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U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Cadets conquering COVID

Education | Christian cadets at military academies have found new opportunities to serve amid pandemic restrictions
by Esther Eaton
Posted 4/08/21, 12:19 pm

While quarantining after a COVID-19 exposure in late January, U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) junior Devin McClure followed a simple routine. He woke up, read his Bible—“I find if I don’t do that, then Satan eats my lunch”—and attended online classes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. After a workout, he did homework, went to bed, and started again the next day. On Fridays, he attended an online Bible study discussing patience.

McClure found the topic applicable to his situation. Once his 14 days of quarantine were up, “I was definitely grateful to come back to the real world as we know it.”

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U.S. bombs facilities in Syria

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/25/21, 09:17 pm

The U.S. military launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday near the Iraqi border, targeting facilities used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The strikes killed one militiaman and wounded several others. It was the first military action under President Joe Biden. The Pentagon said the mission was in retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member.

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Biden clears the way for transgender troops

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/25/21, 01:54 pm

During the Trump administration, the military treated gender dysphoria as a serious medical condition that affected someone’s ability to serve. An April 2019 Department of Defense policy grandfathered in some transgender troops but required most members of the military to live and work as their biological sex. An executive order signed Monday by President Joe Biden reversed that policy and said service members may serve in their preferred gender once their transition is complete and recorded in the defense reporting system.

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