Smuggled weaponry: How the Rhodesian FAL became a favorite for anti-communists
Throughout history, there have been a series of “last stands” that have given rise to myth-like status in regards to the weapons and equipment used at the time- the Spartan helmet, the Filipino Bolo, the Scottish Claymore and the venerable trench shotguns of World War I. In the battle... Read more
Bombs Away: Best images of our military for April 19th, 2019
This week’s images feature plenty of training, a test of strength and will, and a view of one of nature’s most spectacular phenomenons from a vantage point we will never see. In Kuwait, a Marine marksman goes through his embassy compound training. The group is part of the U.S.... Read more
Defense Department warns troops about risks of using CBD products
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes Defense Department warns troops about risks of using CBD products The Department of Defense is warning servicemembers about the risk of being exposed to illegal drugs when using products containing cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD. The warning follows passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act... Read more
Melania Trump and Karen Pence visit Fort Bragg
Rachael Riley The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Sgt. Deanna Orallo has been a soldier for more than 10 years. She was among the hundreds of Fort Bragg soldiers and airmen gathered Monday to hear from first lady Melania Trump and second lady Karen Pence during a tour of the military... Read more
Navy allows transgender sailors to dress according to gender identity while off duty
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes The Navy will allow sailors to dress and “live socially in their preferred gender while off-duty,” a policy announcement that comes amid new Pentagon restrictions on transgender people joining the military. The statement, signed by Vice Adm. Robert Burke, clarifies that there is no... 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
Bombs Away: Best images of our military for April 12th, 2019
From the ‘Far East’ to the Middle East and to the ‘Space Coast’ this week’s images feature marksmanship training, teaching the next generation, and another historic launch to space. At the Royal Jordanian Naval base, Marine Lance Cpl. David Shook worked on his marksmanship with the M500 shotgun. The... Read more
US soldiers return to Palau for exercise after 37-year hiatus
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes About 200 soldiers are heading to Palau next week as part of Pacific Pathways, the first time in 37 years the Army has sent personnel to the nation of about 340 tiny islands in Micronesia. An infantry company and a battalion tactical advanced command... Read more
Immigrants who have served in the U.S. military are being deported after facing legal troubles
Roxana Kopetman and Angela Naso The Orange County Register Jose Segovia Benitez, who was brought to the United States from El Salvador when he was 3, joined the U.S. Marine Corps at 18, eager to serve what he’s always considered to be his country. He saw combat, in Iraq,... Read more
U.S. Navy corpsmen are preparing for the next war in civilian hospitals
Brock Vergakis The Virginian-Pilot The next war the Navy finds itself in could bring the first significant sea battles since World War II. That means the heart of the Navy’s medical community — hospital corpsmen — must be prepared to treat patients with major trauma in a chaotic environment... Read more
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