5 potential cities for new Army command HQ

By Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — A U.S. Army spokesman says officials have narrowed to five the number of cities under consideration to house a prestigious command center that's meant to modernize Army operations and technology. Col. Patrick Seiber tells the Austin American-Statesman that Austin, Texas, is a finalist for the Futures Command headquarters along with Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Raleigh, North Carolina. Seiber says 10 other cities — including Atlanta, Chicago ... More

Army seeks 'highly qualified' retirees to fill recruiter, instructor roles

Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes AUSTIN, Texas — The Army is looking for a few good retirees to rejoin the service. The Training and Doctrine Command announced Thursday it is seeking 150 “highly qualified” retirees with experience as recruiters or instructors to return to active duty for two years to fill gaps left by the ebb and flow of recent troop levels. During the lean years of budget cuts, the Army reduced its troop levels, but now finds itself in an upswing. The 2018 budget calls fo ... More

Navy secretary: Service needs to boost recruitment efforts

Julia Bergman The Day, New London, Conn. The head of the Navy said the service needs to get creative about its recruitment and retention efforts as it seeks to bring on enough manpower to match a buildup in its fleet. A healthy U.S. economy – the unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in 18 years – means the Navy is facing stiff competition from the private sector, and even the other military services, for talent. Plus, more than 70 percent of Americans of prime recruiting age are ineligi ... More

Former military boot manufacturer sentenced in "Made in America" scheme

By Associated Press GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — Several former executives of a one-time leading manufacturer of boots for the U.S. military have been sentenced in a "Made in USA" scheme. The Kingsport Times-News reports the former Wellco Enterprises Inc. executives sold boots falsely advertised as being made in the U.S. The boot uppers and insoles were manufactured in China. The newspaper says workers at a Morristown, Tennessee, factory where the boots' soles were attached were instructed t ... More

Why it's important for vets to be on the Burn Pit Registry

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty The exposure of troops to burn pits and open-air sewage pits is a black eye on the Global War on Terrorism. While troops were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, a quick and easy solution to getting rid of garbage and sewage was to simply set it on fire. Years later, this has resulted in wide-spread health issues that affect many of our veterans. The use of burn pits and the subsequent failure to address them as a serious issue has been likened to the struggles that Vietnam ... More