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House to include contractor back pay in 2020 spending bill | Federal Times

Federal contractors may see compensation for wages lost during a government shutdown for the first time, a return only federal employees received previously. The House Appropriations Committee announced June 11 that a collection of five planned appropriations bills would also include the Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act, which was introduced as a standalone piece of legislation in the House and ... Read More »

Opinion/Letter: WWII heroine honored in her time | The Daily Progress

As a retired female officer from CIA’s Directorate of Operations (National Clandestine Service), I read with interest the column by Cal Thomas, “Honoring D-Day’s ‘forgotten’ woman” (The Daily Progress, June 8). His description of Virginia Hall’s accomplishments in Nazi-occupied France — first for the British Special Operations Executive, then for the Office of Strategic Services (the predecessor organization of the ... Read More »

SGB: A possible breakthrough treatment for PTSD | CBS News

Could a simple shot in the neck be a break-through for the debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder? The toll from PTSD is growing. About 20 veterans a day commit suicide in what the VA is now calling an epidemic. Only 40% find relief from PTSD with current treatments. The new procedure called stellate ganglion block, or SGB, is so ... Read More »

Pentagon to send 1,000 more troops to Middle East as tensions rise with Iran | Los Angeles Times

The Pentagon said Monday it was sending about 1,000 more troops, reconnaissance aircraft and missile defense units to the Middle East, the latest U.S. military response to growing tensions with Iran. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the additional forces were being deployed “for defensive purposes to address air, naval and ground-based threats.” The decision comes five days after the ... Read More »

Marine Raider to plead guilty this week in strangulation death of Army Green Beret | Military Times

A Marine Raider is scheduled to plead guilty to negligent homicide on Thursday for his part in the botched hazing that led to the death of an Army Green Beret in Bamako, Mali two years ago. Marine Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell faces a general court-martial at Naval Station Norfolk at which he is expected to make the plea, which was ... Read More »

Shanahan declines to punish senior officers in Niger ambush | Politico

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan is not recommending punishments for higher-level commanders for the ambush that killed four American soldiers in Niger a year and a half ago, despite calls from some lawmakers and former officers to hold more senior personnel accountable for the ill-fated operation. Shanahan has accepted the conclusions of Army Gen. Robert Brown, whom he tapped earlier ... Read More »

DoD bought phony military gear made in China, including counter-night vision clothing that didn’t actually work | Military Times

The U.S. military, government agencies and other purchasers bought more than $20 million worth of Chinese-made counterfeit goods designed to look like domestically produced gear from a company that defrauded the government and helped to orchestrate the counterfeiting process between January 2013 and October 2018, Justice Department officials said last week. The counterfeit gear included 200 specialized parkas designed to ... Read More »

Military judge frees Navy SEAL in advance of murder trial | Navy Times

A decorated Navy SEAL facing a murder trial in the death of an Islamic State prisoner was freed Thursday from custody after a military judge cited interference by prosecutors. The unexpected move drew gasps from those at a hearing in a San Diego courtroom in which lawyers for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher sought to get the case dismissed for ... Read More »

Man attacked by Marine veteran’s support dog sues over negligence | Marine Corps Times

An Alabama man who was attacked by a veteran’s emotional support animal while on a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to San Diego is now suing the airline and the veteran. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday that Marlin Jackson is accusing the defendants of negligence. The lawsuit says it happened as the flight was boarding in June 2017. Jackson ... Read More »

Marines Will Cover up to $500 in Licensing Fees for Spouses Under New Policy | Military

The Marine Corps has announced its policy for covering the cost of spouses’ professional credentials and licensing fees following a permanent change-of-station move. In a Marine administrative message issued Thursday, Marine and Family Member Programs Director Marie Balocki said the service will reimburse up to $500 per PCS to cover the costs of professional licensing or re-certification, to include exams ... Read More »