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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

Pirarucu fish gather for a chance to snatch a fish off a line in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. The pirarucu is the largest freshwater fish in South America. Manaus is one of 12 cities hosting matches during the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Piranha-frustrating fish intrigues Air Force

The Air Force is taking a hard look at fish. Specifically, a native of the Amazon region known as a pirarucu that inhabits rivers in countries such as Brazil and Peru that are infested with piranha with their razor-sharp teeth. Published October 17, 2019

In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, flames and smoke billow from a big fire in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, caused by bombardment by Turkish forces, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Wednesday on Syrian Kurdish fighters to leave a designated border area in northeast Syria 'as of tonight' for Turkey to stop its military offensive. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Turkey's NATO status complicates U.S. response to Erdogan's Syria incursion

Its behavior in recent years may have left Turkey a NATO ally "in name only," but some experts say there is virtually no appetite -- and no legal mechanism -- to kick the country out of the 70-year-old alliance even as its military offensive in Syria further divides Ankara from the U.S. and its Western partners. Published October 16, 2019

The crew of the U.S. Navy's newest attack submarine, the future USS Oregon enters for its christening ceremony at Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Politicians, shipyard leaders and Navy officials gathered for a ceremony at the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, where they spoke about the importance of Virginia-class submarines and praised the skills of the thousands of shipyard workers in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia who built the Oregon. (Dana Jensen/The Day via AP)

U.S. Navy cracks down on beards on board

The Navy is cracking down on facial grooming standards, announcing it will no longer give permanent waivers for sailors who have medical conditions that can make shaving a painful experience. Published October 16, 2019

Accused Green Beret's lawyer says government is violating his rights

The lawyer representing a decorated Green Beret facing a December court-martial in the killing of a suspected Taliban bombmaker claims the Army's "increasingly secretive prosecution" of Major Mathew Golsteyn violates his constitutional rights and raises "troubling questions." Published October 11, 2019

Recovering soldier credits cellphone with saving life after tank accident

A soldier from Fort Hood in central Texas will never change his cellphone service. Specialist Ezra Maes used his cellphone to summon help after he was critically injured during a training exercise in Poland and he discovered his tank's radio system was inoperable. Published October 9, 2019