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Top Taliban leader 'likely killed' in airstrike, U.S. official says

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military launched a drone strike against Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour on Saturday, the Pentagon said, dealing a potential blow to the group whose insurgent assaults pose a major obstacle to U.S. hopes for ending the war in Afghanistan.

Date: 05/21/2016 | Nation & World

Naval Station welcomes vets to Memorial Day ceremony

EVERETT — Naval Station Everett is hosting a Memorial Day ceremony at 7:50 a.m. Thursday and is inviting local veterans of all branches of the military to attend.The ceremony will be held on base in the Jackson Plaza courtyard, beginning with the observance of...

Date: 05/21/2016 | Local News

In Uniform

EventsEvergreen Beauty College students and staff will provide free haircuts and facials to military families and veterans, 1-5 p.m. May 23. The school is at 802 SE Everett Mall Way, Suite A, Everett. A barbecue, games, raffles and more also are...

Date: 05/20/2016 | Local News

Senate panel: Continue caps on military pay raises

For a fourth straight year, military personnel could see their basic pay increase next January fall short of average wage growth in the private sector.That became more likely when the Senate Armed Services Committee this week offered a first peak at its fiscal 2017...

Date: 05/20/2016 | Local News

Agreement on U.S. troops in Libya could be reached ‘any day’

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — The U.S. military’s top general said Thursday that the Libyan government is in a “period of intense dialogue” that could soon lead to an agreement in which U.S. military advisers will be deployed there to assist in the fight against the Islamic State.

Date: 05/19/2016 | Nation & World

Main gate at naval base closing for construction

EVERETT — Naval Station Everett will close its main gate starting May 31 to build a new canopy over the sentry stations.All vehicle traffic will be directed to the base’s north gate on 18th Street.

Date: 05/19/2016 | Local News

Manning appeal seeks reversal of charges in Wikileaks case

Imprisoned national security leaker Chelsea Manning is asking a military appeals court to reverse her conviction for sending classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, or reduce her 35-year sentence to ten years.

Date: 05/19/2016 | Nation & World

Navy chief urges admirals to rethink integrity

The Navy's highest-ranking officer has summoned more than 300 admirals to a special gathering near Washington on Thursday at which he will urge them to place a renewed emphasis on integrity in light of several scandals that have plagued the service."Our behavior, as an...

Date: 05/19/2016 | Nation & World

Army helicopter struck with live rounds during training exercise

TACOMA — Authorities say a soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord who was participating in a large training exercise in California shot an Army Apache helicopter with live rounds.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Northwest

GOP blocks provision to require women to register for draft

WASHINGTON — Buckling under conservative pressure, the Republican-led House Rules Committee pulled a legislative sleight of hand and stripped a provision from the annual defense policy bill that would have required women between the ages of 18 and 25 to sign up for a military draft.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Nation & World

Bergdahl to be court-martialed under new commander-in-chief

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his combat outpost in Afghanistan and spent five years in captivity, will be court-martialed under a new commander-in-chief.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Nation & World

House chairman wants to prevent women from entering the draft

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee this week will try to strip language from legislation he oversees that would require women to register for the draft, blaming himself for not stopping the proposal from getting in the bill in the first place.

Date: 05/16/2016 | Nation & World

Former GOP lawyer: Military acted properly on Benghazi

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military acted properly on the night of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, according to leaked testimony from a retired, three-star Army general who served as chief lawyer for Republicans on the House committee investigating the attacks.

Date: 05/16/2016 | Nation & World

U.S., other powers want to arm Libyan government

VIENNA — The United States and other world powers say they are ready to supply Libya’s internationally recognized government with weapons to counter the Islamic State and other militant groups gaining footholds in its lawless regions.

Date: 05/16/2016 | Nation & World

In Uniform

EventsEvergreen Beauty College students and staff will provide free haircuts and facials to military families and veterans, 1-5 p.m. May 23. The school is at 802 SE Everett Mall Way, Suite A, Everett. A barbecue, games, raffles and more also are...

Date: 05/13/2016 | Local News

Senators want benefits phased in for older vets

A showpiece of the Veterans First package that the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee unveiled last week is a multibillion-dollar initiative to phase in for older generations of severely injured veterans robust caregiver benefits first enacted in 2010 only for the post-9/11...

