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According to a report by Mission: Readiness, 73 percent of young adults in Texas cannot serve in the military because they are overweight and generally unhealthy. Ken Scar/U.S. Army photo

Study: Most Texas kids physically unfit for military

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May 24, 2016
 As harsh as it might sound, too many Texas youth are too fat and too frail to come to our nation's defense if needed, a nonprofit national security organization says.
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Senators aim to strip commanders’ control over sex assault cases

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May 24, 2016
 WASHINGTON — A group of senators led by New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand will make another attempt this week to strip military commanders of the power to decide whether s
In a Feb. 5, 2016 file photo, Airman 1st Class Kyle Engle, a public health technician with the 1st Special Operations Medical Group, hangs a mosquito trap in a tree at Hurlburt Field, Fla. 	 Kai White/U.S. Air Force
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US military taking precautions at 190 bases as CDC predicts Zika spread

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May 24, 2016
 WASHINGTON — The mosquito species capable of carrying the Zika virus is likely found on 190 U.S.
Two Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft fly over USS Donald Cook on April 12, 2016 in the Baltic Sea. U.S. Navy

Threat from Russian and Chinese warplanes mounts

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May 23, 2016
 WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — Chinese and Russian warplanes have been increasingly aggressive intercepting U.S.
Approximately 2,000 protesters rallied in front of the gate at Marine Corps headquarters on Camp Foster Sunday to protest the U.S. military presence in Okinawa after a former U.S. Marine who worked as a civilian on Kadena Air Base confessed to the brutal slaying of a 20-year-old local woman.
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Okinawans protest slaying outside base gate

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May 23, 2016
 CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — About 2,000 people attended a protest rally in front of the main gate of the Marine Corps headquarters on Camp Foster armed with signs that read “Never
Senate Armed Services Committee Professional Staff Member Allen Edwards, left foreground, and Minority General Counsel Gerald J. Leeling clarify some issues for committee members during a Subcommittee on Personnel defense bill markup hearing on Capitol Hill, May 10, 2016. Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes
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Senators link higher Tricare fees to health care gains

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May 23, 2016
 The Senate Armed Services Committee is embracing some Tricare fee increases proposed by the Obama administration, particularly for working-age retirees and their families.