“Not our border” President Trump defends decision to pull troops our of Syria
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Syrian Kurds “no angels” as he defended his recent decision to remove American troops from the war-torn country, leaving the U.S. ally to fight off an invading Turkish force. “We’ve been a police force. It’s time to... Read more
After 30 years Navy flies F/A-18C Hornet for the final time
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The last Navy F/A-18C Hornet flew for the last time at Naval Air Station Oceana in Norfolk, Va., last week, according to the Navy. The last F/A-18C Hornet, number 300, was flown Oct. 2 by Lt. Andrew Jalali, who was born in 1988,... Read more
Navy no longer issuing shaving waivers, says whiskers can interfere with breathing devices
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The Navy will no longer issue permanent shaving waivers for sailors diagnosed with razor bumps because whiskers can hinder the effectiveness of breathing devices, the service announced Friday. “First and foremost, this change is about safety of our sailors and reducing the risk... Read more
After several breaches, Navy picks new CIO of cybersecurity
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Aaron Weis on Thursday was named the Navy’s new chief information officer as the service looks to clamp down on leaks in its cybersecurity following several breaches that resulted in the loss of classified and sensitive information. The breaches forced Navy Secretary Richard... Read more
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

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