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Combined Federal Campaign Placed on Hold

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2013 – The Combined Federal Campaign has been placed on hold while the federal government shutdown continues, according to a...

Robert F. Hale, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer

DOD Leaders Worry About Shutdown’s Effect on Civilian Morale

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2013 – The partial government shutdown is hurting DOD civilian morale, the department’s comptroller told Congress yesterday...

An honor detail comprised of joint military members prepares to escort the remains of fallen servicemembers who died during World War II and the Vietnam War during an arrival ceremony April 26, 2013, hosted by the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. SEAN FUREY/U.S. NAVY

JPAC admits to phony ceremonies honoring 'returning' remains

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense unit charged with recovering servicemembers’ remains abroad has been holding phony “arrival ceremonies” for...

Carter to step down as Deputy Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced that Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter will step down December 4.

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Fisher House steps forward to aid DOD in paying death benefits

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2013 – The Fisher House Foundation has stepped in to aid the Defense Department so families of fallen service members can...

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, at a House Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. FROM A U.S. HOUSE VIDEO

VA secretary: If shutdown lasts until Nov. 1, benefits cease for 5.2 million veterans

WASHINGTON — The government shutdown has been painful, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said, but the worst is yet to come.

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War in the Pacific National Historical Park closure continues due to government shutdown

Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401...

Mika Taylor and her family of USAG Yongsan, South Korea

What Hispanic heritage means to me

Editor’s note: We asked you, our readers across the Pacific, to tell us what you thought of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15)....

U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Potoczniak and his partner Todd Saunders go through the process of getting married at city hall in San Francisco, Calif., along with Cynthia Wides and Elizabeth Cary in June 2013. (Photo by Waly Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Gay couples in military having trouble getting leave to get married

WASHINGTON — Gays and lesbians in the military are running into widespread obstacles as they seek to take advantage of a new Obama administration...

The parking lots at military commissaries, like this empty one on October 1 at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Commissary, should soon be back to normal. (Photo by Jim Remington/U.S. Navy)

DOD civilian workers filter back in after weekend announcement

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilians who were released from furlough Monday began filtering back into workplaces...

Rera Asir, the organizer of Ainu Moshiri Festival, pours the scared rice wine onto the “Inau,” a ritual stick, during “Kanuinomi,” a ceremony addressing the Great Spirit, at the Ainu Moshiri Festival in Biratori, Hokkaido Aug. 17. Photos by Testuo Nakahara/Stripes Guam

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'10,000-year fest' conjures Ainu wisdom of ages

The scared rice wine was poured onto the “inau,” a ritual stick topped...

Shutdown shenanigans snub troops, families, vets

Hello military community,

Even before the government shutdown, the dirt throwing, bashing and blame game had been going on between...

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