• US military lifts ban on transgender service members

    US military lifts ban on transgender service members

    The US military lifted the ban on transgender people to openly serve in the military, with Defense Secretary Ash Carter saying that the armed services “don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications to serve.” Ash Carter made the announcement at a Pentagon news conference on Thursday, June 30.

    The change is said to be effective immediately. Top Pentagon officials finalized details of the plan earlier in the week.

    Carter said:

    “The Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of all […]

  • What A Tragedy: US Military Plane Crash Claims 11 Lives

    What A Tragedy: US Military Plane Crash Claims 11 Lives

    US military aircraft has crashed at an airport in eastern Afghanistan, killing all eleven people on board.

    A US-military spokesman confirmed the crash which took place at Jalalabad airport around midnight on Thursday, October 1.
    According to the spokesman, those aboard the ill-fated flight include six US military service members and five passengers, civilians who were contracted employees of the US-led international force.

    The Taliban claimed it had shot down the aircraft, but the army spokesman said there were no reports of enemy […]