Army Gen. Scott Miller's time in Afghanistan is off to an inauspicious start: two U.S. service members have died in the two days since he took command of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and the NATO-led Resolute Support mission there.
A U.S. service member was killed on Tuesday in what NATO officials described as a non-combat incident in eastern Afghanistan.
The incident came the day after a U.S. service member was killed and another wounded in an apparent insider attack, which also occurred in eastern Afghanistan.
Both incidents are under investigation, and the Pentagon has declined to identify the service members pending next of kin notifications.
Miller officially became the 17th commander of the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan when he replaced Gen. John W. Nicholson on September 2.
"The world recognizes that Afghanistan can’t be a safe haven for terrorists," Nicholson said in his farewell remarks. "The world recognizes that we cannot fail.”
President Donald Trump hit back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday with a letter saying he was "sorry to inform" her that her trip to Brussels, Belgium and Afghanistan would be canceled due to the government shutdown, just one day after Pelosi proposed cancelling the State of the Union address for similar reasons.
Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey in his iconic role in 'Full Metal Jacket' (Warner Bros.)
Retired Marine Staff Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, the legendary Marine drill instructor turned iconic Full Metal Jacket actor who died last year, will be formally laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Jan. 18, according to the cemetery's web site.