Tuskegee Airman Brig. Gen. Charles McGee dies at 102, officials confirm
One of the nation’s most decorated and accomplished <a href="https://www.jbsa.mil/News/News/Article/2480651/99th-fts-participates-in-tuskegee-airmans-100th-birthday-celebration/">Tuskegee Airmen</a>, Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee, has died at the age of 102, according to officials.
Allen West blasts Gov. Greg Abbott over suicides, pay problems among National Guardsmen at the border
Abbott’s political challenger said guard members deployed to Operation Lone Star are facing late pay, being exposed to COVID-19, experiencing supply shortages and dealing with added stress that has led to multiple suicides tied to the mission.
U.S. soldier who spent roughly 7 years of his life in a rotation of deployments reflects on 9/11
A retired U.S. soldier has written down 7-year of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in several notebooks, detailing pieces of history for his daughter, whom he says he watched grow up on the screen of a phone.
Painful goodbyes, midnight helicopters and a surreal zoo trip: A Stars and Stripes reporter’s final days before being evacuated from Kabul
A Stars and Stripes reporter and former San Antonio resident writes about his experience rushing to leave Afghanistan as the Taliban gained control of the country.
UN envoy warns of Myanmar civil war if no successful talks
The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar is warning of “a full-scale civil war” without a successful dialogue involving the powerful military, supporters of the ousted democracy, ethnic groups and other key parties on issues ranging from the current COVID-19 outbreak to the root causes of the country’s crisiswashingtonpost.com
Changing how the military handles racial bias in the ranks
Changing how the military handles racial bias in the ranks David Martin reports on the new efforts being put forth to address inequality in the military, this time under the watch of the country’s first Black secretary of defense, Lloyd Austin.cbsnews.com
10th annual Warrior Games canceled in San Antonio over COVID-19 concerns
SAN ANTONIO The 10th annual U.S. Department of Defense Warrior Games have been canceled in San Antonio over concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Warrior Games, a paralympic-style competition, were scheduled to occur across multiple sporting venues in San Antonio Sept. 20-28, according to a press release. San Antonio was chosen as the site for the 2020 DOD Warrior Games in May 2019. After careful and deliberate consideration, the 2020 DoD @WarriorGames have been canceled. Stay safe and stay in the fight Posted by Warrior Games on Friday, May 29, 2020Warrior Games sports include:ArcheryCyclingFieldGolfIndoor rowingPowerliftingShootingSitting VolleyballSwimmingTrackWheelchair basketballWheelchair rugbyAccording to the Warrior Games website athletes from the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command.
Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences
But that doesn't mean the investigation, led by U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut, doesn't carry its own political consequences. He was named last year by Barr to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation. Durham's investigation is one of multiple inquiries the department has undertaken in connection with the FBI's probe into potential coordination between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. In the statement, released through the Justice Department, Durham said he disagreed with the inspector general about the investigation being properly predicated. Trump is likely to seize on any modicum of questionable activity during the FBIs counterintelligence probe, which morphed into special counsel Robert Muellers Russia investigation.
Chobani donates $150,000 to help military families in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO As military families across the country have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, Chobani is stepping in to offer some help. The yogurt company announced a $150,000 donation to Operation Homefront, a San Antonio-based national nonprofit that serves military families. WATCH: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery holds Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremonyThe funding allocated to the San Antonio region comes from the more than $1 million raised from Chobanis first-of-its-kind Hero Batch, which was developed by Chobani Veterans to uphold the companys commitment to universal wellness and give back to Americas military families, Chobani announced in a news release. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our veterans, service members and their families, including those in San Antonio, Military City U.S.A. said Brig. Robert Thomas, Chief Operating Officer of Operation Homefront.
Pentagon's No. 2 IG official resigns after being passed over
2 official in the Pentagon's office of inspector general, Glenn Fine, resigned Tuesday, several weeks after he was effectively removed as head of a special board to oversee auditing of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic relief package. In April, Trump also fired Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general who forwarded to Congress a whistleblower complaint that ultimately led to the presidents impeachment in the House. A spokeswoman for the Pentagon's Office of Inspector General, Dwrena Allen, said Fine was not asked to resign. 2 official in 2015 and had previously been inspector general at the Department of Justice from 2000 to 2011. Although O'Donnell is now the acting inspector general at the Pentagon, Trump has nominated Jason Abend to be the permanent IG.
