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Army Base Renamed to Honor Black WWI Hero

Fort Polk in Louisiana is now Fort Johnson

(Newser) - A US Army base in western Louisiana was renamed Tuesday to honor Sgt. William Henry Johnson, a Black hero of World War I who received the Medal of Honor nearly a century later. Fort Johnson had previously been named after a Confederate commander, Leonidas Polk. The renaming is part of...

Fort Bragg Is No Longer Fort Bragg
Fort Bragg Is
No Longer Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg Is No Longer Fort Bragg

Military renames it Fort Liberty, part of a push to rid itself of Confederate names

(Newser) - Quick, name the biggest military base in the country. The longtime answer of "Fort Bragg" is no longer correct. The Pentagon on Friday formally renamed the gigantic base in North Carolina "Fort Liberty," reports CNN . It's part of the military's ongoing push to rid itself...

US Opts Not to Shoot New Balloon Out of Sky

But military is watching a new mystery object that drifted over Hawaii, is now headed to Mexico

(Newser) - After a mysterious spate of balloon sightings earlier this year, a new entry has made its way into the mix. NBC News reports that the US military has been tailing a new balloon since late last week that drifted over parts of Hawaii, though officials indicate it didn't fly...

Report: Leaker of Classified Documents Works at Military Base

Discord server member says leaker has anti-government views

(Newser) - The person who leaked classified military documents online is a gun enthusiast who works on a military base and shared secrets for months in a private Discord chatroom with around two dozen members, according to two members who spoke to the Washington Post . One member, who is under 18 and...

Fort Hood Is Getting a New Name in May

Fort named after Confederate general is becoming Fort Cavazos

(Newser) - Fort Hood is weeks away from the second name change in its history. In 1950, eight years after the Army base was established in central Texas, Camp Hood became Fort Hood—but this year's renaming reflects bigger changes. The name of Confederate Gen. John Hood is being dropped and...

US Strikes Syria After Drone Kills Contractor

Pentagon says suspected Iran drone injured 5 soldiers

(Newser) - A strike Thursday by a suspected Iranian-made drone killed a US contractor and wounded five American troops and another contractor in northeast Syria, the Pentagon said. American forces said they retaliated soon after with "precision airstrikes" in Syria targeting facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard,...

US Commander: Russia Is Ignoring Syria Protocols

He says armed jets are flying over US outpost almost every day

(Newser) - The Black Sea, where Russian jets forced down an American drone last week, is far from the only potential flashpoint between US and Russian forces. Lt. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich at US Central Command says armed Russian jets have flown over the Al-Tanf base in southeast Syria almost every day this...

Army Brings Back Old Recruiting Slogan

'Be All You Can Be' returns as Army struggles to meet recruitment goals

(Newser) - After falling a long way short of its recruiting target last year, the Army has launched a new campaign with an old slogan. In a rebranding campaign unveiled Wednesday, the Army brought back its "Be All You Can Be" slogan, which was first used in 1981, replacing 1970s slogans...

War Game Results Don&#39;t Bode Well for US Military
War Game Results Don't
Bode Well for US Military

War Game Results Don't Bode Well for US Military

'Wall Street Journal' finds that America isn't ready for a new era of conflict with China

(Newser) - Last year, a war game simulation looked at what might happen if China launched an amphibious attack on Taiwan. China would be happy with the results: The US side ran out of long-range cruise missiles in a week, writes Michael R. Gordon in the Wall Street Journal . The reasons behind...

Pentagon to Military Members: Stop Eating Poppy Seeds

They could cause a failed drug test, memo warns

(Newser) - It's a lesson that Elaine learned the hard way —and one that's not purely the stuff of TV lore . In a Feb. 17 memo , the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Gilbert Cisneros warned service members of the potential perils posed by poppy seeds as...

4 US Troops, and Dog, Wounded in Syrian Raid

Helicopter strike killed a senior member of the Islamic State

(Newser) - The US military said Friday that a helicopter raid led by its forces in northeast Syria left a senior leader with the Islamic State group dead and four American service members wounded. The operation was conducted Thursday night in partnership with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which is allied with...

US Jet Shoots Down Unknown Object Off Alaska Coast

Pentagon says Biden decided flying object was a threat to civilian aircraft

(Newser) - A US military fighter jet shot down an unknown object flying off the remote northern coast of Alaska on Friday on orders from President Biden, White House officials said. White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the object was downed because it was flying at about 40,000...

US Just Made a Move to Counter China

US forces get access to 4 more sites in the Philippines

(Newser) - The US has struck a military deal with the Philippines in what the New York Times and the Washington Post see as a clear move to counter China's might in the region. Defense chief Lloyd Austin and Philippines leader Ferdinand Marcos Jr. announced Thursday that US forces will have...

US Says Chinese Intercept Could Have Caused Collision

Fighter jet flew dangerously close to US plane over South China Sea, military says

(Newser) - The US military says a Chinese fighter jet flew dangerously close to an Air Force plane over the South China Sea, forcing the American pilot to maneuver to avoid a collision. US Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement Thursday that the incident occurred Dec. 21 when the Chinese People's...

Court: Marine Sikh Recruits Need Not Shave for Boot Camp

Federal appeals court grants the exemption

(Newser) - A federal court ruling will result in a rare sight at Marine boot camp: two bearded recruits. The District of Columbia's federal appeals court has ruled that the pair of Sikh men shouldn't be forced to shave off the beards they keep for religious reasons, reports NPR . Plaintiffs...

Ulysses S. Grant Just Got a Promotion
Ulysses S. Grant Just
Got a Promotion

Ulysses S. Grant Just Got a Promotion

He is posthumously lifted to rare rank of general of the armies of the United States

(Newser) - The giant defense bill signed into law this week by President Biden has an unusual item tucked within it. The measure posthumously promotes Ulysses S. Grant to general of the armies of the United States, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer . It's the Army's highest rank, and only two others...

Navy SEAL Who Famously Transitioned Is Now Detransitioning

Chris Beck says transitioning to female 'destroyed my life'

(Newser) - Chris Beck, the former Navy SEAL who gained notoriety after coming out as transgender after leaving the military , is detransitioning. Beck, who was born Chris but lived as Kristin after coming out as trans, is now back to his birth name and tells conservative influencer Robby Starbuck that while he...

Putin Hints at First-Strike Policy, Cites 'US Counterparts'

Russian president doesn't say it, but analysts hear veiled nuclear threat

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow could adopt what he described as a US concept of using preemptive military strikes, noting it has the weapons to do the job, in a blunt statement amid rising Russia-NATO tensions over Ukraine. "We are just thinking about it. They weren'...

US Military Really Didn't Want You to Know What's in New Washington Post Investigation

Report suggests there's basically no oversight for retired personnel who work for foreign powers

(Newser) - The Washington Post has unveiled a major three-part investigation of retired US military personnel who work for foreign militaries, including for some countries "known for human rights abuses and political repression." The report contains a lot of information the government tried to keep secret, and it only came...

North Korea Sends Missile Over Japan, Into Ocean

Residents in northern prefectures are told to take cover

(Newser) - North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, an escalation from the barrage of tests conducted in the past few days while the US and other nations conduct military drills in the region. In a rare move, Japan told residents in two northern prefectures to seek shelter. It...

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