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    The Department of Justice found a handful of military ballots that were accidentally "discarded." The Office of the U.S. Attorney and the FBI's Scranton Resident Office, which began the investigation on Monday at the request of the Luzerne County district attorney, found nine "discarded" military ballots that were all cast for President Trump, the DOJ announced on Thursday. The announcement said that some of the recovered ballots "can be attributed to specific voters and some cannot." The DOJ did not provide details about where the "discarded" ballots were and what specifically happened to them. The update on the investigation was around the same time White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany noted during her briefing that the "cast aside" ballots were...
    Several military ballots cast for President Donald Trump have been recovered after federal authorities opened an unspecified investigation regarding mail-in ballots in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of Pennsylvania said in a Thursday statement: On Monday, September 21, 2020, at the request of Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, the Office of the United States Attorney along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton Resident Office, began an inquiry into reports of potential issues with a small number of mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Board of Elections. Since Monday, FBI personnel working together with the Pennsylvania State Police have conducted numerous interviews and recovered and reviewed certain physical evidence. Election officials in Luzerne County have been cooperative....
    The NYPD cop accused of spying on behalf of the People’s Republic of China apparently exaggerated his military service record to his brothers in blue, The Post has learned. Baimadajie Angwang, a suspended community affairs officer with the NYPD’s 111th Precinct in Queens, was honored by the Police Benevolent Association at a November event last year to celebrate veterans, according to a since-deleted Facebook post on the union’s page. “The PBA honored its veterans at today’s delegates meeting with PO Baimadajie Angwang presenting the colors. PO Angwang is a Sgt. in the USMC and served 1 tour in Iraq and 2 tours in Afghanistan,” the post reads alongside photos of Angwang posing with the union brass. The USMC confirmed...
    The NYPD cop accused of spying on behalf of the People’s Republic of China apparently exaggerated his military service record to his brothers in blue, The Post has learned. Baimadajie Angwang, a suspended community affairs officer with the NYPD’s 111th Precinct in Queens, was honored by the Police Benevolent Association at a November event last year to celebrate veterans, according to a since-deleted Facebook post on the union’s page. “The PBA honored its veterans at today’s delegates meeting with PO Baimadajie Angwang presenting the colors. PO Angwang is a Sgt. in the USMC and served 1 tour in Iraq and 2 tours in Afghanistan,” the post reads alongside photos of Angwang posing with the union brass. The USMC confirmed in...
    September 16, 2020 – A group of congressmen led by Jackie Speier and Mark Mullin presented the bill “I am Vanessa Guillén Act” in honor of the soldier who died on April 22 at Fort Hood and the many survivors of sexual violence who have bravely emerged from it. of the disappearance and brutal murder of the 20-year-old military woman. The legislation, which has bipartisan support and could be put to a vote in a matter of weeks or by November. If passed, the law “will provide survivors with independent investigations into reports of both sexual harassment and sexual assault. It would also make sexual harassment a criminal offense in the military, helping to get to...
    FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Lawyers for military service members whose careers were halted after testing positive for the AIDS virus asked a federal judge Monday to overturn policies restricting their service as irrational and discriminatory. Lawsuits filed on behalf of two airmen and an Army National Guard sergeant say the military has no rational basis for holding the service members’ HIV status against them. The Air Force wants to discharge the two airmen from the service. The Army is refusing to grant an officer commission to the Army sergeant. Rules regarding service of HIV-positive members are not consistent across the military. Generally, people HIV-positive cannot join the military. But those who test positive after enlisting face varying treatment. The...
    (CNN)In March of 2010, I sat in my wheelchair in a cramped kitchen in the basement of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center's amputee rehab clinic. A lone Secret Service agent stood quietly against one wall and I sat at a kitchen table. To my immediate left, with our elbows almost touching was then-Vice President Joe Biden. Across the table was his wife, Jill Biden, and also at the table were two other seriously wounded soldiers and our significant others. There was no fanfare and no press. The vice president had just landed at Andrews Air Force Base following a work trip to France. Instead of being driven to his residence, he came directly to Walter Reed so that he...
    Bradley Cortright September 15, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is taking aim at President Donald Trump over his reported inability to comprehend the idea of self-sacrifice.  During a campaign event in Tampa, Florida, on veterans, Biden took aim at Trump over a report in The Atlantic that alleged the president did not comprehend heroism or the idea of self-sacrifice — especially when it comes to the Military. Biden brought up a portion of the report that centered on Trump’s 2017 Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery, where he reportedly asked then-secretary of homeland security John Kelly — whose son was killed in Afghanistan — “I don’t get it. What was in it for them?” He said, “It was reported from a...
    Around a third of active military service members in 2019 said they didn’t pay all their bills on time, and close to that number of military spouses said the same. Military service can require some serious financial planning. But many service members might not realize how joining the military impacts their credit—and how their credit can impact their military career. Here’s what you should know about the relationship between a military career and credit, and some information about resources that can help military members protect their credit. How your credit can impact your ability to join the military No matter which branch of the military you want to join, you have to meet certain eligibility requirements. Specific requirements vary by service branch...
    By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for military service members whose careers were halted after testing positive for the AIDS virus asked a federal judge Monday to overturn policies restricting their service as irrational and discriminatory. Lawsuits filed on behalf of two airmen and an Army National Guard sergeant say the military has no rational basis for holding the service members' HIV status against them. The Air Force wants to discharge the two airmen from the service. The Army is refusing to grant an officer commission to the Army sergeant. Rules regarding service of HIV-positive members are not consistent across the military. Generally, people HIV-positive cannot join the military. But those who test positive after...
