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One of Army's 1st Female Combat Engineer Recruits Is a Deserter


One of the first women to register as an Army combat engineer is under investigation after she disappeared from her post for a month and was designated a deserter. Pvt. Erika Lopez turned herself into authorities Thursday night, the same day she was officially classified as a deserter, Army Times reported. The Army has not yet publicly identifi... more

Service Leaders Will not Relax Combat Requirements

Army and Marine Corps leaders swapped pledges with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday not to cave to political pressure and relax ground combat skill requirements so that more women will qualify to serve in infantry, armor, and special forces units. Certainty that such pressure will come, and need to be resisted to protect... more

Fort Hood Looks to Renewable Energy as Part of Larger Military

Flowers decorate a fence outside of Fort Hood's east gate on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Killeen, Texas, in honor of those killed and wounded in the Fort Hood shooting on April 2.

Determined to cut its global electricity bill, the Army has embarked on an experiment at Fort Hood to pull in more power from renewable sources. Officials broke ground late last month at the Army installation 75 miles north of Austin on a massive solar farm -- 63,000 panels covering 132 acres, or roughly the size of 100 football fields. The so... more

New Army Directive Officially Opens All Positions to Women

Army Rangers, pictured here on maneuvers, may soon have women among their combat ranks. A new directive has opened all Army positions to female soldiers. (US Army photo)

A new Army directive spells out what Defense Secretary Ash Carter meant when he announced in December that the military will open all of its positions to women with "no exceptions." Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy put the direction in motion on Jan. 29 when he signed an eight-page memo that officially gives female soldiers a shot at... more

Exercise Marks Hawaii Brigade's Transition from Strykers

Soldiers interrogate a possible terrorist in a mock raid during Exercise Lightning Forge on Feb. 5 at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)

MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS, Hawaii -- The Army's conversion of Hawaii's Stryker brigade into an infantry team is playing out in earnest with Exercise Lightning Forge, which culminated with an air assault and 100 soldiers raiding a mock terrorist stronghold Friday at this seaside facility. At the center of the training is the 25th Infant... more

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