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Army leveraging virtual-reality market for plug-and-play battle simulation

“What I think we’re going to do with the Synthetic Training Environment right now is the most revolutionary thing since developing our live training environment at our combat training centers,” Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais said during a panel she chaired at the Land Forces Pacific Symposium in Honolulu.

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VA to pay disabled Army veteran long-overdue $40K in benefits

Ronald Choplinsky, 71, was facing a sheriff’s sale due to unpaid real estate taxes on commercial property he owns in Philadelphia.


Disabled Army vet awaits $40K from VA as sheriff’s sale looms on property

A 71-year-old disabled Army veteran in New Jersey faces imminent loss of commercial property as he awaits long-overdue compensation of more than $40,000 from the Veterans Administration.


Gold Star families receive regal treatment at posh Hawaii retreat

Only an enviable slice of society could afford to stay at the exclusive The Paul Mitchell Estate in Oahu — but few have paid a price as high as the 14 people who’ve spent the past week there: Gold Star families who have lost loved ones in uniform.


USS Truman command master chief to retire in wake of ‘strip club’ comment

The command master chief of the USS Harry S. Truman, who late last month cajoled sailors to “clap like we’re at a strip club” for Vice President Mike Pence’s arrival aboard the aircraft carrier, is retiring, a Navy official said Tuesday.


Former Army range manager admits accepting bribes, disclosing sensitive information

Franklin Raby admitted that from March 2015 through May 2018, while employed with the Army, he accepted tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of bribes from an employee of a federal contractor that sought and received business from the military.


'Wow! What is that, man?': Navy revamping policy for UFO reports

The subject of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, captured the public’s attention last year after several declassified Defense Department videos showed Navy pilots encountering oval objects that moved at great speed.


US could regard cyberattack on Japan as 'armed attack,' Pompeo says

Japanese officials had been recently pressing the United States to broaden the scope of Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty to include cyberattacks, according to Japanese media reports earlier this year.


For servicemembers at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, deployments offer a rare chance to 'get away from it all'

About 600 soldiers and airmen live and labor on the relatively remote installation that offers few of the amenities servicemembers are used to — but to those stationed at Soto Cano, the base offers a deployment unlike any other.


Former Cabinet secretaries decry Trump administration's plan for climate-change panel

Former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said they were “deeply concerned by reports that National Security Council officials are considering forming a committee to dispute and undermine military and intelligence judgments on the threat posed by climate change.”


US soldiers return to Palau for exercise after 37-year hiatus

About 200 soldiers are heading to Palau next week as part of Pacific Pathways, the first time in 37 years the Army has sent personnel to the nation of about 340 tiny islands in Micronesia.