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Tuition Assistance Down, Post-9/11 GI Bill Up

According to a report by MilitaryTimes.com, the number of service members using the tuition assistance benefit for active-duty soldiers has dropped over the past fiscal year, while the number of veterans and their families that have been using the Post-9/11 GI Bill has risen.

Education Benefit Transfer Rules May Change

In a bid to encourage enlistment and retention, the Senate version of the annual defense authorization bill includes a recommendation that the Pentagon tighten the rules that allow soldiers to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members.

F-35 Dogfight Debacle - What it Means and What it Doesn't

Back in January 2015 an F-35A was pitted against an F-16D in order to test the ability of the F-35 airframe to perform BFM - Basic Fighter Maneuvers - in a dynamic environment. Essentially, see how well the F-35 can turn, climb, dive, roll, and perform other maneuvers in order to shoot down enemy aircraft and avoid being shot down in return.

Navy Considers New Fitness and Tape-In Standards

The Navy wants to decrease the number of sailors that fail its bi-annual fitness assessments, and it plans to do that with a far-reaching initiative to change the focus from a sailor's size to a sailor's overall health.

Billets Filled for Women Submariners

The Navy says that is has completed filling its billets for the first group of female submariners for two crews of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Michigan.

Attempted Espionage of USS Gerald Ford

Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, a Saudi-born Egyptian who moved to the United States in 2007, pled guilty to attempted espionage, but avoided more severe sentencing due to the classification of the stolen documents.

Russian/US Naval Commanders Meet

Top commanders for both the Russian and US naval forces met recently at an American naval base in Naples, Italy, in order to discuss some of the recent incidents between the two naval forces in the Black Sea.

Two Blue Angels Incidents in Two Airshows

The Navy's premier Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, have had a couple of rare and unusual events during the past couple of air shows, as pieces of their jets have actually come off in flight!

VFA-115 Cruise Video - With Awesome Landing

The US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet Squadron VFA-115 "Eagles" has released their 2014 WESTPAC cruise video trailer, and it's pretty awesome!

In addition to the usual cruise video fare - awesome cockpit selfies, flying in close formation, low-level flying, air combat maneuvering (ACM) practice, employment of both air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, this video also features a pretty nail-biting carrier landing in a heavy fog.

You can see the entire trailer here:

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Contracts for July 30, 2015

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Chattanooga Marines return to work after attack

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Ebenezer pastor calls Confederate flags' placement a 'terrorist' act

The Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church said the placement of four Confederate flags outside two of Atlanta's historical sites early Thursday was a terrorist act meant to intimidate.
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Reports: India hangs man convicted for his role in 1993 Mumbai bombings

Yakub Memon was convicted in 2007 of helping raise funds for the deadly 1993 bombing rampage, in which 13 bombs ripped through hotels, bazaars and the stock exchange in India's financial capital. He is the younger brother of Mushtaq "Tiger" Memon, one of the suspected masterminds of the bombings, a fugitive believed to be in Pakistan.
1 hour 55 min ago

Cerner wins $4.3 billion deal to rebuild Defense's electronic health records

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that Cerner had been awarded a coveted $4.3 billion, 10-year contract to overhaul the Pentagon's electronic health records for millions of active military members and retirees.
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