For decades, the military services avoided paying millions of dollars extra every year to subsidize American-made athletic shoes for new recruits. They had adopted a voucher system that simply helped recruits buy popular foreign-made brands sold in base exchanges.
Military associations and the resale industry that supplies groceries to base commissaries are sounding alarms over a provision in the Senate's fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would direct the Department of Defense to privatize up to five of its 240 base grocery stores for two years to assess if a commercial grocer can run all the entire system.
Sen. Roger Wicker tried to put the best face on a Congress that many see as dysfunctional and out of touch when he touted defense and military budget news at the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Breakfast.
The Senate Armed Services Committee, as part of a more aggressive campaign to hold down military compensation costs, is calling for "substantial reform" of the $21 billion Basic Allowance for Housing program.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In a fading black-and-white photo snapped 70 years ago, Japanese Gen. Masaharu Homma, history's "Beast of Bataan," sits stoically on a hard bench in a makeshift Manila, Philippines, courtroom. He is dressed in a white suit and rifling through pages of evidence that ultimately would send him before a firing squad.
Keesler Air Force Base has been a part of South Mississippi for 75 years. The Naval Construction Battalion Center has been on the Coast for almost as long. Military officials joined forces with civilian leaders Tuesday to work on a plan to continue to be good neighbors to the Coast and its residents.
With U.S. forces still at war and House members up for re-election in November, the House Armed Services Committee rejected almost every idea the Obama administration proposed in its 2017 budget request to dampen military compensation and apply dollars saved to other defense priorities.
WASHINGTON -- Senators took fresh steps this week in the slow effort to reform the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department and hold it more accountable just as news broke of a new scandal -- cockroaches in food at a VA hospital in Chicago.