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The Air Force said Tuesday it stands behind a Reserve chaplain who has come under fire for saying that Christian servicemembers should not support the rights of other religions to practice their faith, saying “that will lead them to hell.”



Senators grill Navy officials on crashes, sailors' deaths

A row of grieving families looked on Tuesday morning as top Navy officials told a chorus of frustrated senators that years of high operational demands combined with budget constraints could have contributed to two deadly ship crashes.


7.1 magnitude quake kills 55 as buildings collapse in Mexico

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 55 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.


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At UN, Trump threatens 'total destruction' of North Korea

President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threated the "total destruction'" of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons.



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Afghan air force gets upgrade with arrival of first Black Hawks

Two American-made UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters arrived in Afghanistan on Monday, the first of nearly 160 such aircraft that the country’s air force will get in the coming years as part of an ongoing modernization plan.


US troops deployed to Israel get a new barracks

A small group of U.S. troops carrying out a missile-defense mission in Israel is taking up residence inside a new barracks building on an Israeli base in an effort to improve living conditions for troops.


German workers at US bases strike over pay

About 70 German workers from U.S. military bases at Ansbach, Katterbach and Illesheim went on strike Tuesday to demand higher wages.



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Gen. Lengyel: Natural disasters underscore importance of dispersing Guardsmen across US

To continue responding to natural disasters, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel says the National Guard must keep people and equipment staged in areas where mega storms and other environmental catastrophes are likely to put people and property at risk.


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At UN, Trump threatens 'total destruction' of North Korea

President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threated the "total destruction'" of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons.


Russian helicopter fires missile at spectators at drills

A Russian military helicopter gunship accidentally fired on spectators during war games in western Russia, injuring several people, news reports said Tuesday.


Iraqi forces launch battle against ISIS footholds in vast Anbar province

Iraqi forces backed by U.S. airstrikes began an assault on the Islamic State in western Anbar province on Tuesday, breaching one of the last two militant strongholds in the country that is believed to be a possible hiding place of the group's elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


US forces increase Somalia airstrikes amid uncertainty over future

An intensifying U.S. airstrike campaign against Somalia is unlikely by itself to defeat a resilient band of al-Qaida-aligned militants, a fact that could tempt the U.S. to wade deeper into a country faced with the departure of an African force that has offered protection for a decade.


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Gen. Lengyel: Natural disasters underscore importance of dispersing Guardsmen across US

To continue responding to natural disasters, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel says the National Guard must keep people and equipment staged in areas where mega storms and other environmental catastrophes are likely to put people and property at risk.


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At UN, Trump threatens 'total destruction' of North Korea

President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threated the "total destruction'" of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons.


Russian helicopter fires missile at spectators at drills

A Russian military helicopter gunship accidentally fired on spectators during war games in western Russia, injuring several people, news reports said Tuesday.


Iraqi forces launch battle against ISIS footholds in vast Anbar province

Iraqi forces backed by U.S. airstrikes began an assault on the Islamic State in western Anbar province on Tuesday, breaching one of the last two militant strongholds in the country that is believed to be a possible hiding place of the group's elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


US forces increase Somalia airstrikes amid uncertainty over future

An intensifying U.S. airstrike campaign against Somalia is unlikely by itself to defeat a resilient band of al-Qaida-aligned militants, a fact that could tempt the U.S. to wade deeper into a country faced with the departure of an African force that has offered protection for a decade.




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Senators grill Navy officials on crashes, sailors' deaths

A row of grieving families looked on Tuesday morning as top Navy officials told a chorus of frustrated senators that years of high operational demands combined with budget constraints could have contributed to two deadly ship crashes.


2nd Brigade ends Iraq mission, returns to Fort Bragg Wednesday

Col. J. Patrick Work and Command Sgt. Maj. Randolph Delapena cased the brigade’s colors during a ceremony in Baghdad, marking the end of the 2nd Brigade’s advise and assist mission in Iraq and the beginning of the mission for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Polk.


Air Force chaplain comments raise debate on religious freedom vs. personal faith

The Air Force said Tuesday it stands behind a Reserve chaplain who has come under fire for saying that Christian servicemembers should not support the rights of other religions to practice their faith, saying “that will lead them to hell.”


Most of the 461,000 gallons of fuel spilled from tank farm unrecoverable

Less than 20 percent of a 461,000-gallon gasoline spill in Texas during Hurricane Harvey was recovered by the company responsible, while the rest evaporated or soaked into the ground, a U.S. Coast Guard official said Thursday.


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Senators grill Navy officials on crashes, sailors' deaths

A row of grieving families looked on Tuesday morning as top Navy officials told a chorus of frustrated senators that years of high operational demands combined with budget constraints could have contributed to two deadly ship crashes.


2nd Brigade ends Iraq mission, returns to Fort Bragg Wednesday

Col. J. Patrick Work and Command Sgt. Maj. Randolph Delapena cased the brigade’s colors during a ceremony in Baghdad, marking the end of the 2nd Brigade’s advise and assist mission in Iraq and the beginning of the mission for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Polk.


Air Force chaplain comments raise debate on religious freedom vs. personal faith

The Air Force said Tuesday it stands behind a Reserve chaplain who has come under fire for saying that Christian servicemembers should not support the rights of other religions to practice their faith, saying “that will lead them to hell.”


Most of the 461,000 gallons of fuel spilled from tank farm unrecoverable

Less than 20 percent of a 461,000-gallon gasoline spill in Texas during Hurricane Harvey was recovered by the company responsible, while the rest evaporated or soaked into the ground, a U.S. Coast Guard official said Thursday.



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On eve of 70th birthday, US Air Force is honored at Washington Nationals game

The U.S. Air Force's 70th birthday celebration got under way in the nation's capital Sunday night with the addition of nearly four dozen new airmen on Air Force Night at Nationals Park.


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On eve of 70th birthday, US Air Force is honored at Washington Nationals game

The U.S. Air Force's 70th birthday celebration got under way in the nation's capital Sunday night with the addition of nearly four dozen new airmen on Air Force Night at Nationals Park.