201603.07
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A Fair Court Martial for SGT Bergdahl

Sergeant (SGT) Bowe Bergdahl’s defense counsel recently sent a letter to presidential contender Donald Trump requesting an opportunity to interview him.  The letter stated that the interview would be used to determine if a future deposition of Mr. Trump, or calling him as a witness for a pretrial hearing, would be necessary.  The basis for…

201602.02
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Pentagon Will Not Discipline Petraeus

Last weekend, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter decided not to impose any further punishment on retired Army General David H. Petraeus, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information while CIA director, an incident stemming from an affair with his biographer.  The decision by Secretary Carter proves that not all serious lapses in…

201601.05
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Women In Infantry, Armor and Special Operations

Army submits plan for women in infantry, armor, special operations (Michelle Tan, Army Times, Jan. 4)  The Army has submitted to the Defense Department its plan to open its infantry, armor and special operations ranks to women.  The implementation plan comes one month after Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced his decision to lift all gender-based…

201512.21
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The War Against Sexual Assault in the Army

In the war against sexual assault, the Army keeps shooting itself in the foot (Craig Whitlock, Checkpoint/Washington Post, Dec. 19) – To mark the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, the 188th Infantry Brigade held a potluck luncheon.  The deputy commander reminded his soldiers they were all “responsible for bringing an end to…

201512.16
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West Point Names First Female Commandant

Two weeks after the Pentagon announced all combat jobs are now open to women, the Army appointed its first female commandant of cadets at West Point.  Brigadier General (BG) Diana Holland will become the 76th Commandant of Cadets in January of 2016.  As the commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, BG Holland will oversee…