Pentagon to cut troop levels to 2,500 in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said Tuesday the U.S. will reduce troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan by mid-January, asserting that the decision fulfills President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring forces home from America’s long wars even as Republicans and U.S. allies warn of the dangers of withdrawing before conditions are right. […]

Georgetown American Legion post salutes veterans, serves community

GEORGETOWN — One of the missions of American Legion Post 8 and Legion Riders Chapter 8 is to serve the Georgetown community through its Station 93 ambulance service. Another is to serve, support and salute veterans. “This is what we are raising money for — the veterans,” said Peggy Parkinson, wife of Legion Riders Chapter […]

Plans for expanded VA clinic in Dover introduced

DOVER — As the area’s veteran population continues to age and grow, so does the need for wide-ranging medical services close to home. Enter the new Kent County Community Based Outpatient Clinic, which will more than triple the space currently available at the Veterans Affairs location on South Governors Road in Dover. The current medical […]

Saluting the veterans: Senator talks importance of military

DOVER — Lamenting the diminishing number of military veterans in the United States, state Sen. Trey Paradee, D-Dover, said now is an important time to honor them and preserve their legacies. Sen. Paradee, who served as the keynote speaker at American Legion Walter L. Fox Post 2’s Veterans Day Ceremony on Wednesday, also implored veterans […]

Vets recall roles in arrival of first C-5 to DAFB

DOVER — A routine day for Tom Dennis involves an afternoon at Dover Downs watching the horses race, followed by playing trivia games with longtime friends and competitors at Tom’s Bullpen in Dover. But the 86-year-old retired U.S. Air Force veteran had a far different view of normal when he co-piloted the first C-5 cargo […]

Seaford area to mark Vets Day with various events

SEAFORD — American Legion Nanticoke Post 6’s Veterans Day salute Wednesday features an open house, showcasing several wartime equipment pieces, motorcycles and other vehicles, plus displays and information booths. Also Wednesday, Veterans of Foreign Wars Virgil Wilson Post 4961 in Seaford will be holding an outdoor community ceremony. The American Legion open house will run […]

Battlin’ Betties give back to veterans, communities

DOVER — The Battlin’ Betties, with their 1940s and ’50s-era attire, bright red lipstick and throwback hairstyles, look like they just climbed off the nose of a vintage World War II airplane or out of a footlocker of an Army soldier. That’s the idea. When they visit veterans and first responders or appear at community […]

Dover to benefit from more of the military’s might, as mission brings no-cost medical care in 2021

DOVER — The capital city is certainly accustomed to hosting military personnel as the longtime home of Dover Air Force Base and its massive aircraft. However, around 300 additional individuals from every branch of the military are expected to descend upon Dover in 2021 for a pair of Innovative Readiness Training missions, bringing no-cost military […]

Delaware National Guard Cyberspace Squadron to assist in election

WILMINGTON — Gov. John Carney signed Executive Order No. 46 Friday, authorizing the Delaware National Guard’s 166th Cyberspace Operations Squadron to assist in 2020 election security efforts. The squadron’s cybersecurity capabilities will assist in protecting Delaware’s elections infrastructure. “Voting is our most fundamental right as Delawareans and Americans, and we will not take for granted […]

Veterans are divided about reports Trump disparaged military

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — In this soldier’s city and across the country, veterans and military families are divided about reports that President Donald Trump made disparaging comments toward the military, with some service members bristling at the remarks and others questioning whether they happened. Thomas Richardson, a retired member of the Army’s 82nd Airborne, did […]