President Donald Trump called the active-duty troops deployed to the southwest border “proud” to be doing their jobs, and he said not to worry about them missing Thanksgiving.
“These are tough people,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday. “They know what they’re doing and they’re great, and they’ve done a great job. You’re so worried about the Thanksgiving holiday for them. They are so proud to be representing our country on the border. They are proud to be defending our nation.”
The president did not indicate how long the active-duty mission in support of civil authorities would last. He repeated his past claims — without providing evidence — that the human caravans of Central American asylum seekers headed toward the United States included hundreds of dangerous criminals.
“Our soldiers are doing an incredible job,” Trump continued. “If you look at the walls that they’re building and if you look at all of the barricades that they’re putting up, they’ve done a great job.”
It is unclear how much longer the nearly 6,000 active-duty troops on the U.S./Mexico border will remain there. Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, who is in charge of the mission, told Politico on Monday that he has not seen any indications that troops will remain deployed to the border beyond Dec. 15.
However, U.S. Army North issued a statement on Tuesday that appeared to backpedal Buchanan’s comments.
“We may shift some forces to other areas of the border to engineering support missions in California and other areas," the statement said. “No specific timeline for redeployment has been determined.”
The Pentagon has estimated that keeping roughly 5,900 active-duty troops deployed to the border through Dec. 15 will cost $72 million, Army Col. Rob Manning, a Defense Department spokesman, said on Tuesday.
Also Tuesday, Trump ignored a reporter who asked if retired Adm. William McRaven – who planned the successful Osama bin Laden raid – is a hero, and asked when he will visit deployed U.S. troops.
“I can’t hear your question,” Trump told the reporter. “I can’t hear you. Your voice is not – I don’t know Adm. McRaven.”
After more than a decade of research and development and upwards of $500 million in funding, the Navy finally plans on testing its much-hyped electromagnetic railgun on a surface warship in a major milestone for the beleaguered weapons system, Navy documents reveal.
Just in time for many high school graduations, Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a measure ensuring that seniors in the military may wear their dress uniforms instead of a cap and gown at their ceremonies.
DeSantis, a former Navy officer, approved SB 292 to become law upon his signature, which came Thursday.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Congress fell short ahead of Memorial Day weekend, failing to pass legislation that would provide tax relief for the families of military personnel killed during their service.
Senators unanimously approved a version of the bipartisan Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act Tuesday sending it back to the House of Representatives, where it was tied to a retirement savings bill as an amendment, and passed Thursday.
When it got back to the Senate, the larger piece of legislation failed to pass and make its way to the President Trump's desk.
Two airmen were administratively punished for drinking at the missile launch control center for 150 nuclear LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, the Air Force confirmed to Task & Purpose on Friday.
Two F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters recently flew a mission in the Middle East in "beast mode," meaning they were loaded up with as much firepower as they could carry.
The F-35s with the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron took off from Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates to execute a mission in support of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Air Forces Central Command revealed. The fifth-generation fighters sacrificed their high-end stealth to fly with a full loadout of weaponry on their wings.