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Pilot error was to blame for the F-15C Eagle crash into the ocean south of Okinawa in June that left an Air Force pilot in serious condition and led to a temporary pause in training, according to reports released this week by the U.S. military and Japanese government.



'Wow! What is that, man?': Navy revamping policy for UFO reports

The subject of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, captured the public’s attention last year after several declassified Defense Department videos showed Navy pilots encountering oval objects that moved at great speed.


Fort Carson soldier dies in noncombat incident in Iraq

Spc. Michael T. Osorio was an intelligence analyst in Fort Carson's 3rd Armored Brigade, part of the 4th Infantry Division. An investigation into his death is currently underway.


Immigrant’s 18-year dream to join U.S. military finally becomes reality

Cesar Vargas made a vow to join the military when he was a high school student after the 9/11 attacks. On Thursday, the 35-year-old will realize a major milestone in that dream, graduating from the Army Reserve’s Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood.



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The families left behind

In this episode we talk to Barbie Baker and Nicole Woodland, two women with firsthand knowledge of the lifestyle change that takes place after a spouse joins the world of private military contracting.

Their story might sound familiar to former military spouses — loneliness, uncertainty and a search for new meaning — but some of what they say might surprise you.


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Air Force Academy ethics instructor arrested on charges of attempting to lure a child online

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office did not release information about the circumstances leading up to Capt. Paul Sikkema's arrest. If convicted, Sikkema faces two to six years in prison and a fine up to $500,000.


Australia-bound battalion will boost Marines' Darwin presence to 2,500

Once the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment arrives in Australia, there will be 2,500 Marines in the country — a target set by former President Barack Obama when he announced the creation of the rotational force in 2011.


Navy veteran who police say threatened baby, church with gun on Easter pleads not guilty

Anna Conkey, a Navy veteran and current Navy spouse, faces more than 23 years in state prison if convicted of all charges for holding a gun to her baby’s head and threatening to blow up a church during its Easter service.



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The data is in: More Americans received tax refunds in 2019 but checks were leaner

It's unclear how many Americans received a significantly smaller refund this year compared to last. The IRS only provides the average refund which doesn't give enough information to know how many people might have been impacted.


Pilot error to blame for June F-15C crash south of Okinawa, reports say

Pilot error was to blame for the F-15C Eagle crash into the ocean south of Okinawa in June that left an Air Force pilot in serious condition and led to a temporary pause in training, according to reports released this week by the U.S. military and Japanese government.


Detonation of 550-pound WWII bomb in Germany was controlled but still caused significant damage

A munitions expert said the bomb couldn't be safely defused because the type of detonator it contained was tamper-proof, very sensitive and could have triggered an explosion at any moment.


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Firebolt crew members honored 15 years after tragic 2004 suicide bombing

More than 200 troops and civilians gathered on the U.S. Navy base here Wednesday to honor the memory of three USS Firebolt crew members killed in a suicide attack 15 years ago.


Sudanese military invites protesters to talks amid tensions

Sudan's ruling military council met Wednesday with the organizers of the protests that toppled President Omar al-Bashir after they had suspended talks with the generals over the weekend.


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The data is in: More Americans received tax refunds in 2019 but checks were leaner

It's unclear how many Americans received a significantly smaller refund this year compared to last. The IRS only provides the average refund which doesn't give enough information to know how many people might have been impacted.


Pilot error to blame for June F-15C crash south of Okinawa, reports say

Pilot error was to blame for the F-15C Eagle crash into the ocean south of Okinawa in June that left an Air Force pilot in serious condition and led to a temporary pause in training, according to reports released this week by the U.S. military and Japanese government.


Detonation of 550-pound WWII bomb in Germany was controlled but still caused significant damage

A munitions expert said the bomb couldn't be safely defused because the type of detonator it contained was tamper-proof, very sensitive and could have triggered an explosion at any moment.


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Firebolt crew members honored 15 years after tragic 2004 suicide bombing

More than 200 troops and civilians gathered on the U.S. Navy base here Wednesday to honor the memory of three USS Firebolt crew members killed in a suicide attack 15 years ago.


Sudanese military invites protesters to talks amid tensions

Sudan's ruling military council met Wednesday with the organizers of the protests that toppled President Omar al-Bashir after they had suspended talks with the generals over the weekend.



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Woman makes sure WWII Marine gets hero's farewell

Bob Graham, a veteran who earned Bronze and Silver stars for his service in the Pacific, died April 12 at the age of 97. His death would likely have gone unnoticed if not for Beth Regan, who befriended Graham while volunteering at his nursing home.



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Australia-bound battalion will boost Marines' Darwin presence to 2,500

Once the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment arrives in Australia, there will be 2,500 Marines in the country — a target set by former President Barack Obama when he announced the creation of the rotational force in 2011.


Second Lady Karen Pence celebrates military spouses at Naval Station Norfolk

Second Lady Karen Pence delivered care packages, took photos and chatted with the spouses of deployed servicemembers Wednesday in the hangar used by the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 5.


Pilot error to blame for June F-15C crash south of Okinawa, reports say

Pilot error was to blame for the F-15C Eagle crash into the ocean south of Okinawa in June that left an Air Force pilot in serious condition and led to a temporary pause in training, according to reports released this week by the U.S. military and Japanese government.


Coast Guard Academy making investments to bolster seamanship

In the past two months, the Coast Guard Academy has made substantial additions to simulators and training vessels used to prepare cadets for life in the fleet. The academy is in the midst of a $3 million upgrade to the simulators, the first major upgrade in about 20 years.


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Australia-bound battalion will boost Marines' Darwin presence to 2,500

Once the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment arrives in Australia, there will be 2,500 Marines in the country — a target set by former President Barack Obama when he announced the creation of the rotational force in 2011.


Second Lady Karen Pence celebrates military spouses at Naval Station Norfolk

Second Lady Karen Pence delivered care packages, took photos and chatted with the spouses of deployed servicemembers Wednesday in the hangar used by the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 5.


Pilot error to blame for June F-15C crash south of Okinawa, reports say

Pilot error was to blame for the F-15C Eagle crash into the ocean south of Okinawa in June that left an Air Force pilot in serious condition and led to a temporary pause in training, according to reports released this week by the U.S. military and Japanese government.


Coast Guard Academy making investments to bolster seamanship

In the past two months, the Coast Guard Academy has made substantial additions to simulators and training vessels used to prepare cadets for life in the fleet. The academy is in the midst of a $3 million upgrade to the simulators, the first major upgrade in about 20 years.



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End is near for Seoul American athletics

A mixed bag of emotions are following Seoul American’s soccer teams onto the pitch this weekend as they embark on their final league tournaments before the school closes its doors in June.


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End is near for Seoul American athletics

A mixed bag of emotions are following Seoul American’s soccer teams onto the pitch this weekend as they embark on their final league tournaments before the school closes its doors in June.