en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:39:51 -0400 15 Analysis: U.S. officials parse term 'ground troops' when describing Iraq mission The question of whether the U.S. will send combat troops into Iraq has become a tortured debate over what terms such as 'ground troops' actually mean. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:36:00 -0400 House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Obama emphasized anew that American forces 'do not and will not have a combat mission' in the struggle against I Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:35:00 -0400 Defense contractor gets 7 years in military secrets case A former civilian defense contractor working at the U.S. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:13:00 -0400 Iraq premier nixes U.S. ground troops Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the ' Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:44:00 -0400 Air Force nixes 'so help me God' requirement in oaths The Air Force has withdrawn a requirement that all airmen who take the oath of enlistment and officer appointment conclude with 'so help me God,' the service announced Wednesday. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:39:00 -0400 White House: U.S. troops in Iraq could call in airstrikes American troops on the ground in Iraq 'could be in a position to even call in air strikes' on ISIL targets White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday afternoon. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:38:00 -0400 Border Patrol: Soldier allegedly smuggled immigrants through Texas checkpoint Border Patrol agents arrested a soldier who allegedly attempted to bring two undocumented aliens through a Texas checkpoint Sept. 11, hiding them in a pickup truck he was driving while wearing an Army uniform, according to a court document. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:33:00 -0400 Paratrooper major killed in Afghanistan A paratrooper from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan, officials announced Wednesday. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:13:00 -0400 Senior senator: Both chambers should pass CR, Syrian rebels authorities before weekend A senior Senate Democrat is hopeful both chambers can pass a stopgap spending measure and approve presidential authorities to train and equip Syrian rebels by this weekend. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:05:00 -0400 House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:04:00 -0400 Wounded, injured soldiers biking from post to post About 20 soldiers from Fort Campbell and Fort Knox who have been wounded or injured or who are ill are riding bicycles from one post to the other this week. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:03:00 -0400 Obama reaffirms opposition to U.S. combat in Iraq President Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:03:00 -0400 Family: Navy reservist killed in Afghan suicide bombing Relatives of a U.S. Navy reservist from Ohio say he was among the three troops killed when a suicide car bomber struck in Afghanistan. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:03:00 -0400 Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as U.S. partners About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:02:00 -0400 Stay the course on school lunches, retired brass say About seven in 10 young adults are ineligible for military service, according to a new report from a group that is pushing school nutrition standards as a way to improve that situation. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:59:00 -0400 Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a 'whitewash' A doctor who first exposed serious problems at the troubled Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital said Wednesday that a report on patient deaths there is a 'whitewash' that minimizes life-threatening conduct by senior leaders at the hospital. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:58:00 -0400 Biden: Troops not needed now, but will reassess Vice President Biden is apparently leaving the door open to U.S. ground troops helping Iraqi security forces repel Islamic State militants. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:59:00 -0400 Benghazi probe looks set to go deep in 2016 race The Republican chairman of a special House panel on Benghazi charted a course Wednesday for his investigation to stretch deep into a 2016 presidential election that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton seems likely to enter. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:31:00 -0400 Senate committee: China-backed hackers penetrated TRANSCOM contractor networks 20 times Chinese government-backed hackers accessed networks of private-sector firms with sensitive data about U.S. military logistics nearly two dozen times in one year, says a Senate committee. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:17:00 -0400 New Islamic State video taunts Obama, U.S. troops The Islamic State is taunting President Obama via video. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:45:00 -0400 New assignments announced for five generals Five generals are going to new assignments, four of them with medical commands, the Army chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, announced Wednesday. They are: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:42:00 -0400 Toddler ignores military protocol, greets mom Cooper Waldvogel loves his mom more than military protocol. And Facebook loves him for it. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:28:00 -0400 Army releases new rules for tattoos and hair The Army on Tuesday unveiled its latest update to AR 670-1, its grooming and appearance regulation. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:04:00 -0400 As VP, Biden keeps academy nominations secret During his final year in Congress in 2008, then-Sen. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:02:00 -0400 5 things to know about Islamic State's military capabilities Members of the Islamic State are well-equipped with weapons and vehicles, but experts say they're more concerned about the group's professional-grade propaganda motivating new fighters to join their ranks. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:10:00 -0400 Obama: Ebola outbreak a threat to global security Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a potential threat to global security, President Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:54:00 -0400 Former POW Jessica Lynch starring in Christian film Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is enjoying her latest role, starring in a Christian movie currently in production. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:47:00 -0400 Obama will consider ground troops in Iraq on 'case-by-case basis,' Dempsey says President Obama is considering putting combat troops on the ground in Iraq on a 'case-by-case basis,' his top military adviser said Tuesday. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:13:00 -0400 Soldier dies at Fort Polk; second fatal training incident in 2 months A specialist died Sept. 9 in a training accident at Fort Polk, Louisiana, becoming the second training fatality at the base in less than two months. