Pentagon moves to refine acquisitions process, official says

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON —The Defense Department continues to do all it can to enhance the defense acquisition process, improving the Pentagon's buying power and maximizing value for taxpayers' money, a senior Pentagon official said today. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, shared his latest efforts to improve the process as he spoke during the 31st Annual Government Contract Management ... More

Afghan killing spree hearing: 'It's really bad,' Bales allegedly said

By Kim Murphy McClatchy Newspapers Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. — An Army sergeant accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in a middle-of-the-night shooting spree returned to his base midway through the killings, woke up a fellow soldier waving his gun in his face and told him to "smell his weapon." It smelled like carbon, the serviceman testified Monday. "He said he'd just been to Al-Kozai, shot some people. ... 'I shot some military-age males.' And I said, no you didn't, ... More

NY county honors Korean War vet

By W. T. Eckert The Daily Mail GREENE COUNTY, N.Y. — A veteran of “the forgotten war” was praised and held in high regard Saturday during Greene County’s Honor a Veteran Ceremony. Lifelong Greene County resident Corporal Robert L. Ferrier was surrounded by family, friends, fellow veterans and elected officials as the Korean War veteran was recognized for his many contributions to his country and his community. The keynote speaker, Vietnam veteran and Greene County Clerk Michael Flynn, g ... More

Victoria's Secret displaces Army for underwear show

The New York Post NEW YORK — The Victoria's Secret show must go on — even if it means kicking out hardworking men and women in uniform. Dozens of National Guardsmen, and Army and Air Force personnel who have been sleeping at Manhattan's Lexington Armory in between hurricane-relief shifts are being booted - to make room for Victoria's Secret models in anticipation of Wednesday's runway show. About 300 uniformed personnel have been bunking down at the armory at various times since Sand ... More

A grand salute for World War II vets

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel WASHINGTON — Russell Kortendick carried a bazooka during the frigid Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Forest, picking out the softest snowbank for his bed each night. And when he returned home from World War II there were no parades, no hero's welcome and very few thank yous. Kortendick didn't mind: That's how it was — millions of men and women who fought in Europe and the Pacific quietly came back and resumed their lives when the war ended.   When ... More

Mystery sighting spooks soldiers in India

By Sandeep Unnithan India Today KASHMIR, India  — Army, astronomers and DRDO are unable to establish origins of unidentified luminous flying objects over India's Himalayan border with China Units of the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) have reported Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. An ITBP unit based in Thakung, close to the Pangong Tso Lake, reported over 100 sightings of luminous objects between August 1 and October 15 thi ... More