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May 21, 2024

The Army hosted an environmental impact hearing regarding extending its lease for the Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawaii, Island News reported. While the military sees it as strategically vital, local residents expressed concerns about environmental damage and lack of cleanup plans. The lease is set to expire in 2029….

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced $2.3 million in Defense Infrastructure Grant Program awards to strengthen Florida’s military communities and foster economic growth, according to a press release. Grantees include the Space Coast Economic Development Commission, the city of Cocoa and the city of Jacksonville. Florida has awarded over $23.4 million in grants since 2019 to support military infrastructure and local economies.

Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Huynh

May 21, 2024

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House Appropriators Advance Defense Bill on Party-Line Vote

House Appropriators Advance Defense Bill on Party-Line Vote

The House Appropriations Committee approved an $833 billion defense spending bill for next fiscal year. It includes the 19.5% pay raise for junior enlisted troops the House is set to include in its version of the defense authorization bill. The spending bill passed on...

Snap of the Week

Snap of the Week

The 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Wisconsin National Guard, and enabler units from across the U.S. and Canada participate in a training exercise at Fort Johnson, Louisiana June 13. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kati Volkman

Report: Suicide Is Top Cause of Death for Active Duty Soldiers

Report: Suicide Is Top Cause of Death for Active Duty Soldiers

USA Today reported on Defense Health Agency data showing that suicide was the top cause of death among active duty Army personnel from 2014 to 2019. Accidents were the number-two cause with 814 deaths, and there were 96 combat fatalities, according to the article. The...

House Begins NDAA Debate with a Partisan Focus

House Begins NDAA Debate with a Partisan Focus

House Republicans agreed to a package of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that Democrats say include conservative “poison pills” that threaten the bipartisan support for the bill, which passed out of committee by a vote of 57 to 1. The House Rules...

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