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Thousands of troops who have deployed to help battle the coronavirus pandemic could soon receive hazard pay and awards to recognize their service, the military’s top general said Thursday.


VA secretary wants to keep Nazi gravestones for historical purposes

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie argued Thursday against calls from lawmakers to remove German soldiers’ gravestones etched with swastikas from VA-operated cemeteries.


Airmen won’t be mandated to wear new boots, T-shirts and flag patches until Sept. 1 due to pandemic

The Air Force has delayed its switch to new color schemes for uniform boots, under garments and flag patches until September, citing “unnecessary stress” on its service members due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Senator calls for State Department to stop sale of US Medal of Honor in Germany

A Medal of Honor awarded to an Army private from New York for his actions during the Spanish-American War is listed for sale Thursday at a German auction house. Sen. Ted Cruz wants the State Department to intervene.



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Season finale: Information warfare and how to avoid being manipulated

In the season finale of the Military Matters podcast, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris shed light on the murky world of information warfare and get insight from industry experts including Rand Waltzman, deputy chief technology officer of the RAND Corporation, Michael Shermer, who is a science writer and founder of Skeptic magazine, and Bob Reid, senior managing editor of Stars and Stripes.


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Airman charged in Mennonite woman's death grew up in the faith

An Air Force airman stationed near Phoenix has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges. Raised in a Mennonite family in Wisconsin, Mark Gooch joined the military to escape what he told investigators was a difficult, sheltered and restricted life.


Air Force resumes large-scale drills over Europe in North Sea mock showdown

Air Force fighter jets and aerial tankers from across Europe converged over the North Sea for a quickly arranged exercise that simulated a large-scale attack by enemy forces.


Pentagon to propose plans to pull thousands more troops from Afghanistan by Election Day

The Pentagon is preparing for President Donald Trump to withdraw thousands of American troops from Afghanistan before the presidential election as military leaders recommend keeping at least a small counterterrorism force to remain in the country, current and former U.S. officials said.


Rwandan sentenced to life in prison for key role in genocide

A Rwandan court on Thursday sentenced to life in prison one of the most wanted men in the country's 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed.


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Airman charged in Mennonite woman's death grew up in the faith

An Air Force airman stationed near Phoenix has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges. Raised in a Mennonite family in Wisconsin, Mark Gooch joined the military to escape what he told investigators was a difficult, sheltered and restricted life.


Air Force resumes large-scale drills over Europe in North Sea mock showdown

Air Force fighter jets and aerial tankers from across Europe converged over the North Sea for a quickly arranged exercise that simulated a large-scale attack by enemy forces.


Pentagon to propose plans to pull thousands more troops from Afghanistan by Election Day

The Pentagon is preparing for President Donald Trump to withdraw thousands of American troops from Afghanistan before the presidential election as military leaders recommend keeping at least a small counterterrorism force to remain in the country, current and former U.S. officials said.


Rwandan sentenced to life in prison for key role in genocide

A Rwandan court on Thursday sentenced to life in prison one of the most wanted men in the country's 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed.



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VA secretary wants to keep Nazi gravestones for historical purposes

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie argued Thursday against calls from lawmakers to remove German soldiers’ gravestones etched with swastikas from VA-operated cemeteries.



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Coast Guard offloads $37 million of cocaine in San Diego

The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Active seized the drugs earlier this month from "known drug-transit zones" in the Pacific Ocean off the coasts of North and Central America, according to Coast Guard officials.


Restrictions expanded near former Wurtsmith air base after PFAS found in most wildlife

State officials last year — too quietly, some contend — expanded hunting and fishing restrictions at Clark’s Marsh, near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, after scientific studies showed excessive levels of PFAS in virtually every living thing tested from the area.


Army's 1st SFAB is headed to Colombia to boost anti-drug fight

A small team of soldiers from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade will deploy next week to Colombia to aid that country in its longstanding fight against drugs, defense officials announced Thursday.


Navy completes probe into coronavirus outbreak aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

The Navy’s top officer is reviewing recommendations from an investigation into the handling of the coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the spokesman for Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said Wednesday.


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Coast Guard offloads $37 million of cocaine in San Diego

The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Active seized the drugs earlier this month from "known drug-transit zones" in the Pacific Ocean off the coasts of North and Central America, according to Coast Guard officials.


Restrictions expanded near former Wurtsmith air base after PFAS found in most wildlife

State officials last year — too quietly, some contend — expanded hunting and fishing restrictions at Clark’s Marsh, near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, after scientific studies showed excessive levels of PFAS in virtually every living thing tested from the area.


Army's 1st SFAB is headed to Colombia to boost anti-drug fight

A small team of soldiers from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade will deploy next week to Colombia to aid that country in its longstanding fight against drugs, defense officials announced Thursday.


Navy completes probe into coronavirus outbreak aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

The Navy’s top officer is reviewing recommendations from an investigation into the handling of the coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the spokesman for Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said Wednesday.



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DODEA-Europe athletes will join teams at colleges around the States in the fall

Student-athletes from DODEA-Europe are moving on from coronavirus-affected senior years and looking forward to promising careers at the collegiate level.


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DODEA-Europe athletes will join teams at colleges around the States in the fall

Student-athletes from DODEA-Europe are moving on from coronavirus-affected senior years and looking forward to promising careers at the collegiate level.