en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:24:07 -0400 15 U.S. troops in Afghanistan hosting 'shadow' marathon The Fort Drum-based 10th Mountain Division will host what will be the last Boston Marathon 'shadow run' to be held at Bagram air base in Afghanistan. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:33:00 -0400 Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU search for missing ferry passengers The amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard is helping search for hundreds of passengers missing from the Sewol, a South Korean ferry that capsized and sank Wednesday. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:17:00 -0400 4th Md. prison training veteran service dogs The medium-security Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown is becoming the fourth state prison where inmates who served in the military help train service dogs for disabled veterans. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:51:00 -0400 Army couple in documentary told from caregiver's point of view The timing couldn't be better: In a month dedicated to military and veteran caregivers, a documentary about an Army couple's struggles after devastating combat injuries will premier at one of the world's top film festivals. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:35:00 -0400 Suspect's interview played in Kodiak murder trial The Coast Guard civilian charged with killing two co-workers at a Kodiak communications station told an FBI agent he was late getting to work the day of the deaths because he returned home to change a soft tire, but he had no explanation for why the trip Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:29:00 -0400 Delivery of submarine North Dakota delayed to Navy Problems with a parts supplier and the need to modify certain design features led the Navy to announce Wednesday that the commissioning of the new nuclear-powered attack submarine North Dakota won't take place at the end of May as scheduled. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:51:00 -0400 Veterans slam New York Times piece linking vets to hate groups Veterans advocates are denouncing an opinion piece in the New York Times that draws links between veterans and white supremacist groups in attempting to explain the actions of the suspected gunman in a recent and deadly shooting outside a Kansas Jewish ce Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:19:00 -0400 Famous Capt. Kirk honors real one at ship christening Good luck, from one Capt. Kirk to another. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:19:00 -0400 'Complex' report on allotments now 3 months late Defense officials are more than three months late on a report on the military allotment system, which will recommend steps to protect troops from unscrupulous businesses and lenders that use allotments to take advantage of them. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:23:00 -0400 DoD quietly expanding AFRICOM missions Just five years ago, the Pentagon considered Africa such a strategic backwater that the global map of combatant commands carved the massive continent into two chunks and placed most of it under control of the chief of U.S. European Command in Belgium. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:19:00 -0400 NATO to ramp up in response to Russian aggression U.S. troops in Europe likely will ramp up operations and continue a historic shift eastward after the NATO alliance this week agreed to vastly expand its military readiness in response to Russian aggression. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:39:00 -0400 Family of Navy Yard shooting victim files suit The Florida family of a woman slain during the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Hillsborough County Court. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:09:00 -0400 U.S. readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:57:00 -0400 Bonhomme Richard ready to aid South Korean ferry rescue The amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard is standing by to help find survivors from a South Korean ferry that capsized Wednesday in the Yellow Sea, 7th Fleet said. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:37:00 -0400 Hagel launches broad review of military justice system The Pentagon is launching a 'systemic' review of the entire military justice system that will look at how commanders convene courts-martial and impose nonjudicial punishments. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:35:00 -0400 Reserve, full-time support captain selections announced Congratulations to the following Reserve and full-time support officers selected for promotion to captain, announced by the Navy in a fleetwide message, ALNAV 023/14, released Monday: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:21:00 -0400 Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website Jill Biden is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:34:00 -0400 Poland wants larger U.S., NATO troop presence Poland's defense minister is calling for a larger U.S. and NATO military presence in his country to deter the type of Russian aggression occurring in eastern Ukraine. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:25:00 -0400 Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:17:00 -0400 Official: Iran will not discuss missile program Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:02:00 -0400 Congress unhappy with DoD, VA health records progress House lawmakers plan to hold back millions in dollars of technology funding from Defense and Veterans Affairs department planners until Congress is convinced they are making progress on developing a way to share electronic medical records. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:22:00 -0400 Afghanistan election results increase chance U.S. will stay The likelihood of a long-term U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan is growing after elections there in early April showed pro-American candidates winning at the polls. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:38:00 -0400 Patients rate VA medical centers high for satisfaction Patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers remain satisfied with the care they receive and complaints are down, a new survey released Wednesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index found. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:04:00 -0400 Military hotline aids sexual assault victims One of the first things you notice about the Pentagon's sexual assault support hotline is its non-military look. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:51:00 -0400 Ex-San Diego Navy man sentenced for child sex A former San Diego Navy officer who sexually abused children while making child pornography has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:35:00 -0400 Navy releases March court-martial results Assault consummated by battery. Drug possession. Sexual assault. Violation of the Arms Export Control Act. Attempts to make child pornography. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:01:00 -0400 UPDATE: Hue City crew doused major fire at sea The crew of the cruiser Hue City fought and defeated a major fire in one of the main engineering spaces Monday evening without suffering any injuries, according to a new report obtained by Navy Times. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:36:00 -0400 Tricare presents plan for re-enrolling some in Prime Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October, but by law, not all who were booted off Prime will be able to re-enroll. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:33:00 -0400 Reserve and FTS master chief, senior chief selectees announced Personnel officials released the names of Navy Reserve and full-time support sailors chosen for senior chief and master chief as part of the latest board on Monday. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:22:00 -0400 Expert testifies in USCG double homicide trial in Alaska Jurors in the trial of a man charged with gunning down two co-workers at a Coast Guard communications station on Kodiak Island repeatedly viewed blurry security-camera footage Tuesday showing a blue car passing the murder scene, then heading in the opposi Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:58:00 -0400 Navy's robot sub continues search for missing Malaysian jet A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet continued its second seabed search on Wednesday as up to 14 planes were to take to the skies for some of the final sweeps of the Indian Ocean for floating debris from the ill-fated airliner. