Military/Articles

10 deadliest self-propelled howitzers

By Harold Hutchison We Are The Mighty A longtime saying in war is that artillery is the king of the battlefield. But some artillery are better than others, and the best are those that can drive themselves to battle. An ARCHER Artillery System. (Wikimedia Commons) For a long time, all artillery was towed. First the towing as done by horses, then by trucks or other vehicles. But there was a problem. The artillery took a while to set up, then, when the battery had to move — either because tr ... More

Final 2 Black Hawk crew members declared dead in Aug. 15 crash

William Cole The Honolulu Star-Advertiser The Army has declared as deceased the final two missing members of a UH-60 Black Hawk that crashed during night training off Kaena Point Aug. 15. All five crew members of the Black Hawk have now been declared deceased. The 25th Infantry Division said today that the Army changed the status of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian M. Woeber and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stephen T. Cantrell from “duty status — whereabouts unknown” to deceased after the Army ... More

Army general under investigation for texts sent to wife of soldier

By Tom Vanden Brook TNS WASHINGTON — The Army has launched an investigation of the major general in charge of its forces in Africa for sending dozens of messages, some of them suggestive, to the wife of an enlisted soldier under his command, USA TODAY has learned. The Facebook messages sent by Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington range from flattering to flirty and suggestive and include a request to the woman that she delete them. Harrington is the two-star in charge of U.S. Army Africa and is based in Italy. ... More

Pentagon: US troop total in Afghanistan larger than reported 

By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is poised to have roughly 15,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan in the coming months, as defense officials on Wednesday finally acknowledged the actual number of American forces in the country after long camouflaging the total in misleading accounting measures and red tape. Senior Defense officials for the first time said there are about 11,000 U.S. forces currently deployed to Afghanistan — thousands more than the 8,400 that were a ... More

Pat Tillman statue unveiled at Sun Devil Stadium

By John Marshall AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. — The walls around Sun Devil Stadium and the new football complex are lined with photos of Pat Tillman. Images of the former player and Army Ranger can be found across the campus and around town, too. Now there's a bronze likeness of perhaps the greatest Sun Devil in school history. Arizona State unveiled a bronze statue of Tillman during a ceremony at Sun Devil Stadium on Wednesday, a monument designed as a tribute to the man who gave so m ... More

3,500 soldiers from Fort Bliss' 2nd Brigade to deploy to Kuwait

David Burge El Paso Times, Texas Fort Bliss’ 2nd Brigade is about to take the final step in its transition from Army test unit in the modernization mission to being fully deployable. About 3,500 soldiers from the brigade will deploy to Kuwait this fall, the Army announced Wednesday. The Strike Brigade will serve in a deterrence and contingency role in the Middle East. It also will train with Middle Eastern partner nations and engage in other exchanges of information, including conferences, planning ... More

Airman sentenced to 15 months for child porn possession

By April Baumgarten Grand Forks Herald A Grand Forks airman will spend 15 months in prison and could be dishonorably discharged from service for possessing child pornography. Melbourne Michael Anderson, 27, was sentenced Tuesday in military court on one count of possessing child pornography, said Shaun Shenk, public affairs chief for Grand Forks Air Force Base. He was demoted from staff sergeant to airman basic, the lowest enlisted rank for the U.S. Air Force. A judge also ordered Anderson's dishonor ... More

Houston mattress store offers beds, food to National Guard troops

By Military1 Staff After spending hours rescuing people from the rapidly rising flood waters, members of the Texas National Guard were able to catch a few hours of rest on the showroom floor of a local furniture store. Gallery Furniture in Houston offered its mattress department to guardsmen who had spent the night rescuing people from their homes after the devastating flood waters of Hurrican Harvey took their toll on the city. "We have about 60 National Guard troops that are sleeping on t ... More

Mattis assembling panel to discuss transgender troops 

By Associated Press WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is assembling a panel of experts to discuss the matter of openly transgender individuals already serving in the U.S. military. President Donald Trump on Friday directed the Pentagon to extend indefinitely a ban on transgender individuals joining the military, but he gave Mattis the authority to decide those already serving. Mattis says in a statement released Tuesday that the Pentagon, in consultation with the Department of ... More