en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:08:47 -0400 15 Officials: U.S. rescue mission in Syria earlier this summer failed President Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0400 Obama: 'We will be relentless' against terrorists who beheaded American President Obama gave no indication that the U.S. will relent in its air campaign against the Islamic State following the brutal murder of American reporter James Foley. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:55:00 -0400 Navy planes take small-arms fire during Iraq airstrikes Aircraft from the carrier George H.W. Bush have struck about 30 targets in Iraq since the U.S. military began pounding the insurgents who are destabilizing Iraq, Navy officials said Wednesday. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:25:00 -0400 U.S. officials: Military mulling more troops to Iraq American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:22:00 -0400 Head of Guatemalan military dies in chopper crash The head of the Guatemalan military's joint chiefs of staff died in a helicopter crash Wednesday near the border with Mexico. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:10:00 -0400 Army doctor promotes use of tourniquets among domestic first responders An Army Reserve doctor and nationally recognized trauma surgeon is pressing for broader availability of tourniquets - in the pockets of every U.S. first responder and staged alongside portable defibrillators in offices, shopping malls and elsewhere. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:04:00 -0400 Navy kicks out 34 for cheating at nuclear training site At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:54:00 -0400 After months on back burner, sequester fears return For the past three years, US military officials have frequently voiced opposition to defense budget caps that went into effect in 2013. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:25:00 -0400 Website seeks to connect Korea vets with original wartime photos More than 5.7 million Americans served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. The U.S. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:02:00 -0400 Deputy SecDef highlights Guam in U.S. military buildup plan The Pentagon's second-highest-ranking civilian official yesterday said there's momentum to move forward with plans for the military buildup on Guam. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:52:00 -0400 New school year, new home: Military families look to adjust Linh Narum knows what it means to be a part of a military family. Her father served in the Air Force for 27 years and she and her husband, Air Force Col. Jerry Narum, a communications officer, have two sons of their own. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:34:00 -0400 Commentary: Tech, vocational schools serve vital need By early 2015, tens of thousands of troops will have returned stateside after more than a decade of military engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:55:00 -0400 Potential GOP candidates use beheading to hammer Obama over IS Republicans are using the beheading of an American journalist in Syria to mount new attacks on President Barack Obama, urging him to get tougher on a radical Sunni group. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:09:00 -0400 British national may have beheaded U.S. journalist The apparent beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by an Islamic State militant may have been undertaken by a British national, the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Wednesday. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:23:00 -0400 USS Saratoga to be hauled away, scrapped The decommissioned USS Saratoga aircraft carrier is set to be hauled away from Rhode Island and brought to Texas to be scrapped. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:01:00 -0400 Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:55:00 -0400 North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a 'hideous lantern jaw.' Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:45:00 -0400 DoD questions military data in food bank study The Pentagon's personnel chief is taking exception to statistics from a recent study that concluded 25 percent of military households use food banks. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:19:00 -0400 U.S. mission in Iraq could expand, Pentagon official says The mission for U.S. troops in Iraq to help Kurdish and Iraqi security forces in their fight against Islamic militants remains limited for now, but may expand after Iraqi leaders form a new government, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:23:00 -0400 Verdicts released for July courts-martial The Navy has published the results of special and general courts-martial tried in July - 36 verdicts in all. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:22:00 -0400 Japan military holds drill as its role expands Japan's military is showcasing its ability to defend remote islands, as its role expands at home and abroad under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:19:00 -0400 Islamic State claims execution of American as retaliation for Iraq airstrikes A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:36:00 -0400 CNO Greenert calls for boosting deployed ship presence More time forward and more chances to serve in the Pacific and in the Middle East; that's the course the Navy's top officer is setting in his annual 'Navigation Plan' released Tuesday. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:52:00 -0400 Sailor, allegedly strangled to death by airman, remembered as caring Shortly before his death, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov received a medal for helping save a soldier's life. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:43:00 -0400 Divers confirm wreck is USS Houston, sunk in 1942 Navy divers from the U.S. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:37:00 -0400 Ex-officer says she was discharged for reporting burn-pit danger An officer who says she was discharged from the Navy for alerting senior officials of the potential health dangers of open-air burn pits and improperly stored water at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, is suing to get her job back. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:15:00 -0400 Putin, Poroshenko to meet for talks on Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet next week in Minsk in their first face-to-face talks since June. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:26:00 -0400 U.S. military stops identifying planes involved in Iraq airstrikes The U.S. military, at the request of host nations in the region, is no longer identifying the specific land-based aircraft carrying out airstrikes in Iraq, a defense official told Military Times on Tuesday. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:26:00 -0400 Syria strikes militants as U.S. targets them in Iraq As the U.S. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:33:00 -0400 Navy flies manned, unmanned carrier jets together for first time It was one small button push for man and one giant catapult launch for the Navy's unmanned air combat program Sunday as the X-47B flew its first takeoffs and landings with F/A-18s on the aircraft carrier Roosevelt. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:49:00 -0400 More pay for longer deployments About 7,000 sailors with the Bush carrier strike group and the Bataan ampibious ready group likely will be about $1,000 richer than expected when they get back from deployment this fall. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:20:00 -0400 Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam President Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a 'major step forward' as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:54:00 -0400 Pope backs action to protect Iraq minorities if U.N. OKs Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:15:00 -0400 Missouri governor orders National Guard to Ferguson Missouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:05:00 -0400 Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept across the country this summer. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:35:00 -0400 Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons President Obama says the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile marks an important achievement in the effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:28:00 -0400 DoD releases list of genetic tests covered by Tricare The Defense Health Agency has announced which genetic tests Tricare will cover starting in September. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:16:00 -0400 Report: VA employee took recovering vet to crack house Although a Veterans Affairs police officer determined that a Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System employee took a patient to a crack house and helped him buy illegal drugs, the worker is still employed more than a year after the incident. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:42:00 -0400 VA backlog grew despite online application program The number of backlogged veterans' health care applications grew despite an online program the Veterans Administration introduced in 2010 and touted as a quick, easy way for veterans to apply for benefits, according to a newspaper report. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:48:00 -0400 Almost 8,000 chiefs face the ax Almost 8,000 senior enlisted must go before a continuation board later this year, which will determine whether they can continue to serve or must retire. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:48:00 -0400 Navy working on better fitting uniforms for female sailors Navy women were asked what they like - and don't like - about their uniforms, and their answers are driving a number of key changes. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:21:00 -0400 Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq's largest dam from militants Kurdish forces took over parts of Iraq's largest dam on Sunday less than two weeks after it was captured by the Islamic State extremist group, Kurdish security officials said, as U.S. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:14:00 -0400 Top officer at Groton sub base is retiring The top officer at the oldest U.S. submarine base, an admiral whose ties to Groton date back to his birth, may become the last flag officer to serve here as his submarine group is eliminated in a Navy streamlining. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:36:00 -0400 New U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers The U.S. is expanding its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:33:00 -0400 Former enemy Vietnam seeks U.S. help to counter China Army Gen. Martin Dempsey has served 40 years in the Army, fought in Iraq, traveled the world many times over. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:13:00 -0400 Military still recovering from Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey Two years after Hurricane Sandy pounded the New Jersey coast, the USCGC Sailfish has yet to return home. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:04:00 -0400 CENTCOM releases video of U.S. airstrikes near Iraq's Mosul Dam U.S. Central Command released video on Sunday of American military airstrikes against extremist targets near Mosul Dam in Iraq. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:26:00 -0400 Veterans look to farming to grow and heal Mike Simester had always dreamed of a being a career soldier. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:27:00 -0400 More time given for Bergdahl disappearance probe A general investigating the disappearance of an Army sergeant in Afghanistan is getting several more weeks to complete his probe. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:37:00 -0400 Agency details proposed missile defense site in Maine Building a missile defense site in western Maine aimed at protecting the East Coast would mean upgrading some roads, building housing and a backup power plant, and scattering missile silos to accommodate hilly terrain, a defense official said. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:18:00 -0400 Military jet, destroyer to be named after late Sen. Daniel Inouye A military cargo jet will be named after the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:10:00 -0400 Deployed submariner loses a round in custody battle A Michigan judge who threatened to put a deployed sailor in jail and transfer custody of his daughter to his ex-wife when he didn't show for a custody hearing in court has ordered an unscheduled two-week visitation with the child's mother. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0400 Navy fighter jets ended Afghan sorties to go to Iraq Navy jets are again at the tip of the spear, striking targets inside Iraq. But they had to break off air support operations over Afghanistan to do it, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert said. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:49:00 -0400 Post-board scrubs ensure eligibility for advancement If you're picked for advancement or promotion by one of the Navy's many annual selection boards, big Navy will no longer look at your physical fitness record before giving you its stamp of approval - that will now be up to your command. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:48:00 -0400 Syrian rebels call for U.S. airstrikes as jihadists close in on Aleppo Syria's Western-backed opposition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists captured three northern villages, putting them within striking distance of a mainstream rebel stronghold. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:16:00 -0400 Coast Guard cutter program hits its stride It's not often the Coast Guard takes center stage at the sprawling Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The huge facility builds more different kinds of ships for the Navy than any other yard. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:36:00 -0400 Analysis: Ukraine attack on convoy sends tough message A Ukrainian attack on a suspected convoy of Russian military vehicles sent Moscow a tough new message: Ukraine's military is more confident about protecting its territory, and a full-scale Russian invasion could be prolonged and bloody. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:04:00 -0400 TRANSCOM deploys teams to sort out vehicle shipment problems The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has ordered survey teams into the field to verify the location of every service member's vehicle that is in transit in an effort to restore confidence in the government's shipping process for privately-owned vehicles. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:27:00 -0400 Senate to review surplus military gear grants to local police The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says Congress will review Defense Department transfers of unused military equipment to local police to ensure the weaponry is being used 'as intended,' in light of the recent problems in Missouri. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:29:00 -0400 Sub CO fired following domestic abuse arrest The commanding officer of the attack submarine Newport News was arrested Sunday and charged with domestic assault and battery, according to a Navy report obtained by Navy Times. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:20:00 -0400