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:40:00 -0400 Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances President Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations as the White House asserts that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:34:00 -0400 Report: Brad Pitt to play Gen. Stanley McChrystal in movie Brad Pitt will reportedly play Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the movie adaptation of a book written by the reporter who got McChrystal fired. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:08:00 -0400 Michelle Obama visits Walter Reed's Fisher House It's been a long road for Amy Oppelt and her family since she got the call informing her that her husband, Army Sgt. Lucas Oppelt, had been injured by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:15:00 -0400 Coast Guardsman faces Article 32 in Wis. assault A member of the U.S. Coast Guard will face a military hearing on allegations that he had abusive sexual contact with a female colleague while stationed in Milwaukee, the Coast Guard said Tuesday. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:31:00 -0400 FBI leak probe shuts down 9/11 case at Guantanamo A judge agreed Tuesday to look into how FBI questioning of a defense team member will affect the trial of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners in the Sept. 11 attack. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:25:00 -0400 Your medical files may be at risk After veteran Aaron Alexis shot and killed a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard last September, the Air Force noted a spike in the number of personnel dipping into his electronic medical file. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:21:00 -0400 DoD told to quantify cost to victims of '09 Fort Hood shooting Congress wants to put a dollar figure on what victims of the first Fort Hood, Texas, shooting have lost because the tragedy was classified as workplace violence. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:43:00 -0400 Gunmen abduct Afghan deputy minister in Kabul Gunmen abducted the Afghan deputy public works minister in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, a grim reminder of the insecurity plaguing Afghanistan as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of the year. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:46:00 -0400 Tire expert testifies in Kodiak murder trial The nail found in the truck tire of the man charged with killing two co-workers at a Kodiak Coast Guard facility likely was inserted mechanically, not picked up along a roadway, a tire expert said Monday. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:00:00 -0400 Pentagon condemns 'provocative' Russian military action against U.S. Navy ship A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:35:00 -0400 Sea pay raise starts May 1 The first sea pay raise in over a decade will kick in for sailors and Marines with three years or more sea time starting May 1, the chief of naval personnel said in a Monday news release. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:33:00 -0400 Best for Vets: Employers 2014 Troops transitioning out of the military often worry that the jobs they did in uniform will be irrelevant to the jobs they want out of uniform. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:31:00 -0400 Boosted bonuses: New rules raise payout ceiling to $100K A new war is on the Navy's horizon, one for keeping the best people with the hottest skills in the ranks. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:40:00 -0400 Russia boosts military spending For the first time in 10 years, Russia last year spent a bigger share of its overall economy on arms investments than the U.S. as it seeks to bolster its military capability, a Swedish arms watchdog said Monday. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:45:00 -0400 Official seeks larger counter-drug fleet The Coast Guard aims to seize 40 percent of the estimated 890 metric tons of cocaine moving between South America and the U.S. every year, but it would take more than a dozen additional ships to close in on that goal. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:02:00 -0400 Official: U.S. looking into Syria toxic gas reports The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus were so far ' Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:48:00 -0400 Window opens on secret camp within Guantanamo Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise the route on the scrub brush-and-cactus covered military base. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:46:00 -0400 Underwater combat school in Keys marks 50 years An underwater combat training school in Key West is marking its 50th anniversary. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:28:00 -0400 Long hunt for missing jet looms as pings go silent After a week of optimism over four underwater signals believed to be coming from the missing Malaysian plane, the sea has gone quiet and Australia's leader is warning that the massive search will likely be long. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:06:00 -0400 Iran calls off plan to send warships to Atlantic Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that the country has temporarily called off a plan to dispatch warships to the Atlantic Ocean. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:02:00 -0400 Iraq: Bombings kill at least 16 people in north A car bomb went off in a commercial area of a restive northern Iraqi city on Sunday, killing at least 10 people, while a separate bombing killed 6 people, officials said. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:58:00 -0400 Testing moves forward for uniform items For coveralls, boondockers, women's uniforms and even the Uniform Board, updates are in the works. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:56:00 -0400 Railgun tests from ship set for '16 The Navy will display electromagnetic railgun prototypes on the joint high speed vessel Millinocket in San Diego later this summer, and a manually loaded, single-shot live-fire demonstration aboard the vessel is scheduled for 2016. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:54:00 -0400 New destroyer Zumwalt christened in Maine The Navy on Saturday christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a more than $3 billion, 610-foot-long warship sporting advanced technology and a stealthy shape designed to minimize its visibility on enemy radar and reduce the size of its Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:54:00 -0400 Marines to set sail around South America Marines will help test a new Navy amphibious assault ship's capabilities on its maiden transit from the ship yard in Mississippi all the way around South America to its new home in the Pacific - and they'll make several stops to engage with military partn Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0400 Video: Joint Chiefs chair sings with Poison frontman The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff gave Poison lead singer Bret Michaels something to believe in when they sang a duet together on Thursday. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:40:00 -0400 Amid political squabbles, frigate transfer bill passed in House The Navy's frigate force is rapidly shrinking as the 1980s-era ships are taken out of service. The Navy wants to transfer the ships to friendly nations for further service, and several nations are eager to have them. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:03:00 -0400 White House unveils expanded support for military, vets' caregivers The White House continued its focus on veterans and military families by announcing new programs Friday to expand support and services available to those who care for injured or ill troops. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:23:00 -0400 Rock star, top defense officials reward Military Children of the Year After Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey donned a bandana to sing Lee Greenwood's ' Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:56:00 -0400