The National Veterans Day Observance is being held at Arlington National Cemetery today, while New York City held its 100th Veterans Day Parade and many events are being held nationwide. Meanwhile, veterans, active-duty military and Reserves can receive a free meal and/or drinks at a number of national chains, including Denny's, Starbucks, Olive Garden and 7-Eleven.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley in an interview on "This Week" said the US will keep around 500 to 600 troops in Syria. "The footprint will be small, but the objective will remain the same: the enduring defeat of ISIS," he said.
In an interview on ABC's "This Week,"
The Military Family Parole in Place Act has been introduced by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., in an effort to temporarily protect undocumented relatives of troops and veterans from deportation. A key element of the bill would require the leaders of both the Defense Department and the VA to approve deportation parole denials and, along with the Homeland Security secretary, provide reasons for the denials publicly.
Maj. Gen. Marion Garcia passed leadership of the 200th Military Police Command, the Defense Department's largest police force and the second largest Army Reserve command, to Maj. Gen. John Hussey in a ceremony earlier this month at Fort George G. Meade, Md. The 200th totals about 14,000 troops, with 118 units spread throughout 33 states.
Brig. Gen. Steven McLaughlin has assumed command of the 100th Training Division based at Fort Knox, Ky., replacing Brig. Gen. Aaron Walter, who is retiring. Maj. Gen. Bruce Hackett, commander of the 80th Training Command, hailed Walter's nine years of leading the division, saying, "Your efforts have enabled us to build a close relationship with the Fort Knox community and being recognized as being one of the best training divisions in the Army Reserves."
Specialized X-ray machines are being used by Army and Department of Energy researchers to get a detailed look at the human skull in order to help design safer helmets. "The more we understand how the skull behaves, the more we can understand what happens to the brain," said Army researcher Karin Rafaels.
Pennsylvania is offering free tuition to children and spouses of Army National Guard troops, an expansion of a program the state already offers to active-duty and veteran Guard members. "The expansion of this program to spouses and children will help more military families succeed, all while allowing us civilians to say, 'Thank you for your service,'" said Gov. Tom Wolf.