1,000 National Guardsmen staying at southern border for an extra seven weeks
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes A deployment expected to end Monday was extended into November for 1,000 Texas National Guard troops serving along the U.S.-Mexico border, Pentagon officials said Thursday. Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the extension Sept. 16 at the request of the Department of Homeland Security,... Read more
Pentagon has to stop some border wall projects because it’s out of money
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes Three projects to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border must be delayed because the Pentagon does not have enough money to complete them, a Defense Department official revealed in court documents. The projects were authorized Aug. 26 after Pentagon officials determined cost savings... Read more
U.S. troops staying at southern border through 2020
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes Defense Secretary Mark Esper has authorized up to 5,500 servicemembers to continue missions along the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2020. Esper approved the request last week from the Department of Homeland Security to extend the mission, Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon... Read more
Florida military bases prepare as Hurricane Dorian gets stronger, closer
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes Military bases along Florida’s eastern coast are stowing aircraft, securing equipment and placing sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Dorian to make landfall Monday morning. Projection models from the National Hurricane Center show the storm, which has already passed over the U.S. Virgin Islands,... Read more
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

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