U.S. vets not getting special consideration from ICE before deportation
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t track how many veterans it deports or consider a person’s military service before deporting them, a federal watchdog agency reported Thursday. ICE policies require agents to consider veterans’ employment history, health, community service, deployments to war zones, military... Read more
President Trump says transgender military ban put in place because they “take massive amounts of drugs”
By Alex Wayne and Kitty Donaldson Bloomberg News President Donald Trump said his administration reinstituted a ban against most transgender people serving in the military because some of them take prescription medicine, claiming erroneously that the armed services prohibit drug use. Trump was asked why he implemented the ban,... Read more
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
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