    Schools on Department of Defense military installations failed to report 88% of “serious juvenile-on-juvenile misconduct incidents,” including sexual battery, to law enforcement from 2015 to 2017, an investigation has found. The probe concluded that over 600 incidents of misconduct between minors should have warranted reporting to some degree during the two year period, according to a summary of a Defense Department inspector general report released Wednesday. Eighty-eighty percent (522 incidents) were not reported to law enforcement, 99% (593 incidents) were not passed on to installation commanders and 87% (522 incidents) were not reported to Department of Defense school headquarters, the investigation found. The military installation school system is used by the children of active duty service members, and approximately 71,000 minors...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden recently overstated by massive proportions the number of U.S. military service members who have died as a result of the coronavirus. Speaking at a campaign rally Wednesday in Warren, Michigan, Biden said, "Military COVID infected: 118,984. Military COVID deaths: 6,114. Folks, every one of these lives mattered." But according to the Department of Defense's website, as of Wednesday, the number of service men and women who have died from the virus was seven — meaning the former vice president was off by 6,107. Biden also inflated the number of military infections by a whopping 79,000. His statement was so wildly inaccurate that even CNN had to fact-check the number:This is wrong — and...
    Washington (CNN)Before my husband deploys, he has a ritual that is familiar to many service members. He sits down with a generously poured bourbon, and he writes letters. One for his adult daughter, Rosalind. One for each of our little boys, Teddy and Antonio. One for his grandma, who raised him, and his family in Texas. One for me.His process is solitary​, but the last time he wrote these letters at our dining table, I walked by him on my way to the kitchen. He was crying as his pen moved across the paper.He returned home safely. The letters went unread. I found them in the bottom of a desk drawer last week while I was packing up our house...
    Ford is launching a new line of apparel and merchandise as part of its Proud to Honor charitable program supporting members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Ford The military-inspired shirts, hats and gear are being sold to raise money for DAV, which provides assistance for disabled veterans, and the Blue Star Families organization that helps military families deal with the challenges posed by service to country. MILITARY RESCUES 35 AS CALIFORNIA'S CREEK FIRE RAGES (Ford) “You can never do too much to honor the service of these brave men and women, and you never stop trying,” Ford's V.P. of U.S. marketing, sales and service, Mark LaNeve, said in a press release on the program....
    MinnPost (and Black Ink) were on a long weekend break as the storm built over the new evidence that Donald Trump thinks that those who volunteer to risk (and, sometimes give) their lives for their country are suckers or fools.  I say the “new evidence” because we’ve long known that Trump views someone, like John McCain, who endured horrible torture in a POW camp rather than turn on his country, wasn’t much of a hero because he, Trump, “prefer[s] the ones who don’t get captured.”  Trump surely cannot conceive the kind courage and loyalty it must have taken for McCain to actually refuse to accept an offer of release from a North Vietnamese POW camp, where he was regularly tortured,...
    (CNN)A US service member was injured in Somalia Monday when Al-Shabaab attacked US and Somali forces, according to the US military. Al-Shabaab attacked the forces using "a vehicle employed as an improvised explosive device and mortar fire," US Africa Command said in a statement. The injured service member is in stable condition and is receiving treatment for injuries that are not assessed to be life-threatening. The US military also said at least one Al-Shabaab fighter was killed during the attack."One U.S. service member was injured in an attack by Al-Shabaab this morning in the vicinity of Jana Cabdalle, Somalia. U.S. and Somali forces were conducting an advise, assist and accompany mission when Al-Shabaab attacked using a vehicle employed as an...
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — 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...
    Lightning streaks across the sky as President Donald Trump walks from Air Force One carrying an umbrella as he arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland after a campaign rally in late August. A poll of subscribers to the Military Times shows him trailing Democrat Joe Biden. (Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS) WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s numerous lies on military issues, from claims of delivering historic pay raises to providing brand new ships and planes, do not appear to be working with service members, with polling suggesting he could lose this traditional Republican voting bloc this November. Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads Trump, 41% to 37%, in a survey of more than 1,000 subscribers to the Military Times. Trump...
    Members of the US military have been accused of poor conduct for 'cringeworthy' thirst trap TikTok posts while in uniform.  Several TikTok accounts owned by people who claim to be in the military have amassed millions of followers for their flirtatious, suggestive and provocative videos, posted to draw attention to their own attractiveness. An unknown number of service members still use the platform in a personal capacity despite it being banned for military affairs by the Pentagon, Army and Navy in 2019.  And the recent debate about soldiers and sailors having an account has come as President Donald Trump alleges that the Chinese-made app is a security threat.   Two of the most popular military 'thirst trap' TikTok users...
    CNN’s Brianna Keilar unloaded on President Donald Trump Friday for comments he reportedly made about fallen soldiers, speaking personally from her experience as a military spouse. “The problem for the president here his comments about the war dead and injured are not out of character. Right? He’s spoken ill of them before,” she said, ponting out that despite his denial Trump actually has publicly called John McCain a “loser” on at least one occasion. Keilar brought up the president’s public and private attacks on McCain, and said of the late senator, “Whatever his politics, whether you like him or not, he was a hero.” She added that Trump “has a history of attacking the military and their families,” bringing...
    (CNN)Democratic nominee Joe Biden denounced comments President Donald Trump is reported to have made about wounded and dead soldiers angrily and in personal terms Friday, calling them "disgusting" and saying they show that Trump is "not fit" for the presidency. Biden's remarks during a speech in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, came the day after The Atlantic, citing unnamed sources, reported that Trump had made disparaging comments about military members who were wounded and killed, including at one point calling those who died in battle "losers and suckers." Trump on Friday called the report "a fake story." "If these statements are true, the President should humbly apologize to every Gold Star mother and father and every Blue Star family that...
    Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, Friday stood behind his reporting on President Donald Trumps actions concerning veterans, including writing that Trump had called members of the military who have died "losers" or "suckers," and said he believes the president is "genuinely confused" about the concept behind military service.  "I do think these comments are in line with a general and publically stated outlook about the importance of material gain, the importance of not being a loser," said Goldberg on MSNBCs "Morning Joe," adding that he would not have believed it if his sources had told him that Presidents Barack Obama or George W. Bush had made similar comments.  "The world is a stark binary for the president," he added....
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden moved urgently to seize on President Donald Trump’s reported comments that dead service members are “losers,” a remarkable utterance that prompted a full force rebuttal by his chief political opponent.  The morning after The Atlantic published a string of stunning anti-military comments reportedly made by the commander-in-chief, Biden’s allies convened a call to recognize service members. The strategy represented a fuller and faster form of engagement from a campaign that, as a matter of principle, doesn’t respond to every Trump remark.  The story has taken hold, in part, because it tracks with Trump’s past conduct. The president has likened his attempts to avoid sexually transmitted diseases as his “personal Vietnam,” proudly remarked that he likes “people...
    The Pentagon will be shutting down Stars and Stripes, a long-time American military newspaper, according to a memo. Stars and Stripes was first published on Nov. 9, 1861 and has since produced multiple well-know reporters. It currently prints around the world and gets delivered every day to troops, even those on the front lines, according to USA Today. “The last newspaper publication (in all forms) will be September 30, 2020,” Col. Paul Haverstick Jr. wrote in the memo according to USA Today. (RELATED: Pentagon Effectively Bans Confederate Flags On Military Property, Skirts Around Trump’s Objections) JUST IN: In a heretofore unpublicized recent memo, Pentagon delivers order to shutter @starsandstripes, a newspaper that has been a lifeline and a voice for American...
    Not even Joni Ernst, military veteran There are 96 military veterans in the 116th Congress, 66 of them Republicans. So far, we've heard not one word from any of the 66 of them about the contempt, the disdain, the vulgar words Donald Trump has for their service. Multiple news outlets have confirmed that Trump called fallen soldiers, their brothers and sisters in the military, "losers" and "suckers." Among Senate Republicans who've served: Lindsey Graham, whose only defense of his very great friend in the Senate, John McCain, against Trump's multiple attacks over years was two tweets that didn't even mention Trump's name. Joni Ernst of Iowa is also a veteran who is continuing to run on her service for reelection this...
    The entirely believable reports that Donald Trump called fallen and captured military service members "losers" have spurred an intense reaction from veterans and their family members on Twitter. One viral tweet from former “unapologetic, red-hat wearing” Trump supporter David Weissman called on veterans to change their profile pictures to pictures of themselves in uniform. Weissman’s tweet drew a strong response, with people changing their profile pictures not only to themselves but to family members lost in combat and, in a striking number of cases, lost to cancers they attributed to Agent Orange and other chemicals or radiation they were exposed to during their time in service. The message was unified: These are not losers. And the same message of outrage came from other veterans, as well....
    President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. troops, with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani standing behind him, during an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, November 28, 2019.Tom Brenner | Reuters The White House denied a blistering report published Thursday that claimed President Donald Trump called dead American service members "losers" and "suckers." "Why should I go to that cemetery? It's filled with losers," Trump told aides after he scrapped a visit to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018 to honor the dead service members, according to The Atlantic, which cited four people with firsthand knowledge of the discussion. Trump, on the same trip, later referred to the more than 1,800 Marines who lost their lives in the Battle of...
    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...
    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...
    A new report from the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg on Thursday night revealed new and galling details about President Donald Trump’s stunning level of contempt for members of the military — particularly those who have died or been injured in battle. While there’s plenty of reason to be critical of the military and even those who serve in it, the comments reported in the Atlantic are remarkable and revealing about Trump’s lack of character for several reasons. First, while Trump wraps himself in patriotism and militarism for electoral purposes, it’s a sham; he has little understanding or respect for the military’s values or its people. Second, it shows Trump’s fundamental indecency. The incidents described show little concern or thought for the...
    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...
    President Trump’s public opinion rating has dropped among active-duty service members in a recent poll, with many worried about issues ranging from his desire to use active-duty military to quell social unrest to pulling U.S. troops out of Germany. A Military Times/Syracuse University poll of 1,018 active-duty troops, released Aug. 31 and conducted prior to the August conventions, reveals that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden edges out Trump among members of the military, 41.3% to 37.4%. Nearly half of the respondents said they view Trump unfavorably, with 49.9% compared to 38% favorable. At the start of Trump’s presidency, only 37% of service members viewed Trump unfavorably, while 46% viewed him favorably. The numbers are still far above military support for...
    The U.S. embassy in Ottawa on Thursday issued a rare statement praising Canada’s military service in Afghanistan after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro sharply criticized Canadian policies in a new book. Richard Mills, the embassy’s chargé d’affaires, said that the U.S. “deeply values the service and sacrifice of our Canadian allies in support of the defense of freedom and global security.” The statement cited Vice President Pence’s comments during his 2019 visit to the country, noting how the two North American countries “have stood shoulder to shoulder in the defense of freedom for generations.” “Our ancestors fought side by side in the great conflicts of the 20th century,” Pence said. “And in recent years, our armed forces have fought against...
    U.S. military service member. The Trump administration’s despicable attempt to block immigrant U.S. military service members from an expedited path to citizenship was handed a well-deserved court defeat this week thanks to a class-action lawsuit launched by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and two affiliates on behalf of eight noncitizen U.S. military service members, including a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient.  “As a result of the Trump administration policy, non-citizen service members have been denied the rights and privileges that accompany citizenship, including the right to vote, the right to sponsor non-citizen family members, and the right to travel with a passport,” the organization said in a statement. All unjustly denied by the federal government while they also served their country in...
    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...
