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Naval officer arrested for assaulting Japanese woman on flight

US naval presence in OkinawaA U.S. Navy officer was arrested after allegedly groping and punching a 19-year-old Japanese woman on a flight from San Diego to Japan, officials said.

The officer is a 33-year-old lieutenant stationed at the Navy's base in Okinawa, USA Today reported.

The incident happened over the course of about 90 minutes on a commercial flight. Witnesses told Stars and Stripes the officer was drinking and had been repeatedly groping the woman's leg. Another passenger reported the behavior to a flight attendant and the woman had switched seats when the officer allegedly hit her in the face.

The severity of the woman's injuries was not reported.


Airmen at nuke base probed for illegal drug use

Airmen at nuclear base investigated for drugsThe Air Force is investigating 14 members of a nuclear weapons security force for alleged illegal drug activity, in some cases including cocaine use, defense officials said Friday. The probe is a fresh blow to a nuclear missile corps that has been under intense scrutiny for a string of lapses in training and personal conduct over the past three years.

The investigation at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, home of the 90th Missile Wing, near Cheyenne, Wyoming, was announced by Gen. Robin Rand, the four-star commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. The command is responsible for the entire fleet of Minuteman 3 land-based nuclear missiles; one-third of the Minuteman 3 force is operated by the 90th Missile Wing in missile fields in portions of Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.


U.S. general Lori Robinson to become first woman to lead combatant command

Gen. Lori RobinsonPresident Barack Obama will name the first woman to head a U.S. combatant command, selecting Air Force General Lori Robinson as the next head of the military's Northern Command, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday.

The position, which is subject to Senate confirmation, is one of the most senior in the U.S. military and would make Robinson - who now leads U.S. air forces in the Pacific - the top general overseeing activities in North America.


US to declassify military records on Argentina's 'Dirty War'

Argentina's dirty warPresident Barack Obama will move to declassify U.S. military and intelligence records related to Argentina's "Dirty War," the White House said Thursday, aiming to bring closure to questions of U.S. involvement in a notorious chapter in Argentina's history.

Obama's visit to Buenos Aires next week coincides with the 40th anniversary of the 1976 military coup that started Argentina's 1976-83 dictatorship. Little is known about the U.S. role leading up to that period, in which thousands of people were forcibly disappeared and babies systematically stolen from political prisoners.


Military Admits Billion-Dollar War Toy F-35 Is F**ked

F-35Way back in the early 2000s, the U.S. military had a dream. To develop a new "universal" jet fighter that could do, well, pretty much everything that the military asks its different fighters to do.

But the dream of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter turned into a nightmare. The program is six years behind schedule and tens of billions of dollars over budget. And now, 16 years after the JSF prototypes took off for their first flights, top officials are finally owning up to the trauma the $400-billion fighter program has inflicted on America's finances and war readiness.


U.S. sailor arrested for rape in Okinawa

Okinawa GovernorA U.S. sailor has been arrested for alleging raping a Japanese woman at a hotel in Okinawa, local police said.

Navy sailor Justin Castellanos, 24, stationed at Camp Schwab in Okinawa, was arrested for allegedly taking the woman, a 40-year-old tourist from the mainland of Japan, from the hotel lobby up to his room and raping her.


Pentagon under fire for proposed cuts to autism care

Pentagon under fire for cuts to autism careThe Pentagon is under fire on Capitol Hill for a plan that critics say could leave thousands of military families whose children suffer from autism without access to the healthcare coverage they need.

For the second time in as many years, the Department of Defense is proposing to slash payments to healthcare professionals who work with autistic children by as much as 15 percent.


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