Paratroopers, with Charlie Battery, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, engage ISIS militants with precise and strategically placed artillery fire in support of Iraqi and Peshmerga fighters in Mosul. US Army Photo by Sgt. Christopher Bigelow
The military has not made any changes yet to its transgender policy following President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that the Defense Department will not allow transgender individuals to serve in “any capacity.” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, in a Thursday message to service leaders, said that there are “no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance,” according to
Reuters. “In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect. As importantly, given the current fight and the challenges we face, we will all remain focused on accomplishing our assigned missions.” Trump on Wednesday used a series of tweets to
announce that the government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity.” —Brian Everstine
The US-led coalition has pulled its backing from a group it previously supported inside Syria after it conducted operations against the Syrian regime. The group, called Shohada Al Quartyan, reportedly left a coalition base and conducted patrols “unilaterally” and “engaged in activities not focused on fighting ISIS,” coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon said Thursday. While the group had been important partners, the coalition has pulled its support from this group and is working to take back equipment it had provided them. CNN
reported the group left the deconfliction zone in southern Syria to carry out independent operations against pro-regime fighters. —Brian Everstine
A Boeing KC-46A tanker undergoes testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., on the base’s electromagnetic pulse pad. Boeing photo/NAVAIR photographer
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