Pentagon working to make DD-214 military discharge form available online, fully electronic
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The Pentagon is working to make the standard military service discharge form — the DD-214 — fully electronic and looking to implement recommendations from a recent report that would include improving the accuracy and privacy of servicemembers records. The Pentagon’s Office of the... Read more
Navy wants to fill recruiting & other jobs by offering new promotion incentive
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes Sailors could qualify for alternative petty officer first class promotions if they fill recruiting and recruit training billets, under a new Navy incentive program likely to expand to other jobs. The new “advancement-to-position” opportunity for qualified petty officers second class was announced in a... Read more
Okinawa commander gives final during change-of-command ceremony: Don’t mess with U.S.-Japan alliance
Matthew M. Burke Stars and Stripes Before he headed to Washington for a new assignment, the outgoing III Marine Expeditionary Force commander left a stern warning for America’s potential adversaries in the Indo-Pacific region: do not test the U.S.-Japan alliance. Lt. Gen. Eric Smith made the comments after handing... Read more
Air Force Base suspends PT after second airman dies within a week
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes Officials at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., have suspended physical fitness testing after a second airman in less than a week died of health problems after completing a physical training assessment. Col. Derek O’Malley, the commander of Shaw’s 20th Fighter Wing, ordered the PT... Read more
‘Call of Duty’ maker wants Humvee lawsuit thrown out, calls it attack on First Amendment
The company behind the Call of Duty franchise is under fire by the maker of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), with the former party claiming the high-dollar lawsuit is an infringement of the First Amendment. The fracas came after AM General demanded an undisclosed monetary sum, seeking... Read more
Air Force announces proposed promotion changes, could be in effect by 2020
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Air Force is planning to overhaul its long-standing officer promotion system this year by dividing its largest category of officers into smaller, more specific groups, the service announced Friday. The proposed changes would divide the promotion category known as Line of the Air... Read more
No more sit-ups, Navy switching out exercise on the physical readiness test
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes The Navy is doing away with situps and adding a planking exercise to the physical readiness test, the service’s top officer said during an early morning announcement Thursday. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell... Read more
Statue of Medal of Honor recipient Master Sgt. John Chapman unveiled at Pope army Airfield
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The life-sized statue of Master Sgt. John Chapman, the Air Force’s lone post-9/11 recipient of the Medal of Honor, will be the image that students and cadre see as they enter or leave the service’s school for future combat controllers. The statue of the... Read more
Midwest tornadoes damage military homes at Wright-Patterson AFB, nine families displaced
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes A dozen homes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are uninhabitable after a tornado ripped through the Ohio base on Memorial Day, base officials said. In total, roughly 150 homes in the Prairies at Wright Field housing area were damaged, according to a news... Read more
Navy looking into ‘Make Aircrew Great Again’ patches worn during Trump visit to Japan
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Navy said Tuesday that it is evaluating whether sailors aboard the USS Wasp violated Defense Department policy by sporting unofficial uniform patches with the phrase “Make Aircrew Great Again” during a Memorial Day visit by President Donald Trump. The red, circular patch featured... Read more
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