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Navy Investigation 2 SEAL Deaths

The death of two highly-trained and physically fit Navy SEALS in a base pool where they typically work out has raised more questions than answers.

According to this article on Petty Officers 1st Class Seth Cody Lewis and Brett Allen Marihugh were found unresponsive at the bottom of the pool in the Combat Swimmer Training Facility at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia this past Friday.

USMC F-35's Reach IOC This Summer

When Marine Corps pilots start taking to the skies in the F-35B this summer, their brand new aircraft will be lacking in quite a few areas compared to some of the aircraft that it is slated to replace - namely the A-10 Warthog.

The VA, One Year Later

It's been about a year since it was revealed that a VA hospital in Phoenix was concealing wait times for soldiers' care and that soldiers have died while waiting for care, and while progress has been made, not everyone is satisfied.

Military Personnel System In Need of an Overhaul

After only 5 weeks on the job, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is worried about both recruiting and retaining the best soldiers for America's military in the coming years. To that end, DefSec Carter has come up with a dramatic change to the US military's personnel system and structure.

Some of his proposed changes:

  • Change the promotion system to put increased weight on skill and merit, and less emphasis on seniority.

President, Defense Secretary Both Support Retirement Overhaul

The call to change military retirement benefits has gotten some support from those in the upper levels of the government, as both the White House and Defense Secretary Ash Carter both support the idea of overhauling the military retirement system.

Defense Budget Woes...Again

Both Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Dempsey testified in mid-March that the House defense budget, which uses emergency war funding to skirt defense spending limits, would be vetoed by the President if it passes through Congress.

The budget proposal, which would maintain the $523 billion cap for base spending and put $94 billion into the OCO fund, came from fiscal conservatives in the House Budget Committee. Other budgets have proposed exceeding the base budget cap and providing $577 billion for the base budget with $51 billion for the OCO fund.

A New Cruise Video from VFA-27

VFA-27, one of the top F/A-18 Super Hornet Squadrons in the US Navy has released the teaser for a new cruise video.

Featuring footage from a night strafing run, tracking a AGM-154 JSOW with an FLIR system, carrier operations, and some scenic low-level flying. Check it out!

Military Pay Raises Not Keeping Pace with Private Sector

Although the 2016 Defense budget calls for a 1.3 percent raise in basic pay for soldiers and their families, the paychecks for military members are still getting smaller according to Col. Mike Hayden (USAF, ret.), the director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America.

Navy to Open Subs to Enlisted Women

The Navy is moving forward with its plan to have enlisted men and women serving side-by-side in the submarine force, and is planning on starting in 2016.

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Student veteran panel at Jefferson Community College discuss living with PTSD

Veteran students at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, N.Y., walked a small, engaged audience through their challenges, from finding medications that work to facing large social settings, during an hour-long discussion Monday at the school.
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US offers multi-million dollar rewards for Islamic State group leaders

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Waterloo Honor Flight variety shows raise $30,000

Two variety show fundraisers last week generated enough money to complete fundraising for this year's Waterloo veteran Honor Flights and carry over into 2016, organizers said.
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After years of tension, anti-American sentiment ebbs in Pakistan

As the war in neighboring Afghanistan draws to a close, anti-American sentiment appears to be going out of style. The shift has come as Pakistanis appear to be looking closer to home for the causes of — and answers to — the country’s woes, according to interviews with residents, analysts, and current and former diplomats.
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These generals could replace Dunford as the next top Marine

Gen. Joseph Dunford's move to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assuming he's confirmed by the Senate, leaves a massive hole for the Marine Corps to fill. Dunford took over as commandant for retired Gen. James F. Amos in October, meaning he will have held the job for less than a year.
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