Friday, January 6, 2017

Stars and Stripes Daily Headlines

Veterans try again for popular but expensive Agent Orange bill
After a stinging legislative defeat, about 90,000 sailors who served in Vietnam have another shot this year at getting coverage for Agent Orange-related health problems.

300 Marines to deploy to Helmand, Afghanistan
Troops from II Marine Expeditionary Force, which is based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, will train and advise the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps and the nation’s 505th Zone National Police.

Report: VA employees received millions of dollars in unjustified incentives
The Department of Veterans Affairs handed out more than $30 million in employee incentives in one year without justification, and it will continue to overspend if changes aren’t made, according to a report released Thursday by the agency’s internal watchdog.

Seoul to develop laser weapon system to fight N. Korean drones
South Korean military officials have estimated Pyongyang has some 300 drones capable of surveillance and around 10 that could conduct attacks with weapons, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

US Marine force in Norway to eye Arctic and beyond
Nearly 300 Marines will begin operating this month in the Arctic as part of the Corps’ push to establish a full-time presence in Norway, which hosts hundreds of U.S. tanks, artillery and enough firepower to move thousands more American infantrymen in case of a crisis, said the Marines top commander in Europe.

1st wave of Army tanks, armor arrives in Germany
The U.S. Army began unloading tanks and other weaponry in the German port of Bremerhaven Friday, marking the arrival of the first wave of gear that will support the rotation of an armored brigade in Europe.

Army approves dreadlocks for female soldiers
Female soldiers can now wear their hair in dreadlocks, Army Secretary Eric Fanning announced this week alongside several other changes to the service’s appearance standards.

Vets see parallels in Mosul campaign with Iraq war
The battle for the Islamic State bastion of Mosul sounds like more of the same to American veterans who helped secure the Iraqi metropolis during the U.S. occupation.

Report: Iraq militias violated human rights using US-supplied weapons
Shiite militias fighting as part of the government-led campaign to defeat Islamic State in Iraq were committing war crimes using weapons provided to the Iraqi military by at least 16 countries, including the United States, Russia and Iran, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Osprey aerial-refueling drills resume after crash on Okinawa
The Marine Corps has resumed MV-22 Osprey aerial-refueling drills on Okinawa less than a month after one of the tilt-rotor aircraft crashed off Camp Schwab.

20 years in the planning, Aviano library lends its 1st book
Plans called for a new base library before any students currently attending the nearby Defense Department schools were even born.


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