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May 18, 2024 at 4:14 AM

Army will present Purple Heart to veteran 73 years after he was wounded in Korean War

After 73 years and a long fight with the Army, a Korean War veteran from Minnesota who was wounded in combat finally got his Purple Heart
May 18, 2024 at 4:14 AM
Earl Meyer wears his freshly awarded Purple Heart medal for combat injuries he received while serving in the Korean War, Friday, May 17, 2024 in St. Peter, Minn. (AP Photo/Mark Vancleave)
May 17, 2024 at 8:02 PM

US airman killed by deputy in his own home honored at funeral

Civil rights activists and Air Force airmen lauded him during the ceremony.
May 17, 2024 at 8:02 PM
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Roger Fortson was shot in his home by a Florida sheriff's deputy. Body camera footage appears to show Fortson had a gun in his hand at the time of the shooting.
May 17, 2024 at 3:58 AM

USS Ronald Reagan leaves its Japan home port after nearly 9 years

A U.S. Navy strike group’s flagship aircraft carrier has left its Japanese home port, wrapping up nearly nine years of deployment in the Indo-Pacific, where it served a key role in the U.S. effort to bolster defense ties with Japan and other partners i...
May 17, 2024 at 3:58 AM
Family members and friends of the crew of the U.S. navy aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) see off at the U.S. navy's Yokosuka base Thursday, May 16, 2024, in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo. This is the ship's final departure from Yokosuka before transiting back to the United States. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
May 15, 2024 at 10:54 PM

Pentagon report to show significant drop in unwanted sexual contact in military

Pentagon report to show significant drop in unwanted sexual contact in military and a drop in number of reports filed last year.
May 15, 2024 at 10:54 PM
In this 2011 file photo, female US Marines are shown marching.
May 15, 2024 at 10:49 AM

Air Force pilot dies after aircraft ejection seat goes off while on the ground

An Air Force instructor pilot has died after the ejection seat on his aircraft activated while the plane was operating on the ground, officials said.
May 15, 2024 at 10:49 AM
May 12, 2024 at 6:30 PM

US special operations leaders having to do more with less, learning from Ukraine war

U.S. special operations commanders are having to do more with less and they're learning from the war in Ukraine, That means juggling how to add more high-tech experts to their teams while still cutting their overall forces by about 5,000 troops over th...
May 12, 2024 at 6:30 PM
A soldier from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School checks a compass while completing a land navigation course during Special Forces Assessment and Selection near Hoffman, N.C., May 7, 2019. U.S. special operations commanders are having to do more with less and they're learning from the war in Ukraine, That means juggling how to add more high-tech experts to their teams while still cutting their overall forces by about 5,000 troops over the next five years. (Ken Kassens/U.S. Army via AP)
May 10, 2024 at 9:25 PM

VA improperly approved over $10M in bonuses to senior executives, watchdog says

Some have challenged having to pay the money back, an inspector general said.
May 10, 2024 at 9:25 PM
Some have challenged having to pay the money back, an inspector general said.
May 9, 2024 at 8:49 PM

Witnesses tell lawmakers US intel downplaying cases of mysterious 'Havana syndrome'

A U.S. intelligence community report concluded it was 'very unlikely' a foreign adversary was the cause.
May 9, 2024 at 8:49 PM
The agency seal on the floor of the lobby at the CIA, in Mclean, VA.
May 8, 2024 at 1:26 AM

US service member shot and killed by Florida police identified by the Air Force

The U.S. Air Force says a 23-year-old airman supporting its Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida, was shot and killed during an incident involving the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office
May 8, 2024 at 1:26 AM
This photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, shows Senior Airman Roger Fortson in a Dec. 24, 2019, photo. The Air Force says the airman supporting its Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla., was shot and killed on May 3, 2024, during an incident involving the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. (U.S. Air Force via AP)
May 7, 2024 at 4:06 AM

US and Philippine forces stage combat drills near strategic channel off southern Taiwan

