Trump proposes 2.1 percent pay increase for troops

By Military1 Staff The Trump administration released their 2018 defense budget proposal this week, which includes a 2.1 percent pay increase for military service members. The plan also calls for 4,000 more troops for each the Air Force and the Navy, while troop levels in the Army and Marine Corps would remain the same. The administration’s budget plan is an ambitious one, and must get through the Senate before becoming law. More

US forces kill 7 al-Qaida members in nighttime Yemen raid

By Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Defense Department says U.S. forces have killed seven members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula during a raid in Yemen early Tuesday. U.S. Central Command says the forces used "a combination of small arms fire and precision airstrikes" to attack the compound in Marib Governorate in central Yemen. It says, "Raids such as this provide insight into AQAP's disposition, capabilities and intentions, which will allow us to continue to pursue, disrup ... More

How silencers make infantry weapons better

By Christian Lowe We Are The Mighty It’s been said that Marine Corps infantry chief warrant officers have more weapons knowledge stored in their pinkie fingers than most people will learn in a lifetime. And our experience over the years hasn’t chipped away at that assumption one bit. Dubbed “Gunners,” these limited duty officers hail from the enlisted ranks and spend the balance of their careers acting as infantry experts for a variety of ground-related commands, including divisions ... More

El Paso leaders head to Congress to vie for Fort Bliss

David Burge El Paso Times A group of civic and business leaders from El Paso will be in the nation’s capital this week to talk to top Army, defense and other officials about the importance of Fort Bliss. The delegation, led by the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, will also advocate for El Paso and discuss key border issues, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, with civilian officials, members of Congress and their staffs, said Richard Dayoub, president and chief executive officer of th ... More

Fallen soldier's dog tags make their way home after 47 years

Kelly Humphrey Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach FORT WALTON BEACH — Retired Army Lt. Col. Jim Tucker doesn't like to speak about the death of fallen soldiers. "I can't do it," the former commander of the Florida Army Ranger Camp said. "I get too emotional." He made an exception during a ceremony Friday afternoon, however, when he presented a dog tag that belonged to the late Army Capt. Gordon Kimbrell to Kimbrell's firstborn son. "How many of y ... More

N. Korea fires missile in latest test, US and S. Korea say 

By Kim Tong-Hyung Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Sunday fired a midrange ballistic missile, U.S. and South Korean officials said, in the latest weapons test for a country speeding up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles. The rocket was fired from an area near Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 500 kilometers (310 miles), said South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. It did not immediately provide more detail ... More