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Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Toomer, of the 409th Contracting Support Brigade, based at Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany.  Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes

Proposed budget cuts irk overseas servicemembers

Cuts announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week aren’t going down well with military personnel serving overseas.

Caps on pay...

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In meeting with servicemembers, Hagel defends troop and compensation cuts

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — A day after unveiling a preview of next year’s defense budget, which calls for reductions in compensation and...

Capt. Natasha Fitzsimmons, a special victims' counsel based at Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., is one of 24 Air Force lawyers tasked with helping victims of sexual assault. (U.S. Air Force)

Air Force program a rare bright spot in military’s sex assault fight

After she was raped, she had to describe the attack time after humiliating time in interviews — with investigators, prosecutors, victim advocates...

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., shown here at a Senate committee hearing on sexual assault February 26, 2014, says the number of soldiers disqualified for sensitive jobs indicates the need for radical reform of the military's approach to sexual assault prosecution. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)

Army disqualifies 588 soldiers from sensitive positions after reviews

WASHINGTON — The Army has disqualified 588 soldiers as sexual assault counselors, recruiters and drill sergeants for infractions ranging from...

Facebook group to servicemembers: Don’t be an idiot on social media

WASHINGTON — A new Facebook group created Tuesday is slamming servicemembers who post controversial photos and comments on social media.
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Is it healthier to eat local?

The woman was 73 years old and traveling to different countries several times a year, with a clean bill of health. My daughter wondered what the...

Navy sailors participate in morning colors aboard the USS Ashland on Feb. 18, 2014.  Raymond D. Diaz III/U.S. Navy

DOD: US flags at military bases must be 100 percent American made

Here's a Stars and Stripes shocker: Prior to Friday, flags bought by the Department of Defense weren't necessarily 100% American made.

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Photo courtesy of Tsugaru Kokeshi Museum

All dolled up

Kokeshi dolls have neither big eyes nor blond hair like Barbie. As a matter of fact, they don’t even have arms and legs. Yet recently this 200-...

Scholar captures African-American officers' unique challenges

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2014 – The journey of African-Americans serving in the U.S. military stretches back to the Revolutionary War, when black men...

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, center, tours the commissary at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., July 16, 2013. (Glenn Fawcett/DOD)

Commissaries avoid cuts, but at cost to customers

WASHINGTON — The long-feared cuts to military commissaries appear to be real: The Defense Department subsidy would drop from $1.4 billion annually...

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meets with Veteran and Military Service Organizations for a round table discussion at the Pentagon February 24, 2014. (Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Department of Defense)

Proposed Pentagon budget favors high-tech over personnel

WASHINGTON — Facing fiscal constraints, the Defense Department will try to preserve high-tech warfare capabilities while cutting people and...

Navy Cleans Up Heavy Fuel Spill

APRA HARBOR, Guam (Feb. 25, 2014) – Military personnel and contractors recovered approximately 250 gallons of intermediate fuel oil, commonly...

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