Coast Guard News

Shutdown kicks Pacific athletes off mats, courts

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 23:02
With just more than a week before the Far East wrestling championships are set to take place, Daegu senior Hunter Lane – and hundreds of other Pacific high school student-athletes – now have to wonder whether such events will happen.

Hurlburt Field airman awarded Silver Star Medal for service in Iraq

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 19:50
During a 10-hour firefight, Staff Sgt. Christopher Lewis helped secure the safety of his Special Operations team and more than 300 partner soldiers, according to the Air Force.

IOC says North Korea to have 22 athletes in 5 Olympic sports

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 19:04
A Korean unity deal for the Pyeongchang Olympics will bring 22 North Korean athletes across the border to South Korea, where they will march as one under a unification flag at the opening ceremony and compete together in one sport.

Geysers yes, Ellis Island no: Some US parks open, some not

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:45
Visitors could still ride snowmobiles and ski into Yellowstone National Park Saturday to marvel at the geysers and buffalo herds, despite the federal government shutdown.

Hot-shooting Army bounces back to beat Lehigh, 93-81

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:42
Luke Morrison scored 21 points and dropped in 5 3-pointers as Army shot its way past Lehigh 93-81 in a Patriot League battle on Saturday afternoon.

2nd man charged with Omaha slaying of visiting soldier

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:32
A second man has been charged with killing a U.S. Army soldier who was visiting Omaha relatives for the holidays.

Missouri governor: 'No blackmail,' 'no violence' in affair

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:27
In his first interview since acknowledging an extramarital affair, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said Saturday that there was "no blackmail" and "no threat of violence" by him in what he described as a months-long "consensual relationship" with his former hairdresser.

A secret warrior's secret war in Laos

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:19
As the ancient Sikorsky H-34 helicopter carrying an elite six-man reconnaissance team was spiraling down toward a landing zone in Laos, right before the pilot was about to power up and flare for a landing, the South Vietnamese team leader spotted a thin wire stretched across the ground. He warned the helo's door gunner who quickly told the pilot to abort the landing.

Firefighting training video sparks fears of fighter jet incident in South Carolina

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:18
People initially thought a multimillion-dollar fighter jet was on fire at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, but it was just training.

Court records indicate defense contractor victimized by massive employee-education scam

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:06
According to court records, at least nine former Fort Wayne BAE employees have been indicted for allegedly defrauding the company of a total of $265,773 in tuition reimbursement for classes they never attended.

Vice President Pence says US stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with Egypt

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:06
Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against Mideast terrorism on Saturday as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the U.S. ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region amid a government shutdown in Washington.

Turkish jets bombard Kurdish-run city of Afrin in Syria

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:06
Turkish jets bombed the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria on Saturday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to expand Turkey's military border operations against a Kurdish group that has been the U.S.'s key Syria ally in the war on the Islamic State group.

Cold lessons of trench warfare: Teens simulate combat in WWI re-enactment

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 15:56
Armed with homemade cardboard pistols, rifles and machine guns, ninth-grade students of Theodore Roosevelt High School waged a mock battle within a grenade-toss-distance of the football stadium.

Air Force supplying drinking water after water well contamination detected near former Texas base

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 15:52
Inspectors have identified water wells at the former Reese Air Force Base with levels of perfluorinated compounds deemed to be at or above health advisory levels.

Trump has given dozens of depositions but could face a tougher grilling in Russia probe

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 15:29
If President Donald Trump is interviewed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, a step that may be unavoidable in the Russia investigation, he'll square off with prosecutors who have spent decades firing questions at corrupt politicians, crooked businessmen and organized crime leaders.

'Steady as she goes:' Amid shutdown, Mattis says military operations will continue

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 15:29
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memo released by the Pentagon on Saturday that the U.S. military will continue to carry out operations across the world, but the shutdown already was prompting the cancellation or delay of training for reserve units and having other effects. Mattis pledged to do his best to mitigate disruptions and financial impacts on military families.

Florida National Guard identifies soldier killed in military vehicle crash

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 15:07
Three heavy-duty vehicles were involved in a collision in Sebring, Florida. One soldier was killed and five others were injured on Friday.

Air Force museum closes after initially opening during fed shutdown

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 15:07
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force closed Saturday after initially opening in the morning in the midst of a federal government shutdown. Hundreds of people had trekked inside the museum Saturday morning before the closure at 1 p.m.

Attackers storm hotel in Kabul

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 15:04
At least two gunmen who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday are dead, officials said in the hours after the attack began on the city’s west side. At least one American was trapped in the besieged hotel, which was also on fire.

Baby powder battles: Johnson & Johnson documents reflect internal asbestos concerns

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 14:56
In the early 1970s, a Johnson & Johnson official posed a question that haunts the company today. If Johnson's Baby Powder contained asbestos at a level of, say, 1 percent, how much of the cancer-causing substance would a baby inhale when dusted with the powder?