Military Stories of Note Around the World

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Stories of Note: September 19, 2022



CBS News (Washington): President Biden warns Vladimir Putin not to use nuclear weapons: "Don't. Don't. Don't."

The Biden administration has announced another $600 million in military aid to help the Ukrainian army maintain momentum against Russia. In an interview for this Sunday's "60 Minutes," Scott Pelley spoke with President Biden about Ukraine's recent battlefield success — and the dangers that could bring.


Defense News (Washington): How a Republican rift on Ukraine could complicate future aid packages

Republican leaders who hope to take control of Congress after the November elections would face a growing gap between members of their caucus calling for more robust aid to Ukraine and a contingent skeptical of continuing to shell out billions of dollars to Kyiv as the war with Russia continues.


The Associated Press (London): US-UK relations enter new chapter as new PM, king settle in

The two close allies now find themselves in a period of political uncertainty on both sides of the Atlantic.


CBS News (Washington): Biden tells 60 Minutes US troops would defend Taiwan, but White House says this is not official US policy

Last Thursday, the same day 60 Minutes spoke to President Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin met with China's leader, Xi Jinping. There's concern that Russia's war in Ukraine could inspire China to attack the island of Taiwan. U.S. policy since 1979 has been to recognize Taiwan as part of China, but remain silent on whether the U.S. military would defend the democratic government there. 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley asked Mr. Biden about that. (Washington): Lawmakers want to increase military training for Taiwan as tensions with China intensify

U.S. military training for Taiwan could be stepped up under a proposal making its way through Congress.


Wall Street Journal (Washington): Pentagon pushes defense companies to limit use of Chinese supplies

Finding China-made alloys in F-35 jets has put U.S. officials on alert as they seek to limit vulnerabilities


New York Times (Armenia): Pelosi, in Armenia, condemns Azerbaijan over clashes

Fighting last week, the deadliest between the two countries since 2020, was "initiated by the Azeris,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, while also calling for a negotiated settlement.


Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles): Local Armenians protest US assistance to Azerbaijan’s military forces

More than 100 people gathered outside the Azerbaijani Consulate in Los Angeles on Saturday demanding an end to attacks by Azerbaijan forces in a disputed border region with Armenia and Artsakh, where an estimated 200 people were killed in the past week.


The Associated Press (Cyprus): Cyprus hails US decision to fully lift weapons embargo

Cyprus on Saturday hailed the full lifting of a U.S. arms embargo on the ethnically divided island nation as a milestone reaffirming increasingly tighter bilateral bonds that serve to bolster stability in the turbulent east Mediterranean region.


Al Jazeera (Syria): US military base in Syria targeted in failed rocket attack

US Central Command says at least four rockets were launched towards the US military’s Green Village base in northeast Syria.


Al Jazeera (Afghanistan): Taliban, US swap prisoners – Guantanamo detainee for navy veteran

Afghanistan’s foreign minister says US navy veteran Mark Frerichs was exchanged for Taliban associate Bashar Noorzai.


Marine Corps Times (Washington): COVID-19 dismissals suspended for Marines seeking religious exemptions

The Marine Corps is suspending any administrative actions for certain Marines seeking a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine — similar to what the Navy did earlier this year.


Stars & Stripes (Japan): Testing finds PFOS, PFOA in excessive levels at US Navy base in Japan

Two rounds of tests in June and July confirmed the presence of toxic organic compounds in wastewater from this base’s treatment facility, according to the city of Yokosuka.


Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii): Navy pegs methylene chlorine spike at Hickam Officers’ Club as ‘isolated plumbing issue’

The state Department of Health is awaiting the results of new water samples taken at the Historic Hickam Officers’ Club before giving the Navy clearance to reopen the facility nine months after water samples detected levels of methylene chloride, a probable carcinogen, that were as high as 37 times the safe limit. (Hawaii): Major cut to cost-of-living allowances planned, then put on hold for service members in Hawaii

U.S. service members stationed in Hawaii may see a major hit to their cost-of-living allowances this year even though gas, groceries and housing costs continue to rise on the Pacific island chain. (Georgia): Mold is consuming Fort Stewart’s barracks as a pattern emerges across the Army

After a long mission in Europe, a soldier returned to his Fort Stewart barracks only to discover mold had completely consumed his room. The infestation wasn't only on the walls; his bags and bed turned black and green, encrusted in mold. Most of his belongings were ruined.


CNN (Massachusetts): The migrants sent to Martha's Vineyard have been voluntarily taken to a military base for support, officials say

The roughly 50 migrants who were sent by plane to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts by Florida's governor this week were taken to a military base Friday to receive shelter and humanitarian support, officials said.


Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Wyoming): Staff shortage triggers closure of military academy at National Guard Training Center

A quasi-military academy in Guernsey is closing and may not soon reopen, officials indicated Thursday. Officials with the Wyoming National Guard will look to move the facility elsewhere in the state, with the goal of possibly reopening in a few years.


Stars & Stripes (Washington State): JBLM doctor teams up with local school to teach staff to ‘stop the bleed’

Dr. Quinton Hatch, an Army surgeon, saw the news in May of a shooting at an elementary school in his home state of Texas and couldn’t shake it from his mind.


Military Times (Washington): Veterans suicide rate may be double federal estimates, study suggests

The rate of suicide among veterans may be more than double what federal officials report annually because of undercounting related to drug overdose deaths and service record errors, according to a new analysis released Saturday.


Military Times (Washington): Defense, VA leaders renew calls to prevent suicides in new message

As part of Suicide Prevention Awareness month, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough released a message Friday encouraging troops and veterans to seek out care to "prevent tragic losses.”


The Associated Press (California): California enacts law to help LGBTQ military veterans

A new law in California will help military service members who were discharged under "don't ask, don't tell" policies because of their sexual or gender identities to reestablish their eligibility for Veterans Affairs benefits, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday.


Air Force Times (Washington): Twin brothers, Thunderbirds founders laid to rest at Arlington

Two of the U.S. Air Force’s founding Thunderbirds members received a grand send off this week when the twin brothers, along with their spouses, were given a double inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery.