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Jasmyne Holcombr takes a moment to color at the Vicenza Arts and Craft Center. The Vicenza center staff wants to put coloring boards and chalkboards in spaces such as lawyers' and doctors' waiting areas throughout the base to engage and relax people. NANCY MONTGOMERY/STARS AND STRIPES
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Army art programs help soldiers tap into their creative sides

Education
April 23, 2018
VICENZA, Italy — There was the troubled teenager who learned to love making art more than harming herself. The veteran whose sketch journal helped allay her anxiety enough to...
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DOD civilian pleads guilty to sexually abusing sleeping co-worker at Navy base in Japan

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April 21, 2018
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A Defense Department civilian worker pleaded guilty to a federal charge of abusive sexual contact Thursday after investigators said he sexually...
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., director of the Joint Staff, brief reporters at the Pentagon, April 19, 2018. (DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Defense Department Moves Closer to Cloud Computing

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April 21, 2018
WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department’s information technology move to the cloud will rapidly deliver advantages to the battlefield by enabling new machine learning and artificial...
Soldiers from Task Force Stalwart, composed of soldiers from 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, pose for a group photo in Afghanistan, March 28, 2018. Army and Marine Corps officials stressed to lawmakers April 18 the urgency in modernizing ground forces amid an increasingly challenging security environment.  (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jasmine L. Flowers)

Army, Marine Corps stress importance of ground forces modernization

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April 21, 2018
WASHINGTON -- Army and Marine Corps officials stressed to lawmakers Wednesday the urgency in modernizing ground forces amid an increasingly challenging security environment.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomes Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera in an honor cordon at the Pentagon, April 20, 2018. (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kathryn E. Holm)

Mattis Welcomes Japanese Counterpart, Discusses Regional Security

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April 21, 2018
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera of Japan at the Pentagon today.
Army Secretary Mark Esper speaks to soldiers at Fort Knox, Ky., April 6, 2018. (DoD photo by Renee Rhodes)

Army Secretary, Senior NCO Discuss Retention, Modernization

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April 21, 2018
WASHINGTON -- Quality trumps quantity when it comes to soldiers, Army Secretary Mark Esper told reporters here today.