Thursday, January 5, 2017

Stars and Stripes Daily Headlines

Army allows Sikhs permanent exemptions to wear beards and turbans, Muslims to wear hijab
The Army has made it easier for Sikhs and observers of other religions to serve in uniform while upholding the tenets of their faiths by simplifying the process to receive a religious appearance accommodation.

Clapper: Report will include Russian motives for election hack
A final report by intelligence agencies on Russian hacking during the election will be released early next week and will include Moscow’s motives for the interference, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate on Thursday.

Disappearance of 2 soldiers casts light on gaps in military, civilian investigations
Army criminal investigators said Thursday that they began looking into the disappearance of two soldiers from Fort Bliss, Texas on Dec. 31, nearly two weeks after they were first reported missing by family members and their commanders.

Okinawa Marines practice makeshift runway skills on mainland
Okinawa Marines traveled to mainland Japan to set up and practice landing on a makeshift runway, a task they could be ordered to perform during conflicts or after a natural disaster.

Avalanche of enacted Tricare changes poses challenges
The National Defense Authorization Act (S 2943) signed into law Dec. 23 orders an avalanche of changes to the Tricare health care benefit used by servicemembers, retirees and their families. It also makes sweeping reforms to how the military direct-care system is organized and operates.

B-52 loses engine during training flight
An engine from a B-52 fell off during a training flight near Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, the Air Force confirmed Thursday.

As Obama leaves office, goal on homeless veterans goes unmet
Pledges by President Barack Obama and a national nonprofit organization to end homelessness among veterans did not meet their goal, but advocates see bright spots and remain encouraged that the issue is prominent on the radar.

Reagan carrier group getting Airborne Early Warning Squadron
The USS Ronald Reagan carrier group is getting a new Airborne Early Warning Squadron as the Navy moves closer to relocating Naval Air Station Atsugi units to Iwakuni.

People can start getting their inauguration ceremony tickets on Monday
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies will release nearly 250,000 tickets to members of Congress, who will then distribute them to their constituents.


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