Tom Vanden Brook

  • FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. Defense Department officials say hormone treatment for gender reassignment has been approved for Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst convicted of espionage for sending classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)
    Chelsea Manning's incredible journey from leaker to transgender crusader

    Convicted national-security secret leaker Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning became the most visible face of the military’s tiny transgender population, one that came from the shadows to the forefront when the Pentagon rescinded its ban on their open service last summer.

  • 161128-N-HH215-040 SIGONELLA, Sicily (Nov. 28, 2016) Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus addresses Sailors, Marines and civilians at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, during an all-hands call, Nov. 28, 2016. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler R. Fraser)
    Navy secretary recommends two Medals of Honor

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is recommending that two sailors be awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor, an upgrade from their current awards and the result of a nearly year-long review of military valor since the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

  • DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, UNITED STATES: A truck approaches the main gate at the US Army's Dugway Proving Ground in the middle of Rush Valley in Utah December 17, 2001, 80 miles (128kms) southwest of Salt Lake City. Dugway has become a focal point in the anthrax investigation, as the FBI tries to find the source of the anthrax sent by mail, which has killed five people. Scientist at Dugway have been working with small amounts of weapons-grade or powdered anthrax. Investigators are trying to determine if anthrax sent to news media and US senators matches that produced at Dugway. The army released a statement reporting that all the anthrax used at the facility is accounted for. AFP PHOTO/GEORGE FREY (Photo credit should read GEORGE FREY/AFP/Getty Images) [Via MerlinFTP Drop]
    Army reprimands general over anthrax debacle

    Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Army found that the military had mistakenly sent live anthrax spores over a 12-year period to 194 laboratories in 50 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories and nine foreign countries.

  • In this May 29, 2014 photo, Denee Mallon takes part in the Trans March to Morningside Park in Albuquerque, N.M. A U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday, May 30, in favor of Mallon, a 74-year-old Army veteran, whose request to have Medicare pay for her genital reconstruction was denied two years ago. The decision recognizes sex reassignment surgeries as a medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who do not identify with their biological sex. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)
    More than 100 troops seeking transgender care

    More than 100 transgender troops have informed the services that they want to transition to the opposite sex, be formally recognized in their new gender or are seeking counseling or medical treatment, according to documents and the military.

  • Pentagon OKs general's rent-free living courtesy of defense contractor

    A general fired from the Joint Chiefs of Staff for an extramarital affair will not be sanctioned for living rent-free in the home of the defense contractor because their long-standing friendship allows such gifts, the Pentagon’s Inspector General has decided.

  • Joint Staff general's girlfriend problem grounds career

    An Army National Guard general on the Joint Chiefs of Staff has been fired from his job following an extramarital affair, and interviews and records show that he had also negotiated a job and lived rent-free in the home of a defense contractor, USA TODAY has found.