Featured by Tara Copp, McClatchy Washington Bureau
224 killed, 186 aircraft lost. Military pilots worry about being ‘the next accident’
Military aviation accidents have killed 224 pilots or aircrew, destroyed 186 aircraft and cost more than $11.6 billion since 2013
Can states fire employees who leave for military duty? The Supreme Court may decide
A pending Supreme Court case could have wide-ranging implications for National Guard members and reservists across the country
Biden suspects toxic exposure in Iraq killed his son Beau. Now he has a plan to help other sick veterans
Joe Biden, like many other families of service members diagnosed with illnesses from overseas deployments, suspects toxic exposure may have been behind his son Beau’s brain cancer
Trump claimed Gold Star families may be the source of his COVID-19 infection. Their tests are negative
The families who attended a White House event honoring the loss of a member of the military are all doing well and do not have the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the organization that arranged their trip said Thursday after President Donald Trump suggested he might have been infected at that event.
The National Guard could be tasked to protect voting. So far, few governors have asked
The National Guard is prepared to help with security at polling sites, sort ballots or bolster cybersecurity for the November elections, but so far few governors have requested that assistance
Air Force vet accused of border wall scam says ‘not a penny’ was taken
An Air Force veteran who was arrested last month on charges of conspiring with former presidential adviser Steve Bannon and two others to scam donors supporting their private effort to build a border wall said on Monday that “not a penny” of the $25 million raised was taken to fund a “lavish” lifestyle.
DC National Guard members test positive for COVID-19 after responding to protests
Members of the D.C. National Guard who were responding to protests in the nation’s capital over the death of George Floyd have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a spokeswoman said on Tuesday
‘Risk the coronavirus or keel over anyway’ — Veterans worry going to VA amid COVID-19
Vulnerable veterans worry they are at risk when going to VA medical facilities because of coronavirus cases.
More than half of veteran military pilots in recent survey reported at least one cancer diagnosis
Of the 500 respondents who disclosed at least one cancer, “13% of them disclosed multiple cancers"
VA to study cancers, illnesses tied to military deployment to toxic Uzbek base
Hundreds of cancers were reported by special operations and conventional forces who served at Karshi-Khanabad between 2001 and 2005.
The Air Force is officially investigating whether fighter pilots have higher rates of cancer
Some former pilots suspect that cockpit radiation generated by powerful radars may be linked to their cancers.
Army parachute-riggers use their skills to sew COVID-19 surgical masks
"The techniques we’ve developed from sewing on parachutes definitely transfers to sewing the masks. It actually makes sewing the masks a little bit easier"
The Pentagon is deploying 540 troops to ‘seal off’ the US-Mexico border from migrants with COVID-19
The Defense Department is deploying an additional 540 troops to the U.S. border with Mexico to keep migrants potentially infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from entering the country, the head of U.S. Northern Command said Wednesday
Congressman who served at toxic ‘black goo’ military base in Uzbekistan reveals his fight with cancer
A member of Congress at a hearing about a toxic base in Uzbekistan used by the U.S. military shortly after 9/11 revealed on Thursday that he was also deployed there and has been diagnosed with two cancers.
Toxic ‘black goo’ base used by US had enriched uranium. More veterans report cancer
Despite the contamination, about 7,000 U.S. forces were deployed there after the 9/11 attacks, from October 2001 to 2005, until Uzbekistan withdrew permission for the United States to use the base.
New security measures after NAS Pensacola shooting should provide a ‘much higher degree of confidence,’ Esper says
Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday acknowledged that a deadly shooting at this Florida military base had raised concerns about international students, but said new security measures should provide a "much higher degree of confidence"
If jet radars don’t raise cancer risk, why did the Navy coat some cockpits in gold?
Former Navy and Air Force pilots or their surviving spouses have expressed to McClatchy their concerns about the high number of prostate, brain, blood and other types of cancers affecting their community, and some have wondered whether radars on military aircraft might have been a factor.
Pentagon warns number of US military bases with contaminated water likely to rise
"We think there's probably more installations than that ... We found that we undercounted within some of the (National) Guard sites"
Cleaning up water contamination on military bases will cost more than $2 billion, officials say
The price tag to clean up contaminated water sources at all military installations is likely to climb higher than the $2 billion original cost estimate, the Pentagon said Thursday
VA to take lead on fighting potential military service-linked cancer, Esper says
The Department of Veterans Affairs will take the lead on improving access to medical care for military members exposed to potentially cancer-causing compounds during their service, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters Wednesday
‘We are dropping like flies’ — Former fighter pilots are pushing the Pentagon for earlier cancer screenings
Former Air Force and Navy fighter pilots are calling on the military to begin cancer screenings for aviators as young as 30 because of an increase in deaths from the disease that they suspect may be tied to radiation emitted in the cockpit
US military bases are preparing for hurricane season while still reeling from the last one
Last year's hurricanes were particularly destructive for some of the military's most critical bases. In response, active, reserve and National Guard forces have looked at lessons learned to better prepare for this year's hurricane season
Immigrant service members are now denied US citizenship at a higher rate than civilians
Immigrants serving in the U.S. military are being denied citizenship at a higher rate than foreign-born civilians, according to new government data that has revealed the impact of stricter Trump administration immigration policies on service members.