Military leadership

Colorado National Guard medical personnel prepare to perform coronavirus test on a motorist at a drive-thru testing site outside the Denver Coliseum Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Denver. Officials planned to administer 150 tests but the line of vehicles wrapped around three city blocks. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
March 26, 2020 - 11:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus is taking a growing toll on the U.S. military, and commanders and senior officials are bracing for worse. From nuclear missile fields at home to war zones abroad, from flight lines to ships at sea, the Pentagon is striving to shield vital missions even as it faces...
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Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, left, accompanied by Gen. James McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army, right, speaks at a news conference at U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., Thursday, March 19, 2020, where scientists are working to help develop solutions to prevent, detect and treat the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
March 20, 2020 - 6:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army on Friday became the first military service to announce it is shutting down all of its recruiting stations around the country in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Gen. James McConville, chief of staff of the Army, told Pentagon reporters the service will...
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper testifies to the Senate Armed Services Committee about the budget, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. An uptick in Taliban attacks against Afghan forces that prompted a retaliatory U.S. airstrike has underscored the fragility of the peace deal between the Trump administration and the group. Esper told the Senate hearing that the Taliban are honoring the agreement by not attacking U.S. and coalition forces, “but not in terms of sustaining the reduction in violence.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
March 13, 2020 - 2:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. launched airstrikes Thursday in Iraq, targeting the Iranian-backed Shiite militia members believed responsible for the rocket attack that killed and wounded American and British troops at a base north of Baghdad, the Pentagon said. U.S. officials said multiple strikes by...
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Afghan people chant after a few rockets are fired during inauguration ceremony for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
March 09, 2020 - 12:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — American troops have begun leaving Afghanistan for the initial troop withdrawal required in the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement, a U.S. official said on Monday, amid political chaos in Kabul that threatens the deal. Hundreds of troops are heading out of the country as previously...
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper testifies to the Senate Armed Services Committee about the budget, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
March 05, 2020 - 6:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military and its warfighting command centers in the Pentagon are prepared to continue operations even if there is a local outbreak of the new coronavirus, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday, as the department began finalizing its response plans. Although only one...
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 02, 2020 - 12:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he has given the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan the go-ahead to begin the initial withdrawal of U.S. troops. Speaking at a Pentagon news conference Monday, Esper said he was not sure whether the drawdown had begun, but said it is required to...
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A horse-drawn carriage carries the flag-draped coffin of former autocratic President Hosni Mubarak during his funeral, at Tantawi Mosque, in eastern Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Egypt is holding a full-honors military funeral for Mubarak who was ousted from power in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. The 91-year-old Mubarak died on Tuesday at a Cairo military hospital from heart and kidney complications. (AP Photo/Hamada Elrasam)
February 26, 2020 - 11:32 am
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt held a full-honors military funeral Wednesday for the country's former autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for nearly three decades before he was ousted in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that swept much of the region. The funeral, replete with cannon fire and a horse-...
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U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper speaks on the second day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
February 15, 2020 - 6:59 am
MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday cast China as a rising threat to world order — saying the world's most populous nation steals Western know-how, intimidates smaller neighbors and seeks an “advantage by any means and at any cost.” A frequent critic of China, Esper used an...
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FILE - This April 24, 2009, file photo shows Sri Lanka's Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva at a military facility in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka. The U.S. government on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, issued a travel ban on Sri Lanka's army chief, saying there is “credible information of his involvement” in human rights violations during the final phase of the island nation's civil war that ended 11 years ago, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said. Silva, and his immediate family members are now prohibited from traveling to the U.S. in a ban that was quickly denounced by Sri Lanka's government, which said “there were no substantiated or proven allegations of human rights violations" committed by Silva.(AP Photo/Chamila Karunarathne, File)
February 14, 2020 - 3:06 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday issued a travel ban Sri Lanka's army chief, saying there is “credible information of his involvement” in human rights violations during the final phase of the island nation's civil war that ended 11 years ago, Secretary of State Michael R...
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Thailand Army Chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong speaks during a press briefing in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Kongsompong apologized and send his condolences to the families of victims of the mass shooting, conducted by Thai Army soldier on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 and confirmed the Army will compensate those who are affected by the incident. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
February 11, 2020 - 2:38 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's army commander said Tuesday the soldier who killed 29 people in a shooting rampage had not been treated fairly in a land deal involving his commander and such arrangements would have to be halted. The gunman killed his superior officer and the officer's mother-in-law,...
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