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US to give Vietnam another coast guard cutter amid rising tensions in South China Sea

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s speech Wednesday left no doubt that the transfer is in direct response to China’s assertions of sovereignty over most of the South China Sea.

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Former Army employee pleads guilty to taking bribes in Hawaii Army range corruption case

Victor Garo admitted that, while employed as training range director at the Army’s Schofield Barracks from 2011 through 2018, he accepted bribes in the form of cash, automobiles and firearms from an employee of a federal contractor.


Veteran of almost three decades of Mideast conflict takes command of Hawaii’s 25th Infantry Division

Maj. Gen. James Jarrard replaces Maj. Gen. Ronald Clark, who has held command of the 25th Infantry Division since January 2018. Clark is slated to serve as the next chief of staff for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.


Remains of first Coast Guard member to become POW in WWII returning home for burial

Lt. Thomas Crotty, 30, died July 19, 1942, at the Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp in the Philippines after being captured with the fall of Corregidor earlier that year.


Esper praises Solomon Islands’ decision to nix island-leasing deal with Chinese firm

Details of the long-term lease between the Solomon Islands’ Central Province and the China Sam Enterprise Group were only recently made public. News of the deal followed soon after Solomon Island officials announced in September that the nation was switching its diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China.


Navy’s underground fuel tanks in Hawaii are impenetrable to attack — and that’s the problem

The future of the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility is at a crossroads. The Navy proposes a multimillion-dollar improvement plan to extend its life for at least another 25 years, but the tanks, entombed in volcanic rock, defy any feasible method of retrofitting.


Woody Harrelson and his ‘Midway’ co-stars attend film’s premiere at Pearl Harbor-Hickam

The new movie begins in the 1930s, well before America declared war on Germany and Japan after the latter attacked Hawaii’s Battleship Row and other military installations on Dec. 7, 1941.


Marine Corps sells nearly $2 million in small-arms ammunition to Brunei for first time

The sale was conducted under terms set by the Acquisition and Cross-Serving Agreement between Brunei and the United States, which allows U.S. armed forces to conduct the military-to-military exchange of logistics and supply services.


‘Cajun Bob’ Thoms, Marine who led major assault during Vietnam War’s Battle of Hue, dies at 75

Robert L. Thoms — nicknamed “Cajun Bob” for his thick native Baton Rouge accent — was awarded the Silver Star medal for “conspicuous gallantry” during the assault on the Arch Tower on Feb. 15, 1968, during some of the most ferocious fighting of North Vietnam’s Tet Offensive.


WWII bomber co-pilot to be buried at Arlington 76 years after South Pacific crash

Maj. Donn C. Young was co-piloting a crippled U.S. Army Air Corps B-25 bomber on Jan. 18, 1943, when it rammed into a mountainside during a thunderstorm. Young’s remains were recovered in 1998, but only recently did DNA testing positively confirm them as his.


Marine private charged with threatening Nebraska air base is arraigned in Hawaii

Pfc. Ali Al-kazahg's charges including carrying a concealed weapon, possessing modified firearms, making threats and fraudulent enlistment.