en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:20:43 -0400 15 Five Questions with Texas Gov. Rick Perry: U.S.-Mexico Border Texas Gov. Rick Perry has accused the federal government of failing to provide enough resources on the U.S.-Mexico border to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants, including more than 57,000 children who have illegally crossed into the U.S. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:20:00 -0400 Deal on veterans' health care costs at least $15B A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:18:00 -0400 U.N. rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:44:00 -0400 Oldest female WWII vet visits D.C. monuments The nation's oldest living female World War II veteran has finally made it to Washington to see the monuments and memorials. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:29:00 -0400 Former Naval Academy superintendent dies at 77 Arizona Sen. John McCain is praising former Naval Academy Superintendent Charles Larson, who died over the weekend, as a great man. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:35:00 -0400 War & games: Ex-helo pilot heads Redskins special teams After practice on Military Appreciation Day at Washington Redskins training camp, the special teams coordinator made a beeline to the people in uniform near the special VIP tent. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:55:00 -0400 Defense: Government suppressed evidence in Blackwater Lawyers for Blackwater security guards accused the government on Monday of suppressing evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:47:00 -0400 Effort advances to add names of 74 sailors to Vietnam Memorial The crew of the destroyer Frank E. Evans is fighting once again, 45 years after their ship sank in the South China Sea after a terrifying collision. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:25:00 -0400 Judges dismiss booted sailors' appeal Three hundred former sailors suing forcompensation from or reinstatement in the Navy after being booted by the deeply unpopular 2011 enlisted retention boards lost their appeal, likely closing the book on their challenge. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:24:00 -0400 Navy's weathermen celebrate 90 years They have been knocked down from ship's company to ship riders. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:26:00 -0400 U.S.: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:57:00 -0400 38 killed as Libyan forces battle militias in east Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the capital's international airport raged on and European nations warned Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:40:00 -0400 Events mark anniversary of Korean War armistice The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the hostilities is commemorated as ' Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:38:00 -0400 Survivors of USS Indianapolis sinking hold reunion About a third of the remaining 36 survivors of the worst single seagoing disaster in U.S. Navy history gathered for a reunion this weekend in Indianapolis, the city for which their doomed ship was named. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:58:00 -0400 New details emerge on Libya embassy evacuation Dozens of U.S. Marines and at least seven military aircraft were involved in Saturday's embassy evacuation operation in Libya, Military Times has learned. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0400 Retiring frigates may leave some missions unfilled The Navy may be shedding all its frigates by the end of next year, but the ships are still busy and in high demand - creating a dilemma for the Navy over which ships will pick up their missions. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:50:00 -0400 As billets drop, board convenes to set future of troubled ratings Between 2005 and 2009, Navy officials converted all naval aircrewmen into five service ratings, but manning and advancement challenges have officials rethinking part of that move and have led them to set up an advisory board to consider their options. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:49:00 -0400 Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:15:00 -0400 Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:26:00 -0400 North Korea fires short-range missile into sea North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, a South Korean defense official said. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0400 You're invited: Participate in Military Times' annual reader survey How is morale in your unit? Are budget reductions affecting your op-tempo? Are you worried about cuts to your pay and benefits? And what do you think about the crisis in Iraq? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:20:00 -0400 DoD tightens tuition assistance rules Force-wide changes to the military's Tuition Assistance program may require troops to pay back their TA money if they perform poorly in class. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:36:00 -0400 Money for new amphib falls far short Powerful forces in Congress are working to buy the Navy an extra amphibious ship, and lawmakers in both the House and Senate have added between $650 million and $800 million to the proposed 2015 shipbuilding budget to begin construction. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:41:00 -0400 As Russia-Ukraine tension flares, NATO wants a base closer to the action Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:07:00 -0400 Navy IDs sailor who died after fall from balcony The Navy has identified a 21-year-old sailor who fell to his death from a sixth-floor balcony of a barracks at Naval Station Norfolk. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:26:00 -0400 No verdict yet in Ventura case; jury back Monday The jury weighing whether former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was defamed by the author of 'American Sniper' has ended the week without a verdict. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:29:00 -0400 Charges filed in stabbing at Navy barracks The Navy has filed charges against one of its sailors for repeatedly stabbing another in a barracks near a naval hospital. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:14:00 -0400 Pentagon: Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is 'imminent,' the Pentagon said Friday, saying Russia is escalating the military action there. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:35:00 -0400 Number of military suicides showing uptick The number of military suicides so far this year is running slightly higher than for the same time frame last year, but without the context of force reductions, the raw data say little about current suicide trends in the armed services. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:28:00 -0400 Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with U.S. The Taliban's reclusive leader is warning that a bilateral security pact allowing foreign troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:25:00 -0400 U.S. clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:33:00 -0400 House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a 'sustained combat role' without congressional approval. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0400 Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:27:00 -0400 Central American leaders convening at White House President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:37:00 -0400 Augusta sailor's actions in World War II recalled Of all the accolades Carl Clifford Wilson received during his service in the Navy, it was forgetting his hat that earned the Augusta native his highest honor. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:13:00 -0400 Mabus: Cost for LCS will decline Operating costs for the U.S. Navy's newest ships will decline and 'become more normal' over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:32:00 -0400 Military working dogs finding their way home When Marine Sgt. Deano Miller was preparing to return home from a deployment in Afghanistan, he desperately wanted to say goodbye to his best friend. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:56:00 -0400 LCS to conduct test of Norwegian missile The littoral combat ship USS Coronado will get a chance at an historic LCS first this fall when it launches a surface-to-surface missile in tests off Southern California. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:14:00 -0400 Army vice chief Campbell confirmed for ISAF post; Votel goes to SOCOM The Army's vice chief of staff, Gen. John Campbell, was confirmed Wednesday as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:08:00 -0400 Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:51:00 -0400 Seabee battalion being decommissioned Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 is being decommissioned Friday during a ceremony at the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:27:00 -0400 Army War College to investigate plagiarism allegations against Montana senator Sen. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:35:00 -0400 Official: Iraqi request for U.S. airstrikes 'under active consideration' The U.S. is still considering a request from the Iraqi government for airstrikes against Sunni militants in Iraq, a senior State Department official told lawmakers. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:29:00 -0400 Survey provides insight into newest generation of combat troops More than half of post-9/11 combat veterans say they have a mental health condition, but three-fourths report they are getting care, according to a new survey of young veterans conducted by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:28:00 -0400 VA reform bills stalled by partisan bickering Plans for a comprehensive Veterans Affairs Department reform bill that appeared all but finished a month ago devolved into partisan bickering and funding fights on Thursday, casting doubt on the future of a deal. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:40:00 -0400 U.S.: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military The Obama administration is accusing Russia of firing artillery to hit Ukrainian military sites and planning to send pro-Russian separatists more lethal weaponry. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:19:00 -0400 Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:51:00 -0400 Skydiver dies during WWII-style jump in Oklahoma A skydiver from central Illinois was killed earlier this week while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers, authorities said. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:34:00 -0400 Woman struck and killed at Kitsap-Bangor A civilian employee at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor was struck and killed Wednesday afternoon while walking on a sidewalk. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:34:00 -0400 Documents detail VA mistreatment of vets In 2003, a veteran who had served in the Vietnam War entered a Veterans Affairs live-in treatment facility after trying several times to kill himself - including by stabbing himself in the stomach. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:28:00 -0400 2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan Gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two Finnish women aid workers in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journa Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:05:00 -0400 Surveys explore U-boat wreckage in Gulf of Mexico The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:57:00 -0400 Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subject to torture. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:39:00 -0400 Iraq: Attack on prisoner convoy kills 60 people Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which scores of prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, brutally underscoring Iraq's instability as lawmakers convened to elect a new president. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:37:00 -0400 Navy secretary visits LCS at RIMPAC Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is visiting one of the Navy's newest ships during the Rim of the Pacific naval exercises off Hawaii. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:21:00 -0400 Naval Academy welcomes new superintendent Back in 2010, the secretary of the Navy and the chief of naval operations made a $100 bet with then-Naval Academy superintendent Vice Adm. Mike Miller that he wouldn't survive a second four-year stint back on the yard. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:32:00 -0400 Enlisted women to serve on attack submarines after 2020 With female officers having served in the boomer force for nearly three years, the Navy is aiming for women to make up a significant portion of the ballistic-missile submarine force by 2020, one of the new waypoints in the silent service's historic integr Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:31:00 -0400 Truman sailor dies after fall from barracks balcony at Naval Station Norfolk A sailor died after falling six stories at Naval Station Norfolk. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:28:00 -0400 Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:06:00 -0400 Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term in office and further exacerbating th Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:46:00 -0400