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President Announces Space Force as 6th Military Branch PDF Print E-mail
President Donald Trump has directed the Pentagon to create a "space force" as a new, sixth military branch to oversee missions and operations in the space domain.

"We must have American dominance in space," Trump said during a speech at the National Space Council meeting, held at the White House on Monday. "I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense to immediately begin the process to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces."
 
"We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the space force," Trump said. "Separate, but equal. It is going to be something so important."

Trump then directed Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, to "carry that assignment out."
 
South Korea and U.S. Military Exercises Cancelled PDF Print E-mail

South Korea, US cancel Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise for 2018:

South Korea and the U.S. have canceled a major military exercise planned for August to fulfill one of President Donald Trump’s promises to North Korea from last week’s summit.

“Following close cooperation, South Korea and the U.S. decided to suspend all planning activities for the [Ulchi Freedom Guardian] defensive exercise slated for August,” Yonhap News Agency reported, citing a text sent to South Korean news services.

“The South and the U.S. plan to continue consultations over additional measures,” Yonhap reported, citing the text.

Last week in Singapore, Trump announced he was canceling the exercises, which he said were provocative, as one of the exchanges in order to have North Korea denuclearize.

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Calling all retirees: PDF Print E-mail

The Army is looking for recruiters and instructors to go back on active duty.


The Army is short on recruiters, and as hundreds of thousands of American teenagers graduate high school in June and ― perhaps ― turn their attention to enlisting, the service is pulling out all the stops to man those recruiting stations.

Specifically, the service is looking for 150 retired staff sergeants and sergeants first class, who have either been recruiters or instructors, to come back on active duty.

The Army also is looking for a handful of officers and warrants.

“This opportunity is a normal strength management tool used by the Army to meet critical skill requirements, while preserving unit readiness in the operational Army,” according to a Thursday release from Training and Doctrine Command.

This kind of measure has been used before in the Army, according to a spokeswoman, though she did not elaborate on how often or when it was last used.
 
“The policy of retired soldiers returning to active duty on a voluntary basis is used frequently to assist Army commands across the force and is used by commanders at their discretion,” Megan Reed told Army Times.
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No. Korea returning remains of missing US troops from Korean War PDF Print E-mail
In a statement signed by both Trump and Kim during the historic summit in Singapore, the two countries agreed to the “immediate repatriation” of those fallen service members who are already identified, the Associated Press reported.

Roughly 7,800 Americans remain unaccounted for from the 1950-1953 war. The Korean military conflict technically lasted from 1950 to 1953 but was ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

Of those 7,800 Americans, 5,300 are believed to have been lost in battles in North Korea or prisoner-of-war camps.

 
Happy Birthday, Army! PDF Print E-mail
Video from Military Times 
"Sorry, we don't have any cake. But here's a video instead."
 
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