en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:10:54 -0400 15 View the Army's new NCOERs The new Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Reporting system, slated for a fall 2015 fielding, will feature separate forms for soldiers of different ranks, and new responsibilities for raters and senior raters will be fielded in the fall of 2015. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:27:00 -0400 Ship crews face litany of maintenance problems The atmosphere was one of frustration shrouded in uncertainties as 1,100 Navy and industry leaders discussed ways to provide maintenance and modernization to a surface fleet burdened by growing demand and diminishing funds. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:22:00 -0400 White House intruder identified as Army veteran The man accused of getting inside the White House after scaling a fence is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq and retired due to disability, the Army said Sunday. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:22:00 -0400 Fence jumper prompts more White House security The Secret Service is boosting security outside the White House following an embarrassing security breach in which an intruder with a knife scaled the White House fence, dashed across the lawn and made it all the way inside before agents managed to stop h Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:53:00 -0400 Soldier pulls woman from alligator-infested Fort Stewart pond Like many soldiers in his situation, Pfc. Nathan Currie credited his Army training for informing his actions when he saved a woman from drowning last month at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:38:00 -0400 On newsstands this week In this week's issue of Marine Corps Times, the state of the Marine Corps. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:36:00 -0400 On newsstands this week In this week's issue of Navy Times, who qualifies -- and who doesn't -- for the new deployment pay. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:34:00 -0400 On newsstands this week In this week's issue of Air Force Times, what to expect from an evaluation and promotion system overhaul. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:33:00 -0400 On newsstands this week In this week's issue of Army Times, what to expect in your new NCOERs. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:32:00 -0400 Chinese destroyer docks in Iran, first such visit A Chinese destroyer has docked in a southern Iranian port in the first such visit to the country by the Chinese navy, Iran's state television reported on Sunday. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:18:00 -0400 Joint Chiefs chairman: Arab nations needed in fight against Islamic State The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:03:00 -0400 POW from Korea finally receives his decorations Nearly six years after earning a Silver Star during close combat in Germany at the close of World War II, James Hayden found himself surrounded by Chinese forces in Korea along with about 150 fellow soldiers. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:09:00 -0400 Marine recruits, officer candidates to get new Rugged All Terrain boots Changes are afoot. Starting in October, recruits and officer candidates will get the new Rugged All Terrain boot, a familiar piece of footwear that will replace the Marine Corps Combat Boot. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:07:00 -0400 Air Combat Command chief reluctantly accepts Global Hawk over U-2 While the plan to keep new, unmanned Global Hawks over the aging manned U-2 has support among top Defense Department officials, the top combat general in the Air Force says it is not the best military solution. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:41:00 -0400 Mountain Home airman sentenced in toddler's death A Mountain Home airman has been sentenced to life in prison for the March 2013 death of his 22-month-old stepson. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:06:00 -0400 Wake Forest rallies to defeat Army, 24-21 John Wolford threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter, and Wake Forest rallied to beat Army 24-21 on Saturday. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:57:00 -0400 Afghan presidential candidates sign unity deal Afghanistan's two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal on Sunday that makes one president and the other chief executive, ending months of political wrangling following a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:39:00 -0400 New rules aim to better fill billets abroad The Navy has streamlined overseas screening to cut processing time and limit gaps from those who fail to qualify. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:39:00 -0400 Former HM3 receives Silver Star for saving Marine's life Former Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF/SW) Jonathan Kong waited nearly four years for his first firefight. When it finally happened, his actions that day led to a Silver Star. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:07:00 -0400 Airmen hike Colorado's Mount Elbert for nationwide challenge A group of cadets and airmen from the Air Force Academy are climbing Mount Elbert as part of a plan to fly the Air Force flag from the highest point in every state. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:42:00 -0400 Fundraiser draws $50K to support family of pilot killed in F-15 crash When Lt. Col. Jeffry Blake got the news that it was Lt. Col. Morris 'Moose' Fontenot who died in the F-15C crash Aug. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:41:00 -0400 Stockdale winners faced deployment challenges Two of the Navy's most outstanding officers faced tough challenges and led their crews through successful deployments - keeping fighters in the air and an aging destroyer on station. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:31:00 -0400 Soldiers create offshore reef using old armored vehicles The South Carolina National Guard has found a good use for old M60 tanks and M113 armored personnel carriers. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:24:00 -0400 Singer reflects on 'America's Got Talent' run, plans to leave service The singing soldier from 'America's Got Talent' didn't make the show's final round, but he's not about to stop singing. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:24:00 -0400 NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire 'in name only' NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a 'cease-fire in name only,' and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:52:00 -0400 Kurdish fighters head to Syria to fight militants Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:49:00 -0400 Navy avoids lectures to fight sexual assaults When it comes to sexual assault prevention, Navy leaders have gotten the message from their sailors: Enough with the boring PowerPoint presentations. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:52:00 -0400 U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:23:00 -0400 Turkey: 49 hostages have been freed in Iraq Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by the Islamic State group in Iraq were freed Saturday, resolving a serious crisis which Turkish officials had long cited as a reason to avoid moving aggressively against the violent militant group. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:20:00 -0400 USS Vella Gulf returns to Norfolk after deployment The USS Vella Gulf has returned to its home port in Virginia following a six-month deployment. