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USAA, a financial services and insurance company with a large military clientele, announced it will return $520 million to its members who are now driving less due to shelter-in-place procedures enacted to combat the coronavirus.



Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan comes under attack

The Islamic State group fired several rockets at Bagram Airfield on Thursday, the latest in a string of recent attacks targeting the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan.


VA spent $200,000 on controversial anti-malaria drug touted as coronavirus 'game-changer'

Department of Veterans Affairs officials said March 26 that it was “irresponsible” to suggest the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine had any merit as a coronavirus treatment. The same day, the VA placed an emergency order for it.


USS Theodore Roosevelt sailor is in intensive care after testing positive for coronavirus

A sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt was in intensive care Thursday after suffering complications from a coronavirus infection, the Navy said.

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Navy must plan for more coronavirus outbreaks on ships, Hyten says

The Navy should expect more ships to have outbreaks of the coronavirus after more than 400 sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt contracted the illness, Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday.


Trip to Guam at center of top Navy official's resignation cost taxpayers at least $243,000

The figure was based on 35 hours of flight time to and from Guam, with refueling in Hawaii. Former acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly traveled on a C-37B at a cost of about $6,946.19 per hour, according to the estimate.


Longer deployments, health challenges, PCS uncertainty: Balancing Army missions and family needs in Bavaria

The combination of climbing numbers of coronavirus cases off post and a 60-day worldwide Pentagon stop movement order have forced U.S. Army commands in Bavaria to make hard choices to balance service member and family needs with combat readiness.




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Military Matters Review: Coronavirus and finances

Military Matters podcast hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris dig into the financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the military community. They talk to veteran and financial counselor Lacey Langford to find out what service members and their families can do to get through the crisis, which has had catastrophic economic effects around the globe.


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Wounded Warrior Project donating $10 million to veterans affected by pandemic

The nonprofit started reaching out to its members — more than 100,000 veterans — to identify who might be in financial distress. Members in need will be able to apply for $1,000 grants, intended to go toward groceries, utilities or housing.


Spain, Italy to extend lockdowns amid renewed rise in cases

Spain is poised to extend a nationwide lockdown and Italy is moving toward doing the same as Europe's rising infection rate complicates plans to begin reversing stringent restrictions on public life.


Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan comes under attack

The Islamic State group fired several rockets at Bagram Airfield on Thursday, the latest in a string of recent attacks targeting the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan.


AFRICOM kills senior terrorist leader in Somalia as airstrikes intensify

A senior Al-Shabab leader who played a key role in plotting deadly attacks throughout East Africa has been killed in an airstrike in Somalia, U.S. Africa Command said Tuesday.


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Wounded Warrior Project donating $10 million to veterans affected by pandemic

The nonprofit started reaching out to its members — more than 100,000 veterans — to identify who might be in financial distress. Members in need will be able to apply for $1,000 grants, intended to go toward groceries, utilities or housing.


Spain, Italy to extend lockdowns amid renewed rise in cases

Spain is poised to extend a nationwide lockdown and Italy is moving toward doing the same as Europe's rising infection rate complicates plans to begin reversing stringent restrictions on public life.


Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan comes under attack

The Islamic State group fired several rockets at Bagram Airfield on Thursday, the latest in a string of recent attacks targeting the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan.


AFRICOM kills senior terrorist leader in Somalia as airstrikes intensify

A senior Al-Shabab leader who played a key role in plotting deadly attacks throughout East Africa has been killed in an airstrike in Somalia, U.S. Africa Command said Tuesday.



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VA spent $200,000 on controversial anti-malaria drug touted as coronavirus 'game-changer'

Department of Veterans Affairs officials said March 26 that it was “irresponsible” to suggest the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine had any merit as a coronavirus treatment. The same day, the VA placed an emergency order for it.



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Marines on Okinawa assemble a 3D printing juggernaut in fight against coronavirus

The III Marine Expeditionary Force’s 3rd Maintenance Battalion has 17 3D printers in a Camp Kinser warehouse “factory” running 24 hours per day to provide medical personnel with vital supplies.


Navy must plan for more coronavirus outbreaks on ships, Hyten says

The Navy should expect more ships to have outbreaks of the coronavirus after more than 400 sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt contracted the illness, Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday.


Soldiers use parachute-mending skills to sew coronavirus surgical masks

Parachute riggers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord over the last week have used their sewing machines to produce more than 1,000 surgical masks, said Master Sgt. Taylor Cathey, a senior airdrop operations noncommissioned officer with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at the Washington state military base.


That sound you hear? South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing alters training routes

That rumbling in the sky above Columbia isn’t cause for concern. It’s from fighter jets with the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing that have been seen — and heard — above Columbia and the Lake Murray area.


Time-lapse video shows U.S. Coast Guard ship cruising through Soo Locks

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder isn’t primarily used for supplies, but its crew shared an awesome time lapse video of the 225-foot vessel traveling through the Soo Locks on Wednesday, April 8.


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Marines on Okinawa assemble a 3D printing juggernaut in fight against coronavirus

The III Marine Expeditionary Force’s 3rd Maintenance Battalion has 17 3D printers in a Camp Kinser warehouse “factory” running 24 hours per day to provide medical personnel with vital supplies.


Navy must plan for more coronavirus outbreaks on ships, Hyten says

The Navy should expect more ships to have outbreaks of the coronavirus after more than 400 sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt contracted the illness, Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday.


Soldiers use parachute-mending skills to sew coronavirus surgical masks

Parachute riggers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord over the last week have used their sewing machines to produce more than 1,000 surgical masks, said Master Sgt. Taylor Cathey, a senior airdrop operations noncommissioned officer with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at the Washington state military base.


That sound you hear? South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing alters training routes

That rumbling in the sky above Columbia isn’t cause for concern. It’s from fighter jets with the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing that have been seen — and heard — above Columbia and the Lake Murray area.


Time-lapse video shows U.S. Coast Guard ship cruising through Soo Locks

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder isn’t primarily used for supplies, but its crew shared an awesome time lapse video of the 225-foot vessel traveling through the Soo Locks on Wednesday, April 8.



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Surplus of chicken wings follows March Madness cancellation

With the country locked down because of the spread of the novel coronavirus, and the NCAA tournament canceled, a whole bunch of wings are lying around, and now they've flooded the market.


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Surplus of chicken wings follows March Madness cancellation

With the country locked down because of the spread of the novel coronavirus, and the NCAA tournament canceled, a whole bunch of wings are lying around, and now they've flooded the market.