Air National Guard punishes 3 for dinosaur hand puppet video

By Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Three members of the Tennessee Air National Guard have been punished for a viral video that showed a guardsman use a dinosaur hand puppet while reciting her re-enlistment oath. The Knoxville News Sentinel cites a Wednesday statement from Maj. Gen. Terry Haston that says the unidentified colonel who led the ceremony was demoted and forced to retire. Puppet-wielding Master Sgt. Robin Brown has been removed from her position with the Tennessee Joint Public Affai ... More

US soldiers sweep tattoo competitions in Germany

Martin Egnash Stars and Stripes GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. soldiers won almost every category of competition at the Tattoo Expo Grafenwoehr this weekend, held near the U.S. Army training area. More than 100 U.S. soldiers got tattooed at the first expo held in the small town, getting everything from motivational tattoos of their unit logos to colorful drawings of their favorite superheroes and realistic portraits of loved ones and pets. Many of the soldiers, like Spc. Dallas Immell, an infantryman ... More

5 ways CrossFit benefits veterans

By Jacqlyn Cope We Are The Mighty Have you ever wondered why there's so much hype surrounding CrossFit? Well, it seems veterans are benefiting from the intense workouts in more ways than one.  Take Air Force Veteran Rachel Escolas for example. She tried out CrossFit for the first time while on deployment in Kandahar in October of 2012. After deployment, she had a burning passion for the sport and eventually became certified as a trainer in 2014 while founding her own CrossFit gym, CBUS Lifting Co. ... More

Fort Drum among first to train with autonomous robotic support vehicle

Gordon Block Watertown Daily Times, N.Y. FORT DRUM — Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division will be among the first to train with a new autonomous robotic support vehicle. The Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport is able to carry up to 1,000 pounds of gear over 60 miles in 72 hours, potentially reducing the load for soldiers carrying food, water and other key supplies. The division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team will test the vehicle, along with soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st ... More