en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:18:19 -0400 15 U.S. operations in Iraq have cost $550 million since June Since June 16 when President Obama first sent several dozen troops to Iraq to begin assessing the state of the country's Army, the United States has spent around $500 million on operations there. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:29:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Tricare options for retirees living overseas Q. My husband and I recently decided that we want to move to Ireland. He's a medically retired soldier using Tricare for Life. My son and I have Tricare Prime. Are there U.S. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:37:00 -0400 Vigil marks Marine vet's 3rd year of imprisonment in Iran Rep. Dan Kildee has joined a Bay City vigil marking the third anniversary of the Iranian imprisonment of a Marine Corps veteran. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:03:00 -0400 'Walking Dead' Marine battalion to be deactivated Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the 'Walking Dead.' Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:11:00 -0400 Returning airman, killed in a motorcycle accident, remembered fondly Russell R. Mountain survived a six-month deployment in Afghanistan. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:09:00 -0400 John Walker, a former sailor who spied for the Soviets, dies in prison A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:08:00 -0400 More charges in sailor's death in Germany A soldier will stand trial Oct. 14 on charges he made a false official statement and helped conceal a crime in the December death of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:07:00 -0400 Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:04:00 -0400 New murder trial for soldier who claims anti-smoking drug made him psychotic The military's top appeals court has ordered a new trial for a soldier who claims he was in a psychotic state caused by the anti-smoking drug Chantix when he viciously stabbed a fellow soldier to death. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:58:00 -0400 Judge adds another hurdle in 2-year-old rape case A military judge has ordered the disclosure of email correspondence among top Air Force officials in a rape case that was already dismissed once, Stars and Stripes reported. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:54:00 -0400 Company touts improvements to POV moving The logjam that's caused delays in getting troops' cars to and from overseas is starting to clear, said an official with the new contractor. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:58:00 -0400 Pilot killed in Virginia F-15 crash had more than 2,300 flight hours Massachusetts Air National Guard Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., whose F-15C crashed Aug. 27 in rural western Virginia, never managed to eject from his aircraft. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:50:00 -0400 Expert: Move pain management into 21st century Contrary to a popular military tenet, pain is not weakness leaving the body. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:46:00 -0400 Fort Hood shooter asks to be 'citizen' of Islamic State The man convicted in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009 that left 13 dead is asking to become a 'citizen' of the Islamic State in a letter to the militant group's leader. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:26:00 -0400 Pilot died in F-15 crash in Virginia mountains When investigators were finally able to safely enter the crash site of an F-15C 'Eagle' fighter jet on Thursday afternoon, they made a grim discovery that concluded more than 30 hours of searching - the pilot never managed to eject from the aircraft. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:22:00 -0400 Mission Family: Free online resources for school year While you're getting back into school routines for your children, and perhaps even for yourself, consider some of the free resources the Defense Department provides that can help you with research - and even free tutoring and homework help. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:33:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Yes, sex with a minor is a crime A. When a service member has a sexual relationship with a child over age 12 but under age 16, the back story of the romance is largely irrelevant. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:33:00 -0400 Iran confirms Coast Guard fired at fishing boat The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a 'clash.' Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:01:00 -0400 Advice for Kiowa soldiers: Reclass now Reclassification opportunities are available to certain aviation systems and aircraft maintenance enlisted soldiers affected by the Army's phased elimination of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior from its inventory of helicopters. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:58:00 -0400 U.S. delivers military aid to Lebanese army The United States has delivered its first emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon, officials said Friday, to help bolster military forces as part of a broader regional response to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:51:00 -0400 Lawyer: IG made false statements about Marine who warned of insider attack The lawyer for an officer facing discharge for negligently conveying classified information in an email - which he admitted doing as an urgent warning of an imminent war-zone threat - alleges 'false statements' and 'mischaracterizations' were included in Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:28:00 -0400 Flightlines blog: Al-Qaida pamphlet urges attack on Air Force Academy An al-Qaida propaganda pamphlet has listed the Air Force Academy and the company that makes Predator drones as potential targets for terrorist attacks. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:23:00 -0400 Bomber crews in N.D., S.D. learn from one another RAPID CITY, S.D. Airman from Minot Air Force Base who fly and work on B-52 bombers say they've learned a lot from their counterparts at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota who fly B-1 bombers, during a summer of cooperation. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:07:00 -0400 VA wait times have decreased, new data show The Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced by half the number of veterans waiting more than three months to see a doctor since a scandal erupted at the agency in spring over delays in health care, according to data released Thursday. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:04:00 -0400 Obama calls on other nations to fight Islamic State President Obama on Thursday shunted aside speculation that he will soon expand the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic extremists into Syria, saying the military mission for now will remain focused on Iraq. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:28:00 -0400 USAF chief: Pratt close to developing F-35 engine fix Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:09:00 -0400 Votel takes helm of Special Operations Command Army Gen. Joseph Votel has taken the helm of U.S. Special Operations Command located at MacDill Air Force Base. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:31:00 -0400 C-17 pilot is selected White House Fellow Maj. Kari Fleming will be walking the halls of the White House - as one of 15 White House Fellows in the 2014-15 class. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400 Pilot died in F-15 crash in Virginia mountains The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed earlier this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials now say, bringing a sad end to an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:24:00 -0400 Search efforts resume for missing F-15 pilot Ground teams resumed searching Thursday for a pilot who went missing after an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a remote, heavily wooded area of western Virginia, according to a Virginia State Police spokeswoman. