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Shooting Ghosts: How Veterans Recover From Afghanistan

Finbarr O’Reilly was a canny Canadian war photographer embedded in Helmand province in Afghanistan. T.J. Brennan was a boisterous, profane and skeptical Marine sergeant who played host to O’Reilly in 2010, as he and his men undertook the thankless mission of fending off invisible Taliban fighters in a moonscape of dusty villages. One day, Brennan, while out on patrol, was knocked down by the shockwave of a rocket-propelled grenade. O’Reilly took a photo of the wounded warrior, and they fell in love.

August 28, 2017
A U.S. army soldier stands guard in front of a F-22 stealth fighter jet flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek

U.S. Army Fudged Its Accounts By Trillions Of Dollars, Auditor Finds

The Defense Department’s Inspector General, in a June report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up.

August 20, 2016

Obama Nominates First Openly Gay Service Secretary To Lead Army

President Obama nominated Eric Fanning to become the next secretary of the Army, paving the way for the first openly gay leader of a military service branch in U.S. history.

September 18, 2015

U.S. Army Invites Women To Try Out For Elite Ranger School

Washington (AFP) — The U.S. Army is inviting female soldiers to apply to the grueling Ranger school, officials said Monday, part of the military’s effort to open the door to women serving in ground combat. The prestigious Ranger school has been closed to women until now. But the army wants to study the possibility of […]

September 16, 2014

Army Names General To Investigate Bergdahl’s Disappearance

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Army said Monday it had named a two-star general to investigate the disappearance and capture of Sergeant Bowe R. Bergdahl in Afghanistan, a possible step toward a formal finding that he left his base without authorization. Major General Kenneth R. Dahl, who formerly served as […]

June 16, 2014

Former Soldiers Recount Trying Search For Missing POW Bowe Bergdahl

By Richard Mauer, Anchorage Daily News ANCHORAGE, Alaska — When Anchorage-based Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl went missing at a lightly fortified outpost in southeastern Afghanistan in 2009, soldiers he left behind say it upended their deployment mission from one of turning Afghans away from the Taliban into a dangerous and fruitless rescue operation. “Everybody’s […]

June 9, 2014

Obama, At West Point, Plays Down Military Power, Emphasizes Diplomacy

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama praised the potential of American leadership around the globe on Wednesday while laying out a new definition of that term, downplaying military might and emphasizing diplomacy, alliances and the will to “lead by example.” Standing before a crowd of 1,000 new Army officers at […]

May 28, 2014

Obama At Fort Hood Memorial: ‘Tragedy Brings Us Together Again’

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times FORT HOOD, Texas — Five years after he sought to comfort soldiers devastated by the deadliest attack on a U.S. military base, President Barack Obama returned to Fort Hood on Wednesday to once more offer condolences and pledges of support, repeatedly invoking Scripture and its stirring words on the […]

April 9, 2014

Pentagon Proposes To Shrink U.S. Army To Pre-WWII Level

Washington (AFP) – The Pentagon plans to scale back the U.S. Army to its lowest level since before World War II in a proposed budget reflecting the end of 13 years of war in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday recommended shrinking the army from 520,000 active duty troops to 440,000-450,000, saying that “after […]

February 24, 2014