Coast Guard News

In 2014, 100 WWII veterans were at this Calif. luncheon. This year, there were 10

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 23:28
Joseph Brocato, who served in the Navy during the Cuban missile crisis and came up with the idea of regular luncheons to pay tribute to local military vets, said part of the challenge now is getting in touch with those who served more than 70 years after the war ended.

Trump appointee, former Navy SEAL, resigns after deriding military veterans with PTSD

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:50
Carl Higbie's resignation, which was prompted after CNN unearthed the comments he reportedly made, comes amid increased scrutiny of the president's appointees for racist or anti-Muslim statements made in the past.

Ex-Trump aide was subject of arrest warrant at White House

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:42
The warrant for Sebastian Gorka issued in September 2016 is for unspecified weapons or ammunitions charges. It remained posted Thursday on the website of Hungary's national police.

Nick Foles and Case Keenum have strong career connections

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:40
Nick Foles contemplated retirement after a miserable season with the Rams in which he ended up losing his starting job to Case Keenum.

In her Captain America suit, Vonn is finally ready to attack

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:35
Back on one of her favorite courses — she holds a record 11 wins in Cortina — Lindsey Vonn is not planning to hold anything back entering a set of three speed races this weekend: downhills Friday and Saturday and then a super-G on Sunday.

New Trump office would protect conscience rights of doctors

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:16
Leading Democrats and LGBT groups immediately denounced the move, saying "conscience protections" could become a license to discriminate, particularly against gay and transgender people.

South awaits thaw from snowstorm, icy roads and numbing cold

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:04
Authorities across the South urged drivers to stay off treacherous roads. At least 15 people died, including a baby in a car that slid off an icy street outside New Orleans, and a 6-year-old boy who sledded onto a roadway in Virginia.

Deputy US marshal, an Army veteran, killed while serving Pennsylvania warrant

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:54
Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill was killed during an ambush as law enforcement officers were serving an arrest warrant inside a home.

House votes to avert federal shutdown, Senate chances dim

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:51
A divided House voted Thursday to prevent a government shutdown after an eleventh-hour deal brought conservatives aboard. But the GOP-written measure faced gloomy prospects in the Senate, and it remained unclear whether lawmakers would be able to find a way to keep federal offices open past a Friday night deadline.

Officials: Navy enacting changes in wake of deadly crashes

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:09
The comments, which were made before a joint hearing of two House Armed Services Committee subpanels, come in the wake of two extensive Navy reviews of deadly warship crashes and mishaps last summer.

Adm. Stansfield Turner, who led major CIA overhaul as director of central intelligence, dies 94

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:40
An Oxford-educated Rhodes scholar, Adm. Stansfield Turner was long considered to be one of the Navy's sharpest analytical minds and brashly confident leaders.

US troops punished for contact with foreign women during White House trip, but not court-martialed

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:47
The Army and Air Force have punished U.S. servicemembers who were sent home from Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Panama last year after bringing foreign women into a secure area without registering them, but will not court-martial them, U.S. military officials said.

Retired Marine major general buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:38
Maj. Gen. Paul A. Fratarangelo died Aug. 24, 2017 at his home in Florida, according to his obituary. He served 33 years as a Marine officer and his final active duty assignment was as commander of the Marine Corps Air Bases, Western Area.

Trump officials weigh keeping national parks open even if government shuts down

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:12
The Trump administration is drawing up plans to keep hundreds of national parks and monuments open to the public if the government shuts down this weekend, a precedent-setting change aimed at blunting anger over the disruption of federal services.

Judge bars US from transferring American ISIS suspect held in Iraq until next week

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:01
A federal judge barred until Tuesday the transfer by U.S. authorities of an American held four months without charges in Iraq to another country, while she decides whether to permanently ban his transfer while he challenges his detention in court.

Contracts For Jan. 18, 2018

DoD Contract Announcements - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:00
CONTRACTS ARMY Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia, was awarded a $910,570,376

Watchdog: Civilian deaths tripled in US-led campaign against ISIS in 2017

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:48
Airwars, which investigates civilian casualty allegations using social media and other information, said that between 3,923 and 6,102 noncombatants were "likely killed" in air and artillery strikes by the U.S. and its partners in 2017. The estimate for Iraq and Syria was more than triple that of the year before, Airwars said.

Review: 'Forever My Girl' doesn’t stray from Southern romance formula

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:44
Romance novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks cornered the market on a subgenre he essentially invented - exceedingly pleasant, Southern-set epic romances (between young, attractive, white, Christian, heterosexual couples). But this is a genre that overwhelmingly appeals to a female movie-going audience, so it’s about time female creators have been given a place behind the camera to shape the voice and perspective of these stories. Writer/director Bethany Ashton Wolf has adapted Heidi McLaughlin’s novel in “Forever My Girl,” a tale of love lost and found.

UN to investigate attacks on Congo peacekeepers

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:37
The U.N. is launching an investigation into attacks on peacekeepers in a part of Congo where the deadliest single assault on a U.N. peacekeeping mission in almost 25 years unfolded last month.

UN chief: Threat from nukes, other weapons, gathers force

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:29
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened Thursday's meeting warning that the threat from weapons of mass destruction "seems to be gathering force" and urged expanded diplomatic efforts to tackle what he called the greatest security challenge in the world today — North Korea.