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  • US moves parts of controversial missile defense to SKorea

    March 6, 2017 9:54 PM

    SEOUL, South Korea - The U.S. military has begun moving equipment for a controversial missile defense system to ally South Korea. The announcement Tuesday by the U.S. military comes a day after North Korea test-launched four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan. The plans to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude... more »
  • 5 charged in scheme to overcharge US for Humvee parts

    March 3, 2017 2:36 PM

    PITTSBURGH - Two brothers who own a Pennsylvania business that builds parts for military Humvees, and three other people, including two Michigan men, have been charged with a $6 million scheme to overcharge the Department of Defense. Thomas and John Buckner co-own Ibis Tek, the Butler, Pennsylvania, company they allegedly... more »
  • President Trump says welfare reform is coming

    February 24, 2017 11:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is signaling more reforms are ahead for the nation's welfare system. He tells conservatives that "it's time for all Americans to get off welfare and get back to work." He adds, "You're going to love it." The nation's welfare laws were overhauled under former President... more »
  • US military looking for space in Trump Tower

    February 8, 2017 12:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is looking to rent space at Trump Tower for use when President Donald Trump is working in New York City. Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. J.B. Brindle says the Department of Defense is looking for the space "in order to meet official mission requirements." It's... more »
  • Military services detail plans for $30 billion budget boost

    February 7, 2017 7:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - The military services have delivered to Congress blueprints for increasing the defense budget by more than $30 billion to pay for new jet fighters, armored vehicles, improved training and more. The informal plans represent the first attempt by the Trump Pentagon to halt an erosion of the military's... more »
  • Navy decommissions 'legendary' carrier that shaped history

    February 3, 2017 3:35 PM

    NEWPORT NEWS - The U.S. Navy has officially decommissioned the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. During Friday's ceremony at a Newport News shipyard, the USS Enterprise was described as a "legendary" vessel that helped shape history. It served more than 50 years, playing a role in the Cuban Missile Crisis,... more »
  • US soldier killed in raid on al-Qaida in Yemen

    January 29, 2017 11:42 AM

    SANAA, Yemen - The U.S. military says a service member has been killed and three others wounded in raid in Yemen targeting a local al-Qaida affiliate. U.S. Central Command said in a statement Sunday that another service member was injured in a "hard landing" in a nearby location. It says... more »
  • Ceremony set at site of monument to Gold Star families

    January 8, 2017 2:07 PM

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Officials are preparing to break ground for a monument that will honor Gold Star families in Mississippi - those who lost relatives in military service. A ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center near Hattiesburg. Gov. Phil Bryant and... more »
  • Brazil: man kills ex-wife, relatives in New Year's crime

    January 1, 2017 11:39 AM

    SAO PAULO - Brazilian military police say a man broke into a house where his ex-wife was ringing in the New Year and shot and killed at least a dozen people before committing suicide. Cpl. Marta Aurelia said Sunday that the man was carrying "several firearms." His ex-wife was among... more »
  • AP FACT CHECK: Obama didn't ban Christmas cards to military

    December 23, 2016 7:34 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A widely shared story claiming President Barack Obama ordered a ban on Christmas cards sent to the military is not true. The story appeared Dec. 12 on the website tdtalliance using banners and logos from Fox News . The network never aired such a story. ... more »
  • Police expect Trump to lift limits on surplus military gear

    December 11, 2016 3:12 PM

    HAGERSTOWN - If president-elect Donald Trump keeps his promise, surplus military grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles and high-powered firearms and ammunition will once again be available to state and local U.S. police departments. National police organizations say they'll hold Trump to that promise. Fraternal Order of Police Executive Director... more »
  • White House announces support for women in military draft

    December 1, 2016 6:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is announcing its support for requiring women to register for the military draft. The administration has been deliberating for roughly a year about whether to back such a change to the Selective Service. White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price says that because... more »
  • Navy's Zumwalt back underway after Panama Canal breakdown

    December 1, 2016 3:27 PM

    The largest and most expensive destroyer built for the U.S. Navy has resumed its voyage after a breakdown in the Panama Canal. The Navy said Thursday that the USS Zumwalt departed Panama after repairs to the propulsion system by the ship's crew and a team from General Electric and the... more »
  • Egypt denies military presence in Syria

