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American, Italian hostages killed in US drone strikes against al-Qaida

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:08
Blaming the "fog of war," President Barack Obama revealed Thursday that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and an Italian, as well as two other Americans who had leadership roles in al-Qaida.

American killed in US drone strike was working to develop economy in Pakistan

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:05
A 73-year-old American hostage killed by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan was an international development worker whose family described him as passionate about helping people out of poverty.

Bill calls for DOD to publish toxic exposure evidence

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:04
A new bill in Congress would require the Defense Department to declassify documents on troops who were exposed to toxic substances and shed new light how exposure affects children.

Alaska's Earthquake Remembrance Day is a personal memorial for Air Force vet

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:02
Gov. Bill Walker last week signed into law a bill permanently marking March 27 as Great Alaska Good Friday Earthquake Remembrance Day. For one former Alaska Air National Guard airman, Chuck Volanti, now of Olympia, Washington, it was the fulfillment of a personal quest.

American who was spokesman for Osama bin Laden killed

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:36
Adam Gadahn, a former Little Leaguer who grew up to become a spokesman for Osama bin Laden, was born in 1978 in Oregon as Adam Pearlman.

Coincidence led to veteran's life-saving catch of child on escalator

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:26
Chris Chartrand trains pilots to fly Black Hawk helicopters for the Kansas Army National Guard. On Saturday, he happened to be in the right place at the right time to catch a young girl falling head-first after falling from a mall escalator.

Calif. VA clinic project in jeopardy after House panel makes cuts

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:26
The House Appropriations Committee, in approving a $77 billion bill funding military construction projects and veterans benefits for Fiscal 2016, cut out $582 million for four high-priority projects sought by the Department of Veterans Affairs, including $139 million for the long-sought Outpatient Clinic in French Camp, Calif.

Why vets’ health care never works

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:05
No one is calling for ending the government’s role in veterans’ health care, just rationalizing it.

Appetite for fish proved fatal for Saddam Hussein, Iraq veteran says

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:04
To find Saddam Hussein, Eric Maddox followed the fish. Hussein's inner circle couldn't go to the fish market after the dictator was overthrown. Maddox knew Hussein would have to get his fish some other way.

Bring back program where vets provide care

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:00
This bill is only a three-year addition to the one-year test program. But if the results continue to be positive, this can likely become a valid career option for many health care providers in the military.

Cesar Chavez to get Navy funeral honors 22 years after death

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:44
Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors rendered belatedly for Cesar Chavez, the legendary rights and labor leader but also a Navy veteran.

Army Ranger School tests if women are up to grueling challenge

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:21
The soldiers weren't showing enough enthusiasm. "Louder, Rangers," the instructor yelled. "Some of you don't want to be here." The students shouted louder, the pain and exhaustion etched on their faces. It looked like a typically grueling class to earn elite Ranger status. It was anything but. For the first time in more than six decades, Ranger School has opened to women.

Iraq expects new US-made F-16s in July to boost Islamic State fight

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:10
Iraq will at long last be getting the first batch of F-16 fighter jets it ordered four years ago, its air force commander said Thursday, a shipment that is expected to boost Iraq's capabilities in battling the extremist Islamic State group.

Congress steps toward blended military retirement

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:08
Congress on Thursday took a first, perhaps historic step toward phasing out the 20-year-or-bust retirement system the U.S. military has used to shape and retain its career forces since the end of World War II.

Wages for 15,000 commissary employees targeted

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 09:59
To save millions of dollars in compensation and ease streamlining of store operations on base, Defense officials are weighing a plan to convert the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to a non-appropriated fund activity, which could reduce wages and benefits for 15,000 commissary workers.

VA hospital used cheaper anti-psychotic drugs to save money, probe finds

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 09:42
A small veterans hospital in West Virginia placed patients "at medical risk" and violated policy by substituting cheaper drugs for prescribed anti-psychotic medication to save money, an internal agency investigation shows.

Competing events have coaches facing music

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 07:49
While DODDS Pacific offers a variety of activities in various academic and arts disciplines, sometimes those events conflict with key sports events.

3rd Air Force boss tapped to take over Air Education and Training Command

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 07:00
After less than a year on the job, 3rd Air Force commander Lt. Gen. Darryl L. Roberson has been selected for a new assignment, the military said Wednesday.

2ID soldier awarded medal for daring off-duty water rescue

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:11
A 2nd Infantry Division aviation officer who leapt into an out-of-control boat to save five people from drowning has been awarded the Soldier’s Medal.

Memories haunt both sides of Gallipoli tragedy, 100 years on

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:41
Whenever he leaves the house, Kenan Ersoz hides the bayonet his father used to defend the crumbling Ottoman Empire against the British-led invasion of Gallipoli a century ago. The father saw it as a friend that kept him alive. The son keeps it as his most prized possession.
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