Military

  Military steps in to help in El Paso hospitals amid devastating COVID-19 surge

With El Paso hospitals and ICUs over capacity since last month due to one of the worst COVID-19 surges in the country, three Air Force medical teams have spent the past two weeks deployed to aid in the fight.

  Greene County Tech serves free meal to those who served America

Army identifies 5 Americans killed in Egypt helicopter crash

  Five Decatur brothers, who all served in Vietnam, live to tell their story

  Harrisburg honors veterans with ceremony, parade

Dept. of Veterans Affairs: 77 active cases of COVID-19 in Poplar Bluff VA service area, 43 in Marion VA service area

  Hundreds attend Jonesboro Veterans Parade midst pandemic

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US citizen kidnapped in Niger rescued in military operation

Poplar Bluff VA receives large donation

US Navy: 2 onboard training plane killed in Alabama crash

Murdered Fort Hood soldier Guillen died ‘in the line of duty,’ Army says

6 Russian military officers charged in vast hacking campaign

Oldest living Marine celebrates her 107th birthday

IMAGES: Oldest living U.S. Veteran celebrates his 111th birthday in New Orleans

Lawrence Brooks, a New Orleans native and the oldest known U.S. veteran of World War II, celebrated his 111th birthday at his home

  President Trump stated funding for the Stars and Stripes will not be cut

Combat veteran Blair Moran is voicing his opinion on the ongoing fight to keep the military independent paper known as Stars and Stripes.

Veterans are divided about reports Trump disparaged military

Veterans and military families are divided about reports that President Donald Trump made disparaging comments toward the military.

Gov. Hutchinson congratulates Westside Air Force Jr. ROTC cadet

Westside School District reached out on Facebook to congratulate Cadet Laitlyn Tippy for being selected as the winner of both the Air Force JROTC and the Air Force Association Leadership Award.

Mother of missing Fort Hood soldier arrives amid search: ‘I’m not leaving until he’s found’

Former sailor details misconduct by SEALs pulled from Iraq

‘What a great day.’ 120 soldiers return to N.C. after year in Middle East

For 1st time, female soldier set to join a Green Beret team

Affidavit: Fort Hood soldier was bludgeoned to death, dismembered, burned

  Navy laser takes down drone in weapons test

  Army suspects foul play in disappearance of 20-year-old Ft. Hood soldier

She was last seen in the parking lot of her 3rd Cavalry Regiment Engineer Squadron Headquarters.

Arkansas World War II veteran to celebrate 94th birthday

A Arkansas World War II veteran is turning 94 and would like to receive birthday cards.

  Arkansas State’s ROTC to hold unconventional pinning ceremony during COVID-19 pandemic

Arkansas State University ROTC will be holding a pinning ceremony for their nine new 2nd lieutenants. Each cadet will have its separate pinning ceremony held on Facebook.

Iran Guard commander threatens US Navy after Trump tweet

Iran has had tense encounters at sea for years with the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.

Trump tweets he’s ordered Navy to destroy Iranian gunboats if US ships are harassed

President Trump did not cite a specific event in his tweet, or provide details.

  Defense secretary open to reinstating fired USS Roosevelt captain

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he's "got to keep an open mind" about the possibility of reinstating fired aircraft carrier commander Capt. Brett Crozier.

  Pentagon: US strikes Iran-backed group that hit Iraq base

One U.S. official says multiple strikes targeted Kataib Hezbollah weapons facilities inside Iraq.

BRTC faculty receives honors

Black River Technical College faculty were awarded for their service by the Office of Secretary of Defense's Employer Supporter of the Guard and Reserve.

  Active military personnel nominates colleagues for their help during deployment

Faculty and staff received awards for their commitment and service to their country Tuesday.

US says 2 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in Afghanistan attack

U.S. officials say an Afghan dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire late Saturday in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

'Suspected World War II ordnance’ sparks evacuation in London’s Soho

Police have cordoned off one of the busiest areas of central London after what’s thought to be an unexploded World War II bomb was dug up at a construction site.

  Remains of N.C. soldier arrive in the United States

The flag-draped coffin of Spc. Antonio Moore, 22, of Wilmington, arrived at Dover Air Force Base overnight.

Official: Remains of 2 US troops recovered from Afghan site

A U.S. defense official says the United States has recovered the remains of two American service members killed in the crash of an Air Force plane in Afghanistan.

  106-year-old veteran’s classic car comes home after theft

The blue, 1956 Cadillac was a gift from the late actress Rita Hayworth.

104-year-old World War II veteran collecting Valentine’s Day cards

Maj. Bill White is asking people from all over the world sent him a card this Valentine’s Day

  VIDEO: Soldier stands in the rain to pay tribute to WWII nurse in viral photo

A photo of a soldier standing in the pouring rain playing TAPS at the funeral of a South Mississippi veteran is going viral.

2 US troops killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

In keeping with defense department rules, the U.S. military did not identify the service members.

  Military draft: How it works and what you need to know

Fake text messages being sent to people, instructing them to report for duty.

  Memphis veteran, attorney shares personal experience at Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq

A Memphis attorney who served in the U.S. Army talked with WMC Action News 5 about his time on the Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq.

  Local Middle East analyst comments on death of Iranian general

A Middle East analyst from Iraq commented on the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

  Thousands in Baghdad mourn Iranian general killed by US

Defense officials said the troops are from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. They are in addition to about 700 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne who deployed to Kuwait earlier this week.

US kills Iran’s most powerful general in Baghdad strike

The Pentagon says the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump.

