Tom Vanden Brook, Enquirer

Tom Vanden Brook


Anderson, SC, United States

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Past articles by Tom:

Another object shot down over Lake Huron in Michigan

An F-16 shot down the object Sunday afternoon at the direction of President Biden, the Pentagon said. → Read More

US jets shoot down third object for airspace violations within a week — This time over Canada

A U.S. F-22 fighter shot down a third unmanned aircraft in a week on Saturday, this time over northern Canada, according to a U.S. official. → Read More

'It was a success': White House says a second 'high altitude object' shot down over Alaska

White House announces that a second high altitude object’ shot down over Alaska out of an abundance of caution. → Read More

Chinese spy balloon sought secret US communications signals, State Department says

The Chinese spy balloon that was shot down had carried multiple devices to intercept sensitive communications, according to the State Department. → Read More

Shoot it? Snare it? Maneuver it back to China? US officials wring hands over options for spy balloon

Among the many lingering questions about a Chinese spy balloon is why it's in U.S. airspace and why now. → Read More

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter dies; he served last two years of Obama administration

Ashton Carter, who served as Defense secretary in the final two years of the Obama administration, died on Monday after a 'sudden cardiac event.' → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Hazardous mold outbreak triggers Army order to inspect barracks, offices

Mold has become a widespread problem for the Army. Mold can cause mild to severe health problems for sensitive people when enough spores are inhaled, → Read More

Exclusive: Female troops saw the highest level of unwanted sexual contact since DOD began collecting data

The Department of Defense estimates sexual assaults among women service members surged 35% from 2018 to 2021, despite promises to curb the problem. → Read More

After US drone strike on al-Qaida leader, many fear Afghanistan remains haven for terror

For Biden, the drone strike that killed an al-Qaida leader is vindication of his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. Critics aren't convinced. → Read More

Army recruiting crisis results in soldier shortage, record enlistment bonuses

The Army faces the worst recruiting environment in 50 years. The military service won't make its goal for soldier recruits; its force could shrink. → Read More

'Catastrophic': Women in the military could face huge obstacles to abortion if Roe is overturned, lawmakers say

Democrats want to repeal the military's ban on abortion amid fears Roe v. Wade will be overturned. Some say it will make women less inclined to serve. → Read More

Biden says Putin trying to 'wipe out' Ukrainian culture; Zelenskyy speaks to Stanford grads: Live updates

Russian forces have made slow but persistent advances as they bombarded and sought to encircle both Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk. → Read More

American 'heroes' nominated to replace Confederate officers' names on Army bases

Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Army's first Hispanic four-star general are among those who will be honored under an Army plan to eliminate commemoration of Confederates. → Read More

Mariupol on brink after separatist threat to 'smoke them out of there': Live Ukraine updates

Global concerns were rising that Russia will resort to chemical weapons in Ukraine. Mariupol mayor says the death toll of 10,000 civilians could double. Live updates. → Read More

A mother lost her son to suicide. The Army sent her a botched report on his death.

The soldier’s mother says the error shows how little the Army cared for her son. The Army apologized, but it comes amid a crisis in military suicides. → Read More

660K people have fled Ukraine as Russia resumes attacks on crowded cities: Live updates

Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have fled as Russian forces escalated attacks on civilian areas of Ukraine's largest cities. Updates. → Read More

Russia has nearly all the forces in place for a large-scale invasion of Ukraine: Defense official: updates

Ukraine's president asked the nation to not remain silent as he called up military reservists with as many as 150,000 Russia troops at his borders. → Read More

US orders most embassy staff in Kyiv to leave Ukraine amid fear of Russian invasion. Here's what we know.

The embassy is suspending consular services but will still provide some emergency services with a "bare minimum" team remaining. → Read More

Pentagon to deploy 3,000 troops to Europe as tensions spike with Russia over Ukraine

The Pentagon will send 3,000 troops to Germany, Romania and Poland this week. President Joe Biden had put 8,500 troops on heightened alert last week. → Read More

Tuskegee Airmen honored on Veterans Day even as military lacks officer diversity

The Army's top officer for personnel will salute the Tuskegee Airmen on Veterans Day as he pushes for greater diversity in the military's upper ranks. → Read More