Trump tweets about sending armed troops to US-Mexico border
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that armed soldiers are now being sent to the U.S.-Mexico border, more than a week after two American soldiers were confronted by Mexican troops on the southern border in Texas. “Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National... Read more
Merit over seniority: Army revamping 50-year-old centralized promotion board
Chad Garland Stars and Stripes The Army will revamp its centralized promotion board processes over the next few years to focus on advancing senior noncommissioned officers on merit, not time served. Gone will be annual sequenced promotion lists and the “P” status for promotable NCOs, to be replaced by... Read more
Army astronaut set to blast off on moon landing’s 50th anniversary
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes An Army Special Forces surgeon and former military brat is getting ready to blast off into space on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Col. Andrew Morgan, a veteran of two deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq, is set for... Read more
Melania Trump and Karen Pence visit Fort Bragg
Rachael Riley The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Sgt. Deanna Orallo has been a soldier for more than 10 years. She was among the hundreds of Fort Bragg soldiers and airmen gathered Monday to hear from first lady Melania Trump and second lady Karen Pence during a tour of the military... Read more
Bombs Away: Best photos of our military for April 4th, 2019
This week we see a major show of force in a polar environment, a Golden Knight gets tangled with a Red Devil, more training in the Far East, and a test of a piece of rocket that could be on the way to Moon. Soldiers lit up the night... Read more
Swiss gun manufacturer is making the U.S. Army’s new submachine gun for special security missions
The U.S. Army has selected a new submachine gun for special security missions- and the winner of the procurement contest may surprise you. The Brügger & Thomet APC9K has been hailed the winner of the Sub Compact Weapon program, beating out well-seasoned military & police competitors such as the... Read more
‘We got zero notice’: Army resumes Cold War-era snap deployments to Europe
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The infantrymen of the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment were in the middle of gunnery exercises in El Paso, Texas, on March 11 when the call came in from division headquarters: deploy to Poland. “We got zero notice,” said Col. Chad Chalfont, commander of... Read more
James McConville, the Army’s No. 2 general, nominated as service’s next chief of staff
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The White House has nominated Army Gen. James McConville to become the service’s next chief of staff, officials announced Tuesday during an Association of the United States Army event. McConville’s nomination was sent to the Senate Armed Services Committee late Monday, retired Army Gen.... Read more
Combat readiness of Army brigades improving but hasn’t reached service’s goal, Milley says
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes More than half of the Army’s brigade combat teams have achieved top levels of preparedness to fight a major ground war, the service’s top general said Tuesday, noting only three brigades were considered fully prepared to fight in 2015. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the... Read more
Moving into the future: Army shows off drone destroying mobile laser system
The future is now- at least when it comes to laser weapons on the battlefield. A prototype of a new high-energy laser platform was revealed at the Army’s Space & Missile Defense Center in Alabama last month, giving a glimpse of the future. The Stryker-mounted Mobile Experimental High Energy... Read more
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