US adds detail on how soldier died in Afghanistan this week

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble was with his unit when its members discovered an undisclosed amount of Taliban weapons in Kunduz Province, said Eric Pahon, a spokesman for the U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

New Jersey soldier killed in action in Afghanistan, Pentagon says

The Pentagon says the 33-year-old soldier suffered fatal injuries while his unit was engaged in combat operations.

USCG: Russian surveillance ship operating in ‘unsafe manner’ in waters off S.C., Ga.

The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring a Russian surveillance ship that is operating in waters along the southeast coast, according to officials.

  78 years later: Community gathers to remember Pearl Harbor

The Craighead County Veterans Foundation held its annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony in downtown Jonesboro, Saturday morning.

  Saudi student opens fire at Florida Naval base, killing 3

The assault, which ended when a sheriff’s deputy killed the attacker, was the second fatal shooting at a U.S. Navy base this week and prompted a massive law enforcement response and base lockdown.

Navy sailor who killed 2 at Pearl Harbor shipyard was unhappy with commanders

The gunman was identified as 22-year-old Gabriel Romero.

Four A-State alumni, veterans inducted into Hall of Heroes

The 4 inductees were also honored at A-State’s football game against Coastal Carolina during half-time.

  A Better Region 8: Helping our veterans not just today, but every day

We should not only thank and help our veterans today, but we should thank them and help them everyday in any way we can.

  Hundreds participate in Jonesboro Veterans Day parade

This year’s theme is “Saluting Our Doughboy Veterans of World War I- War to End All Wars.”

Treasurer encourages Missourians to search for unclaimed military medals

Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick encourages Missourians to search the Unclaimed Property database for unclaimed military medals and insignia.

  Lake City holds ceremony at new veterans memorial

A Region 8 city is digging through history one name at a time, and each name is a veteran who fought for our country.

Military dog hurt during raid that killed ISIS leader returns to duty

The military dog who was hurt during a raid that took out the founder of ISIS has returned to duty.

Trump says US forces cornered IS leader in dead-end tunnel

The leader of the Islamic State militant network is believed dead after being targeted by a U.S. military raid in Syria.

AGFC honors veterans with special hunting days

A plan to allow all-active duty military personnel and veterans to participate in a special veteran’s waterfowl hunt was approved Wednesday by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans

Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a "safe zone" free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive.

  Historic World War II B-17 bomber to give Memphians a chance to fly

The B-17 is the most famous bomber used during World War II.

Jackson, Missouri native graduates U.S. Air Force Basic Training

U.S. Air Force Airman Tyler S. Hill graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Memphis soldier missing for almost 70 years being laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has declared Wednesday a day of mourning in honor of U.S. Army Capt. Rufus Hyman who went missing in July 1950 while serving in the Korean War.

Winter clothes donated for veterans in need

The donation included coats, boots, pants, and sweaters.

23 soldiers injured in training accident at Camp Shelby

Several soldiers were injured during a nighttime airborne training exercise Wednesday at Camp Shelby.

VA hosts walk-in flu shot clinics for veterans

The VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff is hosting a walk-in flu shot clinic the week of Oct. 16 and at other community VA clinics on Oct. 25.

Free walk-in flu shot clinics set for veterans

The VAMC will host one-day walk-in clinics at its community clinics, including Paragould and Pocahontas.

US soldier wanted to help people make bombs for domestic attacks, attorney says

The soldier told undercover agents about his plans to build a bomb that would be triggered by a cellphone call.

Texas WWII veteran wants 100 cards for his 100th birthday

Jim South turns 100 on Oct. 7 and his birthday wish is to receive 100 cards.

  Gov. Parson speaks at Missouri Vietnam Wall Run in Perryville, Mo.

It was the first statewide motorcycle run to the new Missouri National Veterans Memorial in Perryville.

Area 51 events mostly peaceful; thousands flock to Nevada desert

Events involving thousands of Earthlings answering an internet buzz about an invitation to "Storm Area 51" in the Nevada desert have been mostly festive, with crowds numbering in the low thousands and few arrests, officials said.

VA clinics to ban cigarettes, cigars, vape pens

Patients and visitors to area VA medical clinics will no longer be able to fire up a cigarette.

Candlelight vigil to bring awareness to veteran suicide prevention

A Poplar Bluff VA hospital will host a candlelight vigil next week in hopes of shining light on veteran suicide.

Region 8 Salutes: Airman Colby L. Lonon

Congratulations to U.S. Air Force Airman Colby L. Lonon of Paragould.

  Memphis VA doctor killed in California dive boat fire

Doctor Ted Strom, 62, was a pathologist at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

WWII veterans return to Europe for 75th anniversary of Battle of the Bulge

Friday morning, 15 World War II veterans boarded a plane to go back to the sites where the Battle of the Bulge was fought.

19-year-old Hawaii soldier dies during basic training in Oklahoma

In a statement, the Army did not confirm the details of Williander’s death.

  Fort Sill soldier dies during basic training

7News is learning about a soldier that died on Fort Sill.

  Air Force jets seek refuge at Barksdale Air Force Base

More than 50 F-16 Vipers evacuated Thursday from their base in South Carolina

KSLA Salutes: Marine hits the road to try and erase race

Carlen Charleston decided he wanted to spend the next three years traveling across the country sharing more about his non-profit “ERASE Races: The American Unity Movement.”

Former VA pathologist charged in deaths of 3 patients

A pathologist fired from an Arkansas veterans hospital after officials said he was impaired on duty has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of three patients