After 16 years of war and red tape, an Iraqi interpreter becomes an American citizen
The man who called himself Eagle labored over his answers. Becoming an American citizen requires a lot of questions. There’s the basic: employment, spouse, family. Then there are the ones that get down to the nitty gritty. Have you ever been a member of or associated with a terrorist... Read more
Outgoing AFRICOM leader warns of worsening security conditions in West Africa
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks, who led U.S. special operations troops in Africa during a tumultuous two-year tenure, warned during a change of command Friday that security conditions are deteriorating in Western Africa, a region where four U.S. troops were killed at the start of... Read more
Army says it wants a 500,000 active roster by 2020, recent reports shows it will probably fall short
The U.S. Army is struggling to meet recruiting goals but claims it is on track to make the mark by the end of 2019. Hoping for a 500,000-strong active duty military by the end of the decade, the current force is struggling with a healthy economy and unhealthy, ineligible... Read more
Volvo making an electric powered attack truck for France
It may be called a “Beetle,” but it doesn’t look like one. A French subsidiary company of Volvo has introduced a new light armored vehicle known as the Scarabee, or “beetle,” and it’s a nimble little attack truck. Designed by Arquus, the dual electric-diesel engine is capable of driving... Read more
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
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