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Scores of soldiers deployed to Europe could be on the hook after purchasing airline tickets home for the holidays, only to learn that their leave was never fully approved.


Fort Drum soldier, 19, died in noncombat incident in Afghanistan

Army Pfc. Joshua Mikeasky died in the incident Thursday on the major U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said in a statement. Mikeasky was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum in New York.


Could China squeeze the US out of its only permanent military base in Africa?

While there have been other concerns with China in Djibouti, such as accusations that China used lasers against American pilots in Djibouti, American officials have recently expressed concern over a port that was once operated by an external company but has been taken over by the Djibouti government.


Basic Allowance for Housing rates for 2019 are released; will increase an average of 2.55 percent

Basic Allowance for Housing rates will increase an average of 2.55 percent beginning on January 1, 2019, the Department of Defense announced late Friday afternoon.


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In America's hidden war in Syria, troops face peril on many fronts

The ruined, fearful city of Raqqa was once the Islamic State's capital, the showcase of its caliphate and a magnet for foreign fighters from around the globe. Now it lies at the heart of the United States' newest commitment to a Middle East war.


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Sip coffee on a long-dormant volcano in quaint Parkstein, Germany

Less than 10 minutes away from the Grafenwoehr Training Area is a quaint little village located on a hill — smack in the middle of a dormant volcano.


Federal judge in Texas rules Obama health-care law unconstitutional

A federal judge in Texas threw a dagger into the Affordable Care Act on Friday night, ruling that the entire health-care law is unconstitutional because of a recent change in federal tax law.



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Veterans assist in honoring 7-year-old girl

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, veterans at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg decided to make the day of a 7-year-old Marshal girl named Payton Jones.


Iwakuni Marines honor lost KC-130J aircrew with memorial service, flyover

A single KC-130J flew slowly past MCAS Iwakuni Friday in remembrance of five Marines who lost their lives after their aerial refueler collided in midair with an F/A-18 Hornet Dec. 6 off southern Japan.


Russia claims US ignoring outreach on nuclear disagreement

Russia wants to sit down with Pentagon officials for "open and specific" talks on alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.


ANALYSIS

In America's hidden war in Syria, troops face peril on many fronts

The ruined, fearful city of Raqqa was once the Islamic State's capital, the showcase of its caliphate and a magnet for foreign fighters from around the globe. Now it lies at the heart of the United States' newest commitment to a Middle East war.


Could China squeeze the US out of its only permanent military base in Africa?

While there have been other concerns with China in Djibouti, such as accusations that China used lasers against American pilots in Djibouti, American officials have recently expressed concern over a port that was once operated by an external company but has been taken over by the Djibouti government.


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Veterans assist in honoring 7-year-old girl

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, veterans at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg decided to make the day of a 7-year-old Marshal girl named Payton Jones.


Iwakuni Marines honor lost KC-130J aircrew with memorial service, flyover

A single KC-130J flew slowly past MCAS Iwakuni Friday in remembrance of five Marines who lost their lives after their aerial refueler collided in midair with an F/A-18 Hornet Dec. 6 off southern Japan.


Russia claims US ignoring outreach on nuclear disagreement

Russia wants to sit down with Pentagon officials for "open and specific" talks on alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.


ANALYSIS

In America's hidden war in Syria, troops face peril on many fronts

The ruined, fearful city of Raqqa was once the Islamic State's capital, the showcase of its caliphate and a magnet for foreign fighters from around the globe. Now it lies at the heart of the United States' newest commitment to a Middle East war.


Could China squeeze the US out of its only permanent military base in Africa?

While there have been other concerns with China in Djibouti, such as accusations that China used lasers against American pilots in Djibouti, American officials have recently expressed concern over a port that was once operated by an external company but has been taken over by the Djibouti government.



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Remains of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor identified

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Friday that the remains of Navy Seaman 2nd Class Charles C. Gomez Jr., of Slidell, have been accounted for.



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NY flags to be lowered to honor Marines killed in crash

Flags on all New York state government buildings will be lowered to half-staff in honor of a Hudson Valley Marine and five other Marines killed when two U.S. military planes collided off the coast of Japan last week.


Lawmakers meet Coast Guard over academy harassment concerns

Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation have met with Coast Guard officials to express their concerns over alleged discrimination and harassment at the service's academy.


Army sergeant lost leg in Afghanistan, now works with Jaguars

Sean Karpf remembers everything about the moments after his left Army boot stepped on the pressure plate of a buried bomb in rural Afghanistan: the smoke, the taste of chemicals in his mouth and the sound of fellow soldiers calling his name, barely heard through the ringing in his ears.


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NY flags to be lowered to honor Marines killed in crash

Flags on all New York state government buildings will be lowered to half-staff in honor of a Hudson Valley Marine and five other Marines killed when two U.S. military planes collided off the coast of Japan last week.


Lawmakers meet Coast Guard over academy harassment concerns

Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation have met with Coast Guard officials to express their concerns over alleged discrimination and harassment at the service's academy.


Army sergeant lost leg in Afghanistan, now works with Jaguars

Sean Karpf remembers everything about the moments after his left Army boot stepped on the pressure plate of a buried bomb in rural Afghanistan: the smoke, the taste of chemicals in his mouth and the sound of fellow soldiers calling his name, barely heard through the ringing in his ears.