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US begins shifting Afghan combat operations outside country

Jun. 10, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has already begun conducting combat operations and surveillance in Afghanistan from outside the country's borders, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Congress on Thursday, as the troop withdrawal continues. But Austin declined to...

Retired Army major general demoted for sex crime conviction

Jun. 08, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired Army major general has been reduced in rank to second lieutenant after his guilty plea in Virginia in 2020 to charges of rape and incest. Pentagon spokeswoman Lisa Lawrence said in an email that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin demoted Maj....

US pullout from Afghanistan half done, but questions remain

Jun. 08, 2021 00:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is more than half done, and U.S. officials say that while it could be completed by July 4, the final exit of equipment and troops more likely will be later in the summer. As early as this week, the top U.S....

Alabama Air National Guard to get first female general

Jun. 05, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A woman is making history as the first female brigadier general in the Alabama Air National Guard. Col. Tara McKennie is being promoted Saturday to brigadier general in the Alabama National Guard. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will participate in the...

84-year-old man receives high school diploma in Mississippi

Jun. 05, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) — An 84-year-old Mississippi man wore a cap and gown and walked across a stage to pick up his high school diploma, generations after bureaucratic mistakes prevented him from receiving it. Jerry Moon joined 94 graduates during commencement May 28...

South Korea's air force chief resigns over woman's death

Jun. 04, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s air force chief stepped down Friday in the face of public anger over the death of a female master sergeant whose family says she killed herself after being sexually abused by a male colleague. President Moon Jae-in's office...

Military leaders wary of changes in sexual assault policy

Jun. 03, 2021 05:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military service leaders are privately expressing reservations about removing sexual assault cases from the chain of command, The Associated Press has learned, striking a note of caution as momentum builds toward changing a military justice system that has come under...

Former Ugandan army chief hospitalized after gun attack

Jun. 01, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A former army chief in Uganda has been wounded and his daughter killed after gunmen shot at the car in which they were being driven early Tuesday. Gen. Katumba Wamala, who serves as the works and transport minister in Uganda's government, was...

Israeli official rolls back army chief comments on AP Gaza

Jun. 01, 2021 02:57 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister on Monday distanced himself from comments made by his military chief after Israel bombed a Gaza Strip high-rise housing an Associated Press office and other news outlets, saying the remarks were not meant to be taken literally. ...

Air Force to replace JSTARS units in Georgia with new tech

May. 28, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — The Air Force said it plans to phase out its decadesold JSTARS aircraft and radar system used for battlefield surveillance and replace it in central Georgia with new missions driven by upgraded technology. The JSTARS mission is shared...