Military

Secret Service prepares for Trump visit to Louisville

When President Donald Trump comes to town, it takes a lot of work to make sure things go smoothly for him, and the public.

  Flags ordered at half-staff in honor of Ky. serviceman

  Smoking policy to restrict smoking at VA facilities

  Helicopter pilot becomes 1st female Marine to pilot F-35 jet

Women veterans event coming to Poplar Bluff, Mo.

  Mineola man talks about MIA brother whose remains were finally flown home

  Son pilots plane carrying remains of father shot down in Vietnam 50 years ago

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After long search, Ky. woman does ‘good thing’ and returns scrapbook to 97-year-old Navy pilot in Ohio

Soldier killed by fallen tree at Fort Pickett identified

  Esper is sworn in as defense secretary to succeed Mattis

  WWII veteran’s legacy honored

  78 years after the Pearl Harbor attack, another recently identified sailor is laid to rest

Decorated soldier dies in combat operations in Afghanistan

  Owners of pasture said Black Hawk couldn’t have landed in a better location

The pilot said the chopper experienced transmission problems.

  Memphis soldier surprises son at school after 8-month deployment

Sergeant Brandee Biggs was deployed in Afghanistan for eight months and told her son, Christopher, she wasn’t coming home until late July.

  98-year-old Region 8 veteran, with 5 Bronze Stars, talks about service to country

“You might have an easy day, or you might have to be moving, or worried about if you were going to get shot at,” said Willard Whaley. While he’s lived a full life, with memories he’ll cherish, World War II isn’t one of them.

Governor announces new adjutant general for National Guard

Arkansas' governor says Maj. Gen. Kendall W. Penn will serve as the next adjutant general of the state's National Guard

Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in killing of captive in Iraq

  Complete stranger to help Mid-South veteran see long lost love again

  WWII Navy vet, 94, joins family business as barista

Crater appears in German field, apparently caused by WWII bomb

  Jonesboro’s Veterans Village attracts attention from state officials

Region 8 Salutes: Airman First Class Matthew Q. Wakefield

  WWII veteran reunites with French love interest after 75 years

A 97-year-old WWII veteran is living a most unexpected love story.

Region 8 Salutes: Powell, Colbert, McCoy graduate basic training

Three young men from Region 8 recently swore to protect our country from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

Region 8 Salutes: Elijah L. Hardin

Elijah L. Hardin recently graduated basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas as a U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman First Class.

  Navy reports near-collision with Russian ship

The Navy said the USS Chancellorsville was recovering a helicopter when the Russian vessel closed “to approximately 50-100 feet putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk.”

  VA launches new healthcare options for veterans

The Department of Veteran's Affairs rolled out its new healthcare system Thursday.

  West Point cadet killed, 22 injured in training rollover

Twenty cadets and two soldiers were injured when their light medium tactical vehicle overturned at about 6:45 a.m. off of Route 293.

  D-Day at 75: Nations honor veterans, memory of fallen troops

French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump praised the soldiers, sailors and airmen, the survivors and those who lost their lives, in powerful speeches Thursday that credited the June 6, 1944, surprise air and sea operation that brought tens of thousands of men to Normandy, each not

  D-Day: A weather forecast that changed history

Seventy-five years ago in June 1944, Allied forces landed along the coast of Northern France as part of a military action that helped pave the way for the defeat of Nazi Germany.

Sikeston High School graduate completes U.S. Air Force basic training

Airman Amber E. Spears graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

Study shows quality of care for veterans

The study compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on their ability to provide a comfortable military retirement.

Region 8 Salutes: Airman Audrey M. Pace

The Mountain Home native graduated basic military training recently at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

Army veteran, minister says Chicago police mistakenly raided his home

Police say they’re looking into how this happened. The minister says he holds no ill will but wants the department to admit it made a mistake.

  Mid-South veteran in need of life-saving stem cell treatment

Family and friends of a Memphis dental student are hoping the public's generosity will help save a life.

  102-year-old veteran receives WWII medals 73 years overdue

Senator Angus King recently presented Dr. Ruth Endicott with four medals at her home

Airline employee pleads guilty to working as agent for Chinese government

The Department of Justice alleges that Lin shipped packages for Chinese military officers.

