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Mike Glenn

Mike Glenn grew up on Navy bases as the son of a career sailor but then decided to annoy his father and joined the Army after he graduated from high school in the Dallas area. He did a hitch as an enlisted soldier in Germany during the Cold War, where he spent a considerable amount of time in the field on maneuvers. After leaving the Army, he moved back home to northeast Texas and entered the University of Texas at Arlington where he studied history. He also took Army ROTC classes at UT Arlington and upon graduation received a commission as a Second Lieutenant. He was assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss in El Paso and took his platoon to the Middle East where he fought in the Gulf War. He got into journalism after Operation Desert Storm and has worked at newspapers and magazines throughout Texas. He joined The Washington Times from the Houston Chronicle. He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Mike Glenn

Buses carrying American passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship leave a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. A group of Americans are cutting short a 14-day quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to be whisked back to America. But they will have to spend another quarantine period at a U.S. military facility to make sure they don't have the new virus that's been sweeping across Asia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

U.S. evacuates coronavirus cruise ship passengers

American passengers from a cruise ship docked in Japan on which about 400 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed will be flown to a pair of military bases in the United States, Department of Defense officials confirmed Sunday. Published February 16, 2020

In this Tuesday, May 28, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump greets to U.S. servicemen at U.S. Navy multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp at the U.S. Navy's Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Navy punishes sailors for wearing MAGA-like patches

The Navy has punished sailors who wore patches on their uniforms that were inspired by President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan during his 2019 Memorial Day visit to the USS Wasp in Japan. Published February 13, 2020

Trump grabs another $3.8 billion from Pentagon for border wall

The Pentagon informed Congress Thursday it will siphon another $3.8 billion from its accounts to build President Trump's border wall, as he rushes to get as much construction done as possible before the end of the year. Published February 13, 2020

In this file photo, a 101st Airborne Division infantryman fires an M4 carbine during partnered live-fire range training May 29, 2015 in eastern Afghanistan. On Feb. 12, 2020, the Army announced it is cycling out a brigade from the storied 101st from a deployment in Africa, replacing it with a new Army unit set up specifically to train and advise foreign military units and called the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Charlie Emmons, TAAC-E Public Affairs) **FILE**

New Army unit heads to Africa on training mission

An Army unit set up specifically to train and advise foreign military units will soon be heading to Africa to replace an infantry brigade from the famed 101st Airborne Division. The swap will allow the infantry brigade to return to their home base at Fort Campbell, Ky. and prepare for "high intensity conflict operations," Department of Defense officials said Wednesday. Published February 12, 2020

In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, file photo, U.S. forces patrol Syrian oil fields, in eastern Syria. President Donald Trump's decision to dispatch new U.S. forces to eastern Syria to secure oil fields is being criticized by some experts as ill-defined and ambiguous. But the residents of the area, one of the country's most remote and richest regions, hope the U.S. focus on eastern Syria would bring an economic boon and eliminate what remains of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad, File)

U.S. troops attacked by Syrian mob, kill 1 while returning fire 'in self-defense'

A U.S. military spokesman said coalition forces conducting a patrol near Qamishli encountered a checkpoint occupied by pro-Syrian government forces. After coalition troops issued a series of warnings in an attempt to de-escalate the situation, the patrol came under small-arms fire from unknown individuals. Published February 12, 2020

Philippines president Duterte moves to scrap military pact with U.S.

The Philippine government on Tuesday said it was scrapping a 20-year-old security pact with the United States that allows American troops to take part in military exercises and humanitarian operations in the country, endangering a key foothold for the Pentagon in the region as China adopts an increasingly aggressive tone. Published February 11, 2020

U.S. soldiers train in Lithuania on Feb. 2, 2016. Such exercises may become more common with NATO allies as military officials scout out locations for new bases in Germany. (Facebook, U.S. Army Europe) ** FILE **

20,000 U.S. troops deploying to Europe in biggest show of force since Cold War

About 20,000 U.S. troops will soon begin flooding into Europe as part of a massive, months-long military exercise that has been compared to the massive drills of the Cold War era, drills that were meant to help NATO forces beat back a hypothetical invasion from the Soviet Union. Published February 8, 2020

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Esper: Drone attack that killed Soleimani an 'easy' call

Ordering the Jan. 3 drone attack that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and put the Middle East on the brink of a shooting war "was an easy decision for me to make," Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Thursday. Published February 6, 2020

The logo for the new U.S. Space Force, as tweeted by President Trump on Friday, January 24, 2020. (Twitter)

U.S. Space Force leaders continue creating the newest military branch

Whatever you do, don't call their troops "Space Cadets," said the second-in-command of the newly established U.S. Space Force. Deciding what to call members of the newest branch of the military is just one of many things on a checklist for the service's senior brass. Published February 5, 2020

Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of NATO, listens to a question after delivering a pre-NATO summit speech at Lancaster House in London, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The secretary-general of NATO says bonds between Europe and North America have weakened, and he appealed for an international effort to shore up the trans-Atlantic military alliance. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

U.S., NATO allies prepare for massive military exercise as Russia watches

About 20,000 U.S. troops will soon begin flooding into Europe as part of a massive, months-long military exercise that has been compared to the massive drills of the Cold War era, drills that were meant to help NATO forces beat back a hypothetical invasion from the Soviet Union. Published February 4, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie is shown in this file photo from his appearance on the Fox News Channel's "Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner" in New York, Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) ** FILE **

VA secretary fires his deputy

The deputy head of the Veterans Administration was abruptly fired without explanation Monday, a surprise move after the embattled agency appeared to have achieved a measure of executive stability. Published February 3, 2020

This Oct. 9, 2003, photo shows soldiers from the U.S. Army's 720th Military Police Battalion watching as a minesweeper looks for weapons in a hole they dug during a raid on a farmland just outside Tikrit, Iraq. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Trump eases Obama-era landmine regulations

In an era of great power competition with near-peer rivals like China and Russia, the Trump Administration says Obama-era policies like the ban on landmines needlessly hinders the ability of U.S. military troops to carry out their missions. Published January 31, 2020