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Study: Texas bases lead Army posts in risk of sexual assault

Jun. 18, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Female soldiers at Army bases in Texas, Colorado, Kansas and Kentucky face a greater risk of sexual assault and harassment than those at other posts, accounting for more than a third of all active-duty Army women sexually assaulted in 2018, according to a new Rand Corp....

Senator: Military justice changes must go beyond sex cases

Jun. 18, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is on the brink of success in her yearslong campaign to get sexual assault cases removed from the military chain of command. But getting over the finish line may depend on whether she can overcome wariness about broader changes she’s seeking to...

The Latest: Nevada to disburse $5 million in vaccine effort

Jun. 17, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS — Nevada is distributing $5 million in cash prizes to residents who have been vaccinated as part of an effort to encourage more people to get shots. Gov. Steve Sisolak said Thursday that the new “Vax Nevada Days” initiative provided skeptics one more...

Top general 'shocked' by AP report on AWOL guns, mulls fix

Jun. 17, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

Shocked by an Associated Press investigation into the loss and theft of military guns, the Pentagon's top general signaled Thursday that he will consider a “systematic fix” to how the armed services keep account of their firearms. The AP’s investigation reported how...

Austin: Al-Qaida could regroup in Afghanistan in 2 years

Jun. 17, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An extremist group like al-Qaida may be able to regenerate in Afghanistan and pose a threat to the U.S. homeland within two years of the American military's withdrawal from the country, the Pentagon's top leaders said Thursday. It was the most specific...

New vaccine lottery announced for military in Washington

Jun. 17, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive lottery for the state’s military, family members and veterans because the federal government wasn’t sharing individual vaccine status of those groups with the state and there were...

US Army has hidden or downplayed loss of firearms for years

Jun. 16, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

The U.S. Army has hidden or downplayed the extent to which its firearms disappear, significantly understating losses and thefts even as some weapons are used in street crimes. The Army’s pattern of secrecy and suppression dates back nearly a decade, when The Associated...

AP: Some stolen US military guns used in violent crimes

Jun. 15, 2021 23:42 PM EDT

Pulling a pistol from his waistband, the young man spun his human shield toward police. “Don’t do it!” a pursuing officer pleaded. The young man complied, releasing the bystander and tossing the gun, which skittered across the city street and then into the hands of...

Military defends Jan. 6 response as House steps up probes

Jun. 15, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Army leader defended the Pentagon’s response to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, telling a House panel Tuesday that the National Guard was delayed for hours because it had to properly prepare for the deployment and that senior military leaders had...

Takeaways: AP's investigation into missing US military guns

Jun. 15, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

In the first public accounting of its kind in decades, an Associated Press investigation has found that at least 1,900 U.S. military firearms were lost or stolen during the 2010s, with some resurfacing in violent crimes. The armed services and the Pentagon are not eager...