Nonprofit microlender LiftFund has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for the fourth consecutive year. Only 8% of nonprofits rated by Charity Navigator have received a four-star rating for four or more years in a row, said Charity Navigator Board Chairman and founder John Dugan. LiftFund has financed loans for more than $185 million to groups in eight states.
Adm. Michelle Howard on Tuesday became the first woman promoted to four-star admiral in the history of the Navy. "When I called to order four-star shoulder boards for women, they didn't exist," she said at a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the commander of Operation Desert Storm, died Thursday at age 78. The four-star general's philosophy of leadership stressed the importance of humility, hard work and moral fortitude. "Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy," he once said.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan, will be replaced by Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, a former commander of the Joint Special Operations Command. The move comes at a time when the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan has become more complex and increasingly the focus of the Barack Obama administration's foreign policy. The lack of a bold operational plan and a reluctance to adopt successful strategies from Iraq, such as the Anbar Awakening tactic, were reasons cited for Gen. McKiernan's dismissal.
The best way right now to help rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions once and for all is to continue negotiations involving not only the U.S. but also Russia, China, Japan and South Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday. Gates spoke at a military base in Seoul after a ceremony for a new four-star general taking over command of U.S. forces in South Korea.