Space Force or Star Fleet? New military branch focused on goals not social media comments
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes It’s fun to talk about Space Force uniforms and blasting troops into orbit, but the first priority for the new service branch is getting capabilities to warfighters, a top Space Force enlisted leader said. Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, senior noncommissioned officer for Combined... Read more
Security expert: U.S. will move more soldiers to South Pacific to counter Chinese activity
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes Concerns about Chinese efforts to build influence in the South Pacific will likely spur more exercises like one involving the U.S. Army in Fiji this month, according to a regional security expert. One hundred and fifty troops from Company B, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry... Read more
U.S. leaving HIMARS rocket system in Australia after live-fire exercise next month
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, known as HIMARS, will train with Marines in Darwin, Australia, after participating in this month’s Talisman Sabre exercise Down Under, according to the Marine Corps. A platoon from the Okinawa-based 12th Marine Regiment brought three HIMARS launchers to Australia for... Read more
China wants U.S. to scrap $2 billion dollar tank deal with Taiwan
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes China is demanding that the United States scrap a plan to sell more than $2 billion worth of military hardware, including M1A2 Abrams tanks and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, to Taiwan. Such a deal violates international law, norms of international relations, the “One China” policy... Read more
U.S. Navy could convert Philippines shipyard into repair & maintenance facility
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes A bankrupt commercial shipyard in the Philippines may present an opportunity for the Navy to re-establish itself at a major port it vacated nearly 30 years ago. “The U.S. Navy is exploring the viability of Subic Bay Hanjin Shipyard for use as a potential... Read more
USFJ commander says U.S. & Japan have more challenges as Russia, China, and North Korea grow
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes Challenges are growing for the United States and Japan in the Far East, the commander of U.S. Forces Japan told his host nation’s defense minister Wednesday in western Tokyo. The nature of those challenges were not specified by Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider during the... Read more
Survey says: U.S. Marines welcomed in Australia
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes A recent survey suggests U.S. Marines are being welcomed with open arms by residents of Australia’s Northern Territory. There’s been a steady build-up of Marines in Darwin, Australia, since 2012. On May 1, with the Marines’ rotational force poised to reach its target of... Read more
Navy sends a pair of guided-missile destroyers through Taiwan Strait
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes Two Navy destroyers cruised through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday and Monday, the latest in a series of transits that challenge China’s claims of sovereignty over the strategic waterway. The USS Stethem and USS William P. Lawrence “conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit on... Read more
Australia-bound battalion will boost Marines’ Darwin presence to 2,500
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes The Marine Corps is boosting its presence in Australia’s Northern Territory with an extra battalion headed Down Under this summer. The Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment will join Marine Rotational Force — Darwin in July, Marine spokesman 1st Lt. Colin Kennard said in... Read more
Army astronaut set to blast off on moon landing’s 50th anniversary
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes An Army Special Forces surgeon and former military brat is getting ready to blast off into space on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Col. Andrew Morgan, a veteran of two deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq, is set for... Read more

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