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The Afghan economy tanked after large numbers of coalition troops — and the jobs created to support them — left the country, indicating a 16-year, $122 billion reconstruction effort failed to develop a sustainable economic system, according to a U.S. watchdog agency.



How White House physician Ronny Jackson became Trump's nominee to lead VA

Leading the Department of Veterans Affairs would place Ronny Jackson — a Navy rear admiral who led a team of fewer than a dozen surgeons in Iraq and now heads a staff of 70 at the White House — atop an agency of more than 375,000 employees and a budget of more than $185 billion.


Naples mayor: US submarine used in Syria missile attacks unwelcome in port

The mayor of Naples said a nuclear-powered submarine that took part in missile strikes against suspected Syrian chemical weapons sites should not have cruised through waters near the city, but Italian military officials said he has no jurisdiction over the matter.


Neller: Marines 'in better place' since sexual misconduct scandals

Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the Marines, told a Senate panel on Thursday that the Corps has enacted a series of reforms to reign in the culture of harassment that has included sexual misconduct and long plagued the service.


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Exchanges resist plan to merge with faltering commissaries

Defense Department officials want Congress to include in its fiscal 2019 defense policy bill new authorities to execute its plan to merge the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) with the three military exchange services under a single system of on-base stores to be called the Defense Resale Enterprise.


Report: Teacher who called military 'lowest of our low' bullied students, had photos of nude women on class computer

A private investigator's report suggests high school teacher Gregory Salcido's firing was not based on a single diatribe about the military. The report suggests firing was based on a pattern of behavior that included "bullying" students, improper use of a classroom computer, and the use of profanity and racial slurs in front of students.


Comey memo: Trump complained about Flynn's 'judgment issues'

The documents had been eagerly anticipated since their existence was first revealed last year, especially since Comey's interactions with Trump are part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice.



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Trump will skip Barbara Bush funeral, sending first lady

The White House said Thursday that Trump would not attend "to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service."


USNS Brunswick proves its worth during Pacific Partnership mission

Pacific Partnership is the Asia-Pacific’s largest humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief preparedness mission. During the mission, the Brunswick will visit Yap, Palau, Malaysia and Thailand.


New Army Europe top NCO looks to leverage experience at ‘critically important’ time

U.S. Army Europe’s new top enlisted leader is bringing his special operations experience with him to Germany for a posting where integrating U.S. forces with allies is high on the Army’s agenda.


US drops more bombs in Afghanistan than Iraq and Syria for first time in 4 years

The United States dropped more bombs and other munitions in Afghanistan last month than it did on Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria for the first time since the anti-ISIS campaign began in 2014.


200 child soldiers freed in S. Sudan, but problem continues

More than 200 child soldiers were released by armed groups in war-torn South Sudan, part of a series of releases that will see almost 1,000 children freed in the coming months.


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Trump will skip Barbara Bush funeral, sending first lady

The White House said Thursday that Trump would not attend "to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service."


USNS Brunswick proves its worth during Pacific Partnership mission

Pacific Partnership is the Asia-Pacific’s largest humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief preparedness mission. During the mission, the Brunswick will visit Yap, Palau, Malaysia and Thailand.


New Army Europe top NCO looks to leverage experience at ‘critically important’ time

U.S. Army Europe’s new top enlisted leader is bringing his special operations experience with him to Germany for a posting where integrating U.S. forces with allies is high on the Army’s agenda.


US drops more bombs in Afghanistan than Iraq and Syria for first time in 4 years

The United States dropped more bombs and other munitions in Afghanistan last month than it did on Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria for the first time since the anti-ISIS campaign began in 2014.


200 child soldiers freed in S. Sudan, but problem continues

More than 200 child soldiers were released by armed groups in war-torn South Sudan, part of a series of releases that will see almost 1,000 children freed in the coming months.



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VIETNAM AT 50

Veterans who fought for Vietnam helicopter monument at Arlington see it unveiled

If there was any doubt left about the significance of the new monument at Arlington National Cemetery honoring Vietnam War helicopter pilots and crewmembers, it was quashed Wednesday by the number of people who traveled from across the country to attend its dedication.



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'I didn't think it was going to happen': Iraq War amputee achieves dream of being a cop

It’s been a long road since August 2007, when an Iraqi bomb blew apart his right leg, leading to amputation below the knee. But, for the past four months, Christopher Lawrence has been working the beat as a Chula Vista, Calif., police officer.


Army considers 15 cities for home of new Futures Command

The Army says it's considering 15 cities for the headquarters of its planned Futures Command, which will keep track of emerging technology and innovations that could be used in warfighting.


USNS Brunswick proves its worth during Pacific Partnership mission

Pacific Partnership is the Asia-Pacific’s largest humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief preparedness mission. During the mission, the Brunswick will visit Yap, Palau, Malaysia and Thailand.


Pacific area Coast Guard boss says service needs more money for global operations

He commands U.S. Coast Guard forces from the shores of East Africa to the Rocky Mountains, rescuing mariners at sea, enforcing fishing laws, interdicting smugglers and protecting America’s ports, and Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette says his Coasties need more money.


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'I didn't think it was going to happen': Iraq War amputee achieves dream of being a cop

It’s been a long road since August 2007, when an Iraqi bomb blew apart his right leg, leading to amputation below the knee. But, for the past four months, Christopher Lawrence has been working the beat as a Chula Vista, Calif., police officer.


Army considers 15 cities for home of new Futures Command

The Army says it's considering 15 cities for the headquarters of its planned Futures Command, which will keep track of emerging technology and innovations that could be used in warfighting.


USNS Brunswick proves its worth during Pacific Partnership mission

Pacific Partnership is the Asia-Pacific’s largest humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief preparedness mission. During the mission, the Brunswick will visit Yap, Palau, Malaysia and Thailand.


Pacific area Coast Guard boss says service needs more money for global operations

He commands U.S. Coast Guard forces from the shores of East Africa to the Rocky Mountains, rescuing mariners at sea, enforcing fishing laws, interdicting smugglers and protecting America’s ports, and Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette says his Coasties need more money.



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Armstrong settles $100 million US government doping fraud case for $5 million

Lance Armstrong will pay $5 million to the federal government to settle a fraud lawsuit that contended he owed $100 million to taxpayers for doping while competing for a cycling team sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service.


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Armstrong settles $100 million US government doping fraud case for $5 million

Lance Armstrong will pay $5 million to the federal government to settle a fraud lawsuit that contended he owed $100 million to taxpayers for doping while competing for a cycling team sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service.