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The Space Force has a name tape now
The U.S. Space Force has a name tape for uniforms now. Get excited people.
In a tweet from its official account, the Space Force said its uniform name tapes have "touched down in the Pentagon," sharing a photo of it on the chest of Gen. John W. Raymond, the newly-minted Chief of Space Operations for the new service branch nested in the Department of the Air Force.
As some Twitter users pointed out, the name tape is new but the uniform is not. Ranger Up CEO Nick Palmisciano pushed for a zip up coverall or Lycra design, while Oriana Pawlyk, a Military.com reporter, suggested capes, which this reporter fully supports.
I mean, can you imagine the possibilities?
In a follow-up tweet, the Space Force explained that it was using current Army and Air Force uniforms so that members would look like the joint counterparts they'll be working with on the ground. The move also means the service would save costs associated with designing and producing a new uniform, the service added.
"You know what's also ... cost-saving [is] not creating another pointless branch of the military," said one Twitter user in response.
Task & Purpose is still trying to figure out what will be the official song of the Space Force. On Friday, reporter Jeff Schogol asked asked Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman if the Defense Department could hold a contest allowing service members to submit their ideas for the official Space Force song.
"That entire question makes me uncomfortable," Hoffman replied during Thursday's Pentagon news briefing. "I will check with [Chief of Space Operations] Gen. Raymond the next time I see him on the anthem plans."
Though the Army has yet to actually set an official recruiting goal for this year, leaders are confident they're going to bring in more soldiers than last year.
Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, head of Army Recruiting Command, told reporters on Wednesday that the Army was currently 2,226 contracts ahead of where it was in 2019.
"I will just tell you that this time last year we were in the red, and now we're in the green which is — the momentum's there and we see it continuing throughout the end of the year," Muth said, adding that the service hit recruiting numbers in February that haven't been hit during that month since 2014.
KABUL/WASHINGTON/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement on Feb. 29 at the end of a week long period of violence reduction in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban said on Friday.
Another Marine was hit with jail time and a bad-conduct discharge in connection with a slew of arrests made last summer over suspicions that members of a California-based infantry battalion were transporting people who'd crossed into the U.S. illegally.
Some Fort Bragg paratroopers who left for the Middle East on a no-notice deployment last month came home Thursday.
About 3,500 soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team were sent to Kuwait beginning Jan. 1 as tensions were rising in the region. The first soldiers were in the air within 18 hours of being told to go.
Large cargo ships, small fishing boats and other watercraft sail safely past Naval Station Norfolk every day, but there's always a possibility that terrorists could use any one of them to attack the world's largest naval base.
While Navy security keeps a close eye on every vessel that passes, there's an inherent risk for the sailors aboard small patrol boats who are tasked with helping keep aircraft carriers, submarines and destroyers on base safe from waterborne attacks.
So the Navy experimented Wednesday to test whether an unmanned vessel could stop a small boat threatening the base from the Elizabeth River.