Federal coronavirus testing plan puts burden on states
WASHINGTON The Trump administrations new strategy for coronavirus testing puts much of the burden on states while promising to provide supplies such as swabs and material to transport specimens. The plan, which was delivered Sunday to members of Congress, drew harsh criticism Monday from Democrats. In a joint letter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. and Washington Sen. Patty Murray said the administration still does not have a serious plan for increasing testing to stop the spread of the virus.The report comes as the U.S. death toll from the pandemic is approaching 100,000. The HHS document, which The Washington Post first reported, recommends that all states have an objective of testing a minimum of 2 percent of their population in May and June.The Democratic lawmakers, who released the HHS report along with their joint letter, said it confirms that President Trumps national testing strategy is to deny the truth that there arent enough tests and supplies, reject responsibility and dump the burden onto the states.The Trump Administration still does not take any responsibility for ramping up our nations testing capacity, instead pushing the burden onto the states forcing states to compete with each other to procure vital supplies to administer tests from the private market, the lawmakers wrote. They also called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to act on the $3 trillion virus release package passed earlier this month by the House, saying it would deliver a clear strategy and $75 billion for the testing and contact tracing necessary to stop the spread of this vicious virus.
Quest for 'super-duper' missiles pits US against key rivals
President Donald Trump calls them super-duper" missiles though theyre better known as hypersonic weapons. Critics argue that hypersonic weapons would add little to the United States ability to deter war. Trump occasionally mentions his interest in hypersonic weapons, sometimes without using the term. Russia last December said its first hypersonic missile unit had become operational. But critics see hypersonic weapons as overkill and potentially an extension of the arms race that led to an excessive nuclear buildup by the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Annie Glenn, widow of U.S. Sen. John Glenn, dies at 100
COLUMBUS, Ohio Annie Glenn, the widow of astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn and a communication disorders advocate, died Tuesday at age 100. Annie Glenn was thrust into the spotlight in 1962, when her husband became the first American to orbit Earth. The Annie Glenn Award was created to honor individuals who overcome a communication disorder. Defense Secretary William Cohen honored Annie Glenn with the Department of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1998. The department bestows an Annie Glenn Leadership Award annually.
Speech advocate Annie Glenn, astronaut's wife, dies at 100
FILE - In this Dec. 8, 1983 file photo, Annie Glenn speaks during an interview in Newport, N.H. Glenn, the widow of astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn and a communication disorders advocate, died Tuesday, May 19, 2020, of COVID-19 complications at a nursing home near St. Paul, Minn., at age 100. During WW II, the Korean war and two flights into outer space, Annie patiently waited for her John to come home, Butland said. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Annie Glenn Award was created to honor people who overcome a communication disorder. The university bestows an Annie Glenn Leadership Award annually. The Glenns served on the board of the college, now Muskingum University, and Annie Glenn was named a distinguished alumni fellow in speech communications.
Space Force unveils flag; Trump touts 'super-duper missile'
President Donald Trump stands as Chief of Space Operations at US Space Force Gen. John Raymond, second from left, and Chief Master Sgt. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON The U.S. Space Force the newest branch of the armed services now has its own flag. Defense Department officials presented President Donald Trump with the Space Force flag during a short Oval Office event on Friday. The Space Force, which was officially established in December, is the first new military service since the U.S. Air Force was established in 1947. The 16,000 airmen and civilians that make up the Space Force technically remain part of the Air Force, which previously oversaw offensive operations in space.
Column: For some, all jobs are essential
Column: For some, all jobs are essentialThere are a lot of people for whom working from home isnt an option. To call these items blankets is really underselling the product. In warm weather, they become a plush cushion on which to watch TV on the floor. I know I would have a hard time staying away from the plush number with the lazy tigers. If you know los que venden, you know they cant get out and sell.mysanantonio.com
Military preps final honors for Marines killed in Tennessee
The remains of the four Marines killed in last week's shootings at a U.S. Navy facility have arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Dean Reynolds reports on how the military community is coping and what arrangements are being made to honor the slain servicemen.cbsnews.com
Fog hampers search for 11 servicemen presumed dead in helicopter crash
Fog hampers search for 11 servicemen presumed dead in helicopter crash Military rescue crews resume their search for any sign of seven Marines and four soldiers after a helicopter crashed in the Florida Panhandle. The troops were in a Black Hawk helicopter that came down Tuesday night near Eglin Air Force Base. Mark Strassmann reports from Navarre, where the weather is making the rescue effort very difficult.cbsnews.com
Wild mustangs help military veterans re-enter society
Wild mustangs help military veterans re-enter society Military veterans often have a hard time rebuilding their lives after war. But something special happens when you get a soldier together with a wild mustang Omar Villafranca reports from Granger, Texas.cbsnews.com
Israel strikes back: Military hits Gaza targets in response to rockets
Israel strikes back: Military hits Gaza targets in response to rockets Israel's army says it attacked more than 160 Hamas targets inside Gaza, and it is calling up more than 40,000 reserve troops. Holly Williams reports from Tel Aviv.cbsnews.com