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Battle of semantics leads to change in the way combatant commands are named | Federal News Network

Joint unified military commands will be seeing a new means of classification after the current methods have negatively affected morale and created confusion on command status. Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten commented on the issue, saying “STRATCOM has the most powerful weapons in the world. Nuclear submarines, bombers, ICBMs, at one time space and ... Read More »

Face masks: What doctors say about their role in containing coronavirus | NPR

As the coronavirus continues to spread and infect more citizens in Wuhan, cities throughout the country have begun to run out of face masks as the population rushes to obtain them. The big question, though, is will a face mask actually prevent you from catching the virus, or will it only provide you with a little peace of mind? While ... Read More »

Brexit: UK to quit EU at 23:00 GMT, as PM promises ‘new dawn’ | BBC

Ending 47 years of membership, the UK officially left the European Union at 23:00 GMT. Brexit will be called a “new dawn,” according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who led the 2016 campaign to leave. During the transition period, little changes will be made immediately. Most EU laws, such as the free movement of people, will still be enforced until ... Read More »

Thousands of Iraqis rally to demand withdrawal of U.S. troops | Al Jazeera

Thousands of Iraqis in Baghdad have come together to protest the presence of U.S. troops and other foreign influences. Unrest has continued to rise in the Middle East following the U.S. drone strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. On January 5th the Iraqi Parliament called for the removal of all foreign troops from their country. The calls for this ... Read More »

Airmen killed in Afghanistan crash identified | Air Force Times

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The two airmen that were killed in the Afghanistan crash have been identified as: Lt. Col. Paul K. Voss, 46, of Yigo, Guam, assigned to Air Combat Command headquarters at Joint Base Langley-Eustis; and Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf, 30, of Hudson, New Hampshire, assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Supporting the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing ... Read More »

Coronavirus spreads for first time in U.S., CDC says | NBC News

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus has officially spread person-to-person in the U.S. after the husband of one of the patients tested positive for the new virus. Director of the CDC Dr. Robert Redfield said, “we understand that this may be concerning, but based on what we know now, our assessment remains that the immediate ... Read More »

U.S. to evacuate ‘limited’ number of Americans from Wuhan | VOA News

An evacuation flight being prepared for U.S. consular staff located in Wuhan may not have enough room for all private American citizens trapped in the city. “The Department of State is making arrangements to relocate its personnel stationed at the U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan to the United States,” commented the Embassy in Beijing. With limited space on the aircraft, ... Read More »

One member of U.S. Embassy in Baghdad injured on rocket attack | ABC 13 News

A Monday report has confirmed that a member of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was injured by an airstrike that occurred overnight. Two anonymous staff members said they could not confirm the severity of the injuries received, but that they occurred when a rocket slammed into a restaurant inside the embassy. At least five rockets landed in the Green Zone ... Read More »

Civilians killed in ‘terror attack’ in Burkina Faso, government reports | DW

Two days of national mourning went into effect in Burkina Faso following what the government called a terrorist attack that killed 36 civilians. Militant fighters entered a market in Alamou in the Sanmatenga province before attacking the locals and burning the setups and buildings. Recent months have seen a rise in violent attacks carried out by groups affiliated with the ... Read More »

The 3 Americans killed in Australia bushfire crash were all military veterans | Task and Purpose

According to a statement by Coulson Aviation, the three Americans killed while fighting the Australian bushfires were all identified as military veterans. The C-130 air tanker crashed while they were fighting the bushfires on Thursday, January 23rd. According to officials, the plane did not return after carrying a load of fire retardant into a valley in the alpine Snowy Monaro ... Read More »