National Guard News

Coast Guard divers return to Arctic, with assist from Navy

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 38 min ago
After 11 years and some big changes, the Coast Guard is diving in the Arctic again, with an assist from the Navy.

Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Tal Afar from IS

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 31 min ago
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Aabadi says the operation to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, from the Islamic State group has begun.

From Camp Lewis to JBLM: With origins in World War I, base celebrates its centennial

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 1 min ago
Almost exactly 100 years ago, officers began to converge on the brand new Camp Lewis, just south of Tacoma, to form the 91st Division. Soon after arriving in their new home, they would prepare to head to France to serve in the last part of World War I.

'Silent giant': Virginia governor eulogizes trooper killed in Charlottesville helicopter crash

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 21:28
Mourners filled the Southside Church of the Nazarene in Chesterfield, Virginia, on Saturday to remember Lt. H. Jay Cullen, the Virginia State Police trooper who died in a helicopter crash while patrolling the skies during a white nationalist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville last weekend.

F-22 Raptor getting weapons, cybersecurity upgrades

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 20:47
When the last Air Force-ordered F-22 Raptor left Lockheed Martin in early 2012, many assumed it was the beginning of the end for one of the Air Force's signature fighter jets.

US leans on risky drone strikes in urban Syrian fight

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:26
U.S. drone pilots now routinely launch missiles at what the Pentagon calls “danger-close” distances to proxy ground forces fighting Islamic State in densely populated cities.

Once homeless, Iraq War veteran moves into unique new home

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:59
The Iraq War veteran was medically discharged from the Army in 2014, had to quit his trucking job for medical reasons, and found himself living out of his pickup last year in Orange County, a sprawling area of Southern California known for beaches, Disneyland and high housing costs.

Sierra Leone death toll now up to 450 after mudslides

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:52
Rescue officials in Sierra Leone warned Friday that the chances of finding survivors in the debris of this week's mudslides "are getting smaller every day," as bereaved and homeless survivors faced the magnitude of all they have lost.

Report of Ukraine witness to DNC hacking stirs confusion

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:44
A report that a cooperating witness has emerged out of Ukraine to help the FBI's inquiry into the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee is drawing confusion and denials in Ukraine.

Duke University removes damaged Robert E. Lee statue

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:36
Duke University removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee early Saturday after it was vandalized amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy.

Minot airman sentenced for luring teenager for sex

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:18
The airman told investigators that he came to meet the girl to tell her she should not be meeting people on Craigslist, and as a member of the base's security forces had planned to do a "reverse bust."

Spain investigates missing imam, mysterious explosion

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:06
A missing imam and a house that exploded days ago became the focus Saturday of the investigation into an extremist cell responsible for two deadly attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort, as authorities narrowed in on who radicalized a group of young men in northeastern Spain.

Women advance in area law enforcement agencies

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:58
Deputy Robyn Roe understands why it was a big accomplishment in the eyes of some people for her to become the first female SWAT operator for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office. But for her, it was nothing to get excited about.

Operation Homefront hands out school supplies to military families in Wyoming

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:51
With the start of the school year just around the corner, military parents and their children made their way to F.E. Warren Air Force Base's Pronghorn Center

Counter-protesters block neo-Nazi march to Berlin prison

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:49
Left-wing groups and Berlin residents prevented more than 500 far-right extremists from marching Saturday to the place where high-ranking Nazi official Rudolf Hess died 30 years ago.

The past is still present in a changing Virginia

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:46
When 92-year-old Dr. Fergie Reid was a young man growing up in Richmond, he resented the massive statues of Confederate leaders lining Monument Avenue. But Reid says black people knew better than to speak out.

Taliban kill 5 police in southern Afghanistan

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:42
Taliban insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the southern Helmand province, killing five Afghan police, provincial police officials said Saturday.

National Guard arrives at fast-growing Montana wildfire

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:37
National Guard troops are now helping out at a rapidly growing wildfire in western Montana.

How Afghanistan is ramping up its fight against corruption

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:28
They were important men - tall and imposing, well-dressed and well-connected, used to giving orders and getting respect. One was a white-haired army general, the other a wealthy entrepreneur - both members of the Afghan elite long considered too powerful to touch.

Estimates of North Korea's nuclear weapons hard to nail down

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:02
The U.S. intelligence agencies' assessments of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the United States to develop a policy for deterrence and defend itself and allies in the region.