Senate confirms Mark Esper as new Defense Secretary, first permanent replacement since December
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Mark Esper as defense secretary, ending seven months of turmoil about who would secure the top job at the Pentagon and lead the U.S. military. Esper was confirmed in a 90-8 vote by the Senate. Sens. Amy Klobuchar,... Read more
Judge throws out Bergdahl’s appeal over President Trump tweets
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes A military court has rejected an appeal by former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to dismiss his convictions due to comments by President Donald Trump that included calling the soldier a traitor who should be shot. Bergdahl’s lawyers argued to the U.S. Army Court... Read more
Secretary Defense nominee Mark Esper clears Senate committee
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Army Secretary Mark Esper’s nomination to be the next defense secretary was approved Thursday in a voice vote by the Senate Armed Services Committee. Esper’s nomination now moves to a full Senate vote, which Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., the committee chairman, has said... Read more
Navy ship takes out Iranian drone after it came within 1,000 yards
Caitlin M. Kenney and Chad Garland Stars and Stripes A U.S. Navy ship destroyed a drone in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon announced Thursday. The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, was in international waters traveling into the Strait of Hormuz when a drone approached the ship and... Read more
2,000 additional troops being sent to U.S.-Mexico border
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes More than 2,000 additional troops will deploy to the U.S.-Mexico border to assist Customs and Border Protection personnel with the ongoing immigration crisis, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. Acting Secretary of Defense Richard Spencer on Tuesday approved a request for assistance by the Department... Read more
Naval Secretary Richad Spencer becomes acting Def. Sec. as Esper has confirmation hearing
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Richard Spencer is now acting defense secretary after President Donald Trump on Monday officially nominated Mark Esper to the top Pentagon job, defense officials announced. Esper’s nomination was submitted one day before his already scheduled confirmation hearing in the Senate on Tuesday. Esper,... Read more
Army offering $40,000 bonus for people to join the infantry
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The Army is handing out bonuses up to $40,000 for people who join the infantry as the military’s largest branch works to meet its 2019 recruitment goal with only months left in the fiscal year. Army leaders believe the bonuses will help them... Read more
House could posthumously rescind Medals of Honor awarded to Wounded Knee Massacre soldiers
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes A bill introduced Tuesday would rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers who received them for actions during the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890, when hundreds of Native Americans were killed by U.S. cavalry soldiers. The Remove the Stain Act is sponsored... Read more
Naval War College announces first female President
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The next president the U.S. Naval War College will be a woman, a first for the century-old institution, after the previous president was removed. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer announced Friday that Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield will be the next president of the Navy’s... Read more
Report: Military ignoring climate change effects when picking out base locations
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes After several bases suffered devastating effects from extreme weather last year, a government report released Wednesday found that the military has not consistently assessed weather risks or incorporated climate change projections into its construction projects. The Government Accountability Office conducted the study between... Read more

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