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Senate votes to restore cuts to military retirement pay

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 95-3 on Wednesday to repeal cuts that would have reduced military retirement pay by tens of thousands of dollars for...

U.S. soldiers prepare for extraction during a training exercise at Camp Roberts, Calif., on Feb. 1, 2014. Rangers constantly train to maintain their tactical proficiency.  Steven Hitchcock/U.S. Army

Army identifies hundreds for separation

The U.S. Army has identified hundreds of senior noncommissioned officers for involuntary separation as the service advances toward reducing 80,000...

Scanning a common access card.   U.S. Air Force

DOD to require documentation to replace lost CAC cards

The Defense Department is about to require documentation to fully account for lost and stolen common access identification cards, officials say....

  Whitney Haas, lead sales associate at Kadena Air Base's Gift Corner, shows an oriental antique to Cindy Scaparrotti on Jan. 30, 2014. The Kadena Gift Corner is run by the Kadena Officers Spouses Club, a private organization whose purpose is to provide scholarship opportunities for military spouses and dependents. The gift corner also provides employment opportunities.  Naoto Anazawa/U.S. Air Force

Study: 90 percent of military spouses underemployed

STUTTGART, Germany — A new study confirms what many military spouses know from experience: Finding gainful employment is no easy task.

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy talks to Yokota Air Base personnel during a visit to the base Nov. 21, 2013. Kennedy met with service members and their families after touring both US Air Force and Japan Air Self Defense Force facilities in Yokota. (James Kimber / Stars and Stripes)

Kennedy meets with Okinawa governor, praises momentum on Futenma relocation

NAHA, Okinawa — U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy met with Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima on Wednesday and said she hopes to maintain the recent...

Fox discusses posture, threats in Asia-Pacific region

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2014 – Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine H. Fox warned today against assuming a permissive environment for U.S....

  Gen. Dennis L. Via, Army Materiel Command commanding general, affixes the sergeant first class rank insignia on Sgt. 1st Class Jacqueline P. Watkins during a promotion ceremony Jan. 15, 2013, at brigade headquarters at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.    Summer Barkley/U.S. Army

Soldiers must move up or out faster, Army says

The Army recently released new standards for how long some enlisted soldiers can stay in uniform.

Privates will get five years to move...

  A helicopter flies near the dock landing ship USS Germantown while underway in the western Pacific Ocean in August 2013.  Edward Guttierrez III/U.S. Navy

Removal of USS Germantown sailor made permanent

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — A top USS Germantown sailor being investigated for sexual assault was permanently removed from command Tuesday as the...

The House of Representatives side of the U.S. Capitol.  Stars and Stripes file photo

House votes to repeal cuts to military retirement pay

WASHINGTON — The House voted Tuesday to repeal cuts to military retirement pay that were scheduled to go into effect next year.


A Brain Injury Awareness Open House was held at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu in March 2013 to educate beneficiaries on what brain injury services and support are available. (Michael R. Holzworth/U.S. Air Force)

Brain implants hold promise restoring combat memory loss

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is exploring the development of implantable probes that may one day help reverse some memory loss caused by brain injury...

African-American recruits maneuver through an obstacle course during Marine Corps recruit training in the mid-1940s aboard Montford Point now Marine Corps Base Camp Johnson, N.C. The Montford Point Marines were the first African Americans in the Marine Corps and helped pave the way for the Marine Corps to become the racially non-biased fighting force it is today. Photo by Courtesy Asset

Road to equality in Marine Corps remembered

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. -- As service members begin to settle into the new year, some look to the past in reverence and thanks...

Scam targets vets, sounds warning

Hello military community,

I had planned to write on a different topic this week but it was important to me to make sure you were all aware...