en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:36:33 -0400 15 U.S. war planners focus on advisers in Anbar Top US military planners want to expand the limited advise-and-assist mission in Iraq and are talking to allied partner nations about potentially putting non-American troops on the ground to help support the fight against Islamic State militants, according to several military officials. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:03:00 -0400 In mine-riddled Bosnia, bomb dogs are life savers When Betsy, a 7-year-old bomb-sniffing dog from Bosnia-Herzegovina, arrived in the U.S. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:54:00 -0400 U.S. force to fight Ebola virus starts training in San Antonio The U.S. military effort to help contain the Ebola virus at home and in West Africa is gaining steam. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:24:00 -0400 Transgender troops say they want to serve openly The landmark repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' in 2011 allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:20:00 -0400 Head of Fort Benning Warrior Training Center relieved of command The head of the Warrior Training Center, a Fort Benning, Georgia-based unit that offers pre-Ranger and other training primarily for Army National Guard soldiers, was relieved of command Oct. 9 and is under investigation, the base announced Friday. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:17:00 -0400 Report: Army discriminated against transgender civilian worker The Army discriminated against a former soldier working at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, who transitioned from male to female, according to a federal report released Thursday, by improperly barring her from the female restroom and allowing employees to refer Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:08:00 -0400 Isolation pods will carry troops if they get Ebola The Pentagon is developing isolation pods for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft to carry up to 15 service members should they contract Ebola while supporting Operation United Assistance in Africa. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:57:00 -0400 Leadership is key to troops' tolerance of transgender persons, allied forces say Transgender persons are barred from serving openly in the U.S. military but can do so in the armed forces of 18 other nations worldwide, including NATO allies Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as Australia and New Zealand. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:31:00 -0400 Ex-sailor injures NYC policeman with hatchet A New York City police officer who suffered a serious head wound after being attacked by a former sailor wielding a hatchet remains in critical but stable condition, police said Friday. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:38:00 -0400 After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his il Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:02:00 -0400 Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in U.S. The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, U.S. officials said Thursday. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:22:00 -0400 Overnight French raid destroys IS arms center France's military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:09:00 -0400 Saudi Arabia convicts 27 for plotting attack on U.S. forces A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced 27 people to prison for planning a series of attacks against U.S. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:26:00 -0400 Army setting up comms for Ebola response in West Africa The Army is working to coordinate crisis response in Liberia Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:12:00 -0400 U.S., South Korea delay transfer of wartime control The U.S. and South Korea have delayed transferring wartime operational control of allied forces by taking on a 'conditions-based approach' and scrapping the previously set deadline of 2015. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:03:00 -0400 New quick-reaction NATO force to stand up next year NATO is pushing forward with a new quick-reaction force that will combine the armies of multiple member nations and is intended to serve as a deterrent to Russian aggression. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:08:00 -0400 Virginia subs to get berthing changes for female crew Sub designers are puzzling out how to fit enlisted women into the berthings on the Virginia-class attack submarines already in the force. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:03:00 -0400 Possible Ebola case in New York City The first case of Ebola may have arrived in New York City. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:54:00 -0400 U.S. official: Iraq army not ready to repel Islamic State U.S. airstrikes and Iraqi ground forces have blunted an Islamic State offensive in Iraq, but it will be months before Iraq can mount a sustained counteroffensive to take terrain back, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:43:00 -0400 KFC touts new all-meat sandwich in South Korea This could be the best reason yet to be assigned to South Korea. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:39:00 -0400 U.S. officials worry about 'lone wolf' attacks After a pair of attacks in Canada this week that officials labeled as terrorism, counterparts in the USA are reacting with offers of cooperation - and a sense of apprehension. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:27:00 -0400 Beirut mission renewed: Marines take pride in returning to guard embassy As of early September, Marine security guards are again manning Post One in Beirut. The post holds profound significance for Marines young and old. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:21:00 -0400 Coalition airstrikes in Syria killed more than 500 U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 500 people since they began last month, mainly Islamic militants, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared yet again in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:16:00 -0400 Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in U.S. The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial near Washington, U.S. officials said Thursday. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:48:00 -0400 PTSD argued in case of Marine jailed in Mexico There's no dispute retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi drove with three loaded guns in his truck into Mexico where firearms are illegal. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:43:00 -0400 Experts call for national debate on U.S. military priorities A prestigious defense review panel has warned that the U.S. government must 'sound an alarm' to build public support among the American people for increased defense spending. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:36:00 -0400 'We cannot accept average,' surgeons general say The message the Army, Navy and Air Force surgeons general have taken from the military health system review released earlier this month is that their hospitals and clinics are performing on par with the nation's top private systems. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:29:00 -0400 N.C. police chief wrote lieutenant up for Army Reserve service The city failed to comply with a federal law that allows soldiers time off for military service, according to a letter from the Department of Labor. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:38:00 -0400 Guantanamo prisoners protest use of female guards The use of female troops inside the highest-security unit at Guantanamo Bay is sparking protests by prisoners. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:23:00 -0400 Meet the White House guard dogs You may be familiar with Sunny and Bo, the Obama's family pets. But meet Hurricane and Jordan, two of the White House's protectors. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:07:00 -0400 U.S.: Iraq says troops will go on offensive The U.S. Defense Department says Iraq's new defense minister says his troops will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants who have taken over large sections of the country. