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Head investigator: Bergdahl shouldn't go to prison

Bergdahl investigator : no jailThe officer who led the investigation into U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s disappearance and capture in Afghanistan six years ago said he doesn't think Bergdahl should go to prison.

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl testified Friday at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, that Bergdahl said he walked away from his post as part of a plan to spark a search and get the attention of a general so he could express his concerns about his unit's leadership.


In Unit Stalked by Suicide, Veterans Try to Save One Another

vet suicidesAfter the sixth suicide in his old battalion, Manny Bojorquez sank onto his bed. With a half-empty bottle of Jim Beam beside him and a pistol in his hand, he began to cry.

He had gone to Afghanistan at 19 as a machine-gunner in the Marine Corps. In the 18 months since leaving the military, he had grown long hair and a bushy mustache. It was 2012. He was working part time in a store selling baseball caps and going to community college while living with his parents in the suburbs of Phoenix. He rarely mentioned the war to friends and family, and he never mentioned his nightmares.


Obama nominates openly gay man to lead Army

Eric FanningPresident Barack Obama nominated Eric Fanning to be the next secretary of the Army, the White House said Friday, paving the way for the first openly gay leader of a military branch in U.S. history.

Fanning is currently serving as acting Army undersecretary and previously worked as an Air Force undersecretary and a chief of staff to Defense Secretary Ash Carter. His nomination to the post must be confirmed by the Senate.


Can Bowe Bergdahl Get a Fair Trial After Being Publicly Called a Traitor?

Bowe Bergdahl trialSince his release from Taliban captivity in 2014, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been labeled as a deserter or a traitor by the media, former servicemembers—and even Donald Trump.

After a year's worth of bad press, Bergdahl’s lawyer wonders whether he could get a fair chance to defend himself against charges stemming from his 2009 disappearance from his post in Afghanistan.


U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to open all jobs to women

Navy ad Marines open all jobs to womenIntegration of the sexes in the U.S. Armed Forces took a giant leap as U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced both the Navy and the Marine Corps will now allow women to hold any job they offer.

The move comes after a series of measures by top U.S. military officials to study how such integration could be possible. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for a reviews of integration obstacles by October 1.


The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, Nation, or Empire in History

US Military posts worldwideWith the US military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of US bases and hundreds of thousands of US troops still encircle the globe.

Although few know it, the United States garrisons the planet unlike any country in history, and the evidence is on view from Honduras to Oman, Japan to Germany, Singapore to Djibouti.


Pentagon halts work at Defense labs handling toxins, anthrax

Pentagon closes anthrax facilityThe U.S. Army on Thursday ordered the immediate halt of activity and a safety review of all Defense Department labs handling toxic biologic agents, including anthrax, after contaminated material was found outside a primary containment area in a Utah military lab.

The Pentagon said anthrax contamination was found "in secure areas located outside the primary containment area but still contained within the special enclosed lab for holding these materials" at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. The area was immediately decontaminated and has since found to be clear of the deadly agent. No one was injured.


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