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Denmark’s government says that the head of the country’s foreign intelligence service has been “relieved of duty for the time being” along with two other senior employees. Lars Findsen took the helm of the Danish Defense Intelligence Service, or DDIS, in 2015, and from 2002 to 2007, he headed the domestic intelligence service. The two other employees of DDIS, which is also responsible for military intelligence, weren’t identified. In a brief statement Monday, Defense Minister Trine Bramsen gave no reason as to why the three employees were suspended. The Danish military has been at the center of scandals in recent months involving high-ranking officers who have been favoring relatives.
    A veteran who reaped federal monetary benefits for faking a mental health condition and who falsely claimed to have earned two of the highest honors bestowed for military service was sentenced to the top of his sentencing guideline range and will pay restitution for his crimes, according to Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Gregg Ramsdell, 61, of Columbus, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, the top of his federal sentencing guideline range, three years supervised release and was ordered to pay $76,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by U.S. District Judge Clay Land on...
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's government says that the head of the country's foreign intelligence service has been “relieved of duty for the time being” along with two other senior employees. Lars Findsen took the helm of the Danish Defense Intelligence Service, or DDIS, in 2015, and from 2002 to 2007, he headed the domestic intelligence service. The two other employees of DDIS, which is also responsible for military intelligence, weren't identified. In a brief statement Monday, Defense Minister Trine Bramsen gave no reason as to why the three employees were suspended. The Danish military has been at the center of scandals in recent months involving high-ranking officers who have been favoring relatives. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved....
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s government says that the head of the country’s foreign intelligence service has been “relieved of duty for the time being” along with two other senior employees. Lars Findsen took the helm of the Danish Defense Intelligence Service, or DDIS, in 2015, and from 2002 to 2007, he headed the domestic intelligence service. The two other employees of DDIS, which is also responsible for military intelligence, weren’t identified. In a brief statement Monday, Defense Minister Trine Bramsen gave no reason as to why the three employees were suspended. The Danish military has been at the center of scandals in recent months involving high-ranking officers who have been favoring relatives. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All...
    FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ) — Savannah Altamirano and her husband, Gari, tied the knot in a small ceremony. “We’re both active duty military, both Air Force, and last year we had a small little courtship, we got married before moving here,” Savannah Altamirano said. The plan was to eventually hold a larger ceremony with family and friends. “Just the happiness to be able to actually have a wedding and ceremony and celebrate with others. I feel like that’s the part of it, being able to show our love with our family and friends,” Savannah Altamirano said. With that set to happen next year, the search for a wedding dress was on, which brought her to Diamond Couture Bridal in Frederick. A...
    A former Army Green Beret allegedly committed espionage, conspiring with Russia’s foreign intelligence arm, the GRU, and giving them national defense information between 1996 and 2011, prosecutors said Friday. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, of Gainesville, Virginia, is facing one count of conspiracy to gather or deliver defense information to help a foreign government, NBC News reported. If convicted, Debbins faces a maximum sentence of up to life in prison. Debbins first visited Russia at the age of 19, and his wife and mother were both born in the Soviet Union. His father-in-law was also a former Russian military officer. Debbins, 45, was born in Minnesota and was initially contacted by members of the GRU while he was in college studying...
    Democratic senators pressed Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyTensions flare as senators grill postmaster general The Hill's 12:30 Report: Postmaster General attempts to calm mail-in voting fears Postmaster General testifies that ballots will be prioritized for delivery MORE to consider how changes he’s advocated for at the agency would impact military servicemembers. Twenty-nine Democratic senators wrote in a Thursday letter to DeJoy that the Postal Service is a necessary agency to deliver mail to troops overseas and that changes he’s proposed could have a disproportionate impact on servicemembers who have no other avenue for mail delivery. “USPS is the only service that can deliver to the Army Post Office (APO) and Fleet Post Office (FPO) addresses used by our military overseas,”...
    A former U.S. Army Green Beret was arrested Friday on espionage charges, accused of handing over classified defense information to the Russian intelligence service in a conspiracy that lasted more than a decade. Prosecutors say that from 1996 to 2011, Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins conspired with Russian nationals, who told him they were intelligence agents working for the country's primary military intelligence agency, GRU. During this period, he made repeated trips to Russia, where both his wife and his mother were born.  "Our military is tasked with the awesome responsibility of protecting our nation from its adversaries, and its service members make incredible sacrifices in service of that duty," said Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia....
    SAN ANTONIO – In an effort to help service members, veterans and their families impacted by COVID-19, USAA has donated $30 million to address new challenges faced by military families during the pandemic. The donation, the largest in company history, will be used to benefit 24 organizations assisting military families, according to a news release. A large chunk of the money, $20 million, will be awarded to U.S. military aid societies and organizations to provide zero-interest loans and emergency grants to eligible service members and their families to assist with financial emergencies, virtual schooling costs and college educational expenses. Another $10 million has been committed to nonprofit organizations that enhance veteran and spouse employment prospects, assist with childcare costs for...
    The Army announced it has launched an investigation into how two uniformed soldiers appeared on camera during the televised roll-call vote at the Democratic National Convention. The two service members, who are assigned to the Army Reserve’s 9th Mission Support Command, raised concerns that they had violated Defense Department rules after they were seen standing with delegates from American Samoa during the state roll call. The Pentagon strictly forbids uniformed personnel from appearing at political engagements as part of its longstanding effort to keep the military as apolitical as possible. Both soldiers were in their camouflage uniforms and black masks as two delegates from the territory announced their votes for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. In a statement to The...
