en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:11:29 -0400 15 After months on back burner, sequester fears return For the past three years, US military officials have frequently voiced opposition to defense budget caps that went into effect in 2013. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:53:00 -0400 Islamic State claims execution of American as retaliation for Iraq airstrikes A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:55:00 -0400 Air Force grounds 82 F-16Ds after cracks discovered The Air Force has grounded over half of its F-16D Fighting Falcons, the service's Air Combat Command (ACC) announced Tuesday. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:54:00 -0400 Former Twentynine Palms Marine searched Internet about body disposal The former Marine accused of killing Erin Corwin admitted searching the Internet about how to dispose of a body, and .22-caliber cartridge casings at the mine shaft where she was found matched those found in his Jeep and home, according to an arrest warrant filed in California Superior Court. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:54:00 -0400 U.S. mission in Iraq could expand, Pentagon official says The mission for U.S. troops in Iraq to help Kurdish and Iraqi security forces in their fight against Islamic militants remains limited for now, but may expand after Iraqi leaders form a new government, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:52:00 -0400 DoD questions military data in food bank study The Pentagon's personnel chief is taking exception to statistics from a recent study that concluded 25 percent of military households use food banks. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:47:00 -0400 Investigative hearing set for alleged Marine deserter Marine officials have scheduled an Article 32 investigative hearing for Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, suspected of deserting his post twice, once in Iraq. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:03:00 -0400 Reports: Afghan special forces negotiating with Taliban in Sangin Reports about peace talks between Taliban leaders and Afghan special forces troops in Afghanistan's Helmand province have raised questions about security as coalition forces prepare to withdraw troops this year. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:54:00 -0400 Sailor, allegedly strangled to death by airman, remembered as caring Shortly before his death, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov received a medal for helping save a soldier's life. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:43:00 -0400 West Point pride: Coach K brings Team USA to alma mater In front of ESPN cameras and super-sized shoe-company logos Monday at West Point's Christl Arena, the U.S. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:37:00 -0400 Ex-officer says she was discharged for reporting burn-pit danger An officer who says she was discharged from the Navy for alerting senior officials of the potential health dangers of open-air burn pits and improperly stored water at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, is suing to get her job back. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:15:00 -0400 Putin, Poroshenko to meet for talks on Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet next week in Minsk in their first face-to-face talks since June. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:26:00 -0400 U.S. military stops identifying planes involved in Iraq airstrikes The U.S. military, at the request of host nations in the region, is no longer identifying the specific land-based aircraft carrying out airstrikes in Iraq, a defense official told Military Times on Tuesday. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:26:00 -0400 Guard stays on sidelines as police, protesters collide in Ferguson The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:32:00 -0400 2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy Two Italian air force fighter jets carrying a total of four crew members collided during a training mission over Italy on Tuesday and crashed into a hilly, wooded area that erupted in flames, the force said. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:32:00 -0400 Japan military holds drill as its role expands Japan's military is showcasing its ability to defend remote islands, as its role expands at home and abroad under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:32:00 -0400 Six Flags apologizes to Marine vet for gun shirt error A former Marine who wasn't allowed into an amusement park because he was wearing a shirt with a red, white and blue rifle pictured on it has been given an apology. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:31:00 -0400 Civilian employee union opposes military cuts A union that represents civilian workers at Fort Bragg is asking the congressional delegation to fight potential budget cuts. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:30:00 -0400 Syria strikes militants as U.S. targets them in Iraq As the U.S. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:33:00 -0400 Body of missing Marine wife Erin Corwin found; Christopher Lee arrested Former Marine Christopher Lee was arrested Sunday night in the killing of Erin Corwin, a missing Marine wife who was found crumpled at the bottom of a 140-foot-deep mineshaft in a remote area of the High Desert. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:52:00 -0400 Report alleges theft, moonlighting, nepotism rampant at Camp Grayling A Michigan National Guard investigation produced allegations of widespread theft, moonlighting, destruction of government property and nepotism at an equipment maintenance facility at the Camp Grayling military training base. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:20:00 -0400 Navy flies manned, unmanned carrier jets together for first time It was one small button push for man and one giant catapult launch for the Navy's unmanned air combat program Sunday as the X-47B flew its first takeoffs and landings with F/A-18s on the aircraft carrier Roosevelt. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:49:00 -0400 12 Lakenheath F-15s participate in NATO joint exercise Twelve F-15 fighter jets and 180 personnel from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, are participating in a joint exercise with the Bulgarian military, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters Monday. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:59:00 -0400 Army researchers test 3-D printed chow It sounds like science fiction, but the Army is taking a real look at 3-D printing food, an idea that may lead to customizable meals for the battlefield with nutrient yields tailor-made to the individual service member, on demand. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:21:00 -0400 Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam President Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a 'major step forward' as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:54:00 -0400 Report: Army Olympian cited for hunting deer at car dealership A sergeant first class who'd become one of the faces of the U.S. Olympic wrestling team over the past decade was cited by Colorado Springs, Colorado, police Thursday night for hunting deer out of season at an area car dealership. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:29:00 -0400 Pope backs action to protect Iraq minorities if U.N. OKs Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:15:00 -0400 Missouri governor orders National Guard to Ferguson Missouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:05:00 -0400 Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept across the country this summer. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:35:00 -0400 SMA Chandler on the record Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler has less than six months left on the job, but he's still pushing hard on several key soldier issues. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:14:00 -0400 Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons President Obama says the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile marks an important achievement in the effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:28:00 -0400 DoD releases list of genetic tests covered by Tricare The Defense Health Agency has announced which genetic tests Tricare will cover starting in September. