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August 5, 2014

News Briefs August 4, 2014

Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan

The Army says it will soon notify 550 majors that they must leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service.

Some of those soldiers will get the bad news while they are on the front lines in Afghanistan.

Gen. John Campbell says notifying troops on the warfront that they are out of a job is difficult. But he says some could join the National Guard or the Army Reserve.

The Army was criticized when senior leaders recently told nearly 1,200 captains that they had to leave the service – 48 of them were deployed to Afghanistan.

The Army has close to 514,000 soldiers now, but due to budget cuts must be down to 510,000 by October, and down to 490,000 by October 2015. AP 

Air Force athletics program under investigation

The Air Force Academy’s superintendent has ordered an investigation into the academy’s athletics program in response to a newspaper’s questions about player misconduct.

The Gazette said Aug. 1 it is planning to publish a report on Sunday outlining how a group of athletes was investigated by Air Force officials after allegations of sexual assault and drug use at a party in December 2011. Details of the allegations have not been released.

Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson told the newspaper this week she has asked the academy’s inspector general to review the athletics department.

“These efforts will help in eliminating subcultures at the Air Force’s Academy whose climates do not align with our institutional core values,” Johnson wrote in an email.

Meanwhile, academy spokesman David Cannon sent an email to community leaders, parents of cadets, politicians and boosters Thursday alerting them of Sunday’s planned story.

“The Colorado Springs Gazette is working on a story about the climate and culture in the athletic department focused primarily on our football program,” he wrote. “This past behavior was troubling and suggested certain subcultures that were inconsistent with the culture of commitment and climate of respect we work hard to uphold at USAFA.”

Academy spokesman Meade Warthen confirmed to The Associated Press that Cannon sent the email, adding “we don’t want people to be completely blindsided.”

The Gazette said its investigation examines recruiting, academic programs and steps the academy is taking to ensure athletes live up to the academy’s honor code. It based its investigation on dozens of interviews and hundreds of pages of government documents. AP




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Headlines March 23, 2015

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News Briefs March 25, 2015

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie

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Northrop to provide DIRCM for Canadian Chinook fleet

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