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Sikh soldier sues Army over religious right to beard, turban PDF Print E-mail

A U.S. Army captain who is a practicing Sikh asked a federal court on Monday to protect his right to wear a turban and sport a beard while on duty, which are both disallowed under military regulations.

Capt. Simratpal Singh asked a federal district court in Washington to protect his constitutional rights while he serves in the Army, where the Ranger School graduate is known as Simmer. He was given temporary waivers to wear a turban and a beard while on duty starting last year, but the last one is set to expire soon. The nonmedical waivers are rare, and Singh’s was just the fourth granted since a ban on beards began in the 1980s.

Singh, a decorated combat veteran and West Point graduate, received the waiver when he reported to a new assignment in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, near Washington. 

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Humans Could Land on Mars by 2040 PDF Print E-mail
Humans could land on Mars by 2040, although that would be the "easy part" of the journey, thinks Dr Buzz Aldrin - the second man to set foot on the moon. Dr Aldrin was present at the Science Museum in London on Sunday, and expressed his view about human landing on Mars during in-conversation event with Professor Brian Cox at the Museum.

In 1969, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the second man to set foot on the moon. Born as Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr., he was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11 - the first manned lunar landing in history. Aldrin set foot on the Moon following Neil Armstrong, the commander of the mission.
 
Pentagon Will Relocate Pregnant Family Members From Zika-Affected Areas PDF Print E-mail
The Department of Defense has offered to relocate any pregnant family members of active-duty personnel and civilian employees stationed in regions affected by the Zika virus.

The voluntary relocation program is accompanied by efforts by Defense Department researchers to develop vaccines, tests and treatment for the mosquito-borne disease, the Military Times reports. The prevalence of the disease in Brazil has been linked to a spike in microcephaly, a birth defect causing babies to be born with small heads. Cases of the virus have cropped up throughout North and South America, prompting the World Health Organization to declare an international public health emergency on Monday.
 
U-M and US Department of Defense partner for traumatic brain injury research PDF Print E-mail
The University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to find new research aiming to impact the way severe traumatic brain injury is diagnosed and treated.

MCIRCC and the Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP), a subsidiary of the DoD and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, signed an agreement in November 2015 to begin executing a series of collaborative activities focused on severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The partners will work together to host The Massey Foundation TBI Grand Challenge which invites researchers to engage and partner in groundbreaking research in severe TBI and to submit project proposals for funding. A TBI is a form of brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head (or even a penetrating head injury) that ultimately disrupts the normal function of the brain.
 
Nominee for U.S. Army secretary warns about impact of further troop cuts PDF Print E-mail
The nominee to be the next U.S. Army secretary told lawmakers on Thursday that cutting the size of the force had increased the risk to American security and that further reductions would require a rethinking of the Army's role and priorities.

Eric Fanning, a longtime senior defense official who would be the first openly gay military service secretary, told his confirmation hearing that reducing the Army to 450,000 troops by 2018 from about 490,000 currently, was manageable but would increase the risk to national security.

The Pentagon is in the process of cutting almost $1 trillion in projected defense spending over a decade under a 2011 deal approved by the White House and Congress.

Cutting the active-duty Army to 420,000 soldiers, which could be required if the spending cuts are not reversed, "would require a whole new set of assumptions and guidance on what the Army is supposed to do and what its priorities should be," said Fanning, who would replace Army Secretary John McHugh, who stepped down several months ago.
 
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