January 17, 2000 |
An American soldier serving with the international peacekeeping force in Kosovo was charged Sunday with sexually assaulting and killing an 11-year-old ethnic Albanian girl, the U.S. military announced. Staff Sgt. Frank J. Ronghi is accused of murder and indecent acts with a child, Col. Ellis Golson told reporters. It is the first time a peacekeeper from any country has been accused of such serious crimes since the 50,000-strong NATO-led peacekeeping force entered the province June 12.
December 20, 1999 |
Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Sunday that there was no reason an avowed homosexual could not serve as president someday, but he opposed openly gay people serving in the military. In a telephone interview with Reuters, the Arizona senator said a candidate's religion or sexual orientation should not be a bar to the presidency. "People make judgments based on a candidate's qualifications," he said. "I don't think that would rule anybody out."
December 14, 1999 |
Vice President Al Gore said Monday that, if elected president, he would end the ban on acknowledged gays and lesbians serving in the nation's military forces. Stepping directly into a controversy with which President Clinton wrestled unsuccessfully at the start of his presidency seven years ago--and tried to resolve with a compromise that he acknowledged just last weekend was a failure--Gore said the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy should be eliminated.
December 10, 1999 |
Hillary Rodham Clinton scored with the gay community Thursday, saying she doesn't support the "don't ask, don't tell" policy intended to make it easier for gays and lesbians to serve in the military. She then stepped into the middle of a local controversy by saying she'd march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade excludes the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization, and many Democratic politicians steer clear of it.
November 24, 1999 |
Defense Secretary William S. Cohen called for a military-wide review of conduct Tuesday after a Pentagon study said up to 75% of blacks and other ethnic minorities reported experiencing racially offensive behavior. At the same time, a companion study indicated the percentage of minority and female officers had more than doubled in 20 years.
November 11, 1999 |
Capt. Earl R. Fox, the last World War II veteran still on active duty in the U.S. armed forces, is retiring next week. Fox will have breakfast at the White House today and then speak at a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. This will be his final Veterans Day in uniform and he describes himself as "the last direct physical link" between today's military and the warriors of Midway, Normandy and Iwo Jima.
November 5, 1999 |
A U.S. veteran of the Korean War on Thursday tearfully hugged five survivors of an alleged mass killing of civilian refugees by American soldiers in the early days of the conflict. Former Lt. Edward L. Daily of Clarksville, Tenn., traveled to South Korea to talk to survivors about the incident at No Gun Ri village in July 1950. "Just think of the mental anguish and pain that they have endured over the years. They expressed that today, and I recognized that," Daily said. On Sept.
November 3, 1999 |
An outside panel will advise the U.S. military in its investigation of allegations of Korean War killings of civilians at No Gun Ri, the Pentagon said. American veterans and South Korean villagers have said that U.S. soldiers killed as many as 400 refugees in the South Korean hamlet in the early weeks of the war. Members of the panel include former Republican Rep. Pete McCloskey of California and retired Army Col. Young O. Kim, a U.S.
October 19, 1999 |
The battle over ATM surcharges has opened on yet another front, and it could present the banking industry with its most formidable opponent ever: the U.S. military. The Defense Department has entered the fray over the $1 to $3 that banks charge non-customers for using their automated teller machines, proposing a new rule that would prohibit banks operating on military bases from assessing the fees. The rule could affect dozens of U.S.