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At Fort Irwin, before reopening after missing two rotations, officials had to answer a challenging question: How do you move 5,000 soldiers on and off the installation without spreading the coronavirus between rotational forces and the post’s own population of troops, family members and civilian workers?



Senate confirms Lt. Gen. David Allvin as next Air Force vice chief of staff

Lt. Gen. David W. Allvin was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday to be the next vice chief of staff of the Air Force and to receive his fourth star. He replaces Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, who has served as vice chief of staff of the Air Force since July 2016.


Marines activate Camp Blaz on Guam, the Corps’ first new base since 1952

The Marine Corps has activated a new base on Guam for 5,000 members of III Marine Expeditionary Force set to move there over the next five years from Okinawa, Japan.


Tattoo shop at US military base exchange could be first of a trend

Military Star Cards are accepted at the Nellis Air Force Base Exchange tattoo store, which opened last month.




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Episode four: Unidentified aerial phenomena part two — the engineer's take

In the most recent episode of Military Matters, host Rod Rodriguez explored unidentified aerial phenomena and what the Defense Department knows about them. This week, he finds out from a former aerospace engineer at Lockheed Martin's famed Skunk Works about the facts that can be gleaned from those unexplained encounters.


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Returned from Russia: Dog tag of vet wounded in Vietnam make it to widow in ND

Ronald Hepper had kept a set of his dog tags in his boots, and had been in Vietnam just a few months when a blast from a hand grenade blew his boots off his body in June 1969.


Russian military strength at a post-Cold War high, report says

The Russian military is more capable than at any time since the end of the Cold War, the result of an effort to produce a more agile force, a new study found.


US defense chief visits North Africa, World War II cemetery

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper met with Tunisia's president Wednesday, kicking off a North African tour amid growing concern about lawlessness in Libya.


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Returned from Russia: Dog tag of vet wounded in Vietnam make it to widow in ND

Ronald Hepper had kept a set of his dog tags in his boots, and had been in Vietnam just a few months when a blast from a hand grenade blew his boots off his body in June 1969.


Russian military strength at a post-Cold War high, report says

The Russian military is more capable than at any time since the end of the Cold War, the result of an effort to produce a more agile force, a new study found.


US defense chief visits North Africa, World War II cemetery

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper met with Tunisia's president Wednesday, kicking off a North African tour amid growing concern about lawlessness in Libya.



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Dozens of military families have had to repay VA for GI Bill benefits

Nearly 200 dependents of veterans in the last three years have had to repay GI Bill benefits after the service members failed to complete contract requirements, sometimes unknowingly, leaving them tens of thousands of dollars in debt.



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At Little Creek, a new name, an evolving mission for former brown water Navy

Expeditionary force sailors now take their sharp eyes and constantly trained judgment of close-in dangers to the task of protecting Navy ships in tight quarters.


Too early to predict Marine Corps' future at Parris Island, base leader says

Marine Corps Col. Riccardo Player told South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and other military leaders Thursday it’s “too early” to say whether it’ll shutter its boot camp on Parris Island — news that stunned state and local leaders after a report last month.


Air Force sets up framework to continue purchases of Reaper drones

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the Poway-based maker of Predator/Reaper family of military drones, has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract potentially worth $7.4 billion that aims to speed up the delivery of the unmanned aircraft, if needed.


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At Little Creek, a new name, an evolving mission for former brown water Navy

Expeditionary force sailors now take their sharp eyes and constantly trained judgment of close-in dangers to the task of protecting Navy ships in tight quarters.


Too early to predict Marine Corps' future at Parris Island, base leader says

Marine Corps Col. Riccardo Player told South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and other military leaders Thursday it’s “too early” to say whether it’ll shutter its boot camp on Parris Island — news that stunned state and local leaders after a report last month.


Air Force sets up framework to continue purchases of Reaper drones

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the Poway-based maker of Predator/Reaper family of military drones, has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract potentially worth $7.4 billion that aims to speed up the delivery of the unmanned aircraft, if needed.



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Navy football won't allow fans for game against Temple Oct. 10

Athletic director Chet Gladchuk remained hopeful state and county government officials will relax restrictions in time to welcome fans for subsequent home games against Houston (Oct. 24), Tulsa (Nov. 7) and Memphis (Nov. 14).


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Navy football won't allow fans for game against Temple Oct. 10

Athletic director Chet Gladchuk remained hopeful state and county government officials will relax restrictions in time to welcome fans for subsequent home games against Houston (Oct. 24), Tulsa (Nov. 7) and Memphis (Nov. 14).