Clashes between the military forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan have killed 16 people this week, marking the most significant increase in hostilities between the two countries since 2016. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has voiced alarm over the escalation and urged restraint from both sides.
Pentagon officials say that US troops have withdrawn from five bases in Afghanistan in the months since an agreement was reached with the Taliban earlier this year. "US forces in Afghanistan remain in the mid-8,000s and five bases formerly occupied by US forces have been transferred to our Afghan partners," says Jonathan Hoffman, a Defense Department spokesman.
A number of efforts are underway in Congress to expand benefits for Reserve and National Guard troops when they reach the end of their COVID-19-related missions. In addition to efforts to extend VA home loan eligibility and waive health care premiums, a bill introduced Monday would create a new jobs training program for Guard and Reserve troops in the first months after separating.
The Army Reserve's 773rd Civil Support Team joined Dutch troops for an interoperability exercise on July 8 that was supposed to take place earlier this year, but was delayed due to the pandemic. The exercise focused on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear situational training.
Col. Michael Clark assumed command of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program Support Brigade, Army Reserve Sustainment Command, in a July 10 ceremony at Heritage Hall at Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois, streamed live. Clark takes over from Col. Garrett Kolo, who is heading to Indianapolis to become the 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)'s deputy commander.
The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and the 914th Air Refueling Wing installed Col. Carl Magnusson as their new commander in a ceremony Sunday. The previous commander, Col. Mark Larson, retired in May.
Officials with the Berrien Springs County Plaza Museum in Berrien Springs, Mich., called Grissom Air Reserve Base's Explosive Ordnance team after Civil War-era cannon balls were found in the museum's inventory with a note reading "Danger, it may be active." "We were able to recover the devices and render them safe using techniques appropriate for the munitions discovered," said team leader Staff Sgt. Rogerito Miravete-Disantis.
An anonymous William & Mary Foundation trustee has pledged $10 million to create the Veteran-to-Executive Transition program. "We see our new program as an opportunity not only to accelerate the professional transitions of highly skilled and experienced men and women but also to approach holistically W&M's wide array of programming for military students and veterans," says Katherine Rowe, the university's president.
Nonprofit leaders can help both the sector and the communities they serve become more equitable by putting more Black women into leadership roles, writes Danielle Moss Lee, CEO of Oliver Scholars. Lee discusses 10 actions nonprofits and their boards can take to attract and retain Black women, including eliminating minimum contribution requirements for potential members.
Condos and co-ops are facing financial shortfalls as the coronavirus pandemic has hurt sources of income such as unit sales, wages and rental income. This problem is leading some boards to consider new assessments to maintain a balanced budget, but they should have a strategy prepared to counter financially-strapped owners who are not willing to pay, says a New York attorney.