Tag: United States Army

Photo: Biden Sees Dignified Transfer of 3 Troops Killed in Jordan

A stillness lingered under a cloudy sky as a team of Army soldiers slowly emerged from the large gray C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft. They walked in step at a smooth and steady pace. Their eyes remained forward. The flag-draped transfer cases were held level with the weight distributed evenly among the six service members conducting […]

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West Point Is the Next Front in the Legal War on Affirmative Action

Desegregation had an immediate impact on diversity in the non-commissioned ranks. Integrating the military’s officer corps was far more difficult. The problem became acute when large-scale deployments of U.S. forces to Vietnam began in the early 1960s, where large numbers of Black and Hispanic service members served under officers who were almost invariably white. Discrimination, […]

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Anti-Affirmative Action Zealots Are Coming for West Point

Desegregation had an immediate impact on diversity in the non-commissioned ranks. Integrating the military’s officer corps was far more difficult. The problem became acute when large-scale deployments of U.S. forces to Vietnam began in the early 1960s, where large numbers of Black and Hispanic service members served under officers who were almost invariably white. Discrimination, […]

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Like Two Soldiers Killed in Jordan, Young Black Women Look to the Army for Opportunity

At a dusty military base in northeastern Jordan, Specialist Kennedy Sanders drove bulldozers and road graders. When she had free time, she liked to spend it knitting, or feeding her sneaker-head habit by shopping online for rare pairs of Nike Dunks that she would make her mother unbox for her over FaceTime. She spent a […]

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U.S. Identifies 3 Soldiers Killed at Base in Jordan

The Department of Defense on Monday identified three Army Reserve soldiers who were killed at a U.S. base in Jordan on Sunday in what the Biden administration said was a drone attack from an Iran-backed militia. The department said at least 34 other service members were wounded in the attack. Those killed were Sgt. William […]

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Russell Hamler, Last of World War II’s Merrill’s Marauders, Dies at 99

The soldiers’ mission was as dangerous as it was audacious: a trek of more than 500 miles through mountainous jungle in northern Burma to seize a Japanese-held airfield in World War II. The threats were constant: fierce attacks by superior numbers of enemy troops, monsoon rains, tropical diseases and malnutrition. When the airfield was finally […]

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An Antique Dress Held a Secret: A Coded Message From 1888

Sara Rivers Cofield was on her usual search for interesting period clothing about a decade ago when she noticed what appeared to be a “textbook” silk bustle dress from the 1800s at an antique mall in Maine. The bronze-colored dress was in good condition, with a draped skirt, puffy bustle, and metal buttons that appeared […]

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Army’s Blast Safety Limit May Miss Risks From Powerful Weapons Like Tanks

Christian Beyer worked around the ground-shaking blasts of one of the Army’s most powerful weapons — the M1 Abrams tank — for 23 years. And for nearly all that time, he was a model soldier, given awards for meritorious service and promoted all the way up to master sergeant in charge of training young tank […]

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U.S. Military Returns to the Jungle, Training for Future Threats

One by one, the American soldiers slid down a muddy hillside to a river deep in the Hawaiian jungle. With guns on top of rucksacks, they kicked their way across, wobbling in the current, trying to stay quiet. It was a sluggish advance stinking of sweat and silt — reminiscent of Vietnam, and similar to […]

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Did Army Blast Exposure Play Role in Maine Gunman’s Rampage?

After a 40-year-old Army Reservist named Robert Card went on a shooting spree in Lewiston, Maine, in October, his community grasped for answers. Eighteen people were killed. Neighborhoods were locked down for days as the police hunted for Mr. Card. Then, after he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, his family and fellow […]

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Was Maine Gunman’s Brain Damaged by Blast Exposure in the Army?

After a 40-year-old Army Reservist named Robert Card went on a shooting spree in Lewiston, Maine, in October, his community grasped for answers. Eighteen people were killed. Neighborhoods were locked down for days as the police hunted for Mr. Card. Then, after he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, his family and fellow […]

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Army Ammunition Factory Tied to Mass Shootings Faces New Scrutiny

An agreement between the Army and one of the nation’s largest ammunition manufacturers is receiving new scrutiny because of a little-known provision allowing a government facility to produce hundreds of millions of rounds for the retail market. Over more than a decade, contracts between the Pentagon and a series of private companies have permitted an […]

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Travis King, Soldier Who Entered North Korea, Faces Desertion Charge

Pvt. Travis T. King, the American soldier who returned to the United States last month after crossing into North Korea in July, has been charged in military court with multiple offenses, including desertion, assaulting other soldiers and child pornography. Private King, 23, is being held at a civilian jail just outside Fort Bliss, near El […]

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U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force Struggle for Recruits, but the Marines Have Plenty.

These are dark days for military recruiting. The Army, Navy and Air Force have tried almost everything in their power to bring in new people. They’ve relaxed enlistment standards, set up remedial schools for recruits who can’t pass entry tests, and offered signing bonuses worth up to $75,000. Still, this year the three services together […]

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Former U.S. Military Bases Remain a Toxic Menace

For much of the 20th century, Fort Ord was one of the largest light infantry training bases in the country, a place where more than a million U.S. Army troops were schooled in the lethal skills of firing a mortar and aiming a rifle — discharging thousands of rounds a day into the scenic sand […]

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U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Hospital in Germany Treats Troops Wounded in Ukraine

A group of Ukrainian Army soldiers pierced by Russian grenades and mortar shells arrived at a hospital recently in need of surgery. It would have been a familiar scene from the bloody war grinding on in Ukraine, except for two crucial differences: Most of the wounded soldiers were American, and so was the hospital — […]

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Senate Confirms Army and Marine Chiefs, but Tuberville’s Blockade Drags On

The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly confirmed Gen. Randy George of the Army and Gen. Eric Smith of the Marines as the chiefs of staff of their respective services, circumventing a single senator’s blockade against senior military promotions but leaving hundreds more still in limbo. The action followed the confirmation on Wednesday night of Gen. Charles […]

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Anti-Affirmative Action Group Sues West Point Over Admissions Policy

The group that won a major Supreme Court victory against affirmative action in June sued the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday, arguing that the court’s ruling barring race-conscious college admissions should extend to the nation’s military academies as well. The group, Students for Fair Admissions, was the driving force behind the lawsuit […]

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