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Pair who tried breaching Virginia Marine base are Jordanian nationals

May 17th: They drove up to a base gate in a truck and claimed to be Amazon subcontractors making a delivery, a Marine spokesman said. Read more ▸

Air Force special operations boss tapped to run service academy

May 17th: Bauernfeind’s nomination to run the U.S. Air Force Academy comes fewer than 18 months after he took over as Air Force Special Operations Command boss. Read more ▸

Hundreds pack funeral for slain airman Roger Fortson

May 17th: “As you can see from the sea of Air Force blue, I am not alone in my admiration of Senior Airman Fortson,” Col. Patrick Dierig told mourners Friday. Read more ▸

Fort Moore Soldier Recovery Unit picked as Army’s best

May 17th: The Georgia-based unit was recognized as the best overall unit of its kind in the Army. Read more ▸

What Army cuts mean for 82nd Airborne Division cavalry squadrons

May 17th: The Army announced cavalry squadrons are among thousands of job cuts as part of its restructuring plan. Here's what it means for the 82nd. Read more ▸

Children’s hospitals take fight over military payments to Congress

May 17th: A change in how the military pays for care at civilian children's hospitals may cause significant health care access problems, advocates warn. Read more ▸

Archaeologists believe they’ve uncovered Revolutionary War barracks

May 16th: Recovered artifacts at the Virginia site include chimney bricks and musket balls that were indented with soldiers’ teeth. Read more ▸

Former Army sergeant convicted of killing BLM protester pardoned

May 16th: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a full pardon for a former U.S. Army sergeant convicted of murder for fatally shooting a protester in 2020. Read more ▸

Power outage downed US F-16 jet in 2023 crash in South Korea

May 16th: A U.S. Air Force F-16C fighter crashed in a field in northwestern South Korea last year after the jet partially lost power, an investigation found. Read more ▸

Marine corporal earns prestigious medal for saving military $140M

May 16th: Cpl. Gage Barbieri received a Meritorious Service Medal in part for fixing a costly issue with a tactical vehicle’s manual while a teenage lance corporal. Read more ▸

Soldier says he lost a leadership position due to his beard

May 16th: An Army master sergeant says he lost a career-advancing job after speaking out on social media about his shaving profile. Read more ▸

Military’s novel floating pier arrives in Gaza amid security concerns

May 16th: The Gaza aid pier is made possible by an oft-neglected but vital military capability known as Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore, or JLOTS. Read more ▸

Lawyer for airman’s family says video shows deputy went to wrong home

May 16th: A Florida sheriff’s deputy shot Roger Fortson six times in his home before ordering him to drop a gun he'd been holding when he opened the door. Read more ▸

Family: Army frustrated efforts to get reservist help before shooting

May 16th: Robert Card's family said they struggled for months to get him help as his mental health declined before a mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine. Read more ▸

One of 1st Black Marines to serve in combat honored for 100th birthday

May 16th: Former Cpl. Lawrence “Larry” Diggs, a Montford Point Marine and World War II vet, received early 100th birthday wishes from top military officials. Read more ▸

USS Ronald Reagan leaves its Japan homeport after nearly 9 years

May 16th: The aircraft carrier's departure comes at a time of growing tension in the face of increasingly assertive China in the Indo-Pacific. Read more ▸

Military sexual assault totals down, but trust among women remains low

May 16th: Less than half of women in the military trust leaders to properly handle reports of sexual assault, according to new Pentagon data. Read more ▸

Coast Guard allows larger hand tattoos, ink behind each ear

May 16th: The Coast Guard is easing its tattoo policy in an effort to reduce barriers to entry and affirm its goal to be an employer of choice. Read more ▸

Meet the namesake of the Navy’s newest ship, the USS Robert E. Simanek

May 16th: This Marine threw himself onto a grenade to save his entrenched comrades in Korea. He absorbed the full blast — yet survived. Read more ▸

A jacket, a coin, a letter: Relics of Omaha Beach tell the D-Day story

May 16th: Eighty years ago, Allied soldiers crossed the choppy waters of the English Channel to land on Normandy beaches to defeat Hitler’s regime. Read more ▸

Family of Navy vet who died after police knelt on neck settles lawsuit

May 15th: Family members of Angelo Qunito settled a federal lawsuit against the city of Antioch for $7.5 million. Read more ▸

