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Mike Glenn

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

Articles by Mike Glenn

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to a question during a media availability at the State Department, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Mike Pompeo rips Russia, China over Syria refugee aid veto

China and Russia's veto of a United Nations resolution to reauthorize assistance to Syrian refugees through border crossings not under government control is drawing condemnation from aid groups like "Save the Children" and government officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Published December 22, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pentagon leaders reject negative view of war in ‘Afghan Papers’

The top officials at the Pentagon are rejecting the narrative of a massive inspector general's survey that government officials over multiple administrations deceived the public and Congress over the state of the war in Afghanistan and the troubled efforts to rebuild the country. Published December 20, 2019

Navy midshipmen parade before an NCAA college football game against Army, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) **FILE**

Navy probe finds no racism intent in hand gestures

Military officials cleared cadets and midshipmen of making racist, white-power hand gestures before this month's Army-Navy game, saying Friday they were actually playing an innocent prank "circle game" when caught on television cameras. Published December 20, 2019

President Donald Trump, center, smiles as he eats dinner accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., right, during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to the troops, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Military support for Trump softens in new poll

Support appears to be softening for President Trump from some members of the military, thought to be among his most fervent backers and a group he frequently holds out as the best America has to offer. Published December 18, 2019

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, made a surprise visit Monday to the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, and said President Trump would announce an American troop drawdown this week. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump to pull 4,000 troops from Afghanistan

The signs are mounting that President Trump will move forward with a major U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan, even as direct talks with the Taliban have yet to produce a cease-fire accord. Published December 16, 2019

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Thomas R. Sterett takes accountability of Marines boarding U.S. Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks during Black Hawk integration training as part of exercise Fuji Viper 20-1 on Camp Fuji, Japan, Oct. 28, 2019. Fuji Viper is a regularly scheduled training evolution for infantry units assigned to 3rd Marine Division as part of the unit deployment program. The training allows units to maintain their lethality and proficiency in infantry and combined arms tactics. Sterett is assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and a native of Town Falls, Idaho. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Hernandez)

Marine Corps eyes gender-integrated basic training

The push to eliminate all gender segregation at Marine Corps camps has more momentum than ever, but analysts and military insiders say there remain major real-world, physical roadblocks to coed basic training and serious questions about whether the Marines can or should follow the lead of the Army, Navy and Air Force. Published December 15, 2019

In this May 10, 2018 file photo, Kendra Horn speaks during a forum for Oklahoma 5th congressional district seat Democratic candidates in Edmond, Okla. Horn, who won election to the U.S. House in the 2018 general election, has been working to highlight poor housing conditions on U.S. military bases, including in her district. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Private contractors face grilling over poor conditions in military housing

Rep. Kendra Horn recalls a town hall meeting in January when the Oklahoma Democrat first heard about deplorable housing conditions at Tinker Air Force Base, located within her district. A military spouse showed her photographs of black mold and other toxic conditions that she and her family were forced to endure. Published December 5, 2019

This Nov. 13, 2013, photo shows the main gate of Camp Pendleton Marine Base at Camp Pendleton, Calif. A human smuggling investigation by the military led to the arrest of 16 Marines Thursday, July 25, 2019, while carrying out a battalion formation at California's Camp Pendleton, a base about an hour's drive from the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) **FILE**

Marines drop most charges from mass bust at Camp Pendleton

The Marine Corps has dropped human trafficking and drug charges against most of about two dozen U.S. Marines who were arrested in June 2019 in front of their battalion at Camp Pendleton in California. Published December 4, 2019

Government Accountability Office, defense capabilities and management director Elizabeth Field, left, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, and Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein testify during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee about about ongoing reports of substandard housing conditions Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 in Washington, on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Privatized military housing failures get Senate hearing

Surveys touted by Pentagon officials as evidence that most residents of the Defense Department's privatized military housing system are satisfied with their living arrangements are questionable at best, according to a report issued Tuesday by a key government watchdog agency. Published December 3, 2019

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, left, listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Dan Crenshaw, former Navy SEAL, says badge reviews not uncommon

A former Navy SEAL now serving in Congress said an internal review board -- such as one that would have determined whether pardoned Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher should be stripped of his coveted Trident pin -- would not have been out of the ordinary. Published December 2, 2019