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A Chinese military expert recently suggested testing American willpower in the South China Sea by sinking a pair of aircraft carriers, such as the USS Ronald Reagan, shown here Aug. 31, 2018.  KAILA V. PETERS/U.S. NAVY

Many Chinese think Americans lack resolve to prevail in battle, expert says

Too many in China think the United States will cut and run if war breaks out in the Far East, a U.S. defense expert warned Wednesday in response...

With passage of the new Blended Retirement System in 2016, officials used computer models to help make predictions critical to planning future military retirement cost obligations. Turns out those projections were far too high.  DOD OFFICE OF FINANCIAL READINESS VIDEO ILLUSTRATION/FACEBOOK

‘Blended’ military retirement plan not as popular as projected

With passage of the new Blended Retirement System (BRS) in 2016, the Defense Department’s Office of Actuary, assisted by computer modeling from...

Courtney nephews unveil a replica of their Marine uncle's Medal of Honor on Nov. 12, 2018, at the St. Louis County Historical Society's Veterans' Memorial Hall in Duluth, Minn. From left, Courtney Storey, Ben Storey, Bob Storey and his wife, Lynn Storey.  COURTESY OF ST. LOUIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

‘They don’t tell his story’: Family fights to display Medal of Honor in Marine legend’s hometown

CAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa — On the night of May 14, 1945, Marine Maj. Henry Courtney Jr. led a daring assault on Okinawa’s Sugar Loaf Hill.

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Marines camp on Sugar Loaf Hill during the Battle of Okinawa, May 26, 1945.  COURTESY OF U.S. MARINE CORPS

Where did Camp Courtney get its name? It started with a Medal of Honor recipient’s heroics on Okinawa

CAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa — Marine Maj. Henry Courtney Jr. was already a battle-hardened officer by the time he reached Okinawa’s shores during World...

Take fitness to new level in 2019

This article serves a dual purpose.  First, it is designed to motivate each of you to set a goal for 2019 that will take your fitness to a new...

Sgt. Claude Richardson, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier and suicide prevention instructor with the 358th Military Police Company, talks about his experience as an instructor during a video project hosted and organized by the 200th Military Police Command's Suicide Prevention Program to document the stories of suicide survivors and those affected by the suicide of loved ones during a two-day shoot at the Defense Media Activity, Fort Meade, Md., Dec. 14, 2018. (Photo Credit: Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)

Soldiers share stories of suicide to save lives

FORT MEADE, Md. -- There was the staff sergeant who walked onto the street in front of his home -- gun in hand -- ready to end his life, when a...

That’s the way the cookies crumbled

There is a certain kind of limbo that takes place between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s a confusing time when it feels like something that has...

Petty Officer 3rd Class Bianca Valenzuela pipes colors using a boatswains pipe during a ceremony in Honolulu on March 28, 2018. (MATTHEW S. MASASCHI/U.S. COAST GUARD)

More than 40,000 Coast Guard members are working without pay during partial government shutdown

AUSTIN, Texas — All 42,000 active-duty members of the Coast Guard are working without pay through the partial government shutdown, which is...

The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur patrols the South China Sea in October 2018. (DIANA QUINLAN/U.S. NAVY)

US urges Pacific allies to boost their military presence in South China Sea

The Pentagon is urging America’s Pacific allies to increase their military presence in the South China Sea in line with its own efforts to...

Sailors man the rails in the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in 2016. On Jan. 1, 2019, the punishment of bread and water confinement for the lowest-ranking sailors will be banned. (SAM JENKINS/U.S. NAVY)

Navy to scrap bread-and-water confinement

The age-old naval punishment of jailing junior sailors for three days with just bread and water soon will go the way of flogging and keelhauling...

Base housing at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES)

Army unit in Europe rescinds unusually specific order banning sex and cuddling

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Christmas came late for some Army troops on rotation to Europe when officials canceled an order Wednesday that for nine...

Ranking Member of the House Committee on Armed Services Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., questions Defense Department officials during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES)

New armed services committee chair puts White House on notice

“Constant misinformation from the president is a real problem in a democratic society, and we in Congress have got to do our best to hold him...

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