Pentagon sending $250 million in weapons to Ukraine to beat back Russians
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The U.S. will deliver more sniper rifles, grenade launchers, counter-artillery radars and other gear to the Ukrainian military as part of an ongoing effort to bolster its defenses on land and at sea, the Pentagon announced. The Defense Department said in a statement Tuesday... Read more
Afghanistan worried Taliban will overrun southern province if U.S. withdraws troops
J.P. Lawrence Stars and Stripes Locals in the provincial capital of Helmand often show visitors reminders of the days when the Taliban attacked: a bathroom where a rocket hit and killed a co-worker; a house where citizens hid from withering crossfire; a checkpoint built from an old Soviet tank... Read more
Army announces Expert Soldier’s Badge for combat medics & Special Forces
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes Soldiers outside the infantry, combat medic and Special Forces fields will soon have the opportunity to earn a badge acknowledging their experience at critical skills, the Army announced Friday on the service’s 244th birthday. The Army’s Training and Doctrine Command recent approved the long-anticipated... Read more
244 years strong: How the Army went from rough rebellion to finely tuned war machine
On June 14th the oldest branch of the U.S. Military turns 244, sparking rather subdued celebrations around the globe. America’s first fighting force, the U.S. Army has humble beginnings- despite this, the branch is now recognized as the most powerful fighting force in the world. Founded in June of... Read more
Report: Military ignoring climate change effects when picking out base locations
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes After several bases suffered devastating effects from extreme weather last year, a government report released Wednesday found that the military has not consistently assessed weather risks or incorporated climate change projections into its construction projects. The Government Accountability Office conducted the study between... Read more
Army upping single soldier European & Japanese tours from two to three years
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes Single-soldier tours in Europe and Japan will increase from two to three years in a move designed to save money and boost the combat readiness of overseas units, the Army said Tuesday. The policy change took effect June 1 and applies to all single... Read more
AFRICOM commander says progress is being made in Somalia
Chad Garland Stars and Stripes Continued success by the American-backed military campaign in Somalia could set the stage for economic development in the country, which has been wracked by years of lawlessness and violence, U.S. officials said. In high-level talks in Mogadishu on Tuesday, U.S. Africa Command’s Gen. Thomas... Read more
Army announces Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston as 16th sergeant major
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston, who has been in the service for more than 30 years, has been selected to be the 16th sergeant major of the Army, the service announced Tuesday. Grinston is the senior enlisted leader for U.S. Army Forces Command... Read more
NATO membership talks stall with Iceland as country thinks about leaving
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes NATO’s top official in Iceland on Tuesday downplayed worries about a potential rift with the small Arctic Council nation, whose leader has expressed interest in quitting the alliance. “In democracies, there are different views and different positions on many things,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg... Read more
Army testing out new tamper-resistant GPS system this fall
The U.S. Army is set to deploy for combat exercises this fall with a new tamper-resistant GPS system, following previous incidents that point to Russian interference. GPS is particularly vulnerable to jamming, and multiple documented cases in 2018 -ranging from training exercises in Norway to operations in Syria- have... Read more
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