    November 27, 2016 1:10 PM

    CAIRO - Egypt's Foreign Ministry has denied what it said were Arab media reports about an Egyptian military presence in Syria. Egypt is committed to not intervening in other countries' internal affairs, the ministry's Sunday statement said, adding that deploying any military personnel or equipment would have required public legal... more »
  • Gold Star family of slain California soldier booed on flight

    November 19, 2016 9:31 PM

    STOCKTON, Calif. - The father of a California soldier recently killed in Afghanistan says he felt disrespected and hurt by passengers who booed him and his family when they were on a flight to meet his son's remains. Stewart Perry said he and his wife and daughter were flying on... more »
  • Saudi-led coalition declares 48-hour-ceasefire in Yemen

    November 19, 2016 1:11 PM

    CAIRO - The Saudi-led military coalition declared a 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen on Saturday, on the condition that Shiite rebels abide by it and allow humanitarian assistance into besieged cities, particularly the city of Taiz. However, minutes after it went into effect, activists in Taiz said that rebel shelling continued... more »
  • Ryan says Muslims in military should be honored

    July 31, 2016 9:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says Muslim Americans who serve in the U.S. military should be honored - "period" - and that he would reject any proposal that would require a religious test for entry into the U.S. The House speaker made the comments in a written statement issued... more »
  • Trump again criticizes fallen veteran's father

    July 31, 2016 3:21 PM

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Donald Trump sparked bipartisan backlash after the Republican attacked the bereaved parents of a Muslim U.S. Army captain who spoke at the Democratic convention last week. Critics from both parties on Saturday questioned whether Trump had the empathy and understanding to be president, particularly after he questioned... more »
  • Police shootings touch nerve among military veterans

    July 20, 2016 10:54 AM

    SAN DIEGO - Back-to-back attacks on police in Texas and Louisiana by former military men have struck a nerve among veterans who traditionally share a close bond with law enforcement. Veterans and active-duty troops started posting messages on social media almost immediately after the news broke last weekend that a... more »
  • Turkish military in attempted coup, prime minister says

    July 15, 2016 4:30 PM

    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's prime minister says a group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup. According to NTV television, the prosecutor's office in the capitol city of Ankara says at least 42 people have been killed in "attacks." An official at Haydarpasa... more »
  • Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

    June 30, 2016 12:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will let transgender individuals serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the change Thursday. Carter says it's the right thing to do. He says only a person's qualifications should matter,... more »
  • U.S. officials look for more time to discuss military transgender policy

    June 29, 2016 9:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say senior military leaders are expressing deep concerns that the launch of new Pentagon rules allowing transgender service members to serve openly in the military is moving too quickly. The Pentagon plans to unveil the new regulations in the next day or two. Under those rules,... more »
  • For Memorial Day, new stamps showing Service Cross Medals

    May 30, 2016 1:20 PM

    NEW YORK - The U.S. Postal Service is marking Memorial Day by issuing new stamps showing the Service Cross Medals. They are among the nation's highest military honors. The Postal Service dedicated the stamps at a ceremony Monday at the World Stamp Show-NY. The once-a-decade stamp show is happening in... more »
  • Obama marks Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

    May 30, 2016 11:16 AM

    ARLINGTON, Va. - President Barack Obama has laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor members of the military who died serving their country. Obama's appearance at Arlington National Cemetery carries on a longstanding presidential tradition and comes as the U.S. struggles to end various conflicts in... more »
  • US official says Marines expanding combat role in Iraq

    March 24, 2016 2:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - A senior American official says U.S. Marines operating out of a small outpost in Iraq provided artillery and targeting support for Iraqi troops Thursday, expanding the American combat role as the operation to retake Mosul inched ahead. U.S. officials have insisted that the nearly 200 Marines at Fire... more »
  • Lawmakers introduce bill to make women register for draft

    February 4, 2016 2:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two Republican congressmen who are military veterans have introduced a bill requiring women to register for the draft. Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Ryan Zinke of Montana announced Thursday that the legislation is aimed at provoking a fuller discussion of the Pentagon's decision to open all combat... more »
  • General says troop cuts constrains Afghan training mission

