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Woman Who Helped Hide Soldier's Body Gets 30 Years

Cecily Aguilar was only person arrested in Vanessa Guillen case

(Newser) - A Texas woman was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for helping dispose of the body of a US soldier, whose 2020 killing sparked a movement of women speaking out about sexual abuse in the military. Cecily Aguilar was the only suspect arrested in the death of Vanessa Guillen,...

US Eliminates Its Last Chemical Weapon

The world is now free of them, at least those that are declared

(Newser) - The US has long stored a considerable arsenal of illegal-to-use chemical weaponry—until now. On Friday, the Pentagon destroyed its last remaining such weapon, the culmination of a decades-long effort, reports NPR . The dismantling took place at the Army's Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado and at the Blue Grass...

Soldier's Suicide Involved 2 Helicopter Crashes

Report reveals tragedy at Georgia's Fort Stewart as Army adjusts its mental health care

(Newser) - An Army officer crashed a Black Hawk helicopter in an attempt to kill himself but, failing to do so, ran to a second helicopter, which he subsequently launched and fatally crashed. That's according to a redacted investigation report released Wednesday, more than a year after the March 2022 incident...

US Army Sees Record Number of Fatal ODs From This Drug

Fentanyl is hitting all military branches, but none as hard as the Army, and loved ones want answers

(Newser) - Earlier this year, Congress received some sobering data from the Department of Defense showing that fentanyl was involved in 88% of the 2021 deaths of US troops who'd died of drug overdoses—up from just 36% five years earlier. "Our military is not immune to the opioid epidemic,...

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...

After 12 Deaths in Chopper Crashes, an Army 'Stand-Down'

Aviators grounded until they undergo training, after 2 crashes in a month's time in Alaska, Kentucky

(Newser) - The US Army has grounded aviation units for training after 12 soldiers died within the last month in helicopter crashes in Alaska and Kentucky, the military branch announced Friday. The suspension of air operations was effective immediately, with units grounded until they complete the training, said Army spokesperson Lt. Col....

Army Helicopters Collide, Killing 3
3 Dead as Army
Helicopters Collide

3 Dead as Army Helicopters Collide

Apache choppers were returning to Alaska's Fort Wainwright from training flight

(Newser) - The US Army suffered "an incredible loss" Thursday when two Apache helicopters from Alaska's Fort Wainwright collided while returning from a training mission, killing three soldiers and injuring a fourth. There were two soldiers on each of the helicopters, which collided midair near Healy, about 100 road miles...

Fort Lee Is Renamed
Fort Lee Is Renamed

Fort Lee Is Renamed

Names of two Black officers will replace that of a 'traitor' at US Army base

(Newser) - Fort Lee in Virginia, named for Confederate army Gen. Robert E. Lee, has been renamed Fort Gregg-Adams in honor of two Black officers who made "significant contributions" to the US Army. Over a 36-year career, Lt. Gen. Arthur Gregg "rose from the rank of private to three-star general,...

'Fatalities Expected' After Crash of 2 Army Helicopters
9 Dead in Crash of
2 Army Helicopters

9 Dead in Crash of 2 Army Helicopters

Army says Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Kentucky near Fort Campbell

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. Nine service members were killed Wednesday night when two HH-60 Blackhawk helicopters crashed during a routine training mission in Kentucky, an Army official tells ABC . The Army says the crash happened around 10pm local time in Trigg County in southwest Kentucky, near...

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...

Leonard Cole Investigated Germ Warfare Tests on Public

Bioterrorism expert wrote 'Clouds of Secrecy' about 20-year secret program

(Newser) - Leonard Cole, a bioterrorism expert who shed light on the Army's secret germ warfare tests conducted in public places, has died. He was 89 and died in Ridgewood, New Jersey, the New York Times reports. Cole was a dentist when he decided to become a political scientist and began...

Army's Workhorse Copter Fleet Is Grounded

400 Chinooks are grounded after engine fire risk is uncovered

(Newser) - The US Army has grounded all of its 400 CH-47 Chinook helicopters after uncovering a risk of engine fires. The grounding of the entire fleet of Boeing workhorse copters—which CNN describes as "the Army's only heavy-lift cargo helicopter supporting combat and other critical operations"—was ordered...

Soldier, 17, Dies After Collapsing During Training

Alyssa Calhoon was training with twin sister

(Newser) - The Army is investigating the death of 17-year-old Pvt. Alyssa Calhoon, who died five days after she collapsed during physical training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. Calhoon and her twin sister Brianna were training for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, NBC reports. Authorities say Calhoon was taken to an...

Army: 2 Soldiers Dead in Weather-Related Incident

They were training on Georgia mountain

(Newser) - Two soldiers based at Fort Benning, Georgia, died and three others were injured in a weather-related incident Tuesday during training on a mountain in the northern part of the state, Army officials say. An Army spokesperson told Fox 5 that the deceased soldiers, whose names have not yet been released,...

Army Can't Find Enough New Soldiers
Army Can't Find Enough
New Soldiers

Army Can't Find Enough New Soldiers

Recruitment expected to miss goals over the next 2 years

(Newser) - The Army is running short of soldiers. The military branch is projected to end the current fiscal year with 466,000 soldiers, which CBS News reports is about 20,000 short of the goal. And the trend line is only getting worse—the total at the end of the 2023...

Army General Suspended After Jill Biden Tweet

Retired 3-star general reportedly responded to first lady's post about Roe v. Wade

(Newser) - A retired three-star Army general has been suspended from his duties as an adviser to active-duty officers after he reportedly dissed first lady Jill Biden online. Retired Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky was serving as an HQE-SM—a highly qualified expert-senior mentor—when he was suspended, per the AP . Army spokeswoman...

Here Are the Recommended New Names for 9 Army Bases

They currently have names of Confederate officers

(Newser) - Fort Bragg would become Fort Liberty. Fort Gordon would be Fort Eisenhower. And, for the first time, Army bases would be named after Black soldiers and women. An independent commission on Tuesday recommended new names for nine Army posts that now commemorate Confederate officers, the AP reports. The recommendations are...

Female Soldier's Promotion Ceremony Took Lewd Turn

Officer who allegedly 'motorboated' her was allowed to retire after court-martial

(Newser) - "Multiple Soldiers immediately reported the behavior," an Army rep made clear. Good thing. The Army Times reports on the story of a former Louisiana National Guard officer who was convicted by a general court-martial after allegedly "motorboating" a female subordinate. The incident reportedly occurred during her promotion...

Soldier Killed by Bear in Alaska Came Upon Its Den

Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant had been at the base since July

(Newser) - A soldier who had served a combat deployment in Afghanistan was fatally mauled by a bear in Alaska Tuesday. Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant served with the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and was stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The 30-year-old was prepping for land-based navigation exercises in a...

77 Years After US Soldiers Stole Her Cake, a New One

US Army tries to make up for its shameless 1945 swipe from Italy's Meri Mion, now 90

(Newser) - What should have been an exciting entry into teenhood for Meri Mion was marred by the fact that someone stole the birthday cake her mom had baked for her. Now, 77 years later, an act of contrition from the perp—none other than the US Army, reports the BBC . The...

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