DoD photo by Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras
As the Army is slated to reduce from 490,000 to 450,000 troops by the end of 2017, outgoing Army Secretary John McHugh urged lawmakers to consider the value of having soldiers on the ground at the Association of the United States Army conference Oct. 12.
"While optimism is a nice trait to have, it's probably not the best foundational basis upon which you build a military strategy," McHugh said. "And the thing that is most frustrating for me...If the last 18 to 20 months haven't proven the necessity of a viable land force, I'm not sure know what will.”
McHugh and other Army officials expressed concern that the world is becoming increasingly unstable. This comes at a time when budgets are shrinking but missions are increasing.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.