    The U.S. Army announced Wednesday that it has launched an investigation into two soldiers who stood in uniform for a video that aired during the Democratic National Convention, saying the act violated Department of Defense rules that bar personnel from giving the impression that the military is offering a political endorsement. What are the details? The unnamed military personnel were seen standing behind the delegates representing American Samoa during roll call on the second night of virtual convention on Tuesday, a move the immediately sparked questions on social media about whether their appearance broke any rules. @ifollowonlyos Uniformed service members aren't supposed to take part in partisan political activities — Dave Brown (@Dave Brown)1597801985.0 The next day, Army...
    The Army is launching an investigation into the two uniformed personnel who were shown during the Democratic National Convention, the service said Wednesday. During the second night of the convention, the soldiers appeared next to delegates from the American Samoa during the state roll call, prompting questions about whether they violated military rules. The Department of Defense forbids service members from appearing in uniform at political events.  The Army announced it will investigate the two service members, who are assigned to the 9th Mission Support Command, Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Emanuel Ortiz confirmed to The Hill.  "Wearing a uniform to a partisan political event like this is prohibited," he said in a statement. "The Army follows the Department of Defense's longstanding and well-defined policy...
    Uniformed service members appeared for American Samoa’s turn for the roll call during the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, sparking questions about whether their appearance may have violated military rules. Two junior enlisted Army soldiers stood on either side of American Samoa’s delegates, despite rules stating that military personnel cannot participate in political events while in uniform. ABC News first raised the criticism on Tuesday night.  A defense official told ABC News the soldiers’ presence raised questions about how they became a part of the convention. American Samoa delivers its delegate votes at the #DNCConvention with what appears to be two uniformed service members in the background, which is potentially a problem. pic.twitter.com/RG581SWZTo— Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) August 19, 2020 U.S....
    During Tuesday's Democratic National Convention, service members in American Samoa might have violated military rules. Each state took part in a virtual roll call, naming the number of votes they gave to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. As two representatives from American Samoa came on screen, what appeared to be two uniformed service members flanked them. One of those representatives was the chairman of American Samoa's Democratic Party, Aliitama Sotoa. Uniformed service members are generally prohibited from participating in partisan activity. The Department of Defense says, "All military members, including National Guard and Reserve forces, are prohibited from wearing military uniforms at political campaign events." It appears that members of the American Samoan delegation likely did not receive any...
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    HOUSTON (AP) — Mourners will gather Friday in Houston to honor the life of a slain Texas soldier whose story has renewed a push for changes in the way the military handles sexual abuse and harassment from Fort Hood to Capitol Hill. Vannessa Guillen's family scheduled the memorial for noon to 8 p.m. at Cesar E. Chavez High School, on a field where Guillen once played soccer as a high school athlete. The Catholic service is open to the public and will also be streamed online. Natalie Khawam, who is representing the Guillen family, said the family is thankful to President Donald Trump because the White House helped to expedite the process of giving Guillen's remains to the family so...
    HOUSTON (AP) — Mourners will gather Friday in Houston to honor the life of a slain Texas soldier whose story has renewed a push for changes in the way the military handles sexual abuse and harassment from Fort Hood to Capitol Hill. Vannessa Guillen’s family scheduled the memorial for noon to 8 p.m. at Cesar E. Chavez High School, on a field where Guillen once played soccer as a high school athlete. The Catholic service is open to the public and will also be streamed online. Natalie Khawam, who is representing the Guillen family, said the family is thankful to President Donald Trump because the White House helped to expedite the process of giving Guillen’s remains to the...
    TAKING class A drugs such as cocaine on a regular basis could leave you blind, experts have warned. A study found that heavy use of heroin, methamphetamine or cocaine is linked to a heightened risk of partial or total blindness. 1Class A drugs such as cocaine could make you lose your sight, experts have warnedCredit: Getty Images - Getty The research was published in the BMJ Military Health journal and revealed that the condition is more prominent among military personnel than civilians. Experts say that this is because of certain risk factors that are unique to active service - particularly in the US Armed Forces. Researchers analysed responses from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys from 2013 to 2018....
    Individually bagged Legos are not enough for many military parents to feel safe sending their children to in-person schools on military installations. The Pentagon said Thursday that the military parents of some 10,000 children have opted for a one-semester commitment to try student-driven, virtual learning, even where health conditions at bases allow for in-person learning. “We have an impact on readiness, and we have an impact on retention,” said Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity Thomas Brady at a Pentagon briefing Thursday. “We are trying to get to as many non-remote schools to open face-to-face, person-to-person,” he added. “Making sure that service members are where they should be is critical, and that’s why our emphasis is on...
    HONOLULU (AP) — The head of the U.S. military's Indo-Pacific Command has said that service members and their families represent about 7% of the coronavirus cases in Hawaii. Adm. Phil Davidson released the infection figures in a memo to Indo-Pacific service component commanders, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday. The memo cites the 7% figure, which translates into about 204 service members among the 2,914 people in Hawaii who had been infected with the virus when Davidson issued his message. About 43,000 active duty military members, 9,600 National Guard and Reserve, 60,000 dependents and 20,000 military employees live and work in Hawaii. The U.S. Department of Defense does not normally report the aggregate number of COVID-19 cases among service members at...
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    SAN ANTONIO – Southwest Research Institute has received a $1 million contract from the U.S. Air Force, with Sabreliner Aviation, to continue maintaining an aging fleet of military aircraft. SwRI has been maintaining and monitoring the structural integrity of the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II for about 20 years, SwRI Principal Engineer Luciano Smith said. “Work like this is vital to extending the lifetime of these aircraft,” Smith said. $1.9M contract awarded to Southwest Research Institute to develop COVID-19 cure The A-10 came into service in the late 1970s, and the fleet is currently set to continue service until at least 2040. SwRI’s structural engineers perform damage tolerance analysis for military and commercial aircraft and provide the information necessary to...
