en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:06:23 -0400 15 Corps assembles next crisis response task force in Middle East The Marine Corps is preparing to dispatch its second task force designed specifically for crisis response - this time to the Middle East in order to position for rapid response in that part of the world. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:55:00 -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 One retired colonel is campaigning for more cuts - and Congress is listening The Army insists cutting the service down to 420,000 cannot be done. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:04:00 -0400 For Germans, death penalty is concern in U.S. airman's murder trial Nearly a week after German police discovered the lifeless body of a U.S. sailor inside a car in Kaiserslautern Dec. 14, the remains were turned over to the U.S. armed forces regional medical examiner. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:52:00 -0400 An Army of 420K means involuntary separations If the Army has to drop to 420,000, you can expect the involuntary separations of enlisted and officers to continue. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:46:00 -0400 After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:58:00 -0400 Helmand police chief mentored by Marines is dismissed after Taliban violence Less than a month after Marines ended their mission advising Afghan National Police in Helmand province, the Afghan interior ministry has replaced the provincial police chief central to the Marines' final mentoring efforts. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:56:00 -0400 MARSOC demystified: Officials to unveil training details Notoriously shrouded in secrecy, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command may soon lift the veil on its training pipeline, beginning with the assessment and selection course that is held several times per year at undisclosed locations, and continuin Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:16:00 -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 2 USAF missileers to work with Navy in morale-improvement effort They're Air Force missileers, but their next assignments are with the Navy. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:53:00 -0400 CID looking for new special agents U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is putting out a dragnet - for new special agents. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:38:00 -0400 Wyoming Air Guard looks to improve planes Wyoming Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner has joined other Guard leaders around the country in asking Congress to approve upgrades to older transport planes. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:17:00 -0400 Lackland airman ambushes homeless man with makeover James Green has a special commitment to San Antonio's homeless. He wants them to know they matter and he wants the displaced to know he cares. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:59:00 -0400 Judge slams Dade County for razing soldier's home A federal judge has slammed Miami-Dade County for refusing to delay demolition of a soldier's home while he trained in California. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:26:00 -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. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:32:00 -0400 Navy's weathermen celebrate 90 years They have been knocked down from ship's company to ship riders. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:39:00 -0400 Texas couple gives forgotten flag to Marine's mom A couple who discovered a tribute flag for a fallen Marine at a Texas flea market has presented it to his mother, more than nine years after he was killed in Iraq. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:45:00 -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 On newsstands this week In this week's issue of Marine Corps Times, the top TA and GI Bill schools, and what you need to know before you enroll. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:19:00 -0400 On newsstands this week In this week's issue of Navy Times, the top TA and GI Bill schools, and what you need to know before you enroll. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:19:00 -0400 On newsstands this week In this week's issue of Army Times, the job that will get you promoted. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:17:00 -0400 On newsstands this week In this week's issue of Air Force Times, the top TA and GI Bill schools, and what you need to know before you enroll. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:16:00 -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 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. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:13:00 -0400 Marines certify female airman as martial arts instructor Meet the first female airman to become a certified martial arts instructor through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Center of Excellence at Quantico, Virginia. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:53:00 -0400 F-16s and Ospreys take lead during embassy-evacuation mission in Libya The U.S. Embassy in strife-torn Libya was evacuated early Saturday, under cover of American warplanes and spy aircraft, according to the State Department and the Pentagon. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:41:00 -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. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:41:00 -0400 Congressional candidate defends Special Forces claims A Mississippi congressional candidate called out by the Special Forces community for describing himself as a Green Beret says he stands by what he has said, even if it should have been phrased differently. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:08:00 -0400 AF takes aim at obesity in dependents, retirees The Air Force is taking aim at obesity among dependents and retirees through two pilot programs that could eventually go servicewide. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:08:00 -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 Army PT overhaul: Master fitness trainers' will dispatch to all units Twelve soldiers - their backs ramrod straight, sweaty and spattered in mud - lowered to the grass in unison. They were doing pushups the right way - the Army way - with their elbows tucked close to their bodies. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:36:00 -0400 2 Fort Carson soldiers killed in Afghanistan Two soldiers based at Fort Carson were killed when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:18:00 -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 Gay soldiers at Fort Campbell open up on coming out Spc. Corderra Dews, 24, was living in Austin, Texas, and openly gay before he joined the Army in 2011, a couple of months before the end of 'don't ask, don't tell,' the policy that kept gay soldiers in the closet at the risk of losing their jobs. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:08:00 -0400 Elizabeth City close to becoming Coast Guard City For years, Elizabeth City has been a host to Coast Guard crewmembers and their families, and it's a little closer to making that hospitality official. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:40:00 -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 Marines seek authorization for incidental dolphin deaths The Marine Corps is asking for a five-year authorization from the National Marine Fisheries Service for incidental deaths of bottlenose dolphins during training exercises at a bombing and target range. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:17:00 -0400 Master Fitness Trainers The Army has 2,000 master fitness trainers and plans to prep several thousand more. Here's a closer look at three of these PT standouts: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:47:00 -0400 The exercises The Army's Physical Readiness Training program authorizes more than 150 exercises, all spelled out in Field Manual 7-22. They include: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:45:00 -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 08:16:00 -0400 Family of murdered Marine 'betrayed' after Afghan killer gets 7-year sentence The family of a Marine killed during an insider attack in Afghanistan says they were outraged to discover this week that the attacker's trial took place recently in an Afghan court without their knowledge. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:37:00 -0400 Muslim group seeks pardon for Marine vet convicted in Iran A Muslim rights organization is asking Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for a pardon or re-trial for a former U.S. Marine convicted of criminal charges who was accused of working for the CIA. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:37:00 -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 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. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:35:00 -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 Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:28:00 -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 1,877 NCOs to move up in August The Army plans to promote 1,877 NCO to the ranks of sergeant though sergeant major in August, which is 82 more than in July. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -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 2 options offered for lost staff sgt. tests Senior airmen at Pope Air Field, North Carolina, whose promotion test answer sheets for the most recent staff sergeant testing cycle were lost in the mail will be allowed to retake the professional development guide portion of their test this year, said a Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:10:00 -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