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EU puts pen to paper on unity pledge during 60th anniversary

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 02:14
With Britain already heading out the door, the 27 remaining European Union nations on Saturday sought to keep the bloc moving forward by enshrining a pledge to give member nations more freedom to form partial alliances and set policy when unanimity is out of reach.

Merkel plays anti-terror card as German election year kicks off

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 01:55
Angela Merkel's party is attacking her political opponents as weak on fighting terrorism and crime as the German chancellor seeks to blunt her main challenger's momentum in a state vote this weekend.

3 injured in shooting in northern France

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 01:30
Police say three people have been injured in a shooting in the northern French city of Lille.

Air Force responds to concerns from Trump over Air Force One costs

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 00:28
Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, who recently was selected for promotion to a second star, will be in charge of replacing the current fleet of two Air Force One Boeing 747s with a newer version of the jumbo jet, officials said.

Army delivers new jungle footwear to Hawaii GIs for final testing

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 23:45
On Thursday some 3,000 soldiers at Schofield Barracks started getting new test jungle boots that are in some ways a throwback to the M1966 black leather and green cotton upper boots of Vietnam and the 25th Infantry Division’s days there but have evolved with 21st-century technology and needs.

Media personality Alex Jones backs off 'Pizzagate' claims

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 23:38
Alex Jones, the conspiracy-loving media personality, apologized Friday for his role in promoting "Pizzagate," the baseless viral story that a Washington pizza restaurant was the locale of a child sex-abuse ring run by Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta.

Ohio's Senators tour Wright-Patterson as budget pressures mount

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 23:00
Sen. Sherrod Brown, co-chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus, said he wanted to emphasize the work Wright-Patterson does for national security to key lawmakers who make decisions impacting the military.

Florida state budget ax targets students of military families

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 21:58
The funds originally were set aside in 2015 as a way to reimburse counties like Okaloosa that miss out annually on property taxes because so much of their taxable land is taken up by federally and state-owned military installations.

Tillerson to attend rescheduled NATO meeting

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 21:52
The State Department said Friday the secretary would stop in Brussels on March 31, the day after he meets with Turkish leaders in Ankara. A NATO official said that "consultations on scheduling" among the alliance's 27 other members for that date "are ongoing" but that an announcement was expected Monday.

North Carolina National Guard honors soldiers for heroism during 354th anniversary celebration

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 21:47
Tracing its history to the Carolina Charter of March 24, 1663, which granted the right to “levy, muster and train men” to defend the property and people of the Carolinas, Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Lusk, the state adjutant general, said the soldiers honored were part of a lengthy tradition that predates the United States.

Wounded veteran conquers Mount Kilimanjaro for a cause

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 20:55
Wounded veteran Kirstie Ennis recently hiked to the summit of Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for East Africa rural communities' need for clean drinking water.

Immigration lawyers warn of visa delays and more denials with beefed-up vetting

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 20:23
Although the new standards outlined in a March 17 Tillerson cable are still being refined, and others reiterate existing procedures, they offer a glimpse of how the Trump administration plans to impose "extreme vetting" even though courts in Hawaii and Maryland have issued injunctions against portions of the proposed travel ban.

Army vet awarded Bronze Star for bravery in Vietnam battle

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 19:58
Retired Sgt. Joseph Engles was presented with the military distinction on Monday during a ceremony in his hometown of Murrieta, in Southern California, for gallantry in the face of the enemy during the Battle of Suoi Tre in March 1967.

Pakistan's new ambassador seeks warm relations with Trump administration

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 18:37
Pakistan's new ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, has only been in his post for 12 days, but already is busy trying to explain the profound changes in Washington to his government in Islamabad.

Trump, GOP leaders pull health care bill

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 16:42
President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their bill to repeal "Obamacare" off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly — after seven years of nonstop railing against the law. Democrats said Americans can "breathe a sigh of relief." Trump said the current law was imploding "and soon will explode."

Readout of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' Meeting with Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval

DoD News Releases - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 16:19
Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis provided the following readout: Secretary Mattis hosted Indian
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More aggressive approach in Somalia favored, AFRICOM chief says

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 16:16
Vowing he won't turn Somalia into a "free fire zone," the commander of U.S. Africa Command said Friday he wants greater authority to conduct airstrikes and use military forces in the African country to allow the U.S. to strike al-Qaida-linked militants more quickly.

Contracts For March 24, 2017

DoD Contract Announcements - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 16:00
CONTRACTSAIR FORCEAAR Supply Chain Inc., Wood Dale, Illinois, has been awarded a $909,394,297
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US Army staff noncomissioned officer promotions for April 2017

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:34
The Secretary of the Army has reposed special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity and professional excellence of the following noncommissioned officers. In view of these qualities and their demonstrated leadership potential and dedicated service to the United States Army, they are, therefore, promoted to the grade of rank shown. Promotion is made in the MOS shown in the name line and the MOS is awarded as his or her primary MOS on the effective date of promotion.

US troops to stay in Libya to monitor Islamic State, AFRICOM chief says

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:30
Fewer than 200 Islamic State fighters remain in Libya but pose enough of a threat that the United States intends to retain a small special operations force in the troubled nation indefinitely, the U.S. Africa Command chief said Friday.
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