Marines News

VA urges 'hiring surge' to reduce veterans' appeals backlog

Stars & Stripes - 43 min 42 sec ago
The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits. It says it will need much more staff even as money remains in question due to a tightening Trump administration budget.

EUCOM chief wants more troops, ships and planes

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 13 min ago
U.S. European Command is seeking additional forces and firepower to augment a U.S. military that has dwindled in size while Russia has grown stronger, America’s top general in Europe said Thursday.

Poland's WWII museum opens amid its uncertain future

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 27 min ago
A major World War II museum has opened in northern Poland amid plans by the conservative government to change its content to fit its nationalist views.

Lejeune vet claims to be approved faster for 8 illnesses

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 45 min ago
The Marine Corps has begun outreach to hundreds of thousands of veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, N.C., at least 30 days from August 1953 to December 1987, inviting them or surviving spouses to file for VA compensation if veterans suffered one of eight ailments linked to water contamination on the base.

Air Force squadron integral part of supplying fight against Islamic State

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 19 min ago
Even if you’ve changed a few tires in your life, you’ve probably never changed a tire quite like this. There’s a massive difference between the ones on a car and those on a C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet.

A look at attacks where vehicles have been used as weapons

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 29 min ago
When an attacker plowed a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring scores of others, it was the latest in a string of incidents in which drivers used their vehicles as weapons.

USS Laboon makes another major drug bust in Arabian Sea

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 42 min ago
Guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon was at it again last week, making a second major drug bust in a matter of days in the Arabian Sea, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said in a statement.

Bomb experts remove Civil War cannon balls from museum

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 52 min ago
Bomb disposal experts removed four Civil War-era artillery rounds from Virginia's Siege Museum after X-rays showed several artillery rounds stored there are capable of exploding.

Trump’s promises at odds with GOP policies

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 6 min ago
Despite a sinking overall job approval rating, polls and anecdotal evidence show Trump’s political base retains its confidence in him. But his public comments are undercutting respect for his presidency at home and abroad.

Trump’s options in the war on terror

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 8 min ago
Over the weekend, The New York Times ran a thoughtful assessment of what President Donald Trump’s approach to combating terrorism looks like. The bottom line: It looks a lot like President Barack Obama’s.

German state bans mosque group after imam calls for killings

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 22 min ago
German state officials say they've banned an Islamic cultural association that ran a mosque in the central German town of Kassel due to extremist comments.

US pilot describes challenges of bombing Islamic State

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 32 min ago
The crowded skies over Islamic State-held territory have complicated U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists, though military planners are working to keep fliers safe, an American pilot involved in the bombing campaign has told The Associated Press.

Critics say scrapping Mi-17 fleet could undermine Afghan air force

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 15 min ago
U.S. Air Force Capt. Justin Smith is one of a few Americans trained to fly and work on the Mil Mi-17s. He does so for basically one reason — to pass the knowledge on to Afghans. His work is part of broader NATO efforts to help build a sustainable Afghan air force, which is seen as vital for Kabul to counter the Taliban insurgency.

Man arrested after abducted woman escapes from trunk

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 49 min ago
A man recently freed from prison in Alabama is accused of abducting a woman whose dramatic escape from her car trunk was captured on video.

In a first for the government, dogs will be occasionally allowed at Interior Department

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 17 min ago
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will announce in an email to employees Thursday morning the start of "Doggy Days at Interior," a program that will launch with test runs at the agency's Washington headquarters on two Fridays in May and September.

Former Russian lawmaker shot dead in Ukraine

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 37 min ago
A former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was shot and killed in Kiev Thursday in what the Ukrainian president described as an "act of state terrorism" by Russia, an accusation that has been quickly rejected by the Kremlin.

Ex-postal worker admits scamming $1.2 million in federal benefits

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 38 min ago
Authorities say Richard Klaffka told Veterans Affairs in 2006 that he was disabled and needed to use a wheelchair because of an injury connected to his military service.

US, South Korean soldiers practice taking out chemical-weapons labs

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 41 min ago
Heavy infantry soldiers traded tracks and wheels for a trip through the clouds during air-assault training this week in South Korea.

Trump Jr. called a 'disgrace' for criticizing London mayor

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 43 min ago
Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for tweeting in the hours after Wednesday's London attack a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city.

Egypt says fighting in central Sinai leaves 10 soldiers dead

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 51 min ago
Islamic extremists killed 10 Egyptian soldiers in fighting in a central part of the restive Sinai Peninsula during an army raid on a militant hideout early Thursday, the military said, a toll that underscored its continuing challenges to rein in insurgents in the area.