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Military police discover dead body at Fort Stewart – U.S.

Military police discover dead body at Fort Stewart Military police at Fort Stewart, Ga., are investigating the discovery of a dead body found Monday on the Army base, service officials said Tuesday. It does not appear the person was affiliated with the base and there is no threat to the community, according to the release. Base officials also denied rumors that there was an active shooter on base Monday evening. Fort Stewart’s military police and Army Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the discovery, which was located at 5 p.m. Monday, said Kevin Larson, spokesman for the ... Read more

China Figured Out The Secret To Closing The Gap With America’s Military

Key point: China stole and spied its way to improved military prowess. As the People’s Republic of China (PRC) emerged from war and revolution in 1949, it became apparent that the Chinese economy lacked the capacity to compete with the U.S. or the U.S.S.R. in the production of advanced military technology.  Transfers from the Soviet Union helped remedy the gap in the 1950s, as did transfers from the United States and Europe in the 1970s and 1980s. Still, the Cultural Revolution stifled technology and scientific research, leaving the Chinese even farther behind. Thus, China has long supplemented legitimate transfers and domestic innovation with industrial espionage.  In ... Read more

Veteran Group Sues Military Leaders, Claiming Yearslong Delays on Benefits Decisions

The military has failed to meet deadlines set by Congress for rulings on veterans’ requests to correct records blocking them from receiving benefits, according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed last month. The suit brought by the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) charges that delays in processing the requests by the Boards for Correction of Military Records of the service branches amount to a denial of the due process rights of thousands of veterans. In an interview and in statements, Bart Stichman, executive director of NVLSP, said that rulings on “lifetime benefits” for disability and retirement are at stake ... Read more

Holmen Veteran gets unique thank you for her military service from Windows for Warriors

HOLMEN, WI (WXOW) – Jared Heinz knows it’s not easy to repay a service member for their contribution to our freedoms but that doesn’t mean he isn’t trying. Jared Heinz and his wife own Window World in La Crosse. To give back they started a local chapter of Windows for Warriors, a nonprofit that gives free windows to veterans. Heinz offered $6,000 in new windows to the winner. In December Sergeant Justin Aasen was selected. However, Justin had just been deployed to Afghanistan. Jared contacted his mother to see if he could have his contact information. “I called and told ... Read more

Pompeo warns Silicon Valley execs not to work with Chinese military

American technology firms should get rich from doing business in China but must do their part to counter the national security dangers posed by a Communist nation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a speech Monday. Speaking in the heart of Silicon Valley, Mr. Pompeo said the amazing advances produced in the region are a direct result of American freedom and democracy. “In this system, our idea of capitalism and free markets has produced the greatest wealth and prosperity that the world has ever seen, and technology has played a huge role in that,” he said. “It is very ... Read more

Amid Iran tensions, Democratic hopefuls joust over military plans

One week after Iranian rockets damaged military bases in Iraq hosting U.S. troops, the Democratic candidates vying to replace President Donald Trump attacked his foreign policy plans as short-sighted and laid out their own vision of what the next commander in chief needs to do to make America safer. The seventh debate of this campaign cycle, held in Iowa less than a month before the first primary votes are set to be cast, had the fewest candidates on stage (only six qualified) but more national security and military policy discussion than any of the previous events. The candidates Tuesday offered ... Read more

3 days of mourning after 89 soldiers killed in attack on Niger military base

The West African nation of Niger has declared three days of national mourning after 89 soldiers were killed in an attack on a military base. The attack took place on Thursday, January 9 when heavily armed militants attacked an army outpost in Chinagodrar near the border of Mali. Niger’s flag will also be flown at half-staff across the country to pay tribute to the troops killed in the raid. President Mahamadou Issoufou expressed his deepest condolences to the victims’ families and wished those wounded in the attack a speedy recovery. “I would like to salute the courage and bravery with ... Read more

U.S. Looks at Cuts to Military Aid to Iraq if Troops Are Asked to Leave

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is preparing possible cuts of $250 million in military aid to Iraq, funds already approved by Congress, if the government expels U.S. troops, and is reconsidering a broad spectrum of other economic and military assistance that isn’t yet committed. The State Department and the Department of Defense have discussed the military assistance funds in emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The emails indicate that the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs is working to cut all $250 million in funds under the U.S. foreign military financing program for Iraq for the current fiscal year. The ... Read more

Hidalgo Co. Leaders Push Resolution for Vietnam Veteran to Receive Highest Military Honor

EDINBURG – Hidalgo County leaders came together to have the nation’s highest military honor awarded to a Rio Grande Valley veteran. The Commissioner’s Court hopes to see the Vietnam veteran received the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was a big day for 74-year-old Cruz Yanez. He volunteered for the draft Aug. 20, 1969. The decorated veteran was a combat infantryman serving in Vietnam from July 6, 1970 to Apr. 15, 1971. According to the Commissioners Court, Yanez protect a wounded comrade under heavy opening fire while reinforcements arrived and also put his life on the line by opening fire on ... Read more

Audit finds some military hospitals issued potentially dangerous amounts of opioids

U.S. military hospitals overprescribed opioids to patients with chronic pain from 2015 and 2017, a dangerous practice that put them at risk for addiction and overdose, according to the Department of Defense Inspector General’s Office. At three military medical facilities, some non-cancer patients were prescribed pills at more than five times the level recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In just one year, one patient in Alaska received 2,450 oxycodone tablets, while another was prescribed 4,700 over the course of two years. Despite an opioid crisis that began more than a decade earlier, the Defense Department did ... Read more