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U.S. Air Force Academy cadets toss their hats in the air as the Thunderbirds fly overhead during the cadets' graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.<br>Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP

Mattis tells Air Force graduates to be ready for war

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke at the graduation ceremony on the campus outside Colorado Springs and told them to maintain U.S. military superiority in the air, urging them to make the Air Force better.


Georgia jury awards $1 billion after guard rapes teen

A Georgia jury has awarded an eye-popping $1 billion verdict against a security company after an apartment complex guard was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl.


Body armor changes designed to give women more comfort on the battlefield

The improvements are among several planned for women’s body armor outlined in a Marine Corps Systems Command presentation recently provided to Stars and Stripes.

Judge orders top Pentagon lawyer to testify about alleged meddling in the 9/11 case

The judge in the Sept. 11 trial ordered the Pentagon’s top lawyer and the fired Guantanamo war court overseer on Wednesday to testify in July in a defense bid to get the death-penalty case dismissed for alleged outside meddling by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.


A man posed for months as an ICE agent. A traffic stop led a detective to unravel the truth.

Those who knew 26-year-old Matthew Johnston never questioned whether he was actually an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. Maybe they should have.



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Sweeping VA reforms to increase private care, expand caregiver benefits approved

After contentious negotiations that spanned more than a year, senators voted 92-5 to pass the VA Mission Act – a $52 billion deal struck between Republicans and Democrats to boost funding for VA programs, as well as the agency’s use of private doctors.



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'Needed more than ever,' Coast Guard gets Pence praise at graduation ceremony

Vice President Mike Pence warned the new U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates on Wednesday of the perils America faces from rogue regimes, criminal networks and terrorist groups, saying the new ensigns will be on the front lines of the threats.


Midnight curfew in effect for some soldiers in South Korea

The 2nd Infantry Division did not identify any specific incident that sparked the change to the policy, but said readiness of the unit’s 12,000 troops was its main concern.


Air Force tries to ease pilot shortage by asking more retirees to come back

The Air Force may return as many as 1,000 retired pilots, combat systems officers and air battle managers to active duty for up to 48 months under a major expansion of a voluntary recall program.


USS Blue Ridge ignites its boilers for first time in 2 years

The USS Blue Ridge lit its boilers for the first time in two years this week, signifying a big step toward bringing the Navy’s oldest deployable warship back to sailing condition.


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'Needed more than ever,' Coast Guard gets Pence praise at graduation ceremony

Vice President Mike Pence warned the new U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates on Wednesday of the perils America faces from rogue regimes, criminal networks and terrorist groups, saying the new ensigns will be on the front lines of the threats.


Midnight curfew in effect for some soldiers in South Korea

The 2nd Infantry Division did not identify any specific incident that sparked the change to the policy, but said readiness of the unit’s 12,000 troops was its main concern.


Air Force tries to ease pilot shortage by asking more retirees to come back

The Air Force may return as many as 1,000 retired pilots, combat systems officers and air battle managers to active duty for up to 48 months under a major expansion of a voluntary recall program.


USS Blue Ridge ignites its boilers for first time in 2 years

The USS Blue Ridge lit its boilers for the first time in two years this week, signifying a big step toward bringing the Navy’s oldest deployable warship back to sailing condition.



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