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The world seemed suddenly small Friday inside a cozy conference room in Wescoe Hall. Military officers from eight European countries and Canada conversed candidly with a few students and a professor about everything from cybersecurity to women in their respective militaries. Elsewhere around Kansas University, officers from more than 30 other countries worldwide, also grouped by continent, were doing the same thing. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas University is now one of nine universities in the nation to be recognized by the Department of Defense as a Language Training Center. The Institute for International Education, funded by the Department of Defense, recently awarded KU $775,000 to teach languages to military personnel at two area facilities.
Kansas University has received a $450,000 Department of Defense grant to explore what the lead researcher says will probably be “one of our biggest issues in modern times.” That’s bandwidth, a finite resource with ever-increasing demand. By Sara Shepherd
Her husband — the smiling 6-foot-5-inch soldier who’d respond to “Jump!” with “How high?” and whom friends once teased about being whipped — had forgotten they were having a baby that day. Jennifer Thornton was furious. But not surprised. By that time, she knew what post-traumatic stress disorder could do. By Sara Shepherd
The last time someone became executive officer of the first in a new series of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers was more than three decades ago, with the commissioning of the USS Nimitz in 1975. Now, as the Navy launches its next-generation series of carriers, there’s a Kansas University graduate in the job. By Sara Shepherd
Veterans pursuing college degrees often face challenges most traditional students don’t. A national publication has recognized Kansas University for helping them succeed, naming KU one of the country’s top colleges for veterans. By Sara Shepherd
Comanche code talkers, as well as those from 24 other American Indian tribes, will be recognized for their service during World War II with a Congressional Gold Medal at a Nov. 20 ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Building. Gail Reed of Baldwin City will be there representing her father. By Elvyn Jones
The Hy-Vee on Clinton Parkway will celebrate Veterans Day with a free breakfast for veterans and active-duty military members.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins said she would oppose a military strike against Syria. She also called on President Obama to seek congressional approval before taking military action. By Peter Hancock
Joe “Tiger” Patrick is walking across the country alone, but he’s carrying a lot of people with him. His backpack holds a quilt of thousands of names, each one matched with the face and the memory of a member of the armed forces killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Roughly halfway through a winding, 3,500-mile trek from California to Maryland, Patrick stopped in Lawrence today to celebrate his 50th birthday and publicly display his tribute: a memorial panel showing the names and photos of 6,688 men and women who sacrificed their lives. By Ian Cummings
Emma Pogge, one of the oldest living World War II women veterans, talks about joining the army, playing basketball during her service, meeting her husband and seeing Europe.
Iraq War veteran and purple heart recipient Kortney Clemons talks about how he began running competitively after an improvised explosive device forced his right leg to be amputated while serving in 2005.
In dark and frigid air about 12,500 feet above land, six U.S. Army Golden Knights dove out of an airplane Friday with flames shooting from pyrotechnic packs on their ankles, a night-jump demonstration for VIP onlookers at the Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo. The Army’s elite parachuting team will perform more jumps Saturday and Sunday at the Kansas City Aviation Expo and Air Show, kcairshow.com. A seat at the airport provides the best view of the Knights after they jump. Here’s an inside look at what goes on before.
Mike Denning, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, talks about taking over as director of KU's Office of Professional Military Graduate Education.
Events were held at the American Legion Post on W. Sixth Street to celebrate 2010 Veterans Day.
Lawrence residents, marines and veterans celebrate the 235th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at the Dole Center of Politics.
The Military Vehicle Presentation Association is putting tanks, jeeps and other military vehicles on display for the public this week.
Various veteran and military groups gathered in Lawrence Monday to help celebrate Memorial Day. Former soldiers and friends and family of the fallen gathered to remember the services and lives of those who served their country.
Veterans of Foreign Wars members got an early start to their Memorial Day Monday. Members installed flags and distributed wreaths.
The VFW in Lawrence has been helping soldiers from overseas readjust to life outside the military. Current members are hoping young new members will help continue the process.