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Savings, reprogramming enable furlough reduction

Posted August 7, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Savings and the ability to reprogram funds made possible Aug. 6 announcement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that unpaid furlough days for about 650,000 civilian employees are being reduced. Hagel signed a memo cutting furlough days for about 650,000 Defense Department civilian employees from 11 to six. This means that for most employees, the furlough…

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Headlines September 6, 2013

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News: U.S. has bombs designed to ‘vaporize’ chemical, biological weapons -  If the United States takes part in a military strike on Syria, the Air Force will likely be using bombs designed specifically for the destruction of chemical and biological weapons. If successful, these weapons would “vaporize” stockpiles of deadly agents and stop any particles from…

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Headlines October 4, 2013

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News: Gaps emerge in U.S. efforts to shield troops, vets from shutdown - When President Barack Obama signed the “Pay Our Military Act” Sept. 30, the goal was to ensure that U.S. troops get their salaries on time during the federal government shutdown along with essential payments like housing allowances.   Business: Pentagon contract winners go…

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Pentagon report shows spike in Afghan troop deaths

Posted November 13, 2013 by Lolita C. Baldor

The number of Afghan national security troops killed in combat shot up almost 80 percent during this summer’s fighting season, compared with the same time in 2012, as Afghans take the lead in the fight across the country. A Pentagon report says that U.S. and coalition deaths, meanwhile, dropped by almost 60 percent during the…

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News Briefs December 13, 2013

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Tuskegee airman William Booker dead at 90 William L. Booker, one of the black military aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen, has died at the age of 90. Booker’s family says he died Nov. 30 at a Kirkland, Wash., nursing home after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Booker served as a navigator and flight…

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News Briefs January 17, 2014

Posted January 17, 2014 by timchisham

Navy: Pilot rescued after his jet crashes off Virginia A Navy fighter jet crashed Jan. 15 in Atlantic waters off Virginia and the lone pilot was in critical condition after he ejected and was rescued, the Navy said. The crash comes a week after a Navy helicopter plunged into the ocean in the region, leaving…

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Headlines – February 24, 2014

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News: Republicans: New Pentagon budget ‘sacrifices security on altar of entitlements’ - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Feb. 24 outlined a five-year Pentagon budget that would shrink Army forces to fewer than before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, while retiring older weapons, including the U-2 spy plane and the A-10 attack aircraft.  U.S. examines Afghanistan option…

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News Briefs April 4, 2014

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Missing Korean War veteran’s remains return to Kentucky Army Cpl. William F. Day was reported missing in North Korea on Dec. 2, 1950. Nearly 64 years later, his remains have been brought home to Kentucky. The Paducah Sun reports Day’s daughter, Gloria Shonrock, was only four years old when her father went missing. She began…

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News Briefs May 9, 2014

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U.K. looks to allow women in frontline combat roles Britain’s defense minister says women should be allowed to serve in front-line army combat units. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said May 8 the army should be open “to all who can meet the standards required.” He said tough fitness rules meant “some roles will have limited…

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News Briefs June 13, 2014

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China, Japan blame each other for jet encounter China and Japan are blaming each other for a close encounter between military jets over the East China Sea. China’s defense ministry says Japanese F-15 fighters followed a Chinese TU-154 plane on regular patrol June 11 and got as close as 100 feet. It released two videos…

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