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:57:00 -0400 Military court upholds soldier's rape conviction A military appeals court has upheld a Fort Campbell soldier's conviction on two charges of rape by force and his sentence demoting him and granting a dishonorable discharge from the service. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:47:00 -0400 Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:59:00 -0400 U.S. troops to have no direct contact with Ebola victims The 3,000 U.S. troops who will deploy to West Africa to help contain the Ebola epidemic will not have direct exposure to patients infected with the potentially deadly virus, a top defense official said Friday. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:45:00 -0400 Abuse scandals prompt Hagel to examine military's links to NFL Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is taking a close look at the military's ties to the National Football League amid a spate of domestic violence scandals involving high-profile athletes. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:44:00 -0400 Cowpens XO canned for drunken driving The second-in-command of the cruiser Cowpens has been fired for drunken driving, the latest sign of turmoil for the star-crossed cruiser. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:43:00 -0400 National Guard to resume September training September weekend drills for Army National Guard soldiers are back on track after a $101 million shortfall forced multiple states to postpone their training. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:53:00 -0400 France strikes IS depot in Iraq Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, French fighter jets struck Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot, Iraqi and French officials said. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:52:00 -0400 Odierno: Airstrikes tougher as militants blend in The Army's top officer warned Friday that it will become increasingly difficult to target and launch precision airstrikes against Islamic State militants hiding among the Iraqi population. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:19:00 -0400 Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia - from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:52:00 -0400 Family of former SEAL slain in Benghazi may sue BOSTON The family of a CIA contractor killed in Benghazi, Libya, has filed claims seeking $2 million in damages from the CIA and State Department, alleging there was inadequate security at the U.S. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0400 New commander takes helm at Undersea Warfare Center The Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island has a new leader. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:21:00 -0400 Bigger, better, cheaper Wi-Fi coming soon to barracks, dorms A new Wi-Fi service is being rolled out over the next year in barracks and dormitories for soldiers, airmen and Marines. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:04:00 -0400 For single moms in uniform, 'Fort Bliss' movie shows costs & rewards Army Master Sgt. Kerensa Crum wasn't expecting much when she walked into an early screening of 'Fort Bliss,' a new movie about the struggles of a single mom in the military. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:01:00 -0400 Universities form group to improve low-income students' graduation rates Michigan State University has been graduating more low-income students since starting a program three years ago to bring advisers, tutors, health care and other services into clusters of residence halls to integrate the 'living and learning' experience. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:13:00 -0400 Aging Americans burdened by student debt Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:06:00 -0400 Army football team hopes to finally conquer Wake Forest Wake Forest hasn't been able to count on many wins during coach Dave Clawson's tough first season. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:54:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Leaving child alone may be endangerment A. Quite a bit; that could lead to a charge of child endangerment, a violation of Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:43:00 -0400 Off-duty Patrick AFB doctor springs into action after highway wreck Maj. Emanuel Diaz, a medical doctor with the 45th Medical Group, attends to patients every day at the clinic at Patrick Air Force Base. As an Air Force doctor who can be deployed to treat battlefield wounds, he is also trained to handle trauma. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:53:00 -0400 Italian village honoring pilots of WWII US bomber Nearly 70 years after they died when their crippled bomber slammed into a northern Italian mountain, the two Americans at the controls of the ill-fated warplane are being honored by residents of a village near the crash site. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:58:00 -0400 WWII vet finally awarded Purple Heart After a 70-year wait, a World War II veteran from the Fox Valley received a long-overdue award. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:55:00 -0400 Vet aims to clean up bombs in Vietnam ATHENS, Ga. Chuck Searcy might one day return to Athens to stay. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:36:00 -0400 Online tools expected to ease absentee voting If you plan to vote in the Nov. 4 elections, now is the time to request an absentee ballot, said the defense official who runs the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:53:00 -0400 Mission Family: Transition help open to spouses, too When a service member leaves the military, it affects the entire family. How a family prepares for that transition can make a huge difference. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:47:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Tricare coverage on a vacation cruise Q. While my wife and I were on a vacation cruise, my wife fell during a shore excursion in Mexico. She was treated by the physician on the cruise ship for a hand fracture, a forehead laceration and a chest contusion. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:42:00 -0400 Airstrike kills 40 Islamic State fighters A U.S. air strike near Mosul on Thursday killed 40 Islamic State militants near a terrorist training camp, according to a senior Defense Department official. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:38:00 -0400 WWII veteran gets high school diploma Dearborn High School has awarded a diploma to an 88-year-old man who left to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II before completing his senior year. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:23:00 -0400 Soldier sues Florida for discrimination A three-tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan has sued Gov. Rick Scott and top officials at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, whom he claims stripped him of his job because of his military service. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:06:00 -0400 Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:50:00 -0400 Navy opens more riverine jobs to women Twenty-one new jobs are open to women looking to join the brown-water Navy, further diminishing the number of combat roles still closed to female sailors. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:46:00 -0400 Marines aboard the Navy's newest amphib arrive in San Diego About 250 Marines returned to California following two months at sea aboard the Navy's newest amphibious assault ship as it reached its homeport in San Diego. 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