    Stand-up comedy isn’t exactly synonymous with providing intelligence to the war fighter. But when comedian and Marine Corps veteran Rob Riggle of Saturday Night Live and The Hangover fame talks to the Defense Intelligence Agency, people listen — and laugh. That’s exactly what DIA’s new podcast, DIA Connections, was going for, a broad audience to hear its stories of humor, history, and compelling and unexpected work for the American people. “Our mission doesn't just provide intelligence,” Valencia Holland of DIA’s office of corporate communications told the Washington Examiner. “We wanted to show how we are touching real people, how we're involved in the real things that go on in the United States.” On its third podcast, Riggle does an...
    WASHINGTON - Gen. Charles “C.Q.” Brown, Jr. has taken over as Air Force chief of staff, becoming the first Black chief of a military service branch in U.S. history.     “This is a very historic day for our nation, and I do not take this moment lightly,” Brown said Thursday at an Air Force transition ceremony at Joint Base Andrews just outside Washington.   Brown thanked African American airmen who served before him for inspiring him and other military service members, including the first Black military aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen.   “It is due to their trials and tribulations in breaking barriers that I can address you today as the Air Force chief of staff,” he...
    WASHINGTON - Gen. Charles “C.Q.” Brown, Jr. has taken over as Air Force chief of staff, becoming the first Black chief of a military service branch in U.S. history.     “This is a very historic day for our nation, and I do not take this moment lightly,” Brown said Thursday at an Air Force transition ceremony at Joint Base Andrews just outside Washington.   Brown thanked African American airmen who served before him for inspiring him and other military service members, including the first Black military aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen.   “It is due to their trials and tribulations in breaking barriers that I can address you today as the Air Force chief of staff,” he...
    GETTY Jimmy Garoppolo #10 and Ben Garland #63 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrate a touchdown in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Championship game at Levi's Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. The San Francisco 49ers are one of the NFL’s most active organizations when it comes to community outreach, and that reach extends to those serving the country. On Wednesday, the 49ers announced that they are delivering over 1,300 care packages to local military bases and units that are attempting to help in the response and fight against the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. San Francisco offensive lineman and National Guard captain Ben Garland went on the team’s official...
    US ARMY Secretary Ryan McCarthy is visiting Texas this week after nine soldiers have been found dead in the Fort Hood area this year. McCarthy was at the military base on Wednesday and is holding a press conference on Thursday afternoon “to discuss the Army’s efforts to address the recent events at Fort Hood.” 11Vanessa Guillen was one of nine Fort Hood military base soldiers who have been found dead since March Credit: Fort Hood/U.S. Army 11The Fort Hood military base is an Army post located in Killeen, TexasCredit: Reuters At least eight soldiers have died in the military base area since March — and the most high-profile case is that of Vanessa Guillen, 20, whose mutilated remains were found...
    Savannah Rychcik August 4, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence held a swearing-in ceremony for Gen. Charles “C.Q.” Brown, the United States military’s first African American service chief. “It was my honor to formally swear-in General Charles Q. Brown, the first African-American military service chief in American History. President [Donald Trump] and I have every confidence our Air Force will only grow stronger under General Brown’s leadership!” Pence said. It was my honor to formally swear-in General Charles Q. Brown, the first African-American military service chief in American History. President @realDonaldTrump & I have every confidence our Air Force will only grow stronger under General Browns leadership! pic.twitter.com/nILcjhdqTX— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) August 4, 2020Trump offered...
    An official with the Defense Department told the New York Times in July, on the condition of anonymity, that although the policy did not specifically mention the Confederate battle flag, it was in fact aimed at banning it. The letter from the lawmakers to Esper argued that in place of the broader prohibition, the Department of Defense should explicitly ban Confederate flags. A department spokesperson told the Modern Military Association of America, a nonprofit that focuses on equality for LGBTQ people in the military, that the policy is broad enough that it does effectively ban the Pride flag. Donald Trump has expressed opposition to removing displays of Confederate symbols and to bipartisan congressional legislation that would require the renaming of...
    SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND (KABC) -- Seven Marines and one Navy sailor were presumed dead and identified Sunday after the military called off its search for the group, which went missing after an amphibious vehicle sank during a training mission Thursday.Navy and Coast Guard officials decided to end the effort after an extensive 40 hours."It is with a heavy heart that I decided to conclude the search and rescue effort,'' said Col. Christopher Bronzi, the commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). "As we turn to recovery operations we will continue our exhaustive search for our missing Marines and sailor.''RELATED: 1 Marine killed, 8 missing after amphibious vehicle accident off coast of San Clemente Island, officials sayAll of the...
    Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard has no regrets about standing for the national anthem before a Saturday game. Leonard stood alone before the Heat played the Denver Nuggets, and he’s been blowing up all over social media ever since. Now, he’s defended his choice, and said his brother’s military service is one of the reasons why he stood. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Miami Heat player Meyers Leonard stands alone during the national anthem with his hand over his heart as the rest of the team kneels. How many more NBA players will have the courage to stand during the national anthem? pic.twitter.com/bUDOOFbya8 — David Hookstead (@dhookstead) August 1, 2020 “I am with...
    SAN DIEGO -- Seven Marines and one Navy sailor are presumed dead Sunday after the military called off its search for the group, which went missing after an amphibious vehicle sank during a training mission in California Thursday.Navy and Coast Guard officials decided to end the effort after an extensive 40 hours.RELATED: 1 Marine killed, 8 missing after amphibious vehicle accident off coast of San Clemente Island, officials sayAll of the victims' next-of-kin have been notified. The names of the deceased troops are expected to be released within the next 24 hours.There were 15 Marines and a Navy sailor in the vehicle around 5:45 p.m. Thursday when it started taking on water as it traveled from the shores of San...
    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...
