Military http://wunc.org en The State Of Iraq http://wunc.org/post/state-iraq <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Islamic militants are slowly gaining more control of Iraq.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group known as the Islamic State is asserting its will in the northern part of the country. It has made </span>Mosul<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> its de facto capital, and has driven thousands of Christians out of the city. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But&nbsp;the battle is not just sectarian, it is political.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:22:20 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 39401 at http://wunc.org The State Of Iraq Veteran Who Held Off Taliban Attack On His Own Receives Medal Of Honor http://wunc.org/post/afghan-vet-who-held-taliban-attack-his-own-will-receive-medal-honor Army Sgt. Ryan Pitts will be the ninth living veteran to receive the nation's highest award for valor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan, when President Obama presents him with the Medal of Honor later today.<p>As NPR's Tom Bowman reports, Pitts is credited with holding off a brutal Taliban attack back in 2008. Tom filed this report for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"Soldiers from Chosen Company were setting up an outpost in the rugged hills near the Pakistan border. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:23:00 +0000 editor 39337 at http://wunc.org Veteran Who Held Off Taliban Attack On His Own Receives Medal Of Honor The Unraveling Of The Family Reed http://wunc.org/post/unraveling-family-reed <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his debut novel, Chapel-Hill based author <a href="http://mbjoneswrites.com/">Michael B. Jones</a> explores a tumultuous relationship between a father and son who search for happiness and identity as their lives fall apart around them.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:08:59 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 38674 at http://wunc.org The Unraveling Of The Family Reed The Ethics of Torture http://wunc.org/post/ethics-torture <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Many have criticized the&nbsp;American government's use of torture since 9/11 including military experts who say it it is ineffective. But for Christian ethicist </span><a href="http://davidpgushee.com/" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">David Gushee</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">, the very question of effectiveness is a degrading one.&nbsp;</span><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3">He believes the usefulness of a behavior does not affect its morality.&nbsp;</font></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Gushee is part of the non-governmental, bipartisan </span><a href="http://detaineetaskforce.org/" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Task Force on Detainee Treatment</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">, convened by the </span><a href="http://www.constitutionproject.org/" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Constitution Project</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Gushee speaks tonight at </span>7pm<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;"> at </span><a href="http://www.pullen.org/" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Pullen Memorial Baptist Church</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;"> in Raleigh. A declassified report on CIA torture is expected to be released by the </span><a href="http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Senate Select Committee on Intelligence</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;"> later this summer.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:25:52 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37831 at http://wunc.org The Ethics of Torture Military Officers Urge Lawmakers To Keep Common Core Standards http://wunc.org/post/military-officers-urge-lawmakers-keep-common-core-standards <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of retired generals is advising lawmakers not to support legislation that would get rid of the Common Core academic standards.</span></p><p>The group Mission Readiness: Military Leaders for Kids says the standards will help ensure the success and strength of the military by better preparing students who choose to serve. Military officers say about 23 percent of graduates looking to enroll don’t pass entrance exams in math, literacy and problem solving.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:55:48 +0000 Reema Khrais 37185 at http://wunc.org Military Officers Urge Lawmakers To Keep Common Core Standards Young Woman A Catalyst For UNC Policy Shift On Same-Sex Military Spouses http://wunc.org/post/young-woman-catalyst-unc-policy-shift-same-sex-military-spouses <p></p><p>Jasmine Pollard is an Army reservist. She had just gotten back from a nine-month deployment when she and her now wife decided to marry. The ceremony was in California, a state that allows same-sex marriages.</p><p>Her wife also serves. She's a medic stationed at Fort Bragg. So Jasmine, 20, decided to move back East so they could be together. She'd hoped to go to school, taking advantage of a federal law the says military dependents can receive in-state tuition rates.</p><p>She ran into problems.</p><p>She called Fayetteville State University to ask about the waiver.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Eric Mennel 36404 at http://wunc.org Young Woman A Catalyst For UNC Policy Shift On Same-Sex Military Spouses The Man Who Brought G.I. Joe To Children Dies At 86 http://wunc.org/post/man-who-brought-gi-joe-children-dies-86 A half-century after the first G.I. Joe action figures hit U.S. shelves, the man who oversaw the toy's creation has died of cancer in Rhode Island. Former Hasbro executive Donald Levine was 86. He was also a veteran of the Korean War who said that G.I. Joe was an attempt to honor those in the U.S. Mon, 26 May 2014 20:51:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 36175 at http://wunc.org The Man Who Brought G.I. Joe To Children Dies At 86 Your Guide To Memorial Day Events In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/your-guide-memorial-day-events-north-carolina <p>People will gather across the state for Memorial Day ceremonies honoring men and women who died in service to the US military.</p><p>Governor Pat McCrory and the commander for Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune will gather for a ceremony at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington.</p><p>During World War II, the battleship participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific, survived a broadside torpedo attack, and earned 15 battle stars.</p><p>Marine Brigadier General Robert Castellvi said the armed forces are facing new issues since the time the North Carolina sailed.</p> Sun, 25 May 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 36043 at http://wunc.org Your Guide To Memorial Day Events In North Carolina Female Marines Volunteer for ‘Historic’ Combat Training http://wunc.org/post/female-marines-volunteer-historic-combat-training <p></p><p>Women are still excluded from certain areas of military service, but the Department of Defense has given branches until 2016 to eliminate "unnecessary gender-based barriers to service". Now, bases are evaluating how women fare during training that was reserved for men.</p><p></p><p>Camp Lejeune is studying enlisted female Marines who have passed their first 29 days of general training and volunteer for another 30 days of specialized training. At the end of it, their male peers can become machine gunners and missile men.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:56:11 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 36036 at http://wunc.org Female Marines Volunteer for ‘Historic’ Combat Training Energy Consumption And Climate Change As National Security Threats http://wunc.org/post/energy-consumption-and-climate-change-national-security-threats <p></p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Climate change and the way we use energy are threats to national security, according to group of U.S. military generals at the nonprofit CNA Corporation. </span></font></p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Their research shows stronger storms will likely divert more troops to humanitarian missions and American dependence on fossil fuels forces convoys to routinely transport fuel through dangerous areas. </span></font></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:11:52 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 35894 at http://wunc.org Energy Consumption And Climate Change As National Security Threats