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Steep reductions to Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs that were to begin next week are on hold, pending a top-level review prompted by a Pentagon official’s concern that the funding cuts may be too deep.



Exercise Brave Warrior 16 ends with a bang in Hungary

U.S. cavalrymen fired anti-tank missiles during a show of power Thursday, marking the end of a war game in Hungary that serves as the latest signal of the Army’s increased focus on southeastern Europe.


Overweight, obesity diagnoses on the rise in military

Diagnoses of overweight and obese servicemembers rose 73 percent over five years across all age groups, according to the Defense Health Agency’s latest monthly report.


Afghan president signs peace accord with reviled warlord

President Ashraf Ghani signed a peace agreement Thursday morning with insurgent leader — and U.S.-designated “global terrorist” — Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, founder of the militant group Hezb-e-Islami.


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MILITARY UPDATE

VA chief sees Congress letting politics slow vet reforms

In an hourlong interview in his office overlooking the White House, VA Secretary Bob McDonald expands on the surprisingly sharp critique of Congress he delivered a week earlier while testifying on recommendations of the congressionally chartered Commission on Care.



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Gates warns against US isolationism

America needs only look to the rise of the Nazis after World War I and more recently the collapse of Syria to know what happens when a war-weary country retreats into isolation, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said on Wednesday.


Patriot Express flights from Aviano to Germany cut for fiscal 2017

A weekly chartered passenger flight from Aviano Air Base to Germany for onward flights to the United States has been canceled, the base announced this week.


NY/NJ bombing suspect’s relatives detained in Afghanistan

The Afghan government has detained three relatives of the Afghan-American man accused of detonating bombs in New York and New Jersey as part of an investigation into the incident, an Afghan official said Thursday.


Top Philippine diplomat assures US after Duterte's remarks about maritime drills

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the president’s remarks referred just to ending joint military patrols in the disputed South China Sea. He said Duterte and the Philippines continue to respect all treaty arrangements and commitments with the U.S.


Amnesty alleges Sudan army used chemical weapons in Darfur

Darfur has been gripped by bloodshed since 2003, when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination and neglect.


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Gates warns against US isolationism

America needs only look to the rise of the Nazis after World War I and more recently the collapse of Syria to know what happens when a war-weary country retreats into isolation, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said on Wednesday.


Patriot Express flights from Aviano to Germany cut for fiscal 2017

A weekly chartered passenger flight from Aviano Air Base to Germany for onward flights to the United States has been canceled, the base announced this week.


NY/NJ bombing suspect’s relatives detained in Afghanistan

The Afghan government has detained three relatives of the Afghan-American man accused of detonating bombs in New York and New Jersey as part of an investigation into the incident, an Afghan official said Thursday.


Top Philippine diplomat assures US after Duterte's remarks about maritime drills

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the president’s remarks referred just to ending joint military patrols in the disputed South China Sea. He said Duterte and the Philippines continue to respect all treaty arrangements and commitments with the U.S.


Amnesty alleges Sudan army used chemical weapons in Darfur

Darfur has been gripped by bloodshed since 2003, when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination and neglect.



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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's future coming into focus under new commander

Preparing Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for a future that may soon begin to come into focus is the top priority of its new commander.


USMC: Siddiqui's death didn't stop hazing, recruit abuse in his platoon

According to a copy of a Marine Corps investigation, Raheel Siddiqui's training platoon at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island continued to be plagued by a troubling “command philosophy.”


US Army Reserve and Active Guard sergeant first class promotion list for FY 2016

The U.S. Army has released a list of Army Reserve and Active Guard staff sergeants who have been selected for promotion to the rank of sergeant first class for Fiscal Year 2016


Ghosts, goblins and beer at USS Salem

The Ghost Ship Harbor team has agreed to donate at least $40,000 of the proceeds to the U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum.


Coast Guard gets Hawaii help hearing distress call from sinking sailboat

Two men rescued from a sailboat in the Gulf of Alaska Wednesday may owe their lives to a mariner off Hawaii, who heard an initial distress call when Alaska-based U.S. Coast Guard members couldn't.


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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's future coming into focus under new commander

Preparing Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for a future that may soon begin to come into focus is the top priority of its new commander.


USMC: Siddiqui's death didn't stop hazing, recruit abuse in his platoon

According to a copy of a Marine Corps investigation, Raheel Siddiqui's training platoon at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island continued to be plagued by a troubling “command philosophy.”


US Army Reserve and Active Guard sergeant first class promotion list for FY 2016

The U.S. Army has released a list of Army Reserve and Active Guard staff sergeants who have been selected for promotion to the rank of sergeant first class for Fiscal Year 2016


Ghosts, goblins and beer at USS Salem

The Ghost Ship Harbor team has agreed to donate at least $40,000 of the proceeds to the U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum.


Coast Guard gets Hawaii help hearing distress call from sinking sailboat

Two men rescued from a sailboat in the Gulf of Alaska Wednesday may owe their lives to a mariner off Hawaii, who heard an initial distress call when Alaska-based U.S. Coast Guard members couldn't.



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ACC moves football championship game from North Carolina to Florida

The announcement comes two weeks after the ACC decided to pull all neutral-site championships out of North Carolina for the 2016-17 academic year in protest of the state's controversial "Bathroom Bill," or House Bill 2.