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House looks to rebuild as military warns of shortfalls
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee saidTuesday that a new Congress and president could begin repairing the military this year as uniformed leaders again painted a grim picture of depleted forces.

Senate committee approves Shulkin's nomination for VA secretary
A senate panel quickly and easily approved Tuesday the nomination of David Shulkin to be Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Air Force chief seeks to lower commercial flight-hour requirement
Air Force chief of staff Gen. David Goldfein said Tuesday he’d like to see a federal regulation adjusted that requires private pilots to have 1,500 flight hours before they can fly for a commercial airline, in order to ease pressure on the military’s pilot shortage.

Marine veteran uses art to cope, lands residency at Gettysburg
Veterans the world over have taken different paths on the way to dealing with those experiences. Nick Collier has taken up the tools of an artist to deal with his pain — tools he once used frequently, but set down as he progressed in his military career.

Navy successfully tests new missile-defense system in Hawaii
A new missile-defense system developed by the United States and Japan destroyed a target missile during a test off the coast of Hawaii on Friday, a Missile Defense Agency statement said.

Could Mattis finally award Medal of Honor to Marine hero Rafael Peralta?
The nearly decade-long quest to award slain Marine hero Rafael Peralta the nation’s highest battlefield honor might finally end with legendary leatherneck James Mattis.


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