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Pacific Pivot Makes Modest Gains in Early Years

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth conducts routine patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands as the People's Liberation Army-Navy guided-missile frigate Yancheng sails close behind May 11, 2015. Conor Minto/Navy

The military facet of the Obama administration's rebalance to the Pacific has provided at least $9 billion more to U.S. Pacific Command over the last four years, although experts have difficulty gauging the initiative's actual success. With more than $1.2 trillion in U.S. trade transiting through the Pacific each year, it's easy to see why the ... more

Survivors of Last Vietnam Battle Go Back to Honor Missing Comrades

Standing from left, Larry Barnett; Clark Hale; Gale Rogers; Pierre Kann, co-founder of Save Cambodian Marine Life and event translator; Fred Morris, and Don Raatz, with ex-Khmer Rouge commander of the island, seated. Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes

KOH TANG, Cambodia -- Forty years ago, scores of inexperienced U.S. service members waged a largely forgotten battle in a largely unknown place to rescue a mysterious ship from an unfamiliar enemy. Forty-one American service members were killed in the operation, including three Marines who were left behind, ending the dark chapter of U.S. invol... more

3 Female Soldiers Again Pass Ranger School Physical Assessment Phase

U.S. Army Soldiers participate in combatives training during the Ranger Course on Ft. Benning, GA., April 20, 2015. Soldiers attend Ranger school to learn additional leadership and small unit skills. (U.S. Army/Spc. Nikayla Shodeen/Released)

The road for three women seeking to become the first females to earn the prestigious U.S. Army Ranger tab has led them back to Camp Darby on the eastern edge of Fort Benning. On Friday, the Army announced that three women -- part of a class of 362 soldiers that started the Ranger Physical Assessment phase on Monday -- would move to the next pha... more

Afghan Official: Islamic State Present in at Least 3 Provinces

In this undated file photo released by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave its flags in a convoy. (Militant website via AP, file)

KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan official says the Islamic State group now has a presence in three provinces but that the government is determined to drive it out. Zafar Hashimi, the Afghan president's deputy spokesman, said Sunday that the group -- which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria -- is active in the eastern Nangarhar, western Farah... more

VA Aims to Help Homeless, At-Risk Veterans Find Stable Jobs

Marine veteran David Bowles, 56, a beneficiary of the new Veterans Assistance Homeless Veterans Community Employment Services program, is photographed, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Cincinnati. John Minchillo/AP

CINCINNATI -- David Bowles is excitedly making plans to move from a homeless shelter to an apartment of his own in a few weeks, thanks to a new Department of Veterans Affairs program helping homeless veterans find long-term employment. "They saved me," said the 56-year-old former Marine, who got VA assistance in landing a job with a suburban Ci... more

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