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UPDATED: Thu., June 11, 2020

Milley says he was wrong to accompany Trump on church walk

Army Gen. Mark Milley, the nation’s top military officer, said Thursday he was wrong to accompany President Donald Trump on a walk through Lafayette Square that ended in a photo …


Germany wants to kick extremists out of military faster

The German government has agreed on a bill that would speed up the dismissal of soldiers involved in extremism or serious crimes.


UPDATED: Thu., June 4, 2020

Army: Esper reverses plan to send active-duty troops home

In an abrupt reversal, Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday overturned an earlier Pentagon decision to send a couple hundred active-duty soldiers home from the Washington, D.C., region, amid growing …


UPDATED: Mon., June 1, 2020

Trump mobilizes military in Washington, threatens to use troops to quell protests across U.S.

President Donald Trump militarized the federal response to protests of racial inequality that have erupted in cities across America late Monday as military police fired tear gas and rubber bullets …


UPDATED: Mon., June 1, 2020

Trump threatens to send military to end protests

President Donald Trump threatened to deploy United States military unless states halt violent protests.


Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus

One was a 94-year-old veteran of World War II who was the first of his 11 brothers to enlist in the military. One was a Vietnam veteran who lost his …


UPDATED: Fri., May 15, 2020

Medal of Honor recipient and WSU graduate Ronald Shurer, 41, dies of cancer

Ronald Shurer II, who graduated from Washington State University in 2001 and joined the Army a year later and served with such extraordinary valor in Afghanistan that he earned the …


UPDATED: Fri., May 8, 2020

World War II veterans recall victory in Europe 75 years ago

On the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, veterans of World War II recall the carnage and purpose of liberating Europe.


Military sexual assault reports rise, in Air Force above all

Reports of sexual assaults across the military increased slightly last year, with the Air Force showing the biggest jump of all the services at 9%, according to a Defense Department …


UPDATED: Mon., March 16, 2020

Fairchild airman tests positive for COVID-19

An airman at Fairchild Air Force Base has tested positive for COVID-19.


Congress acts to limit Trump on military action in Iran

Defying a veto threat, Congress has approved a bipartisan measure to limit President Donald Trump’s authority to launch military operations against Iran.


UPDATED: Tue., March 3, 2020

Air Force updates song lyrics to be more inclusive; 2 female Fairchild officers praise the changes

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein approved changes to the branch song last week as a part of an effort to be more inclusive and celebrate diversity. …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Military still struggles to handle kid-on-kid sex assaults

The U.S. Department of Defense is struggling to change how it handles the abuse of military kids, including cases involving sexual assault by other children, according to a report commissioned …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Stand Down to provide veterans services, supplies and chance to connect in Spokane

Spokane’s veterans will have a chance to access supplies and resources, as well as get a chance to connect with other former service members, during the first local, one-stop Stand …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

AP Exclusive: Sierra skeleton ID’d as ‘ghost of Manzanar’

A skeleton found by hikers this fall near California’s second-highest peak has been identified as a man who had left the Japanese internment camp at Manzanar to paint in the …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Iran vows revenge for U.S. attack that killed powerful general

Iran has vowed to retaliate after a U.S. airstrike in Iraq killed the mastermind of its interventions across the Middle East. Tensions between the two countries have soared


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Congress to halt military use of toxic foam contaminating drinking water

Congress has reached a deal on a spending bill that would require the military to stop using firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals linked to cancer, but would abandon efforts to …


As Navy works to keep flight paths clear for fighter jets, cities and counties plan for growth

A Navy representative has been meeting with county and city leaders throughout the state to show them route maps and areas used for training by the Naval Air Station on …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 7, 2019

Pearl Harbor attack survivors, families gather to remember a veteran’s sacrifice

People gathered at the Pearl Harbor Memorial outside the Spokane Arena Saturday to remember the Dec. 7, 1941 attack that killed 2,403 people and triggered U.S. involvement in World War …


Pensacola naval base shooting tests U.S.-Saudi relations

Top defense and military officials are reaffirming America’s continued commitment to and relationship with Saudi Arabia after a Saudi Air Force student’s deadly attack at a Navy base in Florida.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 7, 2019

Family recounts heroics of fallen son in Pensacola shooting

Joshua Watson is being remembered as a hero in the aftermath of Friday’s shootings at a Florida naval base.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Navy vet’s ashes destined for sunken Pearl Harbor battleship

Divers will place the ashes of a USS Arizona survivor in his ship’s wreckage in Pearl Harbor during a ceremony this weekend


US digs into Saudi shooting suspect motive in Navy shooting

Law enforcement investigators are looking into the suspected Florida naval station gunman to determine his motive for a deadly shooting


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Pearl Harbor commemoration to continue in Inland Northwest despite deaths of aging survivors

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ray Garland’s death in April hasn’t halted plans to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the attack that hastened America’s entrance into World War II. Vina Mikkelsen, …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Research solves WWII mystery: Nephew’s book, ‘Not Forgotten,’ puts family’s questions to rest

Dave Reynolds never met his uncle, U.S. Army Cpl. Lester LaVerne (Verne) Zornes, but he’s never forgotten him.


Pence visits Iraq to reassure Kurdish allies

Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Saturday, where he met the president of the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region to reassure the longtime allies who fought …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Amazon to protest $10B Pentagon contract won by Microsoft

Amazon is protesting the Pentagon’s decision to award a huge cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing “unmistakable bias” in the decision.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

Veterans, families gather at Spokane Arena to celebrate sacrifices of military service members

More than 200 veterans and family members gathered at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Monday, Veterans Day, to celebrate the sacrifices of military service members.


Spokane Veterans For Peace celebrate Armistice Day, not Veterans Day, to focus on peace

For Veterans Day the Spokane chapter of Veterans For Peace, part of an international organization that advocates for peaceful foreign policy and nuclear disarmament, discussed renaming the holiday Armistice Day, …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 3, 2019

Vietnam vet, retired stone mason Richard Hemming serves his brothers on a motorcycle

The Spokane Valley resident lives with his 103-year-old WWII veteran father in a home he’s added to for the past 30 years. He’s also the chaplain of the Combat Veteran …