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The fall and rise of Chris Mintz: Former infantry soldier a reluctant hero after Oregon massacre

After the bodies of nine victims and the shooter were hauled away, every cable news and talk show in America called Chris Mintz a hero — a meaningless term when applied to most soldiers. It’s too clean a word to describe a man the Army declared a menace.


More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director.



Veteran groups intervene in fired Phoenix VA director lawsuit

A dozen veteran and military groups have entered the legal fight with former Department of Veterans Affairs executive Sharon Helman in hopes they can salvage a law allowing the department to fire top managers more quickly.


Okinawa villagers sue Japan to stop construction of US helipads

Citing noise concerns, residents from two Okinawan villages have filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government to end construction of U.S. military helipads in a remote northern training area.


Maritime drills display US, S. Korea military might to North

The U.S. and South Korean navies have conducted precision strike drills with guided-missile destroyers, submarines and anti-submarine helicopters in a display of military might against a growing threat from the North.


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Bataan Death March survivor, artist Ben Steele dies at 98

Ben Steele - a Bataan Death March survivor whose art helped him maintain his sanity as a prisoner of war and helped him forgive his captors - has died in Montana. He was 98.



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Debate night: Clinton, Trump set for high-stakes showdown

After months of tangling from afar, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will confront each other face-to-face for the first time in Monday night's presidential debate, laying out for voters their vastly different visions for America's future.


Wiesbaden teens receive Scouting’s highest honor

Two 18-year-olds from U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden became Eagle Scouts Sunday, receiving the Boy Scouts’ highest honor during a ceremony at Clay Kaserne.


Jewish WWII 'Avenger' Joseph Harmatz dead at 91

Holocaust survivor Joseph Harmatz, who led the most daring attempt by Jews seeking revenge against their former Nazi tormentors, has died. He was 91.


Okinawa villagers sue Japan to stop construction of US helipads

Citing noise concerns, residents from two Okinawan villages have filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government to end construction of U.S. military helipads in a remote northern training area.


Islamic State militants kills 5 civilians in Egypt's Sinai

Egyptian officials say Islamic State militants have killed five Egyptian civilians and dumped their bodies, wearing orange jumpsuits, in a restive corner of the Sinai Peninsula.


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Debate night: Clinton, Trump set for high-stakes showdown

After months of tangling from afar, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will confront each other face-to-face for the first time in Monday night's presidential debate, laying out for voters their vastly different visions for America's future.


Wiesbaden teens receive Scouting’s highest honor

Two 18-year-olds from U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden became Eagle Scouts Sunday, receiving the Boy Scouts’ highest honor during a ceremony at Clay Kaserne.


Jewish WWII 'Avenger' Joseph Harmatz dead at 91

Holocaust survivor Joseph Harmatz, who led the most daring attempt by Jews seeking revenge against their former Nazi tormentors, has died. He was 91.


Okinawa villagers sue Japan to stop construction of US helipads

Citing noise concerns, residents from two Okinawan villages have filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government to end construction of U.S. military helipads in a remote northern training area.


Islamic State militants kills 5 civilians in Egypt's Sinai

Egyptian officials say Islamic State militants have killed five Egyptian civilians and dumped their bodies, wearing orange jumpsuits, in a restive corner of the Sinai Peninsula.



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Maritime drills display US, S. Korea military might to North

The U.S. and South Korean navies have conducted precision strike drills with guided-missile destroyers, submarines and anti-submarine helicopters in a display of military might against a growing threat from the North.


Iwakuni Marine proposes to girlfriend in Florida via surprise video

Brenda Salmeron thought she was going to the mall with a friend on Saturday, but instead she got the surprise of her life as the love of her life appeared on a giant video screen inside the Microsoft store to ask an important question.


Fort Bliss' 3rd Armored Brigade busy training in Kuwait

An armored brigade from Fort Bliss is doing important work to help ensure stability in the Middle East and has been busy training with partner nations there, its leaders and soldiers said.


Air Force is losing pilots, and the headwind is getting worse

The crisis stems from crushing budget constraints under the congressional sequester, too many nonflying tasks that distract pilots from their main job, and a perception that the Air Force doesn’t value them, several pilots said.


Arnold Palmer, 'King' of the PGA tour, dies at 87

Arnold Palmer, a Pennsylvania greenskeeper's son who became one of golf's most charismatic champions and made millions of dollars by turning his popular "everyman" image into one of the most lucrative sports brands in the world, died Sunday.


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Maritime drills display US, S. Korea military might to North

The U.S. and South Korean navies have conducted precision strike drills with guided-missile destroyers, submarines and anti-submarine helicopters in a display of military might against a growing threat from the North.


Iwakuni Marine proposes to girlfriend in Florida via surprise video

Brenda Salmeron thought she was going to the mall with a friend on Saturday, but instead she got the surprise of her life as the love of her life appeared on a giant video screen inside the Microsoft store to ask an important question.


Fort Bliss' 3rd Armored Brigade busy training in Kuwait

An armored brigade from Fort Bliss is doing important work to help ensure stability in the Middle East and has been busy training with partner nations there, its leaders and soldiers said.


Air Force is losing pilots, and the headwind is getting worse

The crisis stems from crushing budget constraints under the congressional sequester, too many nonflying tasks that distract pilots from their main job, and a perception that the Air Force doesn’t value them, several pilots said.


Arnold Palmer, 'King' of the PGA tour, dies at 87

Arnold Palmer, a Pennsylvania greenskeeper's son who became one of golf's most charismatic champions and made millions of dollars by turning his popular "everyman" image into one of the most lucrative sports brands in the world, died Sunday.



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Palmer leaves behind unparalleled legacy

Arnold Palmer charged across the golf course and into America’s living rooms with a go-for-broke style that made a country club sport popular for the everyman. At ease with presidents and the public, he was on a first-name basis with both.