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Experts urge troop withdrawal; DHS repeats need to ‘harden’ border

National security experts and former military officials called on the administration to bring active-duty troops home from the border for Thanksgiving and end what they called a “needless” and politically motivated deployment.... Read more»

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Trump administration seeks to restrict asylum claims

Immigration officials plan to bar people who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border from applying for asylum, newly installed acting Attorney General Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen announced Thursday.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Twelker: UA eye doc looks at 'caravan' through lens of experience in Honduras

When I heard about the caravan, I saw the photographs and watched the interviews. I thought: I know these people. They were my patients. Honduras is very poor and its main economy is to export food, coffee, and clothing to the United States. So, if you eat bananas, drink coffee or wear clothing, you most likely have a connection with the migrants — whether you know it or not. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Holmes: Be nice to troops deployed to border; they may disagree with their mission

What should our response be to troops being deployed along the border? Speak to our elected officials, but when you encounter these troops, my advice as a former soldier is to be nice to them. They are not choosing to come here, and they probably are not enjoying it.... Read more»

D-M, Ft. Huachuca to house troops sent to border; 101st Airborne among soldiers deployed

Tucson's Davis-Monthan AFB, and Ft. Huachuca in Sierra Vista, are among the locations where U.S. military forces are being stationed near the Mexican border. Among the deployments are the 101st Airborne Division.... Read more»4

For Tucson native, even small role in McCain rites is ‘humbling’

It was a “humbling” experience when Army 1st Sgt. John Carrigg served as non-commissioned officer in charge of the military detail that received McCain’s casket when it arrived Thursday night at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.... Read more»

Phoenix native killed in Army chopper crash in Iraq

A U.S. Army Special Operations helicopter pilot who was born in Phoenix died Monday after a crash in Iraqi Kurdistan. Flags across Arizona will fly at half-staff on Wednesday in honor of CWO 3 Taylor J. Galvin, Gov. Doug Ducey ordered.... Read more»

Flags at half-staff for Phx firefighter found dead while on Nat'l Guard duty

A Phoenix firefighter who was found dead on Friday in his quarters at an Army National Guard base is being honored with flags across the state flown at half-staff on Monday.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Automatic & semi-auto weapons belong in war not neighborhoods

Those who have been trained in the infantry or served in combat know powerful weapons are designed for just one thing — killing, as fast and as many people as possible. ... Read more»

Tucson soldier dies in Kosovo on 21st birthday

A U.S. Army soldier serving on a NATO mission died Saturday in the Balkan country of Kosovo. The death of Spc. Robert W. Jones, 21, is being investigated by military authorities. Saturday, Jan. 6, was his birthday.... Read more»

Ducey: Flags at half-staff to honor Tucson soldier killed in Yemen crash

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff to honor Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez, a soldier with Tucson ties who was killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Yemen.... Read more»

Tucson soldier declared dead in Yemen chopper crash

A soldier with Tucson ties has been declared dead by the Army, a week after he went missing in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Yemen. Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez, 31, had served in the military for 11 years, including in Afghanistan.... Read more»

Gov. Ducey declares emergency over sewer line break in Nogales

Arizona Gov. Ducey declared a state of emergency, calling for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide assistance to staunch a breach in a pipeline that carries sewage from Sonora, Mexico, to a wastewater treatment plant north of Nogales, Arizona.... Read more»

How a great-grandmother's body ended up in an Army blast test

The story of how an Arizona grandmother's remains came to be used in a Pentagon experiment shines a spotlight on a growing but little-known industry: the trade in human cadavers and body parts. No federal law regulates body brokers, and no U.S. government agency monitors what happens to cadavers pledged for use in medical education and research. ... Read more»

Special Forces soldier from Tucson killed in Jordan attack

A Tucson soldier was among the members of a U.S. Army Special Forces team who were killed Friday in an attack on a convoy in Jordan. Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, was one of three Airborne soldiers killed as they entered a military base in Jafr.... Read more»

Az's online voting makes it easier to deployed military to cast ballots

It was just a few short days before Halloween in October 2012. Petty Officer Second Class Scott Bourque was stationed in Japan and had just received his mail-in absentee ballot for the presidential election. He knew it would be nearly impossible to fill out his ballot and mall it back in time for it to be counted by Arizona election officials on Nov. 6.... Read more»1

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