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Marine Corps Boss Slams Border Deployment As 'Unacceptable Risk' To Combat Readiness
Gen. Robert Neller complains about "fiscal challenges without precedent" as he cancels important military exercises with the Marines stationed at the border.
U.S. Coast Guard Still Feeling Government Shutdown Effects, Officials Say
The military service won't be fully caught up till June; its leaders say the shutdown caused an "erosion in readiness."
Gabbard Calls Out Military For Failing Survivors Of Sexual Assault
"There is a lack of recognition of the serious change that needs to take place for there to be a true path for justice for victims of sexual assault in the military."
Sen. Martha McSally Says She Was Raped While In The Air Force
"Like many victims, I felt like the system was raping me all over again," the Arizona Republican said.
She Served Her Country But Found A Glass Ceiling Waiting At Home
After 14 years in the Army, Asha Castleberry is fighting an even longer battle on the home front.
Transgender Troops Blast Trump's 'Self-Defeating' Military Ban In Emotional Testimony
By Julie Watson, AP
Testifying before Congress, trans service members said the gender confirmation process had made them more effective soldiers.
Venezuela Clashes Heighten As Troops Block Aid Delivery
By Christine Armario and Luis Andres Henao, AP
Troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro blocked convoys carrying humanitarian aid at the border and fired tear gas on protesters.
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Judge Halts Air Force's Efforts To Discharge Men With HIV
U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema deemed the policy "irrational" and "outdated."
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Acting Defense Secretary Says He Hasn't Determined Amount For 'Emergency' Border Wall
By Bob Burns, AP
Shanahan said he has a great deal of discretion in deciding how to use the authorities granted to him by Trump's declaration Friday of a national emergency.
2020 Democratic Hopefuls Quietly Endorse Trump's Middle East Withdrawals
A big, bipartisan majority voiced opposition to a "precipitous" military drawdown in Syria and Afghanistan. Democratic presidential contenders sided with Trump.
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Kirsten Gillibrand To Bring Transgender Navy Lieutenant Commander To SOTU
The presidential prospect announced she will bring Blake Dremann as her State of the Union guest in the wake of Trump's trans military ban.
Defense Department To Send 3,750 Additional Troops To Border With Mexico
The deployment will raise the total number of active-duty forces supporting Customs and Border Protection agents there to approximately 4,350.
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Russia To Abandon Nuclear Arms Pact With U.S.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had earlier announced the U.S. would suspend compliance with the INF Treaty with Russia.
Senate GOP Rebukes Trump Over Syria, Afghanistan Withdrawals
Most Senate Democrats likely to or already declared as running for president in 2020 opposed the move.
Navy To Launch First All-Female Flyover To Honor Pioneer Pilot Rosemary Mariner
Capt. Rosemary Mariner, one of the first female jet pilots, died last week of ovarian cancer.
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Transgender Military Personnel In Limbo Over Trump's Ban Plan Speak Out
By David Crary, AP
“We have optimism that we’re going to win the war,” one activist said.
Supreme Court Approves President Trump’s Transgender Military Ban
The U.S. Supreme Court will allow President Donald Trump’s administration to enforce transgender military restrictions.
Former Coast Guard Head Calls Shutdown 'Disgraceful' And 'Insulting'
Thad Allen, retired Coast Guard commandant, decried "the constitutional amnesia that has swept Washington.”
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Coast Guard’s Members Miss Paychecks Due To Shutdown, Get $15 Million Donation
"You are not, and will not, be forgotten," head of the Coast Guard Admiral Karl Schultz told members on Tuesday.
Elizabeth Warren Backs Withdrawal Of U.S. Troops From Syria And Afghanistan
But the senator criticized Trump's sudden tweet on Syria and his failure to discuss his plans with America's allies.
These Service Members Will Work Without Paychecks During The Government Shutdown
The Coast Guard is the only military branch not getting its funding.
Trump Makes Surprise Iraq Visit After Christmas [UPDATED]
The commander in chief opted for digital holiday greetings, video conferencing with military members around the globe from the Oval Office.
Mattis Shares Christmas Message Taped One Day Before Resignation
"To all you lads and lasses holding the line in 2018 on land, at sea or in the air, thanks for keeping the faith," he said.
U.S. Envoy To Anti-ISIS Coalition Brett McGurk Quits Over Trump's Syria Move
He accelerated his plan to leave by around two months after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced his own departure.
Donald Trump Orders 7,000 U.S. Troops Out Of Afghanistan: Reports
The aim is to eventually bring home all 14,000 troops, according to officials.
Trump Signs Order To Create U.S. Space Command
The new order is separate from the president's much touted goal of creating a "Space Force."
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