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    Space Force, the U.S. government's outer-space military branch, took a victory lap this week. On Thursday, members of the Air Force gaming team presented Space Force Chief Security Officer Jay Raymond and Chief Master Sergeant Roger Towberman with the winner's trophy from the 2020 Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) Bowl. The December 11 tourney was the second ever held, but the first for the Armed Forces' newest branch. The tournament was also the first to go transatlantic, pitting teams from Space Force, Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps against the United Kingdom's Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and Royal Marines. The event raised over $900,000, more than double the inaugural 2019 event, with proceeds benefiting Call of Duty Endowment, a nonprofit that helps veterans and troops transitioning out of the service find employment. Scroll down for video A members of the Air Force gaming team presents Space Force...
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    More On: military Contractor killed, service member wounded in rocket strike near US base in Iraq French, Russian foes from Napoleonic war ceremonially buried together 200 years later 70 percent of Navy sailors offered COVID-19 vaccine have accepted The Navy has no idea how many sailors it has booted for extremist activity Roughly one-third of US military members have declined to get vaccinated for COVID-19, a Pentagon official said in a report Wednesday. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jeff Taliaferro, the Joint Staff’s vice director for operations, told a congressional panel that “acceptance rates are somewhere in the two-thirds territory,” according to the Daily Beast. While the vaccine is “clearly safe for service members,” soldiers need education “to help them understand the benefits” of the shots, he told the House Armed Services Committee. In total, the Defense Department has fully vaccinated 147,000 service members and 359,000 have received a first dose, Pentagon...
    By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With more than half of America reluctant or flatly opposed to getting a COVID-19 vaccine, a VIP-filled video call on Thursday targeted the nation’s military families with an urgent plea: Get the shot. “We need your help,” first lady Jill Biden told hundreds of listeners on a call set up by Blue Star Families. ”That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to mask up, socially distance and get the vaccine when it’s your turn.” The call featured detailed medical explanations from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, who answered questions from the audience, as well as urgings from Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife, Hollyanne, who is a nurse. Their pleas underscored the widespread concern about the reluctance among service members and their families to get the vaccine. According to senior...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With more than half of America reluctant or flatly opposed to getting a COVID-19 vaccine, a VIP-filled video call on Thursday targeted the nation’s military families with an urgent plea: Get the shot. “We need your help,” first lady Jill Biden told hundreds of listeners on a call set up by Blue Star Families. ”That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to mask up, socially distance and get the vaccine when it’s your turn.” The call featured detailed medical explanations from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, who answered questions from the audience, as well as urgings from Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife, Hollyanne, who is a nurse. Their pleas underscored the widespread concern about the reluctance among service members and their families to get the vaccine. According to senior defense leaders, the percentage of service...
    Both now and long before the COVID-19 pandemic, our brave US military members serve bravely worldwide, making many sacrifices. They endure long deployments and cope with the harsh realities of the battlefield as well as loneliness due to separation from their families. Local animals they befriend often play a key role in building companionship and bringing them joy in difficult times. Earlier this year, US Service Member Patrick Brady experienced this firsthand when he befriended Marshmallow, a female puppy (Shepherd mix) that wandered onto his base in Georgia, Eastern Europe. Immediately, Patrick developed a bond with her: “During the beginning of the second month of our deployment, I was working in my building and I heard one of the guys say that another puppy had come onto base (there was one that came on about a week or two earlier). I went outside to check, and I was absolutely in love with her.”...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- An active duty American soldier is in federal custody Tuesday after he plotted with someone he thought was a member of ISIS to attack a landmark in New York City and fellow troops overseas, according to a law enforcement official.Cole James Bridges, who is stationed at Fort Stewart, is charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS and attempting to murder U.S. service members.The Ohio native allegedly spoke to an undercover FBI agent when he thought he was planning an ISIS-inspired attack against the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.He also was charged with planning to attack fellow U.S. soldiers.READ MORE: 2 more New Yorkers, including retired FDNY firefighter, facing charges in Capitol riotEMBED More News Videos Diana Rocco has the latest details on two more men from New York who are facing charges for their alleged involvement in the January 6 siege on the Capitol. ----------*...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will announce Thursday that she is appointing Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben as the new House chaplain — the first female chaplain ever for either chamber of Congress. Pelosi called the appointment "historic" and thanked the bipartisan group of House members who conducted the search. "Kibben brings decades of decorated experience in the military and the ministry, as a retired Rear Admiral who served as the U.S. Navy’s Chief Chaplain and the chaplain of the Marine Corps," Pelosi said in a statement. "Her integrity, experience and patriotism will serve the Congress and the Country well, as she ministers to the needs of Members." Kibben began her active duty in 1986 through the Navy’s Theological Student Program. In the past she has served as the Navy’s chief chaplain and the chaplain of the Marine Corps. Kibben. (Photo: Screenshot/Air Force Chaplain Corps Video) Pelosi also thanked current...
