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Parts of Oura Bay, Okinawa, with Camp Schwab in the distance, is seen in December 2016. JESSICA BIDWELL/STARS AND STRIPES
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Okinawa sues Japanese government in fresh attempt to stop base relocation

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July 27, 2017
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Okinawa prefecture filed suit against Japan’s central government this week in a fresh attempt to block the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to...
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Lawmakers move toward agreement on funding for nearly bankrupt VA program

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July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers came to a compromise Wednesday that would keep the Veterans Choice Program funded, while authorizing leases for new Department of Veterans...
Karl Johnson, 20th Security Forces Squadron trainer, demonstrates answering the phone at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 18, 2017. He explained proper operational security techniques for speaking on the telephone during an OPSEC brief. (DESTINEE SWEENEY/U.S. AIR FORCE)
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Mattis targets mandatory training in effort to become more lethal

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July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered a Pentagon review of the mandatory training and administrative requirements his troops face each year that cut into time that...
Sailors man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan as the ship begins its 2017 patrol in May from Yokosuka, Japan. (KENNETH ABBATE/U.S. NAVY)
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Navy officials look at giving 7th Fleet a higher manning priority

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July 27, 2017
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Sailors could see their chances of deploying to the 7th Fleet increase after Navy officials gathered recently to address personnel gaps in the region.
Medicinal marijuana buds are made available for patients at a medical marijuana dispensary in Long Beach, California. (GENARO MOLINA/LOS ANGELES TIMES/MCT)
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House committee blocks attempt to let VA docs recommend marijuana

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July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON — A House committee has struck down a measure allowing Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where the...
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'Fired by tweet:' Troops, veterans react to transgender ban

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July 27, 2017
SAN DIEGO — A former U.S. naval combat-tested officer said she feels angry that President Donald Trump is saying transgender veterans like her should be considered unfit to serve.