Operation Iceberg: 70 Years Ago, Marine Readied for Battle of Okinawa

One of the opening actions of the Battle of Okinawa was the U.S. troops' crossing of a footbridge at Machinato Inlet in the early morning of April 19, 1945. Army photo

In the days and nights leading up to April 1, 1945, Lt. Col. William A. Kuretich missed his home and family in Kansas. He had been given his  Operation Iceberg  orders, which -- he described later to his children -- were as thick as a Montgomery Ward catalog. He memorized every page. Operation Iceberg  was the code name for the Battle of ... more

USS Peleliu Decommissioned After 35-Year Career

Service members salute the flag during the decommissioning ceremony Tuesday, March 31, 2015, for the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu at Naval Base San Diego. Antonio P. Turretto Ramos/Navy

SAN DIEGO -- Almost 35 years after the USS Peleliu entered the fleet, the crew of the amphibious assault ship disembarked for the last time in a ceremonial decommissioning Tuesday. The "Iron Nickel" traveled more than a million nautical miles after it was commissioned on May 3, 1980, in Pascagoula, Miss. The last active Tarawa-class ship deploy... more

Air Force Songbook Again Cited, This Time in Sex Assault Lawsuit

Jennifer Smith displays copies of the controversial unofficial Air Force song book as she speaks at a news conference in Washington, D.C., March 31, 2015. Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON -- Sex assault victim advocates on Tuesday again pointed to an unofficial Air Force songbook with derogatory lyrics about women and gay airmen as a reason for filing a new lawsuit against the Defense Department. The 130-page book was originally made public by an assault victim in 2012 and is stamped with the playing-cards logo of the... more

Tuskegee Airman Leslie A. Williams Dies in California at 95

Retired Capt. Leslie Williams of the Tuskegee Airmen speaks Feb. 17, 2011, at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., during a Black History Month event. Fort Hunter Liggett public affairs/U.S. Army

PATTERSON, Calif. -- Leslie A. Williams, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen, which broke the military color barrier during World War II, has died in California. He was 95. Williams died Monday of natural causes at his home in Patterson, said daughter Penny Williams. A native of San Francisco, Williams was drafted into the Army in 1939 and ... more

General Says Army Must Stop Banking on 'Leap-Ahead' Technology

The Army wanted to replace the Bradley with the GCV, but that program took a hit from Congress freeing up money for other program. (Source: Defense Department)

The U.S. Army's advanced technology czar said Tuesday that the service must focus on accelerating the innovation of attainable technologies instead of risking it all on "leap-ahead" capabilities that rarely make it to the battlefield. "First of all, I think the biggest risk that we have today is the development of concepts that are inconsi... more

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