Date: 05/13/2016 | Local News

Pentagon chief overhauls Silicon Valley office

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter will overhaul one of his signature efforts, placing new leadership in charge of the Pentagon’s office in Silicon Valley just nine months after it opened and directing the staff there to report directly to him. Carter will also establish a...

Date: 05/12/2016 | Business Wire

Naval exercise in harbor on Thursday

EVERETT — Naval Station Everett is planning a security exercise in the harbor around the base on Thursday between 9:30 and 11 a.m.Usual traffic and pedestrian access to the base will not be affected.

Date: 05/11/2016 | Local News

A win for Point Elliott Treaty

Monday's decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny a permit to build the nation's largest coal export terminal at Cherry...

Date: 05/11/2016 | Editorials

Inslee orders wildfire training for National Guard personnel

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has directed the state’s National Guard to train up to 250 guard members to help fight summer wildfires.

Date: 05/09/2016 | Northwest

Boeing working on KC-46 tanker fix

Boeing is working on a hardware and software fix for a lingering problem with the KC-46 tanker’s aerial refueling system, reports Flightglobal.

Date: 05/09/2016 | Aerospace Blog

Clinton should rebut Trump’s isolationism

By questioning the fundamentals of America's global role, Donald Trump has given Hillary Clinton a chance to lift her game — by explaining why continued international engagement is in America's interest and the world's.If Clinton can't counter Trump's "America...

Date: 05/09/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Soldier from Guard company based in Snohomish dies in noncombat incident in Iraq

SEATTLE — A Washington National Guard soldier, who was a state trooper in his civilian life, has died in Iraq in a noncombat related incident, the Defense Department said Sunday.

Date: 05/08/2016 | Northwest

More women will strengthen U.S. military

An attempt to undermine the Pentagon's decision to allow women to serve in combat roles backfired spectacularly last week — and the U.S. will be safer for it.During a congressional debate on the defense policy bill, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, proposed requiring...

Date: 05/08/2016 | Commentary

West Point probes black cadets’ fists-raised photo

NEW YORK — The U.S. Military Academy has launched an inquiry into a photo showing 16 black, female cadets in uniform with their fists raised, an image that has spurred questions about whether the gesture violates military restrictions on political activity.

Date: 05/07/2016 | Nation & World

110-year-old WWII veteran from Louisiana dies

NEW ORLEANS — A 110-year-old Louisiana man who enlisted in the army during World War II to serve his country has died.Local television station KPLC-TV in Lake Charles reported that Frank Levingston died Tuesday.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Nation & World

Panel votes to end pay-benefit slide, tweak ex-spouse law

With U.S. forces still at war and House members up for re-election in November, the House Armed Services Committee rejected almost every idea the Obama administration proposed in its 2017 budget request to dampen military compensation and apply dollars saved to other defense priorities.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Local News

Army captain sues Obama; says he lacks authority to fight ISIS

WASHINGTON — An Army captain sued President Barack Obama on Wednesday, alleging that he doesn’t have the proper congressional authority to wage war against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Date: 05/05/2016 | Nation & World

Navy SEAL killed in Iraq was part of rescue team

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Charlie Keating IV, who died in a gunfight with militants in Iraq, was known in Phoenix for his family name but forged his own path as a high school and college track star and then as a Navy SEAL.

Date: 05/04/2016 | Nation & World

Islamic State fire kills American in combat in Iraq

BAGHDAD — A U.S Navy SEAL was killed Tuesday by fire from the Islamic State group outside the IS-held city of Mosul, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged it as a “combat death” as the U.S. expands its role in the northern part of Iraq.

Date: 05/03/2016 | Nation & World

Getting a fair deal for National Guard members

During disasters, the assistance provided by members for the Army National Guard and Air National Guard have proved invaluable to the victims of disaster but also in support of the work of first responders at the scene, such as during the wildfires in Eastern and Central Washington the...

Date: 05/03/2016 | Editorials

Military tests unmanned ship designed to cross oceans

SAN DIEGO — The military is launching tests on the world’s largest unmanned surface vessel — a self-driving, 132-foot ship designed to travel thousands of miles out at sea without a single crew member on board.

Date: 05/02/2016 | Nation & World

Franklin County supports preservation of old control tower

KENNEWICK — A Washington county has endorsed a largely volunteer effort to preserve an old control tower at Naval Air Station Pasco.

