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The Department of Defense announced today that effective immediately,
service members are authorized to wear Service Stars on their Global War
on Terrorism Expeditionary Medals (GWOT-EM) to represent deployments in
support of approved GWOT operations.
Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright
signed a memorandum authorizing the new policy change retroactive to
Sept. 11, 2001.
Only one GWOT-EM is awarded for each approved operation. For example,
a service member who was awarded the medal for an Operation Enduring
Freedom deployment, and is subsequently authorized a second award for an
Operation Inherent Resolve deployment would wear a single Service Star
on the GWOT-EM to denote both awards.
late night training accident turned deadly, with one Fort Carson
soldier dying and six others suffering injuries in a vehicle rollover
accident on the Colorado base, the U.S. military said Saturday.
accident -- which is still under investigation -- happened around 10
p.m. Friday (midnight ET), according to a military statement.
of the injured, including one in critical condition, were medically
evacuated. The military hasn't identified them or the soldier killed,
waiting on next-of-kin notification.
he thrift stores in Asheville, N.C., are chock full of hidden hipster
gems. But nothing is quite as valuable as the 58-cent sweater purchased
by an elderly couple that they later learned was owned by legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi.
McEvoy and his wife, Rikki, bought a vintage West Point sweater at a
Goodwill store in Asheville for $0.58, took it home and, while watching a
Lombardi documentary, suddenly realized they'd just purchased a very similar sweater.
was watching a Vince Lombardi documentary and I said to my wife, we
have a sweater just like that," McEvoy said. "Wouldn't it be great if it
was actually Vince Lombardi's?"
At this point, Rikki tells him she saw a name tag, which is just about the craziest part of this whole story, because it means someone had the sweater, could've easily discerned Lombardi was a previous owner, and still gave it to Goodwill.
The Army, citing an investigation but little else, has revoked a
Green Beret's Silver Star and rescinded a previous decision to upgrade
his award to the Distinguished Service Cross. The service also stripped
the officer's Special Forces tab.
While the Army has remained mum
on details of the allegation against Maj. Matt Golsteyn, Rep. Duncan
Hunter claims the Army could not find one piece of corroborating
evidence after a year-and-a-half-long investigation. He also said, in an
article published by The Daily Beast,
that Golsteyn's men have been threatened and repeatedly promised
immunity in order to get them to incriminate the officer, to no avail.
Februrary 2010, Forward Operating Base McQueary in Marjah, Afghanistan,
came under attack. Then-Capt. Golsteyn ran alone through an open field
and enemy gunfire as dozens of coalition soldiers were pinned down,
according to the Army's account, as relayed by the Washington Post.
After receiving a Silver Star for his actions in 2011, he was later nominated for an upgrade to a DSC.
Golsteyn was subsequently investigated in the unrelated death of an Afghan bomb-maker, according to Hunter's editorial.
allegation was presented through informal channels to the Army, which
went to extraordinary lengths to investigate Golsteyn. The Army
tried to turn up anything it could, but was unable to find one piece of
evidence to corroborate the allegation," Hunter wrote.
Army has not cited what particular rules of engagement Golsteyn broke,
or even publicly confirmed the accusation. No charges have been filed
against Golsteyn. Golsteyn's attorney Phil Stackhouse told Army Times
Golsteyn is not available for an interview.
MacDill Air Force Base, FL
– The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit is being designed to give
protection and capabilities to U.S. special operators, but the process
of designing it may be as revolutionary as the suit itself, said U.S.
Special Operations Command officials.
TALOS started 18 months ago, after incidents downrange caused SOCOM to take a hard look at how special operators are outfitted.
“We’ve put a lot of great
technology on the battlefield, but have we really taken a step back and
taken a clean sheet and said for the next five, 10, 15 years do we need
what we’ve got now, or do are there other game-changing technologies we
can incorporate?” James Geurts, Socom’s acquisition executive, said
during a recent interview.
