Stable funding is important, a Defense Department spokeswoman said when asked if funding issues that affected training and flight hours could have played a role in the crash of a Navy fighter jet that killed both people aboard. Spokeswoman Dana White also said, however, that "it's important that we not necessarily draw direct correlations."
Troops with the Army Reserve's 310th Human Resources Sustainment Center, based in Fort Jackson, S.C., are preparing to deploy to Kuwait for 10 months to participate in Operation Spartan Shield. "We make sure personnel accountability is taken care of, that all the systems are working right," said Army Reserve Col. Robin Julch, 310th HRSC commander.
Lawmakers are urging the Defense and Justice departments to take action in response to an investigation by The Associated Press that found sexual assaults between juveniles on US military bases often are not prosecuted. Meanwhile, the House Armed Services Committee is launching its own investigation.
The Arctic Edge 2018 joint exercise has brought together about 1,500 Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen, as well as the Coast Guard, for cold-weather training this month in Alaska. Training included live fire, survival techniques, maneuver training and mine warfare planning, along with testing of survival and communications gear.
About 1,500 rounds of M4 ammunition may be missing after possibly being distributed to troops during unrest in Baltimore in 2015, and the Maryland National Guard says it can't account for it. "We didn't follow established procedures in issuing the ammunition and that's how we were unable to account for the ammunition," said National Guard spokesman Col. Charles Kohler.
Gaming technology, virtual reality and augmented reality will be replacing aging simulators for training troops on the operation of Army aircraft and ground vehicles.
The Nebraska State Penitentiary houses inmates who once served in the military in its Veterans Service Group, separate from the rest of the prison population, in the hope that their shared experiences will ease stress and problems. "The goal is to improve the culture of NSP and NDCS (Nebraska Department of Correctional Services), but also when the people leave here and go back into the community, they are a better person," said Caleb Larson, the veterans unit manager.
Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder have less intense symptoms if they have service dogs, suggests a study by the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. "As the number of service dogs given to veterans with PTSD continues to increase, this is an important first step towards proof of concept that service dogs can actually provide measurable, clinical changes for veterans," said study co-author Kerri Rodriguez.
Multiple sources say National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster will soon be removed by President Donald Trump, although the timing is unclear. "I'm really at a point where we're getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want," Trump said Tuesday, noting Thursday that "there will always be change" when it comes to personnel.
President Donald Trump told GOP donors that the US has a trade deficit with Canada of $17 billion a year, and that number addresses trade in goods. When goods and services are counted, the US Census Bureau reports, the US enjoyed an almost $2.8 billion trade surplus with Canada in 2017.