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An Overlooked D-Day Hero Finally Gets His Due

WWII medic Waverly Woodson Jr. posthumously awarded Distinguished Service Cross

(Newser) - For 30 hours, as mortar shells rained around him on Omaha Beach, Army medic Cpl. Waverly Woodson Jr. treated wounded Allied soldiers, even while wounded himself. For that brave act, Woodson has been posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, "the second-highest military decoration that can be awarded to a...

Unsettling Video Seeks Army Psyop Recruits

It's a tough job to fill, commander says

(Newser) - The video is unsettling, with haunting images of faceless people, fire, and soldiers. The voiceover is a cascade of recognizable historical voices as the screen pulses cryptic messages touting the power of words, ideas, and "invisible hands." Hints of its origin are tucked into frames as they flash...

Navy Says It Isn't Getting Enough Recruits

But Army, Air Force have turned things around

(Newser) - The Army and Air Force have managed to turn things around and meet recruiting targets, but the Navy isn't saying hello to enough sailors. The Navy says it aimed to sign up 40,600 individuals in the current recruiting year but it expects to fall around 6,700 short,...

Army Says It Is Cutting 'Spaces,' Not 'Faces'

Service branch is slashing the size of its force by 24K

(Newser) - The US Army is slashing the size of its force by about 24,000, or almost 5%, and restructuring to be better able to fight the next major war, as the service struggles with recruiting shortfalls that made it impossible to bring in enough soldiers to fill all the jobs....

Army Base Faces 'Marathon of Recovery' After Rogue Waves

Repairs on Roi-Namur in Marshall Islands 'may last months or even years,' says Army rep

(Newser) - Powerful rogue waves slammed into a remote Pacific island that's home to a major US military installation on Saturday, causing extensive damage that could take months to repair, according to an Army statement. The Army said multiple areas of Roi-Namur "are underwater ," per CNN . Lying about 2,...

2 Drill Sergeants Found Dead in 8 Days at South Carolina Base

Army is investigating both deaths at Fort Jackson

(Newser) - On December 8, a drill sergeant was found dead at South Carolina's Fort Jackson. Eight days later, a second drill sergeant was also found dead at the Army base. The Army says its Criminal Investigation Division is investigating both deaths, CNN reports. Staff Sgt. Allen M. Burtram, 34, was...

Female Sniper Becomes an Army First
New Army Sniper Is a First

New Army Sniper Is a First

Sgt. Maciel Hay has more plans

(Newser) - When Maciel Hay was attending college near Sacramento, a friend told her she couldn't make it as an Army sniper. "Needless to say, that person is no longer in my life," said Sgt. Maciel Hay. She graduated from sniper school in Georgia last month, Stars and Stripes ...

Army Plant Sells AR-15 Ammo to Civilians, Drawing Scrutiny

Members of Congress sound alarm after 'NYT' reporting

(Newser) - Members of Congress are calling for a detailed examination of a deal that allows a US Army plant to supply ammunition for AR-15-style weapons, including ammo used in numerous mass shootings, to the commercial market. A New York Times investigation published this month and based on more than 1 million...

Army Aims to Rectify 'Largest Mass Execution' in Its History

More than a century later, soldier convictions related to the 1917 Houston riots are overturned

(Newser) - It was, as the Washington Post reports, "the largest mass execution carried out in the history of the US Army." On Dec. 11, 1917, 13 Buffalo Soldiers were hanged in a military camp near Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. The African American cavalry soldiers of the...

Army Didn't Want Guns in Hands of Maine Shooter

And requested a welfare check that went basically nowhere, it seems

(Newser) - After the man who would become the Maine mass shooter was hospitalized for two weeks due to mental health issues over the summer, the US Army, with which he was a reservist, determined he should not have access to weapons. In a statement to ABC News , an Army spokesperson says...

