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Military service academies plan for students’ return in fall

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The U.S. Naval Academy is planning to have its 4,400 midshipmen return to campus in Annapolis, Maryland, for the fall, after students completed the last semester with online learning from their homes around the nation due to the coronavirus, academy officials said Monday. Vice Adm. Sean Buck, the superintendent, told the academy’s…

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The U.S. Naval Academy is planning to have its 4,400 midshipmen return to campus in Annapolis, Maryland, for the fall, after students completed the last semester with online learning from their homes around the nation due to the coronavirus, academy officials said Monday. Vice Adm. Sean Buck, the superintendent, told the academy’s Board of Visitors he has been communicating with the leaders of the nation’s other service academies, and they also plan to have their students on campus in the fall. “I can tell you, as of this morning, every single military service academy in this country is opening in the fall,” Buck told the board in an online meeting. “We all are developing very detailed plans with regards to health, safety and the protocols that we need to put in place to manage risk.” Lt. Col. Christopher Ophardt, a spokesman for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, said the academy will have a fall semester with cadets present, though the academy is still making plans. The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, did not immediately return an email and call seeking comment on its plans. play_circle_filled While academics can be done online, Buck said the other two pillars of the academy’s mission statement are developing midshipmen morally and physically, and those goals require hands-on experiences on campus. “We cannot develop leaders for our nation’s military services online,” Buck said. 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The superintendent told the board that even if an online distance learning must continue with faculty off of campus, the academy is planning to have its midshipmen in Annapolis. “In the military, we are taught how to accept risk, manage the risk and lead through the risk, and that’s what I intend to do,” Buck said. “And I want to give you all the confidence that your Naval Academy team is very postured and thinking hard to minimize the risk of bringing those 4,400 midshipmen back in mid-August to start in-person development of leaders.” Midshipmen toss their covers May 14, 2020, concluding the second swearing-in event for the United States Naval Academy Class of 2020 in Annapolis, Md. (Stacy Godfrey/Navy) While midshipmen were away starting March 6 for nine days of spring break, Buck decided for them not to return due to the coronavirus. The students were instructed to return to their home of record and transition to online learning. “I couldn’t have been more impressed with the faculty and the staff and the midshipmen themselves who took the orders and executed it very smartly, and we transitioned on the 20th of March to online learning,” Buck said. Last month, the academy held its first-ever virtual graduation and commissioning ceremony. Defense Secretary Mark Esper congratulated the graduating midshipmen in remarks recorded earlier. The academy’s Class of 2020 returned in groups from mid- to late-May to gather their belongings. The academy held five mini-commissioning events with about 210 graduating seniors every other day for 10 days, Buck said, and those events were stitched together in video and photographs for the virtual graduation ceremony last month.

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Suspect arraigned in killing of US Marine veteran in Russia

A court in central Russia on Sunday arraigned a suspect on murder charges in the death of an American woman who was studying at a local university. The body of 34-year-old Catherine Serou was found Saturday in a wooded area near the city of Nizhny Novgorod, 250 miles east of Moscow. She had been missing…

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A court in central Russia on Sunday arraigned a suspect on murder charges in the death of an American woman who was studying at a local university. The body of 34-year-old Catherine Serou was found Saturday in a wooded area near the city of Nizhny Novgorod, 250 miles east of Moscow. She had been missing since Tuesday. Her mother, Beccy Serou, of Vicksburg, Mississippi, told U.S. National Public Radio that her daughter had last texted her: “In a car with a stranger. I hope I’m not being abducted.” State news agency RIA-Novosti cited the local court as saying the suspect gave her a ride in his car, then took her to the wooden area and beat her and stabbed her “in the course of a dispute.” Russian news reports have identified the suspect as Alexander Popov and said he had a record of violent crimes. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of murder. Serou moved from California to Russia in 2019 to study law at Lobachevsky University in Nizhny Novgorod, news reports said. She had served as a logistics/embark specialist in the United States Marine Corps, getting out as a corporal in 2011, according to her releasable service records. Get the Marine Corps Times Daily News Roundup Don’t miss the top Marine Corps stories, delivered each afternoon (please select a country)United StatesUnited KingdomAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of TheCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’ivoireCroatiaCubaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuineaGuinea-bissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMarshall IslandsMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMicronesia, Federated States ofMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNetherlands AntillesNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorthern Mariana IslandsNorwayOmanPakistanPalauPalestinian Territory, OccupiedPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRwandaSaint HelenaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and The GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbia and MontenegroSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and The South Sandwich IslandsSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwan, Province of ChinaTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-lesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUnited States Minor Outlying IslandsUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaViet NamVirgin Islands, BritishVirgin Islands, U.S.Wallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabwe Subscribe × By giving us your email, you are opting in to the Marine Corps Times Daily News Roundup. She had one deployment to Afghanistan from November 2008 to April 2009, Yvonne Carlock, Deputy Communications Strategy Officer with Manpower & Reserve Affairs, told Marine Corps Times on Monday. Her last duty station was 2nd Radio Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Her service awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, NATO-ISAF Afghanistan, and a Good Conduct Medal. Beccy Serou told NPR that her daughter was in a hurry to get to a clinic Tuesday and may have gotten into a passing car. “I think that when she saw that the person wasn’t driving to the clinic, but instead was driving into a forest, she panicked,” Beccy Serou said. Marine Corps Times reporter Philip Athey contributed to this report.

