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The slaying of Spc. Vanessa Guillen sparked outcry across the country and prompted service members to share their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault.



Conflict in Afghanistan won’t end after U.S. drawdown, though “original mission was achieved,” CENTCOM commander says

Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie spent much of the week on Capitol Hill painting a cautious picture for lawmakers of what the impending drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and its effect will look like.


USFJ's enlisted leader touts COVID-19 vaccine as 17 cases pop up in Japan, South Korea

The senior enlisted leader for U.S. Forces Japan urged troops to travel to a shot clinic at a nearby base if they’re unable to schedule a coronavirus vaccination on their own installation.


AFRICOM commander tells senators that removing most US troops from Somalia has created new risks

Army Gen. Stephen Townsend told a Senate panel on Thursday that the Trump administration’s decision to reposition troops outside of Somalia has created fresh challenges in the fight against al-Shabab terrorists.




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Lawmakers vow to slow F-35 production amid mounting cost overruns, low mission-capable rates

Top House Democrats vowed Thursday to fight efforts to hasten the production of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in next year’s defense budget amid surging costs to keep America’s most expensive-ever weapons system flying.


US military sending aircraft to assist in search for missing Indonesian submarine

The submarine KRI Nanggala-402 is believed to have disappeared about 60 miles off the coast of Bali early Wednesday morning local time while conducting a torpedo drill, according to media reports.


First Coast Guardsman to make an Olympic team will sail for the gold south of Tokyo

A member of the Coast Guard is chasing Olympic sailing glory in Japan, 230 years after the U.S. Revenue Marine began hunting smugglers in wind-powered, wooden cutters.



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Senate passes bill targeting hate crimes against Asian Americans

The Senate on Thursday approved a bill designed to make it easier for law enforcement to investigate hate crimes against Asian Americans, which have surged amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


A third fast-response Coast Guard cutter heads to Guam as tensions simmer with China

The 154-foot Sentinel-class cutter Frederick Hatch is expected to arrive at the U.S. island territory in early July. It will join two similar cutters — Myrtle Hazard and Oliver Henry — that arrived there in the latter half of 2020.


US troops in Afghanistan begin packing gear in pullout prep

The U.S. military has begun shipping equipment and winding down contracts with local service providers ahead of the May 1 start of the final phase of its military pullout from Afghanistan, a U.S. Defense Department official said Thursday.


AFRICOM commander tells senators that removing most US troops from Somalia has created new risks

Army Gen. Stephen Townsend told a Senate panel on Thursday that the Trump administration’s decision to reposition troops outside of Somalia has created fresh challenges in the fight against al-Shabab terrorists.


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Senate passes bill targeting hate crimes against Asian Americans

The Senate on Thursday approved a bill designed to make it easier for law enforcement to investigate hate crimes against Asian Americans, which have surged amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


A third fast-response Coast Guard cutter heads to Guam as tensions simmer with China

The 154-foot Sentinel-class cutter Frederick Hatch is expected to arrive at the U.S. island territory in early July. It will join two similar cutters — Myrtle Hazard and Oliver Henry — that arrived there in the latter half of 2020.


US troops in Afghanistan begin packing gear in pullout prep

The U.S. military has begun shipping equipment and winding down contracts with local service providers ahead of the May 1 start of the final phase of its military pullout from Afghanistan, a U.S. Defense Department official said Thursday.


AFRICOM commander tells senators that removing most US troops from Somalia has created new risks

Army Gen. Stephen Townsend told a Senate panel on Thursday that the Trump administration’s decision to reposition troops outside of Somalia has created fresh challenges in the fight against al-Shabab terrorists.



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Organizers say Pentagon is jeopardizing Memorial Day motorcycle ride

AMVETS, the national veterans group organizing the ride, said the Defense Department has ignored its application to use the Pentagon parking lot as a staging area.



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Marine in court admits to sexual assault on Okinawa; judge delays case

A Marine accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Naha parking lot and then shoving a police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday during his first appearance in Naha District Court.


Family of Spc. Vanessa Guillen fights for justice one year after slaying

The slaying of Spc. Vanessa Guillen sparked outcry across the country and prompted service members to share their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault.


A third fast-response Coast Guard cutter heads to Guam as tensions simmer with China

The 154-foot Sentinel-class cutter Frederick Hatch is expected to arrive at the U.S. island territory in early July. It will join two similar cutters — Myrtle Hazard and Oliver Henry — that arrived there in the latter half of 2020.


Senate confirms Adm. Aquilino to lead Indo-Pacific Command

Adm. John Aquilino was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday to be the next commander of Indo-Pacific Command, making him the top military officer in the strategically important region.


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Marine in court admits to sexual assault on Okinawa; judge delays case

A Marine accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Naha parking lot and then shoving a police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday during his first appearance in Naha District Court.


Family of Spc. Vanessa Guillen fights for justice one year after slaying

The slaying of Spc. Vanessa Guillen sparked outcry across the country and prompted service members to share their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault.


A third fast-response Coast Guard cutter heads to Guam as tensions simmer with China

The 154-foot Sentinel-class cutter Frederick Hatch is expected to arrive at the U.S. island territory in early July. It will join two similar cutters — Myrtle Hazard and Oliver Henry — that arrived there in the latter half of 2020.


Senate confirms Adm. Aquilino to lead Indo-Pacific Command

Adm. John Aquilino was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday to be the next commander of Indo-Pacific Command, making him the top military officer in the strategically important region.



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First Coast Guardsman to make an Olympic team will sail for the gold south of Tokyo

A member of the Coast Guard is chasing Olympic sailing glory in Japan, 230 years after the U.S. Revenue Marine began hunting smugglers in wind-powered, wooden cutters.


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First Coast Guardsman to make an Olympic team will sail for the gold south of Tokyo

A member of the Coast Guard is chasing Olympic sailing glory in Japan, 230 years after the U.S. Revenue Marine began hunting smugglers in wind-powered, wooden cutters.