Military leadership

July 09, 2020 - 12:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, a female soldier has graduated from the Army's elite Special Forces course and will join one of the all-male Green Beret teams, capping a yearslong campaign to move women into the military's front-line combat jobs. The unidentified woman is one of three female...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo Defense Secretary Mark Esper, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, listen during a Senate Armed Services Committee on budget posture on Capitol Hill in Washington. Esper and Milley are going before Congress for the first time in months to face a long list of controversies, including their differences with President Donald Trump over the handling of protests near the White House last month during unrest triggered by the killing George Floyd in police hands. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
July 09, 2020 - 12:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended using National Guard soldiers to support law enforcement agencies in handling civil unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd, saying it was a better alternative than using active-duty forces as President Donald Trump had...
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Juan Cruz, boyfriend of Army soldier Vanessa Guillén, kneels in front of a mural honoring her Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Houston. Army investigators have identified the body of a soldier who vanished more than two months ago from a base in Texas, according to a lawyer for the soldier's family. Remains found last week buried near Fort Hood belong to Guillén and Army officials informed her family in Houston Sunday, attorney Natalie Khawam told The Associated Press. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)
July 06, 2020 - 8:33 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An Army commander confirmed Monday that dismembered remains found last week buried near Fort Hood belonged to a 20-year-old soldier who vanished more than two months ago from the Texas base. Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, Fort Hood's senior commander, said during a news conference...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo, Whisky 2 company Cadre Jacob Denns, right, shouts instructions to swab Nicolas Fisher, left, of Pelham, N.H., on the first day of a seven-week indoctrination to military academy life for the Class of 2023 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. The school, like other service academies and military training centers, has made major changes because of the coronavirus pandemic. That means the eight weeks of boot camp for new cadets, known as "Swab Summer," will be much different. There will be no haircuts, no drilling, no running as a group from place to place, no lining up against the wall in the hall of the barracks for pushups. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP, File)
July 06, 2020 - 12:25 am
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — There will be nobody screaming in the face of 18-year-old Ellie Hiigel when she arrives Wednesday for training in advance of her first year at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and that has her mother a bit disappointed. The school in Connecticut, like other service academies...
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FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy speaks at a news conference at U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and McCarthy, both former Army officers, put out word that they are “open to a bipartisan discussion” of renaming Army bases like North Carolina’s Fort Bragg that honor Confederate officers associated by some with the racism of that tumultuous time. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
June 25, 2020 - 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army will take a few limited steps to counter racial divisiveness among its force, but is delaying a number of more contentious decisions, including recommendations on banning Confederate symbols and changing the names of bases. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy announced Thursday...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2006 file photo, a Chinese soldier, left, and an Indian soldier put into place a barbed wire fence removed temporarily for Chinese officials to cross back to their country after a meeting with their Indian counterparts at the international border at Nathula Pass, in northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. Chinese and Indian military commanders have agreed to disengage their forces in a disputed area of the Himalayas following a clash that left at least 20 soldiers dead, both countries said Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)
June 23, 2020 - 5:20 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and Indian military commanders have agreed to disengage their forces in a disputed area of the Himalayas following a clash that left at least 20 soldiers dead, both countries said Tuesday. The commanders reached the agreement Monday in their first meeting since the June 15...
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June 22, 2020 - 3:34 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Former CIA director and defense secretary Robert Gates said Monday that the U.S. government is paralyzed by political polarization and careerism, which has allowed China, Russia and other rivals to make inroads internationally to America's detriment. Gates, who served...
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In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, Capt. Brett Crozier, then-commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), addresses the crew on Jan. 17, 2020, in San Diego, Calif. In a stunning reversal, the Navy has upheld the firing of Crozier, the aircraft carrier captain who urged faster action to protect his crew from a coronavirus outbreak, according to a U.S. official. (Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alexander Williams/U.S. Navy via AP)
June 19, 2020 - 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stunning reversal, the Navy has upheld the firing of the aircraft carrier captain who urged faster action to protect his crew from a coronavirus outbreak, the Navy's top officer said Friday. Adm. Mike Gilday, the chief of naval operations, also extended the blame for the ship...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2016, file photo, Army Secretary Eric Fanning speaks during a groundbreaking for the new U.S. Army Cyber Command Complex at Fort Gordon, Ga. Fanning, who served as Army secretary from 2016 to 2017, says he’s supporting Joe Biden for president, the latest endorsement from a former military leader who had criticized President Donald Trump over his handling of anti-racism demonstrations. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP, FIle)
June 17, 2020 - 7:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first openly gay Army secretary says he’s supporting Joe Biden for president, the latest endorsement from a former military leader who had criticized President Donald Trump over his handling of anti-racism demonstrations. Eric Fanning, who held a variety of Navy and Air Force...
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Elderly residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus wait at a bus stop with a map of Beijing near a neighborhood under lockdown in Beijing Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Chinese authorities locked down a third neighborhood in Beijing on Tuesday as they rushed to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in a country that appeared to have largely contained the virus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
June 16, 2020 - 9:58 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has assigned a top military leader to oversee the nation’s border quarantine measures after what she described as an “unacceptable failure” by health officials in allowing two women who had recently returned from London to leave...
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