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A security firm accused of billing the Defense Department millions of dollars for guards at a U.S. air base in Iraq has agreed to pay $2.6 million in a settlement with the government, after allegations that the guards couldn’t shoot easy targets.



Tensions between Kurds, Iraqi government distract from ISIS fight, US military says

Tensions between Iraq’s Kurdish forces and the nation’s government-controlled military, which resulted in brief clashes over disputed territory in northern Iraq on Monday, distract from the mission to defeat Islamic State, a U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday.


How US Army Europe’s outgoing general got the Pentagon’s attention

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges’ three-year tenure at USAREUR has been arguably the most consequential in Europe since the end of the Cold War, with the Army serving as the centerpiece of the Pentagon’s efforts to energize what had been a languishing military mission.


Laser aimed at Army helicopter amid major exercise in Germany

A U.S. Army helicopter pilot had a laser shined into the cockpit Sunday evening while flying over Schmidtmuehle, Germany, near the Hohenfels Training Area.



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Bergdahl guilty pleas leave room for drama at sentencing

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s guilty plea to charges of endangering comrades in Afghanistan has set up a dramatic sentencing hearing that could land him in prison for life.


White House releases details of Trump’s 5-nation tour of Asia

President Donald Trump will meet U.S. servicemembers in Japan and South Korea during a tour of five Asian nations next month, the White House announced Monday.


DOD mulls more money for reservists who travel a long way to serve

U.S. military reservists who travel a long way to serve — and in some cases spend their drill pay to do so — may see their expenses reduced by as much as two-thirds as the Pentagon considers changes to the reserve travel policy as a retention tool.



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Army veteran's ex-husband suspected of murder in her disappearance

Dalen Larry Ware was taken into custody at his home in Phoenix Friday in connection with the presumed slaying of Julia Jacobson, 37. Her remains have not been found, according to police in Ontario, Calif., where she was last spotted.


White House releases details of Trump’s 5-nation tour of Asia

President Donald Trump will meet U.S. servicemembers in Japan and South Korea during a tour of five Asian nations next month, the White House announced Monday.


Taliban launch wave of attacks in Afghanistan, kill 74

The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks across Afghanistan on Tuesday, targeting police compounds and government facilities with suicide bombers in the country's south, east and west, and killing at least 74 people, officials said.


US presence in Somalia surges as military mission turns more deadly

The number of U.S. servicemembers operating in Somalia has quadrupled since the beginning of the year to 400 troops, making it the biggest contingent deployed to the war-torn country in nearly 25 years.


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Army veteran's ex-husband suspected of murder in her disappearance

Dalen Larry Ware was taken into custody at his home in Phoenix Friday in connection with the presumed slaying of Julia Jacobson, 37. Her remains have not been found, according to police in Ontario, Calif., where she was last spotted.


White House releases details of Trump’s 5-nation tour of Asia

President Donald Trump will meet U.S. servicemembers in Japan and South Korea during a tour of five Asian nations next month, the White House announced Monday.


Taliban launch wave of attacks in Afghanistan, kill 74

The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks across Afghanistan on Tuesday, targeting police compounds and government facilities with suicide bombers in the country's south, east and west, and killing at least 74 people, officials said.


US presence in Somalia surges as military mission turns more deadly

The number of U.S. servicemembers operating in Somalia has quadrupled since the beginning of the year to 400 troops, making it the biggest contingent deployed to the war-torn country in nearly 25 years.



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VA proposes Choice program overhaul that eliminates 30-day/40-mile rule

The Department of Veterans Affairs sent a bill proposal to Congress that would overhaul how veterans receive health care in the private sector and do away with the widely criticized “30-day/40-mile” rule, the agency announced Monday.



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Laser aimed at Army helicopter amid major exercise in Germany

A U.S. Army helicopter pilot had a laser shined into the cockpit Sunday evening while flying over Schmidtmuehle, Germany, near the Hohenfels Training Area.


NY Guard unit starts 30th season supporting South Pole site

Members of an Air National Guard unit based in upstate New York have departed for the 30th season of supporting U.S. scientific missions at the South Pole.


Marine who lost legs in Afghanistan running 31 marathons

A U.S. military veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan made an appearance in Boston as part of his 31-day mission to complete 31 marathons in 31 cities.


Pearl Harbor-based warships will beef up U.S. forces in Western Pacific

A sizable number of Pearl Harbor warships will be heading to the Western Pacific or are already in the region that’s being bulked up with Navy firepower amid an ongoing showdown with North Korea.


79-foot fishing vessel runs aground off Oahu, 20 men rescued

The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued 20 men from a 79-foot (24-meter) commercial fishing vessel that ran aground off the shore of Diamond Head near Waikiki.


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Laser aimed at Army helicopter amid major exercise in Germany

A U.S. Army helicopter pilot had a laser shined into the cockpit Sunday evening while flying over Schmidtmuehle, Germany, near the Hohenfels Training Area.


NY Guard unit starts 30th season supporting South Pole site

Members of an Air National Guard unit based in upstate New York have departed for the 30th season of supporting U.S. scientific missions at the South Pole.


Marine who lost legs in Afghanistan running 31 marathons

A U.S. military veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan made an appearance in Boston as part of his 31-day mission to complete 31 marathons in 31 cities.


Pearl Harbor-based warships will beef up U.S. forces in Western Pacific

A sizable number of Pearl Harbor warships will be heading to the Western Pacific or are already in the region that’s being bulked up with Navy firepower amid an ongoing showdown with North Korea.


79-foot fishing vessel runs aground off Oahu, 20 men rescued

The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued 20 men from a 79-foot (24-meter) commercial fishing vessel that ran aground off the shore of Diamond Head near Waikiki.



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Harriette Thompson, oldest woman to ever run a marathon, dies at 94

Harriette Thompson – a three-time cancer survivor who ran her first marathon at age 76, then 16 years later became the oldest woman ever to complete one – died early Monday in Charlotte. She was 94.


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Harriette Thompson, oldest woman to ever run a marathon, dies at 94

Harriette Thompson – a three-time cancer survivor who ran her first marathon at age 76, then 16 years later became the oldest woman ever to complete one – died early Monday in Charlotte. She was 94.