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Vietnam POW’s escape from torture and deprivation

Tortured with razor-sharp bamboo and fed alive to ants: The story behind one PoW’s incredible escape from Vietnam By Zoe Brennan, Flying low over the dangerous and impenetrable Laotian jungle on a bombing mission against the Viet Cong, U.S. Air Force Colonel Eugene Deatrick saw a lone figure waving to him from a clearing […]

The Challenge of Accessing Birth Control in the Military

Many women want to stop their periods while in the field, but getting the means to do so can be difficult. By Leslie Nemo, While she was deployed in Somalia and Iraq as a colonel in the army, Elspeth Cameron Ritchie handled her period with limited privacy, often in isolated or flooded bathrooms for […]

Former Navy special operations commander: Trump attacks on media ‘the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime’

By Christopher Woodly, Retired Adm. William McRaven, who led the Joint Special Operations Command before becoming University of Texas System Chancellor, condemned President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the news media and the press during a speech Tuesday. “The president said the news media is the enemy of the American people,” McRaven said in […]

Pentagon to deliver plan to defeat ISIS to President Trump next week

By Carlo Muñoz – The long-awaited 30-day review of the U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamic State ordered by President Trump is nearly complete, with the final draft expected to be delivered to the White House early next week, according to the Pentagon. Looking to keep his campaign promise to initiate a plan to destroy […]

VA plans to trash hundreds of thousands of veteran applications according to whistleblower

By Pete Kasperowicz, A whistleblower in the Atlanta office of the Department of Veterans Affairs warned President Trump on Tuesday that the VA is preparing to throw out hundreds of thousands of benefit applications due to an error the VA itself made during the Obama administration. Scott Davis, a well-known whistleblower who has testified […]

Department of Education hails Oregon National Guard’s education plan

By Cody Mann, The Oregon Department of Education recently endorsed the Oregon National Guard’s credit proficiency program known as The Oregon Plan for use in high schools across the state. The program gives juniors and seniors the chance to earn academic credits while training for military service. In an official letter to Major General […]

What do US military based and communities need?

What Our Military Bases and Defense Communities Need. The neglect of our military infrastructure impacts not only our security but also the needs of our service families and the communities that support them. By Michael Cooper, Our defense infrastructure not only supports our military missions and readiness. It also supports our 1.1 million service members, […]

Military spouse vs. Trump White House

By Alison Buckholtz, Two weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration, I listed for a civilian friend the reasons why it would be wrong to identify myself as a military spouse against the White House. In the 15 years I’ve been married to my husband, an active-duty senior officer, I’ve had plenty of time to mull […]

Air Force ROTC provides great opportunities for students

By Frederick Bell | @frederickdbell, The University’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps is a great resource for students looking for financial support, discipline and structure, lifelong friends and a multitude of other benefits. Many of us have heard of the ROTC program before but never really understood what it was all about. So, last […]

Illinois Army National Guard NCO’s invention improves howitzers’ useful life

By Don Wagner, FORT MEADE, Md: (Army News Service) — Illinois Army National Guard Sgt. Wesley Todd has invented a device for light towed howitzers that improves Soldier safety and equipment longevity. It’s also expected to save the Army hundreds of thousands of dollars. The device is a tool that allows Soldiers to remove […]