February 3, 2005 |
Facing political pressure from members of Congress, the Pentagon has dropped consideration of a plan to increase the time reservists can spend on active duty, senior Defense Department officials said Wednesday. Straining to meet upcoming troop needs in Iraq and Afghanistan, top Army generals had indicated recently that they would press the Defense Department's civilian leadership to lift a two-year limit on active duty deployments for reservists.
June 24, 2004 |
The Defense Department will allow families of U.S. troops and others killed in Iraq to watch their loved ones' coffins be removed from military transport planes at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, according to a memo issued last month. The Pentagon said it would allow soldiers' next of kin or a "designated representative" to attend as remains are transferred from planes to vehicles that carry them to the mortuary.
May 20, 2004 |
The U.S. Army has always tried to be an institution run by the book, with clear lines of authority. But in the unfolding Iraq prison abuse scandal, the Army's rule book has been shown to have pages missing and lines blurred. Top field commanders appeared before a congressional committee Wednesday and painted a picture of faulty communications and bureaucratic snafus, with orders issued but not seen and guidelines written but not posted.
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December 10, 2001 |
The last time Victor Muller saw his brother was in August of 1944. Joseph Muller, who had been drafted and was shipping out for France, had driven up to Victor's summer camp in the Catskills to say goodbye and deliver his first and last man-to-man chat. Take care of Mom and our two sisters, Joseph told his 8-year-old brother. You're a man of the house now.
November 14, 2000 |
The sailors on sentry duty aboard the U.S. warship Cole when it was bombed last month did not have ammunition in their guns and were not authorized to shoot unless fired upon, according to members of the ship's crew. Even if the sentries had recognized the threat from a small boat approaching the guided missile destroyer in a Yemeni harbor Oct.
July 30, 1998 |
The Pentagon on Wednesday issued new rules on personal relationships that will outlaw many Army romances and end some friendships, while upholding controversial sanctions against adultery throughout the services. After 13 months of contentious deliberations, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen ordered the Army to adopt the tougher line of the other services on "fraternization"--improper relationships between officers and enlisted personnel.