Military/Articles

Why Gettysburg is the spookiest battlefield in America

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty Long after around 7,800 soldiers died in the three day battle of Gettysburg, tourists and ghosts hunters claim to encounter the fallen. The remote village offers over ten different ghost tours that run year round for guests to get a glimpse of the supernatural at several prominent sites from the battlefield. People report the sunken gut feelings along with hearing faint echos of the battle that occurred. The site of the infamous downhill bayonet charge at Little Round ... More

Court bars Trump from reversing transgender troops policy 

By David Crary and Jessica Gresko Associated Press WASHINGTON — 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 service members who had sued over Trump's policy were likely to win their lawsuit. She directed a return to the situation that existed before Trump announced his new policy this summer, ... More

VA: 87 veterans on secret delayed waiting list for care in 2017

By Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials say an unauthorized, secret waiting list for psychotherapy appointments at Omaha's VA hospital delayed care for 87 veterans this year. Letters addressed to Iowa Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse — all Republicans — blamed the unauthorized list on "training deficiencies" involving the hospital's medical support assistants, the Omaha World-Herald reported&n ... More

Soldier killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash ID'd

By Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has released the name of a U.S. soldier who died of wounds sustained in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan. The Friday crash in Logar province killed Jacob M. Sims — a 36-year-old chief warrant officer from Juneau, Alaska. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. The U.S. military has said six other crew members aboard the helicopter were i ... More

Review: 'Thank You for Your Service' doesn't sugarcoat the realities of war

By Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times "Thank You For Your Service" is more effective, more disturbing than you may expect, and that is very much a good thing. Starring Miles Teller and adapted from David Finkel's classic of nonfiction journalism, "Thank You" may sound like the Hollywood take on a serious subject, and at times it threatens to turn out that way. But, against some odds, the integrity of Finkel's reportage, as well as the wrenching honesty of the returning Iraq war v ... More

Why Hollywood has no excuse for messing up military uniforms

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty Every time a new Hollywood blockbuster comes out about the military, veterans and active duty service members get defensive — and for good reason. The military is very detail-oriented and the veteran community can spot every mistake in technique, procedure, or uniform wear. It pains us watching films that can’t even get the amount of flags on our uniform correct.   As much of a master craftsman as Stanley Kubrick was when creating films, he’s ... More

US has three carriers in West Pacific for first time since '07

By Tony Capaccio Bloomberg News WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy has three aircraft carriers and their assorted missile-carrying vessels deployed to the western Pacific Ocean for the first time in a decade as tensions with North Korea remain high and President Donald Trump prepares to depart for Asia next week. The milestone was reached Wednesday when the USS Nimitz and its strike group entered the Western Pacific region after operating in the Middle East, according to a Navy press release. The USS Theodore ... More

Navy: Shipyard security wasted $21M on gear, vehicles 

By Associated Press PORTSMOUTH, Va. — U.S. Navy investigators say security personnel at a public shipyard in Virginia created an unauthorized police force that wasted up to $21 million on equipment, manpower and vehicles that included a high-speed boat. The Navy on Tuesday released a 2014 report that detailed 12 years of mismanagement at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth following a request from The Associated Press. Federal News Radio first wrote about the report in August. The ship ... More