Army announces more deployments, sending two brigades to Afghanistan & Europe
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes Army units from Texas, Georgia and New York are deploying to Europe and Afghanistan later in the year, according to an Army announcement Friday. The 10th Mountain Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Drum, N.Y., and the newly activated 3rd Security Force Assistance... Read more
Mold at Joint Base San Antonio sends 200 airmen to new housing
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes Mold in dorms forced about 200 airmen into new housing over the weekend at Joint Base San Antonio in Texas, after online scrutiny of living conditions triggered base leadership to conduct a full review of all facilities. As inspections continue at the Air... Read more
Republicans want to make it easier for vets to buy guns, keep them off background check list
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes Two bills protecting the Second Amendment rights of veterans need to be debated by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, according to Republican members of the committee, who sent a letter last week to the panel’s chairman, Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif. The bills... 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
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
Air Force base damaged after California is rocked by 7.1 earthquake
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes A tower at an off-base plant that supports operations at Edwards Air Force Base sustained damage Friday during the 7.1 magnitude earthquake in southern California, base officials confirmed. Air operations have continued at the site despite the damage, Brig. Gen. John Teichert, commander... Read more
Two Texas Army units being deployed to Middle East this fall
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes Army division and corps headquarters units will deploy in the fall, one to support operations in Iraq and the other in Afghanistan, service officials announced Friday. III Corps Headquarters from Fort Hood, Texas will deploy to Iraq to replace XVIII Airborne Corps Headquarters... Read more
Midwest tornadoes damage military homes at Wright-Patterson AFB, nine families displaced
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes A dozen homes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are uninhabitable after a tornado ripped through the Ohio base on Memorial Day, base officials said. In total, roughly 150 homes in the Prairies at Wright Field housing area were damaged, according to a news... Read more
Pentagon expects to launch a military border mission that will last a ‘couple of years’
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes The Defense Department is working on a plan now with the Department of Homeland Security that could keep troops at the U.S.-Mexico border for the “next couple years,” a top Pentagon official told Senate lawmakers Wednesday. Based on Homeland Security’s ability to manage... Read more
‘We’re not aliens, we’re women:’ New task force to target gender inequality at the VA
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes Women seeking health care at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities often have longer wait times for appointments than men and one in four have reported being sexually harassed or had their military service questioned, House lawmakers and women veterans said Thursday. “ do... Read more

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