The U.S. military service chiefs, from left, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, are shown last year.
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Every service branch in the U.S. armed forces explicit prohibits personnel from participating in the type of extremist organizations, from white nationalists to neo-Nazis, that marched through the streets of Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. But just in case active-duty troops and veterans like hate group Vanguard America's self-described "CEO" Dillon Ulysses Hopper have picked up mixed messages amid the fallout from the violent clashes that left one dead, Pentagon leadership is here with a clear message: Knock that shit off.
On Aug. 12, hours after Army wash-out James Alex Fields plowed his car through a crowd of innocent bystanders, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson posted a statement on Facebook declaring that the Navy would “forever stand against intolerance and hatred.”
esterday, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller tweeted that there is “no place for racial hatred and extremism” within the Corps.
On Aug. 16, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley concurred with Neller, reminding soldiers of their historic charge to uphold the ideal the country was founded on.
Milley was followed hours later by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein:
And don’t forget Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau!
It’s worth noting, of course, that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford, Vice Chairman Gen. Paul J. Selva, and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft have been silent thus far about the specter of extremism, on display in Charlottesville, that may lurk in the armed forces. For Selva, well, whatever: The vice chairmanship is sort of irrelevant within the chain of command and the structure of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And as for Dunford — maybe he has other, more pressing issues to focus on at the moment?
Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.
In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".
Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.
In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.