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California Guard soldiers won’t be forced to repay bonuses

Posted December 2, 2016 by Richard Lardner

Thousands of California National Guard troops will not have to repay enlistment bonuses and benefits they received a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a deal between House and Senate negotiators. The agreement is included in a must-pass defense policy bill filed Nov. 30 and awaiting an expected…

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Headlines – November 30, 2016

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News Over Obama’s objection, Congress agrees on a bigger military pay raise, more troops – Military personnel would see a 2.1 percent pay raise starting in January and a significant manpower boost within the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps as part of Congress’ annual defense spending bill unveiled Nov. 29.     Business Report…

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News Briefs – November 30, 2016

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Pilot dead after Canadian fighter jet crashes A pilot is dead after a Canadian CF-18 fighter jet crashed in western Canada during a training mission. Canadian Forces spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier confirmed that the pilot died in the Nov. 28 crash. He said the plane was based out of Alberta’s Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake,…

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Headlines – November 28, 2016

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News Fix VA benefits by making troops buy their own health insurance – A health policy expert at the libertarian Cato Institute is offering a radical idea to help reform the Department of Veterans Affairs and prevent future wars at the same time: Make troops and veterans pay for their own medical insurance.    …

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News Briefs – November 28, 2016

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Denmark urged to clean up U,S, military waste in Greenland Greenland is calling on Denmark to clean up an abandoned under-ice missile project and other U.S. military installations left to rust in the pristine landscape after the Cold War. The 1951 deal under which NATO member Denmark allowed the U.S. to build 33 bases and…

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Fallen hero arrives in Dover

Posted November 28, 2016 by

U.S. Navy military leaders and the family of fallen hero, Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, paid their respects Nov. 27 at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware during the dignified transfer of his remains. Dayton, who was serving with Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, died Nov. 24 after wounds sustained in an…

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Navy casualty in Syria

Posted November 28, 2016 by

Navy photograph Senior Chief Scott Dayton. A sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) Two based in Virginia Beach, Va., died Nov. 24 after wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast in northern Syria. Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton was serving with Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. “We offer…

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Headlines – November 22, 2016

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News Acknowledging domestic terror threat, Pentagon says troops, recruiters can carry concealed guns – U.S. military personnel can now request to carry concealed handguns for protection at government facilities, according to new Defense Department directive issued last week in response to a series of deadly shootings over the last seven years.     Business Defense…

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News Briefs – November 22, 2016

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Russia deploys new missiles to the Baltic Sea region The Interfax news agency says the military has deployed state-of-the art anti-shipping missiles in Russia’s westernmost Baltic region, a move that comes amid tensions in Russia-West ties. The agency reported Nov. 21 that the military has put the Bastion missile launchers on duty in the Kaliningrad…

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Headlines – November 18, 2016

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News One month in, Iraq still faces grueling urban combat in Mosul – Layers of hastily erected barricades built from rubble and twisted metal trace Mosul’s eastern front line where Iraqi forces and Islamic State group fighters are facing off in the dense neighborhoods and narrow alleyways of the country’s second largest city.    …

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