en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:41:39 -0400 15 Pentagon gives defense civilians options on Ebola monitoring The Pentagon says its civilian employees who return from Ebola response missions in West Africa will not be required to undergo the same 21-day quarantine-like monitoring that is required of most returning U.S. military members. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:20:00 -0400 Old vs. new Under the Air Force's new enlisted promotion system, enlisted performance report scores will carry a great deal more weight. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:53:00 -0400 Military sex survey draws complaints Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:13:00 -0400 Delayed CCAF transcripts going out to airmen today Airmen who've been waiting for their Community College of the Air Force transcripts can breathe easier soon. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:15:00 -0400 Possible Islamic State leaflets found near Marine Corps Base Quantico Officials have launched an investigation into leaflets found near Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., which 'may or may not be associated with the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State,' base spokesman Maj. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:50:00 -0400 JBLM airmen monitored after Ebola missions, not quarantined Lewis-McChord airmen who fly Ebola aid missions to west Africa are being monitored but are not subject to quarantine. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:34:00 -0400 OIR troops to be eligible for GWOT-E medal Pentagon officials have decided that the thousands of service members deployed in support of the newly named Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria will be eligible for a service medal - the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:26:00 -0400 Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police The Islamic State group is conducting a purge, killing dozens of former policemen and soldiers living in areas of Iraq under its control, in a campaign apparently aimed at preventing any uprising against its extremist rule. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:35:00 -0400 Air Force promotion system changes: Only recent EPRs will count Starting next year, enlisted airmen will start with a clean slate each time they come up for promotion. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:13:00 -0400 NATO says service member has died in Afghanistan NATO says one of its service members has died in eastern Afghanistan from a non-battle-related injury. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:03:00 -0400 Dempsey: Iraqi Shiites must back expanded mission U.S. military leaders want to expand the advise-and-assist mission into Iraq's Anbar province and put combat advisers on the ground to help support the fight against Islamic State militants. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:37:00 -0400 15 Air Force officers to be discharged after cheating Of the airmen involved in the cheating investigation at Malsmtrom Air Force Base, most of them are now back on the job. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:16:00 -0400 Islamic State threat prompts new security warnings across U.S. military Military facilities around the U.S. are on alert, urging troops and their families to take precautions amid continued threats of violence from the Islamic State group. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:07:00 -0400 U.S. military to train more Ebola response teams The U.S. military will train more medical personnel to respond to domestic cases of Ebola should they occur, a senior Defense Department official said Thursday. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:24:00 -0400 Former SecDef Gates blasts lawmakers over sequestration Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates ripped Washington on Thursday over sequestration budget caps, saying Congress' inability to reach a budget compromise was causing 'grave damage' to the U.S. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:00:00 -0400 Dover air base wings 'on standby' for Ebola mission Dover Air Force Base hasn't been tasked to support the U.S. effort in West Africa to combat Ebola - but the base is reviewing procedures and standing by in case orders to do so arrive. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:02:00 -0400 USFK: Troops cannot pay for the companionship of 'juicy girls' The commander of U.S. troops in South Korea is dropping the hammer on that country's notorious 'juicy bars,' which use women as sex workers who cater to U.S. troops. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:02:00 -0400 Online shopping privileges for all vets is likely, official says Expanding online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans isn't a matter of 'if,' but 'when,' the chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service said at a meeting in Washington on Wednesday. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:50:00 -0400 USAFE tests catchy new approach to airman health Sometimes all a campaign needs is a little rebranding. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:25:00 -0400 Amid murder case, Philippines says U.S. pact stays A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is 'imperfect' but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:24:00 -0400 NATO chief sees spike in Russian flights on border NATO is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe, the alliance's new chief said Thursday. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:24:00 -0400 Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow The National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber- and sugar-plantation heydey. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:51:00 -0400 Pentagon defends decision to isolate troops Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended the Pentagon's decision to isolate troops for 21 days after they return from Ebola duty in West Africa. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:31:00 -0400 Virginians to vote on tax exemption proposal for spouses of troops killed in action Virginians were being asked to decide Tuesday whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would exempt the surviving spouses of U.S. military members killed in action from paying real estate taxes. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:27:00 -0400 Norway to send training troops to Iraq Norway's prime minister says her country will send 120 soldiers this year to join the international campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and help train local troops there. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:41:00 -0400 Troops' sleep problem may be new disorder A 39-year-old soldier arrived at the sleep clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center with symptoms not uncommon in combat soldiers: nightmares of his war experiences and thrashing in his sleep, at one point clocking his wife hard enough to leave bruises. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:30:00 -0400 Group says Islamic State killed 600 Iraqi prisoners during Mosul takeover An international rights group says Islamic State militants carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:30:00 -0400 Senate to vote on advance funding for VA When Congress returns next month, the Senate will vote on legislation to provide all Veterans Affairs Department funding a full year in advance, preventing government shutdowns or budget gridlock from interrupting veterans services. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:43:00 -0400 New prosthetic limb may prevent chafing, swelling Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the last few decades, offering state-of-the-art robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades and joints that contain microchips and processors. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:36:00 -0400 Drone strike kills 2 militants in northwest Pakistan Suspected U.S. drone-fired missiles struck a house early on Thursday in a restive tribal region in northwest Pakistan, killing two militants, officials said. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:35:00 -0400 Pentagon officials: No hope for budget soon; tech development vital The Pentagon's chief financial officer admitted on Wednesday that he is 'not super optimistic' about Congress reaching a budget deal once the current continuing resolution temporarily funding the federal government expires on Dec. 11. