en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:34:19 -0400 15 Bill aims to strengthen forensic training in sexual assault cases The Defense Department must improve its procedures for investigating sexual assaults by standardizing training requirements for medical experts who examine victims and analyze rape kits, a bipartisan group of lawmakers say. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:27:00 -0400 Body of young 'stowaway' found in wheel well of C-130 after Africa missions The body of an unidentified male between 15 and 20 years old was found in the wheel well of an 86th Airlift Wing C-130 on Sunday after the plane returned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from missions in Africa, officials said. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:33:00 -0400 Police: 2 arrested in Michigan guardsman's carjack slaying Detroit police say they've arrested a man and a woman in the fatal shooting of a Michigan National Guard soldier during a carjacking on the city's west side. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:43:00 -0400 House committee rebukes Obama over Bergdahl deal House Armed Services Committee members voted Tuesday to condemn President Obama for failing to consult with congressional leaders before swapping five Taliban prisoners for prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:34:00 -0400 Last crew member of Enola Gay dies The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in Georgia. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:32:00 -0400 SOCOM chief McRaven is chancellor finalist for University of Texas System University of Texas System regents on Tuesday selected one of the top U.S. military special operations leaders as the lone finalist for the job of chancellor, overseeing the system's 15 campuses and $14 billion budget. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:31:00 -0400 17,000 troops' debt relieved in settlement with loan company About 17,000 service members tricked into predatory loans could see their debts erased under a settlement announced by federal and state regulators Tuesday. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:50:00 -0400 Former Iran hostage demands compensation from Iranians Paul Lewis arrived as a Marine Corps security guard at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 3, 1979. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:48:00 -0400 Fort Stewart soldier, daughter die after being struck by plane A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:47:00 -0400 Army putting boat up for auction - starting at $25 A landing craft tied up at Fort Eustis, Virginia, is going up for auction Tuesday night, with bidding starting at $25. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:46:00 -0400 U.S. and EU pledge new sanctions against Russia The U.S. message has been clear that if Russia would not deescalate its movements and hostility in Ukraine, more sanctions would be imposed. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:14:00 -0400 Admiral: World getting 'numb' to North Korean missiles Amid concerns about its development and testing of nuclear weapons, North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology, the admiral in charge of American forces in Asia and the Pacific said Tuesday. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:12:00 -0400 Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in defamation case against estate of 'American Sniper' author Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:10:00 -0400 UFC releases Colton Smith after third-straight loss One month after a third-straight defeat, the only active-duty service member in the world's top mixed martial arts circuit has been released from his contract. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:50:00 -0400 Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold War-era arms deal Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused Russia of violating. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:20:00 -0400 McDonald confirmed as new VA secretary It's been a quick courtship for Bob McDonald - and there will be no honeymoon. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:08:00 -0400 DoD to oversee senator's Army War College plagiarism probe The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the college's provost said Tuesday. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:02:00 -0400 Polk soldier dies in training accident The Clay County community is mourning the loss of a Sergeant Tyler Zody, 20. The 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army says on Thursday July 24th, the Fort Campbell soldier was killed in a training accident involving a vehicle that also injured three soldiers in Fort Polk, Louisiana. The incident is under investigation. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:57:00 -0400 Sources: Officer, enlisted force-outs to increase The officer corps may not have seen the last of the involuntary separation and early retirement boards that so far have cut short the careers of some 1,700 Regular Army captains and majors. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:56:00 -0400 Pot-for-PTSD researcher denied reinstatement The University of Arizona has rejected a marijuana researcher's plea to keep her job after her contract was terminated in June. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:26:00 -0400 Conference committee OKs $17B VA health care bill House and Senate negotiators have approved a $17 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and reform a program scandalized by veterans' long waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:08:00 -0400 Audit: VA manipulated vets' appointment records Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases, intimidation of staff, to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA Today Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:37:00 -0400 Afghan quick reaction force slowed by logistics failures A specially trained and equipped Afghan Army quick reaction force is in danger of having its vehicles fall into disrepair, and its soldiers miss out on training due to an inability to supply much-need spare parts and training, a Congressionally-mandated w Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:23:00 -0400 Miller faces sales job on $17B VA bill in the House Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Jeff Miller was a real estate broker. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:53:00 -0400 Vets, teens transplant corals in Florida Keys A dozen wounded veterans submerged in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to help transplant corals on a special section of the reef set aside as a remembrance area for fallen American service personnel. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:52:00 -0400 Pig-castrating Senate candidate returns from Guard duty Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle for Senate control. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:52:00 -0400 House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border House Republicans have agreed to vote on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:48:00 -0400 Fort Bragg soldier dies in pedestrian accident Fayetteville police say a Fort Bragg soldier is dead after he was struck by a vehicle as he tried to cross a local street. