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The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit could leave Okinawa without sacrificing its value as a security provider in the Asia-Pacific, a Japanese think tank said following a study of alternatives to building a new runway opposed by the island’s governor.



US changes rules of engagement for Mosul fight

In the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul, the United States has adjusted its rules of engagement as American and other international troops are now closer to front-line fighting than before.


Army approves exemption request for 75 child care workers at 2 posts

Two Army posts facing a shortage of child care workers due to the federal civilian hiring freeze ordered by President Donald Trump have received approval to hire for 75 open positions, Army officials said Thursday.


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Trio of military men gain growing influence with Trump

In a White House laden with competing power centers, a trio of military men has emerged as a force to be reckoned with.


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New satellite images show reinforced Chinese surface-to-air missile sites near disputed islands

New satellite images show the Chinese military shoring up its defenses on a disputed island chain in the South China Sea, adding what appears to be reinforced launch sites for surface-to-air missiles on at least three atolls.


Dunford: US will stand by its commitments to defend its NATO allies

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. will stand by its commitments to defend its NATO allies against any threats, including those generated by Russia. His pledge was the fourth from high-ranking members of the Trump administration.


White House adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

Priebus' discussion with FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe sparked outrage among some Democrats, who said he was violating policies intended to limit communications between the law enforcement agency and the White House on pending investigations.



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Supreme Court could rule in transgender bathroom case

Both the transgender teen who sued to use a boys' bathroom and the Virginia school board that won't let him still want the Supreme Court to issue a definitive ruling in their ongoing dispute, even after the Trump administration retreated from an Obama-era policy on bathroom use.


Don't let Beijing push us around, warns 'frustrated' former ambassador to China

The United States needs to stop getting pushed around by China and work out a long-term strategy to deal with the country's rise, former U.S. ambassador Max Baucus said this week.


US changes rules of engagement for Mosul fight

In the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul, the United States has adjusted its rules of engagement as American and other international troops are now closer to front-line fighting than before.


Poland guts military command on NATO front line

With the government moving to rid institutions of officials appointed by the former ruling Civic Platform party, 90 percent of the General Staff leadership and more than 80 percent of the army's top brass have gone.


Extremists attack Niger military patrol, kill 15 soldiers

A spokesman for Niger's military says at least 15 soldiers have been killed in an attack by Islamic extremists on a patrol near the country's border with Mali.


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Supreme Court could rule in transgender bathroom case

Both the transgender teen who sued to use a boys' bathroom and the Virginia school board that won't let him still want the Supreme Court to issue a definitive ruling in their ongoing dispute, even after the Trump administration retreated from an Obama-era policy on bathroom use.


Don't let Beijing push us around, warns 'frustrated' former ambassador to China

The United States needs to stop getting pushed around by China and work out a long-term strategy to deal with the country's rise, former U.S. ambassador Max Baucus said this week.


US changes rules of engagement for Mosul fight

In the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul, the United States has adjusted its rules of engagement as American and other international troops are now closer to front-line fighting than before.


Poland guts military command on NATO front line

With the government moving to rid institutions of officials appointed by the former ruling Civic Platform party, 90 percent of the General Staff leadership and more than 80 percent of the army's top brass have gone.


Extremists attack Niger military patrol, kill 15 soldiers

A spokesman for Niger's military says at least 15 soldiers have been killed in an attack by Islamic extremists on a patrol near the country's border with Mali.



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91-year-old World War II vet completes parachute jump with Golden Knights

Members of the elite U.S. Army unit known as the Golden Knights performed jumps with a group of veterans who performed the stunt to make a pitch: The U.S. Army wants you. They’d like to see more young people enlist.



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91-year-old World War II vet completes parachute jump with Golden Knights

Members of the elite U.S. Army unit known as the Golden Knights performed jumps with a group of veterans who performed the stunt to make a pitch: The U.S. Army wants you. They’d like to see more young people enlist.


Air Force: Full costs on Air Force One not yet known

Despite President Donald Trump’s claim that the cost of Air Force One has been cut by $1 billion, the Air Force said Wednesday that the price tag for the program has yet to be determined.


San Diego designated as a 'Coast Guard City'

The award recognizes San Diego’s commitment to erecting monuments to the maritime service, organizing civic celebrations and helping to boost the morale, welfare and recreational opportunities for Coast Guard personnel in the region.


Change of command goes from one woman to another for first time at Navy Region Southeast

A long-standing tradition at Navy Region Southeast featured a new wrinkle Thursday morning at Jacksonville Naval Air Station when a female admiral relinquished her command to another woman for the first time in the region’s history.


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Naval Academy boxers lace up gloves, steel themselves for fight night

Getting punched in the face is something not a lot of people would do for fun, but students at the United States Naval Academy have learned to love the feeling.


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91-year-old World War II vet completes parachute jump with Golden Knights

Members of the elite U.S. Army unit known as the Golden Knights performed jumps with a group of veterans who performed the stunt to make a pitch: The U.S. Army wants you. They’d like to see more young people enlist.


Air Force: Full costs on Air Force One not yet known

Despite President Donald Trump’s claim that the cost of Air Force One has been cut by $1 billion, the Air Force said Wednesday that the price tag for the program has yet to be determined.


San Diego designated as a 'Coast Guard City'

The award recognizes San Diego’s commitment to erecting monuments to the maritime service, organizing civic celebrations and helping to boost the morale, welfare and recreational opportunities for Coast Guard personnel in the region.


Change of command goes from one woman to another for first time at Navy Region Southeast

A long-standing tradition at Navy Region Southeast featured a new wrinkle Thursday morning at Jacksonville Naval Air Station when a female admiral relinquished her command to another woman for the first time in the region’s history.


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Naval Academy boxers lace up gloves, steel themselves for fight night

Getting punched in the face is something not a lot of people would do for fun, but students at the United States Naval Academy have learned to love the feeling.



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Navy veteran, former football star fights for heavyweight belt

After previous lives as a pro football player and a Navy helicopter mechanic, 34-year-old Gerald Washington is one punch away from growing into an unlikely world heavyweight boxing champion.


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Navy veteran, former football star fights for heavyweight belt

After previous lives as a pro football player and a Navy helicopter mechanic, 34-year-old Gerald Washington is one punch away from growing into an unlikely world heavyweight boxing champion.



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