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Senate Youth Program ‘Delegates’ Meet DOD Leaders at Pentagon

The weeklong U.S. Senate Youth Program trip to Washington concluded with a visit to the Pentagon. The 104 high school participants had a tour, a quick lunch and a meet and greet with David L. Norquist, who is performing the duties of deputy secretary of defense, and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul J. ...

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Service Members Reap Benefits of Tax Law Changes

Recent changes in tax law mean that many in uniform could see big returns when they file their 2018 taxes. “This last tax year has been quite exciting with all of the changes that occurred to it,” said Army Lt. Col. David Dulaney, executive director of the Armed Forces Tax Council. “The good news is that most of our service ...

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Pentagon: ISIS Crippled in Syria

Meeting with the reporters for the first time since assuming office Jan. 1, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan touched on the Syria withdrawal, success in Afghanistan, the U.S. Space Force, and his role as the head of the U.S. Department of Defense. Shanahan, who had served as deputy defense secretary until the first of the year, said that from ...

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Navy Gets Underway on Shipyard Upgrades

Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer assured lawmakers that as part of the service’s efforts to modernize the force, it was moving forward on plans to upgrade and improve the Navy’s public shipyards, during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s seapower subcommittee. 1) The Navy’s four public shipyards: Norfolk Naval Shipyard at Norfolk, Virginia; Portsmouth Naval Shipyard at Kittery, Maine; Puget ...

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5 Things to Know About Operations in Iraq

Army Col. Jonathan C. Byrom serves as commander of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and deputy director of Joint Operations Command Iraq. Byrom provided an update to reporters at the Pentagon on continued efforts to find and eliminate any remaining pockets of the largely defeated ISIS. 1) While the government of Iraq has declared the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to ...

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