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Ready for his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington on a military jet Thursday and quickly set to building better ties to the Republican Congress as he kicked off three days of inaugural festivities. Washington braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators — with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing.


Trump-tapped group presents plan for sweeping VA reforms

As Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday, a conservative-backed group that has gained more influence since the election is renewing its effort to transfer oversight of Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities to a government-chartered nonprofit. It’s also seeking to expand veterans’ private-sector health care options.


Army 75th Ranger Regiment to get its first female

A female soldier has become the first to pass the selection course for the exclusive Army 75th Ranger Regiment and will become the first female special operator in the military sometime in the spring, a spokesman for the unit said.


Manning to lose transgender benefits with dishonorable discharge

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the national-security leaker and transgender soldier, will lose her entitlement to military health care benefits under the terms of the sentence that President Obama commuted, according to the Army.



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Some veterans will join women’s march to protest after Trump inauguration

In keeping with tradition, military and veterans groups are participating in all aspects of Friday’s inauguration, from ceremonial roles to logistical ones. Less traditional is the participation of veterans and some military members in a day-after protest.


US bombers flew from Missouri and killed 80 Islamic State fighters in Libya

U.S. warplanes struck Islamic State encampments in Libya overnight, killing more than 80 terrorists and destroying their makeshift training camps near Sirte, a town the group once dominated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday.


Air Force awards medal upgrades

Air Force Col. Christopher Barnett was awarded two Silver Stars on Thursday for his gallantry in action during two search and rescue missions in Afghanistan in 2009.



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Trump sweeps into Washington with a wave and a salute

Ready for his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington on a military jet Thursday and quickly set to building better ties to the Republican Congress as he kicked off three days of inaugural festivities. Washington braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators — with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing.


A tale of 2 inaugurations: Trump vs. Gambia's chaos

One inauguration has been planned for months, with a global spotlight and a Washington setting. The other has been announced just hours ahead of time and is taking place outside the country after weeks of chaos.


Pro-Russia leader in NATO's Bulgaria takes oath before Trump

A day before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, a pro-Russian, U.S. military-trained Bulgarian general was sworn in as NATO member Bulgaria's president, as questions arise over the future of the alliance amid rising animosity with its Cold-War adversary.


US bombers flew from Missouri and killed 80 Islamic State fighters in Libya

U.S. warplanes struck Islamic State encampments in Libya overnight, killing more than 80 terrorists and destroying their makeshift training camps near Sirte, a town the group once dominated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday.


US helicopter sparks fire during training exercise in South Korea

A U.S. helicopter on a training exercise sparked a mountainside fire that raged for nearly 20 hours at Rodriguez Live Fire Range, a military spokesman said.


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Trump sweeps into Washington with a wave and a salute

Ready for his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington on a military jet Thursday and quickly set to building better ties to the Republican Congress as he kicked off three days of inaugural festivities. Washington braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators — with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing.


A tale of 2 inaugurations: Trump vs. Gambia's chaos

One inauguration has been planned for months, with a global spotlight and a Washington setting. The other has been announced just hours ahead of time and is taking place outside the country after weeks of chaos.


Pro-Russia leader in NATO's Bulgaria takes oath before Trump

A day before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, a pro-Russian, U.S. military-trained Bulgarian general was sworn in as NATO member Bulgaria's president, as questions arise over the future of the alliance amid rising animosity with its Cold-War adversary.


US bombers flew from Missouri and killed 80 Islamic State fighters in Libya

U.S. warplanes struck Islamic State encampments in Libya overnight, killing more than 80 terrorists and destroying their makeshift training camps near Sirte, a town the group once dominated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday.


US helicopter sparks fire during training exercise in South Korea

A U.S. helicopter on a training exercise sparked a mountainside fire that raged for nearly 20 hours at Rodriguez Live Fire Range, a military spokesman said.



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Trump-tapped group presents plan for sweeping VA reforms

As Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday, a conservative-backed group that has gained more influence since the election is renewing its effort to transfer oversight of Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities to a government-chartered nonprofit. It’s also seeking to expand veterans’ private-sector health care options.



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Florida Gov. Rick Scott to lower flags in honor of Marine killed in training accident

Lance Cpl. Austin Ruiz, 19, had been at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, for about 1 1/2 weeks when the fatal incident occurred.


‘You're legal now, guess I need to find someone younger:’ Sailor pleads guilty to making child porn

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jordan Lee Adams likes sex with young girls on camera, according to court documents. Adams, 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk to one count of production of child pornography. He is set to be sentenced April 13.


Army 75th Ranger Regiment to get its first female

A female soldier has become the first to pass the selection course for the exclusive Army 75th Ranger Regiment and will become the first female special operator in the military sometime in the spring, a spokesman for the unit said.


2 survive plane crash between villages in southwest Alaska

Two people in a small airplane survived when they crashed on a flight between two southwest Alaska villages. Alaska State Troopers say a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night.


In San Antonio, planes at Kelly Air Force Base turned into paychecks

When the Wright Flyer took to the sky over Kitty Hawk, N.C., and became the first aircraft to make a powered flight, no one here could have imagined how an event so obscure and far away would transform life in San Antonio.


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Florida Gov. Rick Scott to lower flags in honor of Marine killed in training accident

Lance Cpl. Austin Ruiz, 19, had been at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, for about 1 1/2 weeks when the fatal incident occurred.


‘You're legal now, guess I need to find someone younger:’ Sailor pleads guilty to making child porn

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jordan Lee Adams likes sex with young girls on camera, according to court documents. Adams, 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk to one count of production of child pornography. He is set to be sentenced April 13.


Army 75th Ranger Regiment to get its first female

A female soldier has become the first to pass the selection course for the exclusive Army 75th Ranger Regiment and will become the first female special operator in the military sometime in the spring, a spokesman for the unit said.


2 survive plane crash between villages in southwest Alaska

Two people in a small airplane survived when they crashed on a flight between two southwest Alaska villages. Alaska State Troopers say a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night.


In San Antonio, planes at Kelly Air Force Base turned into paychecks

When the Wright Flyer took to the sky over Kitty Hawk, N.C., and became the first aircraft to make a powered flight, no one here could have imagined how an event so obscure and far away would transform life in San Antonio.



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Air Force men's basketball setting a historic offensive pace

If the Falcons (9-9, 2-3 Mountain West) can maintain their 77.6 points-per-game average they would set a program record, besting a mark set in 1966. The scoring average represents a 9.2 jump from last year.


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Air Force men's basketball setting a historic offensive pace

If the Falcons (9-9, 2-3 Mountain West) can maintain their 77.6 points-per-game average they would set a program record, besting a mark set in 1966. The scoring average represents a 9.2 jump from last year.



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