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Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivers the 2017 State of the Coast Guard Address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., March 16, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivers the 2017 State of the Coast Guard Address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., March 16, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

Here's a look at the most popular stories this week on Military.com.

Commandant: 'I Will Not Break Faith' With Transgender Coast Guardsmen

As military services await guidance following President Donald Trump's announcement last week via Twitter of a ban on transgender service members, the commandant of the Coast Guard is speaking out, saying he has no intention of leaving transgender Coast Guardsmen out in the cold.

By Hope Hodge Seck at Military.com | Read more

Report: Navy Pilot Breaks Silence About Shooting Down Syrian Fighter

The first U.S. pilot to notch an air-to-air kill in nearly 20 years, shooting down a Syrian Su-22 Fitter earlier this summer, recently made his first public comments about the experience, telling British journalists the entire encounter lasted only eight minutes.

By Hope Hodge Seck | Read more

Air Force Gets Creative to Tackle Pilot Shortage

The Air Force's pilot shortage has leaders worried not only about filling gaps in the immediate future, but also how the military and civilian airlines may suffer without fine-tuned aviators in decades to come.

By Oriana Pawlyk at Military.com | Read more

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