    More On: south korea South Korea confirms first COVID-19 variant cases COVID outbreak in South Korea possibly linked to apartment ventilation system South Korea to curb social gatherings, close tourist spots nationwide S.Korea reports record COVID deaths as lockdown fears spark panic buying ​The US military launched a coronavirus vaccine operation for personnel stationed in South Korea on Tuesday as health officials in Seoul reported the country’s highest daily death toll since the pandemic began. US Forces Korea said in a statement that it began administering the first doses of the Moderna vaccine to military personnel, civilian healthcare workers, first responders and command staff in three of its medical facilities, CBS News reported. The US military has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea to protect American interests from the threat of North Korea. USFK Commander Robert Abrams said while the vaccine is voluntary, he strongly encouraged members of the...
    Service members in the U.S. military will get a rude awakening in the new year when they see their taxes increase over four months to pay back a deferment given to them back in September. President Trump’s payroll tax deferral policy was intended to provide financial relief and was applied automatically to some U.S. military salaries. The deferral was automatic for civilian employees with wages less than $4,000 per pay period and service members with a monthly rate of basic pay of less than $8,666.66, according to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. There was no opt-out option for civilian or military employees.  MILITARY MEMBERS UNABLE TO OPT-OUT OF TRUMP’S PAYROLL TAX DEFERRAL FICA taxes, which fund Social Security and Medicare, were deferred from the payroll tax, which is paid separately from federal income taxes. The executive order applies only to the Social Security obligation of 6.2%. Unless the deferment is forgiven by Washington...
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- In this soldier's city and across the country, veterans and military families are divided about reports that President Donald Trump made disparaging comments toward the military, with some service members bristling at the remarks and others questioning whether they happened.Thomas Richardson, a retired member of the Army's 82nd Airborne, did not like what he heard.Richardson was trained to respect the office of commander in chief, but he was rankled by allegations in The Atlantic, many of them independently confirmed by The Associated Press, that Trump had referred to fallen and captured U.S. service members as "losers" and "suckers.""Usually, you don't choose those kinds of missions. You agree to serve and you agree to go where your assignment is," said Richardson, who did not vote for Trump in 2016.Fayetteville, home to more than 200,000 people, is bordered by Fort Bragg on its northern limits. It was named in...
    (CNN)The pilot vaunted for his grace under pressure as he landed an airliner in the Hudson River called President Donald Trump "completely unfit" for office and urged people to "vote him out" in response to a report in The Atlantic magazine that the President disparaged US service members killed in battle and chose to skip a ceremony honoring veterans. Trump has repeatedly questioned why Americans who served in Vietnam went to warCapt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III, whose heroic deed in 2009 came to be known as the Miracle on the Hudson, unleashed a series of social media posts Friday criticizing Trump and linking to the article, which the President has angrily denied and called "a disgraceful situation." CNN has not independently confirmed The Atlantic's report."For the first time in American history, a president has repeatedly shown utter and vulgar contempt and disrespect for those who have served and died serving...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump skewers Biden, suggests again supporters vote twice in Pennsylvania Sarah Jessica Parker helps launch 'Moms for Biden' in Ohio Trump called American war dead in French cemetery 'losers:' report MORE's campaign released an ad Friday blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpNetanyahu privately condoned US arms sale plan with UAE: report Trump denies report he called U.S. service members buried in France 'losers', 'suckers' Jim Carrey pens op-ed comparing Trump to Michael Corleone in 'The Godfather' MORE over alleged comments he made in 2018 about dead U.S. service members before his canceled trip to Belleau, France. "Mr. President, if you don't respect our troops, you can't lead them," Biden posted in a tweet Friday along with the ad that highlights Trump's alleged comments. Mr. President, if you don’t respect our troops, you can’t lead them. pic.twitter.com/hcX9hGgdm5— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 4, 2020 The ad comes...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Thursday forcefully denied a report in The Atlantic magazine that he had disparaged US service members killed in battle and chose to skip a ceremony honoring veterans.Speaking to reporters after returning from a rally in Pennsylvania, the President said the report was "a disgraceful situation.""To think that I would make statements negative to our military when nobody has done what I've done, with the budgets and the military budget. We're getting pay raises for the military. It is a disgraceful situation, by a magazine that is a terrible magazine, I don't read it," he said. CNN has not independently confirmed The Atlantic's report.The Atlantic specifically reported that Trump didn't want to attend a ceremony at the Belleau Wood Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France in 2018 because he was concerned that the rain would dishevel his hair.Read MoreCNN reporters in France during the President's visit, however,...
    Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden responded on Thursday night to troubling allegations from The Atlantic, which reported that President Donald Trump had made several shockingly disrespectful comments about American veterans, including dismissing those killed in action in World War I as “losers” and “suckers,” and slamming Sen. John McCain, who was brutally tortured as a POW in Vietnam as “a f*cking loser.” In a press release, Biden stated that “[i]f the revelations in today’s Atlantic article are true, then they are yet another marker of how deeply President Trump and I disagree about the role of the President of the United States.” Biden continued, saying that America has “one truly sacred obligation — to prepare and equip those we send into harm’s way, and to care for them and their families, both while they are deployed and after they return home.” Biden’s statement spoke of volunteer work helping military...
    Joe Biden has responded to a report that Donald Trump called U.S. troops who died in combat “losers,” with the former vice president saying he would always stand by men and women in uniform. On Thursday, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic reported that Trump has privately expressed disdain for American troops who died or were wounded in combat and confusion at why they would sacrifice their lives for the United States when there was nothing for them to gain personally by doing so. The report cited several sources close to Trump who confirmed that he repeatedly expressed these feelings toward military members. The Atlantic noted that when Trump canceled a planned visit to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he claimed it was because his helicopter could not fly in the rain and that the Secret Service was unable to drive him there. But Goldberg claimed the real reason...
    For nearly the past 80 years, the United States has offered a path to citizenship for foreigners who volunteer to serve in the American military. Under the Nationality Act of 1940, foreign-born military service members whose superior officers certify that they are serving with honor can use an expedited process to seek U.S. citizenship.  That process changed in October 2017, when the Trump administration added new requirements for applicants. Instead of being able to start the application process soon after reporting to basic training with at least one day of service, green card holders first had to complete their military training requirements, have at minimum 180 consecutive days of active-duty service or at least one year of satisfactory service in the selected reserve, and pass an extensive background check.  At the time, Stephanie Miller, director of military accession policy at the Department of Defense, explained that "while the department recognizes the...
    Washington (CNN)US military crewmembers of an armored vehicle were injured following an altercation with a Russian military convoy Tuesday in Syria, according to several US officials.The service members were injured when a Russian vehicle apparently deliberately collided with the American one, causing the crew to suffer concussion-like injuries, according to the officials. Initial reports indicate as many as four Americans may have been injured.The officials said a Russian military helicopter flew low and fast over the area in a tactic that is often used by military forces to try to disperse personnel on the ground.Despite US military leadership at the highest levels being aware of the incident within a short time of it occurring, the Pentagon has still not publicly acknowledged that Americans were hurt, the officials said.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Aug. 6 The Khaleej Times on the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon: In times of adversity it is incumbent upon brother nations and, indeed, the whole world to share the grief and the burden of the loss. What happened in Beirut is a disaster of huge proportions … and constitutes one of the largest explosions recorded in human history. In the aftermath there will be much heart-searching and even recriminations that this massive stockpile of ammonium nitrate was left unattended in such a sensitive place as the docks. But for now it is incumbent on everyone to display solidarity and offer tangible solace as the death toll escalates to more than 135 and the injured figure crosses 5,000. The shock wave has not yet dissipated and with the ringing in the ears it literally is difficult to wrap our heads...