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:49:00 -0400 High school buddies followed similar path to jihad The two high school buddies loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends. They both converted to Islam in early adulthood. And both were recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist causes. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:23:00 -0400 U.S. warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq U.S. fighter planes conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Thursday, continuing a limited campaign aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake key territory and degrade the militants' capability. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:54:00 -0400 'Mystery patients' evaluate medical staff When Col. Bret Burton took command of the 375th Medical Group at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, he put customer satisfaction near the top of his priority list. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:53:00 -0400 Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:41:00 -0400 U.N. Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis Alarmed members of the U.N. Security Council demanded Thursday that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the Ukraine crisis, while the U.S. ambassador accused Moscow of having 'outright lied.' Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:42:00 -0400 Rep. Hunter: Islamic State just 'guys in pajamas,' not an 'existential threat' A GOP House member who served in Iraq says the Islamic State is not an 'existential threat' to the United States, striking a different tone than other Republicans. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:36:00 -0400 Army names officers selected for promotion to colonel The Army announced Thursday the names, branches, functional areas and sequence numbers of the lieutenant colonels recommended for promotion. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:32:00 -0400 Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria President Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying 'we don't have a strategy yet' for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0400 Russian columns enter Ukraine; leader urges calm Two columns of tanks and military vehicles rolled into southeastern Ukraine from Russia on Thursday after Grad missiles were fired at a border post and Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:22:00 -0400 Cave team: Erin Corwin found in unmapped gold mine A cave rescue team said the gold mine where Erin Corwin was found is little more than 'an anonymous hole in the desert' that has not been worked for decades and is not marked on any maps. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:12:00 -0400 China vows to respond to U.S. surveillance flights China said Thursday it will continue responding to U.S. military surveillance flights off its coast, rejecting American accusations that one of Beijing's fighter jets acted recklessly in intercepting a U.S. Navy plane last week. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:57:00 -0400 15th and 13th MEUs launch Twitter war The Marine Corps' seven Marine Expeditionary Units are designed to deploy at a moment's notice for combat or emergency response, but it seems two of the MEUs have been waging a war a little closer to home. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:21:00 -0400 Ukraine president: Russian forces have invaded Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared Thursday that 'Russian forces have entered Ukraine' and called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council to respond to what he said was a 'sharp aggravation' in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian arm Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:51:00 -0400 Finland suspects Russian airspace violation Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace - the third such incident in six days. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:01:00 -0400 Fort Leavenworth to break ground on new center Fort Leavenworth is planning a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a $15.6 million battleground simulation training center. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:08:00 -0400 3 charged in assault on disabled S.C. veteran Three people have been charged - including the victim's granddaughter - in a home invasion that resulted in the shooting and wounding of a disabled Vietnam veteran in Rock Hill. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:03:00 -0400 Alabama VA employee accused of sexually abusing patient A Veterans Affairs Southeast Network employee who works at the Tuskegee VA medical center and was charged with sexual abuse of a veteran patient in February is still receiving a paycheck. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:44:00 -0400 Longtime newsroom leader Tobias Naegele leaving Gannett Government Media Tobias Naegele, an award-winning editor who led Military Times and Defense News during two wars and spearheaded the newsroom's entrance into the digital age, announced his resignation Wednesday. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:39:00 -0400 Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of base The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:37:00 -0400 Lejeune mess hall dedicated to Marines who died stopping bomb truck Two Marines who earned posthumous Navy Crosses for standing in the way of a truck filled with explosives in Iraq will be honored in the renaming of a mess hall on the base they called home. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:33:00 -0400 Sources: U.S. considering new relief mission in Iraq The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:31:00 -0400 Gen. Dunford: Taliban will test Afghans in 2015 Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:56:00 -0400 Coast Guard fires on Iranian sailing vessel A Coast Guard boat operating in the Persian Gulf fired in defense on an Iranian vessel Tuesday, according to a Defense Department statement. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:41:00 -0400 Vinson strike group heads to Middle East About 6,200 sailors with the Carl Vinson carrier strike group departed San Diego Friday for a scheduled nine-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:40:00 -0400 Pilot's fate unknown in F-15 crash in Virginia An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:39:00 -0400 Former Marine pleads not guilty in Erin Corwin's death A former Marine who is accused of killing his neighbor's wife, Erin Corwin, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:38:00 -0400 Dover Air Force Base to get major runway rebuild The runways at Dover Air Force Base will undergo a $98.3 million refurbishment over the next 22 months - a massive project that will force the temporary relocation of the base's 18 C-5M cargo jets beginning next summer. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:34:00 -0400 Promotion board: Raters are fudging facts for senior NCOs A recent promotion board tasked with examining the files of first sergeants and master sergeants came upon a stunning realization: Not only were senior NCOs gaining weight to an alarming degree, they were miraculously getting taller. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:34:00 -0400 Top 50 TA schools by service A service-by-service look at the 50 colleges most popular among troops using tuition assistance in fiscal 2013: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:57:00 -0400 SOCOM orders more 84mm recoilless rifles Special Operations Command has signed a contract worth up to $187 million for the purchase of more Carl Gustav recoilless rifles and ammunition from Swedish defense firm Saab. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:47:00 -0400