    February 4, 2016 11:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - The senior American commander in Afghanistan says the ability to train and advise the still inexperienced Afghan security forces will be constrained if the U.S. troop level is cut to 5,500, as President Barack Obama has proposed. Army Gen. John F. Campbell tells the Senate Armed Services Committee... more »
  • Generals say women should have to register for draft

    February 2, 2016 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - The top Army and Marine Corps generals say they believe all women should have to register for the draft now that combat jobs are open to them. The military service leaders say they will not lower standards to bring women into the more grueling jobs. They told... more »
  • Obama forced again to rethink troop numbers in Afghanistan

    January 30, 2016 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Conditions in Afghanistan are getting worse, 15 years into a war that few Americans talk about any more. That's preventing the clean ending that President Barack Obama hoped to impose before leaving office. Violence is on the rise, the Taliban are staging new offensives, the Islamic State group... more »
  • Man gets high school diploma 72 years after leaving for WWII

    January 28, 2016 7:47 AM

    COVINGTON- A Louisiana man has received his high school diploma, 72 years after leaving his New Orleans high school- and its football team- early to join the military during World War II. Michael Decker, 89, received his diploma and letterman jacket Wednesday during a surprise ceremony organized at the Covington... more »
  • Reports of Sexual assaults spike at military academies

    January 8, 2016 12:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Documents reviewed by The Associated Press show that reports of sexual assaults at the three military academies surged by more than 50 percent in the 2014-15 school year. Complaints of sexual harassment also spiked during that period. According to report documents, there were 91 reported sexual assaults at... more »
  • Pentagon set to announce awards for combat, drone service

    January 6, 2016 2:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. defense officials say the Pentagon is creating awards to recognize drone pilots who have a direct impact on battle and troops who excel in combat. It's part of a review of how the military services bestow medals. The department also will review the Silver Star and Service... more »
  • Military kids sexually abused hundreds of times each year

    January 4, 2016 11:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - Cpl. Aaron C. Masa became fast friends with a fellow Marine during field training in North Carolina. But behind his buddy's back, Masa was sexually abusing his friend's 3-year-old stepdaughter. He also took sexually explicit photos of the girl and the Marine's infant daughter. A military judge... more »
  • Carter telling military to open all combat jobs to women

    December 3, 2015 11:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Associated Press has learned that Defense Secretary Ash Carter will order the military to open all combat jobs to women, and is giving the armed services until Jan. 1 to submit plans to make the historic change. Carter's announcement is expected later Thursday. It rebuffs arguments from... more »
  • Army: 2 pilots killed in helicopter crash in rural Tennessee

    December 3, 2015 5:08 AM

    CLARKSVILLE, TN.- The Army says two pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed near Fort Campbell in rural Tennessee. A news release from the Army's 101st Airborne Division says the two crewmembers were flying a two-seat AH-64D Apache during a routine training mission when the helicopter went down around 7... more »
  • 4 crew members dead after helicopter crashes at Fort Hood

    November 24, 2015 7:11 AM

    FORT HOOD, TX.- U.S. Army officials say four people have died in a helicopter crash at Fort Hood. A statement from the Fort Hood public affairs office says a UH-60 helicopter aircraft carrying four crew members crashed sometime after 5:49 p.m. Monday in the northeast portion of the sprawling Texas... more »
  • US steps up attacks on Islamic State oil trucks in Syria

    November 23, 2015 11:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is accelerating its attacks on tanker trucks used by the Islamic State to haul oil for its lucrative smuggling operations. A U.S. spokesman in Baghdad said Monday that the U.S. hit 283 oil tanker trucks in eastern Syria on Saturday as part of a concerted... more »
  • Bush calls for US ground forces to fight Islamic State

    November 18, 2015 7:09 AM

    CHARLESTON - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says the United States must commit U.S. ground forces to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State. In a speech in South Carolina, Bush says "air power is essential" but cannot by itself rid Syria and Iraq of the extremist Islamic group.... more »
  • Local enforcement honored Sunday morning

