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WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2018 — America depends upon its military members’ excellence, expertise and dedication more than ever, Vice President Mike Pence told airmen at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, yesterday. Pence, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein visited the base in part to visit the service’s AFwerX office, which is designed to spark and sustain Air Force...
MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif., Jan. 11, 2018 — California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing are providing search and rescue support in Southern California for those affected by recent mudslides. The wing has deployed an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter with aircrews and two pararescuemen to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport for search and rescue operations. Mudslide Response Efforts The helicopter is one of eight California...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2018 — A departmentwide audit is important for business reform, for Congress and for the taxpayer, the Defense Department’s comptroller told the House Armed Services Committee today. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan are fully behind this effort, Norquist told the committee. While the department has auditors looking at various contracts or processes,...
SOUTHWEST ASIA, Jan. 5, 2018 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria between Dec. 29, 2017, and yesterday, conducting 58 strikes consisting of 84 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of the most recent strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in...
SOUTHWEST ASIA, Jan. 4, 2018 — A coalition team working with Syrian partners erected a steel bridge in only 16 hours Dec. 27 near the village of Hawi al-Hawa, west of Syria’s Raqqa Province. Engineers attached to Operation Inherent Resolve’s Special Operations Joint Task Force led the effort, which officials said allows the Raqqa Internal Security Force to provide security to the...
The leading Washington-based government watchdog revealed Thursday that at least 18 classified emails were discovered in the nearly 800 documents released by the State Department from the laptop of former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Huma M. Abedin. “Judicial Watch’s work in federal court holding the government accountable to the rule of law has forced the State...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2018 — Joint South Korean-U.S. military exercises have been “deconflicted” with the Winter Olympics, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said here today. The secretary also discussed the demonstrations in Iran during an impromptu news conference with Pentagon reporters. The military exercises in South Korea are needed to ensure U.S. and South Korean troops can work together in the...
SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 4, 2018 — Sorrow, sadness and grief are among the most common feelings associated with funeral services. But for Marines, a service honoring the life of a fellow leatherneck may also invoke feelings of pride, commitment and honor. Military funeral honors are the final ceremonial demonstration of gratitude to those who, in times of war and...
As the Jan. 19 deadline for Congress to pass a budget nears, debate is heating up surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “Today the Republicans and Democrats in Congress shared their priorities for a bipartisan spending agreement," said Sen A. Mitchell "Mitch" McConnell Jr. in a press release. DACA, a 2012 executive order signed by President Barack H. Obama,...
The director of "Koran by Heart" and "Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden" has made the most intimate documentary to ever capture the inner workings of any White House with this film of President Barack Obama and his foreign policy team in "The Final Year" slated for its U.S. release Jan. 19. "We started with a...
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2017 — U.S. and Afghan forces conducted a series of strikes over the past 24 hours against Taliban drug labs, to target the revenue streams of the terrorists, according to the Resolute Support mission and U.S. Forces Afghanistan commander.  The combined operations struck seven Taliban drug labs and one command-and-control node in northern Helmand province, Army Gen. John W. Nicholson told Pentagon...
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Afghan National Defense and Security Forces work to clear northern and southern Marjah of Taliban fighters, from the ground and in the air, since Dec. 23, 2017. Maiwand 10 is a joint operation with maneuver elements from the Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police forces. (Video contains interviews by U.S. Marine Capt. Robert Walters...
For the permanent government in Washington, the 2016 election was really about whether the good times the city enjoyed under eight years of President Barack Obama would continue under former first lady Hillary R. Clinton or would New York City developer Donald J. Trump enter the nation's capital intent on reversing the swing of power and money to Washington. Well, Trump...
YOKOSUKA, Japan -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Dec. 22 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The visit strengthens the already positive alliance between the U.S. and Japan through the crews' interaction with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. It also demonstrates the U.S. Navy's commitment...
On Saturday, an Iranian government spokesman condemned President Donald J. Trump's remarks regarding U.S. support for Iranian protesters. "The Iranian people pay no heed to the opportunistic claims of American officials, ‎particularly President Trump," said Bahram Qassemi, ‎Foreign Ministry Spokesman for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Qassemi called Trump's statements cheap, invalid, and useless. "The great nation of Iran for sure has...
WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2017 — There is a blurring line that separates conventional operating forces from special operations forces and the defense secretary expects general purpose forces will eventually shoulder missions once the province of their special forces brethren. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told Pentagon reporters today that the experiences of war since 9/11 have blurred the lines. This change will...
A citizen-led government watchdog group will get another chance to at a FOIA lawsuit request for Clinton aide, Huma Abedin emails on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server. Judicial Watch has reported on social media that they have been notified that a previously overlooked batch of emails will be released sometime Friday. https://twitter.com/JudicialWatch/status/946560504000106497 In his Thursday message, Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch...
SOUTHWEST ASIA, Dec. 27, 2017 — In partnership with coalition forces, the Maghawir al-Thawra conducted a series of ground clearance operations Dec. 23 to drive Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists out of the Hamad Desert in southern Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.  The Maghawir al-Thawra, a vetted Syrian opposition force, has been fighting ISIS in...
FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTY, Afghanistan, Dec. 24, 2017 — Flo Groberg celebrated Christmas at home with his brothers- and sisters-in-arms this year. Home is this base outside Jalalabad where retired Army Capt. Florent Groberg was deployed in 2012 as an Army 1st lieutenant. After retiring as a captain, he has returned as a symbol of bravery and resiliency for the soldiers of...
Last week the Whitehouse and the Department of Treasury issued concurrent statements. The WhiteHouse released an Executive Order titled, Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption. The Treasury Department released a statement titled, Global Magnitsky Sanctions and a list of people who are now under sanctions. "I, therefore, determine that serious human rights abuse and corruption around...
A leading national security expert told Big League Politics that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is fraught with hazards for the U.S. military that is committed to defending South Korea with military forces mismatched to the North Korean threat and high probability of provocative new nuclear weapons tests by the North. The chances are pretty high that North Korea is going...
The Public Square is an American icon for the airing of grievances and the discussion of politics.  Social Media is our modern day Public Square where just about anyone can be heard.  Even a person who only has 9 followers, as their sphere of influence, can speak to a powerful lawmaker on Capitol Hill. Making the social media rounds and...
Two members of the House Freedom Caucus fired off a letter Thursday to Attorney General Jefferson B. "Jeff" Session III requesting the details regarding President Barack Obama's obstruction of a Drug Enforcement Agency investigations into Hezbollah drug trading in order to preserve his diplomatic rapprochement with the Islamic Republic of Iran. “Hezbollah is a brutal terrorist group and it would...
  Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 received three upgraded AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters here, Dec. 19. The AH-1Z aircraft is an updated version of the AH-1W, bringing new capabilities and features into the squadron’s arsenal. “The AH-1Z’s are replacing the AH-1W’s, which are essentially from the 1980’s,” said Marine Corps Capt. Julian Tucker, the squadron’s ground training officer. “Some big takeaways on the...

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