In the news...

June 5, 2013

News Briefs June 5, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,097

As of June 4, 2013, at least 2,097 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

At least 1,738 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 124 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is four more than the department’s tally.

The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 18,610 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department. AP

House aims to ease hurdles on vets’ abuse claims

The House has passed legislation aimed at helping more veterans obtain financial compensation for injuries or illness linked to sexual abuse while in the military.

About 4,000 veterans last year sought compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder and other illness connected to military sexual trauma.

The Department of Veterans Affairs says about half of such claims were approved, but lawmakers say the rate should be higher.

The House bill recommends that the VA update its guidelines for approving disability claims related to sex abuse. Until it does, the VA must meet extensive reporting requirements, including a monthly report to all veterans who submit a disability claim connected to military sexual abuse.

Lawmakers say the current requirements have proven too onerous given that most sexual assault and harassment cases go unreported. AP

Two British soldiers convicted of abusing Afghans

A British soldier has been fined and an officer demoted after admitting abusing civilians in Afghanistan.

A 22-year-old serviceman who has since left the army admitted two charges of breaching service discipline during a 2011-12 tour. In one incident he pulled the hand of an Afghan child toward his crotch while saying ìtouch my special place.î In another he verbally abused an Afghan boy.

A judge accepted there was no sexual motive, and the soldier was cleared of more serious charges.

A 23-year-old officer, photographed next to an Afghan man carrying a racist sign, admitted a racially aggravated offense and had his rank reduced.

Neither soldier was identified for security reasons.

Britain’s Press Association news agency reported that the pair pleaded guilty June 4 at a court- martial in Sennelager, Germany. AP

Five Southern California Marines face dismissal for fraternizing

Five Marines are facing dismissal for fraternizing with an enlisted woman at San Diego’s Camp Pendleton.

The Los Angeles Times says Marine officials announced June 3 that five male staff sergeants fraternized with a lance corporal in the 1st Marine Logistics Group over a period of several months.

Fraternization – meaning improper relations between different ranks – is banned under military law because it can affect discipline.

One man received a bad conduct discharge. Three others were recommended for administrative separation but they can fight that at hearings.

Four of the men are married but three were found not guilty of adultery at their courts-martial.

The fourth pleaded guilty to fraternization and adultery but waived his right to an administrative hearing.

The woman is not facing charges. AP




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines December 17, 2014

News: U.S. Air Force tanker platform slated for year-end debut - Boeing is planning for first flight of its 767-2C – upon which the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker will be based – by year’s end, six months late. Northrop Grumman wins $657.4 million deal to supply drones to South Korea - Northrop Grumman has won...
 
 

NASA launches new Micro-g NExT for undergraduates

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a new microgravity activity called Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 28, 2015. Micro-g NExT challenges students to work in teams to design and build prototypes of spacewalking tools to be used by astronauts for spacewalk training in the...
 
 
launch1

Storm fails to quench liftoff of secret reconnaissance satellite

The fiery launch of an Atlas V (541), among the most powerful of the venerable Atlas family, briefly dispelled the gloom over Californiaís Central Coast on the evening of Dec. 12. A team of personnel from United Launch Allianc...
 

 
Coast Guard photograph

Navy demonstrates unmanned helicopter operations aboard Coast Guard cutter

http://static.dvidshub.net/media/video/1412/DOD_102145893/DOD_102145893-512×288-442k.mp4 Coast Guard photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout UAS is tested off the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf near Los Angeles, Dec. 5 2014. The Coast...
 
 
GPS-OCX

GPS III, OCX successfully demonstrate key satellite command, control capabilities

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the worldís most powerfu...
 
 

Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully demonstrates 3D printed rocket propulsion system for satellites

Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed a hot-fire test of its MPS-120 CubeSat High-Impulse Adaptable Modular Propulsion System. The MPS-120 is the first 3D-printed hydrazine integrated propulsion system and is designed to provide propulsion for CubeSats, enabling missions not previously available to these tiny satellites. The project was funded out of the NASA Office of Chief...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>