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Army plan would tap thousands of mainland soldiers for short-term Pacific rotations

Gen. Robert Brown, commander of U.S. Army Pacific, said the number of troops to be tapped annually has not yet been set and would vary depending upon circumstances and the preferences of allies and partner nations hosting the troops.

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Two Navy ships transit Taiwan Strait, the third such passage since November

The destroyer USS Stethem and cargo ship USNS Cesar Chavez sailed through the strait that separates Taiwan and mainland China to demonstrate “the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the Navy said in a statement.


Funding urged for system to track injuries, deaths of deployed working dogs

Military working dogs have repeatedly proven their worth in combat zones during America’s lengthy wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, where their discerning snouts have sniffed out explosive booby traps better than any machine could.


Pacific submarine commander bestows a more lethal fleet to his successor

“First, I worked to improve the lethality of our undersea enterprise across the range of combat operations,” said Rear Adm. Daryl Caudle during a change of command ceremony Thursday.


US, British ships train together in Pacific for third consecutive month

The replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe and Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose conducted maritime security and logistics training on Monday — the third joint training since Christmas by the two naval fleets in the Western Pacific.


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Searchers find WWII-era ship USS Hornet, which launched Doolittle Raid and fought in Battle of Midway

The wreckage was discovered in late January by the crew of the research vessel Petrel more than 3 miles beneath the surface of waters near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific Ocean.


Army helicopter repairman dies of injuries sustained at on-base home in Alaska

Sgt. Brian Peter Sawyer was injured at his on-base residence on Feb. 3 and initially treated at Bassett Army Community Hospital on Fort Wainwright. The cause of death is under investigation.


Pair of US destroyers sail near disputed artificial islands in South China Sea

The U.S. has not taken sides in sovereignty disputes on the islands, which are also claimed by several other Asian nations, but has been unwavering in its assertions that international maritime law allows ships to sail near these sites.


Consecutive exercises in Thailand kick off new twist for Army’s Pacific Pathways

Roughly 800 U.S. Army personnel are wrapping up 11 days of side-by-side training with Royal Thai Army soldiers just north of Bangkok during the Hanuman Guardian exercise.


Soldier who shot himself in head appeals Army’s decision to deny benefits

After a 2017 accidental shooting left him seriously injured and mentally impaired, the Army determined Spc. Kevin Holyan's injuries were obtained “in the line of duty” — but that ruling was soon overturned by commander of the 101st Airborne Division.


Super Galaxy plane lands on nose at Travis AFB after gear jams

None of the plane’s 11 crew members, assigned to the 349th Air Mobility Wing, were injured in the emergency landing.