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Memphis enlivens dead spots for a mega-makeover

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:41
Recent years have been good to Memphis and have made it a city worth visiting for much more than barbecue and Beale: restaurants, breweries, bars, art galleries, music museums and, of course, one of the world's largest pyramids, refashioned into a massive outdoors emporium.

Stamp featuring US Coast Guard to be dedicated on Tuesday

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:37
One hundred years after it was created, the U.S. Coast Guard will be the subject of a U.S. Postal Service stamp.

Lake County, Fla., travel: Rural charm, relaxed vibe

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:32
The 1,400 lakes sprinkled throughout Lake County add to the distinct character of a bucolic Central Florida gem. The diverse set of attractions and annual events draws visitors who enjoy the outdoorsy, laid-back vibe.

Soldier offers glimpse into military life through Ill. immersion program

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:30
Army Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Nickels of Montgomery, a training assistant for the Illinois Pre Mobilization Training Assistance Element, took the civilians through an improvised explosive device training lane and taught them how to use the decision making process to navigate past obstacles they encountered.

A look at the top 10 contracts at one Calif. National Guard base

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:26
Camp Roberts, one of the state's three main training bases for the California National Guard just north of Paso Robles, spent $72.56 million on its top 10 contracts in 2013 and 2014.

Civilians in Ohio, NJ continue to guard recruiting stations

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:22
They told Larry Fitzpatrick to take his guns and leave, and he did. He moved across the parking lot to a patch of land shaded by a big, leafy tree where he can still see the entrance to the military recruiting center. He still waits, still watches. Still has his guns.

'Mission: Impossible' star Rebecca Ferguson: ready, set, action

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:15
Tom Cruise fans know that he does his own stunts. But his “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” co-star Rebecca Ferguson is no slouch. Though the 31-year-old Swede is best known for period pieces such as BBC’s 2013 historical drama “The White Queen,” Ferguson holds her own - and then some - in the fifth flick in the high-octane franchise, out Friday. We spoke to the genial actress, who speaks with an impeccable British accent, during a recent visit to Miami:

Ten super stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:14
Thousands of visitors a year traverse the Blue Ridge Parkway — the scenic road that stretches 469 miles, between Cherokee and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. But an expert on the area says there are 10 great spots that the average tourist misses.

Former Navy base commander to lead UNC safety programs

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:13
A former U.S. Navy captain starts work at UNC-Chapel Hill on Monday as head of the office that oversees campus safety programs, including the campus police force.

Marine who walked 404 miles from W. Va. to Camp Lejeune honored

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:15
In the fall of 1967, Julius Cartwright "Corky" Foster – a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve lance corporal and graduate of West Virginia University in the spring of '67 – was so upset by national sentiment relating to the Vietnam War, that he walked 404 miles from Welch, W.Va., to North Carolina to re-enlist and demonstrate his commitment to his nation.

Safety glass being added to recruitment offices

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:06
In the wake of the tragic shootings at a military installation earlier this month in Chatanooga, officials with Drinkard Development have committed to add ballistic safety glass at the recruiting offices in the King Edward Plaza Shopping Center.

Navy creates new command senior chief rate

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:45
The U.S. Navy has established a command senior chief rate designed to give senior enlisted personnel additional leadership experience, the Navy announced.

Veterans embrace the power of art

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:26
During their first tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art last summer, the military veterans entered a modern-art gallery displaying a series of paintings that troubled them. Something about the scribbly nature of Cy Twombly's Fifty Days at Iliam, based on Alexander Pope's translation of Homer's Iliad, stirred visceral emotions, dark memories of their service. One veteran teared up.

With arrest of a NY native, the fight with Islamic State hits home

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:55
Arafat M. Nagi used the Internet to voice his elation when the Islamic State terrorist group beheaded its victims. He bought a machete, night-vision goggles and other combat gear. And he made two trips to the Middle East, allegedly attempting to link up with ISIS leaders.

Marines held up in Vienna en route to Ukraine

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:45
Nine U.S. Marines en route to Ukraine for a training exercise were held up in Vienna for questioning last week because their weapons had not been properly declared, an Austrian newspaper reported.

Former Langley fighter squadron reactivated as F-22 training partner

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:44
The 71st Fighter Squadron will be re-activated under a slightly different name – the 71st Fighter Training Squadron – during a ceremony Aug. 21, according to a statement from the base.

Turkey onslaught on Kurds, after Islamic State attack, fuels anger

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:33
Just when it seemed Turkey was getting serious about the fight against IS, it has turned its military focus to pounding its old foe: the Kurdish rebels.

Navy vet gets fine, probation for illegal transfer of classified data

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:33
A Folsom engineer and retired Navy commander was fined $7,500 and placed on two years of probation on Wednesday in Sacramento federal court for transferring classified data from a government computer to a personal computer.

Taliban chooses Mullah Omar’s replacement as peace talks canceled

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:28
The Taliban confirmed on Thursday that their founder and leader Mullah Mohammad Omar had died, as Pakistan canceled a new round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the insurgents due to “uncertainty” caused by the death.

Lawyer: Contractor who stole military secrets should not be punished harshly

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:27
Federal prosecutors are recommending Christopher Glenn serve an 11-year federal prison term for abusing his position as a computer tech support contractor to hack and steal military secrets when he worked at a U.S. base in Soto Cano, Honduras, in 2012.
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