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:04:00 -0400 Hagel orders quarantine for troops returning from West Africa Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday ordered all U.S. service members returning from the Ebola response mission to undergo 'controlled monitoring,' meaning they will be isolated on military facilities and monitored for symptoms for 21 days. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:05:00 -0400 Obama on Ebola fight: U.S. can't seal itself off Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their ret Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:05:00 -0400 Pentagon warns employees about Islamic State threats Military personnel and civilians who work in the Pentagon could be targeted by the Islamic State group or other terrorists, the building's internal security agency is warning employees in a new memo distributed late last week. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:23:00 -0400 USAF C-130 airdrops meals to displaced tribe in Iraq An Air Force C-130 on Monday delivered thousands of meals to an Iraqi tribe displaced by fighting between security forces and Islamic State group fighters. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:21:00 -0400 Give your vet a shout-out Sixty years ago, the nation declared its first Veterans Day celebration. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:12:00 -0400 DMBA workout stimulant pulled from base shelves Several dietary supplements touted as weight-loss or body sculpting aids have been pulled from the shelves of exchange and GNC stores on military installations. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:06:00 -0400 NATO reports spike in Russian military flights NATO on Wednesday reported an 'unusual' spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North seas and the Atlantic Ocean during the past two days. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:51:00 -0400 Russia successfully test-fires new Navy Bulava ICBM The Russian Navy has successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile, proving its reliability after a long and troublesome development. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:20:00 -0400 Residents: Islamic State group kills 30 Iraqi men Islamic State group militants lined up 30 men in western Iraq and shot them dead Wednesday, an official and residents said, the latest mass killing carried out by the group since its advance across the country. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:39:00 -0400 Syrian rebels enter Kurdish town from Turkey For the first time since the Islamic State group launched an offensive on the Syrian border town of Kobani last month, a small group of Syrian rebels on Wednesday entered the embattled town from Turkey in a push to help Kurdish fighters there battle the m Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:04:00 -0400 Former NATO chiefs urge alliance to fight Ebola Two former heads of NATO are urging the Western defense alliance to join the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:55:00 -0400 Wright-Patterson airmen told to be cautious after Canada attacks Personnel at a southwest Ohio Air Force base have been told to be mindful of things that could identify them as part of the military following attacks on soldiers in Canada. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:04:00 -0400 Nurse admits fault in death at New York State Veterans' Home A nurse who tended to an 84-year-old Korean War veteran who died last year pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of failing to care for him properly, the New York State attorney general said. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:33:00 -0400 VA adds $50 to deceased vet's 59 cent bill It's bad enough that the Department of Veterans Affairs billed a deceased Navy vet for 59 cents this summer. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:26:00 -0400 Unmanned Antares rocket explodes on launch An unmanned rocket headed for the International Space Station to deliver supplies exploded on launch from Wallops Island, Va., Tuesday. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:49:00 -0400 IG: Former chief of wounded warrior office broke law, DoD regs The Defense Department inspector general has recommended 'corrective action' against the former director of DoD's Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy Office. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:42:00 -0400 Veterans put experience to use at Air Force's only fabrication shop The Air Force taught Bobby Pierce how to sew in 1955. As a parachute rigger, he needed to know not only how to properly pack parachutes but also to mend and maintain them. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:41:00 -0400 Report: On-base banks, credit unions should offer more info online Service members need more information - and protection - from banks and credit unions that operate on military installations, according to research by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:29:00 -0400 Marine's death reclassified to Operation Inherent Resolve The Defense Department has reclassified the death of Cpl. Jordan L. Spears as one that occurred in support of the military's effort to combat the Islamic State group, making him the first official casualty of Operation Inherent Resolve. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:28:00 -0400 Hagel to decide if troops will be quarantined The military's top officers are recommending a sweeping rule imposing a 21-day quarantine on all troops returning from Ebola-stricken West Africa, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has made no final decision, defense officials said Tuesday. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:34:00 -0400 U.S. to increase security at some federal buildings Security will be increased at various federal government buildings in Washington and other major American cities, the Homeland Security Department announced Tuesday in what it described as a 'precautionary step.' Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:34:00 -0400 Kerry attends slain soldier's funeral, expresses solidarity with Canada The United States and Canada vowed Tuesday to step up already close counterterrorism and border security cooperation as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid condolences to the Canadian people following last week's terror attacks. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:30:00 -0400 Report: Ex-Academy football player stars at new school despite sex offender status An Alcorn State star defensive player who is a registered sex offender is part of an ABC investigation set to air this week. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:11:00 -0400 Report: Winds, pilot error caused April Predator crash Low-level winds and pilot error caused an MQ-1B Predator to crash in April at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, the Air Force announced today. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:02:00 -0400 Pakistan's army chief to visit U.S. The Pakistan army's chief of staff is coming to the U.S. to meet with his American counterparts, the Defense Department has confirmed. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:25:00 -0400 North Korea may be developing sea-based missiles A website that monitors North Korea says the isolated nation may be exploring how to launch ballistic missiles from submarines or ships. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:24:00 -0400 U.S. military sales to allies tops $34B in 2014 The U.S. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:50:00 -0400 Iraqi Kurdish fighters to head to Syria IRBIL, Iraq Dozens of Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga fighters will fly to Turkey on Tuesday and from there cross into the Syrian border town of Kobani to help fellow Kurds fight Muslim militants, a spokesman for the Kurdish force said. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:35:00 -0400 VA settles Pittsburgh Legionnaire's suit for $125K The Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the son of a Marine veteran who died after contracting Legionnaire's disease at a Pittsburgh VA hospital. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:03:00 -0400