Thursday, February 9

Tag: United States Military

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Military families increasingly relying on food banks

Food bank demand rises among military families Food bank demand rises among military families 02:00 Killeen, Texas — U.S. Army Pvt. Gypsy Jones is used to military lineups, including the line at the local food pantry, where a growing number of military families are turning for help. The single mother's military paycheck doesn't cover her house payment, utility bills, clothing for her three young daughters and groceries. Jones says a...
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White House unveils first lady’s holiday theme of “We the People”

Washington — Drawing decorating inspiration from America's founding documents, Jill Biden chose a "We the People" theme to deck the White House halls and to remind Americans of what unites them throughout the year, especially during the holidays.The first lady unveiled the transformational work of a small army of volunteer decorators during an event at the White House on Monday. Journalists were given a sneak peek earlier in the day.As part of Joining Forces, her White House initiative to support military families, Biden was joined by National Guard leaders from across the country, as well as National Guard families. Her late son, Beau Biden, was a major in the Delaware Army National Guard. "I've seen it everywhere I've gone. When our country com...
North and South Korea exchange missile launches as tensions ratchet up even further
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North and South Korea exchange missile launches as tensions ratchet up even further

Seoul, South Korea — Air raid sirens sounded on a South Korean island and residents there evacuated to underground shelters after North Korea fired at least 17 missiles Wednesday, at least one of them in its direction and landing near the rivals' tense sea border, the South's military said. South Korea quickly responded by launching its own missiles in the same border area.Later, the South said the North had fired an additional six missiles off its eastern and western coasts.The launches came hours after North Korea threatened to use nuclear weapons to get the U.S. and South Korea to "pay the most horrible price in history" in protest of the ongoing South Korean-U.S. military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal. The White House maintained that the United States has no hos...
Maryland Navy engineer Jonathan Toebbe and wife Diana Toebbe plead guilty in submarine secrets sale case
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Maryland Navy engineer Jonathan Toebbe and wife Diana Toebbe plead guilty in submarine secrets sale case

FILE: These booking photos released Oct. 9, 2021, by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority show Diana Toebbe, left, and Jonathan Toebbe.  West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority via AP, File A U.S. Navy nuclear engineer and his wife entered new guilty pleas Tuesday in a case involving an alleged plot to sell secrets about nuclear-powered warships, a month after their previous plea agreements that had called for specific sentencing guidelines were rejected. Jonathan and Diana Toebbe of Annapolis, Maryland, pleaded guilty in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to one felony count each of conspiracy to communicate res...
GOP nominee for Pennsylvania governor Doug Mastriano wore Confederate uniform for faculty photo
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GOP nominee for Pennsylvania governor Doug Mastriano wore Confederate uniform for faculty photo

Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano, three years before retiring from the U.S. Army, posed in a Confederate uniform for a faculty photo at the Army War College. The photo, which Reuters said Friday it obtained after a request under the Freedom of Information Act, shows Mastriano in the uniform in a 2013-14 portrait for the Department of Military Strategy, Plans and Operations, where he worked until he retired in 2017.Reuters said it was told that faculty at the time were given the option of dressing as a historical figure, and while a few did so, only Mastriano is shown wearing a Confederate uniform.The Army War College said in a statement that a team in 2020 had reviewed all art, text and images displayed at the Carlisle barracks for alignment with Army values an...
Lawmakers demand change as civilians are hit with “exorbitant” medical bills for emergency treatment at military facilities
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Lawmakers demand change as civilians are hit with “exorbitant” medical bills for emergency treatment at military facilities

Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are calling on the Department of Defense to address its lack of financial relief provided for citizens who receive emergency treatment at U.S. military facilities. The push comes following a recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office which found that the Defense Department rarely waives or reduces medical bills issued to citizens in these circumstances despite its ability to do so. "There is a benefit to the military by them being able to treat these patients," Castro said. "So what the military should do is work with private insurers, but also work with patients to reduce these bills and to get rid of exorbitant or extraordinary costs that patients are being billed with."In 2020, Castro initiated legislatio...
Hershel “Woody” Williams, last to receive Medal of Honor from World War II, will lie in honor at U.S. Capitol
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Hershel “Woody” Williams, last to receive Medal of Honor from World War II, will lie in honor at U.S. Capitol

Hershel W. "Woody" Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday.A date and other details will be announced later, Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement."Woody Williams embodied the best of America: living a life of duty, honor and courage," Pelosi said. Schumer said: "Woody Williams was an American hero who embodied the best of our country and the greatest generation." Williams, who died on Wednesday at 98, was a legend in his native West Virginia for his heroics under fire over several crucial hours at the battle for Iwo Jima. As a young Marine corporal, Williams went ahead of his unit in Febru...
“Top Gun: Maverick” filmmakers join forces with military to capture reality of naval officers: “What was done here was just unheard of”
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“Top Gun: Maverick” filmmakers join forces with military to capture reality of naval officers: “What was done here was just unheard of”

When Tom Cruise portrayed naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in the 1986 classic "Top Gun," it helped inspire countless people to join the Navy. Now decades later, the sequel "Top Gun: Maverick," is continuing its partnership with the U.S. Navy and could inspire yet another generation to join the armed services. U.S. Navy veteran Jeff Gage recalled first watching the original blockbuster hit when he was a junior in college with his father -- a Navy veteran. Gage would later go on to serve as an aviation officer in the U.S. Navy for 30 years."It absolutely was an influence in my decision to serve," Gage told CBS News correspondent Catherine Herridge. "I would not want to discount probably the more important motivators of, you know, just the sense of patriotism and service to cou...