Category: Military

New policy restricts carrying guns onto Offutt Air Force Base

OMAHA, Neb. — A new policy has gone into effect at Offutt Air Force Base, south of Omaha, that bars military and civilian personnel from transporting privately owned firearms onto base. That order came from Col. Gavin Marks, who assumed command of the 55th Wing in June. It followed a mandatory review of the base’s defense and anti-terrorism plan, the Omaha World-Herald recently reported. The change came in the wake of high-profile gun incidents last year on U.S. military bases, including one in May at Offutt. Marine Pfc. Ali Alkazahg, 22, of Milford, was arrested at Offutt’s STRATCOM gate while ... Read more

After Fatal Aircraft Collision, Marines Will Get Better Emergency Signal Devices

The Marine Corps will equip its aviation squadrons with new water-activated strobe lights and could add new antennas to a location beacon that has been known to fail during emergencies. In 2020, every Marine squadron will receive new signaling devices that automatically activate when they touch water, said Capt. Christopher Harrison, a Marine spokesman at the Pentagon. The “passive” strobe light will work even if a pilot is incapacitated, he added. The Marine Corps is also considering ways to improve its URT-140 radio beacons, which are meant to help search-and-rescue crews locate missing aviators. The beacon is used in all ... Read more

Erdogan continues to support Faiz Saraj, transferring militants

Among European information and analytical sources, news is circulated about the arrival of at least two thousand militants from Turkey to participate in hostilities in Libya. This can further confuse the intractable civil war in the North African state. The troops were sent after Turkey last month agreed to come to the rescue of Libyan Prime Minister Faiz Saraj, who is supported by the UN, in a many-month-long struggle with field commander Khalifa Haftar. Ankara supported the Syrian opposition from the first days of the struggle with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — even when the original coalition, known as the ... Read more

A call to action 4 veterans to become “Bullet Proof” for 2020 election season

Now that the FREE lead magnet is in it’s place here is my call to action 4 everyone here today. Veterans need your help in 2020. As we ramp up election season for the POTUS this November we will here much discussion about veterans, mental health, and the Veterans Administration. From October through the end of December on LinkedIn last year I chronicled my life over 11 weeks of self medication with cannabis and reflection. Ultimately after the advice, and end result of 8 weeks of intense mental health cousneling. As a retired Navy veteran of 23 years I have ... Read more

U.S. Military Presence in Middle East Grows ― Is It a Prelude to War?

by Countable | 1.17.20 This content leverages data from USAFacts, a non-profit that visualizes governmental data. You can learn more on its website, Facebook, and Twitter. The presence of the U.S. military in the Middle East has increased in recent months amid rising tensions with Iran and ongoing counterterrorism efforts targeting ISIS and its affiliates. Although the precise number of troops currently deployed to the region is difficult to determine, the change in military posture has raised concerns that it is a prelude to a large-scale war with Iran. There have been several recent deployments that made headlines and were ... Read more

Ex-Guantanamo Commander Convicted of Lying about Man’s Death

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A former commander of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay was convicted Friday of interfering with an investigation into the death of a civilian with whom the commander had fought and argued over his alleged affair with the man’s wife. A federal jury in Jacksonville convicted Navy Capt. John R. Nettleton on charges of obstruction of justice, concealing material facts, falsifying records and making false statements. Nettleton was removed from command shortly after civilian Christopher Tur was found floating in the waters off the base on the southeastern coast of Cuba in January 2015. Nettleton had ... Read more

DoD Restricts Firearms, Base Access, and Travel for Foreign Military Students Training in the US

This article by Haley Britzky originally appeared on Task & Purpose, a digital news and culture publication dedicated to military and veterans issues. The Defense Department announced on Friday that training would resume for international military students — once some additional policies and security measures were put in place. “Going forward we will put several new policies and security procedures in place to protect our people, programs, and installations. These include new restrictions on international military students for possession and use of firearms, and control measures for limiting their access to military installations and U.S. government facilities,” Garry Reid, director for ... Read more

Somali military kills more than 40 al-Shabaab militants

By Mohammed Dhaysane MOGADISHU, Somalia More than 40 al-Shabaab terrorists were killed by the Somali National Army (SNA), officials said. Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Taredishe told reporters the terrorists were killed after they attacked a military base in the middle Shabelle region. More than 30 terrorists were wounded during the gunfight between the SNA and the Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliated group, according to Somali military radio. In a statement issued by the Defense Ministry, at least four soldiers were killed and three others were wounded during the attack. Separately, in an operation against the group in the State of Jubaland, eight al-Shabaab ... Read more

ISIS leader ‘Jabba the Hutt’ captured, taken away in pickup truck bed

There is a surplus of great mysteries that confound the limitations of the human mind. How a man with his own gravitational pull could elude Iraq security forces for so long counts as one. ISIS mufti Abu Abdul Bari, who also went by Shifa al-Nima, was taken into custody this week following a raid by the Nineveh Police Command’s SWAT regiment. But this was no routine arrest. To transport the suspect, police needed the bed of a pickup truck that could miraculously accommodate his impressive girth. A religious leader in ISIS, Bari is responsible for issuing numerous fatwas — Islamic ... Read more

Space Force Offers First Peek at Camouflage Uniform

The United States Space Force has only one member so far, but it appears the service utility uniform is already well under development. The official Twitter account of the month-old military service posted a teaser photograph Friday night appearing to show a variant of the Operational Camouflage Pattern used by the Army and Air Force. Above the left breast pocket in Navy embroidery reads: U.S. Space Force. “The first #SpaceForce utility uniform nametapes have touched down in the Pentagon,” the tweet read. The uniform depicts four-star rank, indicating that the uniform belongs to Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, the first commander ... Read more