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Air Force secretary supports lifting transgender ban

Air Force secretary supports lifting transgender banNow that the U.S. military has opened more jobs to women and allowed gay men and lesbians to serve openly, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says the ban on transgender troops is likely to be reassessed and should be lifted.
  • Military
  • 1 week, 2 days ago
Military

Pearl Harbor attack still haunts 95-year-old vet

Pearl Harbor attack still haunts 95-year-old vetIt was Dec. 7, 1941, on Oahu, Hawaii, and Japanese aircraft were attacking the U.S. fleet anchored in Pearl Harbor as well as Army, Navy and Marine airfields and Schofield Barracks, where Glass was shaving.
  • Military
  • 1 week, 5 days ago
Military

Air Force Band flash mob wows museum crowd

Air Force Band flash mob wows museum crowdThe United States Air Force Band launched a musical "flash mob" Tuesday, surprising visitors at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., with a holiday-themed concert.
  • Military
  • 1 week, 6 days ago
Military

Hagel: More U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan than planned

Hagel: More U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan than plannedThe United States will keep as many as 1,000 more troops than planned in Afghanistan for the first part of 2015, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Saturday.
  • Military
  • 1 week, 6 days ago
Holiday

Bikes donated to military families

Bikes donated to military familiesThe Christmas Assistance Program is donating over 70 bikes and boxes of food to military families.
  • Holiday
  • 1 week, 6 days ago
Dublin

Operation: Veteran Smiles gives back to veterans

Operation: Veteran Smiles gives back to veteransAmelia Day created Operation: Veteran Smiles two years ago, when she was 14. She and volunteers deliver cards and hygiene care packages to the Dublin VA hospital.
  • Dublin
  • 2 weeks ago
Military

New Army camouflage means new boots, belt, T-shirt

New Army camouflage means new boots, belt, T-shirtThe camouflage pattern will not stand alone among coming changes to the Army Combat Uniform. Joining the camo: a new belt, undershirt and boots.
  • Military
  • 2 weeks, 1 day ago
News

​The fight to reclaim America's battlefields

​The fight to reclaim America's battlefields150 years ago today -- November 30, 1864 -- Union and Confederate soldiers fought their way across a Tennessee field, just as re-enactors do today.
  • News
  • 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Local

Volunteers work to give veterans wreaths for holidays

Volunteers work to give veterans wreaths for holidaysEven though Memorial and Veterans Day are set aside to recognize armed service members, Riverside Cemetery is using wreaths to honor veterans around the holidays.
  • Local
  • 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Robins Air Force Base

Behind the Lines with Robins Combat Readiness School

Behind the Lines with Robins Combat Readiness SchoolAn 11 day schools prepares engineers and technicians of the 5th Mob for combat.
  • Robins Air Force Base
  • 3 weeks ago
Military

Obama honors civil rights martyrs at medal ceremony

Obama honors civil rights martyrs at medal ceremonyThe nation's first African-American president honored three martyrs of the civil rights movement during a Monday ceremony bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Military
  • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Military

Test run suggests women can meet Ranger standards

Test run suggests women can meet Ranger standardsThe results of a first-time experiment to expose a group of women to training similar to Ranger School suggests some can meet the standards of the Army's legendary course, which has barred female trainees for more than six decades.
  • Military
  • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Military

Defense Secretary Hagel will resign, sources say

Defense Secretary Hagel will resign, sources saySecretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will resign today as the Obama administration attempts to shift its strategy against the Islamic State, sources said Monday.
  • Military
  • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Military

Pres. Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan

Pres. Obama broadens mission in AfghanistanPresident Obama has approved a plan to allow U.S. troops to protect themselves and allies in Afghanistan
  • Military
  • 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Military

Georgia Reserve Unit shipping out to fight Ebola

Georgia Reserve Unit shipping out to fight EbolaTen U.S. Army Reserve units, including one from Georgia, will be involuntarily mobilized and sent to West Africa in the next few months.
  • Military
  • 1 month ago
Military

Former military officer counsels police on restraint

Former military officer counsels police on restraintToday, as a private contractor, he advises police agencies. But his advice often comes as a surprise to law enforcement agencies who think of the military as all about firepower. He recommends officers exercise more restraint, to be less "military" in their...
  • Military
  • 1 month ago
Military

Veteran's suicide devastates those left behind

Veteran's suicide devastates those left behindRory Gavic was a young, decorated member of the military who served his country overseas twice, who had earned praise and the respect of his peers, who had volunteered as a Big Brother.
  • Military
  • 1 month ago
Health

VA didn't track medical job openings until this year

VA didn't track medical job openings until this yearThe Department of Veterans Affairs' record-keeping processes were in such disarray across the USA in recent years that the agency didn't track its number of unfilled medical positions until June of this year, according to VA officials.
  • Health
  • 1 month ago
Health

Hand washing is key to protecting U.S. troops from Ebola

Hand washing is key to protecting U.S. troops from EbolaArmy medical officers marvel at what they say is one simple step keeping U.S. troops unusually healthy here in the midst of an Ebola contagion.
  • Health
  • 1 month ago
Military

New data show long wait times remain at many VA hospitals

New data show long wait times remain at many VA hospitalsMore than 600,000 veterans — 10% of all the Veterans Affairs patients — continue to wait a month or more for appointments at VA hospitals and clinics, according to data obtained by USA TODAY.
  • Military
  • 1 month ago
Military

Pentagon to mobilize reserve soldiers for Ebola duty

Pentagon to mobilize reserve soldiers for Ebola dutyDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the involuntary mobilization of 2,100 Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers for duty in Ebola-ravaged West Africa, the Pentagon announced Friday.
  • Military
  • 1 month ago
Local

American Legion burns flags in disposal ceremony

American Legion burns flags in disposal ceremonyWith Veterans Day this week, the Warner Robins American Legion is continuing to show its patriotism through a flag disposal ritual.
  • Local
  • 1 month ago
Military

Ex-SEAL says he saw bin Laden and fired 3 times

Ex-SEAL says he saw bin Laden and fired 3 timesFormer Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill says he fired lethal shots that struck Osama bin Laden's head within a second of seeing the terrorist leader on the upper floor of his Pakistan hideout in 2011.
  • Military
  • 1 month ago
Military

Navy responds after sailors attacked in Turkey

Navy responds after sailors attacked in TurkeyNavy officials said Thursday no decisions have been made on whether to forgo future port calls in Turkey or restrict personnel there after a group of protesters roughed up three Navy sailors in Istanbul.
  • Military
  • 1 month ago
Warner Robins

Rep. Austin Scott addresses veteran motorcycle clubs

Rep. Austin Scott addresses veteran motorcycle clubsVeteran Biker groups gathered in Warner Robins to remember Veteran's Day.
  • Warner Robins
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Macon

American Legion gives free lunch to veterans

American Legion gives free lunch to veteransIn honor of Veterans Day, the American Legion hosts "Each One Feed One"
  • Macon
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Macon

Windsor Academy hosts golf tournament honoring veterans

Windsor Academy hosts golf tournament honoring veteransWindsor Academy paid tribute to Veterans Monday by teeing off at a charity golf tournament. The tournament began with a memorial service to remember veterans past and present.
  • Macon
  • 1 month, 1 week ago