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Under a bill President Donald Trump signed Wednesday, veterans will have more options to appeal denied claims for Department of Veterans Affairs benefits – a process that now leaves veterans waiting an average of five years.



Fort Benning drill sergeants suspended amid sexual assault allegations

The Army has suspended multiple Fort Benning drill sergeants as it investigates allegations of sexual assault raised by a female trainee, officials at the Georgia installation said Wednesday.


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Trump looks to veterans as example of unity, hours after controversial Phoenix rally

At the 99th annual American Legion National Convention in Reno, Nevada, President Donald Trump held up veterans as an example of inspiration to unify a divided nation. "Now our nation must follow that same devotion to a greater cause to achieve our nation’s full potential.”


Fort Carson soldier killed in training accident

Fort Carson launched an investigation into the cause of the fatal accident which occurred during a training exercise early Wednesday morning on the Colorado post.



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Navy relieves commander of 7th Fleet after second deadly collision

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the head of the Navy’s 7th Fleet, was relieved of command Wednesday in the wake of a string of accidents across the Pacific involving Navy ships. The search for the missing USS John S. McCain sailors continued Wednesday.


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Air Force boss learned important lessons from longtime Ramstein commissary bagger

Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, bagged groceries at the commissary in the mid-1970s while he was a teenager living at Ramstein. Even as Goldfein’s career has taken him around the world, he stops to see his old boss any chance he gets.


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3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team brings out big guns in last Europe exercise

The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team conducted its last major live-fire exercise Wednesday before it returns to the United States next month.



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US Defense Department invests $17 million in laser technology

The Defense Department is making another multimillion-dollar investment in high-energy lasers that have the potential to destroy enemy drones and mortars, disrupt communication systems and provide military forces with other portable, less costly options on the battlefield.


Some 700,000 people are living illegally on Mount Vesuvius, and nobody has any idea what to do with them

Italy is in the midst of a self-imposed crisis involving two basic facts about Mount Vesuvius. First, Vesuvius, in the southern region of Campania, is an active volcano capable of erupting at any time and powerful enough to destroy entire cities, as it did to ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum in A.D. 79.


Study: Arsenic poisoning a risk for 50M in Pakistan

Some 50 million people are at risk of arsenic poisoning from contaminated groundwater in Pakistan's Indus Valley — far more than previously thought, according to a new study.


Egypt's leader, US envoy meet after cut in American aid

Egypt's president and foreign minister met with White House adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday, just hours after the Trump administration cut or delayed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Cairo over human rights concerns.


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US Defense Department invests $17 million in laser technology

The Defense Department is making another multimillion-dollar investment in high-energy lasers that have the potential to destroy enemy drones and mortars, disrupt communication systems and provide military forces with other portable, less costly options on the battlefield.


Some 700,000 people are living illegally on Mount Vesuvius, and nobody has any idea what to do with them

Italy is in the midst of a self-imposed crisis involving two basic facts about Mount Vesuvius. First, Vesuvius, in the southern region of Campania, is an active volcano capable of erupting at any time and powerful enough to destroy entire cities, as it did to ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum in A.D. 79.


Study: Arsenic poisoning a risk for 50M in Pakistan

Some 50 million people are at risk of arsenic poisoning from contaminated groundwater in Pakistan's Indus Valley — far more than previously thought, according to a new study.


Egypt's leader, US envoy meet after cut in American aid

Egypt's president and foreign minister met with White House adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday, just hours after the Trump administration cut or delayed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Cairo over human rights concerns.



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Trump looks to veterans as example of unity, hours after controversial Phoenix rally

At the 99th annual American Legion National Convention in Reno, Nevada, President Donald Trump held up veterans as an example of inspiration to unify a divided nation. "Now our nation must follow that same devotion to a greater cause to achieve our nation’s full potential.”



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Naval Academy grad assumes command of 7th Fleet after collision

A 1983 graduate of the Naval Academy has assumed command of the U.S. 7th Fleet after military officials dismissed Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin on Wednesday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.


Trial set for Marine colonel accused of sexual assault

Col. Daniel H. Wilson, 55, of Mason, Wash., was charged on Nov. 15 by military officials of violating four articles under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.


Air Force takes step to build new nuclear-capable cruise missile

The U.S. Air Force moved forward Wednesday with a program to extend the U.S. arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles, when it awarded Lockheed Martin and Raytheon separate $900 million contracts to start work on a cruise missile that is meant to be fired from a B-52 or B-2 bomber.


Virginia to conduct 1st air testing at school near Army plant

The monitor being installed at Belview Elementary School in Radford, Virginia is designed primarily to detect lead. Lead is among the many pollutants emitted from the Radford Army Ammunition Plant.


Coast Guard conducts oil boom exercise in New York

An oil boom is a temporary floating barrier deployed to prevent the spread of contaminants in water, including oil, in the event that a ship is damaged or has run aground.


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Naval Academy grad assumes command of 7th Fleet after collision

A 1983 graduate of the Naval Academy has assumed command of the U.S. 7th Fleet after military officials dismissed Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin on Wednesday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.


Trial set for Marine colonel accused of sexual assault

Col. Daniel H. Wilson, 55, of Mason, Wash., was charged on Nov. 15 by military officials of violating four articles under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.


Air Force takes step to build new nuclear-capable cruise missile

The U.S. Air Force moved forward Wednesday with a program to extend the U.S. arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles, when it awarded Lockheed Martin and Raytheon separate $900 million contracts to start work on a cruise missile that is meant to be fired from a B-52 or B-2 bomber.


Virginia to conduct 1st air testing at school near Army plant

The monitor being installed at Belview Elementary School in Radford, Virginia is designed primarily to detect lead. Lead is among the many pollutants emitted from the Radford Army Ammunition Plant.


Coast Guard conducts oil boom exercise in New York

An oil boom is a temporary floating barrier deployed to prevent the spread of contaminants in water, including oil, in the event that a ship is damaged or has run aground.



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Position battles coming into focus for Air Force football ahead of opener

Air Force football's battle to fill gaps after the departure of 32 seniors is playing out as the team prepares to take on Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 2.


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Position battles coming into focus for Air Force football ahead of opener

Air Force football's battle to fill gaps after the departure of 32 seniors is playing out as the team prepares to take on Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 2.