en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:35:54 -0400 15 First weapons crew certified on F-35A The latest milestone in the F-35A program belongs to airmen on the ground. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:04:00 -0400 Possible Ebola case in New York City The first case of Ebola may have arrived in New York City. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:53:00 -0400 U.S. official: Iraq army not ready to repel Islamic State U.S. airstrikes and Iraqi ground forces have blunted an Islamic State offensive in Iraq, but it will be months before Iraq can mount a sustained counteroffensive to take terrain back, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:43:00 -0400 U.S. officials worry about 'lone wolf' attacks After a pair of attacks in Canada this week that officials labeled as terrorism, counterparts in the USA are reacting with offers of cooperation - and a sense of apprehension. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:27:00 -0400 Coalition airstrikes in Syria killed more than 500 U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 500 people since they began last month, mainly Islamic militants, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared yet again in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:16:00 -0400 U.S., South Korea delay transfer of wartime control The U.S. and South Korea have delayed transferring wartime operational control of allied forces by taking on a 'conditions-based approach' and scrapping the previously set deadline of 2015. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:10:00 -0400 Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in U.S. The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial near Washington, U.S. officials said Thursday. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:48:00 -0400 PTSD argued in case of Marine jailed in Mexico There's no dispute retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi drove with three loaded guns in his truck into Mexico where firearms are illegal. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:43:00 -0400 Experts call for national debate on U.S. military priorities A prestigious defense review panel has warned that the U.S. government must 'sound an alarm' to build public support among the American people for increased defense spending. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:36:00 -0400 'We cannot accept average,' surgeons general say The message the Army, Navy and Air Force surgeons general have taken from the military health system review released earlier this month is that their hospitals and clinics are performing on par with the nation's top private systems. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:29:00 -0400 Hackers face off this weekend to solve Air Force's cyber challenges Even as national cybersecurity awareness month comes to a close, the Air Force is producing an event that will bring all kinds of hackers together to test their best coding skills. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:28:00 -0400 N.C. police chief wrote lieutenant up for Army Reserve service The city failed to comply with a federal law that allows soldiers time off for military service, according to a letter from the Department of Labor. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:38:00 -0400 Guantanamo prisoners protest use of female guards The use of female troops inside the highest-security unit at Guantanamo Bay is sparking protests by prisoners. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:23:00 -0400 Meet the White House guard dogs You may be familiar with Sunny and Bo, the Obama's family pets. But meet Hurricane and Jordan, two of the White House's protectors. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:07:00 -0400 U.S.: Iraq says troops will go on offensive The U.S. Defense Department says Iraq's new defense minister says his troops will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants who have taken over large sections of the country. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:57:00 -0400 Lawmaker uses Canadian case to criticize Obama The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee used Canadian leaders' response to the Ottawa shootings to take his own swipe at President Obama on Thursday. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:55:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Be careful when, to whom you admit drug use Q. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:19:00 -0400 Few vets use free credit monitoring after VA breaches Only about one in 25 veterans offered free credit monitoring in the wake of Veterans Affairs Department security breaches has signed up for the service, a figure that VA officials call disappointingly low. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:03:00 -0400 U.S. OKs Samsung devices for classified data For the first time, the government will allow devices made for the consumer market to handle classified information. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:29:00 -0400 Washington VA doctor accused of child rape Stevens County authorities say a Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center emergency room doctor accused of assaulting a child at the doctor's home has been charged with child rape. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:58:00 -0400 Kidnapping plot in Turkey raises new questions about U.S. troops' safety A bold yet ultimately unsuccessful kidnapping plot orchestrated by the Islamic State in Turkey raises new questions about the safety of U.S. troops and other American personnel stationed throughout the country. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:31:00 -0400 Bond set for Afghan soldiers who fled for Canada Three Afghan soldiers detained since abandoning a Massachusetts training exercise to avoid returning to Afghanistan are hoping financial help from supporters will allow them to go free as they challenge deportation and pursue asylum. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:25:00 -0400 Stateside Ebola team starts training today The 30-person medical team designed to provide short-notice help and support to civilian hospitals who may deal with Ebola cases at home began training Wednesday at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:51:00 -0400 Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in U.S. President Obama expressed confidence about the ability to contain Ebola in the U.S., taking special note of the ongoing recovery of two nurses who contracted the disease and of others who were declared Ebola free after being exposed to the deadly virus. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:50:00 -0400 U.S. increases security in wake of Canada shootings, though no threats cited The military increased security Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial and Parliament, even though the FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no specific threa Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:25:00 -0400 Editorial: Who's kidding whom? The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:15:00 -0400 Internal investigation ID'd Phoenix VA fraud in 2008 Inspectors at the Department of Veterans Affairs caught Phoenix VA managers falsifying patient appointment records during a probe six years ago, but agency officials did not divulge those findings at the time, according to documents obtained by The Arizon Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:22:00 -0400 Tech. sgt. who died while diving in Japan identified The Air Force has identified an airman assigned to Kadena Air Force Base who died over the weekend while diving with other airmen. