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The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs approved legislation to end the Veterans Choice Program and implement new rules about when and where veterans can seek medical treatment from private facilities. The 14-9 committee vote was along party lines.  PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BEV SCHILLING/STARS AND STRIPES
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Senate panel proposal increases chances for record military pay raise

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May 23, 2018
WASHINGTON — A key Senate committee on Tuesday endorsed a growing movement to enact a 2.6 percent military pay raise, the highest in nearly a decade, as part of an overall...
An airman puts his smartphone in a locker before entering the intelligence room at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas on May 12, 2015.  DAVID BERNAL DEL AGUA/U.S. AIR FORCE
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Mattis won’t ban cellphones from Pentagon; use in secure areas remains restricted

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May 23, 2018
WASHINGTON — Personal mobile devices including cellphones will not be banned from the Pentagon, but Defense Department guidance released Tuesday stressed that they won’t be...
Camp Humphreys, the Army's sprawling garrison south of Seoul, as seen in 2018.  MARCUS FICHTL/STARS AND STRIPES
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Military vets-turned-lawmakers say US forces should remain on Korean Peninsula

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May 23, 2018
WASHINGTON — Two congressman from different corners of the country and the political aisle warned Tuesday that it would be a mistake to remove U.S. troops from the Korean...
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Pacific Partnership 2018 kicks-off in Thailand for first time

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May 21, 2018
PATTAYA, Thailand (NNS) – Pacific Partnership 2018, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness mission, kicked off aboard the...
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, left, swore in John H. Gibson II as chief management officer for the Defense Department at the Pentagon, May 18, 2018. The CMO is responsible for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of DoD's business operations. DoD photo by Tech Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.

Mattis swears in DoD’s first Chief Management Officer

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May 21, 2018
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis today swore in John H. Gibson II as the department’s chief management officer, hailing him as the right person to lead the effort...