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Service members complete basic training

Air Force National Guard Airman Jacob R. Burger graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He is the son of Amy and Matthew Burger of Travis Air Force Base. Army Reserve Pfc. Trinidad Tyrone has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Tyrone is […]

Costs of war obscure attractions of service

Perhaps to a degree not seen before, news outlets, politicians of every stripe and wounded warrior charities have turned an intense spotlight on the problems service members and veterans have faced on returning from war. Consider the number of news stories on post-traumatic stress and suicide, congressional hearings on the same topics as well as […]

Arguments behind tech-track career paths

Every year, hundreds of technically or tactically skilled officers and noncommissioned officers, trained at great expense, leave the military for the private sector, not because their skills aren’t needed but because the military up-or-out promotion system and enlisted retention rates favor leadership qualities over technical expertise. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in shaping his “Force of […]

‘Deflategate’ judge says Brady suspension in jeopardy

NEW YORK — A federal judge made clear Wednesday that the NFL’s four game suspension of Tom Brady over “Deflategate” is in jeopardy as the star New England quarterback returned to practice. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, who’s been asked by the NFL Players Association to void the suspension, warned a league lawyer during […]

WWII flying ace Fritz Payne dies; fought at Guadalcanal

LOS ANGELES — Frederick R. “Fritz” Payne, a World War II fighter ace who left his mark on aviation and wartime history by shooting down six Japanese warplanes during the Battle of Guadalcanal, a bloody, months-long confrontation that helped change the course of the war, has died at age 104. The retired Marine Corps brigadier […]

Vacaville graduate completes basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Cameron M. Tegeler graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Tegeler is the son of Erika A. and Michael J. Tegeler of Vacaville. He is a 2014 graduate of Buckingham Charter Magnet High School in Vacaville.

‘Force of future’ to reward talent, diversity

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter next month will be presented with a package of detailed proposals for reshaping military and defense civilian pays, promotions and quality of life, all of which strive to capture a “Force of the Future” vision that Carter laid out in a speech last March. The draft proposals, reviewed over the past […]

Students from area schools complete training

Air Force Guard Airman 1st Class Conward Gonzales graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Gonzales is the husband of Gillian Gonzales of Fairfield. Air Force Airman Antonio J. Miller graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He is a 2014 graduate of […]

Commissary reformers eye repeal of pricing

Defense Department officials appear ready to ask Congress to repeal a law that commissaries must sell products at cost plus 5 percent, a formula that for decades has ensured commissary shoppers everywhere pay the same prices. Officials have drafted a replacement formula that would allow prices to vary from store to store to meet a […]

Rahal wins in Ohio, pulls within 9 points of Montoya

LEXINGTON, Ohio — Racing in his home state — and only a few laps from tightening the IndyCar standings with a big victory — Graham Rahal still had one more big restart to sweat out. On lap 84 of 90, he and Justin Wilson battled for position, with Rahal eventually staying in front. “If you […]

August 03, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

‘Just the ticket': 4-star solution to nuclear Air Force ills

WASHINGTON — Working to reinvigorate its nuclear force after years of missteps and scandal, the Air Force is putting a four-star general in charge for the first time in the post-Cold War era. His mission: Restore institutional muscle and assert more influence on the force’s behalf. “Having a four-star in charge of this command will […]

August 02, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Service members with county ties graduate from training

Air Force Airman Brennen J. Patterson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Patterson is the nephew of Lisa Freeman of Vallejo. Antonia D. Salvitti, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet at University of California-Davis, has graduated from the Cadet Leader Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Salvitti is […]

August 02, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Compound drugs fleece Tricare, create deep budget hole

Dodgy companies peddling pricey compound pharmaceuticals have fleeced the Tricare program so severely this year, before tougher screening procedures took effect May 1, that they are largely to blame for a $2 billion defense health budget hole Congress is scrambling to fill. In fiscal 2010, military outpatient pharmacy costs totaled $6.6 billion, with only $23 […]

August 02, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Report: Chronic problems at Army bioterror facility

NEW YORK — Pentagon officials released a report Thursday detailing recurring problems at an Army bioterror facility that accidentally sent live anthrax to other labs for more than a decade. At a press briefing in Washington, military officials said half the lots of anthrax produced at the Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah contained live […]

July 26, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Airman with county connections completes training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Amanda E. Kemp graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Kemp is the daughter of Edward A. Kemp of Vallejo and granddaughter of Margaret Kemp of Vacaville.

July 26, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

VA chief fights back on ‘community care’ bill

The Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act of 2014, that Congress rushed to pass last summer to address a patient wait-time scandal at dozens of VA hospitals and clinics spurred VA to broaden access to care. Turns out it did so largely through use of existing and often costly contract authorities and partnerships for non-VA […]

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