    The seek for eight lacking US navy service members off the California coast was referred to as off after a 40-hour operation — with all now presumed lifeless, authorities introduced Sunday. The seven Marines and one Navy sailor went lacking Thursday when an amphibious assault car sank in a whole bunch of toes of water throughout a coaching train. “It’s with a heavy coronary heart that I made a decision to conclude the search and rescue effort,” Col. Christopher Bronzi, commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, stated on Twitter. “The steadfast dedication of the Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen to the persistent rescue effort was great.” “All eight lacking service members are presumed deceased,” the unit stated in one other put up on Sunday. “Efforts will now flip to look and restoration.” The lacking troopers had been amongst 16 on the amphibious craft when it started taking...
    The search for eight missing US military service members off the California coast was called off after a 40-hour operation — with all now presumed dead, authorities announced Sunday. The seven Marines and one Navy sailor went missing Thursday when an amphibious assault vehicle sank in hundreds of feet of water during a training exercise. “It is with a heavy heart that I decided to conclude the search and rescue effort,” Col. Christopher Bronzi, commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, said on Twitter. “The steadfast dedication of the Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen to the persistent rescue effort was tremendous.” “All eight missing service members are presumed deceased,” the unit said in another post on Sunday. “Efforts will now turn to search and recovery.” The missing soldiers were among 16 on the amphibious craft when it began taking on water during the exercise. Three of the rescued service...
    Seven US marines and a sailor, missing since a training accident off the coast of California on Thursday, are presumed dead, the military says. The announcement came as a 40-hour search and rescue effort was called off. The service members were on an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) that sank during the exercise. Eight other marines were rescued after the accident but one later died. Two others are in a critical condition. "It is with a heavy heart that I decided to conclude the search and rescue effort," said Col Christopher Bronzi, commander of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). A search operation involved helicopters and ships over an area of more than 1,000 square nautical miles (3,439 sq km), the marines said in a statement. The AAV had been returning to the amphibious warship USS Somerset after operating on San Clemente Island when it began to take...
    NORFOLK, VA — A memo issued July 7 by the acting assistant Secretary of Defense for the U.S. Navy sought “clarification” of earlier orders prohibiting service members from attending “indoor religious services.” The original order reportedly came after “the Navy experienced major outbreaks on an aircraft carrier and destroyer in April, which contributed to the large number of cases in the military branch.” It prohibited service members from “visiting, patronizing, or engaging” in off-installation large gatherings, including indoor religious services, as previously reported. The follow-up memo states in part that “nothing” in the original orders “should be construed to restrict attendance at places of worship where attendees are able to appropriately apply COVID-19 transmission mitigation measures, specifically social distancing and use of face covering.” A spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of the Military told the Caller that the archdiocese was “working to see all of (the orders) rescinded” and that...
    (CNN)A former US Army soldier facing terrorism charges pleaded not guilty to allegations that he was planning a mass casualty attack on his own unit by sending sensitive information to an extremist group. Ethan Melzer, 22, of Louisville, Kentucky, was a private in the US Army who authorities say was planning an attack on his unit by sending sensitive details about his unit's location, movements and security to an extremist group known as Order of the Nine Angels or O9A.Members of O9A have supported violent, Neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic and Satanic beliefs and have expressed admiration for Nazis including Adolf Hitler and Islamic Jihadists including Osama Bin Laden, according to prosecutors.Melzer is currently being held in federal prison in Manhattan, where he faces charges after the alleged plot was thwarted by the FBI and US Army in May.US soldier charged with planning a mass casualty attack on his own unitThe former solider...
    The remains of 147 South Korean service members, who were killed during the Korean War 67 years ago, were returned home Tuesday by the United States. DoD will return 147 South Korean soldiers’ remains from the Korean War to Seoul—the largest repatriation in 67 years https://t.co/iWdQFwB4mD — W.J. Hennigan (@wjhenn) June 23, 2020 The service members are returning after joint efforts by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and [South Korea’s] Ministry of National Defense Agency for KIA Recovery and Identification validated the 147 remains as being of South Korean Origin, per the U.S. Department of Defense. (RELATED: ‘We Know This Is An Important Issue’: Rhode Island Will Change Its Name On Documents) “It is the incredible improvements in technology, advancements in forensic science and the strong partnership between DPAA and MAKRI which led to these identifications,” said DPAA public affairs official Lee Tucker to the Department of Defense. Tucker said...
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