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Concern About Commission on Army Structure

Two House Republicans are concerned that the Commission on the Future of the Army, group that is tasked by Congress to study the future of the US Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve, may not be functioning as it was intended.

Americans Receive Highest French Honor

France is awarding its highest honor, the Legion of Honor medal, to the three Americans and one Briton that subdued a heavily-armed passenger that was on their high-speed train that was heading from Amsterdam to Paris with 500 passengers.

Tuition Assistance Down, Post-9/11 GI Bill Up

According to a report by, the number of service members using the tuition assistance benefit for active-duty soldiers has dropped over the past fiscal year, while the number of veterans and their families that have been using the Post-9/11 GI Bill has risen.

Education Benefit Transfer Rules May Change

In a bid to encourage enlistment and retention, the Senate version of the annual defense authorization bill includes a recommendation that the Pentagon tighten the rules that allow soldiers to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members.

Reserve and Guard New Retirement Plans

The details for the new National Guard and Reserve "blended benefits" proposal are coming out, and while some groups are unhappy, other groups are looking forward to the increased flexibility and retirement benefits for those who retire early.

SMA Dailey's Weekly PT Routine

For the new Sergeant Major of the Army, Dan Dailey, PT time is sacred, and he is trying to spread that enthusiasm throughout the Army.

New Drone Facility at Buckley AFB

The Colorado Army National Guard is opening a new maintenance and training facility for drones at Buckley Air Force Base.

The facility will include simulators, classrooms, mission planning rooms, and maintenance bays for the RQ-7 Shadow drones. This facility will allow the drone operators to train more closely with soldiers on the ground, increasing the usefulness of the RQ-7's surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

The VA, One Year Later

It's been about a year since it was revealed that a VA hospital in Phoenix was concealing wait times for soldiers' care and that soldiers have died while waiting for care, and while progress has been made, not everyone is satisfied.

Military Personnel System In Need of an Overhaul

After only 5 weeks on the job, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is worried about both recruiting and retaining the best soldiers for America's military in the coming years. To that end, DefSec Carter has come up with a dramatic change to the US military's personnel system and structure.

Some of his proposed changes:

  • Change the promotion system to put increased weight on skill and merit, and less emphasis on seniority.

National Guard News Wire

US, NATO to review force posture after Russian jet incursion in Turkey

Turkey on Monday accused Moscow of violating its airspace when a Russian fighter briefly crossed over the Syrian border, prompting Turkey to scramble two F-16s and NATO to hold emergency talks on possible courses of action.
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Carter: Russia ‘pouring gasoline on the fire’ by backing Syrian regime

Russian and U.S. and coalition aircraft have continued their separate bombing campaigns over Syria in recent days, escalating the risk that miscommunication could lead to unintended collisions.
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Review: 'Keeping Room’ explores violence at home during wartime

Director Daniel Barber has a talent for sussing out the brutality intrinsic in the everyday. In 2009’s “Harry Brown,” Michael Caine played a Cockney retiree who avenges his best friend by taking on the hoodlums who live in the same council estate. It was revenge both Caine, and cane, style. In “The Keeping Room,” Barber, working off a script by Julia Hart, explores the violence for those left at home during wartime.
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Silver Star recognition fulfilled 70 years later

After 70 years, World War II Veteran Irvin “Butch” Johnson was finally presented the Silver Star Medal he earned for his gallantry in action against the enemy. Johnson, 91, also received a Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and numerous citations during a ceremony Sunday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.
1 hour 39 min ago

Air Force 2-star ready to fade away after 34 years

The last commander of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii, a 1977 Damien Memorial School graduate, is retiring after a long Air Force career, according to the U.S. military.
1 hour 49 min ago