All Army Reserve units in Puerto Rico will now be under one command, the Army Reserve Caribbean Geographical Command. A transformation ceremony took place Sunday at Fort Buchanan, and Lt. Col. Walter Watts said, "We can now focus our efforts to train units in this region for mobilization around the globe and for validation purposes."
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Military pay will likely still be issued should the government partially shut down Dec. 21 because of an impasse in budget talks. The Pentagon is not among the agencies facing a shutdown if spending bills aren't passed, but the Defense Department may not be fully immune from a government closure's side effects.
The Defense Department identified $4.37 billion in savings for the 2018 budget cycle and $2 billion more thus far for 2019. The Office of Management and Budget has directed the Pentagon to identify $46 billion in savings by 2023
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford will remain on the job for the rest of his term, according to the Pentagon. President Donald Trump plans to nominate Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley as the next chairman.
The 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base in Germany got hands-on training on a C-5M Super Galaxy trainer aircraft recently with the help of Reserve aircraft maintainers from the 512th Airlift Wing, based in Dover, Del. The airmen took part in 918 proficiency tasks over a two-week training period.
First lady Melania Trump sorted toys and made Christmas cards this week at a Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. The Toys for Tots tradition began in 1947 when a Marine Corps Reserve officer built on his wife's idea, which was to make dolls for disadvantaged children, by placing boxes outside movie theaters and asking for toy donations.
A work climate that permits sexual harassment and assault is believed to be a factor behind deaths by suicide of female military veterans, which occur at a rate twice that of female civilians. Critics say failure by superiors to act on complaints in the service is compounded by inadequate assistance afterward by the VA.