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The flyover, the first to commemorate the crash of a B-17G Flying Fortress nicknamed “Mi Amigo,” had been long sought by a local resident who for years has tended a memorial to the crew of the downed bomber.



Navy returning to traditional blue-and-white flag after 17 years of flying First Navy Jack

The Union Jack will fly on each Navy ship starting June 4, corresponding with the 77th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Midway in 1942. The only exception will be aboard the USS Blue Ridge.


The public can now comment on VA’s proposed rules for expanding private-sector care

Starting Friday, the Department of Veterans Affairs began collecting feedback on its proposed rules to expand veterans’ access to private doctors. The public has until March 25 to comment on the rules.


Special Operations airmen step off on 830-mile memorial ruck march

Before dawn, 20 special tactics airmen began on Friday an 830-mile ruck march honoring Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, a special tactics combat controller from Hookstown, Pa., killed in Afghanistan in late November, and 19 other special tactics airmen killed in the line of duty since 9/11.


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Rep. Castro travels Texas promoting new burn pits bills

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, is traveling his district this week hosting town hall meetings to discuss two House bills that he sponsored that aim to expand the tracking and evaluation of veterans and servicemembers who spent time living or working near burn pits while deployed overseas.


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Once a skeptic of a Space Force-type plan, Heather Wilson now leads the effort to build it

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a visit to Capitol Hill in June 2017 that she opposed the creation of a "Space Corps," a service some lawmakers had proposed to oversee military operations in space. Less than two years later, Wilson finds herself leading a similar effort directed this week by President Trump.


Bill would expand American Legion membership eligibility to more veterans

The Legion Act, filed last week, would expand American Legion membership to include honorably discharged veterans who served during unrecognized times of war since World War II.



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Trump getting briefing on Coast Guard officer accused of having hit list

President Donald Trump says he is getting a "complete briefing" on a Coast Guard officer accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists.


Pacific submarine commander bestows a more lethal fleet to his successor

“First, I worked to improve the lethality of our undersea enterprise across the range of combat operations,” said Rear Adm. Daryl Caudle during a change of command ceremony Thursday.


US soldiers help Georgians develop their national defense

US soldiers are working closely with their counterparts to develop the defense program, with the hopes of building lasting improvements to the country’s military, said Maj. Jon-Paul Navarro, the officer in charge of the several dozen U.S. troops here.


US ends campaign to destroy Taliban drug labs in Afghanistan

The U.S. military has ended a controversial bombing campaign that targeted Taliban drug labs across Afghanistan, without appearing to significantly disrupt the group’s ability to generate revenue from the illegal narcotics trade.


Recruitment of new soldiers threatens South Sudan's peace

South Sudan's rival armed groups are forcefully recruiting civilians, including child soldiers, violating a fragile peace deal signed five months ago.


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Trump getting briefing on Coast Guard officer accused of having hit list

President Donald Trump says he is getting a "complete briefing" on a Coast Guard officer accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists.


Pacific submarine commander bestows a more lethal fleet to his successor

“First, I worked to improve the lethality of our undersea enterprise across the range of combat operations,” said Rear Adm. Daryl Caudle during a change of command ceremony Thursday.


US soldiers help Georgians develop their national defense

US soldiers are working closely with their counterparts to develop the defense program, with the hopes of building lasting improvements to the country’s military, said Maj. Jon-Paul Navarro, the officer in charge of the several dozen U.S. troops here.


US ends campaign to destroy Taliban drug labs in Afghanistan

The U.S. military has ended a controversial bombing campaign that targeted Taliban drug labs across Afghanistan, without appearing to significantly disrupt the group’s ability to generate revenue from the illegal narcotics trade.


Recruitment of new soldiers threatens South Sudan's peace

South Sudan's rival armed groups are forcefully recruiting civilians, including child soldiers, violating a fragile peace deal signed five months ago.



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Bill would expand American Legion membership eligibility to more veterans

The Legion Act, filed last week, would expand American Legion membership to include honorably discharged veterans who served during unrecognized times of war since World War II.



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Once a skeptic of a Space Force-type plan, Heather Wilson now leads the effort to build it

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a visit to Capitol Hill in June 2017 that she opposed the creation of a "Space Corps," a service some lawmakers had proposed to oversee military operations in space. Less than two years later, Wilson finds herself leading a similar effort directed this week by President Trump.


US soldiers help Georgians develop their national defense

US soldiers are working closely with their counterparts to develop the defense program, with the hopes of building lasting improvements to the country’s military, said Maj. Jon-Paul Navarro, the officer in charge of the several dozen U.S. troops here.


Trump getting briefing on Coast Guard officer accused of having hit list

President Donald Trump says he is getting a "complete briefing" on a Coast Guard officer accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists.


In his hometown, a budding grassroots campaign encourages Mattis to run for public office

A Richland, Wash. city councilman thinks native son Jim Mattis would make a terrific governor, or even president. Phil Lemley hopes his neighbors will help push a grassroots campaign to encourage the now-former Secretary of Defense to run for public office.


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ANALYSIS

Once a skeptic of a Space Force-type plan, Heather Wilson now leads the effort to build it

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a visit to Capitol Hill in June 2017 that she opposed the creation of a "Space Corps," a service some lawmakers had proposed to oversee military operations in space. Less than two years later, Wilson finds herself leading a similar effort directed this week by President Trump.


US soldiers help Georgians develop their national defense

US soldiers are working closely with their counterparts to develop the defense program, with the hopes of building lasting improvements to the country’s military, said Maj. Jon-Paul Navarro, the officer in charge of the several dozen U.S. troops here.


Trump getting briefing on Coast Guard officer accused of having hit list

President Donald Trump says he is getting a "complete briefing" on a Coast Guard officer accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists.


In his hometown, a budding grassroots campaign encourages Mattis to run for public office

A Richland, Wash. city councilman thinks native son Jim Mattis would make a terrific governor, or even president. Phil Lemley hopes his neighbors will help push a grassroots campaign to encourage the now-former Secretary of Defense to run for public office.



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D-I boys semifinals

Royals and Raiders back in the finals again

Kaiserslautern advanced with a 44-36 defeat of Stuttgart, while the Royals ousted hometown Wiesbaden by a score of 64-44.


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D-I boys semifinals

Royals and Raiders back in the finals again

Kaiserslautern advanced with a 44-36 defeat of Stuttgart, while the Royals ousted hometown Wiesbaden by a score of 64-44.