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U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Vincent Brooks certifies improved safety features at Rodriguez Live Fire Range, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.  DAVID CHAPMAN/U.S. ARMY
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Kelly McKeague, director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, center, accompanied by Timothy McMahon, director of Forensic Services at the Armed Forces Medical Examiner's DNA Identification Lab, left, and John Byrd of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency's Central Identification Laboratory, right, speaks about the recently repatriated remains from North Korea during the daily press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.  ANDREW HARNIK/AP
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Remains from North Korea in moderate to poor condition, could take years to identify

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August 15, 2018
WASHINGTON – It will take scientists months to determine how many sets of Korean War remains were in 55 boxes handed over by North Korea, officials with the Defense POW/MIA...
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Military pay raise, 15,000 new troops, promotion reforms: 5 key aspects of the 2019 defense budget

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August 15, 2018
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act into law Monday, marking the first on-time passage of the annual bill in 22 years.
Troops wait for U.S. and South Korean leaders to arrive for lunch at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.  MARCUS FICHTL/STARS AND STRIPES
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Defense act restricts efforts to cut US troop numbers in South Korea

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August 15, 2018
SEOUL, South Korea – The 2019 defense policy bill signed by President Donald Trump restricts efforts to reduce U.S. troop numbers in South Korea, reflecting concerns that the...
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service recently opened a two-register outlet at Robertson Barracks to replace a mobile exchange that had served troops out of a 44-foot container at the home of Marine Rotational Force Darwin in Australia.  COURTESY OF AAFES
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AAFES opens Darwin exchange to serve more Marines Down Under

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August 15, 2018
A new exchange is the latest evidence of a growing Marine Corps presence in Australia’s Northern Territory.
President Donald Trump smiles during a signing ceremony for a $716 billion defense policy bill named for Sen. John McCain, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Fort Drum, N.Y.  CAROLYN KASTER/AP
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Trump signs $717 billion defense policy bill into law

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August 14, 2018
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday signed into law a $717 billion defense policy bill, which authorizes a wave of significant military increases, including...