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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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Shawn Vestal: The jokes were great, General Mattis, but let’s get serious

Gen. Jim Mattis is speaking in Spokane on Thursday night. The appearance by the former Secretary of Defense comes in the wake of a growing chorus of observers calling upon …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 20, 2019

‘Nice girls don’t join the military’: New Fairchild commander proves her mettle – and critics wrong

Lt. Col. Cindy Dawson is the new commander of the reactivated 97th Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base, the largest wing of KC-135 Stratotankers in the world.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Air refueling squadron touches back down at Fairchild, will bring 400 new service members

“We are the center of excellence for air refueling, which essentially is the backbone of our global reach capability,” said Col. Gene Jacobus, vice commander of the 92nd Air Refueling …


Then and Now: Operation Walkout

During the Cold War, atomic bombs were on everyone’s mind. Spokane was chosen as the first city in the nation to attempt a complete evacuation of its downtown area, about …


Japan sees NKorea missile, China space activity as threat

Japan raises caution level about North Korea’s missile capability in defense report noting the country resumed missile tests while taking no concrete denuclearization steps and is able to make miniaturized …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

Army revamps recruiting, hits enlistment goal

US Army leaders say they’ll meet their enlistment goal at the end of this month, a year after they failed to make their recruiting numbers for the 1st time in …


Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing document

Sudan’s pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council signed a document early Wednesday that outlines a power-sharing deal, but the two sides are still at work on a more contentious …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019

Vietnam veterans open national convention with wreath-laying ceremony at Riverfront Park

More than 700 Vietnam-era veterans are in Spokane this week for the Vietnam Veterans of America’s 19th biennial convention, but only a couple hundred made it up the hill for …


Then and Now: Velox Naval Supply Depot

The Velox Naval Supply Depot got its name from a famous racehorse in the 1890s, Harry Velox. Now the 530-acre property, near Sullivan Road and Trent Avenue, is a business …


Ethiopia says military chief killed, regional coup failed

Ethiopia’s military chief was shot to death by his bodyguard amid a failed coup attempt against a regional government north of the capital, Addis Ababa, the prime minister said.


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019

Thousands flock to Fairchild Air Force Base for Skyfest 2019

Thousands of veterans, families and aircraft enthusiasts flocked to Fairchild Air Force Base on Saturday for Skyfest 2019, an air show featuring new and old aircraft.


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019

Spokane Valley native National Guardsman, mom graduates from EWU 18 years after starting college

Ashley Cardinal signed up for the Army National Guard before her senior year of high school at West Valley High School in 2001. A career in the military and raising …


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019

Raytheon and United Technologies to create a defense giant

Raytheon and United Technologies will join to create a massive aerospace and defense company in a sector that is already rapidly consolidating.


Sudanese forces clamp down in capital, clash with protesters

Pro-democracy protesters defied Sudan’s military rulers Tuesday, carrying out scattered demonstrations around the capital of Khartoum as security forces – including one of the most feared military units – fanned …