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In addition to deployments along the U.S.Mexico border, Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller also cited funding transfers, recovery costs from Hurricanes Florence and Michael, new housing allowances and civilian pay raises as factors affecting combat readiness.



Fort Benning-based Army Ranger is killed in parachute training in Arizona

Sgt. 1st Class Ethan Carpenter was killed March 15 during the routine training exercise. He was a reconnaissance specialist assigned to the elite 75th Ranger Regiment’s special troops battalion at Fort Benning in Georgia.


USAF Academy welcomes 9-year-old with cancer as ‘youngest cadet’

Decked out in a kid-sized flight suit, Je’Moni Ford, 9, became the U.S. Air Force Academy’s “youngest cadet” this month, quickly advancing from the fourth grade straight into college — at least for a day.


Two South Korean companies to pay $127M in military fuel bid-rigging case

Two South Korean companies have agreed to plead guilty and pay about $127 million in a bid-rigging case involving fuel-supply contracts for U.S. military bases on the divided peninsula, the Justice Department said.



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The beginnings of Blackwater and how it forever changed US policy

Blackwater. Even though the name hasn’t been in official use for almost a decade, it remains synonymous with private military contracting.

In this episode, we delve into its history and how its success and failures changed American foreign policy forever.


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B-52 bombers train with Japanese, US fighter jets over East China Sea

The U.S. has been flying bombers out of Guam throughout the region for more than a decade as part of the Air Force’s “continuous bomber” presence.


Soldiers helped clean up a river in South Korea by throwing things into it. Here’s how that worked.

Over 100 soldiers stationed at Camp Casey, near the North Korean border, participated in the annual cleanup of the Shincheon River by throwing biodegradable balls containing microorganisms aimed at preventing the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the water.


Federal watchdog: VA leadership failures are to blame for GI Bill payment issues

The Department of Veterans Affairs didn’t have a designated official overseeing the project to implement portions of the new Forever GI Bill, VA Inspector General Michael Missal wrote in a report released Wednesday.



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Cesar Sayoc pleads guilty to mailing explosive devices to politicians, media figures

Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man accused of mailing explosive devices to more than a dozen politicians and media figures who have been critical of President Donald Trump, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court.


Vehicle thefts near Ramstein spotlight keyless entry vulnerabilities

U.S. military and German police are warning drivers to secure their vehicles and electronic fobs following two high-value thefts from a small village near Ramstein Air Base earlier this week.


US abruptly endorses Israel's Golan sovereignty in big shift

President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election.


US, partners work to strengthen sea policing as piracy off West Africa surges

Thirty-three countries are taking part in this year’s Obangame Express exercise off the West African coast so they can better combat crimes like piracy, drug smuggling and human trafficking.


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Cesar Sayoc pleads guilty to mailing explosive devices to politicians, media figures

Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man accused of mailing explosive devices to more than a dozen politicians and media figures who have been critical of President Donald Trump, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court.


Vehicle thefts near Ramstein spotlight keyless entry vulnerabilities

U.S. military and German police are warning drivers to secure their vehicles and electronic fobs following two high-value thefts from a small village near Ramstein Air Base earlier this week.


US abruptly endorses Israel's Golan sovereignty in big shift

President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election.


US, partners work to strengthen sea policing as piracy off West Africa surges

Thirty-three countries are taking part in this year’s Obangame Express exercise off the West African coast so they can better combat crimes like piracy, drug smuggling and human trafficking.



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'I think about those events every day:' Retired Army sergeant receives upgraded Distinguished Service Cross

Retired Sgt. Daniel Cowart’s Distinguished Service Cross is one of a dozen Silver Star medals announced recently made eligible for an upgrade by the Army through a review process of post-9/11 valor awards that began in 2016.



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Border wall could grab $200 million from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

The Defense Department's list of projects that could be cut to fund President Donald Trump's wall at the southern border includes more than $200 million of projects that are aimed at making Portsmouth Naval Shipyard more efficient in refueling and overhauling nuclear-powered submarines.


In memos, Marine commandant says deploying troops to border poses 'unacceptable risk' to readiness

In addition to deployments along the U.S.Mexico border, Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller also cited funding transfers, recovery costs from Hurricanes Florence and Michael, new housing allowances and civilian pay raises as factors affecting combat readiness.


Coast Guard commandant sounds the alarm about an aging fleet

The Coast Guard is "approaching a tipping point" when it comes to maintaining a service that can respond in times of need, the service's top officer said Thursday, requesting more money from Congress and highlighting a backlog of projects that has stacked up for years.


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Border wall could grab $200 million from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

The Defense Department's list of projects that could be cut to fund President Donald Trump's wall at the southern border includes more than $200 million of projects that are aimed at making Portsmouth Naval Shipyard more efficient in refueling and overhauling nuclear-powered submarines.


In memos, Marine commandant says deploying troops to border poses 'unacceptable risk' to readiness

In addition to deployments along the U.S.Mexico border, Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller also cited funding transfers, recovery costs from Hurricanes Florence and Michael, new housing allowances and civilian pay raises as factors affecting combat readiness.


Coast Guard commandant sounds the alarm about an aging fleet

The Coast Guard is "approaching a tipping point" when it comes to maintaining a service that can respond in times of need, the service's top officer said Thursday, requesting more money from Congress and highlighting a backlog of projects that has stacked up for years.



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Ferch hopes that seven times is the charm for Kadena

If holding onto a DODEA coaching position was based solely on performance, then on paper, it would seem that Steven Ferch had little left to prove.


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Ferch hopes that seven times is the charm for Kadena

If holding onto a DODEA coaching position was based solely on performance, then on paper, it would seem that Steven Ferch had little left to prove.