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Colonel going to court-martial in HIV case
A Special Forces officer charged with knowingly exposing a woman to HIV will face a court-martial.

The case against Col. Jeffrey Pounding was referred to court-martial by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, commander of the Military District of Washington and general courts-martial convening authority, on Jan. 9.

Pounding is scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., said Courtney Wittmann, a spokeswoman for the Military District of Washington. A trial date has not been set.
 
 
Lawmakers champion Army officer convicted of murder
Three Republican congressmen have taken up the cause of Clint Lorance, a jailed former Army lieutenant fighting to overturn his murder conviction by a U.S. military court for killing two Afghan men in a war zone.

The lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday to Secretary of the Army John McHugh alerting him that they were closely following the appeals process and pressing court officers to review new evidence in Lorance’s case, which hinges on whether he violated the rules of engagement for the war zone.


 
Here’s What Life Is Like For US Army Tankers
With a 68-ton armored vehicle packing a 120mm cannon, U.S. Army tankers can take the fight to the enemy in just about any environment.

Tankers consider themselves part of a brotherhood with roots in World War I. Now driving the M1 Abrams tank, these soldiers continue that legacy today. Here is a taste of what their life is like.
 
 
Military suicides up slightly in 2014
WASHINGTON — Suicides among members of the active-duty military personnel rose slightly in 2014, led by increases in the number of sailors and airmen who took their own lives, new Defense Department figures show.

There were fewer suicides by Army soldiers and Marines, the two services that have seen the most combat in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade.

According to preliminary Pentagon data, there were 288 confirmed and suspected suicides by active-duty personnel in 2014, compared with 286 in 2013. Both totals, however, represent a sharp drop from the 2012 number of 352. The data was obtained by The Associated Press.

Over time the numbers may change, particularly if deaths that were initially believed to be suicides are found to be otherwise.
 
 
Division West deactivates first brigade under Bold Shift
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Washington (Jan. 12, 2014) -- As part of the Army's required drawdown, First Army Division West's 191st Infantry Brigade cased its colors during a deactivation ceremony, Jan. 8, at Soldier Field House. 

As the 191st Infantry Brigade (Training Support) cased its colors, its sister brigade, the 189th Infantry Brigade (Combined Arms Training Brigade), assumed the role as Division West' sole training representative on the West coast.

"The inactivation of the 191st headquarters becomes the first significant act and event in Division and First Army's multi-year reorganizational effort called Bold Shift," said Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, commanding general, First Army Division West.

In accordance with Operation Bold Shift, First Army's Department of the Army directed plan to reduce force structure will reduce First Army's training brigades from 16 to nine by 2016.
 
Military hacked by Islamic State sympathizers
Hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State took control of the social media accounts of the U.S. military’s Central Command on Monday, posting threatening messages and propaganda videos, along with some military documents.

The command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were eventually taken offline, but not before a string of tweets and the release of military documents, some of which listed contact information for senior military personnel. A Centcom spokesman confirmed their accounts were “compromised,” and said later that the accounts have been taken offline while the incident is investigated more.

“CENTCOM’s operation military networks were not compromised and there was no operational impact to U.S. Central Command,” a military statement said. “CENTCOM will restore service to its Twitter and YouTube accounts as quickly as possible. We are viewing this purely as a case of cybervandalism.”
 
 
Pentagon sets up new POW-MIA office
The Pentagon is taking the first steps to set up a new agency that will direct the troubled effort to search for America's missing war dead, two years after an internal report found the current prisoner of war program was mismanaged and wasteful.

Defense officials say they will begin merging two existing agencies into one POW-MIA office that will be more streamlined and effective. The new organization will be running next year.
 
 
Criminal charges recommended against Petraeus
Federal prosecutors are recommending that retired Army Gen. David Petraeus face criminal charges for passing classified information to his former mistress, Paula Broadwell, according to two U.S. officials.

Petraeus, who resigned as CIA director after news of his affair broke in 2012, has been under investigation since then for passing secret information to Broadwell. She is the author of a biography of Petraeus, titled All In. The officials who confirmed the recommendation, first reported by The New York Times, were not authorized to speak publicly.

A lawyer for Petraeus, Robert Barnett, had no comment when contacted about the recommended charges on Friday night.

Since his resignation, Petraeus has been interviewed by FBI agents at his home in the Washington suburb of Arlington. Part of the investigation centered on whether Petraeus had given Broadwell sensitive information and whether those documents were stored in an unauthorized place.
 
 
DoD to Abandon 15 Military Bases in Europe
Fifteen military bases across Europe will no longer be used by US armed forces, saving Washington $500 million every year, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Thursday.
 
"The Department of Defense announced today the consolidation of some US infrastructure in Europe, including the return of 15 sites to their host nations. These actions… will save the U.S. government approximately $500 annually," the statement said.
 
The UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and Portugal will see partial and full closures of bases, consolidation and closures of US facilities, as well as reduction in duty and civilian personnel.
 
 
Navy Professor Argues Academies Have Outlived Their Usefulness

A controversial Naval Academy professor is back in the spotlight after calling for an end to military academies. 

 

Bruce Fleming, a professor at the English Department of the U.S. Naval Academy since 1987, has been praised for his short stories.

But now he's turning that sharp pen towards a missive calling on the new Republican legislative majority to shut down 'four hugely expensive and unproductive U.S. service academies (Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard) — taxpayer-funded undergraduate institutions whose products all become officers in the military — to more modest and functional schools for short-term military training programs, as the British have repurposed Sandhurst.'


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