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‘Butter Butter Jam!’: Troops Loved, and Hated, the M249 SAW

For nearly 50 years, the SAW has played a major role in America’s wars. Now it’s being replaced by new weapons.

February 8, 2023Mac Caltrider
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Space Force Vows ‘Above and Beyond’ Cleanup of Maui Spill

Brig. Gen. Anthony Mastalir, the commander of the U.S. Space Forces Indo-Pacific, said a team will t...

February 8, 2023Associated Press
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Navy Releases First Photos of Chinese Balloon Recovery

In the newest images released by the Navy on Tuesday, sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group...

February 7, 2023Associated Press
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks at the Pentagon in Washington, Nov. 16, 2022. Lawyers for a group of Navy SEALS and other Navy personnel who oppose a COVID-19 vaccination requirement on religious grounds want a federal appeals court to keep alive their legal fight against the Biden administration. Congress voted to end the requirement in December 2022, but vaccine opponents note that commanders can still make decisions on how and whether to deploy unvaccinated troops, under a memo signed last month by Austin. AP photo by Susan Walsh, File.
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Vaccine Litigation Lingers After Lifting of Military Mandate

Lawyers for a group of Navy SEALS and other Navy personnel who refuse to be vaccinated for religious...

February 7, 2023Associated Press
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Who Earns the Armed Forces Service Medal?

The Department of Defense honors heroism in combat in many ways, but there is also an award — the Ar...

February 7, 2023Noelle Wiehe
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Blown to Bits! Chinese Spy Balloon Blasted, Plummets Into Sea

The US Air Force downed the Chinese balloon that's been soaring over the US.

February 4, 2023Carl Prine
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A Brief History of the National Defense Service Medal

First issued at the end of the Korean War, the National Defense Service Medal has been awarded durin...

February 2, 2023Jenna Biter
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11th Airborne Division: The Army’s ‘Arctic Angels’

Tasked with Arctic warfare, the newly reactivated 11th Airborne Division is the only US Army division focused on both jump and air assault operations.

February 2, 2023Mac Caltrider
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The US Military Needs Them in Japan, but the Pentagon Just Dropped Their Health Care

The Pentagon employs 10,000 civilians in Japan, mostly Americans. Why did they all just lose access to health care?

February 1, 2023Maggie BenZvi
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What Happens If Russia Torpedoes Arc Integrity, the Ship Bringing Brads to Ukraine?

Russia is mad that we‘re sending Ukraine a shipment of Bradley Fighting Vehicles on board the Arc Integrity.

February 1, 2023Carl Prine
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The US Is Sending the NASAMS to Ukraine — but What Is It?

The US sent a pair of National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, or NASAMS, to Ukraine in 202...

January 31, 2023Jenna Biter
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Marine Corps Dedicates First New Base in 7 Decades

For the first time in seven decades, the US Marine Corps is building a new base.

January 26, 2023Carl Prine
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US Sending Nearly a Battalion of Abrams Tanks to Ukraine

The US will send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine after months of uncertainty.

January 26, 2023Associated Press
The damaged tug Mark E. Kuebler grounded near Corpus Christi, Texas, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. A large gash is visible just above the waterline. Photos courtesy of Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Merrit Carter. Composite by Kenna Lee/Coffee or Die Magazine.
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Coast Guard Coxswain Emphasizes Having Clear Head During Tugboat Response

One of the world’s most innovative tugboats remains beached on a Texas sandbar, after apparently getting sucked under a massive oil tanker and mauled by its propeller.

January 26, 2023Noelle Wiehe
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DISPATCH: With Celebratory Jump in Florida, Triple 7 Expedition Is a Wrap

The Triple 7 Expedition's team of nine vets wrapped up its breakneck skydiving expedition with a final, celebratory jump in Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

January 20, 2023Jenna Biter
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Remains of B-17 Bombardier, Killed a Week Before D-Day, Head Home at Last

An Overland, Missiouri, native, WWII bombardier 1st Lt. Melvin Meyer went down in a plane over Leipzig, Germany on May 29, 1944, but his remains were just discovered, and he was identified.

January 20, 2023Noelle Wiehe
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Big Navy Cans 2 Distinguished East Coast Commanders in 1 Day

Big Navy fired the COs of the guided-missile destroyer Carney and amphibious warship Mesa Verde.

January 20, 2023Carl Prine
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US Coast Guard Monitors Russian Spy Ship off Hawaiian Islands

The US Coast Guard 14th District Headquarters in Honolulu is responsible for the Hawaiian Islands an...

January 19, 2023Noelle Wiehe
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After a Marine’s Death, This Veteran Nonprofit Made Sure His Kids Could Stay in School

When Maj. Shawn Campbell was killed in a helicopter crash, his wife, Kelli, scrambled to find a scho...

January 18, 2023Jenna Biter
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‘Violent’ Seas Sweep Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers Into Water After Saving 7 Crew

A pair of elite Coast Guard rescue swimmers were swept off wayward tugboat Legacy into “violent” seas off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland, this weekend.

January 18, 2023Noelle Wiehe
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US Marine Corps Sergeant Decorated for Saving Lives

Sgt. Joseph Howard received a Navy and Marine Corps Medal for risking his life to save others.

January 17, 2023Noelle Wiehe
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Mystery Marine Corps General Commandeers Plane for Funeral

Fair winds and following seas to Marine Corps 1st Lt. Nicholas Manganiello.