In reversal of recent years, military sex assault reports drop

May 15th: A confidential survey also found a 19% drop in the number service members who said they'd experienced some type of unwanted sexual contact. Read more ▸

Marine charged with threatening mass shooting of white people

May 15th: Joshua Cobb, 23, who was discharged from the Marine Corps after serving for less than a year, was charged Monday with threatening to “erase” white people. Read more ▸

Remains of 17-year-old soldier killed during Korean War identified

May 15th: Army Pfc. Thomas A. Smith was reported missing in action in 1950 when his unit took part in a battle at the southern end of the Korean peninsula. Read more ▸

Air Force taps 6 bases to test new approach to deployments

May 15th: New command teams are expected to arrive at several installations across the U.S. this summer as the Air Force launches a slate of air task forces. Read more ▸


Thumbnail: Former aide Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser sits in the audience as Gen. John Hyten appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington on July 30, 2019, for his confirmation hearing to be vice chairman of the J

Military sexual assault survivors should be able to sue for damages, judges rule

Meghann Myers

Prohibition on troops seeking redress for injuries sustained in service doesnt apply

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Thumbnail: Frederick Police Department officers prepare to enter Fort Detrick during an April 2021 shooting. A recent DoD inspector general report found inconsistencies in the way military installations train for active shooter situa

Report reveals holes in DoD law enforcement active shooter response

Rachel Nostrant

An evaluation of the Defense Department and its law enforcement organizations has revealed a lack of an active shooter response and training standard, which officials worry may ultimately result in a delayed and uncoordinated response that could increase casualties at military installations.

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Thumbnail: Tech. Sgt. Jordyn Rayot, Airman 1st Class Cole Whitmore and Airman 1st Class Jason Wilson, weapons loaders assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, remove munitions from an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training exercise in Swa

Year-round health insurance for National Guard proves elusive

Rachel S. Cohen

ABOARD A C-40 MILITARY TRANSPORT JETHalfway through his tenure in charge of the National Guard, Army Gen. Daniel Hokansons quest to get all Guardsmen year-round health insurance has stalled.

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Thumbnail: In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington. (John Minchillo/AP)

Army veteran sentenced to 7 years in prison on Capitol riot charges

Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press

An off-duty Virginia police officer who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan, 6, 2021, with a fellow officer was sentenced Thursday to more than seven years in prison, matching the longest prison sentence so far among hundreds of Capitol riot cases.

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Thumbnail: U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Jefferson Ortiz, company first sergeant for Air Operations Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 271, poses for a photo at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, North Carolina, July

Marine 1st sergeant uses combat experience to save man hit by car

Irene Loewenson

A Marine first sergeant was driving through a small North Carolina town when he encountered a man lying in a nearby field, bearing injuries after being hit by a car.

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Thumbnail: Melissa Stockwell reacts arriving at the finish line in the Women

Recipients look back at their service on National Purple Heart Day

Jonathan Lehrfeld

Paralympian and former Army platoon leader, 1st Lt. Melissa Stockwell, 42, deployed to Iraq in March 2004 with the 27th Main Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, after enlisting two years earlier. But after just three weeks in Baghdad, her life would never be the same.

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Thumbnail: Col. Sharon Harmon, center, is the first Black service member to be promoted to colonel in the Rhode Island National Guard. (Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee/Twitter)

Soldier becomes Rhode Island Guards first Black colonel

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) The Rhode Island National Guard has its first Black colonel.

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Thumbnail: President Donald Trump speaks after getting a briefing from senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House on Oct. 7, 2019, in Washington. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Milley almost quit over Trump, wrote biting resignation letter, new book reveals

In an excerpt released Aug. 8 by the New Yorker, authors Peter Baker and Susan Glasser senior reporters for the New York Times and the New Yorker, respectively reveal shocking details from inside former President Donald Trumps relationship with top military brass.

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Thumbnail: An aerial view of the Pentagon on May 11, 2021. (DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittany A. Chase)

Remember 5G? Pentagon backs 6G hub tied to Army Research Lab

Colin Demarest

WASHINGTON As telecom companies struggle to complete the transition to the fifth-generation, or 5G, mobile standard, the Pentagon is backing an effort focused on 6G research and technologies amid a military-wide push to modernize communications and connectivity.

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