National Guard News

Nigeria troops arrest 400-plus Boko Haram fighters, families

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 2 min ago
Military authorities say Nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the Boko Haram extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad, including fighters, wives and children.

Army of firefighters takes on still-growing California fire

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 15 min ago
The fourth-largest wildfire in California history continues to grow and threaten thousands of homes despite armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft.

WWII-era vessel gets some TLC from Pennsylvania farmers

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 31 min ago
For the past two years, a group of friends and farmers have spent several weeks living and working with other volunteers on a restored World War II-era LST — short for Landing Ship, Tank, signifying that it could carry 20 Sherman tanks and up to 400 troops.

Air Force Academy unveils plan to rebuild scandal-ridden sexual assault office

Stars & Stripes - 6 hours 19 min ago
The Air Force Academy is rebuilding its scandal-rocked Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office with a special emphasis on preventing future attacks, the school's top general said.

USS Gerald R. Ford's crew gets surprise Star Wars screening after days of rumors

Stars & Stripes - 6 hours 27 min ago
Days of rumors were put to rest Friday morning by the skipper of the USS Gerald R. Ford, when Capt. Richard McCormack mustered his crew for an all-hands-on-deck.

Blue Angels visit NAS Kingsville in preparation for Wings Over South Texas

Stars & Stripes - 6 hours 31 min ago
In less than 100 days, the skies over Naval Air Station Kingsville will be filled with dizzying displays of aerial stunts from some of the best pilots in the world.

Naval officer who lost job over anti-war sentiments, antisemitism reinstated

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 22:50
Cmdr. John F. Sharpe, a former lieutenant commander and public affairs officer assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, was investigated for hate group activity and separated from the service in 2009.

John McCain, five others to receive Naval Academy Distinguished Graduate Awards

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 22:29
The alumni association’s Distinguished Graduate Award Selection Panel made its selections Dec. 8. The six men selected will be honored at a ceremony March 23.

Border arrests surge, erasing much of Trump's early gains

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 19:58
Denials of entry for people at official crossings and border arrests reached 39,006 in November, up 12 percent from 34,855 in October and more than double the 15,766 who were stopped or arrested in April.

Even Santa needs help getting to some places: remote Alaska

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 17:02
It's not easy to get to Saint Michael, Alaska. Not even if you're Santa Claus. Luckily, jolly old St. Nick could hitch a ride on a military transport plane to the tiny island community that's closer to Russia than Alaska's largest city, Anchorage.

Mattis warns of unsafe Russian military flights over Syria

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:51
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is warning against dangerous flights by Russian fighter jets over what is considered a safe zone in Syria, questioning whether recent close calls were mistakes or deliberate.

AIM is dead, but it was once a critical lifeline for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:49
AIM, the AOL messaging program first popularized in 1997 by shy kids chatting with their crushes before the age of smartphones, signed off for the last time Friday.

N. Korea unmoved as world unites against its nuke ambitions

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:27
North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula — but the North gave no sign of budging on its nuclear ambitions.

Retired admiral who directed bin Laden raid leaving post as Texas chancellor

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:25
University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven — the former head of U.S. Special Operations Command who directed the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden — plans to leave the school in May. He's citing non-serious health concerns.

Kosovo independence fighters try to amend special court law

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:10
Former fighters of Kosovo's independence movement began collecting signatures on Friday for a petition seeking to extend the jurisdiction of a war crimes court to include Serbs, their adversaries in their war for independence.

Contracts For Dec. 15, 2017

DoD Contract Announcements - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:00
CONTRACTS NAVY Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc., Monroeville, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a

Germany to fund more surveillance along Tunisia-Libya border

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:52
Germany is pouring money into the creation of electronic surveillance systems along Tunisia's eastern border, designed to prevent extremists and migrants from slipping across into the country from neighboring Libya, a government spokesman said Friday.

Mattis: North Korea short of posing imminent missile threat

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:44
North Korea's latest missile test, which U.S. experts say indicated an increasing technological sophistication, did not demonstrate an imminent threat of nuclear attack on the United States, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday.

Court rules against FBI in reporter impersonation document fight

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:17
A federal appeals court has sided with reporters in a court fight over documents that began after an FBI agent pretended to be an Associated Press journalist while investigating bomb threats at a Washington state high school.