U.S. Marines and their Filipino counterparts have staged joint combat drills on the Philippines’ northernmost island along the strategic Bashi Channel off southern Taiwan, a flashpoint in the Washington-Beijing military rivalry
May 7, 2024 at 4:06 AM
U.S. troopers prepare to board U.S. Army CH-47s at Paredes Air Station at Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte province as it carries U.S. and Philippine troops during a joint military exercise in northern Philippines on Monday, May 6, 2024. American and Filipino marines held annual combat-readiness exercises called Balikatan, Tagalog for shoulder-to-shoulder, in a show of allied military readiness in the Philippines' northernmost town facing southern Taiwan. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
May 4, 2024 at 4:07 PM

US military acknowledges errant drone strike killed civilian, not al-Qaeda leader

U.S. Central Command acknowledged that one year ago Friday, it mistakenly struck a civilian in a strike in Syria, not the al-Qaeda leader it was looking for.
May 4, 2024 at 4:07 PM
The seal for the U.S. Central Command is displayed on Feb. 6, 2017, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
April 29, 2024 at 10:30 PM

Medal of Honor recipient Col. Ralph Puckett lies in honor in Capitol rotunda

Col. Ralph Puckett Jr.'s cremated remains lay in honor at the U.S. Capitol on Monday -- joining the rare company of the country's most distinguished citizens.
April 29, 2024 at 10:30 PM
A U.S. Capitol Police honor guard salutes the cremated remains of retired Army Col. Ralph Puckett Jr. during his congressional tribute in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on April 29, 2024 in Washington, DC.
April 25, 2024 at 8:50 PM

Sheriff conducting criminal investigation into National Guard helicopter crash

The Starr County Sheriff declined to release records from the March National Guard chopper crash, citing an ongoing investigation into whether criminality was involved.
April 25, 2024 at 8:50 PM
In this frame grab taken from video provided by KRGV, authorities stage near where a helicopter flying over the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas crashed, killing two National Guard soldiers and a Border Patrol agent, March 8, 2024.
April 25, 2024 at 8:42 AM

US to withdraw troops from Niger after military deal revoked

The United States and Niger are discussing plans to withdraw American troops from the West African nation, ending more than a decade of military presence there.
April 25, 2024 at 8:42 AM
In this April 16, 2018 file photo a U.S. and Niger flag are raised side by side at the base camp for air forces and other personnel supporting the construction of Niger Air Base 201 in Agadez, Niger.
April 24, 2024 at 8:04 PM

US discusses plans to withdraw troops from Niger

There are more than 1,000 military personnel stationed at an American drone base near the Nigerien city of Agadez.
April 24, 2024 at 8:04 PM
There are more than 1,000 military personnel stationed at an American drone base near the Nigerien city of Agadez.
1 month ago

Marine killed In training exercise identified

Military officials said 23-year-old Sgt. Colin Arslanbas died in an accident last week during a training exercise near Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
1 month ago
VIDEO: Marine killed In training exercise identified
1 month ago

Marine dies following incident during training exercise

A Marine died following an incident that occurred during a training exercise in North Carolina, U.S. Marine Corps officials said.
1 month ago
The US Department of the Navy, US Marine Corps, logo hangs on the wall Feb. 24, 2009, at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
1 month ago

US to Israel: If you strike back at Iran, you'll do it alone

As Israel weighs its response to Iran’s attacks this weekend, U.S. officials are privately telling Israel that if it strikes back militarily, it will do so alone.
1 month ago
An anti-missile system operates after Iran launched drones and missiles toward Israel, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel April 14, 2024. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
1 month ago

Review finds US troops did not spot ISIS-K suicide bomber before Abbey Gate attack

The U.S. military named the suicide bomber behind the attack at Abbey Gate during the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. Review finds troops didn't spot ISIS-K bomber.
1 month ago
An Afghan man hands his child to a British Paratrooper assigned to 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment while a member of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conducts security at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2021.
2 months ago

Senior DOD official experienced 'Havana syndrome' symptoms at NATO summit: Pentagon

The U.S. government says a foreign adversary is unlikely behind "Havana syndrome," even as the Pentagon Monday confirmed a new case involving a senior defense official.
2 months ago
The Pentagon is seen from the air in Washington, Mar. 3, 2022.
2 months ago

Islamic State has been growing ‘unabated’ in Afghanistan: Retired Gen. Frank McKenzie

