March 2014

Navy sends black box locator to search for missing flight

3/31/2014 - Navy sends black box locator to search for missing flight

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 went missing in the early hours of Saturday, March 8, and other than satellite images of debris floating in the Indian Ocean, officials are still at a loss for what could have caused the airplane to disappear. read more »

Pentagon may cut commissary subsidies to close budget gap

3/31/2014 - Pentagon may cut commissary subsidies to close budget gap

The Pentagon's continuing efforts to cut costs associated with military spending have put many different possible sources of revenue in the spotlight. read more »

VA steps up transition services for incarcerated veterans

3/28/2014 - VA steps up transition services for incarcerated veterans

Life after military service can pose many difficulties for former military members. read more »

Navy officials consider ban on tobacco products

3/28/2014 - Navy officials consider ban on tobacco products

Each soldier has his or her own way to relax in between drilling and other duties. read more »

More U.S. troops to hunt for Joseph Kony in central Africa

3/27/2014 - More U.S. troops to hunt for Joseph Kony in central Africa

Adm. WIlliam McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, made waves with recent comments that the number of the most elite members of the U.S. fighting force should be drawn back so that these individuals are reserved for a more specialized role. read more »

NATO chief reports Russian troop buildup on Ukrainian border

3/27/2014 - NATO chief reports Russian troop buildup on Ukrainian border

The international community was outspoken in its denouncement of Russia's annexation of the souther portion of Ukraine known as Crimea. read more »

Vice President Biden promises NATO allies military support from Russia

3/26/2014 - Vice President Biden promises NATO allies military support from Russia

With Russia's official annexation of the strategically significant Crimea region of Ukraine, Western powers led by the U.S. are now turning their military attention toward combating what they see as illegal incursions into the sovereign territory of Eastern European nations. read more »

Transition to life after service requires thoughtful planning, confidence in skills

3/25/2014 - Transition to life after service requires thoughtful planning, confidence in skills

Serving in the military is often a full-time job for servicemembers and their families. read more »

Navy keeps tuition assistance at 100 percent

3/24/2014 - Navy keeps tuition assistance at 100 percent

Many soldiers enlist in the Armed Forces with the expressed knowledge that they would receive a certain veterans benefits package for life after service. read more »

Fathers may struggle to reconnect with children after deployment

3/21/2014 - Fathers may struggle to reconnect with children after deployment

Enlisting in the Armed Forces can be the most significant act a soldier does for his or her country, but it is most often life after service that poses more challenges for individual servicemembers. read more »

Navy pulls ship from Malaysian Airlines search and rescue mission

3/20/2014 - Navy pulls ship from Malaysian Airlines search and rescue mission

Ten days after Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared from radar contact over the South China Sea, the U.S. Navy is calling back one of its ships originally tasked with carrying out search and rescue operations in one of the possible areas the plane may have crashed, Stars and Stripes reported. read more »

Review of Jewish-, Hispanic-, African-American soldiers leads to 24 new MoH recipients

3/19/2014 - Review of Jewish-, Hispanic-, African-American soldiers leads to 24 new MoH recipients

Even when they function as intended, federal bureaucracies are inherently slow processes. read more »

World's first real-time heads-up-display enters field testing

3/18/2014 - World's first real-time heads-up-display enters field testing

Information is power, as the saying goes, and throughout history intelligence has often meant the difference between victory and defeat. read more »

Marine Corps, Navy open more combat classifications to women

3/17/2014 - Marine Corps, Navy open more combat classifications to women

The Armed Forces become a stronger fighting collective when the differences of disparate soldiers coalesce into a coordinated group. read more »

Military families may lose $5,000 annually under new federal budget

3/14/2014 - Military families may lose $5,000 annually under new federal budget

Ever since the Obama administration released its budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year, it has been dissected from numerous perspectives. read more »

New Army uniform regulations could prohibit tattoos, nail polish

3/13/2014 - New Army uniform regulations could prohibit tattoos, nail polish

The Armed Forces are made up of individual soldiers, but their ability to work together as a unit contributes to the military's overall effectiveness. read more »

Two US destroyers join search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane

3/11/2014 - Two US destroyers join search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane

Early in the morning Mar. 8, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur, the country's capital, bound for Beijing. read more »

WWII, 'Band of Brothers' veteran William Guarnere dies at 90

3/10/2014 - WWII, 'Band of Brothers' veteran William Guarnere dies at 90

While Hollywood may have a penchant for over-dramatizing historical events, there are few who would claim that the events chronicled in the 2001 miniseries "Band of Brothers" were embellished. read more »

Army group prohibited from traditional Boston Marathon march

3/7/2014 - Army group prohibited from traditional Boston Marathon march

The 2013 Boston Marathon will not be forgotten by the city's residents or the community at large, and as organizers prepare for the 2014 race, some well-meaning participants are being left out. read more »

Afghanistan veteran to receive Medal of Honor

3/6/2014 - Afghanistan veteran to receive Medal of Honor

All servicemembers deserve praise for the service to their country, but some like Marine Lance Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter go so far above and beyond their recommended duty that even the highest praise awarded by the U.S. may not seem like enough. read more »

Marines brass to allow rolled up uniform sleeves again

3/5/2014 - Marine brass to allow rolled up uniform sleeves again

The military may be all about uniformity, but some soldiers desire a little individuality every now and then. read more »

SOCOM general urges a rethinking of special forces' role

3/3/2014 - SOCOM general urges a rethinking of special forces' role

The most elite and selective fighting force in the U.S. has been used extensively throughout the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. read more »

Married couple deploy, serve together in Afghanistan

3/3/2014 - Married couple deploy, serve together in Afghanistan

Most men struggle to come up with date ideas for Valentine's Day, but many of them have the convenience of cities and flower delivery services to save them in the eleventh hour from sleeping on the couch. read more »