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Headlines June 30, 2014

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News: Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs – President Obama intends to nominate a former executive at Proctor and Gamble to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary, according to top members of Congress on veteran’s issues.  50 VA hospital workers claim retaliation for blowing whistle – When Valerie Riviello, a nurse at a Veterans Affairs…

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News Briefs June 30, 2014

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SpaceX, Orbcomm want to launch satellites in July SpaceX and Orbcomm are hoping that it can launch six commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral early next month. Florida Today reports that the Air Force is reviewing a proposed July 14 launch date for approval. There is a backup date of July 15. The companies are eventually…

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Headlines June 27, 2014

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News: Pentagon assigns two-star general to oversee assessment in Iraq, a sign of task’s sensitivity – The U.S. military named a two-star general to head up the teams that have been sent to Iraq to determine what U.S. military assistance might help halt the advance of radical Islamist insurgents who’ve seized control of much of the…

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News Briefs June 27, 2014

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U.S. to disband anti-terror force in Philippines American and Filipino officials say the U.S. is disbanding an anti-terror task force composed of hundreds of elite military forces after more than a decade of helping fight al Qaeda-linked militants in the southern Philippines. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said June 26 that the Philippines has been notified…

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Air Force awards new combat rescue helicopter contract

Posted June 27, 2014 by SSgt. Carlin Leslie

The Air Force awarded a $1.28 billion contract for the initial engineering and manufacturing development phase of the new combat rescue helicopter to Sikorsky Aircraft Company on June 26. The contract also includes procurement of the first four of the program’s planned 112 aircraft. “Over the last 10 years, the Air Force has discussed upgrading…

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Headlines June 25, 2014

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News: $50 billion price tag proves a stumbling block in VA bill – House and Senate negotiators met June 24 to try to hammer out a compromise bill to gain a handle on the reports of problems piling up at the VA, but they immediately began stumbling over the potential $50 billion-a-year price tag. Poor care…

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News Briefs June 25, 2014

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Putin withdraws request to use force in Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin asked parliament June 24 to cancel a resolution sanctioning the use of military force in Ukraine, a move his Ukrainian counterpart heralded as a practical stepî toward bringing peace to a region roiled by a separatist insurgency. Putin’s announcement came after pro-Russia rebels…

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Headlines June 23, 2014

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News: U.S and Iraq talking over legal immunity for troops – The U.S. and Iraqi governments are revisiting the controversial issue of legal immunity for American troops, the key sticking point that prompted a complete withdraw of troops in 2011.   U.S. advisers to Iraq will earn combat pay – Special operators being sent to Iraq will receive…

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News Briefs June 23, 2014

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Military museum in California closes unexpectedly A Northern California museum dedicated to California’s involvement in U.S. military history has closed quietly and unexpectedly. The Sacramento Bee reported June 22 that the California State Military Museum in Sacramento closed in March amid a dispute between a nonprofit foundation that operates the facility and the California Military…

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Headlines June 20, 2014

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News: Obama sends advisers to Baghdad; Aides say U.S. could strike inside Syria – President Obama announced June 19 that he plans to send about 300 US military advisers to Iraq to assist the government in its fight against extremists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, who have taken over vast swaths of…

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