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Headlines June 2, 2014

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News: Military community reaction mixed to Bergdahl release – Though Americans may be celebrating the release of the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan by the Taliban, the reaction of the military community has been mixed at best.   Freed prisoners were battle-hardened Taliban commanders – They were among the Taliban’s most influential commanders – five men…

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News Briefs June 2, 2014

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Australia resettles more than 500 Afghan helpers Australia revealed June 1 that it had resettled in recent months more than 500 Afghans who had jeopardized their own safety by helping the Australian military in their war-ravaged homeland. The Afghans, mainly interpreters and their families, were granted refugee visas. Most were resettled in Australia since late…

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Headlines May 30, 2014

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News: Shinseki resigns amid VA scandal over veterans’ healthcare – Eric K. Shinseki resigned May 30 as secretary of Veterans Affairs taking responsibility for a scandal in the VA healthcare system over excessive waiting times and cover ups of what he called “systemic” problems.   Business: Army to seek Northrop refunds over inflated labor rates – The…

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News Briefs May 30, 2014

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Czech minister proposes defense budget rise The Czech Republic’s defense minister says he wants his country’s defense budget to return to growth amid fighting in Ukraine. Martin Stropnicky says the current crisis in Ukraine is a warning sign that a military conflict in Europe is not unthinkable. The Czech Republic, which has reduced its defense…

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President accepts Shinseki’s resignation as VA secretary

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President Barack Obama said May 30 that “with considerable regret” he has accepted the resignation of Eric K. Shinseki as secretary of veterans affairs. Sloan Gibson, who has served as deputy VA secretary for the last three months, will head the department in an acting capacity until a permanent successor takes office. “Ric Shinseki has…

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Headlines May 28, 2014

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News: Report shows wait ‘schemes’ are ‘systemic throughout VA’ – Veterans at the Phoenix veterans hospital waited on average 115 days for their first medical appointment, which is 91 days longer than the hospital reported, the Department of Veterans’ internal watchdog said May 28.  McKeon glad to see Obama ‘speaking up’ about U.S. leadership – While President…

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News Briefs May 28, 2014

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Philippines insists U.S. military accord is legal The Philippine government insisted May 27 that its new accord letting the U.S. expand its military presence in the country is legal and is confident the agreement will withstand constitutional challenges. Two court petitions argue that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement violates the constitutional ban on foreign military…

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Headlines May 23, 2014

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Business: Success for first Aegis Ashore missile launch – The first launch of an anti-ballistic missile from a new shore-based version of the classic Aegis missile system was successfully carried out May 20 in Hawaii.   U.S. Navy looking to boost CH-53K helicopter sales by 50 percent – U.S. Navy is in talks with other governments to boost…

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News Briefs May 23, 2104

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80 U.S. Air Force personnel on ground in Chad Eighty U.S. Air Force personnel have arrived in Chad and have begun their mission to help locate nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped in neighboring Nigeria, a U.S. military spokesman said May 22. The girls and young women were kidnapped April 15 from a school in the northeast…

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Machinists union votes to settle Stennis strike

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Machinists union members at Mississippi’s Stennis Space Center have voted to accept a contract proposal from Lockheed Martin, settling a five-day strike. Union spokesman Frank Larkin said members of Machinists Lodge 2249 voted 41-7 May 20 to accept a contract with Lockheed Martin. The union represents about 115 workers who support NASA rocket testing at…

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