January 17, 2023Noelle Wiehe
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In Hawaii, ‘America’s Battalion’ Folds Its Colors and Fades Away

In Hawaii, the Corps deactivated the famous 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines.

January 14, 2023Carl Prine
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‘Maybe, Just Maybe, We Were Flying With Our Fallen Friends’: Triple 7 Over the Pyramids

The Triple 7's team of nine vets skydived over the pyramids in Cairo, Egypt, on Friday, Jan. 13. Above the ancient structures, one vet felt connected to fallen comrades.

January 13, 2023Jenna Biter
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In Hawaii, ‘America’s Battalion’ Folds Its Colors and Fades Away

In Hawaii, the Corps deactivated the famous 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines.

January 13, 2023Carl Prine
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Shot Down in 1944, ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ B-17 Pilot Flies Home

On Thursday, Jan. 12, the Defense POW/MIA Account Agency announced that the remains of US Army Air Force 1st Lt. Carl D. Nesbitt will be buried May 15 in Annville, Pennsylvania.

January 13, 2023Carl Prine
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Triple 7’s Tandem Pair Chasing Their Own Skydiving Record

While the Triple 7 Expedition team skydives around the globe, its tandem master and passenger are jumping for two world records and two honorees.

January 12, 2023Jenna Biter
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Cops: Marine Corps Recruiters Nab 2 Robbery Suspects, Foil Gem Heist

A pair of Marine Corps recruiters and an applicant detained two robbery suspects.

January 12, 2023Noelle Wiehe
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Big Navy Stops Booting Sailors Who Refused COVID-19 Vaccine

The latest move by the sea service follows a sea change on COVID-19 policy.

January 12, 2023Carl Prine
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US, Japanese Leaders Spark Major Changes for Marines on Okinawa

Marine units on Okinawa are getting leaner, but meaner, to fight a rising China.

January 12, 2023Carl Prine
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Marine Corps Training Command Cans Colonel in California

The relief of Marine Corps Col. John L. Medeiros Jr. is tied to an Oct. 13 mishap.

January 12, 2023Carl Prine
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Triple 7 Expedition Faces Sleepless Nights and Canceled Flights

The Triple 7 jumpers are honoring fallen US service members as they chase a skydiving world record.

January 11, 2023Jenna Biter
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VA Hospital Official Confesses to Medical Supply Theft Ring Plot

VA employee in theft ring stole more than 7,500 boxes of diabetes test strips.

January 11, 2023Carl Prine
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US, Japan, Poised To Revamp Marine Regiment on Okinawa

Officials from Japan and the US are reorienting defense forces to confront China, Russia, and North Korea.

January 11, 2023Associated Press
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As Triple 7 Team Jumps Over Chile, a Ranger Remembers a Fallen Comrade

While cruising through the first two legs of a record-attempting skydiving expedition, the Triple 7 team of nine veterans honored fallen friends and teammates.

January 10, 2023Jenna Biter
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A Fired California Guard General Had Subordinates Run Errands, Chauffeur His Mom

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Magram was found to have had junior staffers complete his security training, and take his mother to Whole Foods.

January 10, 2023Tom Wyatt
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SWO Boss and His Drive to 75, Prepping the Surface Fleet for War

SWO Boss Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener dishes on how he's fixing the surface fleet.

January 10, 2023Carl Prine
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US Boarding Party Seizes Rifles Bound from Iran for Houthi Rebels

The latest seizure of Iranian materiel destined for Houthi Rebels occurred in the Gulf of Oman.

January 10, 2023Carl Prine
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Over a Dozen Army Special Operators Questioned in Drug Ring Probe

The 15 soldiers were arrested and released in a probe of drug activity and reports of child trafficking.

January 10, 2023Matt White
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Saildrone Explorers Report for Robot Duty in the Persian Gulf

Saildrone Explorers don't need to sleep, eat, or pull collateral duties while they spy on Iranian warships.

January 9, 2023Carl Prine
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One Continent Down, Six To Go: Triple 7 Team Kicks Off World-Record Chase With Antarctica Jump

The Triple 7 Expedition's team of nine special ops vets kicked off a record-attempting skydiving expedition on Monday, Jan. 9, with its first official jump at Union Glacier Camp, Antarctica.

January 9, 2023Jenna Biter
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Lost During Ploesti Raid, Liberator Gunner Finally Flying Home

Tech. Sgt. Harold Kretzer went missing during the Bloody Sunday raid on Ploesti in 1943.

January 7, 2023Carl Prine
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Sailors Mourn Carrier Quartermaster ‘Big Red’

Fair winds and following seas, to Quartermaster 2nd Class Zachary Soussa, the man shipmates called ‘Big Red.’

January 7, 2023Noelle Wiehe
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Warrior 143’s Door Gunner Is Finally Coming Home From Vietnam

US Army door gunner Pfc. Thomas F. Green was killed on Oct. 26, 1971.

January 6, 2023Carl Prine
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DISPATCH: Check Out the Extreme Cold Gear That Keeps the Triple 7 Team Warm in Antarctica

As nine vets wait for the official start of a week-long breakneck skydiving expedition, slated for Jan. 9 in Antarctica, they complete a practice jump and run through their cold-weather gear.

January 6, 2023Jenna Biter
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Marines Mourn Death of Cannoneer, Killed in Georgia

January 6, 2023Noelle Wiehe
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