The Army is opening all but one field artillery specialty to women, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told Army Times in an interview at the Pentagon on Monday. The decision opens jobs such as the cannon crewmember and field artillery automated tactical data system specialist to female soldiers, and comes weeks after the Army opened the combat engineer field to women. The Army is keeping one artillery field closed to women — the fire support specialist — until it makes a decision on whether or not to integrate infantry and armor, since fire support specialists are embedded with these units.
These changes are part of an ongoing campaign which began in 2012, and is being conducted in phases to integrate women into fields that were previously closed to them.
"We've done a lot of pilot programs, we've done a lot of physical testing, we've done a lot of testing on how we integrate women into units, and those are all going well," said Odierno. "We want the best person, if they're qualified and meet the standards, we want to give them the opportunity to do whatever they want."
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.