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Air Force: 4,100 new airmen, more bombs and modern weapons

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:00
A proposed $10 billion increase in funding for the Air Force for fiscal year 2018 includes money for 4,100 new active duty airmen, according to budget documents released Tuesday.

Idaho wants to identify veterans monuments, memorials

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:40
Idaho is trying to identify all the monuments and memorials to the military and veterans in the state. The public can participate by posting information online at a website called historypin.

China calls for new talks with North Korea on nukes

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:38
China's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday that multiple North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests, with no end in sight, show the "very strong" need for new talks with Pyongyang to reduce tensions and try to achieve denuclearization.

Fake Navy SEAL gets 4 years in prison

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:27
A 68-year-old Wisconsin man who falsely claimed to be a Navy SEAL wounded four times in Vietnam has been sentenced to four years in prison for theft and faking paperwork. He also claimed he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Navy looks to increase personnel, ship maintenance with 2018 budget

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:08
The Navy is looking to fiscal year 2018 to address readiness, after years of budget shortfalls, short-term patches and cuts that have weakened maintenance and training, according to a Navy official.

Brussels-bound Trump armed with demands for NATO

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:00
When President Donald Trump arrives at NATO headquarters on Thursday, allies will be under intense pressure to live up to demands from an American administration that has threatened to make the thorny issue of increased allied defense spending a condition for guaranteeing U.S. commitment to 68-year-old military pact.

Army: $8 billion budget increase in 2018 to fund anti-ISIS operations, modernization

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:56
President Donald Trump’s administration has requested $166.1 billion for the Army in its proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, which if passed would represent the second consecutive year of increased funding to the service to restore forces and equipment used in operations against the Islamic State and to ramp up U.S. presence in Europe.

World War II veteran's Purple Heart turned over to his daughter

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:47
The medal had been placed in a safety deposit box and was "lost" until it was reported as unclaimed property in 1993. "I knew he was wounded. I knew he was in World War II, but I didn't know he earned the Purple Heart until I was called a few weeks ago," said Connie Barr.

Navy lacrosse heads to its first Final Four with help

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:38
Alumni of the Navy women's lacrosse team poured into Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on flights and in cars, coming not just from the Washington area but from Naval installations in Virginia, Texas, California and Hawaii to see their Mids make history.

Clashes between US troops, al-Qaida militants in Yemen

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:31
U.S. helicopters airlifted soldiers to a central Yemeni province where they targeted an al-Qaida compound, clashing with suspected militants and killing at least seven of them early on Tuesday, according to the American military, Yemeni security officials and tribal leaders.

Trey Gowdy poised to seize House Oversight gavel after Jason Chaffetz departs

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:19
Gowdy, who led the two-year House Benghazi probe, has secured near-unanimous support among members of the House Republican Steering Committee - the 36-member body that selects committee chairmen - and one key potential rival said Monday that he would not seek the Oversight gavel.

US chooses Nigeria for next Army chiefs summit despite human rights concern

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:16
As the African Land Forces Summit ended recently in this southern African nation whose tiny military specializes in peacekeeping, plans were already being laid for next year’s meeting in a location at the center of some of the continent’s most pressing problems.

Putin says whistleblowing on doping echoes Stalin's purges

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:06
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that plans to encourage athletes to give evidence about doping remind him of denunciations during Josef Stalin's purges.

Somali suicide bomber kills 4 at Puntland checkpoint

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:03
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military checkpoint in northern Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing at least four people, a Somali police officer said Tuesday.

Smuggler gets nearly 7 years for Texas ship channel death

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:01
A convicted human smuggler from Mexico must serve nearly seven years in a U.S. prison over the 2015 death of an immigrant struck by a Coast Guard boat as she tried to reach Texas.

Trump, Francis: After clashing, a search for common ground

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:34
President Donald Trump and Pope Francis share a trait that adds drama to their first meeting Wednesday: unpredictability. And when they greet each other, they may well find common ground, particularly in denouncing religiously inspired violence and demanding Muslim leaders take a greater stand in rooting out fanaticism from their places of worship.

Air Force vet makes bust to honor fighter pilot ace Boyd 'Buzz' Wagner

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:34
Boyd "Buzz" Wagner, who served in the Army Air Forces and Army Air Corps, was the first fighter pilot ace of World War II.

Blood, horror, shock as bomber strikes young crowd

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:15
For a crowd of mostly young British music fans, the Ariana Grande concert was supposed to be a school night out enjoying cheerful high-energy pop. It quickly turned into sheer terror instead.

Off-base events

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:08
A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Trump’s budget calls for cuts to VA benefits programs as tradeoff for extending Choice

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:00
President Donald Trump’s budget released Tuesday proposes cutting monthly stipends to some disabled, unemployed veterans and reducing veterans’ cost-of-living adjustments as offsets to continue a program that allows veterans to seek care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs.