Judge gives a choice to man convicted of sexual assault: military or jail
“If you don’t enroll in 30 days, you can report to the Franklin County Regional Jail,” Kentucky judge Thomas Wingate said to Brandon Scott Price, acknowledging the 28-year old was getting "a huge break." “You are under the gun, young man. You gotta do it.”washingtonpost.com
Across services, troops face discipline for refusing vaccine
U.S. officials say all of the military services have now begun disciplinary actions and discharges for troops who have refused to get the mandated coronavirus vaccine, with as many as 20,000 unvaccinated forces at risk of being removed from service.
These U.S. soldiers were injured by Iranian ballistic missiles. They've been denied the Purple Heart Award.
A CBS News investigation found more than 30 soldiers whose injuries appear to qualify them for the Purple Heart are still waiting for the award nearly two years after their base in Iraq was flattened.cbsnews.com
The military is failing to comply with federal law in sexual assault cases, new watchdog report finds
In an analysis of almost 450 military special victims cases filed between 2018 to 2020, the Department of Defense's inspector general found that 64% did not have properly trained prosecutors assigned to them.cbsnews.com
Russia orders fighter jets to escort U.S. strategic bombers over Black Sea
Russia scrambled two Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets to escort a pair of U.S. B-1B strategic bombers over the Black Sea, Russia’s defense ministry said on Wednesday, an incident that coincided with a visit to the region by the U.S. secretary of defense.news.yahoo.com
Ghana considers harsh anti- LGBTQ+ legislation proposal
New draft legislation in Ghana is seeking to introduce some of the most extreme anti-LGBTQ laws in Africa. Writer, journalist and director of New York University in Accra, Chike Frankie Edozien, joins CBSN AM to talk more about what it could mean for the future of the country.news.yahoo.com
Army general who commanded in Iraq dies of cancer at age 67
Raymond T. Odierno, a retired Army general who commanded American and coalition forces in Iraq at the height of the war and capped a 39-year career by serving as the Army's chief of staff, has died, his family said Saturday. Odierno died Friday; the family declined to say where. A native of Rockaway, New Jersey, Odierno graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1976 with a commission in field artillery.news.yahoo.com
Former congressman Todd Akin, whose ‘legitimate rape’ comment torpedoed his U.S. Senate bid, dies at 74
Former congressman Todd Akin (R-Mo.) was widely criticized for saying in 2012 that "legitimate rape" rarely causes pregnancy. He lost his bid to serve in the U.S. Senate that year.washingtonpost.com
Military suicides rise 15% as senior leaders call for action
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. military suicides jumped by 15% last year, fueled by significant increases in the Army and Marine Corps that senior leaders called troubling.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
US military eyes prototype mobile nuclear reactor in Idaho
The U.S. Department of Defense is taking input on its plan to build an advanced mobile nuclear microreactor prototype at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho. The department began a 45-day comment period on Friday with the release of a draft environmental impact study evaluating alternatives for building and operating the microreactor that could produce 1 to 5 megawatts of power. “A safe, small, transportable nuclear reactor would address this growing demand with a resilient, carbon-free energy source that would not add to the DoD’s fuel needs, while supporting mission-critical operations in remote and austere environments,” the Defense Department said.news.yahoo.com
Bond set at $50,000 for Alabama National Guardsman charged after attempting drug pick up
After some confusion on Friday, a federal judge set bond for the Alabama National Guardsman who attempted to pick up drugs while wearing his uniform and driving a Border Patrol vehicle in Hidalgo last week.myrgv.com
Central Catholic QB Sylas Gomez talks commitment to Army
After posting 718 yards passing, 469 yards rushing and 12 total touchdowns in six games last season, Central Catholic senior quarterback Sylas Gomez has already verbally committed to Army West Point, and he made the announcement on a special day.
WATCH LIVE: Lawmakers, relatives of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén introduce Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act
Lawmakers on Wednesday morning will introduce the Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act, a bipartisan and bicameral bill that would move the decision to prosecute serious crimes in the military from the chain of command.
Study: Texas bases lead Army posts in risk of sexual assault
A new study finds that 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.
Convicted thief under investigation again after accepting $6,800 for never-completed fence work
When Army veteran Tristan Seymour began searching online late last summer for a contractor to build a privacy fence, he went with the one who responded right away: a man who identified himself as Rene Elizondo.
