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Pentagon lays out new food, housing programs for troops

Sep. 23, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon announced a number of new programs Thursday that are aimed at helping service members who are struggling with housing shortages and steep food and living expenses as they move from base to base. Gil Cisneros, undersecretary for personnel, told...

US sends new military aid for Ukraine to boost momentum

Sep. 15, 2022 20:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Thursday it will send another $600 million in military aid to Ukraine, as the U.S. rushes more weapons to fuel Kyiv's counteroffensive that has reclaimed large stretches of the embattled country and forced Russian troops to retreat. ...

US, NATO note Ukraine army gains but see war dragging on

Sep. 09, 2022 09:39 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ukraine's armed forces have made significant early gains in their counter-offensive against Russian troops in southern and eastern Ukraine but fighting appears set to drag on for months, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the head of NATO said Friday. ...

FBI: Soldier linked to racist post, online extremism

Sep. 08, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

A soldier in the U.S. Army wrote on Instagram that he joined the military “for combat experience so I’m more proficient in killing” Black people, investigators say. Killian Mackeithan Ryan also had five Instagram accounts that were in contact with others "associated with...

Ukraine, neighbors, to get big new aid, Blinken says in Kyiv

Sep. 08, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Underscoring determined U.S. support, Secretary of State Antony Blinken paid an unannounced visit to Kyiv on Thursday and the Biden administration ramped up military aid by more than $2.8 billion to Ukraine and other European countries threatened by Russia. ...

U.S. approves up to $675M in further military aid to Ukraine

Sep. 08, 2022 05:04 AM EDT

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday President Joe Biden has approved additional military aid to Ukraine worth up to $675 million, an announcement that came as he gathered allies to renew their commitment to military support “for the long haul.”...

US military shrinks timeline for draining Hawaii fuel tanks

Sep. 07, 2022 22:47 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. military on Wednesday said it now expects to remove fuel from a leaky Hawaii fuel tank farm in July 2024, five months earlier than its initial plan. Critics have lambasted the U.S. Department of Defense's original timeline to remove the fuel from the Red...

Accounts differ in unvaccinated Coast Guard cadet departures

Sep. 01, 2022 21:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Coast Guard Academy officials and a lawyer for several cadets are disputing each other's accounts of what happened to seven students before and after they were forced to leave the Connecticut campus last month after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. ...

Police: Friend of accused recounted Dutch soldier's killing

Aug. 31, 2022 16:00 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The 22-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a Dutch soldier and wounding two others in downtown Indianapolis over the weekend told a friend who was with him that morning that he opened fire on the soldiers because he “just spazzed,” according to an arrest affidavit. ...

Unvaccinated cadets ordered off Coast Guard Academy campus

Aug. 31, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The Coast Guard Academy is disenrolling seven cadets for failing to comply with the military's COVID-19 vaccination mandate, after their requests for religious exemptions were denied and they were ordered to leave campus. The academy in New London,...