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Three soldiers killed in Black Hawk crash identified | Army Times

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The names of the three soldiers killed in a routine maintenance helicopter flight crash have been identified by the Minnesota National Guard. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Rogers Jr, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nord, and Sgt. Plantenberg were each assigned to Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion. Their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed 16 miles from the base located in ... Read More »

Trump administration preparing to announce long anticipated reduction of US troops in Afghanistan | Fox8

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According to a senior administration official, the long-anticipated reduction of troops in Afghanistan will be announced by the Trump administration. Specific timing is uncertain, but the announcement could be as soon as this week. 12 to 13,000 troops currently serve in Afghanistan. Trump stated to Fox News Radio, ‘we’re going down to 8,600.’ The preparations for the announcement happen just ... Read More »

Jeff Bezos says Amazon wants to work more with the Pentagon | Reuters

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Amazon has put themselves forward as the Department of Defense looks to more technology-based companies for contracts and innovation. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing between tech companies and the Pentagon, such as when Google employees opposed the company’s technology being used in warfare. Bezos has commented that he respects the diverse opinions and beliefs of employees, but that it ... Read More »

Zillow is now buying houses in Los Angeles | Housing Wire

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Los Angeles will now become the 21st and largest market location for Zillow’s real estate purchase program. The online real state giant launched a company program of buying and selling properties close to 20 months ago. If approved and qualified, homeowners could expect to receive a cash offer from Zillow within 48 hours.  Last year, homes in the area took ... Read More »

Trump uses unsecured phone lines. Cybersecurity experts explain why they’re so easy to hack. | Business Insider

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Trump has allegedly been caught using unsecured devices to make phone calls. Government officials are supposed to use encrypted phone services, but numerous reports are saying Trump hasn’t always followed this rule. The chief research officer at SecurityScorecard has commented on the simplicity of hacking an unsecured cell phone. In some cases, a hacker can simply walk into a cell ... Read More »

He makes a village | Washington Examiner

Tyler Merritt has dedicated his post-military career to helping his fellow veterans adjust to a civilian life. Merritt first founded an apparel store in 2012, that started out with just a few employees but grew to a staff over 240 people, most of who are veterans. He also spends his personal time working with airlines to help connect families who ... Read More »

7 ways to cut your tax bill before Dec. 31st | CNBC

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With the end of the year just around the corner, last minute tax savings plans can reduce what you will end up owing. Checking how much you are withholding can help you save money now and in the future. While the more you have withheld means the more you get back, you’re also giving the government an interest-free loan in ... Read More »

The number of substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct against Army brass rose this year | Task and Purpose

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The Army Inspector General Report has shown that the number of confirmed sexual misconduct accusations against senior Army officials rose in the 2019 fiscal year. Despite a decrease in allegations in the prior year, personal and sexual misconduct rose in 2019. Sexual misconduct has been the number one substantiated report since 2015, and it is characterized by ‘engaging in adulterous ... Read More »

Young soldiers are no strawberry generation says the Chief Commando Officer | The Straits Times

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The Commander of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Special Operations Task Force has commented on his belief that when it comes to training, the younger generation has it harder. Some dismiss them as a “strawberry generation” but Colonel Kenny Tay has observed that they have to wear heavier body armor, train with more powerful weapons, and walk and ruck for longer ... Read More »

Watch Royal Marines hone future role leading United States Marine Corps into battles | Plymouth 

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A mini-documentary has been released displaying the Royal Marines, Army Commandos, and the U.S. Marines in action during Exercise Green Dagger. With the slogan “this is modern warfare” the video displays a spearheaded raid on a simulated desert city. During the exercise, the Royal Marines cleared the way for more troops to come in and finish the attack. A Green ... Read More »

A brief look at the NATO summit declaration | Chicago Tribune

A recent NATO meeting saw countries downplaying their differences and reassuring each other of their support. Article 5 was quickly mentioned, saying how the trans-Atlantic treaty was the cornerstone of the alliance. Leaders also pledged to provide more financial support for their militaries, noting how Canada and European countries had been doing this well for the past five years. A ... Read More »

No home for the holidays: 30 military families still displaced by poor housing conditions at Fort Belvoir | Fairfax County Times

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Mold and rat infestations led to poisoning and other hazardous issues that have made 30 families homeless for the holidays at Fort Belvoir. They are forced to wait for the private military housing contractors to remove the problems. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Sen. Tim Kaine have recently met with two of the families and held a hearing to discuss ... Read More »