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Pledges, doubts shared over women in ground combat roles

Army and Marine Corps leaders swapped pledges with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday not to cave to political pressure and relax ground combat skill requirements so that more women will qualify to serve in infantry, armor and special forces units. Certainty that such pressure will come and the need to be […]

VA e-claim system melts backlog, but costs

During the past five years, since Republicans won control of the House, the Department of Veteran Affairs has been flogged publicly many times, often for allowing a mountain of backlogged disability compensation claims. As the backlog fell, lawmakers now are learning, they should have paid more attention to how much VA was spending on its […]

Don Shula plans to attend the Super Bowl to root for his son

MIAMI — Hall of Fame coach Don Shula plans to attend the Super Bowl, where he’ll root for his son, Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula. A Miami Dolphins spokesman said Wednesday that the 86-year-old Shula will make the cross-country trip to the game in Santa Clara, California. Mike Shula was 7 when he watched his dad’s Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins […]

Airman with Vacaville ties completes basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Marisa H. Knorr graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Knorr is the daughter of Jenine A. and Kevin M. Knorr as well as the sister of Amber N. Knorr, all of Vacaville.

Congress is last hurdle to women in combat

On Jan. 8, six days before he closed out a 45-year Marine Corps career, his last job leading U.S. Southern Command, Gen. John F. Kelly sounded an alarm, which he must have hoped would be heard on Capitol Hill. Kelly was asked at his final Pentagon press conference to comment on Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s […]

Reformers urged not to redefine commissary ‘savings’

Advocates for preserving the military commissary benefit warned a House subcommittee Wednesday to avoid reforms that promise to preserve current savings for patrons but instead change how savings are measured, creating a lesser benefit that shoppers over time might reject. Advocates for service families and the military resale industry also criticized the tools that commissary […]

AP source: Giants hire Ben McAdoo to replace Coughlin

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the New York Giants are hiring offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo as their next head coach. The 38-year-old McAdoo is being given the job a little more than a week after Tom Coughlin stepped down after 12 seasons, the person spoke Wednesday […]

No. 9 Duke squanders double-digit lead in loss to Clemson

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Duke’s young players usually play a lot older than they are. Not this time, and it cost the ninth-ranked Blue Devils against feisty Clemson. “We played against a very good team but we played young today,” Duke freshman Brandon Ingram said. “We didn’t execute well in the end.” The Blue Devils suffered […]

VA ‘presumption’ reg could help many vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs expects up to 15,000 seriously ill veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, before 1988, when base drinking water was contaminated, to be helped by a faster-track compensation process proposed last month. But the promised acceleration in VA disability awards can’t begin until the proposed regulation becomes final, which […]

January 10, 2016 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

House eyes giving widows more relief from SBP-DIC offset

In a hopeful sign for 60,000 military widows and widowers who lost spouses to service-connected illnesses or injuries, a key House subcommittee is taking a fresh look at how Congress might allow a further easing the “SBP-DIC offset” to provide heartier and fairer survivor benefit packages. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., chairman of the House armed […]

January 03, 2016 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Sharks get rare home win, beating Flyers 4-2

  SAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski scored twice in the third period to help the San Jose Sharks snap a four-game home losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Wednesday night. Pavelski scored the tiebreaker just after a power play with 6:15 left and added a power-play goal in the final minute. Brent […]

December 31, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Sixers surprise Kings for 2nd win in 3 games

  SACRAMENTO — With two wins sandwiched around a narrow loss over its last three games, Philadelphia coach Brett Brown believes his team is finally figuring things out. Ish Smith scored five of his 18 points over the final 3 1/2 minutes and Jerami Grant made three late free throws to help lift the 76ers […]

December 31, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

McCollum scores 35 as Trail Blazers beat Kings 98-94

SACRAMENTO — CJ McCollum had 35 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 98-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. The Blazers outscored Sacramento 18-12 in the fourth quarter to claim their second straight victory. They were coming off a convincing 105-76 win Saturday over the […]

December 28, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged

Fairfield graduate finishes basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Estefania Madrigal-Mosqueda graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Madrigal-Mosqueda is the daughter of Cesar and Martha Madrigal of Fairfield. She is a 2012 graduate of Fairfield High School.

December 27, 2015 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged ,

Port visits resume for nuclear-armed Navy subs

HARTFORD, Conn. — Nuclear-armed U.S. submarines that went more than a decade without calling on foreign ports in part because of post-Sept. 11 security concerns are once again visiting other countries, a shift intended to underscore their global presence and lift sailor morale. A stop in September by USS Wyoming in the United Kingdom was […]

December 27, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

VA sets national policy for robotic legs for paralyzed vets

SAN DIEGO — Paralyzed Army veteran Gene Laureano cried when he first walked again with robotic legs at a New York clinic as part of research sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs. But when the study ended, so did his ability to walk. Now he may get the chance to walk everyday: The VA […]

January 03, 2016 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

TRICARE fee cuts for autism therapy stir access worries

When TRICARE this month announced cuts of up to 15 percent next year in fees for applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy of children with autism, some ABA businesses, in responding to an online survey, said they would stop treating TRICARE clients. Most respondents, however, said they need more time to assess how the reduced rates […]

December 27, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Okinawa sues Tokyo in bid to stop move of US Marine air base

MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Local authorities on Okinawa sued Japan’s central government on Friday in an attempt to stop the relocation of a U.S. air base, deepening their decades-long row over the heavy American troop presence on the southern Japanese island. The Okinawa government says the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and […]

December 27, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,
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