army

Up to Date
10:02 am
Tue February 4, 2014

An African-American Veteran Reflects On Coming Out

Rob Smith is the author of Closets, Combat and Coming Out: Coming of Age as a Gay Man in the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Army.

It's not easy to come out of the closet, but imagine doing that when you're in the Army.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with an African-American veteran about the challenges he faced and the added difficulties of navigating the now-defunct Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Looking Back At The Sunflower Ammunition Plant

The Sunflower Ammunition Plant is the focus of a new exhibit at the Johnson County Museum.
Credit Thomas Long/Flickr-CC

The Midwest is generally a calm place, but a new museum exhibit in Johnson County is recalling a place that was potentially explosive.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the history and development of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant. A former plant manager and the top government official both join us today to give an inside look at what it was like to work there.

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Cops & Crime
9:50 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Bradley Manning Wants To Serve Time In Leavenworth As A Woman

Private Bradley Manning, who was convicted of one of the largest security breaches in U.S. history, has been moved to the Army’s maximum security prison at Fort Leavenworth.   But, Manning wants to serve the time as a woman.

Manning has issued a statement, saying he'd like to be called Chelsea, and start hormone therapy, because he identifies as a female.  Jeff Wingo, a spokesman at Fort Leavenworth, says there’s only so much the Army can do.

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KCUR News
5:59 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Army Boot Camp Gets Down to Basics

KCUR News
8:43 am
Tue December 28, 2010

Army Boot Camp Embraces New-Age Fitness

Kansas City, MO –

 

During the past decade, the U.S. Army has faced what it regards as a serious internal threat: young recruits entering in terrible shape.

In a radical shift, the Army is overhauling the way it trains, cares for and feeds new soldiers.

So, as fad workouts increasingly borrow Army terms like "boot camp," actual basic training is starting to look a bit like a new-age fitness camp but with harsh words, severe haircuts and fire arms.

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KCUR News
3:03 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Lost I.D. Disc Given Soldier's Survivors

Fort Leavenworth, KS – A chance discovery on a Fort Leavenworth physical training field has made a connection between two people, one of them recently killed in combat. KCUR's Dan Verbeck has the story.

There's a lot of distance in rank between a mid level enlisted man and a full colonel. The two classes don't mix much. But this was different.

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KCUR News
3:51 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

Ex-GI Walks America For Military Families

Kansas City, MO – There's no accurate count of the number of people who have walked across America. Some have done it with little fanfare, others with no recognition at all. A former U. S. Army soldier strode into Kansas City yesterday with a self imposed mission driving him, and a long way toward reaching this goal. KCUR's Dan Verbeck has the story.

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