    The submarine support ship HOS 'Dominator' has joined the search for seven Marines and one Sailor, who have been missing since their amphibious assault vehicle sank in 600 feet of water Thursday. One Marine has already been confirmed dead and two more injured after the vehicle sank in the water at around 5:45pm near San Clemente Island in Los Angeles County.  The Marines have suspended the use of the amphibious assault vehicles in water while they are inspected.   One sailor and 15 Marines were inside the 26-ton military vehicle when it sank into the Pacific Ocean.  Eight were rescued from the water, but the other eight remain missing and are presumed dead.  One Marine was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La...
    At least one Marine Corps member was killed Thursday and eight other service members remained missing early Friday after an amphibious assault vehicle “mishap” off the coast of Southern California, the I Marine Expeditionary Force confirmed early Friday. Two other service members were injured in the incident, officials said in a Twitter message. FEW DOZEN US MARINES GET CORONAVIRUS ON JAPAN'S OKINAWA, OFFICIAL SAYS  The Navy and Coast Guard were conducting a joint search-and-rescue operation for the missing service members who are all assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is headquartered at Camp Pendleton near San Diego. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident," Col. Christopher Bronzi, 15th MEU Commanding Officer, said in a...
    The Pentagon said Wednesday that 18- to 24-year-old service members are testing positive for the coronavirus at a higher rate than the general population but suffering lower rates of hospitalization and mortality. “As a community, transmission rate has gone up,” said Defense coronavirus task force medical adviser Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul Friedrichs in a Pentagon briefing. Friedrichs attributed the gain to increased testing, not to violating health protection measures by doing such things as visiting bars, restaurants, and nightclubs in outbreak areas. “We’re not seeing widespread evidence that what is occurring in the 18- to 24-year-old demographic is because they’re not following the rules,” he said. The Defense Department said the overall positivity rate has held steady at 5.3%...
    Two Republican senators introduced legislation to allow active-duty military service members to renew their concealed carry licenses by mail. Missouri Sens. Josh Hawley and Jason Smith said last week that the U.S. Military Right to Carry Act will ease the burden of soldiers to renew their firearm licenses while stationed outside of the state where they permanently live. The law would require states to treat members of the military the same as state residents when it comes to issuing concealed carry permits. “The military men and women who serve our country shouldn’t face endless red tape in order to exercise their constitutional right to carry firearms and maintain their concealed carry licenses," Hawley said in a statement. "I’m proud...
    COMPTON (KABC) -- Local veterans are joining in the effort to combat food insecurity during the pandemic. They are not just handing out food here, but also pride in their community and their country.This weekly food drive assists Compton residents in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The veterans are volunteers with The Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization that empowers military veterans to continue their service and empowers communities with veteran talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact.One veteran leading the way: Sherman Watson, a former marine who never stopped serving."For me it is a personal aspect because it gives me an outlet to get out in the community to meet the people that I know that need me...
    U.S. military leaders need to establish “a cyber service academy” to train the corps of service members needed to fight China’s “digital authoritarianism,” according to a senior Senate Democrat. “Congress should establish a new federal service academy similar to our other military service academies, with the specific aim of developing the future of our technology force,” a report by Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez of New Jersey proposed. “In addition to providing students a four year undergraduate education, the academy shall prepare students to become future military leaders in key digital and emerging technology fields, including robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and cybersecurity.” The formation of a cyber training center alongside traditional military academies such as...
    Muted mayhem has been a nice change of pace, but Tour life better with fans This Family’s Lush Landscape Is Full of Small Space Edible Gardening Ideas The military is giving me retirement and disability pay — but will it be enough to retire at 48? HELP ME RETIRE © Getty Images/iStockphoto Military retirement and disability pay may be enough for retirement income, but it depends on an individual’s normal cost of living. Dear MarketWatch, Load Error I’m a 44-year-old military officer planning to retire in four years after 30 years of service. My retirement pay should be about $76,000 a year, with an additional $16,000 a year in disability pay, based on my previous...
    (CNN)A US service member died Tuesday in Syria, according to a military press release.The service member was assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led military coalition that's fighting ISIS, the release said.The release did not identify the service member, noting that it was standard policy "to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities after the next of kin have been notified." Initial reports indicated the incident was not due to enemy contact, and the incident is under investigation, the release added.Another service member died in Syria earlier this year. Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore, 22, from Wilmington, North Carolina, died in January in Deir ez-Zor province, according to a release from the US...
    SAN ANTONIO – A memorial service will take place Tuesday for a deputy who passed away after contracting COVID-19. Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy De La Fuente, 53, died on April 30. He was assigned to the detention bureau and had been with BCSO for 27 years. According to a statement from BCSO, the procession is tentatively scheduled to depart at 9:00 a.m. from Mission Park Funeral Chapels South, located at 1700 SE Military Dr. The memorial service will be livestreamed in this article. If you don’t see a livestream, check back at a later time. “Social distancing measures will be implemented and we ask that you please bring your mask,” BCSO said in a statement. The schedule is as follows: ...
    SAN ANTONIO – A memorial service will take place Tuesday for a deputy who passed away after contracting COVID-19. Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy De La Fuente, 53, died on April 30. He was assigned to the detention bureau and had been with BCSO for 27 years. According to a statement from BCSO, the procession is tentatively scheduled to depart at 9:00 a.m. from Mission Park Funeral Chapels South, located at 1700 SE Military Dr. “Social distancing measures will be implemented and we ask that you please bring your mask,” BCSO said in a statement. The memorial service will be livestreamed on KSAT.com. The schedule is as follows: 9:00 a.m. Procession from Mission Park South, 1700 SE Military Dr. 10:00...
