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News Briefs – August 27, 2012

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Ryan speaks out against military cuts   Republican Paul Ryan says Mitt Romney will prevent planned cuts to the U.S. military if elected president. The GOP vice presidential hopeful spoke to supporters Aug. 23 in Fayetteville, N.C., home to the Fort Bragg Army base and a large number of military families. Ryan warned of the…

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Judge won’t block discharge effort against Marine

Posted April 16, 2012 by by Julie Watson

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ A federal judge denied a request Friday to block military discharge proceedings against a Camp Pendleton Marine who called President Barack Obama an enemy on Facebook. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff ruled the military has the right to respond to Sgt. Gary Stein’s online comments in a case that has called…

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Soldier killed, two wounded in Fort Bragg shooting

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A soldier is dead and two others are wounded following a shooting incident here June 28. During a 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade unit safety briefing, a soldier shot another member of the unit and then turned the weapon on himself. The shooter was injured and is in custody. A third soldier who was in the…

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Veterans’ gun rights sticky issue in defense bill

Posted December 5, 2012 by Kevin Freking

Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun? The issue, for a time last week, threatened to become the biggest sticking point in a $631 billion defense bill for reshaping a military that is disengaging from a decade of warfare. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., sought…

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Navy nears power deal to help avoid California blackouts

Posted May 1, 2012 by by Michael R. Blood

The U.S. Navy is nearing a first-time agreement to curb electricity use at its sprawling San Diego-area bases if power runs short in Southern California this summer, a deal intended to diminish the threat of blackouts while the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant remains offline. The Navy is San Diego Gas & Electric’s largest customer,…

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News Briefs – August 10, 2012

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NTSB: Fan shaft failed on 787 during taxi test   The National Transportation Safety Board says a fan shaft failed on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner engine during a taxi test at Charleston International Airport. The investigation into the failure of the engine on July 28 is ongoing. The engine was built by General Electric. NTSB…

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Consultant to study Virginia’s military assets

Posted March 27, 2013 by AP

Virginia is preparing for potential base realignments and closures by hiring a consultant to study the state’s military assets. The Alexandria-based Spectrum Group will develop a closure risk assessment for each military base in the state. The company will report its findings the state’s Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities. The Spectrum Group is…

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News Briefs March 19, 2012

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Air Force disciplining two mortuary supervisors The Air Force is disciplining two supervisors after an investigation into retaliation against workers who blew the whistle on the mishandling of remains at the Dover Air Force Base, Del., mortuary. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel released a report March 16 that says three officials retaliated against four…

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News Briefs June 1, 2012

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National Guard worker gets 21/2 years for $15 million fraud A former manager for the California National Guard has been sentenced to 21/2 years in federal prison for arranging $15.2 million in bonuses and other payments to fellow guards who weren’t eligible for them. A U.S. attorney’s statement says 52-year-old Retired MSgt. Toni Jaffe received…

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Senior leaders stress safety over Labor Day weekend

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to all Air Force personnel:   “As our nation pays tribute to American workers during Labor Day weekend, we thank all airmen for your…

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