Colt says it will only sell AR-15 to military & police forces, ends public sales
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes Gunmaker Colt announced Thursday that it was discontinuing retail sales of its AR-15 line of semi-automatic rifles. The company will continue to manufacture the rifles for the military and law enforcement agencies, Dennis Veilleux, Colt’s president and CEO, said in a statement. The high-velocity... Read more
Navy fires leaders of famous SEAL team 7, says it’s to change the culture
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Navy’s top SEAL on Friday fired SEAL Team 7’s top three leaders from their duties as the service cracks down on a cultural and ethical crisis within the ranks of its elite commandos, according to Navy officials. Rear Adm. Collin Green, the commander... Read more
Special Forces throws uniforms back to the 1960’s, wears “Tiger Stripe” camouflage during training exercise
Operators with the U.S. Army’s 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) were showing their stripes in a fantastic way during a recent training exercise with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), wearing a mix of modern Multicam and Vietnam-era “Tiger Stripe” camouflage. The throwback threads were spotted while NCOs from... Read more
Navy using social media influences to recruit new cadets
By Brock Vergakis The Virginian-Pilot William Osman appears thrilled that he’s about to perform an egg-drop experiment. The challenge is the same one that generations of students have done before: Engineer a way to stop an egg that’s dropped from a high elevation from obliterating on impact. But Osman... Read more
High demand: DEA buying more marijuana for PTSD testing on veterans
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Monday it plans to increase the number of producers who can grow marijuana for scientific research — action taken after a lawsuit against the DEA filed by researchers studying the drug as a potential treatment for veterans with post-traumatic... Read more
Shorts on the flight line?  Air Force ok’s it for three bases
James Bolinger Stars and Stripes Three Air Force bases in hot climates are turning to shorts to keep airmen cool while working on the flight line. Extreme heat during summer months is a fact of life for airmen at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.,... Read more
Intergalactic crime: NASA astronaut accused of hacking ex-wife’s bank account from space
Jami Ganz New York Daily News The situation is out of this world. Anne McClain, a NASA astronaut and lieutenant colonel in the army, is facing accusations that she committed identity theft through the “improper access” of her estranged wife’s “private financial records,” The New York Times reported. Former... Read more
Top SEAL tells command to raise the bar on grooming & uniform standards
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Navy’s top SEAL has ordered Naval Special Warfare Command to adopt stringent grooming and uniform standards required throughout the rest of the service, telling his top commanders “that a portion of this force is ethically misaligned with our culture.” In a memorandum issued... Read more
Judge rules transgender people can sue the Pentagon over policy barring them from serving
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes A federal judge in Maryland ruled Tuesday that men and women barred from joining the military because of their transgender status can proceed with a lawsuit seeking to overturn a Pentagon policy blocking their service. U.S. District Judge George Russell ruled transgender men and... Read more
Norse Heathenism believing airman gets beard waiver granted, paves way for more religious exemptions
James Bolinger Stars and Stripes For nearly a year, the Air Force weighed a staff sergeant’s request to grow a beard as part of his religious beliefs before granting him a waiver, a decision that balanced personal liberty against military readiness, a Pentagon spokesman said. Staff Sgt. Garrett Sopchak,... Read more
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