A humvee filled with Marines conducting a mounted combat patrol cruises through the desert of Iraq during the setting sun near Al Asad, Iraq, in 2006. US Marine Corps Photo
For the past 20 years – and longer before that – service members have returned from deployment talking about mental health concerns and illness they believed were linked to their time in the military, with many of their concerns backed by a variety of studies.
Now, a study that has been following military personnel, both active-duty and veterans, for 20 years supports the theory that experiencing combat can lead to adverse physical and health effects.
Ensign Sofia Bliek, from Vernon, Conn., on Feb. 6, 2022. US Navy Photo
The Navy has 5,000 to 6,000 gaps for sailors at-sea billets, the service’s senior personnel officer told a House panel on Tuesday. Read More
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Mary Ashcraft, from Honolulu, assigned to the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16), administers the COVID-19 vaccine booster for Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class Anthony Johnson, from San Diego, assigned to the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, aboard the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in Apra Harbor, Guam, on Jan. 10, 2022. US Navy Photo
The Navy separated 23 active-duty sailors for refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the sea service announced Wednesday. Read More
The following is the Dec. 10, 2021, Congressional Research Service In Focus report, Use of Force in Cyberspace. Read More
Cmdr. Ronald Cappellini, Naval Air Station Sigonella executive officer, receives his COVID-19 vaccine booster from Lt. j.g. Aracely Duerkop, during a mass-immunization exercise on Naval Air Station Sigonella, Dec. 7, 2021. U.S. Navy Photo
The Pentagon is discussing the possibility of mandating a COVID-19 booster, although no decisions have been made, a department spokesman said today.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III delivers the keynote address during the 2021 Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Dec. 4, 2021. DoD Photo
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is warning Congress that an extended stopgap bill to keep the government funded would have “enormous” effects on the Pentagon. Read More
The following is video of the Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetary with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden during the National Veterans Day Observance at the Memorial Amphitheater on Nov. 11, 2021. Read More
Chinese DF-5B Nuclear Weapons. People’s Liberation Army Photo
The speed of China’s “unprecedented nuclear modernization” and its “build-out of a modernized triad” is the biggest concern for the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as he nears the end of his tenure. Read More
Moon over U.S. Capitol on Nov. 13, 2016. NASA Photo
The Biden administration is calling on Congress to pass a stopgap spending measure for the upcoming fiscal year as lawmakers continue the appropriations process. Read More
Artist impression of 3M22 Tsirkon / Zircon hypersonic missile via Naval News
China’s recent full-speed-ahead breakout in nuclear forces, space and cyber efforts, and hypersonic systems adds new urgency to America’s need to ensure its deterrence systems are holding, U.S. Strategic Command’s top officer said Thursday. Read More