Army announces Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston as 16th sergeant major
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston, who has been in the service for more than 30 years, has been selected to be the 16th sergeant major of the Army, the service announced Tuesday. Grinston is the senior enlisted leader for U.S. Army Forces Command... Read more
Pentagon closes investigation into 2017 Niger ambush, no further punishments coming
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will not pursue additional punishments for military personnel involved in the 2017 ambush in Niger that led to the deaths of four American soldiers following a review of the initial probes into the attack, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.... Read more
Pentagon working to make DD-214 military discharge form available online, fully electronic
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The Pentagon is working to make the standard military service discharge form — the DD-214 — fully electronic and looking to implement recommendations from a recent report that would include improving the accuracy and privacy of servicemembers records. The Pentagon’s Office of the... Read more
Defense Secretary defends decision to send ships & bombers to Middle East
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday defended the Pentagon’s decision to deploy more ships and bombers to the Middle East in response to threats from Iran, saying those actions might have convinced the Iranians to ‘put on hold’ potential attacks on Americans.... Read more
Air Force will have a new secretary starting on June 1st
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Matthew P. Donovan, the under secretary of the Air Force, will become acting secretary of the service on June 1, after Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson resigns her position, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. Wilson announced in March in a letter to President Donald... Read more
Sexual assaults on young servicewomen on the rise, DOD report finds
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Sexual assaults against female troops have increased by 44% since 2016, with the highest increase affecting junior enlisted servicemenbers, according to a Pentagon report released Thursday. “The results of this report are not acceptable by any standard,” Elizabeth Van Winkle, the executive director... Read more
Trump tweets about sending armed troops to US-Mexico border
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that armed soldiers are now being sent to the U.S.-Mexico border, more than a week after two American soldiers were confronted by Mexican troops on the southern border in Texas. “Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National... Read more
Navy admiral wants better training simulators for sailors in response to deadly ship collisions
Caitlin Kenney Stars and Stripes Constructing better training simulators for sailors on surface ships is one of the initiatives being undertaken by the Navy as it implements recommendations made after the deadly USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald collisions, Adm. William Moran, the vice chief of naval operations,... Read more
Trump ban on transgender military service begins as court battle continues
Caitlin M. Kenney and Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military went into effect Friday, nearly two years after he surprised top Pentagon leaders with a series of tweets announcing he would not allow transgender men and women to serve... Read more
Adm. Bill Moran nominated to be next chief of naval operations
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Adm. Bill Moran has been nominated by President Donald Trump to become the next chief of naval operations, the Navy’s most senior officer, the service announced Thursday. Moran would become the 32nd chief of naval operations, if confirmed by the Senate. He has... Read more

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