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Eric Fanning photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Former U.S. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning was in East Lansing today to campaign for Democratic congressional candidate Elissa Slotkin. Both are Michigan natives with extensive military and national security credentials.

U.S. NAVY

The U.S. Navy on Thursday released names of one sailor who died and nine others who were missing after the USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore. Divers recovered the remains of Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, who grew up in Novi.

Stephanie White
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Activists in Michigan are unhappy with President Trump’s tweets Wednesday morning saying transgender people will no longer be allowed to serve in the military.

National Guard soldiers photo
Maj. Savannah Halleaux

The Michigan Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek is the site of an emergency management training exercise this weekend.


Current Sports | February 16, 2017

Feb 16, 2017
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Current Sports Production Assistants; MSU Tennis; Gene Orlando; Ronald Mann; MMA; Hip-Hop.


Don Colizzi photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

It's been 75 years since the Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. One of those fallen sailors grew up in mid-Michigan, and his final act of selflessness earned him our nation's highest military honor. Current State's Kevin Lavery recalls the life of Francis Flaherty, U.S. Navy.


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It's Veterans Day, and we at WKAR would like to thank all service members, past and present, for their contributions to our country.

Of the more than 21 million U.S. military veterans, more than two million are women.

Despite their accomplishments, many women who've served feel marginalized and voiceless.  They say women in uniform have to work harder than men to gain respect.

Airmen of Note
Staff Sgt. Mike Fariss / U.S. Air Force

Did you know the U.S. Air Force has a jazz band? They’re called the Airmen of Note, and they’re spending a couple of days in Michigan this weekend. We speak with a Senior Master Sergeant from the band.


Female soldiers photo
U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School / flickr creative commons

This month, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that all combat positions in the armed forces would now be open to women, but the  groundwork for this historic announcement was actually laid nearly three years ago. Since then, the Michigan Army National Guard has been working to bring its female troops up to speed. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with two female soldiers to get their perspective.


No. 4 Spartans Ground Air Force in 35-21 Win

Sep 19, 2015
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The Spartans moved to 3-0 on the year, topping the Air Force Falcons 35-21 at Spartan Stadium on Saturday. It was the first time that MSU welcomed a service academy to East Lansing. 

Brigadier General Malcolm Frost photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The U.S. Army plans to reduce its size by some 40,000 troops over the next two years. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with the Army’s Chief of Public Affairs, Brigadier General Malcolm Frost.


Fred Upton photo
Courtesy Cong. Fred Upton

The Pentagon is looking at Fort Custer near Battle Creek as a potential site to shield the eastern U.S. against an intercontinental ballistic missile attack. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Michigan Republican Cong. Fred Upton about the proposal.


Blackhawk helicopter photo
Capt. Brian Anderson / Michigan National Guard

The Michigan National Guard has been training for conditions that might accompany a nuclear explosion this week.


If you were in Michigan in the 1960’s, your memories probably include the Palm Sunday tornadoes, Governor and Presidential candidate George Romney and the Vietnam War. A Lansing-born journalist with roots in that memorable decade has written a memoir that includes those three and more.

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Earlier this month, President Obama issued an executive order banning the federal government from issuing certain types of military equipment to local police departments. The action is in response to an outcry over a militarized show of force during protests last summer in Ferguson, Missouri.

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