    November 15, 2015 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local leaders honored law enforcement officers and military personnel Sunday morning at the First Pentecostal Church. State Senator David Vitter and State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson were among those who praised the servicemen and women for their contributions. "I've been doing this for 35 years,... more »
  • Local Baton Rouge veteran remembers time in service Play Video

    November 11, 2015 7:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - J.W. Vaughn, a former sailor in the Navy, sat down with News 2's Jessica LeBlanc Wednesday and remembered the days of his service to his country. "My mind was not segregated. I integrated myself with everything," said Vaughn. Drafted into the military in 1944, Vaughn served his... more »
  • Edwards draws criticism for use of military background in ad

    November 11, 2015 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An Afghanistan war veteran speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony took aim at governor's candidate John Bel Edwards, who has made his military resume key to his election effort. Mike McNaughton, a retired National Guard soldier, urged candidates in his Wednesday speech to "not use our... more »
  • Army sending team to look into wayward blimp

    October 29, 2015 11:29 AM

    MUNCY, Pa. - The Army is sending a two-person accident-investigation team to Pennsylvania to look into why a military surveillance blimp came loose from its mooring in Maryland and floated away. Pennsylvania police are using shotguns to deflate the wayward blimp. The blimp, fitted with sensitive defense technology,... more »
  • Fighter jets track military blimp drifting over Pennsylvania

    October 28, 2015 2:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says U.S. fighter jets are tracking an unmanned Army surveillance blimp that tore loose from its ground tether in Maryland and is drifting north over Pennsylvania. Details are sketchy, but a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado says the blimp detached from... more »
  • Volunteers to work at the USS KIDD all weekend Play Video

    October 23, 2015 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 30 volunteers, including veterans from across the country are giving their time for four days to putting in maintenance work on the USS KIDD. It's all a part of Fall Field Days that has been happening every year at the Kidd since 1996. Workers... more »
  • Navy SEALs ready to open doors to women

    September 25, 2015 11:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - The commander of the Navy SEALs is recommending that the naval special warfare units be opened to women, but warns that women will have greater risks of injury and the service will be pressured to adjust or lower standards for the jobs. Rear Adm. Brian Losey says... more »
  • Veterans attend job fair on 9/11 Play Video

    September 11, 2015 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Veterans were in and out of the Mall of Louisiana all day Friday looking for work. Capital Area United Way and BASF partnered together to host a job fair for those who have served in the military. "The military is absolutely the best training in the world.... more »
  • Obama: Assad inviting Russian military into Syria

    September 11, 2015 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says it appears Syrian President Bashar Assad is inviting the Russian military into his country because he's worried about his grip on power. Obama says the U.S. is warning Russia that doubling down on its support for Assad is doomed to fail. The president's comments... more »
  • Poll: Americans concerned most over China's economic power

    September 9, 2015 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new survey finds that China's economic muscle remains a more serious concern for Americans than security threats posed by cyber attacks and the Asian nation's growing military power. The survey was released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center ahead of a U.S. state visit this month by... more »
  • Second airship launched in test of missile defense system

    August 19, 2015 3:04 PM

    MIDDLE RIVER, Md. - The U.S. military has launched the second of two helium-filled airships near Baltimore to test an East Coast missile defense system. The confirmed launch Wednesday at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground completes the aeronautical part of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted... more »
  • Man charged with disturbing peace at Camp Shelby

    August 5, 2015 11:07 AM

    NEW AUGUSTA, Miss. - Officials say they have arrested the man they believe was making the sounds soldiers at Mississippi's Camp Shelby reported as gunshots Tuesday and Wednesday. However, Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith says Alfred Baria, 61, claims he can make his maroon Isuzu pickup backfire on... more »
  • Man jailed for having gun at Louisiana military recruiting office

    July 22, 2015 3:07 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Police in Shreveport arrested a man for bringing an unloaded handgun to a military recruiting station. David S. Quinn was booked Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon. His arrest comes days after a man in Chattanooga shot at two military facilities, including a... more »
  • Army Chief: Security at recruiting posts will be reviewed

    July 17, 2015 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Army's top officer says security at military recruiting and reserve centers will be reviewed, but it's too early to say whether the facilities should have security guards or other increased protection. Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, tells reporters that arming troops in those... more »
  • Pentagon announces plan aimed at lifting transgender ban

