Navy increases patrol in the Black Sea, send seventh warship in the Russian region this year
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter entered the Black Sea on Saturday, the seventh time the Navy has sent a warship into the region this year as a response to a more assertive Russia. It is the second time in as many months that the... Read more
Female soldier in the running to be first woman on the moon in 2024
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes Lt. Col. Anne McClain is one of 12 female astronauts who could become the first woman on the moon by 2024, a list compiled by NASA shows. She’s also the only one of the 12 who’s in the Army. After President Donald Trump directed... Read more
U.S. participates in ‘Sea Breeze’ naval exercise in Russia’s backyard
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes The United States and its allies are conducting a large naval exercise in the Black Sea and a separate anti-submarine drill in the North Atlantic Ocean, two regions where Russia has reportedly been holding war games of their own. A total of 32 ships,... Read more
U.S. Navy resurrects 2nd Fleet to run BALTOPS exercise, Russia watching from afar
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes The recently revived 2nd Fleet is leading the 18-nation Baltic Operations with an eye toward Russia, a former participant in the long-running exercise whose military movements in recent years have put the Baltic region’s former Soviet states on edge. Military officials say the 47th... Read more
Rural living vets more likely to be prescribed opioids by the VA than city living counterpart
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes Rural veterans are given almost a third more opioids than urban vets, according to a study that analyzed outpatient prescribing practices in 2016 by doctors within the Veterans Health Administration. While opioid prescribing by the VHA among rural veterans declined significantly from 2012 to... Read more
Navy getting six new ‘Marine One’ helicopters in $500 million contract
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes The White House will get its first new helicopters in decades. The Navy awarded Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. a $542 million contract to deliver six VH-92A helicopters by 2021 as the first phase in replacing the aging presidential fleet of 19 helicopters. Sikorsky, a Lockheed... Read more
GAO Report: Navy not doing enough missile testing in Poland
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes The Missile Defense Agency has reduced needed testing of the Navy’s land-based missile defense system in Poland even though an 18-month construction delay has provided more time to run them, a government watchdog said. The agency reduced by 80% tests that would more accurately... Read more
Russian jet makes unsafe intercept of U.S. plane flying over Mediterranean
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes A Russian fighter intercepted a Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft three times over the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday with two of the passes deemed unsafe, Navy officials said. A Sukhoi Su-35 flew at high speed directly in front of the Poseidon on the second pass,... Read more
USO set to close Rome Center, its first after WWII
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes In the street outside the USO center near St. Peter’s Square, crowds celebrated Italian Liberation Day, but the mood inside was somber among staffers who recently learned the facility will close after more than 70 years of operation. The jubilant holiday fests in late... Read more
Navy will monitor fitness tests more closely after four recruits die within the last year
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes The Navy ordered sailors to watch fitness test participants more closely for signs of distress and allow do-overs for those having a “bad day,” following a string of deaths over the past year including two young female recruits who collapsed during the tests Four... Read more

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