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Divorce rate inches up among troops

WASHINGTON -- The divorce rate among soldiers and Marines increased last year as military marriages suffered continuing stress from America's two ongoing wars.

There were an estimated 10,200 failed marriages in the active duty Army and 3,077 among Marines, according to figures obtained by the Associated Press for the budget year ended Sept. 30.

December 17, 2008 | By Pauline Jelinek Associated Press writer | Military


Gates: Military studying Iraq pullout

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates signaled a willingness Tuesday to forge ahead with two key priorities for the incoming Obama administration: accelerating the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and shutting down the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

As the only Republican Cabinet member asked to stay on by President-elect Barack Obama, Gates told reporters that military commanders are looking at ways to more quickly pull troops out of Iraq in light of the 16-month timetable that was a centerpiece of the Democrat's campaign.

December 17, 2008 | By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press writer | Military


Some vindication for sick Gulf War vets

WASHINGTON - Ground combat in the 1991 Persian Gulf War lasted just 100 hours, but it's meant 17 years of pain and anguish for hundreds of thousands of veterans.

Those who came home and complained of symptoms such as memory loss and joint pain are even sicker. As their lives unraveled and their health further deteriorated, many were told their problems were just in their head.

December 17, 2008 | By Kimberly Hefling Associated Press writer | Military


Judge stays Army execution

TOPEKA, Kan. -- A federal judge in Kansas has blocked what would be the military's first execution since 1961, giving the condemned prisoner more time to appeal his conviction and sentence.

U.S. District Judge Richard Rogers issued a stay Nov. 26 in the case of Ronald A. Gray, whose execution was scheduled for Dec. 10.

December 17, 2008 | By John Milburn Associated Press writer | Military


Deputy commander promoted to brigadier general

Thomas S. Vandal, the 3rd Infantry Division's deputy commanding general of support, received his first star.

December 16, 2008 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


Obama taps Gates to head Pentagon

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will remain in the Pentagon's top post when President-elect Barack Obama's administration takes office.

Obama, who also announced his other nominees for top national security posts today, cited the necessity of continuity as the United States fights wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as his rationale for asking Gates to stay.

December 16, 2008 | By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service | Military


Local group prepares for wreath ceremony

Their names are marked by numbers: Ssg. George Alexander Jr. is No. 269; Ssg. Steve Butcher is No. 337; and Spc. Ryan Carlock is No. 43.

December 16, 2008 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


It's official: U.S. in a recession

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy has been in a recession since December 2007, the National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday.

December 16, 2008 | The Associated Press | Military


Officers help soldiers celebrate Thanksgiving at home

The 3rd Infantry Division's dining facilities served Thanksgiving meals for soldiers and Army families Thursday.

December 13, 2008 | Special to the Courier | Military


Iraqi Freedom Minute for Nov. 27

Here is a brief video report from the military about American troops activities in Iraq.

December 13, 2008 | DVIDS | Military


Iraq OKs US security pact

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's parliament approved Thursday a security pact with the United States that lets American troops stay in the country for three more years.

December 12, 2008 | By Qassim Abdul-Zahra Associated Press writer | Military


Iraq vote on U.S. pact delayed

BAGHDAD -- Intense dealmaking among Iraq's political factions on Wednesday delayed by one day a parliamentary vote on a security pact that would allow American forces to stay in the country through 2011 under tight Iraqi supervision.

The proposed deal meets a longtime Iraqi demand for a clear timetable for the exit of about 150,000 American troops after years of war. But the Shiite-led government was struggling to meet the demands of political blocs, including a large group of Sunni Arab lawmakers, seeking concessions in return for supporting the agreement.

December 11, 2008 | By Qassim Abdul-Zahra Associated Press writer | Military


Iraqi Freedom Minute for Nov. 26

Here is a brief video report from the military about American troops activities in Iraq.

December 11, 2008 | DVIDS | Military


Stewart Garrison gets new CSM

Departing Fort Stewart Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Durr (left) shares a moment with his successor, Com. Sgt. Maj. James Ervin at their change of responsibility ceremony. Durr will be command sergeant major at Southeast Installation Management Command at Fort Macpherson.

December 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Military


Army sets first execution in 45 years

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - The Army has set a date for its first execution in nearly 50 years.

December 06, 2008 | Associated Press | Military


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Army to convert IBCT to ABCT on Stewart

The Army will convert the 3rd Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team to an Armor Brigade Combat Team, it was announced Wednesday in multiple ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff report Coastal Courier | Military


Nonprofit asks for help with 3rd ID Ball

For the first time, the Society of the Third Infantry Division will host the Division Ball at the conclusion of Marne Week festivities for soldiers ...

November 24, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Military


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