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz interviews former CENTCOM Commander Gen. Frank McKenzie on “This Week.”
2 months ago
VIDEO: 1-on-1 with Gen. Frank McKenzie
2 months ago

Former top general warns of 'inevitable' threats to US from ISIS after Moscow attack

ISIS has a "strong desire" to attack the U.S. and other foreign powers -- a threat that is only growing -- retired Gen. Frank McKenzie warned on Sunday
2 months ago
Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie testifies during a Senate Armed Services hearing, on March 15, 2022, in Washington, D.C.
2 months ago

Cancer rate among Air Force missileers prompts questions, concerns

Former Air Force members known as missileers, who worked at nuclear missile sites, are concerned about a rise in cancer cases among their group.
2 months ago
Bioenvironmental engineers from the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the 341st Operational Medical Readiness Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., assess environmental factors in a launch control center, June 22, 2023.
2 months ago

Top generals testify about chaos of Afghanistan exit: 'We could not forge a nation'

Gens. Mark Milley and Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie are testifying before a House committee about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021
2 months ago
Retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley testifies about Afghanistan during a hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 19, 2024.
2 months ago

Families of US troops in shock as they deploy to Gaza coast to build emergency pier

ABC News spoke with troops and their families in Newport News, Virginia.
2 months ago
Hundreds of U.S. troops are now enroute to the Mediterranean Sea, including 500 Army soldiers from the 7th Transportation Brigade, who left Mar. 12, 2024, from Newport News, Virginia.
2 months ago

US conducts defensive airstrikes as Houthis fire anti-ship ballistic missiles

The United States has conducted six defense strikes and fired 18 anti-ship missiles in Yemen after the Houthis fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles into the Red Sea.
2 months ago
An aerial view of the Barbados-flagged ship True Confidence ablaze following a Houthi missile attack at sea, March 6, 2024, in this handout photo.
2 months ago

US military lifts grounding order on V-22 Osprey three months after fatal crash

The US military has lifted its flight ban on V-22 Osprey aircraft three months after a deadly crash in Japan killed eight service members.
2 months ago
In this April 5, 2018, file photo, Bell Boeing CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircrafts arrive at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo.
2 months ago

UFOs in storage? Findings about alien technology from exhaustive Pentagon review

The review looked at UFO sightings and reports dating back decades.
2 months ago
This video grab image obtained April 28, 2020, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense shows part of an unclassified video taken by Navy pilots that have circulated for years showing interactions with "unidentified aerial phenomena".
2 months ago

Biden announces 'emergency' US military mission to build pier off Gaza coast for aid

It will receive “large ships carrying food, water, medicine," an official said.
2 months ago
The Trident pier rests on the shore of Fort Story, Va., during the preliminary stages of the Joint Logistics-Over-the-Shore exercise, Aug.17, 2012.
2 months ago

Johnson invites Gold Star parents of Marines killed in Afghanistan to SOTU

Mike Johnson said he will bring Gold Star parents who lost their children during the 2021 U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan as guests at the State of the Union.
2 months ago
Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., discusses President Joe Biden's policies at the Mexican border during a news conference at the Capitol, Feb. 29, 2024 in Washington.
3 months ago

Pentagon to lift grounding order on V-22 Osprey, 3 months after deadly crash

The Pentagon is expected to lift its ban on V-22 Osprey aircraft as early as next week, three months after deadly crash.
3 months ago
In this June 8, 2022 file photo, an MV-22 Osprey assault support aircraft departs off the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in the Baltic Sea.
3 months ago

US military strikes targeting Houthi rebels are weaking their capabilities

ABC News’ Britt Clennett got an inside look at the operations aboard the USS Eisenhower positioned in the Red Sea.
3 months ago
VIDEO: US military strikes targeting Houthi rebels are weaking their capabilities
3 months ago

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin back in the hospital

The Pentagon says Austin can still do his job from the hospital with classified communications systems, but the deputy secretary is prepared to take over duties if needed.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin back in the hospital
3 months ago

Identities of 5 Marines killed in helicopter crash released

An investigation is ongoing with the Marines calling the crash a "tragic mishap."
3 months ago
VIDEO: Identities of 5 marines killed in helicopter crash revealed
3 months ago

