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White House threatens veto of defense policy bill
The White House said Tuesday that President Barack Obama will veto the Senate's version of the annual defense policy bill, objecting to provisions that would bar the closing of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and limit the size of the National Security Council staff.

An 18-page statement from the Office of Management and Budget listed the Obama administration's serious reservations with the legislation, which also denies the Defense Department's request for a new round of military base closings.

"The bill would undermine expert judgments of the department's civilian and military leadership and constrain the ability of the president and the secretary of defense to appropriately manage and direct the nation's defense," the statement said.

The Armed Services Committee passed the defense policy bill last month. The full Senate is now considering the bill, which authorizes $602 billion in military spending for the fiscal year than begins October 1.
 
Superhuman Hearing Technology to Soldiers
nfantry combat is loud, and gunshots are an occupational hazard of being a soldier. A single gunshot can temporarily blow out a soldier's hearing, reducing situational awareness and the ability to overhear commands. Prolonged gunshot noise exposure over a soldier's career can do irreparable harm to hearing. 

Which is why the U.S. Army has developed an all-in-one hearing system that not only boosts the hearing of troops in the field, it also acts to cut down the noise of battle. The system, known as Tactical Communication and Protective System (TCAPS), is currently rolling out to units in the field.

In the past, protecting a soldier's hearing has traditionally come with a trade-off: the inability to hear quieter sounds, particularly human voices. Ear protection also deadens sounds to the point where the wearer can't figure out where they're coming from—a necessity when someone is shooting at you and you need to figure out where they are. 
 
U.S. Army Members and Suicide Risk
Suicide rates have been increasing among all active U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army personnel, but those in the Army appear to be most at risk, new research indicates.

An analysis of all U.S. military suicides between 2005 and 2011 revealed that the suicide rate among Army members was roughly double that seen among the second highest risk group, the Marines.

The investigation further revealed that guns are the principal cause of most military suicides. Firearms were implicated in more than 62 percent of all suicide cases that have a definitive cause of death, the study found.

"The trends in suicide are similar to what others have found," said study lead author Andrew Anglemyer, from California State University, Monterey Bay. "The differences in those rates between services are striking, though. Not only are most suicides in the active duty military among the Army personnel, but the suicide rate among Army personnel is the highest and has been every year since 2006."
 
Army investigates Fort Hood truck accident that killed 9
The Army has launched two investigations after a deadly truck accident killed nine soldiers and injured three others on Fort Hood, Texas.

Experts from the Army Combat Readiness Center are leading the first investigation. The team visited the accident site on Saturday, said Maj. John Miller, a spokesman for the 1st Cavalry Division.

The second investigation is an AR 15-6, or a commander’s fact-finding investigation, Miller said. The investigating officer appointed to conduct the 15-6 is in the “preliminary stages” of gathering information, he said.

As the investigations unfold, soldiers on Fort Hood will remember the fallen during a pair of memorial services.

Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey, 21, will be remembered during a memorial service at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 9.
 
72nd D-Day liberation of Normandy observed
Seventy-two years ago today, 156,000 Allied troops, 9,000 aircraft and nearly 5,000 ships launched the largest amphibious invasion in modern warfare. 

To history buffs, it's known by many names, D-Day, the Invasion of Normandy or even Operation Overlord, the name Sir Winston Churchill, then prime minister of England, gave it in accordance with his intense interest in operation nomenclature. 

Now, 72 years later, the world has changed, but the 50 mile stretch of coastline known as Normandy remains in solidarity in welcome to the troops, both the veterans and today's generation of Soldiers, who in their estimation, did not invade, but "liberated" Normandy.

"Invasion is an act of war, a liberation is an act of helping people to get rid of some kind of tyranny," Denis van den Brink, communications officer of the city of Carentan, France, said. "Actually both terms are correct. It was an invasion in a way that suddenly foreign armies swept through France. But it was a real liberation from the tyranny of fascism. " 
 
Zika Virus - What is it? What can you do?
 What is it, where is it and how is it spread?
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus closely related to yellow fever, dengue, and West Nile viruses. A Zika virus outbreak was identified in Brazil in early 2015; since then, it has spread to more than twenty-five other countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 2 Travel Alert (Practice Enhanced Precautions) for areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. This includes the recommendation that women who are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. 

Prevention - what can I do to prevent catching it?
The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten. There is currently no vaccine for Zika. Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime and prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near humans. The best prevention is to minimize standing water in items like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases. 
 
Anakonda 16 officially kicks off in Poland
Soldiers from eight countries took to the airfield at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, June 6, for an opening ceremony marking the official start of Exercise Anakonda 16.

Anakonda 16 is a Polish-led exercise taking place in Poland, June 7-17. The exercise will include over 25,000 participants from more than 20 nations, supporting assurance and deterrence measures by demonstrating allied defense capabilities to deploy, mass and sustain combat power. 

U.S. Army Col. Phil Brooks, commander of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, thanked his Polish hosts for inviting them to participate in the exercise while stressing Poland's importance in the collective defense of Europe. 

"Poland continues to be a key ally for the United States, and the U.S. Army's participation in this exercise is just one example of our continued commitment to the government and people of Poland," said Brooks. "The fact that more than 20 countries are participating in this exercise demonstrates the value Poland brings to the NATO Alliance and our partners throughout Europe."
 
Miss USA 2016 Crown Goes To Army Reserve Officer
Deshauna Barber, a 26-year-old Army Reserve officer from the District of Columbia, won the Miss USA crown on Sunday night.

During the annual beauty pageant, which was held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Barber beat out 51 other women for the title. She will go on to compete in the Miss Universe contest later this year.
 
Cadet dies during training accident
 
 
From the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy:
 
It is with great sadness I announce the death of Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey, a member of the Class of 2018, B Company, First Regiment. His untimely death occurred at Fort Hood, Texas on June 2, 2016 while he was participating in Cadet Troop Leader Training.
 
The late Cadet Winey was born on May 5, 1995, in Valparaiso, Indiana and attended Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana.
 
Throughout his time here at the U.S. Military Academy, Cadet Winey was enormously proud to be a cadet. Mitchell was an exemplary cadet in academics, as an Engineering Management major, during company athletics, and as a member of the Ski Patrol. He was clearly a rising leader in his class and a friend to everyone who knew him. He internalized the ideals and values of West Point and exemplified them in all that he set out to do. Duty, Honor, Country were his touchstones.
 
I wish to extend to his family the sincere and profound sympathy of the Corps of Cadets and all members of West Point. His death will be mourned by all who have known him.
 
Sincerely,
Robert L. Caslen, Jr.
Lieutenant General, US Army
Superintendent
 
WP-ORG has created a eulogy page for him.  
 
4 Fort Hood soldiers' bodies found; total of 9 dead
The Army says the bodies of four missing Fort Hood soldiers whose truck was swept away in a rain-swollen creek during training have been found, bringing the total dead to nine.

Maj. Gen. John Uberti says the last bodies were found Friday, a day after the 2½-ton truck overturned in Owl Creek at Fort Hood. Three more soldiers were injured in the training exercise at the sprawling Army base in Central Texas.

Fort Hood spokesman John Miller has said a crossing was flooded after two days of heavy rains and that the swift floodwaters swept the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle from the road.

Central and Southeast Texas have been inundated with rain in recent days, and more than half of the state is under flood watches or warnings

At least six other people have died in recent floods in the state.
 
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