    (CNN)Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday laid out a series of immediate actions the Department of Defense will take to address race inequality and inclusion in the US military, an issue that was thrust into the spotlight following the death of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of a White Minneapolis police officer. The steps, which Esper laid out in a letter to the force Wednesday, include removing photographs from promotion packets, reviewing hairstyles and grooming standards in order to ensure that they are not racially biased, and a series of training and education initiatives to address racial prejudice and unconscious bias.Esper issued the steps at the first meeting of the Defense Department's newly formed Board on Diversity...
    By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The head of Somalia’s military escaped unhurt and one civilian was killed on Monday when a suicide attacker drove a bomb-laden car into a convoy in the capital Mogadishu, according to a military spokesman and an ambulance service. The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group said it was behind the attack. General Yusuf Rage was driving in the convoy near the military hospital in Mogadishu's Hodan district when the blast struck, Colonel Abdiqani Ali, the military spokesman said. "The commander's guards opened fire on the suicide car bomb as it speedily tried to swerve into the convoy. The bomber was shot dead and his car bomb exploded. The commander and his guards...
    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...
    By The Associated Press U.S. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire have introduced a bill that would help spouses of active-duty service members save for retirement by expanding access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. Collins, a Republican, and Hassan, a Democrat, said the economic and health effects of the coronavirus pandemic pose an additional threat to saving for retirement, and military spouses face another hurdle. When military service members experience a permanent change of station move, their spouses often relocate with them, putting their own careers on hold. Under the Military Spouse Retirement Security Act, small employers, those with 100 workers or fewer, would be eligible for a tax credit up to $500 per year per...
    Legendary country singer Charlie Daniels had one heck of a send off when he received military honors during a memorial service held in Tennessee. The country music singer died on Monday after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83. Earlier this week, celebrities like Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence and others joined with family and friends to honor the Country Music Hall of Fame singer, per Fox News in a piece published Friday. (RELATED: Legendary Comic Don Rickles Died At Age 90) The ceremony kicked off with a flyover of Army Blackhawk helicopters and later his family, wife Hazel and son, Charlie Daniels Jr. were presented American flags by Tennessee’s adjutant general, Army Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes and Middle Tennessee State...
    (CNN)With images of statues being torn down bombarding our screens, it's hard not to feel, as a minority myself, that America is failing to address the real problem of racism. As I grapple with the wider challenges that racism presents for our country, its national security and myself personally, I continue to be haunted by my memories of a young US Army enlisted soldier named Danny Chen. Thomas P. BostickHe was the only child of first-generation Chinese Americans in New York City. He wanted to join the Army, but he needed parental permission as a 17-year-old. His parents disapproved. Chen had high test scores and received a full scholarship to attend college. In January 2011, at 18 years old, while...
    CNN anchor Brianna Keilar joined other CNN hosts on Wednesday in ripping Fox News host Tucker Carlson for his two-day series of attacks on Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), telling the conservative primetime star he was the “moron” for questioning the patriotism of a Purple Heart recipient. After Carlson said Duckworth was a “deeply silly and unimpressive person” who hated America for suggesting Americans should have a “national dialogue on removing George Washington statues,” Duckworth quickly fired back on Twitter. “Does @TuckerCarlson want to walk a mile in my legs and then tell me whether or not I love America?” Duckworth, who lost both legs when her Black Hawk helicopter was shot down in the Iraq War, replied on Monday night....
    A draft policy being circulated by Pentagon leaders would ban the display of the Confederate flag in Defense Department workplaces or public areas by service members and civilian personnel. The policy, which has not yet been finalized or signed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, comes as President Donald Trump earlier in the day criticized NASCAR’s decision to ban the flag at its races and venues. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the draft. If approved, the draft Pentagon policy would bring the other military services in line with the Marine Corps, which banned Confederate displays on its bases in early June. Other military services had been poised to make similar decisions, but they were stalled when Esper said he...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft policy circulated by Pentagon leaders would ban the display of the Confederate flag in Defense Department workplaces or public areas by service members and civilian personnel. The draft policy, which has not been finalized or signed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, was making the rounds as President Donald Trump on Monday criticized NASCAR’s decision to ban the flag at its races and venues. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the draft. If approved, the draft Pentagon policy would bring the other military services in line with the Marine Corps, which banned Confederate displays on its bases in early June. Other military services had been poised to make similar decisions, but they were stalled when...
    EXCLUSIVE: The U.S. military services have agreed unanimously to recommend barring the display of the Confederate flag on military bases, on ships and in any public space, including barracks, multiple U.S. defense officials have told Fox News -- including one who has seen the draft agreement of service secretaries for the Army, Navy, and Air Force.The decision now rests with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who last month requested recommendations from the service chiefs about racial issues in the ranks. President Trump has separately said he would veto the Defense Authorization Act if it includes language to change the names of 10 Army bases named after Confederate generals. The unanimous recommendation to bar the Confederate flag from being displayed could put the Pentagon on...
    28 High School Seniors Nominated in 2019 Accepted into Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, West Point, Merchant Marine Academy U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) recently announced that 28 high school graduates from across Georgia who were nominated last fall by her predecessor have been accepted into U.S. military service academies for fall 2020. The 28 students are among the several dozen students nominated by Georgia congressional offices who have been accepted. Members of Congress are tasked with nominating students to attend our nation’s military academies annually. Those nominees who are accepted into the academies are awarded full four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, room and board, and medical and dental care. As U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s successor, Loeffler inherited his...
    Ed McSorley, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about his service in the United States Marine Corps, America’s Independence Day, and advice for future generations of Americans. McSorley graduated from high school in 1967. A year later, he was shipped off to Vietnam after enlisting in the Marine Corps when he was 17 years old. “I’m one of nine children, and financially we were behind the eight ball,” McSorley said. “My father lost his job. But at the time in 1967, there was a draft so you had a military obligation. I couldn’t afford college. I have four older siblings plus four [younger] — I’m the middle of nine. I pushed my...