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“He saved my life and the life of several others,” former Army Sgt. Sand Aijo said Tuesday at the Pentagon, recalling Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins’ act nearly 12 years ago. “I would not be here today without him.”



James McConville, the Army’s No. 2 general, nominated as service’s next chief of staff

The White House has nominated Army Gen. James McConville to become the service’s next chief of staff, officials announced Tuesday during an Association of the United States Army event.


VA secretary recommends DOJ not challenge ruling on ‘blue water’ benefits

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie recommended the Justice Department not contest a federal court ruling that could extend benefits to Vietnam veterans who served on ships offshore during the war, he announced Tuesday.


Shanahan: New review of 2017 Niger attack underway

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told House lawmakers Tuesday that a new review into the deadly October 2017 ambush in Niger that left four American soldiers dead is underway.



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The beginnings of Blackwater and how it forever changed US policy

Blackwater. Even though the name hasn’t been in official use for almost a decade, it remains synonymous with private military contracting.

In this episode, we delve into its history and how its success and failures changed American foreign policy forever.


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Possible sexual crime involving minors at Vogelweh Burger King under investigation

Both the suspect and the reputed victim — who was transported to and received care at a local hospital — are minors and Army dependents, officials said.


Combat readiness of Army brigades improving but hasn’t reached service’s goal, Milley says

More than half of the Army’s brigade combat teams have achieved top levels of preparedness to fight a major ground war, the service’s top general said Tuesday, noting only three brigades were considered fully prepared to fight in 2015.


Gold for all: Navy ending use of red ‘misconduct’ uniform stripes

Starting June 1, all sailors over the 12-year service mark will be authorized to wear gold chevrons on their dress and service uniforms, a stark contrast to the red stripe worn by some senior enlisted sailors as a visible sign of misconduct.



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Hospital using drones to fly blood samples between buildings

"This is a turning point, and it's an historic moment because this is the first FAA-sanctioned use of a (drone) for routine revenue-generating flights," Bala Ganesh, vice president of UPS' advanced technology group, said.


Thai parties jostle for power after 1st election since coup

The two top parties began angling for the upper hand in forming a new government in Thailand on Monday after partial results showed no group won a majority of seats in the country's first national election since a 2014 military coup.


Spain court: American among suspects in North Korea embassy raid; FBI was offered stolen data

The Feb. 22 attack, including a bold escape from the embassy with the assailants carrying away computers and data after having shackled and gagged the delegation’s staff, has been claimed online by a group whose self-declared mission is to help defectors of the North Korea.


Ethiopian official says preliminary report on plane crash due this week

The preliminary report could come as early as Wednesday, the date that the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee’s aviation subcommittee has scheduled a public hearing on federal oversight of airline safety.


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Hospital using drones to fly blood samples between buildings

"This is a turning point, and it's an historic moment because this is the first FAA-sanctioned use of a (drone) for routine revenue-generating flights," Bala Ganesh, vice president of UPS' advanced technology group, said.


Thai parties jostle for power after 1st election since coup

The two top parties began angling for the upper hand in forming a new government in Thailand on Monday after partial results showed no group won a majority of seats in the country's first national election since a 2014 military coup.


Spain court: American among suspects in North Korea embassy raid; FBI was offered stolen data

The Feb. 22 attack, including a bold escape from the embassy with the assailants carrying away computers and data after having shackled and gagged the delegation’s staff, has been claimed online by a group whose self-declared mission is to help defectors of the North Korea.


Ethiopian official says preliminary report on plane crash due this week

The preliminary report could come as early as Wednesday, the date that the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee’s aviation subcommittee has scheduled a public hearing on federal oversight of airline safety.



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Army staff sergeant’s family to accept posthumous Medal of Honor on Wednesday for his dive onto “living grenade”

“He saved my life and the life of several others,” former Army Sgt. Sand Aijo said Tuesday at the Pentagon, recalling Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins’ act nearly 12 years ago. “I would not be here today without him.”



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ICBM destroyed during ‘milestone’ missile-test achievement

Space-, ground- and sea-based sensors provided real-time target acquisition and tracking data to a command-and-control center during the test. The interceptors were then launched beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, where they destroyed the target.


Supreme Court tosses $315 million award in USS Cole lawsuit

The justices ruled 8-1 that notice of the lawsuit should have been mailed to Sudan’s foreign ministry in the country’s capital, Khartoum. The notice instead was mailed to Sudan’s embassy in Washington.


Technology boot camp aims to upgrade Okinawa-based Marines’ problem-solving skills

Building upon technology already at their fingertips, Marines gathered at Okinawa’s first-ever Marine Maker Innovation Boot Camp this month to learn how they can put robotics, 3D printing and other tools to work on the battlefield.


James J. Coleman Jr., philanthropist and key player in Coast Guard Museum project, dies at 77

Besides purchasing Union Station in New London, Conn. for $3 million in 2015 to help facilitate construction of the the proposed National Coast Guard Museum, James J. Coleman Jr. is remembered for the part he played in designing and fundraising for the museum since the late ‘90s.


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ICBM destroyed during ‘milestone’ missile-test achievement

Space-, ground- and sea-based sensors provided real-time target acquisition and tracking data to a command-and-control center during the test. The interceptors were then launched beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, where they destroyed the target.


Supreme Court tosses $315 million award in USS Cole lawsuit

The justices ruled 8-1 that notice of the lawsuit should have been mailed to Sudan’s foreign ministry in the country’s capital, Khartoum. The notice instead was mailed to Sudan’s embassy in Washington.


Technology boot camp aims to upgrade Okinawa-based Marines’ problem-solving skills

Building upon technology already at their fingertips, Marines gathered at Okinawa’s first-ever Marine Maker Innovation Boot Camp this month to learn how they can put robotics, 3D printing and other tools to work on the battlefield.


James J. Coleman Jr., philanthropist and key player in Coast Guard Museum project, dies at 77

Besides purchasing Union Station in New London, Conn. for $3 million in 2015 to help facilitate construction of the the proposed National Coast Guard Museum, James J. Coleman Jr. is remembered for the part he played in designing and fundraising for the museum since the late ‘90s.



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Opening day start still considered honor in age of analytics

Granting an opening day start to a particular pitcher because of his status rather than his statistics is something of a remnant of a bygone era.


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Opening day start still considered honor in age of analytics

Granting an opening day start to a particular pitcher because of his status rather than his statistics is something of a remnant of a bygone era.