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Mattis visits troops at Guantanamo Bay

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/21/17, 11:03 am

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited troops Thursday at the American Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It was the first trip there by a secretary of defense in almost 16 years. Mattis met with troops but did not tour the detention center, which still houses 41 inmates despite former President Barack Obama’s attempts to empty and close it. During his tenure, President Donald Trump hasn’t released any Guantanamo prisoners nor added any to the list of men who have been officially cleared to go home or to a third country for resettlement.

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Pentagon to permit transgender enlistments Jan. 1

by Evan Wilt
Posted 12/11/17, 02:16 pm

WASHINGTON—A federal judge ruled Monday that the Pentagon must permit transgender Americans to enlist in the military on Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump’s disapproval. In July, Trump announced on Twitter the military would no longer allow transgender troops to serve, calling the issue a distraction and a burden on the U.S. military. Court challenges quickly followed, and two U.S. District Court judges ruled against the ban. The Trump administration appealed, and on Monday Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S.

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Navy calls off search for missing sailors

by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/24/17, 09:13 am

The U.S. Navy on Friday ended the search for three sailors missing since Wednesday, when a transport plane crashed in the Philippine Sea. Rescue crews plucked eight people from the water shortly after the C-2A “Greyhound” went down on its way to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash and have not identified the missing sailors. The plane was carrying passengers and cargo from Japan to the Ronald Reagan as part of a joint exercise with the Japanese navy. This is the third fatal accident for the U.S.

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