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:57:00 -0400 Lawmaker uses Canadian case to criticize Obama The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee used Canadian leaders' response to the Ottawa shootings to take his own swipe at President Obama on Thursday. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:55:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Be careful when, to whom you admit drug use Q. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:19:00 -0400 Few vets use free credit monitoring after VA breaches Only about one in 25 veterans offered free credit monitoring in the wake of Veterans Affairs Department security breaches has signed up for the service, a figure that VA officials call disappointingly low. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:03:00 -0400 U.S. OKs Samsung devices for classified data For the first time, the government will allow devices made for the consumer market to handle classified information. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:29:00 -0400 Washington VA doctor accused of child rape Stevens County authorities say a Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center emergency room doctor accused of assaulting a child at the doctor's home has been charged with child rape. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:58:00 -0400 Marine Corps booted suspected Indiana serial killer in 1993 An former Marine, who recently confessed to killing seven women in Indiana, was kicked out of the Marine Corps as a private in 1993 after fewer than two years of service. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:35:00 -0400 John McCain calls Navy 2-star an 'idiot' during interview Sen. John McCain, a retired naval aviator, has a history of confronting military leaders he feels have fallen short. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:33:00 -0400 CSM who fought in Panama, Somalia and Iraq dies at 52 A decorated soldier who participated in major military actions spanning three decades and spent the last few years of his career helping fellow wounded warriors was found dead in his Georgia home Oct. 13 of natural causes. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:32:00 -0400 Kidnapping plot in Turkey raises new questions about U.S. troops' safety A bold yet ultimately unsuccessful kidnapping plot orchestrated by the Islamic State in Turkey raises new questions about the safety of U.S. troops and other American personnel stationed throughout the country. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:31:00 -0400 Yuma Marines rescue lost Boy Scouts near the Colorado River Marines rescued 28 Boy Scouts and four chaperones Saturday night after they were reported missing when they failed to reach a checkpoint during a canoe trip. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:00 -0400 Bond set for Afghan soldiers who fled for Canada Three Afghan soldiers detained since abandoning a Massachusetts training exercise to avoid returning to Afghanistan are hoping financial help from supporters will allow them to go free as they challenge deportation and pursue asylum. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:25:00 -0400 Army helos set for joint exercise in Japan The U.S. Army Stryker brigade set to begin exercises in Japan next week as part of its third stop in the Army's Pacific Pathways rotation brought its own aviation assets to the venerable exercise for the first time. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:54:00 -0400 Survey asks lesbian, gay, bi sailors about service experiences It's been three years since the Defense Department lifted its ban against gays, lesbians and bisexuals serving openly in the military, but the services have little research on their experiences and needs or how the repeal of don't ask, don't tell has affe Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:54:00 -0400 Stateside Ebola team starts training today The 30-person medical team designed to provide short-notice help and support to civilian hospitals who may deal with Ebola cases at home began training Wednesday at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:51:00 -0400 1,000-pound pod falls off Marine Corps Prowler mid-flight Marine officials say they have recovered a 1,000-pound tactical jamming system pod that fell off an EA-6B Prowler aircraft while it flew a mission over a military air station in Arizona. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:51:00 -0400 Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in U.S. President Obama expressed confidence about the ability to contain Ebola in the U.S., taking special note of the ongoing recovery of two nurses who contracted the disease and of others who were declared Ebola free after being exposed to the deadly virus. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:50:00 -0400 U.S. increases security in wake of Canada shootings, though no threats cited The military increased security Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial and Parliament, even though the FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no specific threa Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:25:00 -0400 Editorial: Who's kidding whom? The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:15:00 -0400 Internal investigation ID'd Phoenix VA fraud in 2008 Inspectors at the Department of Veterans Affairs caught Phoenix VA managers falsifying patient appointment records during a probe six years ago, but agency officials did not divulge those findings at the time, according to documents obtained by The Arizon Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:22:00 -0400 Chaos in Canada: Gunfire erupts in Parliament building A Canadian soldier was shot and killed Wednesday while standing guard at a war memorial in the nation's capital in Ottawa, and a gunman was killed after racing inside Parliament. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:53:00 -0400 Marine suspected of murder in Philippine custody A US Marine suspected in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino was flown Wednesday from his warship to the Philippine military's main camp, where he will continue to be guarded by fellow Marines, in a compromise that eased a looming irritant over his custody. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:59:00 -0400 North Korean detainee reunites with family in Ohio An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub returned home to Ohio on Wednesday to tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:34:00 -0400 Destroyer Michael Murphy leaves on first cruise The destroyer Michael Murphy left Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Monday on its maiden cruise: an independent deployment to the Western Pacific that also marked a first for many of the ship's crew. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:30:00 -0400 Commentary: Breaking the cycle of debt for troops, families The spouse of a member of the Illinois National Guard took out a loan of $2,575 in Illinois. Due to triple-digit interest rates, the family spent more than $8,000 to repay the loan. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:07:00 -0400 Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horri Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:57:00 -0400 Estonia: Russian military plane violated air space Estonia on Wednesday summoned Russia's ambassador over an airspace violation by a Russian military aircraft. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:45:00 -0400 Credit requirements loosened for student loan program The Education Department has loosened credit requirements for a federal student loan program used by parents and graduate students. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:23:00 -0400 1.7 percent COLA increase starts in January Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:41:00 -0400 Pentagon confirms IS seized weapons bundle The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:39:00 -0400