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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

This image from video released by the Department of Defense, shows two French helicopters evacuating the U.S. service members in Niger in October 2017, after an ambush by Islamic State-linked militants. On Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, the Pentagon announced a new U.S. drone base has become operational in Niger. Defense officials say it will allow for "enhanced response" to regional issues and better protection of the country's borders. (Department of Defense via AP) **FILE**

Pentagon opens new drone base in Niger

Drones are taking off from a newly-constructed base in Niger, further indicating the West African country is fast-becoming a center for U.S. unmanned aircraft missions to battle violent extremist organizations like ISIS, military officials said Friday. Published November 1, 2019

U.S. Central Command Commander Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie speaks, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at a joint press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington on the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

U.S. commander: Syria drawdown didn’t complicate Baghdadi raid

President Trump's decision earlier this month to draw down U.S. troops in Syria had no bearing on the raid by Delta Force commandos that killed Islamic State terror leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the commander of American forces in the Middle East said. Published October 31, 2019

In this Nov. 11, 2012, file photo, rows of crosses totaling 16,933 Latin crosses, 164 Stars of David and 3,740 unknowns, dot the 152-acre American Cemetery on U.S. Veterans Day at the American Cemetery at suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File) **FILE**

Remains of WWII Coast Guard POW Thomas Crotty coming home to Buffalo

Lt. Thomas Crotty is single-handedly responsible for the Philippine Defense battle streamer that today adorns the Coast Guard flag. He was the sole active duty Coast Guardsman who fought the Japanese in the earliest days of World War II at Bataan and Corregidor. Published October 31, 2019

An MQ-9 Reaper patrols the skies with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. (U.S. Air Force) ** FILE **

Air Force outlines new medal for drone operators

In a sign of the changing nature of modern warfare, the Air Force has officially set the eligibility criteria for a new medal for drone operators and other "remote" fighters. Published October 30, 2019

Despite President Trump's efforts to pull American forces from a "forever war" in Syria, Pentagon leaders said the mission to protect vital oil fields from ISIS has expanded and now includes a directive to keep anyone — including the Russian military and Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's forces — away from the energy reserves. (Associated Press file photo)

U.S. to block Russian, Syrian military forces from vast oil fields

Russian and Syrian military forces will be blocked from the vast oil fields in a section of eastern Syria where the United States still maintains troops, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Monday in a press conference at the Pentagon. Published October 28, 2019

Attendees talk with recruiters, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at a job fair that was part of a "transition summit" intended to provide employment and educational information to soldiers who may exit military service in the next year, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. More than 4,500 service members attended the three-day event. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Military spouse unemployment undermines recruitment, retention

The difficulties military spouses face finding good-paying jobs are fast becoming not just a matter of individual concern but also a national security issue, one that is undermining the military's ability to recruit and retain personnel. Published October 22, 2019

One hundred soldiers from the Army's 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment salute during the national anthem at a welcome home ceremony, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 at Fort Stewart, Ga. Overall about 2,200 soldiers from Fort Stewartís 3rd Infantry Division have deployed to Afghanistan this year. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

Fort Stewart accident: 3 Army soldiers killed

U.S. Army officials say three soldiers were killed and three others were injured when the armored vehicle they were riding in was involved in an accident during training at Fort Stewart in Georgia. Published October 20, 2019

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)

Pirarucu, 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 NATO status complicates response to Erdogan 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