Weekly Rundown: March 14th – 20th, 2020
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Weekly Rundown: March 14th – 20th, 2020

Military News Recap

A quick recap of the major US military news stories from the last week:


The coronavirus outbreak continues to have widespread impact across the military:

War in Afghanistan

27 Afghan troops died in a single attack when the Taliban stormed their base in Zabul province early Friday morning. It’s the latest major incident of the continuing combat there even as all sides of the conflict pursue hopes of a lasting peace.

War in Iraq

In addition to last week’s fatal rocket attack at Taji Base, three more struck American or coalition locations this week. One also struck Taji, wounding three coalition personnel and two Iraqi soldiers. Another damaged the Basmaya training base outside Baghdad, though no casualties were reported. And several rockets hit the Green Zone near the American Embassy, also without serious damage or reported casualties.

Duncan Hunter Sentenced

Ex-Congressman Hunter, the former Marine who stole over $150,000 of campaign funds to pay for things from golf balls to weekend trips with his mistresses, was sentenced to 11 months in prison.

Transgender Ban

A US Navy lieutenant is suing for the right to remain in the service in hopes of overturning the current ban on transgender personnel in the military. The publicly anonymous officer, a transgender woman, has served for nearly ten years and wishes to remain in the Navy during and after her transition process. Hers is one of four current lawsuits challenging the ban. 

Missing USMC Rifles

The tragicomic saga of the lost rifles of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines that began this past December continued with the relief of the unit’s commanding officer and sergeant major. We used the verb “continue” rather than “ended” because the two rifles remain missing.

Army’s Blackhawk Replacement

The Army has narrowed down the choices for the aircraft set to replace its fleet of aging UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to two: the Bell Textron’s V-280 Valor and Sikorsky-Boeing’s SB-1 Defiant.

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