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U.S. service member killed, 2 others injured in Marjah

Posted January 6, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

A U.S. service member was killed and two others were injured today after they came under fire in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.  Defense Secretary Ash Carter was updated throughout the day on the situation, including through a previously scheduled videoconference with commanders in the Afghan capital of Kabul, Cook said…

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Headlines – January 4, 2015

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News The presidential candidates on defense – Contenders for the Democratic and Republican nominations sound off on national security, troop levels, the VA and more.     Business Lockheed ends 2015 with $5.3 billion C-130J deal – Lockheed Martin has capped off 2015 with contracts for 43 C-130J cargo aircraft of various shapes and breeds…

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News Briefs – January 4, 2015

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Washington base to cut about 900 civilian jobs Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington is expected to cut about 900 civilian jobs over the next few years. The News-Tribune reports the job reductions will mostly be accomplished by not filling openings and offering incentives for early retirement. The base currently employs more than 16,000 civilian workers….

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Headlines – December 30, 2015

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News Iran conducts live fire exercise near USS Harry S. Truman – In what the U.S. Navy called an “unnecessarily provocative” move, the Iranian military reportedly sent a ship less than a mile from a U.S. aircraft carrier and began conducting live-fire exercises using unguided rockets.   Top U.S. general may seek more troops for…

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Headlines – December 28, 2015

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News Iraqi military claims key victory in Ramadi, says ISIL is in retreat – Iraqi security forces Dec. 27 claimed control of a key government facility in central Ramadi, wresting more territory in the disputed city from Islamic State fighters after several days of fierce fighting.     Business U.S. foreign arms deals increased nearly…

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News Briefs – December 28, 2015

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Saudi Air Force says it intercepts rebel missile from Yemen The Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen says Saudi Arabia’s Air Force has shot down a ballistic missile directed at the kingdom’s southern border. The coalition statement said Dec. 27 that Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, fired the missile overnight from Yemen’s capital city of…

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Headlines – December 23, 2015

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News SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket, lands booster back on land – It may not top the Eagle’s 1969 moon landing, but SpaceX’s confirmation Dec. 21 night that it successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket booster at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station could be remembered as a historic turning point in rocketry.     Business…

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News Briefs – December 23, 2015

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Saudi air defense intercepts rockets fired from Yemen The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen said Saudi air defense units intercepted multiple missiles fired from inside Yemen toward the kingdom’s southwest border city of Jizan Dec. 21. A statement by the coalition said the rockets did not cause injuries or material damage and that the…

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Six airmen killed in Afghanistan

Posted December 23, 2015 by Lynne O'Donnell

The six U.S. service members killed by a suicide bomb attack Dec. 21 in Afghanistan were all airmen, according to the Facebook page “Remember Our Fallen Heroes,” which pays tribute to fallen members of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Four of the airmen were OSI agents and the other two were security forces,…

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Carter expresses regret for loss of six U.S. troops

Posted December 23, 2015 by

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has expressed his deep regret over the loss of six U.S. service members killed in a vehicle bomb attack outside Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Dec. 21. “We are still learning all of the details, but two other service members and a U.S. contractor were also injured,” Carter said in a statement…

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