en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:49:25 -0400 15 Abuse scandals prompt Hagel to examine military's links to NFL Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is taking a close look at the military's ties to the National Football League amid a spate of domestic violence scandals involving high-profile athletes. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:52:00 -0400 Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia - from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:52:00 -0400 U.S. troops to have no direct contact with Ebola victims The 3,000 U.S. troops who will deploy to West Africa to help contain the Ebola epidemic will not have direct exposure to patients infected with the potentially deadly virus, a top defense official said Friday. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:52:00 -0400 New commander takes helm at Undersea Warfare Center The Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island has a new leader. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:21:00 -0400 Cowpens XO canned for drunken driving The second-in-command of the cruiser Cowpens has been fired for drunken driving, the latest sign of turmoil for the star-crossed cruiser. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:20:00 -0400 France strikes IS depot in Iraq Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, French fighter jets struck Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot, Iraqi and French officials said. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:28:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Leaving child alone may be endangerment A. Quite a bit; that could lead to a charge of child endangerment, a violation of Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:43:00 -0400 Vet aims to clean up bombs in Vietnam ATHENS, Ga. Chuck Searcy might one day return to Athens to stay. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:36:00 -0400 Online tools expected to ease absentee voting If you plan to vote in the Nov. 4 elections, now is the time to request an absentee ballot, said the defense official who runs the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:53:00 -0400 Airstrike kills 40 Islamic State fighters A U.S. air strike near Mosul on Thursday killed 40 Islamic State militants near a terrorist training camp, according to a senior Defense Department official. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:38:00 -0400 Soldier sues Florida for discrimination A three-tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan has sued Gov. Rick Scott and top officials at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, whom he claims stripped him of his job because of his military service. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:06:00 -0400 Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:50:00 -0400 Senate OKs plan to train Syrian rebels, avoid government shutdown Approval of a package that averts a government shutdown and green-lights a program to militarily prepare Syrian rebels netted a big win for several prominent politicians, including the president and the House Armed Services Committee chairman. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:50:00 -0400 TRANSCOM chief tells vehicle shipping company to shape up The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has personally told contractor International Auto Logistics that he expects better performance in shipping troops' vehicles to and from overseas locations. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:58:00 -0400 Mattis: Boots on the ground must remain an option in Iraq The former Marine head of US Central Command said Thursday that a refusal to consider putting boots on the ground could weaken the allied military commitment to fight the Islamic State. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:58:00 -0400 Newest attack sub named for Vermont Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has named the 19th Virginia-class attack sub after the 'Freedom and Unity' state. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:45:00 -0400 Odierno did not call for U.S. ground forces to fight Islamic State, spokeswoman says Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno believes that Iraqi ground forces, not U.S. troops, are needed to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq, according to his spokeswoman. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:44:00 -0400 House Iraq, Afghanistan veterans divided on Syria rebel training The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:28:00 -0400 Navy, Marine Corps approve new pay for long deployments Sailors and Marines deployed longer than 220 days in a row are to start receiving a new op tempo pay intended to reward them for the hardships of serving through an extended deployment. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:25:00 -0400 British hostage appears in new video by Islamic State The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:24:00 -0400 Marines aboard the Navy's newest amphib arrive in San Diego About 250 Marines returned to California following two months at sea aboard the Navy's newest amphibious assault ship as it reached its homeport in San Diego. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:22:00 -0400 Navy opens more riverine jobs to women Twenty-one new jobs are open to women looking join the brown-water Navy, further diminishing the number of combat roles still closed to female sailors. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:21:00 -0400 NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force NATO's new rapid-reaction 'spearhead' force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:18:00 -0400 North Korea unresponsive to U.S. envoy offer North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:15:00 -0400 Series of attacks kills at least 15 in Iraq A series of attacks, including several bombings in commercial areas of Baghdad, killed at least 15 people in Iraq on Thursday, officials said. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:15:00 -0400 Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from U.S. go unmet The United States will provide $46 million in new security assistance to the Ukraine's military but stop short of fulfilling an urgent request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for lethal aid to help his country fight Russian-backed separatists. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:52:00 -0400 Dempsey: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400 Rare 'moment of stability' seen in 2015 budget No need for troops to worry about the beginning of the fiscal year approaching Oct. 1. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:20:00 -0400 CFC changes will make donating easier Troops who want to donate to a charity through the Combined Federal Campaign this season will see some improvements. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:16:00 -0400 Australian police thwart IS beheading plot More than 800 Australian officers raided dozens of properties in the suburbs of Sydney on Thursday, in an operation to thwart an apparent Islamic State terror plot to carry out random attacks on the public, police said. