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New hull crack, typhoon divert collision-damaged USS McCain to Philippines

The guided-missile destroyer developed a 4-inch-long crack along its starboard side while transiting to Yokosuka Naval Base aboard the MV Treasure.


Veterans with 'bad paper' won't get new VA ID cards

Starting next month, veterans can register for identification cards that prove their military history – but not everyone who has served will get one.


Bergdahl saga set to enter sentencing phase

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will learn his fate inside a Fort Bragg courtroom next week when defense attorneys and prosecutors will spar over the circumstances surrounding the soldier’s decision to walk off his combat outpost in Afghanistan some eight years ago.



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USS Fitzgerald sailors awarded for efforts following deadly June collision

Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to 36 crew members “who distinguished themselves for their bravery and contributions to damage control efforts."


Army vet killed in Vegas shooting left funeral instructions: ‘Remember me for who I was’

Charleston Hartfield was a military man. A policeman. A family man. So it didn’t surprise those who knew him that he had instructions that offered careful plans for what to do in the event of his death.


Presidential visits to DMZ send strong signal to North Korea

Several U.S. presidents have traveled to the 2.5-mile-wide, 150-mile-long buffer zone that divides the Korean Peninsula. The tense border, fraught with danger and symbolism, provides the perfect backdrop for a show of resolve against the North.



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New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over Texas shrine revamp

Texas is overseeing a 7-year revamp of the shrine where 189 Texas independence fighters were killed by Mexican Gen. Santa Anna's troops in 1836. The project has raised the ire of some conservatives, who worry that the Battle of the Alamo will be sanitized by "political correctness."


USS Fitzgerald sailors awarded for efforts following deadly June collision

Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to 36 crew members “who distinguished themselves for their bravery and contributions to damage control efforts."


Navy’s first 4-star female ends career as Foggo takes helm in Naples

Adm. Michelle Howard, the first female four-star admiral, relinquished command of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa on Friday and soon will end her long, storied career.


Taliban used a new tactic, the Humvee bomb, in Afghan base attack

Taliban insurgents packed two Humvees stolen from Afghan security forces with explosives, detonated the vehicles outside an army base in the south, and then stormed the base a deadly attack Thursday.


State Department says US ambassador in Niger did not deny personnel request

The U.S. Special Forces unit was part of a broader mission run by U.S. Africa Command to train Nigerien units to counter Islamic State and al-Qaida-linked groups trying to gain a foothold in the region.


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New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over Texas shrine revamp

Texas is overseeing a 7-year revamp of the shrine where 189 Texas independence fighters were killed by Mexican Gen. Santa Anna's troops in 1836. The project has raised the ire of some conservatives, who worry that the Battle of the Alamo will be sanitized by "political correctness."


USS Fitzgerald sailors awarded for efforts following deadly June collision

Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to 36 crew members “who distinguished themselves for their bravery and contributions to damage control efforts."


Navy’s first 4-star female ends career as Foggo takes helm in Naples

Adm. Michelle Howard, the first female four-star admiral, relinquished command of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa on Friday and soon will end her long, storied career.


Taliban used a new tactic, the Humvee bomb, in Afghan base attack

Taliban insurgents packed two Humvees stolen from Afghan security forces with explosives, detonated the vehicles outside an army base in the south, and then stormed the base a deadly attack Thursday.


State Department says US ambassador in Niger did not deny personnel request

The U.S. Special Forces unit was part of a broader mission run by U.S. Africa Command to train Nigerien units to counter Islamic State and al-Qaida-linked groups trying to gain a foothold in the region.



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Retired ‘Navy SEAL’ on Fox News was a fake

Fox News ran a story on Oct. 8 about a decorated Vietnam War Navy SEAL who created an enormous presidential glass seal he hoped to give to President Donald Trump. On Thursday, 11 days later, the network retracted the story after being told the man never served in Vietnam at all, much less earned commendations for his service.



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John Kelly knows what happens when troops are killed; he experienced it firsthand

During his years of service, John F. Kelly experienced two losses that were intensely personal: that of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps, killed in action when his unit was ambushed in Iraq in 2004 while providing convoy escort to Kelly, who was the assistant division commander at the time; and that of his son, Second Lt. Robert Kelly, in 2010, who was killed when he stepped on hidden explosives in Afghanistan.


Hawaii boat crash spurs new concerns about foreign fishermen

A boat that ran aground off Honolulu while transporting foreign fishermen to work in Hawaii's commercial fishing industry has raised new questions about the safety and working conditions for foreign laborers in this unique U.S. fleet.


Bergdahl saga set to enter sentencing phase

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will learn his fate inside a Fort Bragg courtroom next week when defense attorneys and prosecutors will spar over the circumstances surrounding the soldier’s decision to walk off his combat outpost in Afghanistan some eight years ago.


USS Fitzgerald sailors awarded for efforts following deadly June collision

Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to 36 crew members “who distinguished themselves for their bravery and contributions to damage control efforts."


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ANALYSIS

John Kelly knows what happens when troops are killed; he experienced it firsthand

During his years of service, John F. Kelly experienced two losses that were intensely personal: that of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps, killed in action when his unit was ambushed in Iraq in 2004 while providing convoy escort to Kelly, who was the assistant division commander at the time; and that of his son, Second Lt. Robert Kelly, in 2010, who was killed when he stepped on hidden explosives in Afghanistan.


Hawaii boat crash spurs new concerns about foreign fishermen

A boat that ran aground off Honolulu while transporting foreign fishermen to work in Hawaii's commercial fishing industry has raised new questions about the safety and working conditions for foreign laborers in this unique U.S. fleet.


Bergdahl saga set to enter sentencing phase

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will learn his fate inside a Fort Bragg courtroom next week when defense attorneys and prosecutors will spar over the circumstances surrounding the soldier’s decision to walk off his combat outpost in Afghanistan some eight years ago.


USS Fitzgerald sailors awarded for efforts following deadly June collision

Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to 36 crew members “who distinguished themselves for their bravery and contributions to damage control efforts."



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Baker gone as manager of Nationals after 2 NL East titles

Dusty Baker is done as manager of the Washington Nationals after two seasons, two NL East titles and zero playoff series victories. "Winning a lot of regular-season games and winning divisions are not enough. Our goal is to win a world championship," said Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo.


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Baker gone as manager of Nationals after 2 NL East titles

Dusty Baker is done as manager of the Washington Nationals after two seasons, two NL East titles and zero playoff series victories. "Winning a lot of regular-season games and winning divisions are not enough. Our goal is to win a world championship," said Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo.