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The Army will convert two of its existing brigade combat teams to add firepower to the service as it prepares for a potential fight with the more advanced militaries of near-peer adversaries, service officials announced Thursday.



Former VA secretaries join fight over Agent Orange benefits for Blue Water Navy vets

Five former Department of Veterans Affairs secretaries and more than two dozen veterans groups joined the fight this week over legislation that would extend Agent Orange benefits to tens of thousands of Navy veterans who served on ships off the coast during the Vietnam War.


Veteran's family upset by lack of honors when casket arrived at National Airport

Col. Lewis Henry Dunagan, 94, a decorated Air Force pilot, died in May. On Wednesday, his body was flown from Dallas to Washington, where he is scheduled to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. Six members of his family, including wife Judy and daughter Sydnee Harlan, accompanied him on the American Airlines flight.


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Ramstein airman cuts through stereotypes to win Air Force recruiting video contest

In his winning video, Senior Airman Lane McCall shows dazzling footage of fighter jets, bombs and paratroopers, then he says: “But that doesn’t mean we’re all pilots, jumping out of planes, blowing stuff up. Get real.”


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Pence: Returned remains of US war dead a ‘vanguard of what’s to come’

Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday he hoped the 55 cases of Korean War remains returned last month would be a “vanguard of what’s to come,” for on-the-ground searches in North Korea for more missing American servicemembers.


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‘Blue Water Navy’ supporters target VA secretary’s hardline

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, met with Robert Wilkie to try to coax the new VA secretary out of his department’s newly stiffened opposition to a House-passed bill that would extend VA health care and compensation to tens of thousands of former sailors and Marines with Agent Orange-associated ailments. “We haven’t convinced him yet,” Brown said.


US showcases its new weaponry for 28 countries — including Russia

The U.S. Army on Wednesday demonstrated its newest armaments to representatives of 28 nations, including Russia and Afghanistan, as part of its obligation under an international arms control treaty.



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4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland warehouse shooting

A woman working a temporary job at a drugstore warehouse in Maryland got into an argument at work Thursday morning and began shooting colleagues, killing three before fatally turning the gun on herself, authorities and witnesses said.


Tiny US base in South Korean capital prepares to close its gates

Known as FED, the compound has been home to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District, headquarters since the 1950-53 Korean War. It is one of several sub-installations that belong to the larger Yongsan Garrison just a few miles away.


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Paratroopers fill the sky as war games start in Germany

About 1,000 "sky soldiers" from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and allied forces jumped out of U.S. and Italian C-130 aircraft behind a fictitious enemy’s lines during Saber Junction.


Israeli delegation in Moscow to share data on plane downing

A high-level Israeli military delegation visited Moscow on Thursday to present detailed information related to the downing of a Russian warplane by Syrian forces that responded to an Israeli air raid.


Defense expo reflects troubles for South African military

South Africa is one of the continent's biggest defense spenders but its military is increasingly stretched as the country faces recession and a weakening currency.


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4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland warehouse shooting

A woman working a temporary job at a drugstore warehouse in Maryland got into an argument at work Thursday morning and began shooting colleagues, killing three before fatally turning the gun on herself, authorities and witnesses said.


Tiny US base in South Korean capital prepares to close its gates

Known as FED, the compound has been home to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District, headquarters since the 1950-53 Korean War. It is one of several sub-installations that belong to the larger Yongsan Garrison just a few miles away.


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Paratroopers fill the sky as war games start in Germany

About 1,000 "sky soldiers" from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and allied forces jumped out of U.S. and Italian C-130 aircraft behind a fictitious enemy’s lines during Saber Junction.


Israeli delegation in Moscow to share data on plane downing

A high-level Israeli military delegation visited Moscow on Thursday to present detailed information related to the downing of a Russian warplane by Syrian forces that responded to an Israeli air raid.


Defense expo reflects troubles for South African military

South Africa is one of the continent's biggest defense spenders but its military is increasingly stretched as the country faces recession and a weakening currency.



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Former VA secretaries join fight over Agent Orange benefits for Blue Water Navy vets

Five former Department of Veterans Affairs secretaries and more than two dozen veterans groups joined the fight this week over legislation that would extend Agent Orange benefits to tens of thousands of Navy veterans who served on ships off the coast during the Vietnam War.



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Paddlers sue Coast Guard for kicking them off Potomac River when Trump is golfing

Paddlers who use the Potomac River near President Donald Trump's Loudoun County, Virginia, golf course filed a federal lawsuit Thursday morning to try to reverse a policy that closes a two-mile stretch of the river when the president is playing golf.


Firefighters, bystanders and Marines race to rescue seniors from major fire in Washington

A fire broke out at an apartment complex for seniors in southeast Washington on Wednesday afternoon, prompting firefighters, bystanders and Marines to rescue residents, officials said.


Jon Burge, alleged ringleader of police torture in Chicago, dies at 70

Leading a group of officers known as the "Midnight Crew," Chicago police commander Jon Burge was alleged to have overseen the torture of more than 100 black suspects - suffocating, beating, burning and electrocuting them until they confessed to a crime.


Veteran's family upset by lack of honors when casket arrived at National Airport

Col. Lewis Henry Dunagan, 94, a decorated Air Force pilot, died in May. On Wednesday, his body was flown from Dallas to Washington, where he is scheduled to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. Six members of his family, including wife Judy and daughter Sydnee Harlan, accompanied him on the American Airlines flight.


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Paddlers sue Coast Guard for kicking them off Potomac River when Trump is golfing

Paddlers who use the Potomac River near President Donald Trump's Loudoun County, Virginia, golf course filed a federal lawsuit Thursday morning to try to reverse a policy that closes a two-mile stretch of the river when the president is playing golf.


Firefighters, bystanders and Marines race to rescue seniors from major fire in Washington

A fire broke out at an apartment complex for seniors in southeast Washington on Wednesday afternoon, prompting firefighters, bystanders and Marines to rescue residents, officials said.


Jon Burge, alleged ringleader of police torture in Chicago, dies at 70

Leading a group of officers known as the "Midnight Crew," Chicago police commander Jon Burge was alleged to have overseen the torture of more than 100 black suspects - suffocating, beating, burning and electrocuting them until they confessed to a crime.


Veteran's family upset by lack of honors when casket arrived at National Airport

Col. Lewis Henry Dunagan, 94, a decorated Air Force pilot, died in May. On Wednesday, his body was flown from Dallas to Washington, where he is scheduled to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. Six members of his family, including wife Judy and daughter Sydnee Harlan, accompanied him on the American Airlines flight.



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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will do double duty at Richmond: as a driver and analyst

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced his retirement from racing in April 2017, he still had a contract with Hellmann's to drive one race in 2018. He chose Friday's Xfinity Series race in Richmond. Then he'll don a headset in the booth for the call of Saturday's Cup Series event.


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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will do double duty at Richmond: as a driver and analyst

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced his retirement from racing in April 2017, he still had a contract with Hellmann's to drive one race in 2018. He chose Friday's Xfinity Series race in Richmond. Then he'll don a headset in the booth for the call of Saturday's Cup Series event.