Facebook information warfare: Inside Iran’s shadowy operations to target you on social media
As a barrage of missiles rained down on two Iraqi bases housing thousands of U.S. troops, a stealthier form of warfare was striking on another front: online information operations linked to the Iranian regime were blasting out messages to sway public opinion in Tehran and abroad. Campaigns on Instagram,... Read more
Iranian-American says killed Iranian general was just as bad as Osama Bin Laden
A Georgia business owner left his home in Iran for America 45 years ago to get a college education and improve his quality of life. But the man known as Ali still keeps up with the news from his homeland and said he wasn’t surprised when a U.S. drone... Read more
High school teacher blames local heroin overdose on war in Afghanistan

Another local kid overdosed. I say kid, even though he was in his 30s, but I still think of him as he was in high school.

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Marines will be forced to wait for promotions starting in 2020
Immanuel Johnson Stars and Stripes Most Marines will have to serve longer before they’re eligible to reach the ranks of sergeant and staff sergeant, beginning Jan. 1. Corporals will need at least four years of time in service to be promoted to sergeant, while sergeants must have served in... Read more
Two more soldiers suffering from vaping-related injuries, Army issues warning
Martin Egnash Stars and Stripes Two active duty soldiers have been treated for vaping-related lung injuries, the Army said Thursday as it issued a new warning to servicemembers to lay off electronic cigarettes. “Until we know more, everyone is encouraged not to use e-cigarette or vaping products,” the Army... Read more
New swag: Air Force cadets get new camouflage pattern uniform
Christopher Dennis Stars and Stripes Air Force recruits in basic training are now being issued the new Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform, which is part of a larger change in uniforms throughout the service. Initial-entry airmen at the 37th Training Wing in Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, were the first... Read more
Navy no longer issuing shaving waivers, says whiskers can interfere with breathing devices
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The Navy will no longer issue permanent shaving waivers for sailors diagnosed with razor bumps because whiskers can hinder the effectiveness of breathing devices, the service announced Friday. “First and foremost, this change is about safety of our sailors and reducing the risk... Read more
Another one bites the dust: Army ditching “gravel camo” after just 14 years
The Army’s “gravel camo” is gone forever- and U.S. Soldiers of the past, present and future couldn’t be happier. Known as the Universal Camouflage Pattern, the grey-green pixelated pattern was adopted against all advice in 2005 and remained the standard pattern until 2014. During its time as the U.S.... Read more
No more blue: Navy dropping ‘blueberry’ camo uniforms for good
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes Sailors’ last day to wear a blue camouflage uniform beloved by some and derided by others is here. The Type I Navy Working Uniform, dubbed the “blueberry,” will no longer be authorized for wear as of Tuesday, according to a timeline sent out by... Read more
Army releases new fitness test requirements, will go in effect next year
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes To ace the new Army Combat Fitness Test, a soldier would need to deadlift 340 pounds, launch a medicine ball 12.5 meters backwards, complete 60 hand-release pushups, finish the new sprint-drag-carry event in 1:33 minutes, execute 20 hanging leg tucks and run two miles... Read more
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