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Marine to receive Medal of Honor 50 years after Battle of Hue heroics

Retired Sgt. Maj. John Canley learned he will receive the nation’s highest military honor via a phone call from President Donald Trump early this month. An official announcement from the White House is expected once a date for the presentation is confirmed.


Former basketball star takes command of Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing

The Air Force’s largest transport hub in the Far East has a new leader.


A hairy issue: Sailors tell the US Navy, 'We want beards'

When beards were banned in 1984, the Navy explained it wanted professional-looking sailors who could wear firefighting masks and breathing apparatuses without interference. Still, some hope the change in female grooming standards opens the door for facial hair's return to the service.


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Watchdog: Air Force F-22s handicapped by organizational problems

F-22 pilots are not meeting annual training requirements, according to Air Force reports and service officials, the GAO report stated. In addition, the use of F-22s for exercises and operational missions that don’t require the aircraft’s unique capabilities disrupt pilot training and lead to reduced proficiency, the report stated.


'Good Morning, Vietnam' DJ and Air Force veteran Adrian Cronauer dies at 79

Adrian Cronauer, the Air Force veteran loosely portrayed by Robin Williams in "Good Morning, Vietnam," died from an age-related illness. He had lived in Troutville, Virginia, and died at a local nursing home.


Airman dies days after being shot while allegedly 'playing' with gun

Cannon Air Force Base will be given jurisdiction in the shooting, which involved two airmen who police say had consumed alcohol.



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Sheriff: 11 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said five people remain missing and seven others were hospitalized after a Ride the Ducks boat sank on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo.


White House invites Putin to Washington for fall meeting

Unbowed by criticism over his Helsinki summit, President Donald Trump extended an invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet in Washington in the fall, the White House said Thursday.


US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest

Two officials familiar with the plans said Thursday that the U.S., Britain and Canada are spearheading the evacuation that would transport members of the White Helmets group to transit camps in neighboring countries.


Burkina Faso captures 60 militants near Mali, Niger border

Burkina Faso's army says its counterterror forces have captured some 60 militants along the border with Mali and Niger during operations conducted since July 8.


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Sheriff: 11 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said five people remain missing and seven others were hospitalized after a Ride the Ducks boat sank on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo.


White House invites Putin to Washington for fall meeting

Unbowed by criticism over his Helsinki summit, President Donald Trump extended an invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet in Washington in the fall, the White House said Thursday.


US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest

Two officials familiar with the plans said Thursday that the U.S., Britain and Canada are spearheading the evacuation that would transport members of the White Helmets group to transit camps in neighboring countries.


Burkina Faso captures 60 militants near Mali, Niger border

Burkina Faso's army says its counterterror forces have captured some 60 militants along the border with Mali and Niger during operations conducted since July 8.



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Marine to receive Medal of Honor 50 years after Battle of Hue heroics

Retired Sgt. Maj. John Canley learned he will receive the nation’s highest military honor via a phone call from President Donald Trump early this month. An official announcement from the White House is expected once a date for the presentation is confirmed.



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N.C. Marines discovered something that had no fear of them: an alligator

Someone had been feeding the alligator, and to prove it, officials at the Marine Corps New River Air Station posted a 12-second video Wednesday: It shows the gator coming out of water like a very dangerous puppy when human hands are extended toward it.


Navy Special Warfare celebrates milestone graduation

Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command graduated its 100th class of Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen, or specially-trained small boat operators, at a ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado Thursday.


Coast Guard, law enforcement boosting efforts to target smugglers off California coast

The Maritime Coordination Center is charged with aiding dozens of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in a joint effort to keep the waters off California safe from smugglers and other criminals.


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N.C. Marines discovered something that had no fear of them: an alligator

Someone had been feeding the alligator, and to prove it, officials at the Marine Corps New River Air Station posted a 12-second video Wednesday: It shows the gator coming out of water like a very dangerous puppy when human hands are extended toward it.


Navy Special Warfare celebrates milestone graduation

Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command graduated its 100th class of Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen, or specially-trained small boat operators, at a ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado Thursday.


Coast Guard, law enforcement boosting efforts to target smugglers off California coast

The Maritime Coordination Center is charged with aiding dozens of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in a joint effort to keep the waters off California safe from smugglers and other criminals.