en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:47:04 -0400 15 Beirut mission renewed: Marines take pride in returning to guard embassy As of early September, Marine security guards are again manning Post One in Beirut. The post holds profound significance for Marines young and old. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:09:00 -0400 John McCain calls Navy 2-star an 'idiot' during interview Sen. John McCain, a retired naval aviator, has a history of confronting military leaders he feels have fallen short. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:48:00 -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. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:24:00 -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 1,000-pound pod falls off Marine Corps Prowler mid-flight Marine officials say they have recovered a 1,000-pound tactical jamming system pod that fell off an EA-6B Prowler aircraft while it flew a mission over a military air station in Arizona. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:12:00 -0400 Yuma Marines rescue lost Boy Scouts near the Colorado River Marines rescued 28 Boy Scouts and four chaperones Saturday night after they were reported missing when they failed to reach a checkpoint during a canoe trip. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:11:00 -0400 Marine Corps booted suspected Indiana serial killer in 1993 A former Marine, who recently confessed to killing seven women in Indiana, was kicked out of the Marine Corps as a private in 1993 after fewer than two years of service. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:11:00 -0400 Army helos set for joint exercise in Japan The U.S. Army Stryker brigade set to begin exercises in Japan next week as part of its third stop in the Army's Pacific Pathways rotation brought its own aviation assets to the venerable exercise for the first time. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:10:00 -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. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:10:00 -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. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:07:00 -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 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. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:49:00 -0400 CSM who fought in Panama, Somalia and Iraq dies at 52 A decorated soldier who participated in major military actions spanning three decades and spent the last few years of his career helping fellow wounded warriors was found dead in his Georgia home Oct. 13 of natural causes. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:39:00 -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. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:30:00 -0400 3-star: Delays growing in fixing attack submarines The Navy's top maintenance official warned that the service is 'in a tail-chase' to get submarines and ships the overhauls they need, with some running much longer than foreseen. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:29:00 -0400 Survey asks lesbian, gay, bi sailors about service experiences It's been three years since the Defense Department lifted its ban against gays, lesbians and bisexuals serving openly in the military, but the services have little research on their experiences and needs or how the repeal of don't ask, don't tell has affe Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:28:00 -0400 CNO Greenert: 7-month deployments 'achievable and sustainable' The Navy's top admiral said he wants to bring deployments down to a seven-month standard - a call that stands in stark contrast to recent deployment lengths. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:27:00 -0400 Teen sentenced for killing Fort Carson soldier, pregnant wife A teenager who killed a Fort Carson soldier and his pregnant wife during a burglary has been given back-to-back life sentences, each with the possibility of parole after 40 years. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:21:00 -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 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 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:56:00 -0400 Afghan soldiers who fled for Canada due in court Two Afghan military officers who face deportation after leaving a Massachusetts training exercise to seek asylum in Canada are due back before a U.S. immigration judge. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:55:00 -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. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:53:00 -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 Destroyer Michael Murphy leaves on first cruise The destroyer Michael Murphy left Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Monday on its maiden cruise: an independent deployment to the Western Pacific that also marked a first for many of the ship's crew. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:30:00 -0400 Report: Private student borrowers can't get repayment help Millions of Americans still struggle with high-cost private student loans, with many tumbling into default because the companies servicing the loans aren't offering reasonable options for improved terms, a new report says. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:12:00 -0400 JBLM soldier charged in wife's death The Pierce County prosecutor has charged a Lewis-McChord soldier with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife at their Lakewood apartment. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:46:00 -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 Valid Ebola concerns More than 500 U.S. troops are in Liberia, conducting humanitarian missions in response to the Ebola epidemic. Nearly 3,000 more are expected in the coming days. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:52:00 -0400 Editorial: Improving the PFA The sailors who run the Navy's fitness programs are about to get a boost they've long wanted: a Navy enlisted classification. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:46:00 -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 Editorial: Dunford and his Marines Congratulations to Gen. Joseph Dunford, who on Oct. 17 assumed his new post as the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps during a passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:32:00 -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: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:26:00 -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 Eustis soldiers leaving to battle Ebola outbreak HAMPTON ROADS -- A deployment ceremony will be held at Fort Eustis this morning for approximately 60 U.S. Army soldiers deploying to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. The soldiers are part of the 53rd Transportation Battalion. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:44:00 -0400 Carson soldiers to get Ebola training before Africa trip Fort Carson will train about 160 engineers on Thursday in advance of the company's deployment to West Africa to help fight the spread of Ebola. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:30:00 -0400 Metro to open early for the Marine Corps Marathon Metro will open two hours early Sunday to help riders traveling to the Marine Corps Marathon. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:57:00 -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 Soldier with six deployments killed in motorcycle accident Staff Sgt. Bryan Phillip Pitney of Fort Hood, Texas, who deployed six times during his Army career, has died from injuries after a motorcycle accident, post officials announced Tuesday afternoon. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:27:00 -0400 Marines return from Australia following largest rotation to date The biggest Marine rotation to deploy to Australia returned to California on Monday after spending six months Down Under, paving the way to base a full Marine air-ground task force there in the future. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:26:00 -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 Rotor fire damages Marine Corps helicopter A Marine Corps helicopter sustained at least $2 million in damages last week when a rotor brake caught fire following maintenance. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:47:00 -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 State Department approves new tank ammo sale to Iraq The US State Department has cleared the sale of M1A1 Abrams tank ammunition to Iraq, according to an announcement by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:33:00 -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 2015 will mean more 15-year retirements for NCOs, officers The 15-year early retirement option will be available to certain categories of Regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserve officers, warrant officers and noncommissioned officers who are selected for involuntary separations because of promotion passover Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:30:00 -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 As tensions rise, Pentagon beefs up missions in Europe As the nation's eyes are on the Ebola outbreak and the fight with Islamic State militants, the situation in Europe is getting decidedly colder - think Cold War. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:12:00 -0400 As tensions rise, Pentagon beefs up missions in Europe As the nation's eyes are on the Ebola outbreak and the fight with Islamic State militants, the situation in Europe is getting decidedly colder - think Cold War. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:08:00 -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