Military Pay Raises Not Keeping Pace with Private Sector

Although the 2016 Defense budget calls for a 1.3 percent raise in basic pay for soldiers and their families, the paychecks for military members are still getting smaller according to Col. Mike Hayden (USAF, ret.), the director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America.

USMC To Upgrade M-16 and M-4

Although a new weapon system is certainly not expected anytime soon, it looks like the USMC may be getting some upgrades to their current M16A4 and M4 weapons to make them even more effective on the battlefield.

One Million Steps (Book Review)

There are moments in time that are greater not because they are particularly unique but because they capture a truth about how we look at a larger-scale view. The grunts that went into Sangin, Afghanistan in 2010 faced an impossible task in a hostile territory surrounded by people that couldn't be trusted. Bing West captures a snapshot of the Marine Battalion 3/5 3rd Platoon as they enter Sangin to take over from our British partners, push back at the Taliban that roam carefree, and find some success before being pulled out of Afghanistan. One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon At War is part battle log of this platoon and part military analysis of the overall strategy in Afghanistan.

Marines Evacuate Yemen Embassy

The US Embassy in Yemen was closed and evacuated on Wednesday, as Houthis rebels continue their attempt to take over the Yemini government. Both France and Britain also moved to close their embassies and remove their diplomatic personnel, due to the increased turmoil and instability in the country's capital, Sanaa.

Trial for Navy SEAL Slaying Begins Wednesday

A jury has been seated for the trial Eddie Ray Routh, who is accused of killing both former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield.

USMC Makes "Airport" from Airplane

The concept of a FARP (Foward Arming and Refueling Point) is becoming increasingly popular as a sort of "mobile gas station" for some of the more clandestine operations happening in the Middle East (for example, Operation Neptune Spear, the mission to get Bin Laden).

This video shows Marines transforming a spot of desert and a C-130 into a small but bustling airport in about 5 minutes.

Congress Insists on Joint Camo Pattern

It looks like uniforms are back on Congress' budget-cutting radar - language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2015 looks to get rid of service-specific camo patterns, according to an article over at Military.com.

Pentagon Advises Employees to Remain Vigilant

The Pentagon's internal security agency, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, sent out an internal memo to its personnel last week that they could potentially be targets for ISIL or other terrorist groups, and to take appropriate precautions.

USMC Departs from Afghanistan

The last Marines in Afghanistan, members of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines; Combat Logistics Battalion 1; and Marine Aircraft Group — Afghanistan, departed Afghanistan yesterday, after a ceremony where the USMC's last base - Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province - was transferred over to Afghan National Security Forces.

MARSOC to be Renamed to Honor Raiders

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Jim Amos has announced that all units in the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will be undergoing a name change to honor the elite Marine Raiders of World War II.

Although Gen. Amos had previously rejected a 2011 proposal to change the name of MARSOC, over the past few years he had appeared to slowly change his mind, even appearing as the guest of honor at the Marine Raiders reunion last August.

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200-pound deck bell of WWI-era flagship to become part of Chattanooga memorial

The USS Chattanooga, a WWI-era flagship, was reduced to scrap in the 1920s. It's 200-pound deck bell, however, survived. Thanks to the tenacious efforts of a Navy Reserve petty officer, the bell is slated to become part of a memorial to honor the five servicemembers killed in the July 16, 2015, terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Tenn.
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Gunman kills 2 at bar in Israeli city; manhunt underway

A gunman opened fire outside a popular bar in the coastal Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Friday afternoon, killing two people and wounding at least three others before fleeing the scene, police said.
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New special assistant to the director of Army National Guard gets 2nd star

Maj. Gen. Richard Gallant joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard in 1981, while he was a student at Bridgewater State College. He enrolled in the Guard's officer candidate program and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1983.
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Search under way for tugboat sunk in Galveston Harbor

A search was underway Thursday for a tugboat that sank over the weekend in Galveston Harbor and disappeared, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
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