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Was Navy Jet's UC Berkeley Fly-By A Brotherly Shout-Out? (Video)

A Navy jet's fly-by the UC Berkeley campus last week left babies crying, dogs barking, and a baffled community in its wake. Now, it turns out the pilot may have been trying to give his brother a shout-out before moving to Texas.

The kerfuffle began on Jan. 27, according to the Navy Times, when the pilot of an F/A-18E Super Hornet flew over campus during a training flight ...

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Could Your Dog Be The 2015 Military Pet Of The Year?

Time is running out to enter Dogs on Deployment's "2015 Military Pet of the Year" contest.

The deadline to enter your pooch in the contest is Jan. 31.

Click here for more info on how to enter.

Dogs on Deployment is a non-profit group that helps find temporary homes for the beloved canines--and kitties--of troops during their deployments. The folks there explain the purpose of the annual contest this ...

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Military Commissaries Facing Budget Axe Once Again?

Military commissaries would have to shut their doors to shoppers by up to two days a week, under a draft Defense Department budget document obtained by the Military Times.

The document lists proposed cuts to the Defense Commissary Agency's budget for fiscal 2016:

[T]he Defense Commissary Agency [must]... meet a DoD mandate to come up with $322 million in annual savings — nearly one-fourth of DeCA's annual baseline ...

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No-Cost Tax Filing Service For Military Families

Does the mere thought of having to do your taxes fill you with dread? Well, if you're part of a military family, there's a way to make tax season less painful. The Department of Defense and H&R Block are teaming up to offer no-cost tax preparation for service members and their families.

According to DoD News, the military information program Military OneSource is offering the free tax ...

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Prisoner Swap For Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Held In Iran?

Amir Hekmati, a Marine Corps veteran who served at Camp Pendleton, has been held against his will in Iran for more than three years. Now his Michigan-based family says Iranian officials want to free him as part of a prisoner swap - an idea they oppose.

The New York Times reports Hekmati wrote a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, made public by his family, that details what he says are ...

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Military Families Stationed Overseas Find Commissary Shelves Empty

Military families stationed in Europe and the Pacific are finding it difficult to get the food and supplies they need from their local base commissaries.

A military wife who chose to remain anonymous described the scene at the RAF Lakenheath commissary to the Military Times:

"No lettuce, no salad, no orange juice, no chicken, no bread, hardly any yogurt and cheese, and half the fruits and vegetables were gone."

In ...

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Wife Turns Tables On Marine Husband, Surprises HIM At Camp Pendleton Homecoming (Video)

The video of this surprise military homecoming with a twist has gone viral, garnering more than 1.3 million hits in the last month.

It all started when Sara Taylor decided to surprise her husband, Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Fort Taylor, when he returned to Camp Pendleton after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.

Sara Taylor, a Marine veteran herself, wrote this message accompanying the video on YouTube:

"The media is ...

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NORAD Santa Claus Tracker Website Up And Running (Video)

Santa Claus won't start his journey around the globe for at least another three weeks. But NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has its Santa Tracker website up and running - with lots of games, music, and movies to keep the kiddos busy until the big day arrives.

The website is for Santa fans the world over. It's available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese ...

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Free Phone Cards For Troops Deployed During The Holidays

Continuing an annual holiday tradition, the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) will provide Sailors and Marines deployed overseas during the holiday season $10 phone cards.

Thomas Harris, NEXCOM Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service Program, said of the phone card program:

"NEXCOM has been giving away free phone cards to deployed Sailors and Marines for many, many years.

"This is just one small way that we can thank these service members and ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Hit With $2000 Phone Bill While Deployed (Video)

Camp Pendleton-based Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Johnstone wasn't even halfway through his deployment at sea aboard the USS America when he was hit with a $2000 phone bill.

Johnstone, a native of Arizona, told Phoenix television station Channel 12 he believed that prior to his deployment, he had negotiated with AT&T to get the proper plan for calling while overseas. But that wasn't the case:

"I pull ...

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Check Out These Veterans Day Freebies And Discounts

In honor of Veterans Day, restaurant chains and retailers on Nov. 11 are offering all sorts of discounts and freebies for active-duty military, veterans, and reservists.

Here's a sample of retail discounts, courtesy of the Henry Daily Herald:

-Home Depot - 10 percent off up to $500 on a single-receipt purchase.

-Cost Plus World Market - 20 percent off everything in the store (except alcohol).

-Bed Beth & Beyond- 20 percent off ...

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Surgeries Suspended For Military Family Pets As Cost-Saving Measure

The cherished dogs and cats of military families are no longer able to get surgical procedures at military veterinary facilities, as these clinics have cut back on services to save money.

Lt. Col. Matt Takara of U.S. Army Public Health Command tells Star and Stripes virtually all on-base veterinary treatment facilities have "suspended procedures involving anesthetics" for family-owned pets.

Department of Defense-owned animals will still be able to get ...

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Some Military Families Uneasy With Ebola Deployments (Video)

It's all about the fear of the unknown. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military families had some idea of the enemy their service members would face.

But some soldiers' families have expressed uneasiness as their loved ones prepare to deploy to Liberia - ground zero for the Ebola epidemic.

As Major General Gary Volesky, Commanding General of 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), explained to Reuters:

"Ebola is a ...

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Capped Credit Card Interest Rates For Military Families? It's In The Works

A move by the Pentagon to update the Military Lending Act of 2006 could result in service members and their families getting interest rates capped on everything from credit cards to vehicle title loans. According to the Department of Defense:

The new proposed actions are designed to apply the protections of the Military Lending Act to all forms of payday loans, vehicle title loans, refund anticipation loans, deposit advance loans ...

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