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2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:32
Two Italian air force fighter jets carrying a total of four crew members collided during a training mission over Italy on Tuesday and crashed into a hilly, wooded area that erupted in flames, the force said.
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Guard stays on sidelines as police, protesters collide in Ferguson

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:32
The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.
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12 Lakenheath F-15s participate in NATO joint exercise

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:59
Twelve F-15 fighter jets and 180 personnel from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, are participating in a joint exercise with the Bulgarian military, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters Monday.
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Double EPRs: Move to fixed date for evals means some will get two this year

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:51
Some technical sergeants will receive two enlisted performance reports this year, as the Air Force implements sweeping changes to the enlisted evaluation system that include fixed dates for each rank.
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Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:54
President Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a 'major step forward' as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants.
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Airmen to be honored for flash flood rescue

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:46
Clark County commissioners are set to honor Air Force personnel who pulled a couple from their vehicle before flash floodwaters swept it away earlier this month.
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TRANSCOM deploys teams to sort out vehicle shipment problems

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:27
The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has ordered survey teams into the field to verify the location of every service member's vehicle that is in transit in an effort to restore confidence in the government's shipping process for privately-owned vehicles.
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Pope backs action to protect Iraq minorities if U.N. OKs

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:15
Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene.
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Missouri governor orders National Guard to Ferguson

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:05
Missouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.
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Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:35
Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept across the country this summer.
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Syria strikes militants as U.S. targets them in Iraq

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:33
As the U.S.
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Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:28
President Obama says the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile marks an important achievement in the effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
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Guard and Reserve are recruiting airmen hit by force cuts

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:16
The 'help wanted' sign is out for airmen facing the prospect of losing their active-duty jobs in the Air Force - or whose nerves are so frayed after surviving this year's aggressive round of force cuts that they've decided it's time to call it quits.
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DoD releases list of genetic tests covered by Tricare

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:16
The Defense Health Agency has announced which genetic tests Tricare will cover starting in September.
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Opinion: Increased reliance on reserves is the answer

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:10
The Aug. 4 article 'Per-troop costs rising, new report shows' misses a glaringly obvious solution.
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EPR closeout date set for tech sergeants

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:41
Technical sergeants are the first rank whose enlisted performance report closeout dates will be standardized under sweeping changes to the Air Force's enlisted promotion system.
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Opinion: Avoidable EPR confusion

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:29
It didn't take long for confusion over changes to the enlisted performance report to begin, and the Air Force has its own communication failure to blame.
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Report: VA employee took recovering vet to crack house

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:42
Although a Veterans Affairs police officer determined that a Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System employee took a patient to a crack house and helped him buy illegal drugs, the worker is still employed more than a year after the incident.
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Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq's largest dam from militants

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:14
Kurdish forces took over parts of Iraq's largest dam on Sunday less than two weeks after it was captured by the Islamic State extremist group, Kurdish security officials said, as U.S.
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VA backlog grew despite online application program

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 07:48
The number of backlogged veterans' health care applications grew despite an online program the Veterans Administration introduced in 2010 and touted as a quick, easy way for veterans to apply for benefits, according to a newspaper report.
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