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For the first time since the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan in late 2014, U.S. Marines returned to Helmand province en masse Saturday as the 300-person Task Force Southwest took over the training and advising mission there.



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Vice President Pence will keynote USS Indiana christening

The Indiana — or SSN-789 — is the 16th boat in the Virginia class of nuclear-powered subs being built in a unique teaming arrangement between the Newport News yard and its northern partner, General Dynamics Electric Boat.


After near-death fall 31 years ago, a Ranger finally gets his graduation tab

Keith Landry, who in 1986 was a recent U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduate, had completed the all of the requirements to graduate from Ranger School — but a near-fatal fall prevented him from attending his graduation.


USS Carl Vinson joins S. Korea in joint war games after failed N. Korean missile test

The USS Carl Vinson strike group joined South Korean ships in joint war games on Saturday, hours after the North defiantly test-fired a missile despite international pressure to halt its nuclear weapons program.



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'Ballad of the Green Berets' singer’s biographer talks about Barry Sadler’s meteoric rise, murder charge, violent death

In 1966, Army Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler, an active-duty Green Beret medic, became a national sensation with his song “The Ballad of the Green Berets.” The Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones had chart-topping hits that year, but it was Sadler’s salute to the Special Forces that finished the year at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Singles chart, based on sales and airplay.


Army secretary nominee Mark Green draws opposition from military academics, ex-Pentagon official

A group of 21 current and former faculty members at military service academies, war colleges and other military universities released a statement saying they are alarmed by what they called Green’s history “of extreme statements and actions and by the prospect of his becoming the next secretary of the Army.”


Boy who crossed into US illegally is now a lieutenant colonel

Lt. Col. Roberto Gomez Jr. unknowingly set forth on a path to become a high-ranking Army official in southern New Mexico when he waded across the Rio Grande almost four decades ago.



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Boy who crossed into US illegally is now a lieutenant colonel

Lt. Col. Roberto Gomez Jr. unknowingly set forth on a path to become a high-ranking Army official in southern New Mexico when he waded across the Rio Grande almost four decades ago.


Putin urged not to run again, dozens arrested at Russian rallies

Under the slogan "I'm fed up," demonstrators urging Vladimir Putin not to run for a fourth term rallied in cities across Russia on Saturday. Dozens were arrested in St. Petersburg and elsewhere.


Hawaii-based Ospreys arrive in Australia

Four Hawaii-based MV-22 Ospreys arrived at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin today after flying nearly 6,000 miles and hopscotching across the Pacific, the Marine Corps said.


Former Afghan warlord Hekmatyar says he wants peace

A former Afghan warlord who battled U.S. forces after the 2001 invasion and nursed bitter rivalries with other militant factions before signing a peace deal with the Afghan government appeared in public for the first time in more than 20 years on Saturday and called for peace.


Security tight as pope celebrates open-air Mass in Cairo

Military helicopters flew overhead and police fanned out in force Saturday as Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Mass for Egypt's tiny Catholic community on the final day of a visit aimed at comforting Christians following a series of attacks by Islamic militants.


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Boy who crossed into US illegally is now a lieutenant colonel

Lt. Col. Roberto Gomez Jr. unknowingly set forth on a path to become a high-ranking Army official in southern New Mexico when he waded across the Rio Grande almost four decades ago.


Putin urged not to run again, dozens arrested at Russian rallies

Under the slogan "I'm fed up," demonstrators urging Vladimir Putin not to run for a fourth term rallied in cities across Russia on Saturday. Dozens were arrested in St. Petersburg and elsewhere.


Hawaii-based Ospreys arrive in Australia

Four Hawaii-based MV-22 Ospreys arrived at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin today after flying nearly 6,000 miles and hopscotching across the Pacific, the Marine Corps said.


Former Afghan warlord Hekmatyar says he wants peace

A former Afghan warlord who battled U.S. forces after the 2001 invasion and nursed bitter rivalries with other militant factions before signing a peace deal with the Afghan government appeared in public for the first time in more than 20 years on Saturday and called for peace.


Security tight as pope celebrates open-air Mass in Cairo

Military helicopters flew overhead and police fanned out in force Saturday as Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Mass for Egypt's tiny Catholic community on the final day of a visit aimed at comforting Christians following a series of attacks by Islamic militants.



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After near-death fall 31 years ago, a Ranger finally gets his graduation tab

Keith Landry, who in 1986 was a recent U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduate, had completed the all of the requirements to graduate from Ranger School — but a near-fatal fall prevented him from attending his graduation.



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Vice President Pence will keynote USS Indiana christening

The Indiana — or SSN-789 — is the 16th boat in the Virginia class of nuclear-powered subs being built in a unique teaming arrangement between the Newport News yard and its northern partner, General Dynamics Electric Boat.


Marines take over advising mission in Helmand

For the first time since the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan in late 2014, U.S. Marines returned to Helmand province en masse Saturday as the 300-person Task Force Southwest took over the training and advising mission there.


Full honors for Filipino-American WWII vet who died at 101

Florence Ebersole Smith Finch, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who was held captive and tortured by the Japanese during World War II, will be buried Saturday with full military honors. She died Dec. 8 at the age of 101.


New security requirements for visitors to Beale Air Force Base

California driver’s licenses will be accepted to gain entry to federal facilities, including Beale, until Oct. 17, according to the Department of Homeland Security website. California has been granted an extension to become compliant with the Real ID Act.


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Vice President Pence will keynote USS Indiana christening

The Indiana — or SSN-789 — is the 16th boat in the Virginia class of nuclear-powered subs being built in a unique teaming arrangement between the Newport News yard and its northern partner, General Dynamics Electric Boat.


Marines take over advising mission in Helmand

For the first time since the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan in late 2014, U.S. Marines returned to Helmand province en masse Saturday as the 300-person Task Force Southwest took over the training and advising mission there.


Full honors for Filipino-American WWII vet who died at 101

Florence Ebersole Smith Finch, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who was held captive and tortured by the Japanese during World War II, will be buried Saturday with full military honors. She died Dec. 8 at the age of 101.


New security requirements for visitors to Beale Air Force Base

California driver’s licenses will be accepted to gain entry to federal facilities, including Beale, until Oct. 17, according to the Department of Homeland Security website. California has been granted an extension to become compliant with the Real ID Act.



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Kadena stays perfect in military football play

The Dragons have outscored opponents 54-6 over the first three weeks with two on-field wins and one by forfeit, which puts Kadena at 3-0.


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Kadena stays perfect in military football play

The Dragons have outscored opponents 54-6 over the first three weeks with two on-field wins and one by forfeit, which puts Kadena at 3-0.



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