from... Read more
House bill wants DoD to stop using Confederate symbols and names
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes The Defense Department might be prohibited from naming assets after Confederate symbols should an amendment added to the House defense budget make its way into the final version of the law. The amendment, added Thursday to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal... Read more
U.S. participates in ‘Sea Breeze’ naval exercise in Russia’s backyard
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes The United States and its allies are conducting a large naval exercise in the Black Sea and a separate anti-submarine drill in the North Atlantic Ocean, two regions where Russia has reportedly been holding war games of their own. A total of 32 ships,... Read more
”Spooky” gunships complete its last combat missions, here is what’s replacing them
The legendary AC-130U “Spooky” Gunship has flown its last combat mission, leading many to ask what lies in store for the future of Air Force gunships. The last U-model came home to Hurlburt Field in Florida on Monday, marking the end of an era. While seeing Spooky go is... Read more
First set of Russian S-400 missiles arrive in Turkey
dpa, Hamburg, Germany (TNS) Turkey accepted the first shipment of a Russian surface-to-air S-400 defence system at a military airport in Ankara on Friday, thereby defying warnings and threats of sanctions from the United States. “The first phase of the S-400 delivery has started with a plane that has... Read more
Louisiana bases prepare for Tropical Storm Barry, National Guard activated
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes With Tropical Storm Barry churning across the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the military in Louisiana is preparing for its potential landfall this weekend as a hurricane. The storm developed into a tropical storm on Thursday and is expected to become... Read more
U.S. leaving HIMARS rocket system in Australia after live-fire exercise next month
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, known as HIMARS, will train with Marines in Darwin, Australia, after participating in this month’s Talisman Sabre exercise Down Under, according to the Marine Corps. A platoon from the Okinawa-based 12th Marine Regiment brought three HIMARS launchers to Australia for... Read more
New drones are the size of a bird, will help soldiers in urban combat situations
The aerial reconnaissance tool of tomorrow is over half a foot long and weighs less than a pound- and it’s coming to the backpack of a soldier near you. The FLIR Systems Black Hornet, an extremely quiet scout drone, is capable of speeds of 13 MPH and has a... Read more
Survey: Majority of vets support President Trump’s national security decisions
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes President Donald Trump, who often has struggled with low approval ratings, has more support from veterans than other Americans when it comes to his national security decisions, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Veterans are more approving than other Americans regarding Trump’s actions... Read more
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