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Department of Defense

Federal shutdown scraps games at service academies

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The Defense Department says it has temporarily suspended all sports competitions at the service academies as a result of the partial government shutdown. The decision jeopardizes this weekend's football games - Air Force at Navy and Army at Boston College. Full story...
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NC National Guard to recognize same-sex marriages

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The North Carolina National Guard will begin recognizing same-sex marriages. Lt. Col. Maury A. Williams said Monday the guard will abide by US Department of Defense orders extending federal benefits to the same-sex spouses of uniformed service members. Full story...
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Probe finds Brunswick Nuclear Plant among most vulnerable to attack

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videoAll 107 nuclear reactors in the United States are inadequately protected from terrorist attacks, according to a Defense Department-commissioned report released Thursday. Full story...
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Hagan asks DoD to suspend raises for German workers

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videoSen. Kay Hagan says if American defense workers have to be furloughed, German workers for the Department of Defense should not get a raise. Full story...
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Ex-Fort Bragg soldier sentenced in fraud scheme

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A former Fort Bragg soldier is headed to federal prison for defrauding the government. Natosha June Boyd was sentenced to 30 months in prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release for her involvement in submitting false claims through the U.S. Department of Defense's travel reimbursement system. Full story...
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Camp Lejeune sergeant pleads guilty to bribery charge

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videoA Camp Lejeune gunnery sergeant pleaded guilty in federal court to a soliciting bribes from a government contractor while deployed to Iraq. Full story...
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Panetta opens combat roles to women

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videoSenior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war. Full story...
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NC military bases to review school security

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Schools on North Carolina's big military bases are reviewing security procedures after last week's mass killing of students in Connecticut. Full story...
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NC, Florida soldiers die in Afghanistan

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The Pentagon says soldiers from North Carolina and Florida have been killed in combat in Afghanistan. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Wilmington woman part of lawsuit on military sex assaults, harassment

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videoGang rape, harassment and sexual assault. Those are among the allegations from eight women in a lawsuit filed this week against the Department of Defense. The suit filed Tuesday claims military officials, including the current and former secretaries of Defense, ignored the rampant problem of sexual assaults. Full story...
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