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The U.S. Army announced Thursday a restructuring of its Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) as the service prepares for a scheduled withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and a continued decline in the number of combat wounded. According to Brig. Gen. David Bishop, commander, Warrior Transition Command and Assistant Surgeon General for Warrior Care and Transition, "These changes will improve the care and transition of soldiers through increased standardization, increased cadre to soldier ratios, improved access to resources on installations, and reduced delays in care. They are not related to budget cuts, sequestration or furloughs." As part of the restructuring, the Army will inactivate five WTUs and establish more than a dozen community care units (CCUs) across 11 installations by September 30, 2014.
An Air Force investigation into illicit drug use has expanded to include 10 officers at six bases in the U.S. and Britain. The Associated Press reports, "Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth says nine lieutenants and one captain are being investigated for illegal possession of recreational drugs. He said the case began with the investigation of two officers at Edwards Air Force Base in California and expanded based on their contacts with others."
The United States is going to send 800 more soldiers and about 40 Abrams main battle tanks and other armored vehicles to South Korea next month as part of a military rebalance to East Asia after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The battalion of troops and M1A2 tanks and about 40 Bradley fighting vehicles are from the 1st U.S. Cavalry Division based at Fort Hood, Texas. They begin a nine-month deployment in South Korea on Feb. 1.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has spoken to Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu to discuss recent events in Russia. He offered his condolences for the recent terrorist attacks in Volgograd, saying the United States stands with the Russian people against terrorism. He also assured Minister Shoygu that the United States stands ready to provide security assistance to Russia for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, if requested.
If you serve the US military in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, you'll get imminent danger pay. But Bahrain, which is headquarters to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have been removed from that list. Lt. Col Steve Warren, Pentagon spokesman said the decision to drop more than 20 locales from the list followed a regular review and was not budget-driven.
China's says the U.S. should not have sent the last three Uighur Chinese inmates at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to Slovakia. The Chinese government claims they are terrorists. A spokesman says they are members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which Beijing labels a terrorist group and not only threaten China's security, but other countries as well.
The Department of Defense has released the names of those who died when their Black Hawk UH-60 went down Tuesday during a mission. Five U.S. soldiers based at Fort Riley, Kan., and one based in Europe were killed in a helicopter crash this week in southern Afghanistan, Army officials said Thursday. The five Fort Riley soldiers were identified as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, of Heavener, Okla.; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Sgt. Peter C. Bohler, 29, of Willow Spring, N.C.; Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 28, of Marietta, Ga.; and Spc. Terry K.D. Gordon, 22, of Shubuta, Miss. A sixth soldier, based in Vilseck, Germany, was identified as Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams, 30, of Elkhart, Ind. One soldier survived the crash.
Russia is developing a new intercontinental ballistic missile mounted on a railway car. Government officials say their stated goal is to counterbalance U.S. weapons in the pipeline. Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev, the chief of the military's Strategic Missile Forces, told Russian news agencies that the new weapon will be much easier to camouflage than its predecessor. The Soviet-designed railway missiles were dismantled in 2005. So what does this mean for the Cold War? Many say it never ended.
Two Guantanamo Bay prisoners have been sent back Saudi Arabia. U.S. officials say 35-year-old Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and 48-year-old Hamood Abdulla Hamood were transferred after a security review. Neither man had been charged with a crime. U.S. records show both were suspected members of al-Qaida and were considered to be at high risk of rejoining the terror group if released.
Terry Lee Loewen, a 58-year-old avionics technician allegedly spent months studying the layout of the Mid-Continent Regional Airport in Wichita, Kansas. The FBI says he was looking at flight patterns and other details as he planned a suicide car-bomb attack. The FBI says he developed a plan with other conspirators and Loewen, who lives in Wichita had been under surveillance for 6 months and was planning the attack to support al Qaida.