Designer Stella McCartney has created Stella McCartney Cares, a foundation focused on breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment. "In so many cultures, there's so much stigma attached to breast cancer and I think through this campaign that I've really found out that the community is so critical and it's so important," McCartney says.
Tyndall Air Force Base will recover from the battering it took from Hurricane Michael last week, officials said, but it will take time. Airmen from the 821st Contingency Response Group based at California's Travis Air Force Base assessed the damage and are helping in other ways as rebuilding begins.
Defense Department officials say a breach of Pentagon travel records exposed the personal and credit card data of up to 30,000 military and civilian workers, and the number could grow. The incident was reported Oct. 4, but the initial breach might have occurred months ago.
Air Force readiness has improved thanks to additional funding from the government, according to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, and further improvement is expected. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told a Senate panel that the budget recently passed by Congress "will have a significant impact for airmen across our active, Guard and Reserve components."
Reservists at Florida's Patrick Air Force Base were put on call for search-and-rescue missions in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. "We've generated aircraft, equipment and personnel in a very short amount of time in response to Hurricane Michael," said Col. Michael LoForti, commander of the 920th Operations Group.
The Air Force topped its fiscal 2018 recruiting goal of 29,700, though the number was down a bit from the previous year, officials said. In fiscal 2018, 29,831 recruits enlisted, compared with 31,001 in fiscal 2017.
The Army Reserve will need to adapt to a new way of fighting as part of the Total Army, Army Reserve Chief Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey said last week at the Association of the United States Army convention. "This is about going to high-end, contingency operations in the most contested environment in the history of civilization and having to surge ... very quickly," he said.
The Change of Mission newsletter is being emailed to about 17,000 Army active-duty, National Guard and Reserve troops starting today to help those with 17 or more years of service prepare for their eventual retirement. Mark Overberg of Army Retirement Services says the goal is to provide guidance on pre-retirement decisions and to encourage continued advocacy for the military after retirement.
Senate leaders agreed on a deal to vote on 15 judicial nominees, all of whom were confirmed. The vote allowed the Senate to take recess earlier than planned, giving senators in tough races more time to campaign.
The United Nations Security Council has approved a six-month extension of a UN peacekeeping mission in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan. Council members warn the mandate will not be extended unless the two countries make progress.