    July 13, 2015 2:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, and anyone willing to serve the country should be able to do so. Carter is creating a working group to do a six-month study on the impact of lifting... more »
  • Fort Polk to lose 388 troops amid Army cuts

    July 9, 2015 3:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Fort Polk Army base in central Louisiana is in line to lose 388 troops as the Army announces cuts in active duty forces. Members of the state's congressional delegation said Thursday they were disappointed in the cuts, but added that the reduction at Fort Polk could... more »
  • House panel uses war funds to skirt budget limits

    June 2, 2015 1:24 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A GOP-controlled House panel has approved using $37 billion in unrequested war money to match President Barack Obama's 7 percent budget boost for the military. This, over the opposition of Democrats and the White House, who argue that domestic programs deserve equal treatment. The move came as... more »
  • Hundreds honor soldiers' sacrifice Play Video

    May 25, 2015 7:04 PM

    ZACHARY - Nearly 300 people turned out Monday to pay their respects during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Port Hudson National Cemetery. People from all over the area spent time to honor their loved ones who served in the military, many of whom are buried at the cemetery.... more »
  • Memorial Day ceremonies

    May 25, 2015 8:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Today millions of people across the country are honoring the men and women who gave their lives to protect ours. Here are some area events taking place to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The Port Hudson Memorial Ceremony is being held at 11 a.m. in... more »
  • Louisiana Veterans Business Outreach Center Play Video

    May 19, 2015 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Veterans spend years serving our country, so when they come home it's only right that we return the favor. Dr. Charles Achane was on 2une In Tuesday to tell John Pastorek more about what the Louisiana Veterans Business Outreach Center is doing to make veterans' lives easier. ... more »
  • Funeral for fallen soldier in Hammond today

    March 23, 2015 5:42 AM

    HAMMOND - Family and friends gathered Monday in Hammond to honor one of the National Guardsmen killed in a military helicopter crash two weeks ago. George Wayne Griffin, Jr. served in the military for more than two decades, including two tours in Iraq. His body was greeted by police... more »
  • New US Pentagon chief convenes unusual counter-ISIS meeting

    February 23, 2015 2:58 AM

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is convening an unusual conference in Kuwait of top American military, diplomatic and intelligence experts on the administration's strategy for countering the violence and spreading influence of the Islamic State militant group. Carter summoned several three-star and four-star generals, including Army... more »
  • US to allow export of armed military drones

    February 17, 2015 3:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is amending its weapons sales regulations to allow the export of armed military drones to friendly nations and allies. The State Department said Tuesday the new policy would allow foreign governments that meet certain requirements - and pledge not to use the unmanned aircraft illegally... more »
  • Senate takes up bill to lower suicide rate among veterans

    February 2, 2015 2:23 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill aimed at reducing a suicide epidemic among military veterans appears headed to the president's desk. The Senate is expected to take up a bill Monday named for Clay Hunt, a 26-year-old veteran who killed himself in 2011. The bill is aimed at reducing a wave... more »
  • Key military command's Twitter account hacked

    January 12, 2015 12:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Twitter account of the military's U.S. Central Command was taken over Monday by hackers claiming to be working on behalf of the Islamic State militants. American and coalition fighters are launching airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria. The site was filled with threats that said "American... more »
  • Young men get navy seal pre-training

    December 28, 2014 6:24 PM

    AMITE - About a dozen young men are going through some intense training to perhaps become Navy Seals one day. It's happening at Camp Spehar and trained Navy and Marine veterans attempt to give the young hopefuls a glimpse of what they can expect in the Navy. "Can't... more »
  • US cutting planned troop presence in Liberia

    November 12, 2014 12:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - The commander of the U.S. military's Ebola response in Liberia says the mission will be limited to 3,000 troops - which is 1,000 fewer than originally planned. Army Maj. Gen. Gary Voleski told reporters Wednesday that the lower number is sufficient because there are a greater-than-expected number of... more »
  • Hagel approves 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

