Soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Italy are next in line to get their hands on the Army's brand new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, Task & Purpose has learned.
The Army had in 2017 initially planned on fielding the first JLTVs to an infantry brigade combat team with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York.
In December 2018, the Army announced that the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, would receive the vehicles first instead.
"In late 2017 the Army Requirements Oversight Council directed a study to determine which variations of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) would be best suited for an Infantry Brigade Combat Team," Army public affairs officials Lt. Col. Isaac Taylor explained to Task & Purpose in an email.
"In order to make that assessment, while keeping the program on schedule, the Army decided to first field the vehicles to an Armored Brigade Combat Team attached to the 3rd Infantry Division."
The 3rd ID Raider Brigade is clearly putting the JLTV through its paces: Soldiers managed to flip a training vehicle during Operator New Equipment Training on Jan,. 18, just four days after the unit took possession its first batch of the 500 vehicles it's scheduled to receive over the next several weeks.
In November, officials at Army Contracting Command requested that JLTV manufacturer Oshkosh manufacture 6,107 new vehicles under a $1.7 billion contract.
The Army and Marine Corps, which also plans on adopting the JLTV, have taken receipt of some 2,600 JLTVs so far, with plans to field about 50,000 vehicles by 2040.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur.)
Defense officials will brief President Donald Trump's national security team on a plan that involves sending 5,000 more troops to the Middle East to deter Iran, Task & Purpose has learned.
So far, no decisions have been made about whether to send the reinforcements to the region, unnamed U.S. officials told CNN's Barbara Starr.
"The military capabilities being discussed include sending additional ballistic missile defense systems, Tomahawk cruise missiles on submarines, and surface ships with land attack capabilities for striking at a long range," CNN reports. "Specific weapons systems and units have not been identified."
The thousands of sailors, Coasties and Marines who descend on New York City every year for Fleet Week are an awesome sight to behold on their own, but this year's confab of U.S. service members includes a uniquely powerful homecoming as well.
When an Air Force major called J.J. completed a solo flight in the U-2 in late August 2016 — 60 years after the high-flying aircraft was introduced — he became the 1,000th pilot to do so.
J.J., whose name was withheld by the U.S. Air Force for security reasons, earned his solo patch a few days after pilots No. 998 and No. 999. Those three pilots are in distinguished company, two fellow pilots said this month.
"We have a pretty small, elite team of folks. We're between about 60 and 70 active-duty pilots at any given time," Maj. Matt "Top" Nauman said during an Air Force event at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City.
"We're about 1,050 [pilots] right now. So to put that in context, there are more people with Super Bowl rings than there are people with U-2 patches," Nauman added. "It's a pretty small group of people that we've hired over the last 60 to 65 years."
In what appear to be his first public remarks on U.S. national security since his resignation as Secretary of Defense, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis offered a word of caution to President Donald Trump amid escalating tensions with Iran on Tuesday.
"The United States should buy time to keep peace and stability and allow diplomats to work diplomacy on how to keep peace for one more hour, one more day, one more week, a month or a year," Mattis said during remarks in the United Arab Emirates.
"Iran's behavior must change," Mattis added, "[but] the military must work to buy time for diplomats to work their magic."