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:16:00 -0400 Army warns of scammers posing as soldiers Army investigators are warning about a scam by which phony soldiers use tales of war to steal cash from unsuspecting civilians. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:28:00 -0400 Report: VA employee took recovering vet to crack house Although a Veterans Affairs police officer determined that a Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System employee took a patient to a crack house and helped him buy illegal drugs, the worker is still employed more than a year after the incident. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:42:00 -0400 VA backlog grew despite online application program The number of backlogged veterans' health care applications grew despite an online program the Veterans Administration introduced in 2010 and touted as a quick, easy way for veterans to apply for benefits, according to a newspaper report. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:48:00 -0400 Life after Iraq: Refugee begins career in uniform As a young girl, Mari Hamid wanted to be in uniform because she 'thought soldiers were badass.' Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:56:00 -0400 Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq's largest dam from militants Kurdish forces took over parts of Iraq's largest dam on Sunday less than two weeks after it was captured by the Islamic State extremist group, Kurdish security officials said, as U.S. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:14:00 -0400 Top officer at Groton sub base is retiring The top officer at the oldest U.S. submarine base, an admiral whose ties to Groton date back to his birth, may become the last flag officer to serve here as his submarine group is eliminated in a Navy streamlining. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:36:00 -0400 Air Force crews deliver 114,000 meals, 35,000 gallons of water in Iraq One C-17 and two C-130s flew through the night Aug. 8 to unload the first of several drops of food and water on Mount Sinjar in Iraq, where starving and dehydrated refugees were stranded by threat of death at the hands of Islamic State militants if they descended. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:14:00 -0400 New U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers The U.S. is expanding its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:33:00 -0400 Former enemy Vietnam seeks U.S. help to counter China Army Gen. Martin Dempsey has served 40 years in the Army, fought in Iraq, traveled the world many times over. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:13:00 -0400 Military still recovering from Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey Two years after Hurricane Sandy pounded the New Jersey coast, the USCGC Sailfish has yet to return home. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:04:00 -0400 CENTCOM releases video of U.S. airstrikes near Iraq's Mosul Dam U.S. Central Command released video on Sunday of American military airstrikes against extremist targets near Mosul Dam in Iraq. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:26:00 -0400 Veterans look to farming to grow and heal Mike Simester had always dreamed of a being a career soldier. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:27:00 -0400 More time given for Bergdahl disappearance probe A general investigating the disappearance of an Army sergeant in Afghanistan is getting several more weeks to complete his probe. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:37:00 -0400 Agency details proposed missile defense site in Maine Building a missile defense site in western Maine aimed at protecting the East Coast would mean upgrading some roads, building housing and a backup power plant, and scattering missile silos to accommodate hilly terrain, a defense official said. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:18:00 -0400 Military jet, destroyer to be named after late Sen. Daniel Inouye A military cargo jet will be named after the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:10:00 -0400 Deployed submariner loses a round in custody battle A Michigan judge who threatened to put a deployed sailor in jail and transfer custody of his daughter to his ex-wife when he didn't show for a custody hearing in court has ordered an unscheduled two-week visitation with the child's mother. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0400 Operation Shower: Filling a need for moms-to-be LeAnn Morrissey never set out to found Operation Shower. She'd mailed care packages to her soldier uncle during his deployments to Iraq but was never quite sure if she was sending the right things. She also felt she could do more to support the military. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:09:00 -0400 Navy fighter jets ended Afghan sorties to go to Iraq Navy jets are again at the tip of the spear, striking targets inside Iraq. But they had to break off air support operations over Afghanistan to do it, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert said. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:49:00 -0400 Syrian rebels call for U.S. airstrikes as jihadists close in on Aleppo Syria's Western-backed opposition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists captured three northern villages, putting them within striking distance of a mainstream rebel stronghold. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:16:00 -0400 Analysis: Ukraine attack on convoy sends tough message A Ukrainian attack on a suspected convoy of Russian military vehicles sent Moscow a tough new message: Ukraine's military is more confident about protecting its territory, and a full-scale Russian invasion could be prolonged and bloody. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:04:00 -0400 TRANSCOM deploys teams to sort out vehicle shipment problems The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has ordered survey teams into the field to verify the location of every service member's vehicle that is in transit in an effort to restore confidence in the government's shipping process for privately-owned vehicles. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:27:00 -0400 Senate to review surplus military gear grants to local police The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says Congress will review Defense Department transfers of unused military equipment to local police to ensure the weaponry is being used 'as intended,' in light of the recent problems in Missouri. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:29:00 -0400 Man pleads not guilty to military argument slaying A Montana man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he slashed the throat of another man with whom he was arguing over which branch of the military is better. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:25:00 -0400 Ukraine says it 'destroyed' part of Russian armed convoy Ukraine said Friday that its artillery destroyed part of a convoy of Russian military vehicles that crossed into Ukraine at around the same time as a Russian relief aid convoy was reaching the border area. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:10:00 -0400 Seeing Iraq horror, Europe reconsiders reluctance The European Union on Friday forged a unified response to the rapid advance of Islamic militants in Iraq and the resulting refugee crisis, allowing direct arms deliveries to Kurdish fighters battling the Sunni insurgents, while several EU nations pledged Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:10:00 -0400 Families of embassy staff in Sierra Leone leaving, while Marines remain Family members of embassy personnel in Sierra Leone have been ordered to leave the country due to the Ebola crisis, but the Marine security guards and the rest of the embassy staff are staying put, a State Department official said Friday. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:06:00 -0400 Army gets the most service switchers Switching services has slowed to a trickle since the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when hundreds of sailors and airmen were jumping the Navy and Air Force. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:38:00 -0400 Essay: Censorship, police intimidation at missile defense conference In the back of a dimly lit banquet hall, a member of a prominent Washington think tank sat taking notes and snapping pictures of speakers' briefing slides using his mobile phone. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:05:00 -0400