August 13, 2010

News from the Home Front: 08/13/2010

Wikileaks to release 15,000 more secret files - Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks is preparing to release 15,000 more secret intelligence documents about the Afghan war, leading the Pentagon to warn that it has 'already put far too many lives at risk'. (READ MORE)

Congress hurting Afghan civilian aid effort - Defense Secretary Robert Gates is calling for a "change in attitude" on Capitol Hill in getting more civilian help in Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Lawrence Central HS graduate killed in Afghanistan - Lawrence Central HS graduate, Sgt. Christopher N. Karch, 23, was killed in Afghanistan Tuesday. According to the Department of Defense, Karch’s unit was attacked with insurgent “small arms fire.” (READ MORE)

Postal Service change will allow military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan to receive cigarettes by mail - The U.S. Postal Service announced Thursday that it is changing its policy that effectively banned cigarettes from being mailed to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. (READ MORE)

Senator Kerry to tour flood-hit Pakistan - Senator John Kerry will visit Pakistan next week to survey relief operations after major floods in a bid to show US commitment and raise public awareness to drum up donations, an official said Thursday. (READ MORE)

Military survivors can get all kinds of assistance Friday - More than 21,000 surviving Army and Air Force spouses and family members live in the Pacific Northwest, according to officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. They range from people who lost a loved one in combat, to those whose husband or wife died after retiring from the uniformed service. (READ MORE)

Pentagon Push to Phase Out Top Brass Causing Much Consternation - Of all the spending cuts and budget battles the Pentagon is confronting, none is causing more angst than Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's vow to start getting rid of generals and admirals. (READ MORE)

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