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Headlines December 8, 2014

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News: Hagel says U.S. to leave up to 1,000 extra troops in Afghanistan – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday confirmed that the Obama administration will leave up to 1,000 more troops than originally planned in Afghanistan beyond year’s end, as the United States and NATO nations scramble to ensure that a new international mission to…

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News Briefs December 8, 2014

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Israeli military opens new Gaza war investigations The Israeli military says it has opened eight new criminal investigations into cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer’s Gaza war. The Dec. 6 announcement appears to be a further attempt to head off international investigations into the military’s conduct during the 50-day conflict. More than 2,100…

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Headlines December 5, 2014

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News: NASA’s Orion blasts off in historic test flight – The towering rocket carrying NASA’s new Orion spacecraft blasted off just after sunrise Dec. 5 in an historic test flight designed to ultimately bring humans to Mars. U.S. House sends massive Pentagon policy bill to Senate – The U.S. House Dec. 4 easily passed a massive Pentagon…

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News Briefs December 5, 2014

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Navy Blue Angel slides off runway in Maine A jet from the Navy’s elite Blue Angels flight demonstration team has skidded off a runway in Maine. No injuries are reported. An official at the former base where the fighter was landing to promote an air show says the F/A-18 Hornet slid off the end of…

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Search continues for missing Airman in Guam

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An Airman who has been missing since Dec. 1 has been identified as Airman Alec M. Dye. Dye was deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and was last seen near Tarague Beach, Guam. The Guam Police Department Marine Unit, U.S. Navy Helicopter…

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News Briefs December 3, 2014

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DOD identifies Air Force casualty The Department of Defense announced Dec. 2 the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Capt. William H. Dubois, 30, of New Castle, Colo., died Dec. 1 when his F-16 aircraft crashed near a coalition air base in the Middle East. He was assigned to the 77th…

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Headlines December 1, 2014

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News: For Obama and the Pentagon, an uneasy relationship – On a trip to Afghanistan during President Barack Obama’s first term, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was stunned to find a telephone line at the military’s special operations headquarters that linked directly back to a top White House national security official.   Business: Defense firms could be…

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News Briefs December 1, 2014

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Army lieutenant wants murder conviction overturned A lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Division serving a 20-year prison sentence for the killings of two people in Afghanistan is asking for clemency from his commander. The Fayetteville [N.C.] Observer reports a lawyer for 1st Lt. Clint Lorance says the officer was just trying to zealously protect his…

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Headlines November 26, 2014

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News: When Hagel leaves, new SecDef faces big questions about the military’s future – President Obama’s new pick to run the Pentagon will face a dizzying set of challenges affecting the Defense Department’s mission, budget and culture. Who will be the next Secretary of Defense?- Following the Nov. 24 surprise announcement from the White House, the…

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News Briefs November 26, 2014

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Navy to decommission two more ships in Puget Sound The Navy recently decommissioned the guided missile frigate USS Ingraham at Everett, Wash. It will be towed to Bremerton and scrapped. The Daily Herald reports the Navy also plans to decommission another ship at the Everett homeport and also one stationed in Bremerton. Naval Station Everett…

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