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
Lawmakers renew bid to honor U.S. Cadet Nurses
Sue Scheible The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass. A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers has reintroduced the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act, a bill aimed at honoring the women who served in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II with honorary veteran status. The bill would... Read more
Commanders shouldn’t be part of sexual assault process, victim advocates say
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes Victim advocates and Democratic members of a House panel argued Tuesday that military commanders remain one of the biggest obstacles to combating sexual assault in the services. Despite incremental changes to the law and ramped-up focus, the military remains plagued with sexual misconduct allegations,... Read more
Trudy Rubin: Former UN human rights chief on Trump, populism, and complacency toward war crimes
By Trudy Rubin The Philadelphia Inquirer How do you lead a fight for human rights in a world where mass slaughter of civilians goes unpunished, where populists and autocrats are rising — and where the United States no longer leads a global pushback against human rights crimes? This is... Read more
Military relief efforts in Mozambique in full swing
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes U.S. Africa Command has conducted at least 30 humanitarian flights, delivering more than 120 tons of food and supplies to Mozambique, where a multinational relief effort is underway after a cyclone caused catastrophic damage in the region, military officials said. Cyclone Idai, which hit... Read more
The military’s new transgender policy is a ban, no matter how the Pentagon spins it
By Nathaniel Frank Los Angeles Times The Pentagon last week released its latest policy memo on transgender military service, an effort to bring President Donald Trump’s tweeted ban in line with court rulings that had blocked the administration from implementing it. There are numerous problems with the policy, but... Read more
Bombs Away: Best photos of our military for March 15th, 2019
From live exercises in Europe to training here in the states, this week’s best photos features both land and air units that are stationed both foriegn and domestic. In one photo we see a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System test a live rocket in the Adazi Training Area in... Read more
Trump requests largest-ever Pentagon budget, criticized by analysts as dead on arrival
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Pentagon on Tuesday unveiled its largest-ever budget request, asking Congress for $718.3 billion that emphasizes the need to modernize the aging U.S. inventory of weapons, begins building a Space Force and would boost troop pay by 3.1 percent. President Donald Trump’s plan to... Read more
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