en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:41:11 -0400 15 N.C. police chief wrote lieutenant up for Army Reserve service The city failed to comply with a federal law that allows soldiers time off for military service, according to a letter from the Department of Labor. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:38:00 -0400 Coalition airstrikes in Syria killed more than 500 U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 500 people since they began last month, mainly Islamic militants, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared yet again in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:35:00 -0400 Guantanamo prisoners protest use of female guards The use of female troops inside the highest-security unit at Guantanamo Bay is sparking protests by prisoners. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:23:00 -0400 Meet the White House guard dogs You may be familiar with Sunny and Bo, the Obama's family pets. But meet Hurricane and Jordan, two of the White House's protectors. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:07:00 -0400 U.S.: Iraq says troops will go on offensive The U.S. Defense Department says Iraq's new defense minister says his troops will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants who have taken over large sections of the country. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:57:00 -0400 Lawmaker uses Canadian case to criticize Obama The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee used Canadian leaders' response to the Ottawa shootings to take his own swipe at President Obama on Thursday. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:55:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Be careful when, to whom you admit drug use Q. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:19:00 -0400 New quick-reaction NATO force to stand up next year NATO is pushing forward with a new quick-reaction force that will combine the armies of multiple member nations and is intended to serve as a deterrent to Russian aggression. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:39:00 -0400 Virginia subs to get berthing changes for female crew Sub designers are puzzling out how to fit enlisted women into the berthings on the Virginia-class attack submarines already in the force. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:33:00 -0400 Beirut mission renewed: Marines take pride in returning to guard embassy As of early September, Marine security guards are again manning Post One in Beirut. The post holds profound significance for Marines young and old. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:26:00 -0400 Few vets use free credit monitoring after VA breaches Only about one in 25 veterans offered free credit monitoring in the wake of Veterans Affairs Department security breaches has signed up for the service, a figure that VA officials call disappointingly low. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:03:00 -0400 Fallen Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroism in 'Operation Nightmare' The family of fallen Marine Sgt. Daniel Vasselian accepted his Bronze Star with combat 'V' device last week for heroism in Afghanistan. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:36:00 -0400 U.S. OKs Samsung devices for classified data For the first time, the government will allow devices made for the consumer market to handle classified information. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:29:00 -0400 PTSD argued in case of Marine jailed in Mexico There's no dispute retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi drove with three loaded guns in his truck into Mexico where firearms are illegal. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:04:00 -0400 First weapons crew certified on F-35A The latest milestone in the F-35A program belongs to airmen on the ground. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:03:00 -0400 Mission Family: Survivors' education clearinghouse inspired by student's pain, drive If you're a member of the military community, you know all too well the variety of struggles that the lifestyle can bring. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:55:00 -0400 Tricare Help: TFL and skilled nursing home care Q. My father is an 82-year-old Korean War veteran and military retiree. He is in a skilled nursing home but has exhausted his Medicare coverage. He's very ill, with four compression fractures, liver cancer and dementia. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:46:00 -0400 'We cannot accept average,' surgeons general say The message the Army, Navy and Air Force surgeons general have taken from the military health system review released earlier this month is that their hospitals and clinics are performing on par with the nation's top private systems. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:27:00 -0400 Army announced November officer promotions Congratulations to the active component officers being promoted to the ranks of chief warrant officer 2 through colonel in November. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:48:00 -0400 Lewis-McChord soldier charged in wife's death Bail has been set at $1 million for a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife at their Lakewood, Washington, apartment. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:11:00 -0400 Washington VA doctor accused of child rape Stevens County authorities say a Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center emergency room doctor accused of assaulting a child at the doctor's home has been charged with child rape. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:58:00 -0400 Marine Corps booted suspected Indiana serial killer in 1993 An former Marine, who recently confessed to killing seven women in Indiana, was kicked out of the Marine Corps as a private in 1993 after fewer than two years of service. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:35:00 -0400 John McCain calls Navy 2-star an 'idiot' during interview Sen. John McCain, a retired naval aviator, has a history of confronting military leaders he feels have fallen short. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:33:00 -0400 CSM who fought in Panama, Somalia and Iraq dies at 52 A decorated soldier who participated in major military actions spanning three decades and spent the last few years of his career helping fellow wounded warriors was found dead in his Georgia home Oct. 13 of natural causes. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:32:00 -0400 CNO Greenert: 7-month deployments 'achievable and sustainable' The Navy's top admiral said he wants to bring deployments down to a seven-month standard - a call that stands in stark contrast to recent deployment lengths. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:32:00 -0400 Kidnapping plot in Turkey raises new questions about U.S. troops' safety A bold yet ultimately unsuccessful kidnapping plot orchestrated by the Islamic State in Turkey raises new questions about the safety of U.S. troops and other American personnel stationed throughout the country. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:31:00 -0400 Kidnapping plot in Turkey raises new questions about U.S. troops' safety A bold yet ultimately unsuccessful kidnapping plot orchestrated by the Islamic State in Turkey raises new questions about the safety of U.S. troops and other American personnel stationed throughout the country. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:00 -0400 Yuma Marines rescue lost Boy Scouts near the Colorado River Marines rescued 28 Boy Scouts and four chaperones Saturday night after they were reported missing when they failed to reach a checkpoint during a canoe trip. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:00 -0400 Bond set for Afghan soldiers who fled for Canada Three Afghan soldiers detained since abandoning a Massachusetts training exercise to avoid returning to Afghanistan are hoping financial help from supporters will allow them to go free as they challenge deportation and pursue asylum. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:25:00 -0400 Army helos set for joint exercise in Japan The U.S. Army Stryker brigade set to begin exercises in Japan next week as part of its third stop in the Army's Pacific Pathways rotation brought its own aviation assets to the venerable exercise for the first time. