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The U.S. Army Special Forces Command allowed a closer look into an unconventional warfare exercise staged at Camp Bullis Tuesday night. The training is in conjunction with other exercises across the Southwest that some know as Jade Helm. Although a scheduled paratrooper jump did not happen due to safety issues, media outlets attending were given insight into the training.

 

AACOG

A new program has started in San Antonio that provides free rides to military veterans and their spouses.  It’s called “Alamo Call-A-Ride 4 Vets” and is run by the Alamo Area Council of Governments through a $300,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission.

All veterans with an honorable discharge are eligible.

“The great thing about the program is it’s available to anyone who served in the military of any age. They don’t have to be disabled and they don’t have to have some income limit or something like that,” said AACOG Special Projects Manager Siena Lindemann.

Updated at 5:55 p.m. ET

The Army confirmed Thursday that it will cut 40,000 troops at several domestic bases over the next two years in a cost-saving move. If the White House and Congress are unable to avert another round of sequestration cuts, the troop reductions could be even deeper, according to Army officials.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army general has been reprimanded for steering a defense contract to a firm run by two former classmates at West Point, according to a published report.

Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, who as deputy commander for operations in the Middle East oversaw the training of Iraqi forces, was reprimanded after an investigation by the Army’s inspector general, according to The Washington Post, which cited documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

An Army review board is considering whether to strip Pittard of his rank as a two-star general before he is allowed to retire, the newspaper reported.

As a young U.S. Army soldier during World War II, Rollins Edwards knew better than to refuse an assignment.

When officers led him and a dozen others into a wooden gas chamber and locked the door, he didn't complain. None of them did. Then, a mixture of mustard gas and a similar agent called lewisite was piped inside.

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