Stories tagged: military
UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 6:41 p.m.
Lawmakers release huge budget; big military, domestic boosts
Congressional leaders finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill Wednesday that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant “Dreamers,” deprives President Donald Trump some of his …
Thu., March 15, 2018, 4:53 p.m.
Thousands flee violence in mass exodus from Syrian towns
Tens of thousands of terrified men, women and children streamed out on foot and in pick-up trucks Thursday from besieged enclaves on two fronts, fleeing bombings from the Syrian military …
Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
Local Vietnam veterans recall carnage of Tet Offensive, launched this day 50 years ago
Hank Melanson was 18 years old and had just landed near Khe Sanh in central Vietnam when he witnessed a fellow Marine shot and killed. The battle launched what came …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 9 p.m.
Military says fitness trackers reveal sensitive information
The U.S. military said Monday that it is adjusting guidelines for the use of all wireless and technological devices on military facilities amid revelations that fitness trackers can be used …
Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 2:03 p.m.
Tillerson signals deeper U.S. military commitment in Syria
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled deeper U.S. commitment to Syria on Wednesday, saying America would maintain its military presence there to prevent an Islamic State resurgence. He said the …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 4:08 p.m.
‘Very strong’ Democratic sentiment to oppose GOP budget bill
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there’s “very, very strong” sentiment among Democrats in the chamber to oppose GOP-drafted legislation to keep the government’s doors open, comments that could …
Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 11:31 a.m.
Oregon plans $25M upgrade at Camp Umatilla training center
The Oregon Military Department plans to spend $25 million on improvements at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot near Hermiston.
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 4:57 p.m.
Transgender people cleared to join military, for now
The Justice Department has made clear its proposed ban on transgender military recruits is on hold, meaning their enlistment can start Monday.
Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 4:38 p.m.
Military poised to accept transgender troops, despite Trump tweets, as courts block ban
Barring last-minute intervention by the Supreme Court, the military’s ban on enlisting transgender troops is set to fall next week, despite President Donald Trump’s tweets.
Sun., Dec. 24, 2017, 2:26 p.m.
President Trump sends Christmas greetings to US troops abroad
President Donald Trump opened his first Christmas Eve in office by offering season’s greetings to U.S. troops stationed around the world and chatting up children who called into a Defense …
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, 10:15 p.m.
Thousands of wreaths adorn veterans cemetery for annual event
Hundreds of patrons came to the Medical Lake burial ground Saturday to pay their respects as part of Wreaths Across America Day. Many wreaths were set on the gravestones by …
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 8:57 p.m.
Navy apologies to Okanogan County School District for skydrawing phallus
The U.S. Navy issued an letter to the Okanogan School District Tuesday, apologizing for the actions of two pilots who drew a giant phallus in the sky last month.
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Transgender people can enlist in military Jan 1
Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said Monday, as President Donald Trump’s ordered ban suffered another legal setback.
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 4:52 p.m.
The last Pearl Harbor survivor in Spokane honors the fallen
The Inland Northwest’s last known survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor was joined by admirers and supporters for Thursday’s ceremony to commemorate what President Franklin D. …
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 10:34 p.m.
U.S. flies B-1B over South in show of force against N. Korea
The United States flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea on Wednesday in part of a massive combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes, a clear warning after North …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 8:26 p.m.
Administrative punishment meted out for pilots who drew giant phallus over Okanogan
Two U.S. Navy aviators responsible for skydrawing a phallic symbol over Okanogan County on Nov. 16 have received administrative punishment, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 9:39 p.m.
Crew decks out veteran’s home for the holidays
Purple Heart recipient Donald Sohler wasn’t sure why a dozen red sweatshirt-clad men were in front of his Coeur d’Alene home Thursday.
Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 11:29 a.m.
China, U.S. disaster drills show a shared goal: saving lives
On a pine-studded base along the Oregon coast, military units from two seemingly unlikely partners were carrying out a joint response to a natural disaster.
Wed., Nov. 22, 2017
Right call on proposed transgender ban
If Mattis’ review is fair, he will conclude that there is no reason these men and women should not continue to serve.
Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 2:29 p.m.
2nd U.S. judge halts proposed transgender military ban
Another federal judge has halted a proposed transgender military ban, expanding on an initial ruling issued last month against the plan by President Donald Trump’s administration.
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 10:46 a.m.
U.S. attacks militants in Somalia and Libya
Reflecting stepped-up targeting of extremists in Africa, the U.S. military said airstrikes killed more than 100 militants in Somalia on Tuesday and hit Islamic State fighters in Libya days earlier.
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 9:26 p.m.
U.S. troops in Japan banned from drinking after fatal crash
U.S. military personnel in Okinawa have been restricted to base and banned from drinking alcohol after a Marine was arrested over a crash that killed a Japanese man.
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 2:01 p.m.
Navy says it will hold Whidbey Island aircrew accountable for tracing giant phallus over Okanogan County
Okanogan residents told The Spokesman-Review that they saw the male genitalia deliberately being drawn in the skies above their town by a jet around noon on Thursday.
Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 11:22 a.m.
Myanmar military denies atrocities against Rohingya Muslims
Myanmar’s military issued its most forceful denial yet that security forces committed atrocities during “clearance operations” in the west of the country, saying an internal investigation had absolved them of …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 7:36 p.m.
Zimbabwe army says ‘this is not a takeover’ and Mugabe safe
In an extraordinary statement after taking over the state broadcaster and amid a night of unrest, Zimbabwe’s army early Wednesday sought to reassure the country that “this is not a …
Sat., Nov. 11, 2017
Outside View: Remember to say thanks to veterans
They could be anyone – from accountants who once served as MPs to contractors making beautiful homes to retirees proudly displaying their service on a ball cap to those still …
Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 8:36 p.m.
Melania Trump visits military families in Alaska
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Melania Trump might have been a fashion model at one time in her life, but she had no qualms ripping off a chunk of messy …
UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 8:23 a.m.
Amazon’s veteran ranks swell past 17,500
Amazon says the number of veterans and military spouses in its workforce exceeds 17,500, putting the company well ahead of its goal of scooping up 25,000 people in the orbit …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 1:35 p.m.
House, Senate negotiators agree on $700 billion for Pentagon
House and Senate negotiators have agreed on an annual defense policy bill that authorizes $700 billion for the Pentagon in the 2018 fiscal year, a dramatic increase over the amount …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 10:58 p.m.
Trump issues warning to North Korea: Do not ‘try us’
President Donald Trump delivered a sharp warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today, telling him the weapons he’s acquiring “are not making you safer. They are putting your …