VA secretary's Disney comments prompt resignation calls from...

Angry conservatives stepped up their criticism of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald on Tuesday, with several calling for him to be pushed out of office after his comments invoking Disney customer service practices and veterans medical wait times.Republican Sen. Roy Blunt from Missouri and Joni Ernst from Iowa issued statements saying the gaffe was enough [...]

US veteran seeks asylum for Iraqi man who saved his life

LOS ANGELES — After three military combat tours in warn-torn Iraq, Chase Millsap returned home to get on with a civilian life, but there was one thing he couldn't do; leave a comrade behind, certainly not one who had saved his life.Especially not the former Iraqi military officer who, because he had worked with the [...]

2 North Texas teens become state’s first females to enlist as Army infantry recruits

2 North Texas teens become state’s first females to enlist as Army infantry recruitsShelby Sparkman (left) of McKinney North High School and Hannah Carpenter of Alvord High School, both 17, recited the oath administered Wednesday by Sparkman’s grandfather Gregory J. Prickett during a ceremonial swearing-in at the Dallas Army Recruiting Battalion in Irving. Sparkman and [...]

Army takes a hard look at creating a combat readiness test

As the Army rolls out a new physical assessment for its newest soldiers, the service also is studying the possibility of creating a combat readiness test for troops already in the ranks.The test, if senior Army leaders decide to pursue one, will be one way to assess soldiers’ abilities to meet the demands of their [...]

N. Korean leader says he wants better relations with ‘hostile’ nations

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea promised to strive for a more prosperous and modern economy but warned it won’t back down from its nuclear weapons program as a landmark ruling party congress entered its fourth day Monday.Ruler Kim Jong Un also said his regime wants better relations with nations that have been “hostile,” a [...]

North Korea accuses U.S. soldiers of provoking border troops

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Friday accused U.S. soldiers of trying to provoke its front-line troops with "disgusting" acts and encouraging South Korean soldiers to aim their guns at the North.A North Korean military statement warned U.S. soldiers to stop what it called "hooliganism" at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, saying otherwise [...]

Police find military-issued C4 in reservist's apartment

Police find military-issued C4 in reservist's apartment
Police find military-issued C4 in reservist's apartmentAn Army Reserve unit undergoing demolition training at Utah's Camp Williams last month reported all of its munitions had been used as planned.Sunday night, the Provo Police Department offered a possible counterpoint.Acting on a tip, the department's bomb squad evacuated an apartment complex, and a bomb-sniffing dog eventually located [...]

US Army Chief Sounds Alarm: Military at ‘High Risk’

US Army Chief Sounds Alarm: Military at ‘High Risk’WASHINGTON — Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley sounded the alarm that the US Army is currently in a state of “high risk” when it comes to being ready enough to defend the nation and respond to a large conflict.“On the 'high military risk,' to be clear, [...]

Army ruling lets Sikh captain keep beard, turban

Army ruling lets Sikh captain keep beard, turbanAn Army officer who filed suit against the service and the Defense Department to maintain articles of his Sikh faith while in uniform received a waiver to Army appearance standards that will allow him to keep his beard, long hair and turban.Capt. Simratpal Singh requested such an exception [...]