Saturday, December 17, 2016

Stars and Stripes Daily Headlines

Prosecutors only want to include evidence of 2 injuries in Bergdahl case
Army prosecutors told a military judge Friday that they only intend to present evidence that two specific servicemembers were wounded while searching for accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when he is court-martialed next year.

Army engineers built 'Key West 2.0' after Islamic State destruction
Known as “Key West” by U.S. troops who used it during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the base serves as a logistics hub for the Iraqi-led campaign to retake Iraq’s second-largest city. It’s also home to batteries of coalition artillery and rockets that often thunder and rip late at night. But it was a wasteland when the first convoy of U.S. troops arrived on Aug. 26.

At greater risk: The children of Agent Orange
For decades, Vietnam veterans have suspected that the defoliant harmed their children. But the VA hasn’t studied its own data for clues. A new ProPublica analysis has found that the odds of having a child born with birth defects were more than a third higher for veterans exposed to Agent Orange than for those who weren’t.

Marines fielding smartphones for deadlier, more accurate fire support
Marine forward observers and air combat controllers on the ground will use the Target Handoff System Version 2 to quickly establish enemy positions and send up detailed GPS coordinates to interconnected networks of air, artillery and naval fire support, a news release stated, with operational use as early as March.

China seizes unmanned US research submarine
China seized the submarine midday Thursday after pulling alongside the USNS Bowditch, a U.S. oceanographic survey ship, as it was stopped in international waters of the South China Sea, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.

US-led airstrikes destroy Islamic State-seized weapons
The Russian and Syrian weapons, which the terrorist group captured earlier this week, troubled U.S. officials because of the potential danger they posed for pilots of the U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve coalition and the approximately 300 U.S. special operators assisting Kurdish forces.

Baumholder soldiers take road less traveled on new supply route in Europe
This was no leisure tour for the 13 Baumholder-based logistics soldiers who conducted the convoy earlier this month, nor was it a typical training mission since the soldiers weren’t supporting another unit or delivering equipment.

Two-star general demoted after affair 
Maj. Gen. David Haight has been stripped of his stars and forced out of the military after a 30-year military career because of a long extramarital affair and "swinger" lifestyle. It's a steep and rare downgrade for a senior officer.

Okinawa governor vows to continue base-relocation fight despite setbacks
Gov. Takeshi Onaga has released a 13-point plan to block the relocation of Marine Corps air operations, setting the stage for renewed showdowns with Tokyo and Washington.

Europe’s largest Army post office hustles to keep up with holiday mail
Some three dozen employees at Wiesbaden postal operations center on Clay Kaserne help make home seem a little closer.

Veteran wins $150,000 semi-trailer truck
After being announced as the winner of a $150,000 semi-trailer truck at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on Friday, Navy veteran Troy Davidson called out an emotional “thank you” as his family cheered from the back of the room.

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