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U.S. soldiers concluded training Friday with Ukrainian forces on tactics that local troops will use in their long-running battle against Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east.


Air Force: Investigators reviewing statements by outspoken chaplain Hernandez

After initially denying an investigation, the Air Force said Friday that its inspector general’s office is reviewing complaints against reserve chaplain Capt. Sonny Hernandez, who proclaimed that Christian servicemembers are wrong to support the rights of other faiths to practice their religion, actions that he said will lead them to hell.


Navy issues guidance to provide more sleep for sailors at sea

Vice. Adm. Tom Rowden has ordered ship captains to establish routines no later than Dec. 20 that will give sailors predictable watch schedules and sleep periods, according to a copy of the directive obtained by Stars and Stripes.


N. Korean leader says Trump will ‘pay dearly’ for threats, hints at weapons test

North Korea’s leader called President Donald Trump “mentally deranged” and a “dotard” on Friday, hinting at new missile tests as the war of words between the two leaders evolved into personal insults.



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Team effort led to long-overdue Purple Heart for Vietnam vet Mike Sanzaro

The VA doctors told Vietnam veteran Mike Sanzaro that he rated a Purple Heart. The problem was, with four decades having gone by and no medical records of the event, he would have to find a witness. Sanzaro decided not to pursue the medal he deserved. Family members and fellow Marines had other ideas.


Fort Bragg soldier returned from Afghanistan to face rape, kidnapping charges

A U.S. soldier from Fort Bragg deployed to Afghanistan was sent back to North Carolina this week to face kidnapping and multiple sex offense allegations, according to law enforcement and Army officials.


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Pay raise, Tricare fees, couples' BAH might take months to set

The fate of these key elements of compensation is uncertain because the Senate and the House treat them differently in separate versions of the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (HR 2810) bill.



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Air Force: Investigators reviewing statements by outspoken chaplain Hernandez

After initially denying an investigation, the Air Force said Friday that its inspector general’s office is reviewing complaints against reserve chaplain Capt. Sonny Hernandez, who proclaimed that Christian servicemembers are wrong to support the rights of other faiths to practice their religion, actions that he said will lead them to hell.


Navy issues guidance to provide more sleep for sailors at sea

Vice. Adm. Tom Rowden has ordered ship captains to establish routines no later than Dec. 20 that will give sailors predictable watch schedules and sleep periods, according to a copy of the directive obtained by Stars and Stripes.


US military wraps exercise with a Ukrainian force wary of Russia’s aggression

U.S. soldiers concluded training Friday with Ukrainian forces on tactics that local troops will use in their long-running battle against Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east.


Report says 15-year US Afghan assistance mission was ill-prepared from the outset

TV shows used as training guides and “cut-and-paste activities” were among the flaws found by a U.S. government watchdog report as it examined why Afghanistan’s forces are unable to secure the country after 15 years of international assistance.


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Proposal for looser US airstrike rules could allow expanded Africa counterterror fight

The Trump administration reportedly wants to loosen the criteria for carrying out airstrikes, a move that could open the door to conducting new drone attacks in parts of Africa and other nations.


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Air Force: Investigators reviewing statements by outspoken chaplain Hernandez

After initially denying an investigation, the Air Force said Friday that its inspector general’s office is reviewing complaints against reserve chaplain Capt. Sonny Hernandez, who proclaimed that Christian servicemembers are wrong to support the rights of other faiths to practice their religion, actions that he said will lead them to hell.


Navy issues guidance to provide more sleep for sailors at sea

Vice. Adm. Tom Rowden has ordered ship captains to establish routines no later than Dec. 20 that will give sailors predictable watch schedules and sleep periods, according to a copy of the directive obtained by Stars and Stripes.


US military wraps exercise with a Ukrainian force wary of Russia’s aggression

U.S. soldiers concluded training Friday with Ukrainian forces on tactics that local troops will use in their long-running battle against Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east.


Report says 15-year US Afghan assistance mission was ill-prepared from the outset

TV shows used as training guides and “cut-and-paste activities” were among the flaws found by a U.S. government watchdog report as it examined why Afghanistan’s forces are unable to secure the country after 15 years of international assistance.


ANALYSIS

Proposal for looser US airstrike rules could allow expanded Africa counterterror fight

The Trump administration reportedly wants to loosen the criteria for carrying out airstrikes, a move that could open the door to conducting new drone attacks in parts of Africa and other nations.



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Team effort led to long-overdue Purple Heart for Vietnam vet Mike Sanzaro

The VA doctors told Vietnam veteran Mike Sanzaro that he rated a Purple Heart. The problem was, with four decades having gone by and no medical records of the event, he would have to find a witness. Sanzaro decided not to pursue the medal he deserved. Family members and fellow Marines had other ideas.



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Tests show residents' wells near former air station in Maine are safe, Navy says

Navy officials Thursday touted test results showing little to no contamination in private wells near the former Brunswick Naval Air Station but pledged to continue sampling for a potentially harmful chemical once used in aviation firefighting.


Air Force: Investigators reviewing statements by outspoken chaplain Hernandez

After initially denying an investigation, the Air Force said Friday that its inspector general’s office is reviewing complaints against reserve chaplain Capt. Sonny Hernandez, who proclaimed that Christian servicemembers are wrong to support the rights of other faiths to practice their religion, actions that he said will lead them to hell.


Team effort led to long-overdue Purple Heart for Vietnam vet Mike Sanzaro

The VA doctors told Vietnam veteran Mike Sanzaro that he rated a Purple Heart. The problem was, with four decades having gone by and no medical records of the event, he would have to find a witness. Sanzaro decided not to pursue the medal he deserved. Family members and fellow Marines had other ideas.


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Tests show residents' wells near former air station in Maine are safe, Navy says

Navy officials Thursday touted test results showing little to no contamination in private wells near the former Brunswick Naval Air Station but pledged to continue sampling for a potentially harmful chemical once used in aviation firefighting.


Air Force: Investigators reviewing statements by outspoken chaplain Hernandez

After initially denying an investigation, the Air Force said Friday that its inspector general’s office is reviewing complaints against reserve chaplain Capt. Sonny Hernandez, who proclaimed that Christian servicemembers are wrong to support the rights of other faiths to practice their religion, actions that he said will lead them to hell.


Team effort led to long-overdue Purple Heart for Vietnam vet Mike Sanzaro

The VA doctors told Vietnam veteran Mike Sanzaro that he rated a Purple Heart. The problem was, with four decades having gone by and no medical records of the event, he would have to find a witness. Sanzaro decided not to pursue the medal he deserved. Family members and fellow Marines had other ideas.



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Despite penalties, Humphreys rolls over Daegu

Miles Brice threw for three touchdowns and David Key ran for two in the Blackhawks’ 40-8 home romp over the Warriors on Friday at Blackhawks Field.


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Despite penalties, Humphreys rolls over Daegu

Miles Brice threw for three touchdowns and David Key ran for two in the Blackhawks’ 40-8 home romp over the Warriors on Friday at Blackhawks Field.