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A RQ-4 Global Hawk drone arrives at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 24, 2014. The long-range drones arrived for their summer deployment from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. (Nathan Lipscomb/U.S. Air Force)

Reports say Japan buying 3 Global Hawk drones

Yokota AIR BASE, Japan — Japan will buy three Global Hawk drones and may fly them out of Misawa Air Base, according to Japanese media.
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Military veterans can win 7-Eleven franchise in contest

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Tribune News Service) — Veterans interested in running their own business may want to take advantage of 7-Eleven Inc.'s first...

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announces his resignation on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 at the White House. (Olivier Douliery, Abaca Press/TNS)

Hagel resigns as secretary of defense

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stepped down Monday, the first Cabinet-level resignation after bruising midterm elections and amid...

  Capt. Derek Herrera, left, received a Bronze Star with V for combat valor and a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal on Friday at Camp Pendleton. Herrera was shot in the spine in Afghanistan in 2012, paralyzing him from the chest down, but he stood and walked during his retirement ceremony with the help of an exoskeleton.    Jennifer Hlad/Stars and Stripes

Paralyzed Marine with robotic exoskeleton receives Bronze Star with V

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – When Capt. Derek Herrera was called to stand in the place of honor Friday at his retirement ceremony, he pressed buttons...

Servicemembers and distinguished guests bow their heads as Navy Capt. Jerome Hinson gives a benediction during the Gerald R. Ford's christening ceremony last November in Virginia. A General Accountability Office study released Nov. 20, 2014, states that the aircraft carrier will likely be incomplete and require more spending after its planned 2016 delivery to the Navy.  (Patrick Grieco/U.S. Navy)

GAO: Navy carrier will be incomplete, cost more at delivery

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy plans to meet the $12.9 billion cost cap for its new aircraft carrier by accepting the ship unfinished and...

Inside a plastic-draped tent, Japan Ministry of Defense workers examine a badly rusted drum unearthed Jan. 28, 2014, from a soccer field near Kadena Air Base schools where 22 dioxin- and herbicide-laced barrels were found last year. (Travis J. Tritten/Stars and Stripes)

Excavation begins in Okinawa field where barrels previously found

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Workers began excavation Friday on an additional 66 spots at the Okinawa City soccer field where barrels containing toxic...

An airman logs into myPay to check her leave and earnings statement for her paycheck at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. (Krystal Jeffers/Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

DOD to ban allotments for personal property purchases

WASHINGTON — Starting Jan. 1, active-duty troops can no longer use paycheck allotments when purchasing vehicles, furniture, electronics and other...

Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks at a forum addressing the civilian-military divide as well as the future of an all-volunteer force, in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20, 2014. The event was hosted by the Center for a New American Security. (Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes)

Dempsey: Military policy faces challenges in an era without secrets

WASHINGTON — The chasm between the U.S. military and the country’s civilian population has grown so wide as to appear unbridgeable. But in the...

Kayleigh Norton, Applied Behavior Analysis therapist, reviews numbers with the six-year-old son of a servicemember at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., April 13, 2012. (Dennis Sloan/USAF)

Autism care coverage improves, but costs are still a worry

More than 26,000 military families with autistic children are getting better Tricare coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy and...

A Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey sits on the tarmac at Futenma air station after arriving late morning Oct. 1, 2012, from Iwakuni. The U.S. military has deployed the controversial aircraft to Okinawa despite fierce opposition by local Japanese. (Travis Tritten/Stars and Stripes)

Japan opens door for possible shift of Ospreys off Okinawa

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Japanese officials appear to be laying the groundwork for shifting some Marine Corps Ospreys to the mainland from Okinawa,...

A mixed gender, two-person team of Marines carry a rocket launcher up a hill at Camp Lejeune, N.C., as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel looks on. (Jon Harper/Stars and Stripes)

Hagel views integration of women into combat units as civil rights issue

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel believes women have the right to serve in direct ground combat units if they meet physical...

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Advocates paint differing pictures of the state of religion in the military

WASHINGTON — Religious liberty advocates painted widely divergent pictures of the state of faith in the U.S. military for House legislators...

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