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Knocking heads over provisions of the defense bill are the retiring chairmen of the armed services committees, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., left, and Rep. Harold “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)

Late-hour benefit fight has defense bill on the ropes

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November 28, 2014

A dispute between House and Senate armed services committees over whether to slow growth in military housing allowances and raise off-base pharmacy co-payments has put at risk passage of a defense authorization bill.

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Despite claims that service is improving, defense transportation officials have declined to say how many privately owned military vehicle shipments remain severely delayed, and customers claim deep problems with deliveries persist. (U.S. Army)

Port congestion could further delay change-of-station vehicle deliveries

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November 28, 2014

RAF MILDENHALL, England — Congestion at civilian ports around the world means a Defense Department contractor with an already patchy delivery record will be late delivering Defense Department employees’ vehicles into the New Year.

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announces his resignation on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

How Obama pushed out Hagel after reducing the Pentagon's power

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November 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama pushed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel out of his job Monday after less than 21 months, with White House officials citing disagreements over Iraq and Syria policy.

Hagel, who had grown increasingly...

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Contractors take a break from working on the entertainment room, called "the Hub," at the Langley Transit Center at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Nov. 6, 2014. The Hub features board games, computers, television sets, and video game consoles. Other recreational activities are also available for use during the servicemembers' 21-day controlled monitoring period at the center. (Natasha Stannard/U.S. Air Force)

Ebola isolation at US base 'pretty much vacation'

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November 26, 2014

HAMPTON, Va. — With plenty of flat screen TVs, game nights and even an outdoor fire pit, life in isolation for members of the U.S. military who have returned from the Ebola mission in West Africa can look a lot like summer camp.

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