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Rhodes Scholarship Winner Christian E.Nattiel, USMA 2017 PDF Print E-mail

Christian E.Nattiel is a senior at the United States Military Academy, where he is double-majoring in mathematical sciences and philosophy. He is interested in narratives of struggle, social justice, and self-determination.

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H.R. McMaster Appointed National Security Adviser PDF Print E-mail
President Trump picked Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a widely respected military strategist, as his new national security adviser on Monday, calling him “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”
 
Mr. Trump made the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago getaway in Palm Beach, Fla., where he has been interviewing candidates to replace Michael T. Flynn, who was forced out after withholding information from Vice President Mike Pence about a call with Russia’s ambassador.
 
The choice continued Mr. Trump’s reliance on high-ranking military officers to advise him on national security. Mr. Flynn was a retired three-star general and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is a retired four-star general. His first choice to replace Mr. Flynn, who turned the job down, and two other finalists were current or former senior officers as well.
 
Shortly before announcing his appointment, Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter: “Meeting with Generals at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. Very interesting!”
 
LTG Harold G. "Hal" Moore, Jr, USMA 1945 PDF Print E-mail
 Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moor died in his home in Auburn, Alabama, a few days short of his 95th birthday.  He is survived by three sons, two daughters, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Julie Compton, in 2004.  

A funeral mass will be held at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Auburn, followed by a memorial service National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning Army Base in Columbus, Georgia. Internment following at Fort Benning.

LTG Moore Co-Authored the best selling book "We Were Soldiers Once… And Young" with Joseph L. Galloway in 1992 about the First and Second Battalions of the 7th Cavalry Regiment in the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley, which was later adapted ainto the movie We Were Soldiers released in 2002. 

Moore and Galloway wrote a sequel to the book titled "We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam" which was published in 2008 about their return to Vietnam and a reflection on how the war had changed them.

 
House Approves Troop Pay Raise PDF Print E-mail
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a 2.1 percent pay raise next year for troops.
 
The measure was included in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which the lower chamber overwhelmingly backed by a vote of 375-34. The massive $619 billion bill sets policy and spending goals for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.
 
"This bipartisan bill focuses on our troops, America’s most important national defense resource," Rep. William "Mac" Thornberry, a Republican from Texas and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.
 
"It provides them a full pay raise for the first time in four years, it stops layoffs of our military personnel and actually increases the end strength of our Armed Forces, and it starts to stabilize the readiness problems that are making it more difficult for our troops to accomplish their mission and increasingly represent a danger to their lives," he added. "It contains landmark reforms to improve our military’s strength and agility."
 
Senate Confirms Pompeo as CIA Director PDF Print E-mail
The Senate on Monday confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to run the CIA despite some Democratic objections that Rep. Mike Pompeo has been less than transparent about his positions on torture, surveillance and Russia's meddling in the U.S. election.

The vote was 66-32.

Pompeo takes the helm at the nation's top spy agency at a crucial time for U.S. national security as intelligence — traditionally a nonpartisan issue — has been thrust into the political arena. Trump has been critical of intelligence agencies after their assessment of Russian involvement to help him win the election while the new president also has said he is fully behind them.

Senate Republicans had hoped to vote on Pompeo's nomination Friday, after Trump's inauguration. But Democrats succeeded in stalling action until they could debate.

Democratic Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden on Monday said Pompeo was the "wrong man for the job."

"He has endorsed extreme policies that would fundamentally erode liberties and freedoms of our people without making us safer," Wyden said. He said Pompeo's answers to questions from some senators have been "vague" and "contradictory," making it impossible to know what Pompeo believes.

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