US deports spouse of fallen soldier, brings him back

Jose Gonzalez Carranza was arrested at his Phoenix home last week and taken to Mexico days later. His 12-year-old daughter was left behind.

  Army mom surprises her two daughters after more than a year away from home

Most of those send her around the world, but her latest mission brought her back home to Jonesboro.

‘All clear’ at Millington naval base after discovery of explosives prompts shelter-in-place order

According to a post on the naval base’s Facebook page, all personnel are being ordered to shelter in place in doors until the “all clear” is given.

  Man walks across Region 8 to support veterans and those in active duty

Ken Brock made the decision to walk from Florida to Idaho to show his gratitude to those who have served.

  Chelsea Manning says she faces contempt hearing and possible jail time

Manning objected to every question she was asked on Wednesday and declared her First, Fifth and Sixth Amendment privileges.

  Sen. Martha McSally, ex-Air Force pilot, says officer raped her

Sen. Martha McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, said Wednesday that she was raped in the Air Force by a superior officer.

Region 8 Salutes: Airman Jasper Cesar P. Eola

U.S. Air Force Airman Jasper Cesar P. Eola for graduated basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

  Mid-South soldier surprises daughter, returns early after deployment

After serving overseas, a North Mississippi soldier made a very special visit Wednesday to surprise his daughter.

Coast Guard lieutenant compiled hit list of lawmakers and media figures, feds say

Christopher Paul Hasson is due to appear Thursday in federal court in Maryland after his arrest on gun and drug offenses, but prosecutors say those charges are the "proverbial tip of the iceberg."

  Trump orders creation of Space Force, but within Air Force

President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Pentagon to develop plans to create a new Space Force within the Air Force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he'd wanted.

Sailor in iconic World War II kiss photo dies at 95

George Mendonsa was immortalized in a photograph of him kissing Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse's uniform, on Aug. 14, 1945, the day Japan surrendered in World War II.

Suicide rates among Marines, Navy reached 10-year high in 2018

Many of the cases are young Marines who have not been deployed overseas nor been in combat, a situation that has also been seen in other military branches.

  American detained in Russia is former Marine, family says

Paul Whelan was in the country for a wedding, his brother said in a statement. Russia has held him on accusations of spying.

  Local WWII veteran celebrates 105th birthday

One Region 8 city celebrated a long-time resident today for a very special reason Friday.

Purple Heart Post is the first in Arkansas

An American Legion Post in Manila became the first in the state to be honored with a purple heart post designation.The Herman Davis American Legion Post 197 in Manila was honored Sunday with the “Military Order of the Purple Heart Special Recognition Award.”

Veteran denied surgery for rare condition that causes constant pain, severe weight loss

After almost a decade of tests with the VA, the veteran sought outside care, but when he found a possible treatment, he was denied surgery twice.

In marking anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack, a pledge to survivors: ‘We’ll continue to tell your story'

“Your unconquerable spirits will live forever.”

A Vietnam veteran died with no family, so other vets stepped up to remember him

The community also provided the funeral home with the proper paperwork to ensure the Marine veteran got military honors at the service.

  With evidence of Russian buildup in European foothold, US military is at the ready

With concern that Russia is upgrading its capabilities at NATO’s doorstep, the U.S. is increasingly on guard.

Medal of Honor awarded to Sgt. Maj. John Canley, who saved fellow Marines during Vietnam battle

Canley fended off numerous attacks during the Battle of Hue and repeatedly charged across fire-swept battle grounds to take wounded marines to safety.

Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson becomes first woman to lead largest command in US Army

The command Richardson will lead, United States Army Forces Command, is composed of 776,000 soldiers.

Pentagon reveals cyber breach of travel records

The Pentagon says there has been a cyber breach of Defense Department travel records that compromised the personal information of military and civilian personnel

Memphis VA again ranks among worst in country

The Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center once again received bad ratings.

  Beck PRIDE Center serves veterans

Missouri political candidate Jason Kander announced this week that he was dropping out of the race for Kansas City Mayor.

‘Lowest level of humanity’: Man allegedly urinates on flags in veterans cemetery

Police are investigating, and the mayor says he’s confident anyone found guilty will be held “fully responsible for these despicable actions.”

  Passport issues: Texas veteran born at home faces citizenship scrutiny

More than two months after Daniel Jimenez applied for the passport, the State Department sent him a letter saying it cannot accept his birth certificate.