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Military families dragged into Senate battle over abortion politics

Tommy Tuberville

Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s blockade of senior military promotions hasn’t just affected the top brass. It’s stalled the lives of hundreds of military spouses and children trapped in the tumult of abortion-related politics.

U.S. military families worldwide are finding their futures suspended — from uncertainty about finding housing to where their kids will attend school — as Tuberville’s eight-month hold on promotions drags on. The Republican says he won’t back down until the Pentagon overturns its new policy of reimbursing service members who travel to another state to obtain abortions and other reproductive services.

More than 300 officers have been forced to extend their current tours or been sent on temporary assignments to wait out the blockade, according to the Pentagon. And the halt has trickled down the ranks. Junior members can’t advance until their bosses do, effectively freezing the status of hundreds more military members.


Coast Guard says 4 divers who went missing off S.C. coast were found alive

5 divers found aliveFour divers who hadn't been seen since they plunged into the Atlantic Ocean more than 60 miles east of Myrtle Beach, S.C., over the weekend were rescued in the early hours of Monday, the Coast Guard said.

Some 12 hours after diving off a pleasure boat named Big Bill's, the divers wound up being brought aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer. It was just one of a number of sea and air assets that were enlisted to bring the four to safety.

The group will have quite a story to tell: Air and boat crews launched a search for the divers after being alerted that they hadn't resurfaced after starting their dive around noon Sunday.

The rescued divers are Ben Wiggins, 64; Luke Lodge, 26; Daniel Williams, 46; and Evan Williams, 16, according to the Coast Guard.T

TNNL Comment:  Kudos to the Coast Guard!  What a great rescue.



Pentagon Plans To Shake Up DC’s National Guard Over Jan. 6, Protests Response

National Guard shake-upThe Pentagon is developing plans to restructure the National Guard in Washington, D.C., in a move to address problems highlighted by the chaotic response to the Jan. 6 riot and safety breaches during the 2020 protests over the murder of George Floyd, The Associated Press has learned.

The changes under discussion would transfer the District of Columbia’s aviation units, which came under sharp criticism during the protests when a helicopter flew dangerously low over a crowd. In exchange, the district would get more military police, which is often the city’s most significant need, as it grapples with crowd control and large public events.

Several current and former officials familiar with the talks spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. They said no final decisions have been made.

A key sticking point is who would be in control of the D.C. Guard — a politically divisive question that gets to the heart of what has been an ongoing, turbulent issue. Across the country, governors control their National Guard units and can make decisions on deploying them to local disasters and other needs. But D.C. is not a state, so the president is in charge but gives that authority to the defense secretary, who generally delegates it to the Army secretary.


China, Russia send warships near Alaska; US responds with Navy destroyers

US Navy destroyers

Eleven military vessels from China and Russia found operating near the Aleutian Islands last week were met by four U.S. Navy destroyers, Alaska’s two U.S. senators said.

The two Republican senators, Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, issued a joint news release Saturday night saying they had been briefed about the operation.

"We have been in close contact with leadership from Alaska Command for several days now and received detailed classified briefings about the foreign vessels," Murkowski said.

"The incursion by 11 Chinese and Russian warships operating together – off the coast of Alaska – is yet another reminder that we have entered a new era of authoritarian aggression led by the dictators in Beijing and Moscow," Sullivan said.


US navy sailors arrested on charges of passing sensitive material to China

USS Essex

Two US navy sailors have been arrested on charges of handing over sensitive national security material to China, US officials said on Thursday.

Jinchao Wei, a 22-year-old sailor assigned to the San Diego-based USS Essex, was arrested on Wednesday on a charge related to espionage involving conspiracy to sending national defense information to Chinese officials. In a separate case, the justice department charged Wenheng Zhao, 26, for allegedly collecting bribes in exchange for giving sensitive US military photos and videos to a Chinese intelligence officer.

“These individuals stand accused of violating the commitments they made to protect the United States and betraying the public trust, to the benefit of the PRC government,” said Matthew G Olsen, the assistant attorney general of the justice department’s national security division.


Biden implements sweeping changes to how the military handles sexual assault cases

Biden overhauls military treatment of rape cases

President Biden signed an executive order Friday implementing sweeping changes to the military justice system's handling of sexual assault cases. The reforms, which won bipartisan approval in Congress, remove serious criminal cases from victims' chain of command and instead place the cases under the authority of trained prosecutors.

"Sexual assault cases in the military have been plagued with concerns from victims who fear coming forward to see prosecutions led by their own commander," as NPR reported last December. "Overall, a very low share of such cases go to trial or see convictions."

The reform effort was led by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who has long pushed for changes in how the U.S. military handles sexual assault cases as well as other serious crimes, including domestic violence, child abuse and murder.


Bowe Bergdahl's desertion conviction is voided by the appearance of bias under Trump

Bowe Berghdahl conviction voided

In 2017, a military judge told attorneys in Bowe Bergdahl's court-martial case that he was impervious to pressure from then-President Donald Trump — but he made a crucial omission: one week earlier, the judge had applied for a new job in the Trump administration.

That's the conclusion of U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, who on Tuesday vacated the former soldier's court-martial conviction and sentence that were overseen by former military judge Jeffrey Nance.

"Yesterday was a very good day for the rule of law, and it was a good day for Sergeant Bergdahl," Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, told NPR.


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