Saturday, December 16, 2017

Military News

She was an artist who answered a Craigslist ad. Next thing she knew she was best friends with a 93-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor

She was an artist who answered a Craigslist ad. Next thing she knew she was best friends with a 93-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor

University of Miami architecture student Emi Kopke still cannot believe her luck. She answered a Craiglist ad asking for an artist to do hand drawings for a special project. The self-taught artist sent in 15 of her hand drawings — including some of b...
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As fewer serve, burden of war falls heavier on families with tradition of service

As fewer serve, burden of war falls heavier on families with tradition of service

When Lauren Price’s youngest son went off to fight in Iraq in 2008, she handed him a going-away present few parents could offer."I gave him my Iraqi cell phone," said Price, 52, a Navy veteran from New Port Richey who served in the same region of Ira...
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Howard Altman: Army settles flap over who will wear the Green Beret

Howard Altman: Army settles flap over who will wear the Green Beret

I have a hard time picturing Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, a no-nonsense guy with plenty on his plate, taking time out of his busy day sorting through color swatches.But thanks to one of two recent victories in the battle for Army tradition, ...
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Target of racist graffiti wrote it, Air Force Academy says

The discovery of racist graffiti galvanized the Air Force Academy in September, and the superintendent of the Colorado campus turned that into a teaching moment with a speech about diversity and tolerance that found more than a million viewers on the...
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Online expansion opens military exchange to another 240,000 shoppers in Tampa Bay area

Online expansion opens military exchange to another 240,000 shoppers in Tampa Bay area

TAMPA — Military exchanges like the one at MacDill Air Force Base have long offered big savings to active-duty troops, military retirees and their families.Starting Saturday, Veterans Day, deals like 25 percent off on watches, 30 percent off smokers ...
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Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison

Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who walked off his post in Afghanistan and triggered a search that wounded some of his comrades, will serve no prison time, a military judge ruled Friday at the end of the politically divisive case...
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Howard Altman: Coast Guard to get special Veterans Day recognition

Howard Altman: Coast Guard to get special Veterans Day recognition

On an average day, the U.S. Coast Guard conducts 45 search and rescue missions, saving 10 lives and more than $1.2 million in property.The agency also seizes 874 pounds of cocaine and 214 pounds of marijuana, interdicts 17 illegal migrants and conduc...
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‘Multiple failures’ by sailors standing watch contributed to deadly Navy collisions, investigation finds

‘Multiple failures’ by sailors standing watch contributed to deadly Navy collisions, investigation finds

The Navy has found that two ship collisions that combined to kill 17 sailors at sea were preventable and caused in part by "multiple failures" by service members who were standing watch the nights of the incidents, the service said Wednesday.The USS ...
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Drone developers show off latest technology for SOCom at Ybor City ‘rodeo’

Drone developers show off latest technology for SOCom at Ybor City ‘rodeo’

TAMPA — With a hum like a thousand bees, the small Hive Mind Nova quadcopter lifted off for a mision seen as one of the most dangerous combat troops and law enforcement officers can undertake.Entering and clearing a building.A team of humans can spen...
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U.S. court bars Trump from reversing transgender troops policy

U.S. court bars Trump from reversing transgender troops policy

Associated PressWASHINGTON — A federal judge on Monday barred President Donald Trump’s administration from proceeding with plans to exclude transgender people from military service.U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the transgender...
Updated: 2 months ago