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US Says Chinese Intercept Could Have Caused Collision

Fighter jet flew dangerously close to US plane over South China Sea, military says

(Newser) - The US military says a Chinese fighter jet flew dangerously close to an Air Force plane over the South China Sea, forcing the American pilot to maneuver to avoid a collision. US Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement Thursday that the incident occurred Dec. 21 when the Chinese People's...

Court: Marine Sikh Recruits Need Not Shave for Boot Camp

Federal appeals court grants the exemption

(Newser) - A federal court ruling will result in a rare sight at Marine boot camp: two bearded recruits. The District of Columbia's federal appeals court has ruled that the pair of Sikh men shouldn't be forced to shave off the beards they keep for religious reasons, reports NPR . Plaintiffs...

Ulysses S. Grant Just Got a Promotion
Ulysses S. Grant Just
Got a Promotion

Ulysses S. Grant Just Got a Promotion

He is posthumously lifted to rare rank of general of the armies of the United States

(Newser) - The giant defense bill signed into law this week by President Biden has an unusual item tucked within it. The measure posthumously promotes Ulysses S. Grant to general of the armies of the United States, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer . It's the Army's highest rank, and only two others...

Navy SEAL Who Famously Transitioned Is Now Detransitioning

Chris Beck says transitioning to female 'destroyed my life'

(Newser) - Chris Beck, the former Navy SEAL who gained notoriety after coming out as transgender after leaving the military , is detransitioning. Beck, who was born Chris but lived as Kristin after coming out as trans, is now back to his birth name and tells conservative influencer Robby Starbuck that while he...

Putin Hints at First-Strike Policy, Cites 'US Counterparts'

Russian president doesn't say it, but analysts hear veiled nuclear threat

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow could adopt what he described as a US concept of using preemptive military strikes, noting it has the weapons to do the job, in a blunt statement amid rising Russia-NATO tensions over Ukraine. "We are just thinking about it. They weren'...

US Military Really Didn't Want You to Know What's in New Washington Post Investigation

Report suggests there's basically no oversight for retired personnel who work for foreign powers

(Newser) - The Washington Post has unveiled a major three-part investigation of retired US military personnel who work for foreign militaries, including for some countries "known for human rights abuses and political repression." The report contains a lot of information the government tried to keep secret, and it only came...

North Korea Sends Missile Over Japan, Into Ocean

Residents in northern prefectures are told to take cover

(Newser) - North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, an escalation from the barrage of tests conducted in the past few days while the US and other nations conduct military drills in the region. In a rare move, Japan told residents in two northern prefectures to seek shelter. It...

A $1.2B Ship Was Destroyed. Now, a Sailor Hears His Fate

Ryan Sawyer Mays found not guilty of arson in 2020 burning of USS Bonhomme Richard

(Newser) - A military judge has acquitted a 21-year-old sailor of arson charges after a 2020 fire destroyed a $1.2 billion Navy amphibious assault ship. Capt. Derek Butler, who oversaw the trial by court-martial for Seaman Recruit Ryan Sawyer Mays, handed down his not-guilty verdict on Friday, more than two years...

Soldier, 17, Dies After Collapsing During Training

Alyssa Calhoon was training with twin sister

(Newser) - The Army is investigating the death of 17-year-old Pvt. Alyssa Calhoon, who died five days after she collapsed during physical training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. Calhoon and her twin sister Brianna were training for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, NBC reports. Authorities say Calhoon was taken to an...

Army: 2 Soldiers Dead in Weather-Related Incident

They were training on Georgia mountain

(Newser) - Two soldiers based at Fort Benning, Georgia, died and three others were injured in a weather-related incident Tuesday during training on a mountain in the northern part of the state, Army officials say. An Army spokesperson told Fox 5 that the deceased soldiers, whose names have not yet been released,...

Army Can't Find Enough New Soldiers
Army Can't Find Enough
New Soldiers

Army Can't Find Enough New Soldiers

Recruitment expected to miss goals over the next 2 years

(Newser) - The Army is running short of soldiers. The military branch is projected to end the current fiscal year with 466,000 soldiers, which CBS News reports is about 20,000 short of the goal. And the trend line is only getting worse—the total at the end of the 2023...

Navy Investigation Blames 'Complacency' for Leak That Poisoned Water

Pearl Harbor trouble stemmed from leak at Hawaii fuel storage facility

(Newser) - The Navy has admitted that a very long list of errors and failures led to a fuel leak that poisoned thousands of people in Hawaii. A long-awaited report released Thursday sets out what the Honolulu Star-Advertiser calls "operational and leadership failures, communication breakdowns and cavalier attitudes toward oversight" that...

4 Marines Die in Crash in California
Another Osprey Crash
Takes Lives of 5 Marines

Another Osprey Crash Takes Lives of 5 Marines

MV-22B Osprey went down in California desert

(Newser) - (This summary has been updated to reflect the death of the fifth Marine.) Five Marines were killed after an Osprey aircraft crashed in the Southern California desert, a military official said Thursday, one day after the accident. The MV-22B Osprey was carrying the five Marines when it went down...

Blast at US Syria Base May Have Been Insider Attack

Military says service member is a possible suspect

(Newser) - A US service member has been identified as a possible suspect in an April explosion that injured several US troops at a base in eastern Syria. Patrick Barnes, a spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Division, said in a statement that the potential suspect is back in the United States,...

Here Are the Recommended New Names for 9 Army Bases

They currently have names of Confederate officers

(Newser) - Fort Bragg would become Fort Liberty. Fort Gordon would be Fort Eisenhower. And, for the first time, Army bases would be named after Black soldiers and women. An independent commission on Tuesday recommended new names for nine Army posts that now commemorate Confederate officers, the AP reports. The recommendations are...

Biden Is Redeploying Troops to Somalia

Move to station forces in country reverses Trump order

(Newser) - President Biden signed an order Monday to redeploy hundreds of US troops to Somalia to counter the Islamic extremist rebel group al-Shabab, an effort that American military leaders said had been hampered by Donald Trump's late-term decision to withdraw forces from the country. US troops will be repositioned from...

'Immediate Action' Called for on Alaska Soldier Suicides

Lawmakers are alarmed by 17 deaths, confirmed or suspected to be suicides, reported in 2021

(Newser) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the US Army to take "immediate action" to address a suicide crisis in Alaska that they say claimed the lives of 17 soldiers last year. There were seven soldier suicides in Alaska in 2020 and eight in 2019, per the Anchorage Daily ...

Russian Military Chiefs Aren't Taking Calls From US

'We must avoid a scenario of NATO and Russia sleepwalking into war'

(Newser) - Despite the clear risk of escalation, Russian military leaders have been ghosting their American counterparts since the invasion of Ukraine began. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley have been trying to set up calls with Russia'...

5 Sailors Charged With Leaking Video of Crash

Navy says they released video of jet crashing on aircraft carrier last month

(Newser) - Five sailors have been charged with violating military law over leaked video showing an F35 fighter jet crashing on an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea last month, the Navy said Thursday. An ensign, three chief petty officers, and a senior chief petty officer were charged under Article 92...

Race for Sunken F35 Is ' Hunt for Red October Meets the Abyss '
Retrieval of Sunken F35
Is 'Vitally Important' for US
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Retrieval of Sunken F35 Is 'Vitally Important' for US

Chinese submarines might beat US salvage vessel to South China Sea site

(Newser) - The echoes of the Cold War in the search for a US fighter jet that crashed in international waters are so strong that one defense consultant describes it as "The Hunt for Red October meets The Abyss." Abi Austen tells the BBC that an American salvage vessel is...

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