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  Capt. Derek Herrera, left, received a Bronze Star with V for combat valor and a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal on Friday at Camp Pendleton. Herrera was shot in the spine in Afghanistan in 2012, paralyzing him from the chest down, but he stood and walked during his retirement ceremony with the help of an exoskeleton.    Jennifer Hlad/Stars and Stripes

Paralyzed Marine with robotic exoskeleton receives Bronze Star with V

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November 24, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – When Capt. Derek Herrera was called to stand in the place of honor Friday at his retirement ceremony, he pressed buttons on what appeared to be a wristwatch as a fellow Marine came to his aid.

After another...

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Vice Adm. Timothy Giardina  U.S. Navy

Gambling nuke commander linked to fake poker chips

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November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of...

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Speaker disappointed with the Navy’s disregard for the traditional healing practices

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November 21, 2014

For Immediate Release, November 21, 2014 – Speaker Judith T. Won Pat is upset by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas' (NAVFAC) limitations on how traditional healers and herbal practitioners will be allowed to collect medicinal...

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An airman logs into myPay to check her leave and earnings statement for her paycheck at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. (Krystal Jeffers/Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

DOD to ban allotments for personal property purchases

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November 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Starting Jan. 1, active-duty troops can no longer use paycheck allotments when purchasing vehicles, furniture, electronics and other personal property.

The policy change announced Friday is a response to abusive practices on...

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