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Trump still hasn't officially nominated Patrick Shanahan more than a month after saying he would
It has been more than a month since President Donald Trump announced on May 9 that he would nominate Patrick Shanahan to officially become defense secretary – and nothing has happened since.
A U.S. official told Task & Purpose that Shanahan has been so busy in the past few months – including traveling to several Asian countries recently – that he has only been able to complete all the paperwork required for his nomination in the past few days.
Shanahan has served as acting defense secretary since Jan. 1.
When NBC asked Trump on Tuesday why he had not yet submitted Shanahan's nomination, the president responded he had "put it out officially" on May 9 and that Shanahan "has to go through the process."
NBC News also reported that Trump is considering other potential candidates to lead the Pentagon, including Army Secretary Mark Esper.
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee told Military Times reporter Leo Shane that lawmakers should be able to confirm Shanahan's nomination before August – provided the FBI background check and other requirements are completed in the near future.
"I would like to do it soon, because I'm the guy who has been yelling and screaming that we have to have this nomination confirmed," Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Military Times. "If you don't have him confirmed, all these people he is dealing with don't know if they are dealing with the right person. I have heard this personally."
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The Pentagon has identified the two soldiers were killed in combat in Afghanistan on Wednesday as members of U.S. Army Special Forces.
Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, both died in Faryab Province from wounds sustained from small arms fire, the Pentagon said in a press release. The incident is under investigation.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq.
A series of blasts in the past few weeks have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Israel's regional foe Iran. The groups blamed the United States and Israel for the blasts on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that will make it easier for permanently disabled veterans to have their student loan debt forgiven.
Physical fitness tests were briefly suspended earlier this week and outdoor cardio testing will be curtailed for the remainder of the summer at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, after an airman died Saturday. She had completed her PT test on Friday.
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has expanded a review of the Judge Advocate General Corps to include the Marine Corps, a Navy spokesman said on Thursday.
"There is value in applying this review and its subsequent recommendations across the Department of the Navy," Cmdr. Jereal Dorsey told Task & Purpose. "The review's purpose is to confirm the uniformed legal community is structurally and organizationally sound and best supporting the good order and discipline our integrated naval force."