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:12:00 -0400 Chaos in Canada: Gunfire erupts in Parliament building A Canadian soldier was shot and killed Wednesday while standing guard at a war memorial in the nation's capital in Ottawa, and a gunman was killed after racing inside Parliament. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:53:00 -0400 Marine suspected of murder in Philippine custody A US Marine suspected in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino was flown Wednesday from his warship to the Philippine military's main camp, where he will continue to be guarded by fellow Marines, in a compromise that eased a looming irritant over his custody. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:59:00 -0400 North Korean detainee reunites with family in Ohio An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub returned home to Ohio on Wednesday to tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:34:00 -0400 Commentary: Breaking the cycle of debt for troops, families The spouse of a member of the Illinois National Guard took out a loan of $2,575 in Illinois. Due to triple-digit interest rates, the family spent more than $8,000 to repay the loan. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:07:00 -0400 Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horri Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:57:00 -0400 Estonia: Russian military plane violated air space Estonia on Wednesday summoned Russia's ambassador over an airspace violation by a Russian military aircraft. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:45:00 -0400 Credit requirements loosened for student loan program The Education Department has loosened credit requirements for a federal student loan program used by parents and graduate students. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:23:00 -0400 1.7 percent COLA increase starts in January Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:41:00 -0400 Pentagon confirms IS seized weapons bundle The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:39:00 -0400 Iraqi Kurds authorize sending fighters to Kobani Lawmakers in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdish region voted Wednesday to authorize sending Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga to help defend the embattled town of Kobani in Syria, where fellow Kurds are facing an onslaught by militants of the Islamic Sta Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:54:00 -0400 Editorial: Realistic expectations One week after the Air Force reluctantly acknowledged a mix-up that led 1,000 airmen to believe they were eligible for benefits that they really weren't due, the service posted a memo saying officials were 'actively working to identify any inconsistencies Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:37:00 -0400 Syria claims it destroyed jets seized by IS The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country's information minister. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:20:00 -0400 Arkansas state VA seeks to change name The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs wants to change its name to differ from the federal agency to avoid confusion, department Director Cissy Rucker said. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:14:00 -0400 FBI: Denver girls may have tried to join jihadis Three teenage girls from suburban Denver flew to Europe in a possible bid to join Islamic State militants in Syria, and now authorities are looking at their friends to see if any have similar intentions. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:08:00 -0400 Defense firms prefer GOP, but spread campaign cash between political parties For every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate or group, one of comparable size to a Democrat is not far behind. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:11:00 -0400 Dempsey hits YouTube to address troops' Ebola concerns The nation's top military officer has taken to YouTube to soothe troops' concerns about deploying to the region of Africa being ravaged by Ebola. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:51:00 -0400 Air Force jet, crew lands in Pyongyang to pick up freed prisoner An Air Force executive jet and aircrew from Joint Base Pearl-Harbor, Hickam, was tasked with landing in North Korea today and picking up an American prisoner who was released by the Pyongyang regime. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:26:00 -0400 Pilot's widow receives his Silver Star 70 years after heroic escape Lt. Col. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:25:00 -0400 IS fighters seize airdropped weapons meant for Kurds Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to suppy Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:39:00 -0400 Military investigates scene of Kansas F-16 crash Military personnel are investigating the southeast Kansas site where an Oklahoma Air National Guard fighter jet crashed after a midair collision with another jet from the same unit during a training exercise. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:32:00 -0400 Some stereotypes stick to vets, survey shows All veterans aren't homeless washouts. But Got Your Six officials worry that many Americans see them that way. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:29:00 -0400 Airman pleads guilty to giving police officer a 'wet Willy' A former Kiester man accused of licking his fingers and poking a Mankato police officer in both ears has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid a felony charge. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:04:00 -0400 Guard C-130 crews conduct exercise in Poland The Air National Guard has landed its first C-130 aircraft rotation at the U.S. Aviation Detachment in Poland for a joint training exercise. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:54:00 -0400 Terrorist ideology blamed in car attack on Canadian soldiers A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and had seized his passport, authorities said Tuesday. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:26:00 -0400 Pentagon: Counter-IS campaign costs $424 million so far The U.S. military has spent $424 million so far in its military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:16:00 -0400 Air Force UAV crashes in Niger; no injuries A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper crashed early Monday at the Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, Niger, the Air Force confirmed. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:28:00 -0400 S.C. party chairs back change in picking state military head The chairmen of South Carolina's Republican and Democratic parties are urging voters to support a proposed change to the way the state's top military officer is selected. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:25:00 -0400 NATO intercepts Russian jets over Baltic Sea NATO scrambled fighter jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:44:00 -0400 Iowa airman buried nearly 70 years after death The remains of an Iowa airman shot down nearly 70 years ago during a World War II battle have been buried in his hometown of Badger. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:20:00 -0400 Survey: readers believe U.S. combat troops will return to Iraq Most readers believe the U.S. will soon send ground combat troops to Iraq, despite President Obama's repeated assurances to the contrary. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:09:00 -0400 Anchorage School District bans military recruiters The Anchorage School District has banned military recruiters from the district's campuses. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:46:00 -0400 Airdrops in Syria may strain U.S.-Turkish relations On Sunday night two U.S. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:45:00 -0400