Geurts said there are
two fundamental reasons for the TALOS program. The first is the most
obvious — DoD needs to examine new ways to protect and enable special
operations service members.
“It’s not just body armor; it’s all the things that go into that,” he said.
This includes sensors,
heads-up displays, an exoskeleton to reduce the load special operators
carry, medical sensors, and much, much more.
has approved the award of the Purple Heart and its civilian
counterpart to the victims of Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan in the 2009
shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.
Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded in the
shootings that had been treated as an incident of "workplace violence"
rather than a terrorist act.
Hasan, who was convicted in 2013
of 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder, has admitted
to being influenced by the late Anwar Awlaki, chief propagandist for
the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula terrorist group. A major at the
time of the shooting, Hasan was stripped of his rank and dismissed from
the Army after his conviction.
The Army had denied the Purple Heart awards and the benefits that go
with them, but Congress passed an amendment included in the National
Defense Authorization Act last year clearing the way for the award of
the Purple Heart to soldiers killed and wounded by Hasan and the
Defense of Freedom Medal to the civilians.
The amendment changed the rule to allow for an event to be deemed an
attack by a "foreign terrorist organization" if the perpetrator "was
in communication with the foreign terrorist organization before the
attack" and "the attack was inspired or motivated by the foreign
DoD's IT budget numbers remain elusive, requests $5.5 billion for DoD cyber capabilities
The Defense Department requests $5.5 billion for "cyber capabilities
enhancements" in fiscal 2016, according to a 29-page budget brief
outlining the DoD's budget proposal. That's more than one-third of the
$14 billion for cybersecurity governmentwide in the president's fiscal
2016 budget request.
What's included in cyber capabilites enhancements is unclear.
The only dollar amount linked to cyber in the DoD budget provided by
the White House is a request for $8 million for "cyberspace" in the
Pentagon Reservation Maintenance Revolving Fund.
The National Nuclear Security Administration, which through its labs
takes assignments from the DoD and other agencies in arrangements
called "work for others," requests $160 million for "information
technology and cybersecurity" in fiscal 2016 – less than the fiscal 2015
level of $180 million.
Gathering detailed information on the DoD's IT spending is difficult
because the budget provides very little transparency into classified
spending or spending on IT that is embedded in weapons systems or
satellites. The budget also fails to carve out specific funds for U.S.
Doctors and researchers seeking a cure for mesothelioma will soon be
able to tap into millions of dollars set aside by the U.S. Department of
Defense for cancer research.
The Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) invested $50 million in the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) for 2015 — an amount that doubles the money awarded to the program last year.
With the additional funding, asbestos-related cancer researchers can extend current studies and launch new ones to improve traditional treatments, introduce emerging therapies or test new cancer drugs. Funding in 2014 was $25 million.
Researchers hold out hope that their military-focused programs will develop the medical advancements that extend life expectancy or develop a cure
for U.S. service members and families affected by mesothelioma. Former
service members are a prime demographic for development of the rare and
In President Barack Obama's 2016 federal budget,
Defense Department priorities include a number of tech-focused
initiatives that officials hope will start to mold the military of the
DoD's $585 billion budget request
looks to undo the damage of sequestration by modernizing the military
and many of its aging systems, as well as by training and equipping a
smaller, more agile force. The budget includes billions in science,
technology, research and development spending, and outlines investments
for improving acquisition and driving innovation.
finishes the job of reversing mindless austerity budgeting and makes
needed investments in key priorities, even while setting the nation on a
fiscally responsible course," the budget documents state. "The proposed
increases in the discretionary budget caps make room for a range of
domestic and security investments that will help move the nation
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer says he'll fight to make
sure $70 million in funding for a new wastewater treatment plant at
West Point stays in President Barack Obama's proposed federal budget.
The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (http://bit.ly/18NlLvD
) the New York Democrat announced this week that the proposed funding
was included in the spending plan that Congress will consider.
The money would be used to replace the U.S. Military Academy's aging sewage plant, built in 1956 and upgraded 16 years later.
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