Tensions high after N. Korea's military anniversary | US test-launches unarmed ICBM in Calif. | Karem, Bingen to be nominated for key Pentagon posts
April 26, 2017
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Tensions high after N. Korea's military anniversary
Tensions were high this week as North Korea marked its military anniversary, and the top US military commander in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, said US moves involving the THAAD missile defense system were intended to bring North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "to his senses." The US has begun moving sections of the THAAD system to a South Korean deployment site.
BBC (4/26),  The Associated Press (4/23),  The Hill (4/25) 
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In the Pentagon
US test-launches unarmed ICBM in Calif.
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was test-launched today at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Such launches are important in demonstrating US nuclear capabilities, said 30th Space Wing Commander Col. John Moss.
CBS News/The Associated Press (4/26),  The Hill (4/25) 
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Karem, Bingen to be nominated for key Pentagon posts
President Donald Trump plans to nominate Kari Bingen as principal deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence and Robert Story Karem as assistant defense secretary for international security affairs.
Defense News (4/25) 
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Service Section News
Army Reserve units from Kan. will deploy to Afghanistan, Europe
Two Manhattan, Kan., Army Reserve units are at Fort Hood in Texas for training before nine-month deployments to Afghanistan and Europe. They will work with the Army and NATO allies on logistical support and transportation.
The Manhattan Mercury (Kan.) (4/24) 
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Physiological incidents spur review of T-45, F/A-18 jets
The Navy has ordered a 30-day review of incidents involving T-45 and F/A-18 jets, saying pilots have experienced physiological episodes while flying them.
AIN Online (4/25) 
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Thunderbirds, Blue Angels train together in Fla.
The Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force's Thunderbirds have been training together this week in Pensacola, Fla., for the first time in more than 15 years.
The Associated Press (4/25) 
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Reserve Life
Bills seek to expand telehealth services for veterans
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has reintroduced bills to expand telehealth services for veterans. "We should continue to find new ways to connect veterans with the providers that they need, no matter their physical location," said Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., a sponsor of the House bill.
Military Times (tiered subscription model) (4/25) 
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Veterans await ID cards from VA
VA officials haven't said when identification cards for veterans, mandated by a law passed in 2015, will be sent out. The VA had expected to implement the program this year.
Military.com (4/24) 
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