THE MILITARY

Biden to travel to New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia for 9/11 observances

BY: - September 11, 2021

WASHINGTON—To honor the nearly 3,000 Americans who died 20 years ago on 9/11, President Joe Biden will visit the sites of the terrorist attacks. Biden on Saturday will observe the anniversary in New York City, where hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Center, killing ​​2,753 people. He’ll also visit Shanksville, Penn., where 40 people were killed after […]

Afghan evacuees to arrive in the U.S. through Virginia and Wisconsin military bases

BY: - August 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — The first U.S. stop for the nearly 2,000 Afghan interpreters and other refugees evacuated so far amid the collapse of the Afghan government has been central Virginia’s Fort Lee military base. Tapped for its East Coast location and its ability to quickly ramp up to serve as a temporary host installation, the Army […]

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Congress considers future of the military draft, while Supreme Court holds off

BY: - June 8, 2021

By Max Margulies, United States Military Academy West Point and Amy Rutenberg, Iowa State University The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear arguments in the case of National Coalition for Men v. Selective Service System. In doing so, it acceded to the Biden administration’s wishes that it not address the question of whether women […]

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Japanese American soldiers in World War II fought the Axis abroad and racial prejudice at home

BY: - May 31, 2021

By Susan H. Kamei, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Imagine being forced from your home by the government, being imprisoned in a detention camp under armed guards and behind barbed wire – and then being required to join the military to fight for the nation that had locked up you and your […]

In purge of Confederates, Virginia plans to rename Camp Pendleton

BY: - January 20, 2021

Camp Pendleton, the state military reservation in Virginia Beach named for a Confederate general, likely will be renamed soon. Next month, a panel of state officials plans to recommend a new name for the Virginia National Guard training facility, which was named for William Nelson Pendleton, a Virginian who served as Gen. Robert E. Lee’s […]

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How you can help veterans every day

BY: - November 11, 2020

By Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Purdue University As the nation celebrates our 17 million living veterans, it is also important to know that the number of these heroes who are ending their own lives prematurely is rising. In the general population, suicide is the 10th most common cause of death, but among veterans with PTSD, it’s […]

Congress pushes back on White House bid to cut funding for Virginia-class submarines 

BY: - August 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — A high-profile dispute over whether to rename military installations that honor Confederates isn’t the only fight between the White House and Congress over this year’s defense authorization bill. Another battle has been brewing below the surface that also has major implications for Virginia: whether to fund construction of one or two next-generation Virginia-class […]

Kaine predicts win in effort to rename bases that honor Confederates

BY: - July 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine is preparing for battle with President Donald Trump over renaming military facilities that honor Confederates — and he’s expecting to win. In an interview with the Mercury, Kaine said he believes the GOP-controlled Senate would override a possible presidential veto of a defense policy bill that would begin […]

Trump won’t ‘even consider’ push to rename bases honoring Confederates

BY: - June 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee this week adopted an amendment to require the Defense Department to rename U.S. military facilities named in honor of Confederates. The amendment from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, was adopted during a closed-door vote on annual defense policy legislation. The language was approved by a voice […]

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Let’s rename military bases honoring Confederate officers

BY: - June 9, 2020

By Jeff South Now that Virginia’s governor has announced plans to remove the 12-ton statue of Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, it’s time for government officials to train their sights on an even more imposing symbol honoring the Confederate commander: the U.S. Army base that bears his name about 30 miles south […]

Rep. McEachin to U.S. House leaders: Ban military force against protesters

BY: - June 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — Virginia Rep. Don McEachin is urging U.S. House leaders to prohibit the Defense Department from using military force against peaceful protesters.  The Richmond Democrat sent a letter this month asking lawmakers to include language in an annual defense spending bill that would block funding “from being used for force against American citizens peacefully […]

Trump plans another ‘Salute to America’ July 4 event, despite pandemic

BY: - May 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t upended President Donald Trump’s plans to hold another contentious Fourth of July celebration in the nation’s capital this summer. The White House told the Associated Press this week that Trump intends to move ahead with a scaled-back version of last year’s massive “Salute to America” event on the National […]