THE MILITARY

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...
By Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Purdue UniversityAs 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...
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...
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...
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...
By Jeff SouthNow 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...
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...
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...
By Thomas King With the recent profound irrelevance of the USNS Comfort’s mission to New York City made abundantly clear, it is time to revive the effort the Navy made in 2018 to retire one of its two hospital ships. Citing the cost of maintaining them, the Navy asked to retire...
WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 outbreak on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier led to the quarantine of thousands of sailors, a firing of captain who pleaded for help, the resignation of the acting U.S. Navy secretary and broad concerns about the safety of servicemembers confined to cramped quarters aboard...