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Fort Bragg in running for 800-soldier unit

Drew Brooks The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. SPRING LAKE — Fort Bragg leaders said the nation’s largest military installation is growing and could add additional units in the near future. Justin Mitchell, the deputy garrison commander, told members of the Regional Land Use Advisory Commission on Thursday that Fort Bragg – already home to approximately 54,000 troops – is in the running for a unit that could add more than 800 soldiers to the installation. The update comes a little mo ... More

USAF to bolster 'high-end' fighting capabilities

William Cole The Honolulu Star-Advertiser The Air Force is ramping up its doctrine to prepare for the possibility of a “high-end” fight against its chief rivals and plans to add more than 7,000 airmen this fiscal year to continue growing a force that’s too small for the missions it may be called upon to perform, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Friday. Wilson, who became the 24th Air Force secretary in May, stopped at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Thursday and Friday following h ... More

Gen. Kelly: Teacher 'ought to go to hell' for military rant 

By Associated Press PICO RIVERA, Calif. — White House Chief of Staff John Kelly says a Los Angeles-area high school teacher "ought to go to hell" for disparaging U.S. military service members in classroom remarks. The retired Marine general blasted Gregory Salcido on Wednesday during an interview with Fox News Radio. Salcido is on leave from El Rancho High School in suburban Pico Rivera. A video surfaced on Friday in which the teacher is heard berating a 17-year-old stude ... More

6 women become first in Army to earn Expert Infantryman Badge

Amanda Dolasinski The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Women quietly broke through barriers last fall when they became the first in the Army to earn the prestigious Expert Infantryman Badge at Fort Bragg. The badge, which was created in the 1940s, only recently opened to women when the Department of Defense struck down regulations that prevented them from serving in infantry jobs. The women earned the badge during testing with hundreds of male candidates in November — about two years after infantry jobs op ... More

Navy enacting changes in wake of deadly crashes

Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON — Two top Navy officials told lawmakers on Thursday that a plan is underway to ensure safer conditions for sailors, following a series of deadly accidents at sea last year. The comments, which were made before a joint hearing of two House Armed Services Committee subpanels, come in the wake of two extensive Navy reviews of deadly warship crashes and mishaps last summer. In all, the Navy lost 20 sailors in major incidents in the Pacific in 2017. Of those ... More

Army ending Temporary Early Retirement Authority program

Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON – The Army will end a program in 2018 that allowed some soldiers to receive retirement benefits without serving a full 20 years in uniform, the service’s top civilian recently announced in a memorandum. Army Secretary Mark Esper cited in a Dec. 15 memo that the end of the Army’s drawing down of its force strength was the reason why he rescinded the Temporary Early Retirement Authority, or TERA, program. TERA, in use since 2012, allowed soldie ... More

Fighting the movies: Not everyone pulls triggers

By Sgt. Joseph Gunderson RallyPoint Recently, I have found myself having long conversations with civilians about the military. I am a full time student at a private university in Kansas and much of the faculty and student body has never even thought about joining the military. It isn’t anything strange; this is to be expected at such a small school and the fact that the military makes up less than 1% of the population of the country. What is interesting is that many of them have only the movies to go ... More

Sailors unfazed by end of Navy's 'early out' program

Tyler Hlavac Stars and Stripes YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Sailors in Japan seem unfazed by the cancellation of a Navy program that allowed some to leave the service up to two years prior to their scheduled separation date. The Enlisted Early Transition Program, launched by the Navy in 2014, allowed some servicemembers in noncritical jobs to apply for early release. It was touted as a way of cutting down on involuntary separations. Two other programs — one through which senior offices could ... More