Category Archives: black

Army’s 1st Black Ranger instructor remembered for fighting crime in Columbus, Georgia

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Tim Chitwood, (Columbus, Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer via the AP 6 hours ago A Ranger sign inside a training camp near Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii, May 13, 2019. (Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux/Air Force) COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus drug dealers couldn’t scare an old Army Ranger who’d done two tours of combat duty in Vietnam, so they gave […]

Veterans group launches podcast series for Black History Month on Black veterans and their mental health

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Ellsworth “Tony” Williams, CEO of Veterans Counseling Veterans, has been concerned about the racial unrest the country is facing. That’s why he and his organization are launching a podcast series for Black History Month to address veterans’ mental health issues through the lens of the Black community. As a result, the series will discuss issues […]

For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

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WASHINGTON — Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will have to contend not only with a world of security threats and a massive military bureaucracy, but also with a challenge that hits closer to home: rooting out racism and extremism in the ranks. Austin took office Friday as the first Black defense chief, in the […]

For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

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WASHINGTON — Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will have to contend not only with a world of security threats and a massive military bureaucracy, but also with a challenge that hits closer to home: rooting out racism and extremism in the ranks. Austin took office Friday as the first Black defense chief, in the […]

For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

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WASHINGTON — Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will have to contend not only with a world of security threats and a massive military bureaucracy, but also with a challenge that hits closer to home: rooting out racism and extremism in the ranks. Austin took office Friday as the first Black defense chief, in the […]

For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

for-1st-black-pentagon-chief,-racism-challenge-is-personal

WASHINGTON — Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will have to contend not only with a world of security threats and a massive military bureaucracy, but also with a challenge that hits closer to home: rooting out racism and extremism in the ranks. Austin took office Friday as the first Black defense chief, in the […]

Raise the Black Flag: Nellis launches new Air Force operational test event

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The 53rd Wing has consolidated its series of large-scale tests at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada into a new event called Black Flag. Black Flag aims to be the testing equivalent of the Air Force’s Red Flag training exercise, the wing said in a Sunday press release. Instead of building readiness, as Red Flag […]

First Black woman named student brigade commander at Naval Academy

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The first Black woman to assume the top role leading fellow students at the U.S. Naval Academy will take up that position next semester as brigade commander, the academy said Monday. Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber will be the commander for the spring semester, according to the news release. Brigade commander is […]

Black Force Recon Marine, battlefield commission, Vietnam War hero … snubbed for the Medal of Honor?

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At the end of March 1967, Marine 2nd Lt. Jim Capers stepped off on what was to be a four-day foot patrol into the jungles near Phú Lộc, Vietnam. He snaked through that jungle terrain, sporting a recent battlefield commission as a second lieutenant, leading just nine 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company Marines and a dog […]

Navy’s ‘Black Widow’ exercise tests capabilities in a North Atlantic submarine battle

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As U.S. Navy brass continues to sound the alarm about Russian submarine activity in the North Atlantic, the sea service kicked off an exercise this week to hone the sort of anti-sub warfare skills that fell by the wayside in the post-9/11 world. Dubbed “Exercise Black Widow 2020” for a reason several admirals could not […]