Date: 05/02/2016 | Northwest

Appeals ruling clears way for Bowe Bergdahl case to resume

An appeals court has cleared the way for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s legal case to resume, rejecting prosecutors’ arguments that defense attorneys were given too much leeway on accessing classified documents.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World

Daniel Berrigan, pacifist priest, dies at 94

The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a writer, teacher and longtime opponent of U.S. military involvement abroad whose repeated acts of civil disobedience put him at odds with his government and the Roman Catholic Church but made him a major figure among advocates for peace and social justice, died Saturday...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World

Navy commander sentenced to 6 years in bribery scandal

SAN DIEGO — The highest ranking Navy officer charged in the sprawling “Fat Leonard” bribery and contracting fraud scheme was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison Friday, the longest term handed down so far in the scandal.

Date: 04/30/2016 | Nation & World

Snohomish Army National Guard unit deployed to Middle East

Soldiers assigned to Snohomish's 176th Engineer Company, Washington State Army National Guard, departed March 30 for deployment to the Middle East.The vertical engineer company of electricians, plumbers, carpenters and masons will maintain and build facilities on military...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Local News

In Uniform

Navy celebrates Earth DayHerald staffSailors and civilian employees in Everett and Oak Harbor participated in Earth Day celebrations April 22. Naval Station Everett and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island each took part in the Department of...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Local News

Commissary reforms advance with safeguards

The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel unanimously has endorsed sweeping reforms to how groceries are procured, priced, promoted and sold on U.S. military bases stateside and overseas.The commissary reform package, largely shaped by Defense officials on...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Local News

New charges filed in Naval Academy sex misconduct case

The military has filed new criminal charges against Marine Maj. Mark Thompson, a former U.S. Naval Academy instructor who insisted that he had been unfairly convicted of sexual misconduct with two female midshipmen.After revelations about his case in The Washington Post, the...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Nation & World

House committee votes to require women to register for draft

WASHINGTON — Women would be required to register for the military draft under a House committee’s bill that comes just months after the Defense Department lifted all gender-based restrictions on front-line combat units.

Date: 04/28/2016 | Nation & World

About 16 military disciplined in Afghanistan hospital attack

WASHINGTON — A senior U.S. official says that about 16 U.S. military personnel, including one general officer, have been disciplined for mistakes that led to the bombing of a civilian hospital in Afghanistan last year that killed 42 people.

Date: 04/28/2016 | Nation & World

Army’s 1st female infantry officer is Ranger School graduate

When Capt. Kristen Griest made history last summer by becoming one of the first two women to graduate the Army’s legendarily difficult Ranger School, she made her intentions clear: She was considering joining a Special Operations unit. Now, she has accomplished another first with some similar...

Date: 04/28/2016 | Nation & World

A Washington ritual: Pentagon, Congress at odds over bases

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon thinks it has a winning argument for why Congress should allow a new round of military base closings. The case goes like this: The Army and Air Force have vastly more space for training and basing troops than they need, and trimming the surplus would save money better used...

Date: 04/25/2016 | Nation & World

Obama to announce plans to grow U.S. Special Operations force in Syria

LONDON — President Obama will announce the addition of 250 Special Operations troops to the American advisory force in Syria, U.S. officials said Sunday, the administration’s latest move seeking to intensify pressure on the Islamic State.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Nation & World

North Korea appears to fire submarine-launched missile

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Saturday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile from a submarine off its northeast coast, South Korean defense officials said, Pyongyang's latest effort to expand its military might in the face of pressure by its neighbors and...

Date: 04/23/2016 | Nation & World

U.S. acknowledges another 20 civilian deaths in Syria, Iraq

WASHINGTON — U.S. airstrikes aimed at Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq killed 20 civilians between September and February, including eight in a single attack on a mortar position used by militants, the U.S. military said Friday.

Date: 04/22/2016 | Nation & World

Many resources for veterans at Everett YMCA open house

Marine Corps veteran Dan Hults served in Vietnam in 1965 and '66. He has type 2 diabetes, one of many diseases the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes as being

Date: 04/22/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

Appeals court finds VA wronged veterans

A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has ruled unanimously that the Department of Veterans Affairs ignored "plain language" of a 2010 statute meant to protect VA-enrolled veterans from out-of-pocket costs when forced to use non-VA emergency...