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Army investigating death of Fort Bragg soldier killed on way to range

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center is leading an inquiry into an accident at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, involving an 18-wheeler and a backhoe that killed a soldier and injured two others Thursday morning. Safety investigators from the USACRC out of Fort Rucker, Alabama, are being dispatched to probe the accident, which involved an M-1088…

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The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center is leading an inquiry into an accident at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, involving an 18-wheeler and a backhoe that killed a soldier and injured two others Thursday morning. Safety investigators from the USACRC out of Fort Rucker, Alabama, are being dispatched to probe the accident, which involved an M-1088 High Mobility Engineer Excavator, according to a command press release. The soldiers involved in the accident were assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade, according to Mike Negard, a spokesperson for USACRC. However, their names are still being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The deadly accident took place at about 9:15 a.m. Thursday when the 18-wheeler carrying the three soldiers ran into the back of the M-1088 excavator while on the way to a training range, a Fort Bragg official said. The soldier killed in the accident was the one driving the 18-wheeler, the official added. The soldiers had to be extracted from the vehicle on Raeford-Vass Road near its intersection with Plank Road. Raeford-Vass Road is one of several gravel roads — which make it more difficult for heavy vehicles to safely brake — leading to training ranges on Fort Bragg. “The accidental death of this Soldier is tragic; my thoughts and prayers are with the Family,” said Col. Scott Pence, Fort Bragg Garrison commander. Sign up for the Army Times Daily News Roundup Don’t miss the top Army stories, delivered each afternoon (please select a country)United StatesUnited KingdomAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of TheCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’ivoireCroatiaCubaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuineaGuinea-bissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMarshall IslandsMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMicronesia, Federated States ofMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNetherlands AntillesNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorthern Mariana IslandsNorwayOmanPakistanPalauPalestinian Territory, OccupiedPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRwandaSaint HelenaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and The GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbia and MontenegroSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and The South Sandwich IslandsSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwan, Province of ChinaTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-lesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUnited States Minor Outlying IslandsUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaViet NamVirgin Islands, BritishVirgin Islands, U.S.Wallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabwe Subscribe × By giving us your email, you are opting in to the Army Times Daily News Roundup. USACRC has the authority to take over Army accident investigations, and “makes every attempt” to investigate fatal accidents, the command’s release said.

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This week in Congress: Final budget pitches before appropriators take their first swings

Defense officials will make another round of budget pitches on Capitol Hill this week as House members start their appropriations work with an eye towards final proposals next month. On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin makes his fourth appearance before Congress in five weeks to discuss the White House’s spending plans, this time answering questions…

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Defense officials will make another round of budget pitches on Capitol Hill this week as House members start their appropriations work with an eye towards final proposals next month. On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin makes his fourth appearance before Congress in five weeks to discuss the White House’s spending plans, this time answering questions from the House Armed Services Committee. One week later, the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to begin marking up its draft of the annual defense budget. The White House has asked for a $753 billion national defense budget for fiscal 2022, a figure that many conservatives have attacked as too small to meet current threats and some progressives have labeled still too large given recent spending boosts in recent years. Full committee mark-up of the defense spending plans isn’t scheduled to be completed until July 15, and the full House chamber likely won’t vote on the plan until September. Meanwhile, Senate appropriators still have not released a budget schedule, meaning the debate will likely linger late into the fall. Tuesday, June 22Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — G-50 Dirksen Navy/Marine Corps budgetActing Navy Secretary Thomas Harker, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday, and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger will testify on the fiscal 2022 budget request. Senate Appropriations — 10 a.m. — 192 Dirksen Army budgetArmy Secretary Christine Wormuth and Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville will testify on the fiscal 2022 budget request. Senate Armed Services — 2:30 p.m. — 232-A Russell Air Force modernization Service officials will testify on modernization efforts and the fiscal 2022 budget request. Wednesday, June 23House Armed Services — 10 a.m. — 2118 Rayburn Defense budget Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley will testify on the fiscal 2022 budget request. Senate Appropriations — 10 a.m. — 138 Dirksen VA BudgetVA Secretary Denis McDonough will testify on the fiscal 2022 budget request. Senate Armed Services — 2 p.m. — 222 Russell Ransomware attacksMaj. Gen. Kevin Kennedy, director of operations for U.S. Cyber Command, will testify on recent ransomware attacks and the Defense Department response. Senate Judiciary — 2:30 p.m. — 226 Dirksen ImmigrationVeterans advocates will testify on immigration and citizenship policies for veterans and military members. House Foreign Affairs — 3 p.m. — online hearing Caribbean strategyState Department officials will testify on U.S. engagement and strategy in the Caribbean. Senate Veterans’ Affairs — 3 p.m. — 418 Russell Pending legislationThe committee will consider several pending bills. Thursday, June 24House Foreign Affairs — 10 a.m. — online hearing LGBTQI rights State Department officials will testify on challenges to LGBTQI rights abroad. House Foreign Affairs — 10 a.m. — online hearingNATO Former NATO Secretary General Fogh Rasmussen and other outside experts will testify on the current and future status of the alliance. Senate Appropriations — 10 a.m. — 192 Dirksen Navy and Marine Corps budgetActing Navy Secretary Thomas Harker, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday, and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger will testify on the fiscal 2022 budget request. House Budget — 10:30 a.m. — 210 Cannon Defense budgetDefense Department Comptroller Michael McCord will testify on the fiscal 2022 budget request.

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