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Defense appropriations bill full of pork
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The Defense appropriations bill signed by President Obama last month was filled with 1,720 different special earmarks. These earmarks seldom had anything to do with national defense or security policy. Fox News analyzed the bill, and found a number of outrageous examples of earmarks in this bill, including. More

2010 pay charts are here
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How will the new year's pay raise affect you? All your essential military pay charts have been fully updated for the new year, including basic pay, drill pay, housing and food allowances, retirement pay, and a variety of special pays and allowances. Plus, see how your new monthly payment rates have changed from 2009 for Basic Housing Allowance. More


Gates will remain as secretary at least another year
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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will stay in office for at least another year, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell confirmed. Gates met with President Barack Obama before Christmas and committed to another year on the job, Morrell said. More


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SEAL trial to be moved to Iraq
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A military judge has decided to move the trial for one of three Navy SEALs accused in connection with the alleged assault of a suspected terrorist to Iraq. Cmdr. Tierney Carlos, the trial judge for the court-martial of Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class (SEAL) Jonathan Elliot Keefe, has agreed with defense motions to move the April 6 trial to Camp Victory in Iraq so Keefe can face the alleged victim, Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the government sought to depose in lieu of a trial appearance. More


Battleship Missouri comes out of drydock at Pearl Harbor after months of maintenance, repairs
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A battleship that was turned into a World War II museum has come out of drydock at Pearl Harbor after undergoing maintenance and repairs since October. Tugs began pulling the former USS Missouri to its final destination, a few hundred yards from the USS Arizona. More


C-5A swap for new C-17s has hitch
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Ten more C-17 Globemasters are heading to Air Force flight lines, but there are strings attached. Air Force leaders have said they want to retire one C-5A Galaxy for each of the 10 new C-17s, which were approved by Congress and the president in December as part of the 2010 budget. More


Gates calls for delay in pentagon purchases of Lockheed F-35s
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered a delay in the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 program, cutting the Pentagon's planned purchases by 10 aircraft in fiscal 2011 and a total of 122 through 2015, according to a budget document. More


BENEFITS


Military retirees victims of a congressional shell game
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Military retirees are very close to losing their hard won Tricare for Life health insurance...and it is their own fault. The sad truth about military retirees is they usually fail to respond when their rights are violated or their futures placed in jeopardy. When viewing voting constituencies, the most dossal and inactive people are found among the retired military members and their dependents. More


RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED


National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of Jan. 5, 2010
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This week the Army, Navy and Air Force announced an increase in activated reservists, while the Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced a decrease. The net collective result is 3,717 more reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. More

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