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An 18-hole golf course in the mountains above a southeastern farming area will be the new site for an advanced U.S. anti-missile battery aimed at countering the growing threat from the North, the South Korean military said Friday.



Navy scuttles traditional enlisted rating system

The Navy has scrapped its two-century-old enlisted ratings system that identified sailors by their occupation and military rank in a plan to provide them greater career flexibility, the service announced Thursday.


US vets in the Philippines shrug off drug-war tensions

The retirees also are happy that friction between Washington and Manila hasn’t trickled down to them, with citizens separating their resentment for the U.S. government from how they feel about Americans who have chosen to live near former U.S. military facilities, such as U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay and Clark Air Base.


Military spending, pay raises among unfinished business as Congress recesses

The lights will stay on in the Pentagon and troops will get paid on time, at least through early December, after Congress averted a government shutdown with a last-minute, temporary budget deal Wednesday night.


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Congress allows IVF coverage for wounded vets, with limits

Wounded veterans hoping to start families appeared to win a significant victory Thursday with a new law allowing coverage of fertility treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs.



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Military downsizing? A small defense firm bucks the trend

Zel Technologies received a $165 million contract from the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency (JIDA). The company will put its scientists and engineers to work developing strategies against the improvised explosive device (IED), the longstanding weapon of choice for insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Lead in water at Wiesbaden base being addressed

Five faucets at youth service buildings on Clay Kaserne have been replaced or will be replaced after drinking water from them tested positive for elevated lead levels during a routine examination by Installation Management Command Europe.


French military bolsters Iraq presence for Mosul offensive

French warplanes are flying over Iraq after the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier rejoined the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State extremists — and as the coalition prepares to try to take back the key city of Mosul.


Putin, Abe expected to negotiate disputed islands in December

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit to Japan will include “full-scale negotiations” to resolve the countries’ border dispute by 2018, a Japanese foreign policy expert says.


Group calls for Darfur chemical weapons investigation

Amnesty International is calling on the U.N. Security Council to take action over reports that the Sudanese government has used chemical weapons in Darfur.


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Military downsizing? A small defense firm bucks the trend

Zel Technologies received a $165 million contract from the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency (JIDA). The company will put its scientists and engineers to work developing strategies against the improvised explosive device (IED), the longstanding weapon of choice for insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Lead in water at Wiesbaden base being addressed

Five faucets at youth service buildings on Clay Kaserne have been replaced or will be replaced after drinking water from them tested positive for elevated lead levels during a routine examination by Installation Management Command Europe.


French military bolsters Iraq presence for Mosul offensive

French warplanes are flying over Iraq after the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier rejoined the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State extremists — and as the coalition prepares to try to take back the key city of Mosul.


Putin, Abe expected to negotiate disputed islands in December

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit to Japan will include “full-scale negotiations” to resolve the countries’ border dispute by 2018, a Japanese foreign policy expert says.


Group calls for Darfur chemical weapons investigation

Amnesty International is calling on the U.N. Security Council to take action over reports that the Sudanese government has used chemical weapons in Darfur.



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A Marine abused at boot camp explains why he spoke out

"They say it's a rite of passage to us," said former Pvt. Thomas Jacob Weaver. "That that's why they put us through hell. But in no way is it benefiting us, or anything. It's pointless. I just felt like someone has to say something."


Memorial honors Beale U-2 pilot, a 20-year military veteran

Lt. Col. Ira Steve “Shooter” Eadie, a U-2 spy plane pilot, was killed Sept. 20 after ejecting from his plane shortly before it crashed in California.


Obama approves naming port after El Paso war hero

With the president's signature now on paper, the Tornillo port of entry will officially be named after a highly decorated World War I veteran from El Paso: U.S. Army Pvt. Marcelino Serna.


Coast Guard gets help from Hawaii hearing distress call from sailboat in Alaska

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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A Marine abused at boot camp explains why he spoke out

"They say it's a rite of passage to us," said former Pvt. Thomas Jacob Weaver. "That that's why they put us through hell. But in no way is it benefiting us, or anything. It's pointless. I just felt like someone has to say something."


Memorial honors Beale U-2 pilot, a 20-year military veteran

Lt. Col. Ira Steve “Shooter” Eadie, a U-2 spy plane pilot, was killed Sept. 20 after ejecting from his plane shortly before it crashed in California.


Obama approves naming port after El Paso war hero

With the president's signature now on paper, the Tornillo port of entry will officially be named after a highly decorated World War I veteran from El Paso: U.S. Army Pvt. Marcelino Serna.


Coast Guard gets help from Hawaii hearing distress call from sailboat in Alaska

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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