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 Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver was found guilty of unpremeditated murder Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the killing of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov, an American Forces Network broadcaster.     Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes

Victim's family, friends testify as jury weighs sentence in AFN murder case

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January 30, 2015

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — The penalty phase of Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver’s court-martial began Thursday with tearful testimony from family and friends of both the airman and the man he was convicted of killing.

Oliver faces up to...

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 Alphonso Maldon, Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, speaks at a Jan. 29, 2015 press conference in Arlington, Va., revealing changes to pensions, health care and other troop benefits following its two-year review.    C.J. Lin/Stars and Stripes

Panel urges shift away from Tricare, pension plans for military

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January 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — A panel created by Congress recommended sweeping changes Thursday to pensions and health care following its two-year review of the military’s compensation and retirement systems.

The military should auto-enroll about 1 million...

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 In this file photo from Jan. 8, 2013, military family member Amber Korpalski selects vegetables from the produce section of the commissary at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan.    Elizabeth Casez/U.S. Marine Corps

Asia embargo over avian flu could affect Pacific commissaries

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January 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — An avian flu outbreak in the United States might cause shortages of chicken and other poultry at base commissaries in Japan and South Korea, the Defense Commissary Agency said this week.

Embargoes in those countries designed to...

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Members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, from left, Michael Higgins, Dov Zakheim, Alphonso Maldon Jr., Christopher Carney, Peter Chiarelli, listen as San Diego military leaders answer questions about pay and benefits in March 2014 at the Hilton San Diego Airport-Harbor Island. The commission is charged with evaluating the military compensation and benefits system and making recommendations about how best to update it.  Jennifer Hlad/Stars and Stripes

Pay and benefits panel to recommend killing 20-year retirement

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January 29, 2015

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will release its long-awaited report Thursday, which will propose fundamental changes to military benefits including ending the 20-year retirement, according to the Military Times...

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