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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...
Sailors aboard the destroyer USS Milius look toward the docks of their new homeport at Yokosuka Naval Base on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.  CAITLIN DOORNBOS/STARS AND STRIPES
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'Welcome Home, Daddy': USS Milius sailors join 7th Fleet at Yokosuka

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May 23, 2018
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy’s 7th Fleet welcomed the destroyer USS Milius and its crew of 300 to the ship’s new home at Yokosuka on Tuesday.
Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosts a physical training session with Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan and service members from across the joint force at the inaugural DoD Readiness and Resilience Workshop at Fort McNair in Washington, April 17, 2018. The workshop featured speakers and covered topics to optimize human performance through the body, mind, and spirit. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Service members must be physically ready for deployment, Troxell says

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May 23, 2018
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military’s mission is to fight and win the nation’s wars, and service members must be physically, mentally and emotionally ready to fight when needed, Army...
Some Marine Corps facilities at Camps Foster and Kinser in southern Okinawa will be moving to Camp Hansen in the northern part of the island prefecture.  COURTESY OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS
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Marines to relocate some Okinawa facilities as part of consolidation pact

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May 23, 2018
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The U.S. and Japanese governments have agreed to move some Marine Corps facilities from a pair of bases in southern Okinawa to Camp Hansen in the northern...