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:17:00 -0400 Alleged IS recruiter in New York accused of trying to buy weapons to attack U.S. troops A Rochester man is expected to appear in a federal courtroom here Thursday morning to answer allegations that he recruited fighters for the Islamic State militant group. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:02:00 -0400 Mabus thanks Electric Boat for sub cost cuts Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has thanked Electric Boat and its workers for helping drive down the cost of building big-ticket submarines. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:17:00 -0400 Auditor ties Phoenix VA waits to deaths The Department of Veterans Affairs' internal watchdog testified Wednesday that delayed treatment for thousands of Arizona veterans may have contributed to some deaths, a strikingly different emphasis than in an August report on the Phoenix VA medical cent Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:45:00 -0400 U.S. to train veterans to install solar panels The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:25:00 -0400 Iran rules out cooperating with US in Iraq Iran's foreign minister ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:06:00 -0400 Air Force nixes 'so help me God' requirement in oaths The Air Force has withdrawn a requirement that all airmen who take the oath of enlistment and officer appointment conclude with 'so help me God,' the service announced Wednesday. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:31:00 -0400 Big Navy supply ship inactivated Weeks of disagreement over the future of the Navy's biggest supply ships has ended with a decision to inactivate one of the four vessels. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:21:00 -0400 Ship that destroyed Syrian chemical weapons returns home The MV Cape Ray, which successfully disposed of hundreds of tons of Syrian chemical weapons this summer in the Mediterranean Sea, returned to homeport of Portsmouth, Va. Wednesday. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:14:00 -0400 Analysis: U.S. officials parse term 'ground troops' when describing Iraq mission The question of whether the U.S. will send combat troops into Iraq has become a tortured debate over what terms such as 'ground troops' actually mean. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:36:00 -0400 Defense contractor gets 7 years in military secrets case A former civilian defense contractor working at the U.S. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:13:00 -0400 Iraq premier nixes U.S. ground troops Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the ' Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:44:00 -0400 White House: U.S. troops in Iraq could call in airstrikes American troops on the ground in Iraq 'could be in a position to even call in air strikes' on ISIL targets White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday afternoon. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:38:00 -0400 Senior senator: Both chambers should pass CR, Syrian rebels authorities before weekend A senior Senate Democrat is hopeful both chambers can pass a stopgap spending measure and approve presidential authorities to train and equip Syrian rebels by this weekend. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:05:00 -0400 Submariner tapped to lead 6th Fleet Rear Adm. James Foggo has been tapped to lead 6th Fleet and get a third star, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:04:00 -0400 House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:04:00 -0400 Obama reaffirms opposition to U.S. combat in Iraq President Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:03:00 -0400 Family: Navy reservist killed in Afghan suicide bombing Relatives of a U.S. Navy reservist from Ohio say he was among the three troops killed when a suicide car bomber struck in Afghanistan. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:03:00 -0400 Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as U.S. partners About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:02:00 -0400 Stay the course on school lunches, retired brass say About seven in 10 young adults are ineligible for military service, according to a new report from a group that is pushing school nutrition standards as a way to improve that situation. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:59:00 -0400 Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a 'whitewash' A doctor who first exposed serious problems at the troubled Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital said Wednesday that a report on patient deaths there is a 'whitewash' that minimizes life-threatening conduct by senior leaders at the hospital. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:58:00 -0400 Biden: Troops not needed now, but will reassess Vice President Biden is apparently leaving the door open to U.S. ground troops helping Iraqi security forces repel Islamic State militants. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:59:00 -0400 19-year sailor makes chief on final try For Nikita Bibbs, Tuesday offered a new beginning after thinking his career was over. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:36:00 -0400 Benghazi probe looks set to go deep in 2016 race The Republican chairman of a special House panel on Benghazi charted a course Wednesday for his investigation to stretch deep into a 2016 presidential election that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton seems likely to enter. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:31:00 -0400 Senate committee: China-backed hackers penetrated TRANSCOM contractor networks 20 times Chinese government-backed hackers accessed networks of private-sector firms with sensitive data about U.S. military logistics nearly two dozen times in one year, says a Senate committee. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:17:00 -0400 New Islamic State video taunts Obama, U.S. troops The Islamic State is taunting President Obama via video. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:45:00 -0400 Toddler ignores military protocol, greets mom Cooper Waldvogel loves his mom more than military protocol. And Facebook loves him for it. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:28:00 -0400 Hamilton crew excited to get maiden voyage underway The crew of the national security cutter Hamilton stood the ship's first watch Monday, following a ceremony and celebration for the ship's delivery to the Coast Guard. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:11:00 -0400 As VP, Biden keeps academy nominations secret During his final year in Congress in 2008, then-Sen. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:02:00 -0400 Destroyer Williams' commanding officer, CMC and former XO reassigned amid investigation The commanding officer, command master chief and former XO of the destroyer James E. Williams have been reassigned as Destroyer Squadron 2 investigates the command climate aboard the ship. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:11:00 -0400 5 things to know about Islamic State's military capabilities Members of the Islamic State are well-equipped with weapons and vehicles, but experts say they're more concerned about the group's professional-grade propaganda motivating new fighters to join their ranks. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:10:00 -0400