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International Flotillas Sail across Pacific for RIMPAC Exercise

The amphibious assault ship USS America performs flight operations on June 22 while en route to exercise Rim of the Pacific. (US Navy photo/Demetrius Kennon)

Four multinational flotillas have set sail toward Hawaii for the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise. Ten ships departed from San Diego while another 12 assembled in the Western Pacific Ocean. All are expected to arrive at Pearl Harbor next week; RIMPAC starts Thursday. Brazil, meanwhile, has dropped plans to participate due to "unforeseen sc... more

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Florida Family

A kayak is recovered within a debris field off the coast of Sanibel, Fla., on June 22. The kayak and other personal items are believed to belong to a family reported missing while sailing in the Gulf of Mexico. (US Coast Guard photo via AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Coast Guard on Saturday suspended the search for a Florida family last seen on a sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico. Ace Kimberly and his three teenage children were last in contact on Sunday while sailing from Sarasota to Fort Myers for repairs to the vessel they lived on in Sarasota Bay. "We don't know where the boat ... more

Few Veterans Expelled under 'Don't Ask' Policy Seek Remedy

Former U.S. Army soldier Danny Ingram poses for a portrait on June 22 at his home in Atlanta. He was one of the first to be expelled after “don't ask, don't tell” was enacted. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Less than 8 percent of veterans expelled from the military under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy have applied to upgrade their discharges to honorable, or strip references to their sexual orientation from their record. In the nearly five years since the repeal of the policy that banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, f... more

DoD to Issue Revamped Spouse Transition Program


A program being overhauled by the Defense Department aims to arm military spouses with tools to help their families' transitions out of the military and back into civilian life. Existing transition programs focus almost entirely on the service member, with spouses allowed to attend those classes on a "space available" basis. But because the c... more

Vietnam War Captain Recalls Trick that Faked Out Enemy

Medal of Honor recipient Paul Bucha was hailed as a hero after he made the enemy believe the 187th Infantry Regiment was much bigger than it really was.

Army Capt. Paul "Buddy" Bucha faked out the enemy while leading his troops during the Vietnam War. The Medal of Honor recipient was hailed as a hero after he made North Vietnamese fighters believe his 187th Infantry Regiment was much bigger than it really was. The combination of bravery and cunning helped him earn the nation's highest military ... more

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