Date: 04/22/2016 | Local News

In Uniform

Active dutyEmployers Support of the Guard and Reserves supports the men and women of the Guard and Reserves, including employer and supervisor awards programs, under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

Date: 04/22/2016 | Local News

Navy accuses Gulf commander of misconduct

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A U.S. Navy officer relieved of commanding a Persian Gulf patrol ship allegedly failed to maintain equipment to the point of exposing “his crew to unnecessary risk,” interfered with an inquiry into his actions and once slept drunk on a bench at a Dubai port, according...

Date: 04/21/2016 | Nation & World

Second woman in infantry

Snohomish’s Loren Ross, 17, grew up in a family of military men

Date: 04/21/2016 | Local News

Our Navy-friendly reputation

Things might look a little lonely along the berths at Navy Base Everett right now.The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, originally scheduled to return to Everett this year, instead is not expected home until 2019. And the USS Momsen, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile...

Date: 04/19/2016 | Editorials

Coast Guard rescues 3 men after boat capsizes in Makah Bay

MAKAH BAY — A crew from the U.S. Coast Guard rescued three men after their boat capsized in Makah Bay.Coast Guard officials said in a news release that a boater made a mayday call Monday morning, saying they had an emergency and were near Strawberry Rock.

Date: 04/18/2016 | Northwest

Oregon defense contractor pleads guilty to bribery charge

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon defense contractor acknowledged Monday that he bribed a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program manager to secure $171 million in contracts over a decade.

Date: 04/18/2016 | Northwest

EPA set to begin cleanup of creek that served as Navy dump

BREMERTON — Environmental officials are set to clean up a Washington stream after it spent decades as a U.S. Navy dumping ground.The Kitsap Sun reported that the stretch of Gorst Creek is filled with rusty car parts, paint cans, batteries and plastic sheeting.

Date: 04/18/2016 | Northwest

U.S. approves 200 more troops to fight Islamic State in Iraq

WASHINGTON — The United States will send approximately 200 additional troops to Iraq and allow U.S. advisers to move closer to the front lines,the Pentagon said Monday, as the Obama administration embraces new measures to intensify the campaign against the Islamic State.

Date: 04/18/2016 | Nation & World

U.S. seeks ways to boost fight against Islamic State

AL-DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he will talk with his commanders in the coming days to identify additional ways the U.S. can intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, including more airstrikes,...

Date: 04/17/2016 | Nation & World

Army to train females for ground combat

In the coming weeks, the Army is set to commission 22 female lieutenants into ground combat roles, a first for the service, the Army announced Friday.

Date: 04/16/2016 | Nation & World

Port Orchard woman to be among first female tank operators

PORT ORCHARD — A Port Orchard woman has signed on to be among the first female tank operators.

Date: 04/15/2016 | Northwest

Decision time nears for easing the survivor benefit offset

This could be a pivotal legislative year for more than 60,000 surviving spouses of service members who either died in retirement from service-connected ailments or injuries or died while serving on active duty.

Date: 04/15/2016 | Local News

Activity at base will ramp up

First of four destroyers is expected this summer

Date: 04/15/2016 | Local News

Stealthy destroyer’s delivery to Navy slips 3 years

General Dynamics Corp.'s stealthy, electric-powered destroyer for the Navy will be delivered almost three years late, according to the Pentagon's latest schedule.The Navy now estimates delivery of the DDG-1000, the first of three Zumwalt-class vessels in a $22.4 billion...

Date: 04/15/2016 | Business Wire

USS Momsen to deploy from Naval Station Everett on Friday

EVERETT — The guided missile destroyer USS Momsen is leaving Naval Station Everett on Friday for deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Local News

Russians buzz U.S. Navy warship in Baltic Sea

WASHINGTON — Russian attack planes buzzed a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea multiple times Monday and Tuesday, coming as close as an estimated 30 feet from the ship and twice passing below the ship's navigation bridge, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Nation & World

The nation liked Ike; should GOP draft a military leader?

As Republicans head toward what could be a stalemated convention, they might recall how the party healed itself in 1952 in what was known as the "winter of discontent." The Republicans drafted a military leader, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, as their presidential candidate.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

2 guided missile containers found bobbing in the Pacific

Two large shipping containers, each stamped with the words "Contains: Guided Missile," were discovered bobbing in the Pacific Ocean near the southeast Alaska island community of Craig.Alaska State Troopers say both were empty, and information from tags attached...

Date: 04/12/2016 | Nation & World

Stanwood memorial to honor local veterans

STANWOOD — Volunteers plan to fill an open yard in downtown Stanwood with a brick and granite memorial honoring local veterans who died while serving in a foreign war.

Date: 04/12/2016 | Local News

2 JBLM soldiers get vastly different sentences for deadly crimes

TACOMA — Two soldiers from the same Joint Base Lewis-McChord infantry battalion experienced two very different kinds of justice when they came home from training events a year apart and carried out deadly crimes.

Date: 04/09/2016 | Northwest

Army shelves plan for North Cascades helicopter training

TACOMA — The U.S. Army has shelved a proposal to train helicopter pilots on U.S. Forest Service lands in an area over the North Cascades in the wake of strong criticism from outdoors advocates.

Date: 04/08/2016 | Northwest

New Lynnwood resource center opens to assist veterans

LYNNWOOD — Some 57,000 veterans who live in Snohomish County have a new place to get help in Lynnwood.The Veterans One-Stop Resource Center now is open every Tuesday and the first Wednesday of each month at the Verdant Community Wellness Center, 4710 196th St. SW.

Date: 04/08/2016 | Local News

In Uniform

Active dutyU.S. Army Pvt. Thomas Loverich has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Loverich is the grandson of Betty King, of Monroe. He is a 2006 graduate of Omak High School.

Date: 04/08/2016 | Local News

The push to end VA health care is untenable

Seven of 15 outside health advisers appointed to recommend ways to improve veterans' health services over the next two decades have proposed shutting down all VA medical centers and outpatient services, and having its 9 million enrollees get their medical care in the private sector.

Date: 04/08/2016 | Local News

U.S. Special Operations fighters forced to use faulty rifle sights

U.S. Special Operations forces are using rifle sights that are supposed to help shooters accurately hit their targets but instead have a defect, acknowledged by the manufacturer, that potentially endangers the lives of service members in combat, according to court records and military...

Date: 04/03/2016 | Nation & World

Impact not clear from latest Boeing tanker setback

Boeing’s KC-46 aerial refueling tanker suffered another setback to its development schedule,

Date: 04/01/2016 | Aerospace Blog

Families, therapists brace for cuts to autism care fees

Jessika Ashcraft, wife of an Army helicopter pilot at Joint Base Lewis McChord, praises the progress their four-year-old son, afflicted with mild autism, has made this past year because of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy at home three-and-a-half hours a day, five days a week.

Date: 04/01/2016 | Local News

Report: Supplier is a drag on Boeing KC-46 tanker program

EVERETT — The Boeing Co.'s new KC-46 aerial refueling tanker continues to be hampered by late supplier deliveries, according to a federal oversight report released Thursday."A key supplier is not delivering aerial refueling systems on time, which could affect the...

Date: 03/31/2016 | Business

New anti-terror medal features armored hand stabbing scorpion

A new medal for service members fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria was announced by the Pentagon on Wednesday.The Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, authorized in an executive order by President Barack Obama, joins a growing list of decorations created for the wars...

Date: 03/31/2016 | Nation & World

Trump may have a point on U.S. support of NATO, Saudis

It seems strange that so few of my fellow TV binge-watchers have submitted to the fascinating Norwegian political thriller, "Occupied." Friends, this is eight hours of your life you won't mind not getting back.In the story, an idealistic Norwegian prime minister...

Date: 03/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists

VA might add more ‘presumptive’ illnesses for Vietnam vets

By August this year many more thousands of Vietnam War veterans, those suffering from bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, Parkinson’s-like symptoms and even high blood pressure, could learn they will be eligible for VA health benefits and disability compensation. Or perhaps not.

Date: 03/25/2016 | Local News

VA suspends top official in relocation scam

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs is suspending the head of the Veterans Benefits Administration for allowing two lower-ranking officials to manipulate the agency’s hiring system for their own gain.

Date: 03/22/2016 | Nation & World

Veterans are using pot to ease PTSD, despite scant research

TRENTON, N.J. — A growing number of states are weighing whether to legalize marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. But for many veterans, the debate is already over.

Date: 03/22/2016 | Nation & World

Love of his life brings South Dakota native to Bothell

Dustin Hofer, 37, is a recent graduate of Seattle Recording Arts. The South Dakota native has a degree in history from University of Nebraska at Omaha. He moved to Bothell for love.What led to where you are...

