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Sailor convicted of attempted child-sex crimes gets three years in prison

Authorities arrested Petty Officer 1st Class Gilbert Sandoval in March after he messaged two undercover Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents — one posing as a 14-year-old girl and the other pretending to be a mother seeking a man to rape her 7-year-old daughter.


Veterans group sues VA over ‘Mar-a-Lago Crowd’

VoteVets, a liberal advocacy group, filed a lawsuit Thursday aimed at preventing three wealthy members of President Donald Trump’s private club in Florida from influencing decisions at Veterans Affairs. The suit is a response to a news report that revealed the three were exerting major influence over the VA and secretly shaping Trump’s veterans policies.


Former US security leaders blast Trump for yanking clearance

Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance.


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Trump gives the military more latitude to use offensive cyber tools against adversaries

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an order delegating authority to the defense secretary to use cyber tools and techniques to disrupt or degrade an adversary's network or choke off attacks underway, loosening rules established under the Obama administration.


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Why the Korean War didn't end — and why it could now

The future of the two Koreas is still tightly tied to their past — in particular, to a war where the bulk of fighting stopped 65 years ago.


Ex-Misawa jiujitsu instructor faces additional charges from on-base brawl

Rodrigo Pineda Gomez, the husband of an Air Force officer, was arrested in February and charged with attempted voluntary manslaughter and assault in the New Year’s Eve 2016 incident at Misawa Air Base.



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Mattis aide to be nominated to head US Southern Command

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that his senior military assistant, Navy Vice Adm. Craig Faller, will be nominated to serve as the next head of U.S. Southern Command. If confirmed by the Senate, he would succeed Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd.


A half-century after being uprooted for a remote Navy base, these islanders are fighting to return

The deportees of Diego Garcia island, who were dumped into poverty 1,200 miles away in Mauritius or in the equally distant Seychelles, have spent the last five decades battling the British and U.S. governments for the right to return.


From Norway to Spain, fifth-generation fighters fly for defense of Europe

It took a deployment to Germany and a shorter hop to this remote Norwegian air base for Florida-based F-22 Raptor pilot Lt. Col. Matthew Tromans to get a close encounter with another premier fifth-generation aircraft.


After dozens of children die, Trump administration faces mounting pressure over Yemen war

Democratic members of the House and Senate have sent three separate letters in the past three days to officials at the Defense and State departments and in the intelligence community, asking for an accounting of American involvement in a conflict that critics say has exposed the U.S. government to claims of responsibility for thousands of civilian deaths.


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Egypt’s record on human rights is getting worse. Could withholding American military aid help?

The pattern over the last five years has been consistent: The U.S. withholds military aid from Egypt, citing human rights concerns, only to eventually release the funds before any substantial improvement.


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Mattis aide to be nominated to head US Southern Command

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that his senior military assistant, Navy Vice Adm. Craig Faller, will be nominated to serve as the next head of U.S. Southern Command. If confirmed by the Senate, he would succeed Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd.


A half-century after being uprooted for a remote Navy base, these islanders are fighting to return

The deportees of Diego Garcia island, who were dumped into poverty 1,200 miles away in Mauritius or in the equally distant Seychelles, have spent the last five decades battling the British and U.S. governments for the right to return.


From Norway to Spain, fifth-generation fighters fly for defense of Europe

It took a deployment to Germany and a shorter hop to this remote Norwegian air base for Florida-based F-22 Raptor pilot Lt. Col. Matthew Tromans to get a close encounter with another premier fifth-generation aircraft.


After dozens of children die, Trump administration faces mounting pressure over Yemen war

Democratic members of the House and Senate have sent three separate letters in the past three days to officials at the Defense and State departments and in the intelligence community, asking for an accounting of American involvement in a conflict that critics say has exposed the U.S. government to claims of responsibility for thousands of civilian deaths.


Analysis

Egypt’s record on human rights is getting worse. Could withholding American military aid help?

The pattern over the last five years has been consistent: The U.S. withholds military aid from Egypt, citing human rights concerns, only to eventually release the funds before any substantial improvement.



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Calif. city wins Defense Department contract to make Mare Island Naval Cemetery repairs

When the Mare Island Naval Shipyard closed in 1998, the Navy transferred the property to the City of Vallejo, with no mechanism in place for its upkeep. A cadre of inadequately funded volunteers have been fighting a losing battle to maintain the site for 20 years.



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A half-century after being uprooted for a remote Navy base, these islanders are fighting to return

The deportees of Diego Garcia island, who were dumped into poverty 1,200 miles away in Mauritius or in the equally distant Seychelles, have spent the last five decades battling the British and U.S. governments for the right to return.


Crews recover bodies of 2 men who drowned off Georgia beach

The Coast Guard, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and other agencies helped Tybee Island Fire and Rescue crews search for the two men, who went missing Monday evening.


Fort Bragg families have thousands in school lunch debt

The on-post school system footed a $32,000 bill last school year to cover families in arrears of the school lunch program. Fort Bragg leaders said steps are being taken to address the issue by better identifying the needs of soldiers and their families.


From Norway to Spain, fifth-generation fighters fly for defense of Europe

It took a deployment to Germany and a shorter hop to this remote Norwegian air base for Florida-based F-22 Raptor pilot Lt. Col. Matthew Tromans to get a close encounter with another premier fifth-generation aircraft.


Police ID 24-year-old Marine killed in motorcycle accident in South Carolina

The Marine, assigned to Air Station Beaufort, died Monday night after the motorcycle he was driving struck a tree, Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott said.


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A half-century after being uprooted for a remote Navy base, these islanders are fighting to return

The deportees of Diego Garcia island, who were dumped into poverty 1,200 miles away in Mauritius or in the equally distant Seychelles, have spent the last five decades battling the British and U.S. governments for the right to return.


Crews recover bodies of 2 men who drowned off Georgia beach

The Coast Guard, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and other agencies helped Tybee Island Fire and Rescue crews search for the two men, who went missing Monday evening.


Fort Bragg families have thousands in school lunch debt

The on-post school system footed a $32,000 bill last school year to cover families in arrears of the school lunch program. Fort Bragg leaders said steps are being taken to address the issue by better identifying the needs of soldiers and their families.


From Norway to Spain, fifth-generation fighters fly for defense of Europe

It took a deployment to Germany and a shorter hop to this remote Norwegian air base for Florida-based F-22 Raptor pilot Lt. Col. Matthew Tromans to get a close encounter with another premier fifth-generation aircraft.


Police ID 24-year-old Marine killed in motorcycle accident in South Carolina

The Marine, assigned to Air Station Beaufort, died Monday night after the motorcycle he was driving struck a tree, Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott said.