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Plan would help military families take leave

The Obama administration is proposing new rules to help military families care for service members when they are called to active duty or become injured. First lady Michelle Obama was set to join Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on Monday to announce the plan that updates the Family

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Lewis officials: ‘Sensitive’ equipment taken

TACOMA, Wash. - The Army says it's investigating the disappearance of "sensitive" equipment from nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A 100-member infantry company has been locked down while the probe is underway, according to a website report by The (Tacoma) News Tribune. The company under investigation is from the 4th

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Reserve Soldier who spoke at Paul rally reprimanded

This from the Associated Press: IOWA CITY, Iowa - A soldier who went on national television in his military fatigues to endorse Ron Paul's presidential campaign after the Iowa caucuses has been reprimanded but not dismissed from the Army Reserve, a spokeswoman said Friday. The Army determined that Jesse D. Thorsen violated

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Army removes 2 Madigan doctors from PTSD duties

SEATTLE - Two doctors on a Madigan Army Medical Center team have been temporarily removed from clinical duties as the Army reviews the team's handling of post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses of more than a dozen soldiers. Army officials did not name the doctors but confirmed they had

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Former Ranger gets 10-year sentence in stabbing

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Despite pleas for leniency, a former Army Ranger has been sentenced to a decade in prison for a bar brawl stabbing that left a man injured. Family and friends of 22-year-old Alfred Joseph Sanchez pleaded with Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Pomeroy to

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Record year for suicides at Lewis-McChord

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Joint Base Lewis-McChord saw more suicides in 2011 than any previous year. Twelve suicides were recorded at the base this past year. That's up from nine in 2010 and nine in 2009, The Tacoma News Tribune reported. Army I Corps spokesman Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield says

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Seattle Museum of Flight won't get a space shuttle

SEATTLE - The Museum of Flight won't get to display one of the retiring space shuttles, but Seattle's air and space museum will get a consolation prize of a full-scale training mock-up that looks like the space shuttle without wings. The museum near Boeing Field was one of 21 museum and science

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Fairchild tankers refueling Libya mission

SPOKANE, Wash. - Nearby Fairchild Air Force Base is sending KC-135 refueling tankers to assist in aerial refueling for U.S. and allied fighter jets enforcing the Libya no-fly zone. The 92nd Air Refueling Wing said five of the base's tankers left Saturday for North Africa, and another is due to leave

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Fort Carson will likely get aviation brigade

FT. CARSON, Colo. -- An Army environmental study says Colorado's Fort Carson is the best location for a new combat aviation brigade. Members of Colorado's congressional delegation announced the findings Friday. The Army concluded that it favors consolidating aircraft of up to one combat aviation brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington and

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Ousted gay troops hope to re-enlist

NEW YORK (AP) - Joseph Rocha reported being cruelly hazed by Navy colleagues. Katherine Miller resigned from West Point halfway through, weary of concealing her sexual orientation. David Hall was outed by a fellow Air Force cadet and booted from the career he loved. The exits from military service were wrenching consequences

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Discharged lesbian nurse to attend signing of repeal

SEATTLE - A Washington state flight nurse who sued to win reinstatement to the Air Force is planning to be there when President Obama signs a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." Maj. Margaret Witt, of Spokane, was discharged just short of retirement after the Air Force learned she had been

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Gates gives 4 soldiers a holiday lift home

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - It's a long flight home from the battlefields of Afghanistan. But four soldiers traveling to see family for the holidays got an upgrade, courtesy of Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Normally, their leave would have started with a wait at the airport for the next available seat on

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