US to Increase Military Presence in Germany

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, on a visit to Germany, announced an addition of 500 personnel to strengthen deterrence and defenses in Europe.

#defense-and-military-forces, #germany, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Biden picks first woman to be Army secretary.

Christine E. Wormuth’s nomination comes as the Biden administration has faced criticism for its slow pace of selecting top Pentagon officials.

#united-states-army, #wormuth-christine

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Fort Sill Soldiers Suspended as Army Investigates Sexual Assault Claim

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the allegations, which were brought forward by a female trainee late last month.

#defense-department, #guillen-vanessa, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Where Fitness Is the Job, Army Struggles to Be a Fair Boss With Female Troops

As the Army revises its physical test and otherwise rethinks fitness, it faces difficult questions: Do current requirements penalize women? Do they overshadow expertise and intellectual preparation?

#blumenthal-richard, #exercise, #hiring-and-promotion, #national-guard, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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‘F.T.A.’: When Jane Fonda Rocked the U.S. Army

A newly exhumed documentary delves into the actress’s anti-Vietnam vaudeville tour of American military bases in 1972.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fonda-jane, #fta-movie, #parker-francine-1925-2007, #sutherland-donald, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam-war

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In a Changing Military, the Army Eases Its Rules for Women’s Hair

The Army, which is increasingly dependent on female soldiers, has issued new regulations that allow women to wear lipstick and no longer limits their hair to a tight, disciplined bun.

#black-people, #breastfeeding, #hair, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #women-and-girls

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A Black Soldier’s Heroism, Overlooked in 1965, May Finally Be Lauded in 2021

Comrades repeatedly told the Army that Capt. Paris Davis, one of the first Black officers in the Special Forces, deserved the Medal of Honor. The Army kept losing the paperwork.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #davis-paris, #discrimination, #medal-of-honor-us, #united-states-army, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #vietnam-war

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11 Fort Bliss Soldiers Hospitalized After Ingesting ‘Unknown Substance’

Two of the soldiers were in critical condition, military officials said, adding that the substance was acquired “outside of authorized food supply” channels.

#fort-bliss-tex, #texas, #united-states, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Pentagon Moves to Block Exam of Tortured Guantánamo Prisoner

In his final days in office before a new administration takes over, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy changed a regulation to sidestep court rulings requiring the medical examination.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #justice-department, #mccarthy-ryan-d, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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A German Town Warily Considers a Future Without a Deep U.S. Presence

American culture, friends and jobs are part of the fabric of Vilseck, home to a U.S. military base. President Trump has forced its people to think about what it would mean to lose that.

#bavaria-germany, #defense-department, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #oktoberfest, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s Most Disgusting Pardons

Blackwater mercenaries committed a massacre. Now they’ll go free.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hussein-saddam, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #justice-department, #manafort-paul-j, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Missing Fort Drum Soldier Is Found Dead in New Jersey

Cpl. Hayden Allen Harris’s body was found in a remote part of Sussex County, N.J. A fellow soldier was in custody and was expected to be charged in connection with his death, the authorities said.

#byram-nj, #extradition, #fort-drum-ny, #hayden-allen-harris, #jamaal-mellish, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-jersey, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #watertown-ny

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Army Investigates Deaths of Green Beret and Veteran at Fort Bragg

Officials have not said how the men died. They were identified as Master Sgt. William J. Lavigne II, 37, and Timothy Dumas, 44.

#army-criminal-investigation-command, #cape-lookout-national-seashore-nc, #dumas-timothy, #fort-bragg-nc, #lavigne-william-j-ii, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #roman-martinez-enrique, #united-states-army, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command

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Army Agrees to Review Thousands of Unfavorable Discharges for Veterans

If approved by a federal judge, the settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit could result in thousands of veterans gaining access to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ full array of benefits.

#carson-alicia, #depression-mental, #kennedy-steve, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #traumatic-brain-injury, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

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A Veteran’s Search for Meaning

Why we serve, and what we’re fighting for, isn’t always clear.

#middle-east, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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For Veterans Day, Some Former Military Officers Reflect on Lessons From Their Parents

The values that shaped them include leadership, optimism and charting your own course.

