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The Army will revamp its centralized promotion board processes over the next few years to focus on advancing senior noncommissioned officers on merit, not time served.


Army considers better pay for aviation as pilots and crews leave at record rate

The Army is under its authorized strength for aviators, especially AH-64 Apache pilots, who take longer and are more expensive to train than many other pilots.


Defense Department identifies soldier who died in Iraq

Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, died in a noncombat incident on Saturday.


New Coast Guard strategy for Arctic highlights 'projecting sovereignty' as China, Russia look north

The Coast Guard's new strategy for the Arctic calls for upgrading ships, aircraft and unmanned systems there, an effort to make sure the United States is "projecting sovereignty" into an increasingly contested region, the service's top officer said.



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The families left behind

In this episode we talk to Barbie Baker and Nicole Woodland, two women with firsthand knowledge of the lifestyle change that takes place after a spouse joins the world of private military contracting.

Their story might sound familiar to former military spouses — loneliness, uncertainty and a search for new meaning — but some of what they say might surprise you.


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From collision fatalities to natural causes, Pacific mortuary sees death on many levels

The mortuary at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo, tucked away on a side street near the base bakery, is a way station for servicemembers who sacrificed their lives for their country in Asia.


Second Okinawa-based airman in four days arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

Senior Airman Timaan Garnes, 24, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving at about 8:40 a.m. Saturday after he rear-ended a vehicle, which then crashed into another, police said.


Army reopens case of 2007 murder-suicide that was originally called 'friendly fire'

One gunshot wound to the chest from friendly fire — that’s the story Spc. Kamisha Block’s family was told about her Aug. 16, 2007 noncombat death in Iraq. But when Block’s body arrived back home, her family started asking questions.



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Merit over seniority: Army revamping 50-year-old centralized promotion board

The Army will revamp its centralized promotion board processes over the next few years to focus on advancing senior noncommissioned officers on merit, not time served.


Local divers pick Okinawa dive spot clean for Earth Day

Divers collected more than 120 pounds of trash Saturday from the seafloor at Sunabe Seawall South Steps in an early Earth Day celebration


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Notre Dame fire was a warning bell. But will Europe listen?

Experts look at the near-endless list of fires at historical sites in Europe and wonder why officials so often don't learn before it's too late.


Hundreds of Africans tried to reach the United States. Now they're stuck in Mexico.

By the time Cédric De Jesus reached Mexico's southern border, he had already traveled 9,000 miles from his home in the Congo. He had crossed the Atlantic Ocean by boat and come up through South America on foot and by bus.


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Merit over seniority: Army revamping 50-year-old centralized promotion board

The Army will revamp its centralized promotion board processes over the next few years to focus on advancing senior noncommissioned officers on merit, not time served.


Local divers pick Okinawa dive spot clean for Earth Day

Divers collected more than 120 pounds of trash Saturday from the seafloor at Sunabe Seawall South Steps in an early Earth Day celebration


Analysis

Notre Dame fire was a warning bell. But will Europe listen?

Experts look at the near-endless list of fires at historical sites in Europe and wonder why officials so often don't learn before it's too late.


Hundreds of Africans tried to reach the United States. Now they're stuck in Mexico.

By the time Cédric De Jesus reached Mexico's southern border, he had already traveled 9,000 miles from his home in the Congo. He had crossed the Atlantic Ocean by boat and come up through South America on foot and by bus.



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Craftsmanship is key for veteran and gunsmith

"I worked for a solid year on a military base in the middle of nowhere out in the desert repairing guns and instructing courses," he said. "Some (servicemen and women) may have been there for months before they even fire their firearm and it would be covered with sand and dirt and dust, so we would pull them in and get a chance to make sure everything was working. I wanted every gun on that base to be safe."



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From BRAC to B-21s: The 14-year fight to safeguard Ellsworth AFB

Federal, state and local leaders brought improvements that included a new wastewater treatment plant, a financial services center, a drone unit, an expanded training airspace and safer accident potential zones to make Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., as closure-proof as possible.


Merit over seniority: Army revamping 50-year-old centralized promotion board

The Army will revamp its centralized promotion board processes over the next few years to focus on advancing senior noncommissioned officers on merit, not time served.


New Coast Guard strategy for Arctic highlights 'projecting sovereignty' as China, Russia look north

The Coast Guard's new strategy for the Arctic calls for upgrading ships, aircraft and unmanned systems there, an effort to make sure the United States is "projecting sovereignty" into an increasingly contested region, the service's top officer said.


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From BRAC to B-21s: The 14-year fight to safeguard Ellsworth AFB

Federal, state and local leaders brought improvements that included a new wastewater treatment plant, a financial services center, a drone unit, an expanded training airspace and safer accident potential zones to make Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., as closure-proof as possible.


Merit over seniority: Army revamping 50-year-old centralized promotion board

The Army will revamp its centralized promotion board processes over the next few years to focus on advancing senior noncommissioned officers on merit, not time served.


New Coast Guard strategy for Arctic highlights 'projecting sovereignty' as China, Russia look north

The Coast Guard's new strategy for the Arctic calls for upgrading ships, aircraft and unmanned systems there, an effort to make sure the United States is "projecting sovereignty" into an increasingly contested region, the service's top officer said.