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:09:00 -0400 IG: Sexual assault investigators should improve methods Military investigators responding to reports of sexual assaults do not always follow the widely accepted standards set by civilian police agencies, according to a new Pentagon Inspector General's report. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:01:00 -0400 Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:29:00 -0400 October officer promotions announced for active duty October promotions have been authorized for the following active component officers: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:51:00 -0400 A gym & a prayer: Marine vet's CrossFit business draws on personal ties Pete Doan tried the working man's life after leaving the Marine Corps in 2010. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:01:00 -0400 Democrats launch website to counter GOP Benghazi narrative House Democrats are pre-emptively launching a new website to counter Republican claims about the fatal 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:36:00 -0400 Hood soldier sentenced for fatal shooting A sergeant at Fort Hood has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally shooting another man during a party last year at a home on the Central Texas post. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:10:00 -0400 Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three members of the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:29:00 -0400 Civil War soldiers buried as 'unknowns' ID'd The names of 350 Confederate soldiers buried as 'Unknowns' in the Confederate Cemetery here will now be forever emblazoned on memorial walls facing their graves as a result of the work of a local historian. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:07:00 -0400 Survey: Financial concerns plague military families The active-duty community's uncertainty about their future and concerns about their own financial stability are clear in the results of this year's Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:42:00 -0400 Lawmakers follow different paths on service academy nominations New York high-school students face a number of challenges in seeking admission to one of the nation's prestigious service academies - including geography. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:02:00 -0400 U.S. would hit back against an Assad attack, sources say The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400 'Truly extraordinary': Medal of Honor awarded to 2 soldiers for actions in Vietnam More than four decades later, two soldiers on Monday received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Vietnam War. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:44:00 -0400 U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State in Iraq The United States launched airstrikes in Iraq on Monday in what defense officials said is the start of an expanded action against Islamic State extremists. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:55:00 -0400 House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Obama's strategy against the Islam Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:54:00 -0400 Flexibility key for spouses, says AF secretary's husband In Frank Beatty's experience in the private sector, discussions about job losses and benefits cuts are not limited to the military community. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:31:00 -0400 NATO head: Security threats from Russia, Islamic State NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that members of the U.S.-led alliance must stand shoulder to shoulder to confront simultaneous security threats from Russia and the Islamic State extremist organization. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:56:00 -0400 Scholarships, fellowships open to officers, NCOs It's that time of year when the Army announces application rules, deadlines and other information about several prestigious scholarship and fellowship programs for officers, warrant officers and noncommissioned officers. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:48:00 -0400 Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:49:00 -0400 U.S. won't rule out working with Iran against IS Diplomats from around the world pledged to fight Islamic State militants 'by any means necessary' as Iraq asked allies to thwart the extremists wherever they find sanctuary. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:44:00 -0400 Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed A federal judge ruled Monday that a Tampa, Florida, woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging that the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:52:00 -0400 Iran rejects global strategy against extremists As diplomats from around the world sought a global strategy to fight Islamic State extremists, Iran ruled out working with any international coalition, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:08:00 -0400 N.Y. to lower flags to honor soldier lost in WWII New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered flags lowered to half-staff on Monday to honor a World War II Army private from Brooklyn whose remains were recently recovered. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:21:00 -0400 Three ways House work on CR, Syrian rebels plan could play out Whether or not the federal national security apparatus shuts down in October suddenly is all about Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State, Syrian rebel forces and lawmakers' feelings about President Barack Obama. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:11:00 -0400 Civil War officer's heroism earns Medal of Honor After an act of Congress and years of lobbying by descendants and admirers, a Union Army officer who made the ultimate sacrifice more than 150 years ago will be recognized for his heroism when President Barack Obama grants him the nation's highest commend Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:23:00 -0400 Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelli Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:44:00 -0400 2015 board shuffles NCO schedule; separation reviews planned The board schedule has been revised for fiscal 2015, which begins Oct. 1, re-ordering NCO boards and scheduling retention screenings for staff sergeants and above. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:58:00 -0400 White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:57:00 -0400 'The Star-Spangled Banner' celebrates 200 years 'The Star-Spangled Banner' turns 200 on Sunday and, even today, it has aged gracefully. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:21:00 -0400 Army Black Knights lose 35-0 to Stanford The defense might be as good any Stanford has had during its recent run of success. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:59:00 -0400 Rights group calls for probe into Iraqi airstrike An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country's new prime minister ordered the army to stop shelling Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:44:00 -0400 North Korea sentences American to 6 years of labor North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:36:00 -0400