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Vets Weigh In on Woman in Combat

LAS VEGAS -- The Pentagon removed the ban Thursday on women serving in combat roles. This opens the door for thousands of women to play a greater role in the military.

A few Las Vegas veterans at the oldest and largest VFW in Nevada shared their different views on the issue.

"It's going to be a major overhaul for all branches because of the training concepts," said Jon Fennych, post commander of VFW 10047.

The Army veteran fought in Vietnam as an operations sergeant. He believes there are some combat roles most women can't handle.

"For example, when you're a sniper. You lay in desert, actually lay there, and don't move for weeks on weeks. Can a female soldier handle that? I think Mother Nature's going to take over," Fennych said. 

U.S. Air Force veteran Pat Adair sees it differently. She supports the decision to allow woman on the front lines.

Panetta Opens Combat Roles to Women

 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senior 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.

The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta's decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

Coroner Releases ID's of 3 Recently Killed

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's office has released the names of three people who were killed over the holiday weekend.

Chad Henry Anderson, 41, was killed in a motorcycle crash at Bonanza Road and 7th Street on Saturday night.

Lawrence Velasquez, 35, died from multiple stab wounds Sunday. The incident happened at the Wynn Palms Apartments, near Twain Avenue and Wynn Road.

Kenneth Kurakis, 54, of North Las Vegas died Monday while on the job at the Apex Quarry and Plant. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

Child Transported to Hospital, Hit and Run Suspect Caught

LAS VEGAS -- A 7-year-old boy was transported to the hospital with a broken leg after being struck by truck Sunday afternoon.

Metro Police say the call came in around 4:30 p.m. from a neighborhood near Alexander Road and Lamb Boulevard.

A suspect driving a white Ford F-150 fled the scene after striking the boy and air patrol was called to assist.

The police helicopter found the suspect and vehicle at a car wash near Craig Road and Simmons Street in North Las Vegas and took them into custody.

Pay Delays Expected for Officers, Enlisted Airmen Promoted in March

Pay checks could be delayed because of a software upgrade set for this spring.

Officers and enlisted Airmen getting promoted in March will experience pay delays because of the Military Personnel Data System upgrade occurring that month

Read more in the Nellis Air Force Base website.

Red Flag Exercises Start Monday

Red Flag Exercises Start Monday

 

People in southern Nevada will hear more noise from military aircraft starting Monday when Red Flag exercises start up again at Nellis Air Force Base.

Red Flag is realistic combat training exercises for aircraft and forces from around the world.

The exercises are held on the Nevada Test and Training Range, which is north of Las Vegas.  It is one of the advanced training programs run through Nellis.

According to officials on the base, more than 90 aircraft are scheduled to leave Nellis twice a day at noon and again at 6 p.m., starting Monday continuing through February 1. Aircraft may be in the air as long as eight hours.  

This Red Flag exercises will include American troops from as far away as Germany. There will also be aircraft from the Netherlands, Singapore and Sweden.