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:54:00 -0400 Survey asks lesbian, gay, bi sailors about service experiences It's been three years since the Defense Department lifted its ban against gays, lesbians and bisexuals serving openly in the military, but the services have little research on their experiences and needs or how the repeal of don't ask, don't tell has affe Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:54:00 -0400 Stateside Ebola team starts training today The 30-person medical team designed to provide short-notice help and support to civilian hospitals who may deal with Ebola cases at home began training Wednesday at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:51:00 -0400 1,000-pound pod falls off Marine Corps Prowler mid-flight Marine officials say they have recovered a 1,000-pound tactical jamming system pod that fell off an EA-6B Prowler aircraft while it flew a mission over a military air station in Arizona. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:51:00 -0400 Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in U.S. President Obama expressed confidence about the ability to contain Ebola in the U.S., taking special note of the ongoing recovery of two nurses who contracted the disease and of others who were declared Ebola free after being exposed to the deadly virus. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:50:00 -0400 U.S. increases security in wake of Canada shootings, though no threats cited The military increased security Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial and Parliament, even though the FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no specific threa Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:25:00 -0400 3-star: Delays growing in fixing attack submarines The Navy's top maintenance official warned that the service is 'in a tail-chase' to get submarines and ships the overhauls they need, with some running much longer than foreseen. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:47:00 -0400 Kidnapping plot in Turkey raises new questions about U.S. troops' safety A bold yet ultimately unsuccessful kidnapping plot orchestrated by the Islamic State in Turkey raises new questions about the safety of U.S. troops and other American personnel stationed throughout the country. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:44:00 -0400 Editorial: Who's kidding whom? The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:15:00 -0400 Internal investigation ID'd Phoenix VA fraud in 2008 Inspectors at the Department of Veterans Affairs caught Phoenix VA managers falsifying patient appointment records during a probe six years ago, but agency officials did not divulge those findings at the time, according to documents obtained by The Arizon Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:22:00 -0400 Tech. sgt. who died while diving in Japan identified The Air Force has identified an airman assigned to Kadena Air Force Base who died over the weekend while diving with other airmen. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:12:00 -0400 Chaos in Canada: Gunfire erupts in Parliament building A Canadian soldier was shot and killed Wednesday while standing guard at a war memorial in the nation's capital in Ottawa, and a gunman was killed after racing inside Parliament. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:53:00 -0400 Teen sentenced for killing Fort Carson soldier, pregnant wife A teenager who killed a Fort Carson soldier and his pregnant wife during a burglary has been given back-to-back life sentences, each with the possibility of parole after 40 years. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:21:00 -0400 Marine suspected of murder in Philippine custody A US Marine suspected in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino was flown Wednesday from his warship to the Philippine military's main camp, where he will continue to be guarded by fellow Marines, in a compromise that eased a looming irritant over his custody. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:59:00 -0400 Afghan soldiers who fled for Canada due in court Two Afghan military officers who face deportation after leaving a Massachusetts training exercise to seek asylum in Canada are due back before a U.S. immigration judge. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:55:00 -0400 North Korean detainee reunites with family in Ohio An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub returned home to Ohio on Wednesday to tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:34:00 -0400 Destroyer Michael Murphy leaves on first cruise The destroyer Michael Murphy left Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Monday on its maiden cruise: an independent deployment to the Western Pacific that also marked a first for many of the ship's crew. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:30:00 -0400 Report: Private student borrowers can't get repayment help Millions of Americans still struggle with high-cost private student loans, with many tumbling into default because the companies servicing the loans aren't offering reasonable options for improved terms, a new report says. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:12:00 -0400 JBLM soldier charged in wife's death The Pierce County prosecutor has charged a Lewis-McChord soldier with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife at their Lakewood apartment. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:46:00 -0400 Commentary: Breaking the cycle of debt for troops, families The spouse of a member of the Illinois National Guard took out a loan of $2,575 in Illinois. Due to triple-digit interest rates, the family spent more than $8,000 to repay the loan. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:07:00 -0400 Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horri Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:57:00 -0400 Estonia: Russian military plane violated air space Estonia on Wednesday summoned Russia's ambassador over an airspace violation by a Russian military aircraft. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:45:00 -0400 Credit requirements loosened for student loan program The Education Department has loosened credit requirements for a federal student loan program used by parents and graduate students. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:23:00 -0400 1.7 percent COLA increase starts in January Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:41:00 -0400 Pentagon confirms IS seized weapons bundle The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:39:00 -0400 Iraqi Kurds authorize sending fighters to Kobani Lawmakers in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdish region voted Wednesday to authorize sending Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga to help defend the embattled town of Kobani in Syria, where fellow Kurds are facing an onslaught by militants of the Islamic Sta Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:54:00 -0400 Valid Ebola concerns More than 500 U.S. troops are in Liberia, conducting humanitarian missions in response to the Ebola epidemic. Nearly 3,000 more are expected in the coming days. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:52:00 -0400 Editorial: Improving the PFA The sailors who run the Navy's fitness programs are about to get a boost they've long wanted: a Navy enlisted classification. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:46:00 -0400 Editorial: Realistic expectations One week after the Air Force reluctantly acknowledged a mix-up that led 1,000 airmen to believe they were eligible for benefits that they really weren't due, the service posted a memo saying officials were 'actively working to identify any inconsistencies Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:37:00 -0400 Editorial: Dunford and his Marines Congratulations to Gen. Joseph Dunford, who on Oct. 17 assumed his new post as the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps during a passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:32:00 -0400 Syria claims it destroyed jets seized by IS The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country's information minister. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:20:00 -0400