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Obama expected to nominate former senator as defense secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, a senior administration official said Sunday, choosing a former Senate colleague and a decorated Vietnam veteran and signaling he's ready for a contentious confirmation fight likely dominated by questions about Hagel's stands on Israel and Iran.

January 07, 2013 | By Julia Pace and Robert Burns Associated Press writers | News+Opinion

Troop cuts would not be new

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A war over, the Army heeds Congress' demands to cuts costs by paring its ranks. But the nation's economy is weak, and unemployment rates are high. It's an uncertain time for thousands of service members and their families.

December 21, 2012 | By Susanne M. Schafer Associated Press writer | News+Opinion

We survived!

MERIDA, Mexico (AP) - Ceremonial fires burned and conches sounded off as dawn broke over the steps of the main pyramid at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza Friday, making what many believe is the conclusion of a vast, 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar.

December 21, 2012 | By Mark Stevenson Associated Press writer | News+Opinion

Army seeking death penalty for Afghan killings

SEATTLE (AP) - The U.S. Army said Wednesday it will seek the death penalty against the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a predawn rampage in March, a decision his lawyer called "totally irresponsible."

December 20, 2012 | By Gene Johnson Associated Press writer | News+Opinion

DoD sets 2013 housing, subsistence rates

WASHINGTON - On Jan. 1, 2013, service members can expect to see an average increase of about $60 in their 2013 basic allowance for housing, Cheryl Anne Woehr, the BAH program manager, said Dec. 13.

December 17, 2012 | By Claudette Roulo American Forces Press Service | News+Opinion

State on track with federal IDs

ROME, Ga. (AP) - The state of Georgia said it is meeting federal requirements for new citizen identification cards.

December 17, 2012 | Associated Press | News+Opinion

Wounded warriors welcome comrades home

About 300 3rd Infantry Division soldiers making up the trail party for the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armor Brigade Combat Team arrived home Saturday evening. They were welcomed by family and friends, including 16 of their Wounded Warriors who sustained serious combat injuries during their deployment to Afghanistan.

December 12, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | News+Opinion

Signal battalion deploys from Gordon

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Nearly three dozen soldiers are leaving an Army base near Augusta for a nine-month deployment in the Middle East.

December 10, 2012 | Associated Press | News+Opinion

Former deputy commander here to head Centcom

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama intends to nominate Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, currently the vice chief of staff of the Army, to succeed Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis as the next commander of U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced today.

December 06, 2012 | By Claudette Roulo American Forces Press Service | News+Opinion

31-year-old soldier dies on Benning

VASSAR, Mich. - Officials say a 31-year-old soldier originally from Michigan who was deployed once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan has died at Fort Benning, Ga.

December 05, 2012 | Associated Press | News+Opinion

Desert Rogues come home

About 200 soldiers with the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armor Brigade Combat Team were welcomed home from Afghanistan on Tuesday in a ceremony on Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field.

December 05, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | News+Opinion

Fiscal cliff offer hints at more defense cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions of dollars in military cuts on top of the nearly $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year, and even the fiercest defense hawks acknowledge that the Pentagon faces another financial hit.

December 05, 2012 | By Donna Cassata Associated Press writer | News+Opinion

200 troops expected home today

A group of Army soldiers from Fort Stewart is returning home from Afghanistan in time to spend the holiday season with their families.

December 04, 2012 | Associated Press | News+Opinion

Insider attack in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) - It was a sneak attack, but not by the enemy they feared.

December 04, 2012 | By Robert Burns Associated Press writer | News+Opinion

Fort Hood judge ousted

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A military judge has been thrown off the Fort Hood deadly shooting case after an appeals court found that his treatment of the suspect, including an order to have the man forcibly shaved, indicated a lack of impartiality.

December 04, 2012 | By Angela K. Brown Associated Press writer | News+Opinion

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