#careers-and-professions, #children-and-childhood, #defense-department, #families-and-family-life, #parenting, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy

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The Army Rolls Out a New Weapon: Strategic Napping

Because fatigue can corrode mission performance, a new physical training manual tells soldiers to grab 40 winks when they can, part of a new holistic approach to health in the ranks.

#exercise, #fatigue, #medicine-and-health, #sleep, #united-states-army

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Army to Investigate Chain of Command’s Actions at Fort Hood After Killing

Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy asked those leading the inquiry to examine whether commanders at the Texas base allowed a climate of harassment to spread.

#metoo-movement, #aguilar-cecily, #defense-department, #fort-hood-tex, #guillen-vanessa, #mccarthy-ryan-d, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Family of Fort Hood Soldier Found Dead Demands Congress Investigate

The police said there was no sign of foul play after they found a body, believed to belong to Sgt. Elder N. Fernandes, about 30 miles from the base in Central Texas.

#fernandes-elder-n, #fort-hood-tex, #guillen-vanessa, #missing-persons, #sexual-harassment, #texas, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Nixon Also Called In the Military Against Protesters

Washington’s police chief took the blame. But Nixon was behind the decision.

#dean-john-w-iii, #defense-department, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #esper-mark-t, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #haldeman-h-r, #justice-department, #milley-mark-a, #national-mall-washington-dc, #nixon-richard-milhous, #rehnquist-william-h, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam-war, #washington-dc

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A #MeToo Moment in the Military

What happened to 20-year-old Specialist Vanessa Guillen, and how the United States responded.

#metoo-movement, #guillen-vanessa, #race-and-ethnicity, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Army Pauses Twitch Game Streaming After First Amendment Claim

Army and Navy channels banned viewers from their live streams when they asked about war crimes. Accused of censorship, now the Army says it will pause streaming.

#freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #social-media, #twitch-interactive-inc, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Rise in Virus Cases Near Bases in U.S. and Abroad Poses Test for Military

American military officials are trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus in its ranks while tackling logistical problems like relieving troops overseas.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #disease-rates, #fort-benning-ga, #military-bases-and-installations, #north-carolina, #okinawa-and-other-ryukyu-islands-japan, #south-korea, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A #MeToo Moment Emerges for Military Women After Soldier’s Killing

Women in the military say the horrific killing of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen has swept the nation, galvanizing even civilians to the cause.

#metoo-movement, #black-lives-matter-movement, #defense-department, #guillen-vanessa, #hispanic-americans, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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First Woman Joins Green Berets After Graduating Special Forces Training

The soldier’s graduation is a landmark moment for the Army, as the Special Forces were one of the last Army assignments without any women.

#defense-department, #national-guard, #united-states-army, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #women-and-girls

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Army Officer Who Clashed With Trump Over Impeachment Set to Retire

The White House had made clear to Pentagon officials that President Trump did not want to see Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman promoted.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #impeachment, #national-security-council, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vindman-alexander-s

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Prosecutors File Charge in Case of Vanessa Guillen, Missing Fort Hood Soldier

In a complaint, prosecutors said that another soldier killed Private Guillen, and that he and his girlfriend tried to dispose of her remains near the Leon River in Texas.

#fort-hood-tex, #guillen-vanessa, #robinson-aaron-david-d-2020, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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College Is Worth It, but Campus Isn’t

Bringing millions of students back to campus would create enormous risks for society but comparatively little educational benefit, an economist says.

#boston-university, #california, #california-state-university, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #florida, #fort-benning-ga, #georgia, #harvard-university, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #northeastern-university, #quarantines, #rural-areas, #sex-crimes, #shutdowns-institutional, #stanford-university, #tuition, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #university-of-michigan, #workplace-environment

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Family of Fort Hood Soldier Who Disappeared in April Seeks Answers

The mystery surrounding what happened to Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, 20, has drawn widespread attention.

#fort-hood-tex, #guillen-vanessa, #missing-persons, #morales-gregory, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Promotion in Jeopardy for Army Officer Who Challenged Trump on Ukraine

Military officials fear the White House may retaliate against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman for his testimony in the House impeachment inquiry.

#defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #impeachment, #national-security-council, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vindman-alexander-s

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Latest Crop of West Point Graduates Includes First Observant Sikh Cadet

Anmol Narang said she was inspired to apply to West Point after visiting the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii.

#commencement-speeches, #discrimination, #minorities, #narang-anmol, #race-and-ethnicity, #sikhs-and-sikhism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-military-academy

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Graduating West Point Cadets Isolate for Two Weeks Ahead of Trump Speech

The address comes as the coronavirus spreads — and during a breakdown in relations between the president and the nation’s top military leaders.

#commencement-speeches, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #mccarthy-ryan-d, #milley-mark-a, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-military-academy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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These Are the 10 U.S. Army Installations Named for Confederates

A debate is unfolding over whether to rename the installations, as part of a broader national reckoning over buildings, monuments and memorials to men who fought to preserve slavery and uphold white supremacy.

#camp-beauregard, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #defense-department, #fort-a-p-hill-va, #fort-benning-ga, #fort-bragg-nc, #fort-gordon-ga, #fort-hood-tex, #fort-lee-va, #fort-pickett-va, #fort-polk-la, #fort-rucker-ala, #military-bases-and-installations, #united-states-army

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Trump Rejects Renaming Military Bases Named After Confederate Generals

By dismissing an idea under consideration by the Pentagon, the president positioned himself firmly against the movement to remove racist symbols and combat racism touched off by George Floyd’s death.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-lives-matter-movement, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #house-of-representatives, #mcenany-kayleigh, #milley-mark-a, #national-assn-of-stock-car-auto-racing, #race-and-ethnicity, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-military-academy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Army Was Open to Replacing Confederate Base Names. Then Trump Said No.

“My Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations,” President Trump tweeted Wednesday.

#civil-war-us-1861-65, #defense-department, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #mccarthy-ryan-d, #military-bases-and-installations, #milley-mark-a, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Serving in the Army as a Queer Black Man Opened My Eyes to Racism in America

I started filming the protests in New York so I could draw attention to the realities of black America that I was first exposed to during my military service.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #castile-philando-1983-2016, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #martin-trayvon, #race-and-ethnicity, #small-delrawn-d-2016, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Trump’s Use of the Insurrection Act May Be a Final Straw for the Military

An apolitical army is central to American democracy. But the president is using the armed forces to subvert it.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #esper-mark-t, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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15 West Point Cadets Test Positive for Coronavirus

More than 1,100 cadets returned to campus ahead of President Trump’s commencement speech in mid-June.

#commencement-speeches, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-military-academy

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For African-Americans in Uniform, It’s Duty, Honor, Country. But Don’t Expect to Lead.

Seventy-five years after integration, the military’s upper echelons remain the domain of white men.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #black-people, #careers-and-professions, #defense-department, #discrimination, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #mentors, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

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No More ‘Kneecap to Kneecap’ Talks: Coronavirus Hinders Military Recruiting

There is no substitute for face-to-face conversations when trying to get Americans to sign up to be service members. Boot camp outbreaks slow the pipeline, too.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #marine-corps-recruit-depot-parris-island-sc, #united-states-army, #united-states-coast-guard, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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For Some Holocaust Survivors, Even Liberation Was Dehumanizing

“If their eyes were mirrors, it seems I’m not far from dead.” After being freed by Allied troops, some former prisoners continued to be mistreated.

#buchenwald-concentration-camp, #concentration-camps, #dachau-germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #patton-george-smith, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #wiesel-elie, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Trump Commencement Address Summons West Point Cadets Back to Campus

The president’s off-again, on-again speech in June will bring back 1,000 cadets who had scattered across the country to help counter the coronavirus.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #commencement-speeches, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #pence-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-air-force-academy, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-military-academy, #united-states-naval-academy

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The True Story of the First Woman to Finish Special Forces Training

Forty years ago, Capt. Kate Wilder passed the Army Special Forces Officer Course, but her superiors wouldn’t let her graduate with her peers.

#fort-bragg-nc, #united-states-army, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #women-and-girls

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