U.S. Troops Still Deploying to Iraq, Even as Afghan War Ends

In the other country the United States invaded after 9/11, American troops continue to serve combat tours in harm’s way. Meet the soldiers headed for duty in Iraq.

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In Nashville, Rolling Parties Rage at Every Stoplight

As Nashville’s popularity has grown, so has the “transportainment” business — a motley assortment including old buses, farm tractors and a truck with a hot tub. Many think it has gotten out of hand.

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Buffalo Soldiers, the Famed Black Cavalry, Get a Statue at West Point

For decades, the Buffalo Soldiers taught military horsemanship to cadets at West Point. On Friday, a statue was unveiled in their honor.

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A Personal Pilgrimage to a Downed Warplane in Papua New Guinea

Thirty-three years after his first visit to the site, a photographer traveled to a remote jungle in search of a World War II plane that crashed there in 1944.

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Biden Receives Bodies of Soldiers Killed in Kabul Bombing

The president’s first trip in office to witness the transfer of remains was a reminder of the toll of the Afghanistan war, and of his unique relationship with it.

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Felix Hall, a Soldier Lynched at Fort Benning, Is Remembered After 80 Years

No one was ever charged in his death in 1941. This month, a memorial was dedicated in Georgia — and a historian finally found a photograph of the young soldier.

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The Harlem Hellfighters Were War Heroes. Then They Came Home to Racism.

An exceptional unit of Black soldiers who fought in World War I will receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

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Ashes of Hideki Tojo, Japan’s Wartime Leader, Were Secretly Scattered at Sea

For more than 70 years, the location of the remains of the wartime Japanese prime minister had been a puzzle. Now, documents reveal that U.S. forces secretly scattered his ashes into the Pacific Ocean.

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Daniel Alan Baker Convicted of Threatening Protesters in Florida

Prosecutors said that Daniel Alan Baker had issued a “call to arms” asking people to violently confront demonstrators at the Florida State Capitol.

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Tribes Want Medals Awarded for Wounded Knee Massacre Rescinded

Native Americans are stepping up efforts to pressure Congress to revoke Medals of Honor awarded for the killings of Sioux, including unarmed women and children, at Wounded Knee.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Trump’s Most Disgusting Pardons

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Veteran’s Search for Meaning

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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