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UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Veterans gather to celebrate service at ninth annual American Indian Memorial and Honoring Ceremony

Michael Sebastian grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and after serving for more than 22 years in the U.S. Military – including three tours of duty in Iraq – …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 10:46 a.m.

On 50th anniversary, Post Falls Marine veteran remembers Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

David A. Smith was a lance corporal in the Marine Corps the night 250,000 Soviet solders landed in Czechoslovakia, and a man holding a dog showed up at his door …

Then and Now: Baxter General Hospital

As World War II began in earnest, the wounded returning from war overwhelmed the military hospital system and new hospitals were planned. In 1942, city of Spokane donated 160 acres …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Action over Papua New Guinea: At 96, WWII flying ace recalls time in the air

Ralph Wandrey joined the U.S. Army Air Corps at 20, about a month before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. At the time of his enlistment he was told he would …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 2:31 p.m.

55 years after war’s end, WWII flying ace returns flag to family of fallen Japanese soldier

In 2000, WWII flying ace Ralph Wandrey reached out to researcher Henry Sakaida. He was in possession, he told Sakaida, of a flag he had taken from Japanese barracks while …

Marked and tattered U.S. flags are saved from recycling for a proper retiring

If an American flag is thrown into a recycling bin, it’s eventually plucked from a stream of mixed glass, paper, plastic and metal at Waste Management’s recycling plant near the …

U.S. military plans as if Guantanamo won’t close for decades

A new dining hall for guards at the Guantanamo Bay detention center has a shimmering view of the Caribbean and a lifespan of 20 years. Barracks scheduled to start getting …

Putin: Russia military not building long-term in Syria

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia has no plans to pull its military out of Syria, but isn’t building permanent facilities there.

In scattered memorials, Spokane remembers its nation’s wars – but what do the monuments mean?

Memorial Day is a time to remember the people who died while serving in the military. Monuments are just one way to remember the dead, yet what those memorials represent, …

UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 11:57 a.m.

Eight decades and counting: 80th Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade honors region’s veterans

Coasting down Washington Street in a vintage military Jeep, World War II veteran and retired Admiral George Lotzenhiser said he relished being a part of one of the nation’s foremost …

Report finds multiple failures leading to Niger attack

Multiple failures led up to the deadly Niger attack last October, but top military leaders said Thursday that none directly caused the overwhelming enemy ambush that killed four American service …

Correspondence in time of war: Smithsonian’s ‘Mail Call,’ to appear at Valley Heritage Museum

From the American Revolution to present day, mail has formed a link between members of the military and their loved ones. Beginning May 9, the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum will …

UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

Filipino veterans to receive Congressional Gold Medals for WWII service

On Saturday, hundreds of Filipino veterans and their families will receive Congressional Gold Medals in recognition of their service in World War II.

UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Retired Air Force serviceman killed in Spokane hit-and-run crash; suspect arrested

A retired United States Air Force serviceman and U.S. postal worker succumbed to injuries he sustained in a Spokane hit-and-run crash on April 16. The suspect was arrested Thursday night.

After long wait, unclaimed remains of military veterans find their final resting place

The unclaimed ashes of soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen were given the proper burial at the Washington Veterans Cemetery, their remains placed in new handmade wooden urns and tucked into …

With appearance at Fairchild, Shelly Monahan-Cain continues advocacy for survivors of sexual assault

Former Spokane news anchor Shelly Monahan-Cain never shied away from speaking out about the sexual assault she survived in the early 1980s, despite the trauma it left with her.

UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

Impatient for wall, Trump wants military to secure Mexico border

Frustrated by slow action on a major campaign promise, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants to use the military to secure the U.S.-Mexico border until his promised border wall …

Pentagon silent on transgender policy released last week

Nearly a week after the Pentagon publicly posted its new recommended policy on transgender troops, the department’s chief spokeswoman refused to clarify portions of the memo or settle confusion about …

UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Trump suggests paying for U.S. border wall with Pentagon funds

President Donald Trump is floating the idea of using the military’s budget to pay for his long-promised border wall with Mexico.

UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

Trump order would ban most transgender troops from serving

President Donald Trump released an order Friday night banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under “limited circumstances,” following up on his calls last year to ban …

UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 6:41 p.m.

Lawmakers release huge budget; big military, domestic boosts

Congressional leaders finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill Wednesday that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant “Dreamers,” deprives President Donald Trump some of his …

Thousands flee violence in mass exodus from Syrian towns

Tens of thousands of terrified men, women and children streamed out on foot and in pick-up trucks Thursday from besieged enclaves on two fronts, fleeing bombings from the Syrian military …

Local Vietnam veterans recall carnage of Tet Offensive, launched this day 50 years ago

Hank Melanson was 18 years old and had just landed near Khe Sanh in central Vietnam when he witnessed a fellow Marine shot and killed. The battle launched what came …

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 9 p.m.

Military says fitness trackers reveal sensitive information

The U.S. military said Monday that it is adjusting guidelines for the use of all wireless and technological devices on military facilities amid revelations that fitness trackers can be used …

Tillerson signals deeper U.S. military commitment in Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled deeper U.S. commitment to Syria on Wednesday, saying America would maintain its military presence there to prevent an Islamic State resurgence. He said the …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 4:08 p.m.

‘Very strong’ Democratic sentiment to oppose GOP budget bill

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there’s “very, very strong” sentiment among Democrats in the chamber to oppose GOP-drafted legislation to keep the government’s doors open, comments that could …

Oregon plans $25M upgrade at Camp Umatilla training center

The Oregon Military Department plans to spend $25 million on improvements at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot near Hermiston.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 4:57 p.m.

Transgender people cleared to join military, for now

The Justice Department has made clear its proposed ban on transgender military recruits is on hold, meaning their enlistment can start Monday.

Military poised to accept transgender troops, despite Trump tweets, as courts block ban

Barring last-minute intervention by the Supreme Court, the military’s ban on enlisting transgender troops is set to fall next week, despite President Donald Trump’s tweets.

President Trump sends Christmas greetings to US troops abroad

President Donald Trump opened his first Christmas Eve in office by offering season’s greetings to U.S. troops stationed around the world and chatting up children who called into a Defense …