    October 29, 2014 2:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. already has more than 1,000 troops in West Africa helping with the fight against Ebola -- and the number could grow to nearly 4,000. And when they return from those missions, every one of those troops will go into supervised isolation for 21 days. That's the... more »
  • WATCH: Airman surprises family following tour of duty Play Video

    October 22, 2014 10:37 PM

    ZACHARY- An airman returned home from a 14-month tour of duty to surprise his family Wednesday evening. Screams could be heard coming from a large banquet room at Sammy's where Andressen Taylor's family had gathered. They were elated to see Taylor walk into the room shortly after 6 p.m.... more »
  • Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot

    September 21, 2014 3:17 PM

    DENVER - Organizers say hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway this weekend. Members of Operation Grow4Vets says the Saturday event aimed to offer veterans an alternative to prescription drugs to help with anxiety, pain and other problems. The organization also says it gave out 400... more »
  • Petraeus: Obama Iraq plan a good starting point

    September 12, 2014 2:08 AM

    DENVER, CO - Retired Gen. David Petraeus says President Barack Obama's decision to intensify the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria is a good start. Speaking in Denver at a 9/11 commemoration Thursday, Petraeus said Obama made a forceful case for battling militants who control large... more »
  • Obama outlining mission to fight Islamic militants Play Video

    September 10, 2014 2:08 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- President Barack Obama will deliver a prime-time address Wednesday outlining an expanded military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, and urge Congress to quickly give him authority to arm moderate Syrian opposition forces fighting President Bashar Assad. But administration officials say Obama will press... more »
  • Town of Jackson to honor veterans with new memorial Play Video

    September 3, 2014 4:36 PM

    JACKSON - A town in East Feliciana Parish is coming together to honor veterans of the armed forces with the construction of a new memorial. The Jackson Tourism Enhancement Committee is heading up the project with plenty of support from local residents. "A lot of people find this... more »
  • US kills six militants in Somalia strike Play Video

    September 2, 2014 4:22 AM

    MOGADISHU, Somalia - A member of the Somali group al-Shabab says its leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night in a U.S. military strike but the spokesman would not say if the leader was among the six militants who were killed. Abu Mohammed told The Associated... more »
  • Soldiers return home from Afghanistan Play Video

    August 23, 2014 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Families were reunited with soldiers returning from Afghanistan on Saturday afternoon. Members of the Louisiana National Guard's 927th Engineer Company were flown into the Baton Rouge airport after being away from their families for a year. The unit is based in Baton Rouge and deployed... more »
  • New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    August 17, 2014 11:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign. U.S. Central Command says a combination of bombers, fighter jets, attack planes and unmanned drones hit targets near Iraq's largest dam in... more »
  • Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State Play Video

    August 14, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the group's momentum. For... more »
  • National Guardsmen honored in Baton Rouge Play Video

    August 10, 2014 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - American heroes were honored Sunday afternoon for their service in the military. Members of the 844th and 1021st Engineer Company, and the 2228th Military Police Company along with the 159th Fighter Wing were all honored with the Louisiana War Cross award. More than 360 National Guardsmen... more »
  • Obama: 275 US forces deploying to Iraq

    June 16, 2014 5:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is notifying Congress that about 275 U.S. military personnel could deploy to Iraq. Obama says the forces are going to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He says the forces are equipped for combat and will remain in... more »
  • House, Senate move to improve health care for vets

    June 11, 2014 2:58 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care could soon get help from Congress. The Senate is poised to vote by Thursday on a measure making it easier for veterans who've encountered delays getting initial visits to receive VA-paid treatment from local doctors... more »
  • Obama: US will boost military presence in Europe

    June 3, 2014 7:42 AM

    WARSAW, Poland - President Barack Obama says the United States plans to increase its military presence in Europe by sending in more American troops. Obama is speaking at a joint news conference in Warsaw with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Obama says his new initiative will involve prepositioning more U.S. military... more »
  • House panel rejects cuts in military benefits

    April 30, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is saying "not so fast" to a Pentagon proposal to cut subsidies to military commissaries where service members and their families shop at a reduced cost, as well as other proposed changes to benefits. The House Armed Services Committee unveiled its draft legislation Tuesday, and Republicans... more »

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