Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press

Lolita C. Baldor

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US general skeptical that bounties led to troops' deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U. S. general for the Middle East said Tuesday that the intelligence suggesting that Russia may have paid Taliban militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan was worrisome, but he is not convinced that any bounties resulted in U. S. military deaths. Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of U. S. Central Command said in a telephone interview with a small group of reporters… → Read More

Pentagon leaders circulating draft policy that would ban Confederate flag displays

If approved, the draft Pentagon policy would bring the other military services in line with the Marine Corps, which banned Confederate displays on its bases in early June. → Read More

Pentagon draft policy would ban Confederate flag displays

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft policy being circulated by Pentagon leaders would ban the display of the Confederate flag in Defense Department workplaces or public areas by service members and civilian personnel. The policy, which has not yet been finalized or signed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, comes as President Donald Trump earlier in the day criticized NASCAR’s decision to ban the flag at its… → Read More

July 4th military flyovers to go over DC, 4 other cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration will feature an extensive U. S. military air show over Washington, D. C. , but four other cities will get mini-versions of the air power display on Saturday, The "Salute to the Great Cities of the American Revolution" will feature military flyovers in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. → Read More

Changes in military recruiting may endure after coronavirus pandemic

Recruiters have had to abandon their normal visits to high schools and malls, and instead rely almost exclusively on social media to reach young people. → Read More

Changes in military recruiting may endure after pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — With his Army recruiting office shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, Staff Sgt. Anthony Holt has had to be creative to meet his enlistment goals. Using social media is one way. Signing up the grocery delivery guy is another. Holt asked the man how he ended up with the virtual shopping job. It turned out, he wanted to be a boat operator, but a job with an Alaskan cruise… → Read More

Army is taking limited steps to counter racial divisiveness

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy announced Thursday that beginning in August the service will no longer include soldiers' photos when soldiers are being considered for promotion. → Read More

U.S. Navy ships break record for staying at sea

The Norfolk-based USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the USS San Jacinto notched their 161st consecutive day at sea, breaking the previous Navy record of 160 days. → Read More

Logistical hurdles could slow troop withdrawal from Germany

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is reviewing options to begin pulling about 10,000 troops out of Germany, as directed by President Donald Trump. But even though some may be → Read More

Navy upholds firing of carrier captain in virus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two senior commanders on a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier didn't “do enough, soon enough," to stem the outbreak, the top U.S. Navy officer said Friday, a stunning → Read More

Navy upholds firing of USS Roosevelt captain in virus outbreak

The spread of the coronavirus aboard the carrier while on deployment in the Pacific in March exploded into one of the biggest military leadership crises of recent years. → Read More

Navy upholds firing of USS Roosevelt captain in virus outbreak

The spread of the coronavirus aboard the carrier while on deployment in the Pacific in March exploded into one of the biggest military leadership crises of recent years. → Read More

Navy upholds firing of carrier captain in coronavirus outbreak

The official said the Navy also extended the blame for the ship's pandemic crisis, delaying the promotion of the one-star admiral who was also onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt — concluding that both men made serious errors in judgment. → Read More

Navy upholds firing of USS Roosevelt captain in virus outbreak

The official said the Navy also extended the blame for the ship's pandemic crisis, delaying the promotion of the one-star admiral who was also onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt — concluding that both men made serious errors in judgment. → Read More

Navy upholds firing of USS Roosevelt captain in virus outbreak

The official said the Navy also extended the blame for the ship's pandemic crisis, delaying the promotion of the one-star admiral who was also onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt — concluding that both men made serious errors in judgment. → Read More

Navy upholds firing of USS Roosevelt captain in virus outbreak

The official said the Navy also extended the blame for the ship's pandemic crisis, delaying the promotion of the one-star admiral who was also onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt — concluding that both men made serious errors in judgment. → Read More

Northam announces marketing aid for tourism businesses impacted by COVID-19

Governor Ralph Northam announced new marketing funds for destination marketing organizations impacted by COVID-19. → Read More

'The walk' thrusts Gen. Milley reluctantly into spotlight

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first eight months as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley carefully crafted a low-key public profile. He knew that splashy and sassy were unlikely to endear him to his boss, President Donald Trump. Then “the walk” happened. FILE - In this June 1, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit outside St. John's Church, in… → Read More

US naval buildup in Indo-Pacific seen as warning to China

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in nearly three years, three American aircraft carriers are patrolling the Indo-Pacific waters, a massive show of naval force in a region roiled by spiking tensions between the U. S. and China and a sign that the Navy has bounced back from the worst days of the coronavirus outbreak. The unusual simultaneous appearance of the three warships, accompanied by… → Read More

'The walk' thrusts Gen. Milley reluctantly into spotlight

In his first eight months as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley carefully crafted a low-key public profile. Milley, in his camouflage battle dress uniform, strolled with Trump and a presidential entourage across Lafayette Square on June 1 to be positioned in front of a church, where → Read More