Sgt. Maj. Troy Black is set to become the next Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.
Black — currently serving as Sgt. Maj. of Manpower and Reserve Affairs — will take over as the senior enlisted adviser to the Marine Corps Commandant for Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green later this year, the Marine Corps' announcement on Thursday said. The role is typically a four-year job.
Black will serve as the senior enlisted advisor to the next Marine Commandant, Lt. Gen. David Berger, who still needs to be confirmed by the Senate before taking over for Gen. Robert Neller.
Black enlisted in 1988 and has "deployed extensively," the announcement said. His deployments include Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and more. His wife, Stacie, is a retired Marine Corps 1st Sgt.
Throughout his career he's been awarded the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device, Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Combat Action Ribbon with two Gold Stars, and more. He's served as Sergeant Major of Officer Candidates School, the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and the 1st Marine Logistics Group, the announcement says.
Green will retire after Black takes over, per the announcement, finishing 35 years of service.
In June 2011 Iraq's defense minister announced that U.S. troops who had deployed to the country would receive the Iraq Commitment Medal in recognition of their service. Eight years later, millions of qualified veterans have yet to receive it.
The reason: The Iraqi government has so far failed to provide the medal to the Department of Defense for approval and distribution.
For a cool $8.5 million, you could be the proud owner of a "fully functioning" F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon fighter jet that a South Florida company acquired from Jordan.
The combat aircraft, which can hit a top speed of 1,357 mph at 40,000 feet, isn't showroom new — it was built in 1980. But it still has a max range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute and remains militarized, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also covers defense topics, WBDO News 96.5 reported Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia February 20, 2019. Yuri Kadobnov/Pool via REUTERS
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities said on Friday that a doctor who treated those injured in a mysterious accident this month had the radioactive isotope Caesium-137 in his body, but said it was probably put there by his diet.
The deadly accident at a military site in northern Russia took place on Aug. 8 and caused a brief spurt of radiation. Russian President Vladimir Putin later said it occurred during testing of what he called promising new weapons systems.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a fly-over as newly graduated cadets from the U. S. Air Force Academy toss their hats at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 23, 2018. Shortly after the event ceremony's commencement, the Thunderbirds put on an aerial demonstration show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)
Groundwater at the Air Force Academy is contaminated with the same toxic chemicals polluting a southern El Paso County aquifer, expanding a problem that has cost tens of millions of dollars to address in the Pikes Peak region.
Plans are underway to begin testing drinking water wells south of the academy in the Woodmen Valley area after unsafe levels of the chemicals were found at four locations on base, the academy said Thursday.