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Pentagon IDs Rangers killed in Afghanistan fighting ISIS; possible friendly fire investigated

Army Rangers Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas were the two soldiers killed Wednesday in a raid targeting top Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon, which is investigating the possibility their deaths were the result of friendly fire.


Veterans to disclose experiences at VA hospital in DC following scandal

The American Legion is attempting to expose veterans’ issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ flagship hospital in Washington, D.C., following a watchdog report earlier this month that found the facility could have endangered the well-being of patients.


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Here’s what the 'mother of all bombs' did for US fight in Afghanistan

The use of the “mother of all bombs” on an underground network of Islamic State tunnels in a remote district in Afghanistan was a lot of hype with little long-term impact, according to many military analysts.



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'Ballad of the Green Berets' singer’s biographer talks about Barry Sadler’s meteoric rise, murder charge, violent death

In 1966, Army Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler, an active-duty Green Beret medic, became a national sensation with his song “The Ballad of the Green Berets.” The Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones had chart-topping hits that year, but it was Sadler’s salute to the Special Forces that finished the year at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Singles chart, based on sales and airplay.


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English estate and gardens capture grandeur of the early 18th century

The 1,800-acre Ickworth Estate, with its massive rotunda, evergreen fairy gardens and sprawling sheep pastures, is a favorite place to visit for many local families.


Army secretary nominee Mark Green draws opposition from military academics, ex-Pentagon official

A group of 21 current and former faculty members at military service academies, war colleges and other military universities released a statement saying they are alarmed by what they called Green’s history “of extreme statements and actions and by the prospect of his becoming the next secretary of the Army.”



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Trump to NRA: 'You have a true friend in the White House'

The first sitting president to address the NRA since 1983, Donald Trump made it clear in a stump-style speech that he wasn't wavering in his support for gun rights: "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end."


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Air enthusiasts day offers close-ups of F-35A fighter jets

While hundreds of aviation enthusiasts lined the base’s perimeter fence, 24 professional photographers were invited inside on Friday for a closer look at the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II fighter jet.


Hawaii-based Ospreys arrive in Australia

Four Hawaii-based MV-22 Ospreys arrived at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin today after flying nearly 6,000 miles and hopscotching across the Pacific, the Marine Corps said.


Reports: US troops deploy along Syria-Turkish border

U.S. armored vehicles are deploying in areas in northern Syria along the tense border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, a Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists said Friday.


Pope urges Egypt imams to teach and preach tolerance, peace

Pope Francis urged Egypt's leading imams on Friday to teach their students to reject violence in God's name and preach messages of peace and tolerance instead, forging ahead with a delicate visit to the Arab world's most populous country following a spate of deadly Islamic militant attacks against Christians.


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Trump to NRA: 'You have a true friend in the White House'

The first sitting president to address the NRA since 1983, Donald Trump made it clear in a stump-style speech that he wasn't wavering in his support for gun rights: "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end."


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Air enthusiasts day offers close-ups of F-35A fighter jets

While hundreds of aviation enthusiasts lined the base’s perimeter fence, 24 professional photographers were invited inside on Friday for a closer look at the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II fighter jet.


Hawaii-based Ospreys arrive in Australia

Four Hawaii-based MV-22 Ospreys arrived at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin today after flying nearly 6,000 miles and hopscotching across the Pacific, the Marine Corps said.


Reports: US troops deploy along Syria-Turkish border

U.S. armored vehicles are deploying in areas in northern Syria along the tense border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, a Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists said Friday.


Pope urges Egypt imams to teach and preach tolerance, peace

Pope Francis urged Egypt's leading imams on Friday to teach their students to reject violence in God's name and preach messages of peace and tolerance instead, forging ahead with a delicate visit to the Arab world's most populous country following a spate of deadly Islamic militant attacks against Christians.



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After near-death fall 31 years ago, a Ranger finally gets his graduation tab

Keith Landry, who in 1986 was a recent U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduate, had completed the all of the requirements to graduate from Ranger School — but a near-fatal fall prevented him from attending his graduation.



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Centennial of first Naval Academy fatality in World War I passes quietly

Friday marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Lt. Clarence Crase Thomas, a Naval Academy graduate who was the first U.S. naval officer to die in World War I. Buried at the academy, there was no fanfare to mark the centennial of his death.


Hawaii-based Ospreys arrive in Australia

Four Hawaii-based MV-22 Ospreys arrived at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin today after flying nearly 6,000 miles and hopscotching across the Pacific, the Marine Corps said.


Full honors for Filipino-American WWII vet who died at 101

Florence Ebersole Smith Finch, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who was held captive and tortured by the Japanese during World War II, will be buried Saturday with full military honors. She died Dec. 8 at the age of 101.


New security requirements for visitors to Beale Air Force Base

California driver’s licenses will be accepted to gain entry to federal facilities, including Beale, until Oct. 17, according to the Department of Homeland Security website. California has been granted an extension to become compliant with the Real ID Act.


After near-death fall 31 years ago, a Ranger finally gets his graduation tab

Keith Landry, who in 1986 was a recent U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduate, had completed the all of the requirements to graduate from Ranger School — but a near-fatal fall prevented him from attending his graduation.


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Centennial of first Naval Academy fatality in World War I passes quietly

Friday marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Lt. Clarence Crase Thomas, a Naval Academy graduate who was the first U.S. naval officer to die in World War I. Buried at the academy, there was no fanfare to mark the centennial of his death.


Hawaii-based Ospreys arrive in Australia

Four Hawaii-based MV-22 Ospreys arrived at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin today after flying nearly 6,000 miles and hopscotching across the Pacific, the Marine Corps said.


Full honors for Filipino-American WWII vet who died at 101

Florence Ebersole Smith Finch, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who was held captive and tortured by the Japanese during World War II, will be buried Saturday with full military honors. She died Dec. 8 at the age of 101.


New security requirements for visitors to Beale Air Force Base

California driver’s licenses will be accepted to gain entry to federal facilities, including Beale, until Oct. 17, according to the Department of Homeland Security website. California has been granted an extension to become compliant with the Real ID Act.


After near-death fall 31 years ago, a Ranger finally gets his graduation tab

Keith Landry, who in 1986 was a recent U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduate, had completed the all of the requirements to graduate from Ranger School — but a near-fatal fall prevented him from attending his graduation.



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Ramstein sweeps soccer doubleheader from ISB

The girls scored two unanswered goals in the second half on the way to a runaway 4-1 win. But the boys needed a late set-piece score to drag a 1-0 victory out of a physical matchup with their old foe.


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Ramstein sweeps soccer doubleheader from ISB

The girls scored two unanswered goals in the second half on the way to a runaway 4-1 win. But the boys needed a late set-piece score to drag a 1-0 victory out of a physical matchup with their old foe.



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