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:35:00 -0400 VA seeks to improve services, care for female vets The rising ranks of servicewomen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade has changed the nature of care needed at the Veterans Affairs Department - but the system has yet to fully adapt, advocates say. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:22:00 -0400 Calif. governor takes dig at Texas Guard plan California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday that he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that 'wiser minds will prevail.' Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:20:00 -0400 White House: EU, U.S. to impose new Russia sanctions The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:27:00 -0400 One retired colonel is campaigning for more cuts - and Congress is listening The Army insists cutting the service down to 420,000 cannot be done. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:23:00 -0400 Former Apache pilot heads Redskins special teams After practice on Military Appreciation Day at Washington Redskins training camp, the special teams coordinator made a beeline to the people in uniform near the special VIP tent. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:56:00 -0400 U.N. rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:49:00 -0400 VA reform bill to get vote this week In a dramatic legislative turnaround, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees on Monday unveiled plans for a $17 billion compromise VA reform bill that funds the hiring of more clinicians, expands private care options and makes i Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:48:00 -0400 Five Questions with Texas Gov. Rick Perry: U.S.-Mexico Border Texas Gov. Rick Perry has accused the federal government of failing to provide enough resources on the U.S.-Mexico border to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants, including more than 57,000 children who have illegally crossed into the U.S. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:23:00 -0400 U.S.: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach 'a very serious matter' and going public with allegations that have simmered for some tim Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:26:00 -0400 Jury says it is stuck in Ventura case after 5 days The jury weighing former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle told the judge Monday they didn't think they could reach a unanimous verdict, but he asked them to keep trying. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:03:00 -0400 U.S. fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry Obama administration officials were fuming Monday over a torrent of Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:32:00 -0400 Oldest female WWII vet visits D.C. monuments The nation's oldest living female World War II veteran has finally made it to Washington to see the monuments and memorials. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:29:00 -0400 Former Naval Academy superintendent dies at 77 Arizona Sen. John McCain is praising former Naval Academy Superintendent Charles Larson, who died over the weekend, as a great man. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:35:00 -0400 Defense: Government suppressed evidence in Blackwater Lawyers for Blackwater security guards accused the government on Monday of suppressing evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:47:00 -0400 An Army of 420K means involuntary separations If the Army has to drop to 420,000, you can expect the involuntary separations of enlisted and officers to continue. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:46:00 -0400 CID looking for new special agents U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is putting out a dragnet - for new special agents. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:29:00 -0400 U.S.: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:57:00 -0400 Judge slams Dade County for razing soldier's home A federal judge has slammed Miami-Dade County for refusing to delay demolition of a soldier's home while he trained in California. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:26:00 -0400 38 killed as Libyan forces battle militias in east Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the capital's international airport raged on and European nations warned Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:40:00 -0400 Events mark anniversary of Korean War armistice The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the hostilities is commemorated as ' Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:38:00 -0400 New details emerge on Libya embassy evacuation Dozens of U.S. Marines and at least seven military aircraft were involved in Saturday's embassy evacuation operation in Libya, Military Times has learned. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0400 Congressional candidate defends Special Forces claims A Mississippi congressional candidate called out by the Special Forces community for describing himself as a Green Beret says he stands by what he has said, even if it should have been phrased differently. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:08:00 -0400 Army PT overhaul: Master fitness trainers' will dispatch to all units Twelve soldiers - their backs ramrod straight, sweaty and spattered in mud - lowered to the grass in unison. They were doing pushups the right way - the Army way - with their elbows tucked close to their bodies. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:36:00 -0400 2 Fort Carson soldiers killed in Afghanistan Two soldiers based at Fort Carson were killed when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:18:00 -0400 Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:15:00 -0400 Gay soldiers at Fort Campbell open up on coming out Spc. Corderra Dews, 24, was living in Austin, Texas, and openly gay before he joined the Army in 2011, a couple of months before the end of 'don't ask, don't tell,' the policy that kept gay soldiers in the closet at the risk of losing their jobs. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:08:00 -0400 Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:26:00 -0400 North Korea fires short-range missile into sea North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, a South Korean defense official said. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0400 You're invited: Participate in Military Times' annual reader survey How is morale in your unit? Are budget reductions affecting your op-tempo? Are you worried about cuts to your pay and benefits? And what do you think about the crisis in Iraq? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:20:00 -0400 DoD tightens tuition assistance rules Force-wide changes to the military's Tuition Assistance program may require troops to pay back their TA money if they perform poorly in class. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:36:00 -0400 1,877 NCOs to move up in August The Army plans to promote 1,877 NCO to the ranks of sergeant though sergeant major in August, which is 82 more than in July. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0400 As Russia-Ukraine tension flares, NATO wants a base closer to the action Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:07:00 -0400