en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:52:55 -0400 15 Report: No chance for 8 airmen to respond in 2011 green-on-blue attack Eight airmen and one U.S. contractor who were murdered by an Afghan colonel in 2011 never had a chance to fire back at their attacker, the final investigation into the incident concluded. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:00 -0400 Jesse Ventura's image and legal battles not over Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura got the legal vindication he craved when a jury agreed he had been defamed in slain military sniper Chris Kyle's autobiography. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:34:00 -0400 Man in military uniform killed in Fayetteville Fayetteville police say a man dressed in a military uniform was shot and killed in the parking lot of a local apartment complex. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:13:00 -0400 Groups sue VA over rules on PTSD claims for sexual trauma Two advocacy groups are suing the Veterans Affairs Department for what they say are the department's discriminatory practices regarding compensation claims related to service-connected sexual assault. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:19:00 -0400 Japanese urgently search U.S. archives for WWII MIA info Racing against time, members of a Japanese organization are combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information they hope will lead to the graves of American servicemen still listed as missing in action on Saipan. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:09:00 -0400 Bill calls for Tricare to eliminate birth control co-pays Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., introduced legislation on Wednesday that would require Tricare to provide birth control free-of-charge to beneficiaries at retail pharmacies and by mail. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:50:00 -0400 Report: Female troops struggle to get reproductive health care Active-duty women face immense obstacles in accessing sufficient reproductive and sexual health care in the military health system, according to a new report by a Washington, D.C., think tank. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:33:00 -0400 Colo. VA employees face discipline for manipulating data The Department of Veterans Affairs says six employees at a clinic in Fort Collins and the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, should be disciplined for manipulating data about veteran care. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:46:00 -0400 House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:46:00 -0400 Japanese practice amphibious landing in Hawaii Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:19:00 -0400 Divers find wreckage of World War II-era plane David and Drew Losinski are struck by the coincidence. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:29:00 -0400 Bill aims to strengthen forensic training in sexual assault cases The Defense Department must improve its procedures for investigating sexual assaults by standardizing training requirements for medical experts who examine victims and analyze rape kits, a bipartisan group of lawmakers say. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:28:00 -0400 South Korea says North Korea fires 4 projectiles North Korea fired four short-range projectiles toward the ocean off its east coast on Wednesday in its latest in a series of missile and artillery tests, officials said. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:44:00 -0400 House committee rebukes Obama over Bergdahl deal House Armed Services Committee members voted Tuesday to condemn President Obama for failing to consult with congressional leaders before swapping five Taliban prisoners for prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:35:00 -0400 VA manipulated vets' appointment data, audit finds Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:52:00 -0400 SOCOM chief McRaven set to become next chancellor for University of Texas System University of Texas System regents on Tuesday selected one of the top U.S. military special operations leaders as the lone finalist for the job of chancellor, overseeing the system's 15 campuses and $14 billion budget. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:07:00 -0400 PACOM chief: U.S. not worried about Chinese intel ship at RIMPAC The head of the Pentagon's Pacific Command said Tuesday that it's 'a little odd' the Chinese government has sent a spy ship to trail the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise currently taking place off the coast of Hawaii - an exercise in which China has f Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:28:00 -0400 Some F-35 flight restrictions lifted The Pentagon has lifted some flight restrictions on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, while inspections will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a Defense Department official. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:21:00 -0400 Former Iran hostage demands compensation from Iranians Paul Lewis arrived as a Marine Corps security guard at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 3, 1979. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:59:00 -0400 Body of young 'stowaway' found in wheel well of C-130 after Africa missions The body of an unidentified male between 15 and 20 years old was found in the wheel well of an 86th Airlift Wing C-130 on Sunday after the plane returned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from missions in Africa, officials said. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:32:00 -0400 McDonald confirmed as new VA secretary It's been a quick courtship for Bob McDonald - and there will be no honeymoon. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:49:00 -0400 U.S. and EU pledge new sanctions against Russia The U.S. message has been clear that if Russia would not deescalate its movements and hostility in Ukraine, more sanctions would be imposed. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:48:00 -0400 Pot-for-PTSD researcher denied reinstatement The University of Arizona has rejected a marijuana researcher's plea to keep her job after her contract was terminated in June. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:35:00 -0400 Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in defamation case against estate of 'American Sniper' author Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:33:00 -0400 Last crew member of Enola Gay dies The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in Georgia. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:53:00 -0400 Police: 2 arrested in Michigan guardsman's carjack slaying Detroit police say they've arrested a man and a woman in the fatal shooting of a Michigan National Guard soldier during a carjacking on the city's west side. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:43:00 -0400 17,000 troops' debt relieved in settlement with loan company About 17,000 service members tricked into predatory loans could see their debts erased under a settlement announced by federal and state regulators Tuesday. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:50:00 -0400 Fort Stewart soldier, daughter die after being struck by plane A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:47:00 -0400 Admiral: World getting 'numb' to North Korean missiles Amid concerns about its development and testing of nuclear weapons, North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology, the admiral in charge of American forces in Asia and the Pacific said Tuesday. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:12:00 -0400 Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold War-era arms deal Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused Russia of violating. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:20:00 -0400 DoD to oversee senator's Army War College plagiarism probe The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the college's provost said Tuesday. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:02:00 -0400 Conference committee OKs $17B VA health care bill House and Senate negotiators have approved a $17 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and reform a program scandalized by veterans' long waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:08:00 -0400 Military Times returning to Navy exchanges overseas in August Sailors stationed overseas will soon see copies of Military Times newspapers for sale in Navy exchanges again. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:26:00 -0400 Miller faces sales job on $17B VA bill in the House Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Jeff Miller was a real estate broker. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:53:00 -0400 Vets, teens transplant corals in Florida Keys A dozen wounded veterans submerged in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to help transplant corals on a special section of the reef set aside as a remembrance area for fallen American service personnel. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:52:00 -0400 Pig-castrating Senate candidate returns from Guard duty Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle for Senate control. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:52:00 -0400 House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border House Republicans have agreed to vote on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:48:00 -0400 Calif. governor takes dig at Texas Guard plan California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday that he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that 'wiser minds will prevail.' Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:20:00 -0400 MARSOC gunnery sergeant to receive posthumous Silver Star A MARSOC gunnery sergeant who was killed while fighting insurgents in Afghanistan, will be awarded the military's third-highest award for valor on Tuesday, MARSOC officials announced. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:08:00 -0400 White House: EU, U.S. to impose new Russia sanctions The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:27:00 -0400 One retired colonel is campaigning for more cuts - and Congress is listening The Army insists cutting the service down to 420,000 cannot be done. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:23:00 -0400 Former Apache pilot heads Redskins special teams After practice on Military Appreciation Day at Washington Redskins training camp, the special teams coordinator made a beeline to the people in uniform near the special VIP tent. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:56:00 -0400 U.N. rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:49:00 -0400 VA reform bill to get vote this week In a dramatic legislative turnaround, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees on Monday unveiled plans for a $17 billion compromise VA reform bill that funds the hiring of more clinicians, expands private care options and makes i Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:48:00 -0400 Five Questions with Texas Gov. Rick Perry: U.S.-Mexico Border Texas Gov. Rick Perry has accused the federal government of failing to provide enough resources on the U.S.-Mexico border to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants, including more than 57,000 children who have illegally crossed into the U.S. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:23:00 -0400 U.S.: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach 'a very serious matter' and going public with allegations that have simmered for some tim Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:26:00 -0400 2 military satellites launched on Delta 4 rocket A Delta 4 rocket has lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying two satellites for the U.S. Air Force. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:50:00 -0400 Jury says it is stuck in Ventura case after 5 days The jury weighing former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle told the judge Monday they didn't think they could reach a unanimous verdict, but he asked them to keep trying. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:03:00 -0400 U.S. fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry Obama administration officials were fuming Monday over a torrent of Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:32:00 -0400 Oldest female WWII vet visits D.C. monuments The nation's oldest living female World War II veteran has finally made it to Washington to see the monuments and memorials. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:29:00 -0400 Former Naval Academy superintendent dies at 77 Arizona Sen. John McCain is praising former Naval Academy Superintendent Charles Larson, who died over the weekend, as a great man. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:35:00 -0400 Defense: Government suppressed evidence in Blackwater Lawyers for Blackwater security guards accused the government on Monday of suppressing evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:47:00 -0400 Effort advances to add names of 74 sailors to Vietnam Memorial The crew of the destroyer Frank E. Evans is fighting once again, 45 years after their ship sank in the South China Sea after a terrifying collision. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:25:00 -0400 2 USAF missileers to work with Navy in morale-improvement effort They're Air Force missileers, but their next assignments are with the Navy. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:24:00 -0400 U.S.: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:57:00 -0400 Wyoming Air Guard looks to improve planes Wyoming Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner has joined other Guard leaders around the country in asking Congress to approve upgrades to older transport planes. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:17:00 -0400 Judge slams Dade County for razing soldier's home A federal judge has slammed Miami-Dade County for refusing to delay demolition of a soldier's home while he trained in California. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:26:00 -0400 Texas couple gives forgotten flag to Marine's mom A couple who discovered a tribute flag for a fallen Marine at a Texas flea market has presented it to his mother, more than nine years after he was killed in Iraq. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:45:00 -0400 38 killed as Libyan forces battle militias in east Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the capital's international airport raged on and European nations warned Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:40:00 -0400 Events mark anniversary of Korean War armistice The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the hostilities is commemorated as ' Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:38:00 -0400