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News Briefs – January 11, 2017

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Air Force grants honorable discharge to 91-year-old gay vet A 91-year-old veteran who was dismissed from the U.S. Air Force as “undesirable” in 1948 because he is gay has had that discharge status changed to “honorable.” The move by the Air Force comes in response to a lawsuit filed in November by H. Edward Spires…

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Headlines – June 12, 2017

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News U.S. troops dead, wounded after apparent insider attack in Afghanistan – Three American soldiers were killed and another was wounded in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, allegedly at the hands of an Afghan soldier who opened fired on them.   All 6 U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan in 2017 were in fight against ISIS –…

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News Briefs – April 3, 2017

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Boeing plans $18.7 million in radar work at Mississippi factory The U.S. Air Force has given Chicago-based Boeing an $18.7 million change order to an earlier contract to maintain radar systems for the Air Force, the Air National Guard and the Royal Saudi Air Force. The work is expected be completed by July in Forest,…

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News Briefs – July 18, 2016

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Federal appeals court rejects Navy sonar use rules A federal appeals court says the U.S. Navy was wrongly allowed to use sonar in the nation’s oceans that could harm whales and other marine life. The court ruled in San Francisco July 15 that the National Marine Fisheries Services didn’t meet marine mammal protection requirements in…

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News Briefs – September 24, 2018

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U.S. sanctions China military agency for buying Russian arms A Chinese military agency and its director are facing U.S. sanctions over the purchase of Russian weapons. U.S. government officials say China’s Equipment Development Department and director Li Shangfu violated a 2017 law meant to punish Russia for interfering in U.S. elections and other activities. Administration…

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Headlines – August 20, 2018

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News U.S. special ops helicopter crashes in Iraq – It is unclear why the MH-60 Blackhawk went down, but U.S. military sources with knowledge of the crash said the helicopter was returning to base after conducting a small-scale raid in an undisclosed region.   T-38 Talon training jet crashes in Oklahoma – An Air Force…

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News Briefs – May 13, 2016

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Putin says Russian arms industries meet production targets Russia’s arms industries have met most production goals for new weapons, but some contracts haven’t been fulfilled, President Vladimir Putin said May 12. Putin, who spoke at a meeting with military officials and defense industry leaders in Sochi, said the military last year received 96 planes, 81…

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News Briefs – September 7, 2018

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U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan, 6th this year The U.S. military says it has determined that the shooting death of an American service member Sept. 3 in Afghanistan was a so-called insider attack. Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Kabul, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that the American…

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Senate approves defense bill, defies White House veto threat

Posted June 15, 2016 by Richard Lardner

Defying a White House veto threat, the Senate voted decisively June 14 to approve a defense policy bill that authorizes $602 billion in military spending, bars shuttering the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and denies the Pentagon’s bid to start a new round of military base closings. The GOP-led Senate’s version of the National Defense…

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DOD sets up process for erroneous bonus payment cases

Posted January 4, 2017 by Terri Moon Cronk

Defense Department officials met the goal Defense Secretary Ash Carter set for establishing a process to handle resolution of bonuses paid erroneously to thousands of California National Guard soldiers several years ago, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters at the Pentagon Jan. 3.

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