5 Marines killed in helicopter crash are identified

Five Marines who died when their helicopter crashed in California during a routine training flight have been identified.
3 months ago
Sgt. Alec Langen, left, Lance Cpl. Donovan Davis, center, and Capt. Jack Casey.
3 months ago

5 missing Marines confirmed dead following helicopter crash

Five missing Marines have been confirmed dead more than 24 hours after their helicopter crashed in California, the U.S. Marine Corps said Thursday.
3 months ago
A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu in a U.S. Navy file photo.
3 months ago

5 missing US Marines found dead after helicopter crash

ABC News’ Matt Gutman is on the scene near the crash site of a U.S Marine helicopter.
3 months ago
VIDEO: 5 missing US Marines found dead after helicopter crash
3 months ago

5 missing Marines confirmed dead after helicopter crash

The U.S. Marine Corps said the five missing Marines have been confirmed dead more than 24 hours after the crash of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter in Southern California.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Search for missing Marines after helicopter found
3 months ago

US airstrike in Baghdad kills militia leader behind attacks on American forces

The U.S. carried out an airstrike in Baghdad on Wednesday targeting a leader of an Iran-backed militia in Iraq that was blamed for attacks on U.S. forces
3 months ago
Fighters lift flags of Iraq and paramilitary groups, including al-Nujaba and Kataib Hezbollah, during a funeral in Baghdad for five militants killed a day earlier in a US strike in northern Iraq, Dec. 4, 2023.
3 months ago

5 missing Marines confirmed dead following helicopter crash

The Marines had been reported missing when their CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter was "reported overdue" Tuesday night.
3 months ago
VIDEO: 5 missing Marines confirmed dead following helicopter crash
3 months ago

Search underway for Marines after helicopter goes down

Search crews were able to find the wreckage of the missing CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter hours after it was "reported overdue" to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Tuesday night.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Search underway for Marines after helicopter goes down
3 months ago

Missing military chopper found, search continues for 5 Marines

The chopper was found crashed in a California forest in East San Diego County.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Missing military chopper found, search continues for 5 Marines
3 months ago

Search underway for missing military helicopter with 5 Marines on board

The U.S. military is searching for a "super stallion" helicopter it said was "reported overdue" to a Marine Corps air station near San Diego overnight while it was en route from Nevada to California.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Search underway for missing military helicopter with 5 Marines on board
3 months ago

Military helicopter with 5 Marines on board goes missing

The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter was en route from Nevada to California when it was "reported overdue" to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar late Tuesday night.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Military helicopter with 5 Marines on board goes missing
3 months ago

US plans more military action against militants

A White House advisor says "this was the beginning of our response." ABC News' James Longman reports.
3 months ago
VIDEO: US plans more military action against militants
3 months ago

‘There will be more action’ in response to the killing of 3 US troops: Sullivan

George Stephanopoulos interviews White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on “This Week.”
3 months ago
VIDEO: 1-on-1 with Jake Sullivan
3 months ago

US launches strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen

ABC News’ Marcus Moore reports on the latest in the U.S. airstrikes on “This Week.”
3 months ago
VIDEO: US launches strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen ABC News’ Marcus Moore reports on the latest in the U.S. airstrikes on “This Week.”
4 months ago

US and UK lead new large-scale airstrikes against targets in Yemen

At least 36 strikes in 13 locations were launched in response to Iranian-backed Houthi drones and missiles threatening international ships in the region.
4 months ago
VIDEO: US and UK lead new large-scale airstrikes against targets in Yemen
4 months ago

US launches retaliatory airstrikes in Syria and Iraq

Iran-backed militias and Iranian military units in Iraq and Syria were targeted.
4 months ago
Iran-backed militias and Iranian military units in Iraq and Syria were targeted.
4 months ago

Biden's retaliatory strikes come with significant political risk: Experts

The death of 3 U.S. service members is forcing President Joe Biden to weigh military action that could carry risks of escalation and heavy political consequences.
4 months ago
President Joe Biden gives remarks during the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Statuary Hall in the Capitol on Feb. 1, 2024 in Washington, DC.