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News Briefs – March 23, 2016

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House passes bill to allow female pilots’ ashes at Arlington The House has passed legislation to allow female World War II pilots known as WASPs to continue placing their ashes at Arlington National Cemetery. Lawmakers March 22 voted 385-0 to approve the bill sponsored by an Arizona Republican, congresswoman Martha McSally, herself a retired Air…

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News Briefs – January 22, 2018

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U.S. competitive warfighting edge has slipped, says Mattis Countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says they are even outpacing the threat of terrorism. He said Friday that competition with those adversaries has threatened America’s military advantage around the…

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61st FS F-35 ground emergency at Mt. Home AFB

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A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing jat Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., experienced a ground emergency at about 12:20 p.m., EDT, Sept. 23 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.

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Headlines – January 31, 2018

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News Trump, in State of the Union, seeks full military funding. But how? – President Donald Trump, in his first State of the Union, asked Congress to “fully fund” the U.S. military, but he will have to navigate the Capitol Hill cross-currents that bedeviled the last administration.   Pentagon is planning for war with China…

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News Briefs – July 24, 2017

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12 U.S. paratroopers hospitalized after night jump in Romania Officials say 12 U.S. paratroopers have been hospitalized after they sustained minor injuries during a nighttime parachute jump in Romania. Brent M. William, a spokesman for the “Atlantic Resolve” military exercises, told Romania’s Agerpres news agency the accident occurred early July 22 at the Campia Turzii…

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News Briefs – October 23, 2015

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Russia to station military unit in the Arctic by 2018 A Russian military unit will be permanently stationed in the Arctic by 2018, the defense minister said Oct. 22. Sergei Shoigu told Russian news agencies that the “creation and arming” of the Arctic military unit should be completed by 2018. Shoigu also said Russia is…

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Headlines – May 11, 2018

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News Military aviation mishap panel receives House Armed Services’ blessing – A proposed commission to review spiking military aviation mishaps and physiological episodes is on track to become part of the House Armed Services Committee’s version of the annual defense policy bill.   Europe sticking to Iran deal, despite U.S. pullout – Germany, France, the…

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Headlines – June 8, 2016

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News Chinese jet makes ‘unsafe’ intercept of Air Force plane – A U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft flying June 7 in international airspace over the East China Sea was intercepted in an “unsafe manner” by a Chinese J-10 fighter jet, several defense officials tell CNN.   Air National Guard F-16 fighter pilots collide over…

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News Briefs – December 9, 2015

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Senators demand transparency in U.S. military justice system Three U.S. senators say the military justice system’s “cloak of secrecy” needs to be lifted and records from sex crimes cases involving service members should be made readily accessible. In a letter sent Dec. 8 to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, Democrats Barbara Boxer of California, Kirsten Gillibrand…

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News Briefs – April 27, 2017

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Thai gov’t approves purchase of $393 million submarine from China Thailand’s government has approved the purchase of its first submarine in more than half a century, the country’s top defense official said April 25, calling the $393 million deal with China necessary and a bargain. Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said the navy’s purchase of a…

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