Marines News

SpaceX postpones California satellite launch due to winds

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:23
The company called off Wednesday's pre-dawn launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base due to strong upper-level winds. Liftoff of Spain's PAZ radar-imaging satellite is rescheduled for 6:17 a.m. Thursday.

US says drone strike in Somalia kills 3 al-Shabab extremists

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:15
The U.S. Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred Monday near Jilib town in Middle Juba region. "We assess no civilians were killed in this strike."

US now quietly taking refugees from Australian detention camps

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:05
A group of refugees from the Middle East and South Asia, previously housed in Australian detention camps, have been quietly arriving in the United States over the last several weeks and resettled in American communities.

Germany won't become 'leader of the free world' and Germans don't mind

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:47
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was hailed as the "leader of the free world" abroad as the Obama era neared its end in 2016. As coalition talks and negotiations in Germany have dragged on, hopes for Germany to fill the power vacuum left by the United States have faded. Yet Germany may have never wanted that role in the first place.

Jungle survival: Troops swallow snake blood at Cobra Gold’s marquee training event

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:19
American troops slurped cobra blood and noshed on rats while learning how to survive in harsh environments during annual drills underway in Thailand.

Trump administration missing in action in Europe

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:12
What is missing from the Trump administration’s “America First” message is the recognition that the United States does well for itself when it does well for others.

Americans in the weeds often shun experts in their fields

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:11
Asking questions of experts, whether painters or political scientists, is how we learn from each other. Most experts are happy to share their knowledge — if they’re asked by people who care about the answers.

Evangelist Billy Graham, whose message reached millions, dies at age 99

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:06
The Rev. Billy Graham's leadership summits and crusades in more than 185 countries and territories forged powerful global links among conservative Christians, and threw a lifeline to believers in the communist-controlled Eastern bloc. Dubbed "America's pastor," he was a confidant to U.S. presidents from Gen. Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush.

Wonder Woman and Luke Skywalker expected at the Oscars

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:02
Wonder Woman and Luke Skywalker will be at the Academy Awards — or at least the actors who play them onscreen.

States face flooding, other problems in Midwest amid storms

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:56
Heavy rain, snow and ice moving across several Midwest and Great Plains states on Wednesday has already been blamed for hundreds of car crashes and several fatalities, including the deaths of four people in a crash along a slippery interstate in Nebraska.

Command Senior Enlisted Leader Assignment

DoD News Releases - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:24
The Office of the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff announced

Brexit won’t dim UK’s security contribution

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:23
Militarily, the U.S. often reacts to reversals by increasing firepower, while the British are more likely to rethink policy. We need them more than ever.

JROTC members killed in school shooting receive Medal of Heroism

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:50
The U.S. Army Cadet Command said the JROTC Medal of Heroism is given to a cadet who does something "so exceptional and outstanding that it clearly sets the individual apart from fellow students."

Former Navy sailor sentenced for sex crimes against child

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:50
A former U.S. Navy sailor has been sentenced to more than 32 years in prison for sex crimes against a child.

US women win 1st Olympic cross-country gold

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:19
Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall became the first Americans to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport on Wednesday by shocking powerhouses Norway and the Sweden in the women's team sprint at the Pyeongchang Games.

WWII photographer leaves legacy through historic images

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:52
Navy veteran Jack L. "Junior" Bennick left his mark on Gillette long before he served in World War II. The Gillette native grew up with a camera in his hand after his mother gave him his first box camera as a child.

Rights group calls for probe of alleged executions by Afghan forces

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:00
Human Rights Watch said at least 20 civilians were killed by Afghan security forces during a joint operation with U.S. forces. A spokesman for the U.S. military in Kabul said those killed in the operation were identified as Taliban fighters.

Navy Poseidon aircrew finds fishermen stranded at sea for 8 days

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 01:11
After searching on Tuesday for three hours, sailors from Kadena Air Base spotted the survivors, who disappeared after a fishing expedition near Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia

Japanese fishermen to seek compensation after F-16 ditches fuel tanks into lake

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:55
An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to Misawa Air Base’s 35th Fighter Wing dropped two external fuel tanks into Lake Ogawara after an engine caught fire shortly after takeoff on Tuesday morning. No one was injured in the incident, and the aircraft was able to return safely to the base.