Date: 03/22/2016 | The Chat

Decades later, Medal of Honor awardee gets graveside honors

SEATTLE — A 1906 Medal of Honor recipient who was quietly buried in Seattle over 60 years ago without ceremony or a headstone will receive full military honors at a graveside service Friday.

Date: 03/20/2016 | Northwest

American Air Museum celebrates bond of U.S., Britain

DUXFORD, England — As Britons ponder their place in Europe ahead of a vote on European Union membership, a newly reopened museum serves as a reminder that the U.K. has often looked west — to a "special relationship" with the United States that has survived...

Date: 03/19/2016 | Nation & World

U.S. Marine dies in battle with Islamic State

IRBIL, Iraq — A U.S. Marine was killed near the front line with the Islamic State in northern Iraq on Saturday, becoming the second combat casualty of the war against the militants, according to the U.S. military and Iraqi officials.The Marine died when ISIS militants...

Date: 03/19/2016 | Nation & World

Graham: Open FEHBP health plans to guard and reserves

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman of the Senate armed services subcommittee on military personnel, signaled recently that he will support a plan to allow drilling Reserve and Guard members to have access to the menu of health insurance plans offered to federal civilian...

Date: 03/18/2016 | Local News

Drawing a red line will be tricky in South China Sea

The Obama administration is moving toward what could be a dangerous showdown with China over the South China Sea.The confrontation has been building for the past three years, as China has constructed artificial islands off its southern coast and installed missiles and radar...

Date: 03/17/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Housing the 99 and beyond

There's a shared responsibility in ending homelessness for all, but the duty is felt more sharply when those without housing are veterans of U.S. military service.As of January 2014, nearly 50,000 homeless veterans were counted during community Point In Time surveys across...

Date: 03/16/2016 | Editorials

Our concepts of patriotism can exclude many

Recent discussions with fellow Americans of right-wing persuasion have made me think the word "patriotism" ought to be banished like a Guatemalan child at our Southern border. Either that, or people who use it should be required simultaneously to define it. Even...

Date: 03/16/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Army postpones rocket test at JBLM

TACOMA — The U.S. Army has postponed a series of rocket tests at a Washington base after months of public outreach on the topic.The News Tribune reported that the Army postponed the first round of its artillery training at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for at least a week.

Date: 03/15/2016 | Northwest

ISIS chemical attacks kill child, wound 600, Iraqis say

BAGHDAD — The Islamic State group has launched two chemical attacks near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing a three-year-old girl, wounding some 600 people and causing hundreds more to flee, Iraqi officials said Saturday."What the Daesh terrorist gangs...

Date: 03/12/2016 | Nation & World

Military waste diverts funds that those in services deserve

I totally agree with your March 7 editorial, "Military war waste shameful." The military and Congress, trying to appease their military-industrial constituents and...

Date: 03/12/2016 | Commentary

In Uniform

Active DutyU.S. Army National Guard Pvt. Elizabeth Hanzelka has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Hanzelka is the daughter of Dale and Susan Hanzelka, of Clinton. She is a 2015 graduate of...

Date: 03/11/2016 | Local News

‘Force of the Future’ might survive attack on its architect

The irony of the blistering attack that Brad R. Carson, the Defense Department's top personnel official, endured last week at his confirmation hearing to become under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness is that many of his "Force of the Future" ideas might...

Date: 03/11/2016 | Local News

Serving those who served

Carl Frisk has volunteered on behalf of veterans for years

Date: 03/11/2016 | Local News

Second Boeing KC-46 tanker back in the air

EVERETT — A Boeing KC-46 test plane was back in the air Thursday after cutting short its flight the day before.

Date: 03/10/2016 | Aerospace Blog

3 fishing vessels ordered back to port for safety violations

SEATTLE — U.S. Coast Guard officials say they ordered three commercial fishing vessels in Puget Sound back to port after multiple safety violations were found.

Date: 03/09/2016 | Northwest

Army panel sides with doctor on drug test

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — A panel of senior Army officers has recommended against additional punishment for a doctor jailed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on a drug charge based on results from a contaminated urine sample.

Date: 03/08/2016 | Northwest

Famed Coast Guard chopper heads to Air and Space Museum

WASHINGTON — Even before the Coast Guard helicopter got airborne that morning, the crew could see the glow from the fire on the horizon, 40 miles away.Two ships, one of them a fully loaded oil tanker, had collided in the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston, Texas. Both were...

Date: 03/06/2016 | Nation & World

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