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The commander of the National Training Center will lead the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley in Kansas after the Army relieved Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby of command, the Pentagon said Thursday.


Military spending, pay raises among unfinished business as Congress recesses

The lights will stay on in the Pentagon and troops will get paid on time, at least through early December, after Congress averted a government shutdown with a last-minute, temporary budget deal Wednesday night.


Patriot Express flights from Aviano to Germany cut for fiscal 2017

A weekly chartered passenger flight from Aviano Air Base to Germany for onward flights to the United States has been canceled, the base announced this week.


Overweight, obesity diagnoses on the rise in military

Diagnoses of overweight and obese servicemembers rose 73 percent over five years across all age groups, according to the Defense Health Agency’s latest monthly report.

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VA chief sees Congress letting politics slow vet reforms

In an hourlong interview in his office overlooking the White House, VA Secretary Bob McDonald expands on the surprisingly sharp critique of Congress he delivered a week earlier while testifying on recommendations of the congressionally chartered Commission on Care.



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Wireless emergency alerts are about to get a lot more useful

New rules will lengthen Wireless Emergency Alert messages from the current 90 characters to 360 characters, a move that will enable emergency management officials to include phone numbers, Web addresses and other additional information.


Patriot Express flights from Aviano to Germany cut for fiscal 2017

A weekly chartered passenger flight from Aviano Air Base to Germany for onward flights to the United States has been canceled, the base announced this week.


NY/NJ bombing suspect’s relatives detained in Afghanistan

The Afghan government has detained three relatives of the Afghan-American man accused of detonating bombs in New York and New Jersey as part of an investigation into the incident, an Afghan official said Thursday.


Top Philippine diplomat assures US after Duterte's remarks about maritime drills

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the president’s remarks referred just to ending joint military patrols in the disputed South China Sea. He said Duterte and the Philippines continue to respect all treaty arrangements and commitments with the U.S.


Amnesty alleges Sudan army used chemical weapons in Darfur

Darfur has been gripped by bloodshed since 2003, when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination and neglect.


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Wireless emergency alerts are about to get a lot more useful

New rules will lengthen Wireless Emergency Alert messages from the current 90 characters to 360 characters, a move that will enable emergency management officials to include phone numbers, Web addresses and other additional information.


Patriot Express flights from Aviano to Germany cut for fiscal 2017

A weekly chartered passenger flight from Aviano Air Base to Germany for onward flights to the United States has been canceled, the base announced this week.


NY/NJ bombing suspect’s relatives detained in Afghanistan

The Afghan government has detained three relatives of the Afghan-American man accused of detonating bombs in New York and New Jersey as part of an investigation into the incident, an Afghan official said Thursday.


Top Philippine diplomat assures US after Duterte's remarks about maritime drills

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the president’s remarks referred just to ending joint military patrols in the disputed South China Sea. He said Duterte and the Philippines continue to respect all treaty arrangements and commitments with the U.S.


Amnesty alleges Sudan army used chemical weapons in Darfur

Darfur has been gripped by bloodshed since 2003, when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination and neglect.



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Navy insists littoral combat ship will be fine after a bumpy start

Five of seven of the U.S. Navy's speedy new warships have had engine problems in the past year and four of them are now considered "test" ships that'll rarely, if ever, be deployed.


Memorial honors Beale U-2 pilot, a 20-year military veteran

Lt. Col. Ira Steve “Shooter” Eadie, a U-2 spy plane pilot, was killed Sept. 20 after ejecting from his plane shortly before it crashed in California.


USMC: Siddiqui's death didn't stop hazing, recruit abuse in his platoon

According to a copy of a Marine Corps investigation, Raheel Siddiqui's training platoon at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island continued to be plagued by a troubling “command philosophy.”


US Army Reserve and Active Guard sergeant first class promotion list for FY 2016

The U.S. Army has released a list of Army Reserve and Active Guard staff sergeants who have been selected for promotion to the rank of sergeant first class for Fiscal Year 2016


Coast Guard gets Hawaii help hearing distress call from sinking sailboat

Two men rescued from a sailboat in the Gulf of Alaska Wednesday may owe their lives to a mariner off Hawaii, who heard an initial distress call when Alaska-based U.S. Coast Guard members couldn't.


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Navy insists littoral combat ship will be fine after a bumpy start

Five of seven of the U.S. Navy's speedy new warships have had engine problems in the past year and four of them are now considered "test" ships that'll rarely, if ever, be deployed.


Memorial honors Beale U-2 pilot, a 20-year military veteran

Lt. Col. Ira Steve “Shooter” Eadie, a U-2 spy plane pilot, was killed Sept. 20 after ejecting from his plane shortly before it crashed in California.


USMC: Siddiqui's death didn't stop hazing, recruit abuse in his platoon

According to a copy of a Marine Corps investigation, Raheel Siddiqui's training platoon at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island continued to be plagued by a troubling “command philosophy.”


US Army Reserve and Active Guard sergeant first class promotion list for FY 2016

The U.S. Army has released a list of Army Reserve and Active Guard staff sergeants who have been selected for promotion to the rank of sergeant first class for Fiscal Year 2016


Coast Guard gets Hawaii help hearing distress call from sinking sailboat

Two men rescued from a sailboat in the Gulf of Alaska Wednesday may owe their lives to a mariner off Hawaii, who heard an initial distress call when Alaska-based U.S. Coast Guard members couldn't.



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ACC moves football championship game from North Carolina to Florida

The announcement comes two weeks after the ACC decided to pull all neutral-site championships out of North Carolina for the 2016-17 academic year in protest of the state's controversial "Bathroom Bill," or House Bill 2.