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DoD News Releases - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00
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Korean War vet may be honored with Distinguished Service Cross

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 23:50
In 1948, no one would have believed Edward “Grady” Halcomb would end up receiving the nation’s second-highest award for heroism.

US paratroops stay on mission training Ukraine’s guardsmen

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 23:00
American paratroops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade began training Ukrainian forces Tuesday, ignoring angry talk from Russia blaming the U.S. for stoking tensions in its neighborhood.

After Iraq takes back key areas of Ramadi, residents face tough choice

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 22:55
"We never expected that within a month's time, tens of thousands of people would be crossing the bridge," Iraqi army Brig. Gen. Abdullah Jareh Wahib said. "The bridge wasn't built for this kind of weight."

NATO to hold major cybersecurity drill in Estonia

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 21:26
Teams from 16 nations will take part in the Locked Shields 2015 exercise at NATO's cyberdefense center in Tallinn. The annual drill is one of the largest of its kind.

Friends testify against JBLM infantryman, accused of killing soldier

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 21:26
Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers once described as accomplices in the slaying of another soldier spent Tuesday distancing themselves in court from their friend.

American teen attracted to Islamic State sent to juvenile prison on gun charge

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 21:12
The teen was "wholeheartedly sincere in his beliefs, and we are very concerned for the safety of the community and the country," a prosecutor said. "He had a plan to randomly shoot American soldiers."

Two Fort Bragg airmen to receive Silver Stars for actions in Afghanistan

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:01
Two Fort Bragg airmen will receive Silver Stars for their valor in a 48-hour battle in Afghanistan last year.

Saudis order sudden halt to Yemen airstrikes as criticism grows

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 19:31
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday abruptly suspended a 26-day bombing campaign against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen that it had undertaken with U.S. support but that had been criticized by humanitarian aid groups for causing hundreds of civilian deaths.

Under pressure, DEA chief to retire after agent sex-party allegations

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 18:00
Michele Leonhart had been widely criticized for her response to the critical report on the Drug Enforcement Administration, and a group of lawmakers said in a statement that she was "woefully unable to change" the agency's culture.

Migrant smuggler's mistake turned rescue into tragedy

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 17:30
"We found, literally, a floating cemetery. Bodies were everywhere. With the dinghies we had to literally slalom among the corpses," said Enrico Vitello, a 22-year-old medic from the Order of Malta.

A proper salute? Police command staff, union chief differ over flag pledge

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 17:03
For 14 seconds last week, Assistant Chief Anita Najiy of the Miami Police Department stood at attention, arms at her side, as the city’s four other top command staffers covered their hearts during the Pledge of Allegiance. She did what she was required to do according to U.S. Military Code. Still, she’s being eviscerated by the city’s outspoken police union president.

Contracts for April 21, 2015

DoD Contract Announcements - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 16:59
Contracts valued at $6.5 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m.
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Local composer writes song for Wounded Warrior Project

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 16:39
Lane Powell heard his friend's story about being badly injured in Iraq, he knew he had to act. For him, taking action often means writing a song.

Airmen, A-10s from Michigan base deploy for Islamic State fight

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 16:22
About 350 airmen and 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from Selfridge Air National Guard Base were deployed last week to Southwest Asia in an operation to fight the Islamic State group, the military announced.

Help needed to find Vietnam veteran's photo

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 16:05
Oskaloosa native David L. McCombs is one of 851 Iowans who died in the Vietnam War; however, Vietnam Veterans Memorial officials cannot find a photo of him and need your help.

War, poverty, repression drive migrants to make dangerous crossing

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 16:02
Why are Africans — and others — risking their lives in hopelessly overloaded, unseaworthy boats to cross the Mediterranean, knowing their chances of making it to Europe are so full of risk?

US downplays USS Theodore Roosevelt deployment to waters near Yemen

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 15:38
The White House on Tuesday played down the role of the U.S. aircraft carrier that is steaming toward the waters off Yemen, saying the USS Theodore Roosevelt will primarily be there to protect freedom of navigation.

Guantanamo’s 9-year hunger striker asks to go home

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 15:35
A man held captive as a suspected Osama bin Laden bodyguard since the day the prison opened at Guantanamo went before a multiagency parole board Tuesday seeking release to his native Saudi Arabia to marry, finish college and join his brothers in business.

Retired Gen. Carter Ham to head Army force structure commission

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 15:01
The panel was tasked to conduct a comprehensive study on the organizational structure of the Army as the service shrinks due to fiscal constraints and the winding down of the war in Afghanistan.
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