en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:28:24 -0400 15 As Russia-Ukraine tension flares, NATO wants a base closer to the action Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:07:00 -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. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:04:00 -0400 AFPC outlines options for senior airmen affected by lost promotion tests The Air Force is still trying to hunt down promotion test answer sheets for the most recent testing cycle that went MIA after they were mailed via FedEx from Pope Airfield, North Carolina, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Friday. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:11:00 -0400 Welsh gives Air Force top ethics marks; Congresswomen say comments are 'troubling' The Air Force's top officer gives his service top marks for personal behavior, saying he is 'very happy with the ethical fabric of the United States Air Force,' despite problems that include a cheating scandal at its nuclear missile sites and a general's Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:08:00 -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 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? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:24:00 -0400 Group wants to dredge river for '56 bomber wreck A group that's spent nearly 20 years trying to find the wreckage of a World War II-era bomber that crashed into a Pittsburgh-area river is seeking permission to dredge the waterway for wreckage. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:35:00 -0400 Former astronaut Hank Hartsfield dies at 80 Former astronaut Henry 'Hank' Hartsfield, who logged 483 hours during three trips into space and commanded two shuttle missions, has died. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:18:00 -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 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 Unaccompanied children could be housed at Maxwell Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, is now joining several other military bases as possible locations to house unaccompanied Central American minors, according to the state's governor's office. 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 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. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:29:00 -0400 Civilians offered buyouts under HQ reduction plan The Air Force is encouraging civilians to apply for voluntary early retirement or separation to help the service achieve planned headquarters staff reductions. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:28:00 -0400 Army War College to investigate plagiarism allegations against Montana senator Sen. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:35:00 -0400 Florida National Guard recruiter charged with fraud A Tampa Bay area National Guard recruiter is facing federal charges after authorities say he falsified sign-up numbers to earn about $78,000 in bonuses. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:49:00 -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 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 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 Air Force refocuses on training as wars wind down After more than a dozen years fighting wars against unsophisticated opponents and technology in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air Force is refocusing its training on tests ripped from the headlines - surface-to-air missiles, chemical weapons and cyber warfare. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:31:00 -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 U.S. officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy Senior U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:46:00 -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 Website founder's goal to help male spouses connect Spouses are often swept into the hyperactive military lifestyle - PCSing, becoming the primary caregiver, learning the lingo - without a proper 'how-to' guide. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:28:00 -0400 Lockdown lifted at Little Rock AFB Military officials locked down an Arkansas air force base for several hours Wednesday after reporting that a suspicious individual was on the sprawling complex near Little Rock, then reopened the base and said the threat was ' Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:27:00 -0400 Sen. Sanders seeks new VA funding compromise A push by Veterans Affairs Department officials for billions in new funding to hire more doctors may upend congressional efforts for a wide-reaching VA reform package that appeared all but finished just a few weeks ago. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:20:00 -0400 Study: Childhood traumas are more common in military members Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say the results support the notion that for some, enlistment serves as an escape from troubled upbringings. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:27:00 -0400 Guardsmen will not patrol border to catch illegal immigrants The roughly 1,000 Texas Army and Air National Guard troops being dispatched to the U.S.-Mexico border will not be tasked with apprehending illegal immigrants, said the adjutant general of the Texas National Guard. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:05:00 -0400 College's recruiting practices draw congressional fire Senators and student veteran leaders are working to dissuade would-be college students from using GI Bill funds to enroll at WyoTech and Heald, criticizing the schools' recent recruiting actions as irresponsible and predatory. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:58:00 -0400 Sen. Harkin: Recruit the disabled for non-combat jobs While veterans' groups are pushing the Senate to expand protections for disabled troops when they travel abroad, lawmakers in the chamber are considering expanding military jobs to disabled individuals at home. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:19:00 -0400 Marine vet says he was forgotten in VA clinic A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran's Administration. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:43:00 -0400 Vet cited for therapy ducks will get day in court despite fine being paid An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is getting his day in court after being cited for violating an Ohio village ban, even though someone else already paid his fine. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:39:00 -0400 2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down Russian-backed separatists shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets Wednesday in the eastern regions of the country, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:17:00 -0400 Memorial honoring injured veterans under way in D.C. Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:51:00 -0400 Man gets probation for crash that killed Warren airman A 23-year-old man who was involved in a crash in northern Colorado that killed two siblings and an Air Force senior airman has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:47:00 -0400 Atheist group urges Congress to allow humanist military chaplains More than one in five service members do not identify with a particular religion, according to Defense Department statistics. To better serve them, an organization is working to expand the Chaplain Corps to include clergy who don't believe in a god. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:22:00 -0400 VA nominee: 'Change can be achieved' At Bob McDonald's confirmation hearing Tuesday on his nomination to become the next Veterans Affairs Secretary, Sen. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:20:00 -0400 Shelton: Russia's doubt over U.S. satellite capabilities shows 'desperation' Russian statements expressing skepticism that the U.S. can produce satellite images showing a surface-to-air missile shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet on July 17 shows 'desperation' on Russia's part, the top Air Force space official said today. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:15:00 -0400 U.S.: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down of airliner Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for 'creating the conditions' that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:08:00 -0400 Donor gives Purple Heart to 12-year-old stabbing victim The Waukesha girl who was stabbed 19 times, allegedly by two classmates who thought her death would please a fictional online character, has received a special gift. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:02:00 -0400 Stranger pays veteran's duck fine without his OK What appears to be a citizen trying to do a good deed might deny a disabled veteran the day in court he wants. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:37:00 -0400 Study uses EEGs to guide treatment for depression Electroencephalograms, or EEGs, which measure electrical activity in the brain, show promise in improving treatment for depression - and consequently lowering post-traumatic stress symptoms and suicidal tendencies, a new military medical study has found. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:36:00 -0400 Olympian credits surviving ATV accident to training with Marine vet Todd Honea discovered his calling, partly out of necessity, while in the Marines: to get fit and help others to do the same. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:28:00 -0400 Military suicides declined slightly in 2013, Pentagon says Suicides in the military dropped by 6 percent last year, a decline that Pentagon officials hope signals a reversal in a tragic trend - but that some advocates say does not reflect the true scope of the issue in the military and veterans' community. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:09:00 -0400 Report: Open-air burn pits still in use in Afghanistan Two incinerators at a joint Afghan-U.S. airbase have been underused, needlessly exposing troops to toxic pollution generated from open-air burn pits still in operation, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has found. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:24:00 -0400 Update: Sgt. mauled by bear in Alaska in stable condition A safety briefing that included what to do during a brown bear encounter likely saved a guardsman's life Sunday in Alaska. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:48:00 -0400 California won't send troops to Mexican border California Gov. Jerry Brown won't be deploying National Guard troops to the Mexican border like Texas is doing in response to an influx of immigrants, a state military official said Monday. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:07:00 -0400 Suicide bomber kills 4 foreign guards in Kabul A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a police compound housing foreign advisers in Kabul on Tuesday, killing four foreign security guards and wounding six, Afghan officials said. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:13:00 -0400