Travis King's Mom Addresses His Alleged Child Porn

Claudine Gates says her 'good boy' lost phone, leaving his Snapchat account vulnerable

(Newser) - The parents of Travis King plan to fight the charges against him "hard," they tell ABC News in an interview. Upon the Army private's release from a South Korean detention facility, where he was held for 47 days after allegedly assaulting a person at a nightclub, he...

As Other Branches Fall Short, Marines Hit 100% of Recruitment Target

Consistent message is paying off, experts say

(Newser) - As other service branches fell short of their recruitment goals this year, the Marine Corps ended the recruitment year Sept. 30 having met 100% of its goal—with hundreds of contacts lined up for next year. The Army, Navy, and Air Force failed to attract enough recruits despite offering generous...

2 Soldiers Dead After Truck Flips in Alaska

Accident near Salcha also left a dozen Army troops injured

(Newser) - Two US soldiers were killed and a dozen injured when the transport truck they were traveling in flipped near Salcha, Alaska, according to US Army Alaska. Officials with the 11th Airborne Division of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson say at least 17 soldiers were in the LMTV (light medium tactical vehicle) Monday,...

Woman Who Helped Hide Soldier's Body Gets 30 Years

Cecily Aguilar was only person arrested in Vanessa Guillen case

(Newser) - A Texas woman was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for helping dispose of the body of a US soldier, whose 2020 killing sparked a movement of women speaking out about sexual abuse in the military. Cecily Aguilar was the only suspect arrested in the death of Vanessa Guillen,...

US Eliminates Its Last Chemical Weapon

The world is now free of them, at least those that are declared

(Newser) - The US has long stored a considerable arsenal of illegal-to-use chemical weaponry—until now. On Friday, the Pentagon destroyed its last remaining such weapon, the culmination of a decades-long effort, reports NPR . The dismantling took place at the Army's Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado and at the Blue Grass...

Soldier's Suicide Involved 2 Helicopter Crashes

Report reveals tragedy at Georgia's Fort Stewart as Army adjusts its mental health care

(Newser) - An Army officer crashed a Black Hawk helicopter in an attempt to kill himself but, failing to do so, ran to a second helicopter, which he subsequently launched and fatally crashed. That's according to a redacted investigation report released Wednesday, more than a year after the March 2022 incident...

US Army Sees Record Number of Fatal ODs From This Drug

Fentanyl is hitting all military branches, but none as hard as the Army, and loved ones want answers

(Newser) - Earlier this year, Congress received some sobering data from the Department of Defense showing that fentanyl was involved in 88% of the 2021 deaths of US troops who'd died of drug overdoses—up from just 36% five years earlier. "Our military is not immune to the opioid epidemic,...

Army Base Renamed to Honor Black WWI Hero

Fort Polk in Louisiana is now Fort Johnson

(Newser) - A US Army base in western Louisiana was renamed Tuesday to honor Sgt. William Henry Johnson, a Black hero of World War I who received the Medal of Honor nearly a century later. Fort Johnson had previously been named after a Confederate commander, Leonidas Polk. The renaming is part of...

After 12 Deaths in Chopper Crashes, an Army 'Stand-Down'

Aviators grounded until they undergo training, after 2 crashes in a month's time in Alaska, Kentucky

(Newser) - The US Army has grounded aviation units for training after 12 soldiers died within the last month in helicopter crashes in Alaska and Kentucky, the military branch announced Friday. The suspension of air operations was effective immediately, with units grounded until they complete the training, said Army spokesperson Lt. Col....

Army Helicopters Collide, Killing 3
3 Dead as Army
Helicopters Collide

3 Dead as Army Helicopters Collide

Apache choppers were returning to Alaska's Fort Wainwright from training flight

(Newser) - The US Army suffered "an incredible loss" Thursday when two Apache helicopters from Alaska's Fort Wainwright collided while returning from a training mission, killing three soldiers and injuring a fourth. There were two soldiers on each of the helicopters, which collided midair near Healy, about 100 road miles...

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