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With three days to go, Republicans and Democrats said Wednesday that they have a plan to pass a temporary federal budget to keep the government open – and avert possible troop pay freezes and civilian defense furloughs.


US to send additional 600 troops to Iraq

The United States will send an additional 600 troops to Iraq to assist in the upcoming fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, a defense official confirmed Wednesday.


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US election campaign casts light on Pacific where allies already pay US big sums for their defense

The defense policy debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton often glosses over differences between Europe and the Pacific, where Japan and South Korea already pay substantial sums to the U.S. to offset the cost of defending them.


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Tom Hanks joins call to help military caregivers

There are more than 5.5 million caregivers for the nation’s military wounded or ill, and they often go unrecognized, new chairman of the Hidden Heroes campaign said.


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Veteran groups intervene in fired Phoenix VA director lawsuit

A dozen veteran and military groups have entered the legal fight with former Department of Veterans Affairs executive Sharon Helman in hopes they can salvage a law allowing the department to fire top managers more quickly.



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Senator seeking investigation into general who lived in contractor's home

Brig. Gen. Michael Bobeck was fired for having an extramarital affair, but newspaper revealed that he had lived rent free in the home of a defense contractor.


Probe: Malaysian jet downed by missile launcher from Russia

Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down in 2014 by a Buk missile that was moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia.


US, Afghans investigating if airstrike hit civilians

The strike came days after Afghan officials accused U.S. forces of killing eight police officers in two airstrikes on a checkpoint in the central province of Uruzgan.


Navy MWR, youth programs mistakenly overcharged at Pacific bases

Customers were mistakenly charged at venues including the Navy’s child care and youth centers, auto and hobby shops, marinas, movie theaters, tour ticket offices and outdoor recreation centers, officials said.


South Sudan says rebel leader's call to arms 'unacceptable'

South Sudan's government is making its first public response to a rebel leader's call for a return to armed conflict, saying Riek Machar is placing his own ambition above peace.


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Senator seeking investigation into general who lived in contractor's home

Brig. Gen. Michael Bobeck was fired for having an extramarital affair, but newspaper revealed that he had lived rent free in the home of a defense contractor.


Probe: Malaysian jet downed by missile launcher from Russia

Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down in 2014 by a Buk missile that was moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia.


US, Afghans investigating if airstrike hit civilians

The strike came days after Afghan officials accused U.S. forces of killing eight police officers in two airstrikes on a checkpoint in the central province of Uruzgan.


Navy MWR, youth programs mistakenly overcharged at Pacific bases

Customers were mistakenly charged at venues including the Navy’s child care and youth centers, auto and hobby shops, marinas, movie theaters, tour ticket offices and outdoor recreation centers, officials said.


South Sudan says rebel leader's call to arms 'unacceptable'

South Sudan's government is making its first public response to a rebel leader's call for a return to armed conflict, saying Riek Machar is placing his own ambition above peace.



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41-year-old Army chaplain completes Army Ranger School

The odds of successfully completing U.S. Army Ranger School were stacked against Capt. Ryan Mortensen — he is 41 years old, well past the age most soldiers commit to Ranger School, he had no military tactical experience and he had never carried or cleaned a weapon before signing up.


Former airman to receive Silver Star in Fort Bragg ceremony

Airman 1st Class Benjamin Hutchins risked his life in an attempt to save two Fort Bragg paratroopers. For those heroics, and actions in a firefight days after the 2009 rescue attempt, Hutchins will receive the Silver Star.


Ghosts, goblins and beer at USS Salem

The Ghost Ship Harbor team has agreed to donate at least $40,000 of the proceeds to the U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum.


Coast Guard crew grounded for 2 hours by laser strike in Washington

A Coast Guard air crew was medically grounded for two hours after someone pointed a green laser light at its helicopter.


Iwakuni Marine proposes to girlfriend in Florida via surprise video

Brenda Salmeron thought she was going to the mall with a friend on Saturday, but instead she got the surprise of her life as the love of her life appeared on a giant video screen inside the Microsoft store to ask an important question.


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41-year-old Army chaplain completes Army Ranger School

The odds of successfully completing U.S. Army Ranger School were stacked against Capt. Ryan Mortensen — he is 41 years old, well past the age most soldiers commit to Ranger School, he had no military tactical experience and he had never carried or cleaned a weapon before signing up.


Former airman to receive Silver Star in Fort Bragg ceremony

Airman 1st Class Benjamin Hutchins risked his life in an attempt to save two Fort Bragg paratroopers. For those heroics, and actions in a firefight days after the 2009 rescue attempt, Hutchins will receive the Silver Star.


Ghosts, goblins and beer at USS Salem

The Ghost Ship Harbor team has agreed to donate at least $40,000 of the proceeds to the U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum.


Coast Guard crew grounded for 2 hours by laser strike in Washington

A Coast Guard air crew was medically grounded for two hours after someone pointed a green laser light at its helicopter.


Iwakuni Marine proposes to girlfriend in Florida via surprise video

Brenda Salmeron thought she was going to the mall with a friend on Saturday, but instead she got the surprise of her life as the love of her life appeared on a giant video screen inside the Microsoft store to ask an important question.



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Women's boxing coach forced to flee from Taliban, fights to make a new life

Nearly a decade after Mohammed Saber Sharif started coaching young Afghan women, the successes are unclear, and the dangers feel as present as ever.