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Cast, crew of 'Enlisted' hope show gets it right

Your inner sergeant major is going to be screaming about the haircuts, the 5 o’clock shadow and the unzipped ACU blouse. 

But if you can overlook the fact that a so-called “supersoldier” doesn’t seem to recognize his commanding officer, and all the soldiers walking around outside without covers, “Enlisted” will probably have you laughing before the first commercial break.

Stripes' most shared stories of 2013

What story drew your attention the most in 2013? Was it the supposed “girly hats” or the government shutdown? Maybe it was gay marriage or tattoo standards.

How readers interacted on Facebook and Twitter - and other social networks - impacted the popularity of stories more than ever this year on stripes.com. And with different readers being pulled in from different websites, the top five on each of our social networks may surprise you. Or not, if you were a frequent social network flyer.

‘Twas the day before Christmas (at the Pentagon)

‘Twas the day before Christmas, when all through DOD
Not a creature was stirring, not even at OSD
The drones were hovering somewhere ‘Over There’
Looking for someone to put in the crosshair
Service members at Bagram were snug in the beds
While visions of accrued leave danced in their heads.

As I sat at my desk and was turning around
Down the E-Ring St. Nicholas came with a bound
He was dressed in ACU from his head to his foot
And his clothes were all tarnished with engine grease and soot
A bundle of MREs he had flung on his back
And he looked like a soldier carrying his rucksack

Ten more women graduate from Marine Corps infantry course

Ten female Marines graduated from the Marine Corps’ Infantry Training Battalion on Thursday, bringing the number of women who have completed the program to 13.

Pvt. Kassandra Woodward, Pvt. Brittany Dunklee, Pfc. Rose Rodriquez, Pvt. Mica Hollingsworth, Pfc. Fabiola Perez Zuniga, Pfc. Fabiola Davila, Pfc. Falande Joachin, Pfc. Harlee Bradford, Pvt. Michelle Verduzco and Pfc. Catherine Sanders graduated from the training course for enlisted infantry Marines at Camp Geiger in North Carolina, Marine officials said.

Interact - live - with Cosby on Twitter

Do you have a question for the guy with awesome sweaters and is one of the most well-known comedians of all time?

Bill Cosby is opening up on Twitter, answering live questions you tweet his way during an event for the military Friday night.

With days left, Congressional leaders plan votes on key military bills

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he plans to hold votes on a fiscal 2014 defense bill as well as a two-year federal budget deal, after agreements on both were reached this week.

His comments followed Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., both of whom have now said the $632.8 billion National Defense Authorization Act will receive a House vote Thursday or Friday, before the House adjourns Friday, followed by a Senate vote next week, before it adjourns Dec. 20.

Pentagon (partially) closed due to snow

WASHINGTON — Before the snow even started falling, the Office of Personnel Management told non-emergency federal employees that they didn’t have to come to work on Tuesday. OPM launched a preemptive strike against the 3-5 inches forecasted to hit the Washington region, thereby saving government workers from a potentially messy and dangerous commute. That modest amount of snow wouldn’t raise an eyebrow in many American cities, but it brings to a standstill a town that is already known for political gridlock.

Being a dedicated public servant, I decided to brave the elements and go to the Pentagon. When I arrived, snow was coming down steadily. Security guards that normally stand watch outside the metro entrance to the Defense Department were absent. The doors were locked. This necessitated a wet 10-minute walk to the other side of the concrete behemoth (Soldiers in Kandahar probably wouldn’t be impressed by my plight).

Ex-Pentagon spokesman Little joins Booz Allen

Former Pentagon spokesman George Little did not take long to find his feet after leaving government service: He started Monday at Booz Allen Hamilton, a top U.S. defense contractor.

Little joined the consulting firm after several years as the Pentagon’s top press secretary and previous stints as a spokesman for the CIA and an assistant to the defense secretary at the Defense Department. He was named a vice president for marketing and communication and is working at the company’s office in Rockville, Md.

Dempsey suggests prompt signing of security agreement not as urgent as some claim

WASHINGTON – In recent days, senior U.S. officials have warned of dire consequences for military planning if Afghan President Hamid Karzai waits beyond the end of this year to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement, which would allow U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan after 2014.

Last week, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told Afghan leaders that failure to sign the BSA promptly would leave the U.S. “no choice but to initiate planning for a post-2014 future in which there would be no NATO or U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan,” according to a White House statement.

Dempsey: No plans to close stateside commissaries

Washington — During his first ever Facebook town hall on Thursday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs sought to allay concerns that stateside commissaries could be shuttered as a result of budget cuts.

“Many of you have asked about the budget and its impacts on our families…First, We have no plans to close our commissaries,” Gen. Martin Dempsey posted on his Facebook page.

USAF Band flash mobs the Air and Space Museum

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Think the world needs some more joy in it? Or maybe you just aren’t in the holiday spirit yet.

Dempsey hosts his first Facebook town hall

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey answers questions from Facebook users on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, is hosting his first-ever Facebook town hall Thursday starting at 1:45 pm EST. To follow along and ask your own questions, post comments in the general's Facebook feed. Link embedded below.

 

In Pentagon farewell, Carter lists his wishes for troops

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter shakes hands with a Marine sniper team leader at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Sept. 13, 2013.

WASHINGTON – In a farewell ceremony Monday at the Pentagon, outgoing Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter plowed through seemingly exhaustive list of acknowledgements and goodbyes. It included, but was not limited to, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his deputy, the Joint Chiefs themselves, all the service secretaries, the combatant commanders, a constellation of deputy secretaries and his own staff members. Many he called out by name.

But Carter, 59, didn’t tear up until after he turned to address the unidentified members of the military honor guard that stood with him, whom he called “so magnificent, so proud, so young – our future.”

 
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