Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy 35 years ago, returned this week to serve as the first black superintendent in West Point's 216-year history.
“I'm honored to command such a group of outstanding Americans,” Williams told the crowd gathered at the academy in West Point, New York, for his assumption of command ceremony on Monday.
Williams, a native of Alexandria, Va., and member of the Military Officers Association of America, is the academy's 60th superintendent. He replaces Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, who retired after serving in the position since 2013.
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About 2,500 uniformed health professionals could be eliminated through a new plan released by the White House.
The Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, which is overseen by the Surgeon General, could be cut from about 6,500 officers to no more than 4,000, according to the plan. The cuts are part of a larger federal government overhaul proposed by the Office of Management and Budget.
“We were caught totally by surprise by this proposal,” said retired Army Col. Jim Currie, executive director of the Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service. “We have had no indications that anyone in the government is dissatisfied with any of the work our officers do for the country.”
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More special operators could receive a break on taxes next year.
The Special Operations Forces Tax Cut Act would grant tax breaks to troops based on their mission, rather than location. The bill would benefit troops who deploy outside of combat zones not formally recognized in the IRS' Combat Zone Tax Exclusion section.
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American servicewomen essential in connecting troops to allied forces during World War I could be honored with Congress' highest civilian award.
The women - nicknamed the Hello Girls - worked on switchboards at military outposts, quickly connecting and communicating with their French counterparts. They've fought for decades to have their service recognized with veteran status and benefits.
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