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News Briefs – February 5, 2016

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Saudi official says kingdom ready to send troops to Syria A Saudi military spokesman said Feb. 4 the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels. Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri told The Associated Press that Saudi Arabia has taken…

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Headlines – February 3, 2016

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News Carter unveils budget details; Pentagon requests $582.7 billion – President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget will request $582.7 billion in funding for the Pentagon, including $71.4 billion for research and development, $7.5 billion to fight the Islamic State group, $8.1 billion for submarines, and $1.8 billion on munitions, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced…

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Headlines – February 1, 2016

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News U.S. may build 500 jets before finding out if F-35 works – Tests of how Lockheed Martin’s F-35 will perform in combat won’t begin until at least August 2018, a year later than planned, and more than 500 of the fighter jets may be built before the assessment is complete, according to the Pentagon’s…

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News Briefs – February 1, 2016

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Pentagon tells Senate it won’t demote retired Petraeus The Pentagon says it will not demote retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information while CIA director, an incident stemming from an affair with his biographer. “The Army completed its review of his case and recommended no additional…

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Headlines – January 29, 2016

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News Marines fired commander days before deadly helicopter crash in Hawaii – The Marine Corps helicopter squadron reeling from the recent deaths of 12 colleagues saw its commanding officer removed from his job three days prior to the tragedy because senior officials determined he had failed to keep the unit operating at acceptable standards, Marine…

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News Briefs – January 29, 2016

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Syrian defense chief in Moscow for talks on military ties Syria’s defense chief is visiting Moscow for talks on military cooperation with his nation’s key ally, Russia. The Russian military says Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Syrian counterpart, Gen. Fahd Jassem al-Freij, have underlined their “shared intention to further boost multi-faceted cooperation” between the…

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Headlines – January 27, 2016

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News Pentagon in open brawl over spending priorities – Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is facing an open revolt in his own ranks.   U.S. military changes how it discloses civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria – As the U.S. military prepares to expand its operations against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and…

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News Briefs – January 27, 2016

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About 700 immigrant children now staying at N.M. base About 700 immigrant children from Central America are now staying at Holloman Air Force Base. N.M. KOAT-TV reports that the children arrived in Alamogordo Jan. 24. U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter directed Holloman Air Force Base to be the first of three temporary shelters to open…

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Headlines – January 25, 2016

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News Luke AFB: Likely remains of Taiwanese pilot found at site of F-16 crash in Arizona – The Taiwanese pilot of an F-16 Fighting Falcon that crashed in Arizona Jan. 21 has likely been found dead.     Business Sagem Patroller beats out Thales Watchkeeper in French Army drone pick – The French Army and…

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Flight gear adorns crosses for 12 Marines killed in Hawaii

Posted January 25, 2016 by Caleb Jones and Audrey McAvoy

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii — Servicemen draped flight gear on 12 white crosses Jan. 22 to commemorate the Marines who died when two helicopters crashed off the coast of Hawaii during a nighttime training mission. Military members and families gathered for a memorial service at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe after the status…

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