Army Corps of Engineers will lease Canyon Lake Park to Comal County recreation organization
CANYON LAKE, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Tuesday that it would be leasing Canyon Lake Park to the Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County. Javier Pérez Ortiz, the lake manager, said WORD would be releasing additional information on their website and social media. “We believe WORD will be an excellent steward of Canyon Lake Park and will be able to offer an exceptional recreational experience to our residents and visitors,” Ortiz said. Mike Dussere, general manager of WORD, said that the information regarding the park will be available to the public in the coming days. “We know there will be many questions and we will be issuing much more information to the public soon,” Dussere said.
Widow hopes husband’s fatal motorcycle crash encourages others to pay attention on the road
San Antonio – A widow is hoping her husband’s tragic motorcycle crash encourages others to thoroughly pay attention to motorcyclists on the roadways. San Antonio police say her husband sadly t-boned into a sedan, as the driver of that sedan was backing out of a home. I said yes, and they told me he was at Brooke Army Medical Center.”Short said she feared the worst. “He was my soulmate, my person, my hero and I have never in my life felt such agonizing pain,” Short said. He went out the way he loved, doing the thing that made me happy.”She said she hopes her husband’s tragedy encourages people to pay closer attention to motorcyclists.
San Antonio man, 28, died during training incident at Army Ranger School in Florida, officials say
James A. Requenez was a student at the 6th Ranger Training Battalion and died during the “swamp phase” of training, according to Army officials. A 28-year-old San Antonio man died during a training incident at the Army’s Ranger School in Florida, according to the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. James A. Requenez was a student at the 6th Ranger Training Battalion and died during the “swamp phase” of training, according to the ARTB. The Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, and the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade offers our heartfelt... Posted by Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade on Friday, March 26, 2021The incident is currently under investigation, Army officials said. AdArmy officials said his awards include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Parachutist Badge.
Climate Minute: Cold War era scientific study in Greenland leads to discovery of plant fossils
The United States is conducting a top-secret mission in Greenland to hide 600 missiles under Greenland’s ice sheet. They call it Project Iceworm, and to conceal it, the Army claims to simply be conducting an Arctic scientific study. Project Iceworm failed, and the ice cores were shuffled around for decades until recently rediscovered. What amazed modern-day scientists is that they found plant fossils within the ice cores. Scientists estimate that the ice sheet could contain up to 23 feet of sea water rise in ice melt.
Army under fire from Congress over Fort Hood response to criminal investigations
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON – Lawmakers expressed frustration Tuesday with how slowly improvements are being made to criminal investigations at Fort Hood, Texas, where rates of violent crime and sexual assaults are particularly high. More than two dozen Fort Hood soldiers died in 2020, including in multiple homicides and suicides. The review also concluded that the Army CID was understaffed, overwhelmed and filled with inexperienced investigators. Elder Fernandes, who was missing for more than a week last year before he was found dead about 28 miles from Fort Hood. AdAs a result of the independent review and other investigations, the Army earlier this year took action against 14 officers and enlisted soldiers at Fort Hood.
Coworkers: Man charged in Capitol riot had a Hitler mustache
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo rioters supporting President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington. An Army reservist charged with taking part in the attack on the U.S. Capitol was known as a Nazi sympathizer who wore a Hitler mustache, coworkers told federal investigators. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)WASHINGTON – An Army reservist charged with taking part in the attack on the U.S. Capitol was known as a Nazi sympathizer who wore a Hitler mustache, coworkers told federal investigators. The filing included photos from Hale-Cusanelli’s cellphone of him with a Hitler mustache, along with pro-Nazi cartoons. Jonathan Zucker, Hale-Cusanelli’s attorney, wrote in a filing that there was no evidence his client belongs to any white supremacist organizations.
Watch: National security officials to testify on mistakes in deadly Jan. 6 siege on US Capitol
Guard troops who had been waiting on buses were then rushed to the Capitol, arriving in 18 minutes, Walker said. Much of the focus at Wednesday's hearing was on communications between the National Guard and the Defense Department. Contee said Sund pleaded with Army officials to deploy National Guard troops as the rioting escalated. AdAccording to the Defense Department, Walker was called at 3 p.m. by Army officials, and was told to prepare Guard troops to deploy. Thousands of National Guard troops are still patrolling the fenced-in Capitol, and multiple committees across Congress are investigating Jan. 6.