DOD energy use in fiscal 2013 lowest in nearly 40 years

The military used less energy in fiscal year 2013 than in any year since at least 1975, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The Department of Defense used 0.75 quadrillion British thermal units worth of energy in fiscal year 2013, compared with almost twice that much, 1.36 quadrillion Btu, in 1975.

'Highly offended' VA chief, lawmaker spar during hearing

VA Secretary Bob McDonald answers questions at a congressional hearing Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015.

That didn't take long.

Six months into VA Secretary Bob McDonald's tenure, it seems some lawmakers have already turned on him.

Increased hearing loss in servicemembers associated with combat experience

War is hell … on your hearing.

That’s what researchers concluded in a study published in the most recent issue of the journal Noise & Health.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers surprises children of fallen servicemembers

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the impact professional athletes can have on young lives.

Take Aaron Rodgers, starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. The former National Football league most valuable player is one of hundreds of NFL players who partner with a variety of charities, making appearances, raising funds and helping spread awareness for various causes.

Local man misplaces car after losing himself in K-Town’s nightlife

“As he was not able to find his car on Tuesday afternoon, a young man contacted the police seeking assistance. According to the 27-year-old member of the military, he has been in Germany for three months and is not yet very familiar with Kaiserslautern.

“Shortly before the New Year (whether on New Year’s Eve or before, he couldn’t say), he parked his BMW on a side street downtown. He then apparently immersed himself in Kaiserslautern’s nightlife. When the 27-year-old wanted to return to his car the next day, he couldn’t find it. He could not remember either the name of the street or other particulars in the area where he parked his car. The only thing he knew was that there was a fast food restaurant nearby with a golden ‘M.’

“A police car searched the area around Marktstrasse – but the car could not be found. The 27-year-old could not recognize any street or building. So the police drove him home. Witnesses who see the black BMW 528i with an American KL license plate are asked to call the Westpfalz police at: 0631-369-0.”

On the upside, nobody will ever ask him to watch their kids again.

The mouse that roared above the 38th parallel

A photo released by KCNA news agency on March 12, 2013, shows North Korea leader Kim Jong Un visiting the Wolnae-do Defence Detachment on the western front line.

Remember that mousy loner in school who did weird stuff just to get attention, had a hulking big brother who kept him from getting beat up, grew into a lunch-money extortionist who flashed knives and was the chief suspect in a lot of neighborhood crime?

While he may have gotten bad grades, he was smarter than most people thought, particularly when it came to devious plots. He developed a long rap sheet that kept him familiar with the police, but no one knew how to punish him without making him even more recalcitrant and dangerous.

Push for wreaths on Arlington graves needs help

Wreaths are distributed during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery, December 14, 2013.

As a convoy of trucks bearing wreaths continues to move south from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia for Saturday's Wreaths Across America event, organizers have announced a challenge campaign aimed at erasing a last-minute funding shortfall.

On Thursday, Morrill Worcester, the group's founder, accepted a challenge by Ann LePage, wife of Maine Gov. Paul LePage, to match every $15 sponsorship of a wreath with one of his own through Friday. In order to be able to place a wreath at every one of Arlington's graves, about 20,000 more sponsorships were still needed as of Thursday morning.

Fund a beer for a Navy SEAL

Thanks to a new fundraising campaign, now you too can buy a beer for the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden.

The “Beer Money for Bin Laden Shooter” GoFundMe campaign was launched Nov. 10 by Iraq war veteran Phil Rolen, according to The Billings Gazette and campaign webpage.

Scream for camouflage ice cream on Veterans Day

Baskin-Robbins' Flavor of the Month is "First Class Camouflage".

Not to be one left out of the Veterans Day special deals and free meals many food chains are offering around the country today, Baskin-Robbins has rolled out a camo-inspired ice cream flavor this month.

"First Class Camouflage" is the "Flavor of the Month" for November and also comes with a matching Camouflage Waffle Cone to be sold in honor of U.S. Troops, military families and veterans, according to the company's press release.

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