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May 29, 2017

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Unclaimed and unsung: For forgotten military veterans, a dignified end
Unclaimed and unsung: For forgotten military veterans, a dignified end
Monday, May 29, 2017
Ernest R. Garcia’s body sat for more than a month in his Bronx apartment before the authorities finally entered in January and found it decomposing. Garcia had no ...
Photo: Rommel Delmundo, stationed at Nellis AFB, takes do
Nevada to shield relocated soldiers from end-contract fees
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Members of the military being deployed or moved to a different base can get out of service contracts without penalty in Nevada under a law receiving final approval in ...
Nevada to allow young soldiers to carry concealed weapons
Monday, May 22, 2017
Nevada is lowering the age requirement for permits to carry concealed weapons to 18 for active-duty soldiers and honorably discharged veterans ...
Pentagon chief visits African nation home to key US base
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Jim Mattis, the first Trump administration official to visit Djibouti, planned to meet with President Ismail Omar Guelleh and greet U.S. and French troops. He was accompanied by Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command.
Photo: Tanya Brasher, right, and her husband, Chris, work
For married veterans, scarce funds mean prioritizing
Monday, April 3, 2017
Sometimes Tanya Brashers can almost forget about the financial situation her family is in ...
‘Suspicious package’ closes U.S. 95 around Creech Air Force Base
Friday, March 3, 2017
U.S. 95 was temporarily closed in both directions today around Creech Air Force Base after a military working dog detected “a threat” that later turned out to ...
Driver in custody after bomb claim at Nellis Air Force Base
Friday, January 20, 2017
Officials say the main gate at Nellis Air Force Base was briefly closed after a suspected drunken driver told security officials he had a bomb in his car. Nellis authorities said the man arrived ...
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First wave: Is a comeback in store for Searchlight's radio positioning station?
Sunday, January 8, 2017
In February of 2010, the Searchlight LORAN station fell silent, along with roughly two dozen similar stations throughout the country. The Obama administration figured the World War II-era technology was obsolete in an age of global-positioning satellites ...
High, consistent education standards give military families a fighting chance
Monday, December 12, 2016
Other Voices:
Imagine how your son or daughter’s education would be affected if they had to attend six to nine schools between starting kindergarten and graduating from high school. This isn’t a nightmare scenario. It is the norm for a child in a long-term military family ...
Photo: USS Arizona survivors Don Stratton, center, and La
Pearl Harbor survivors tell harrowing tale of rescue
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
In the Pearl Harbor attack, a 1,760-pound Japanese high-altitude armor-piercing bomb had penetrated the USS Arizona’s decks 40 feet from the bow, igniting a million pounds of gunpowder for the ship’s massive …
Photo: Air Guard Senior Airman Mariah Connell, left, and
Nevada's only military bagpiper passes pipes to his daughter
Sunday, November 20, 2016
During Operation Desert Storm, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Connell practiced his bagpipes outside every day. He practiced at a Kuwaiti military base, while wearing his kilt, sporran, dress shoes and other traditional Highland dress. He remembers one particular day when a large group of U.S. Marines swarmed around him to listen. After he retires, his daughter, 23-year-old Air Guard Senior Airman Mariah Connell, will take over as the only military piper in Nevada ...
Photo: Veteran Roberto Pickering speaks during a panel di
Veterans, soldiers tout pot benefits in fight against PTSD, opiate addiction
Friday, October 7, 2016
Legalized access to cannabis will help former military soldiers fight symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome while reducing their need for opiate prescriptions ...
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Ex-Marine describes violent hazing, the lies that covered it up
Friday, September 30, 2016
In Marine Corps boot camp, Thomas Weaver learned to endure punches, kicks and choking by drill instructors in South Carolina. When one instructor repeatedly bashed his head against ...
Photo: A jet takes flight during Red Flag 16-3 at Nellis
The secret world of Nellis: Inside the military marvel mere miles from the Las Vegas Strip
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Nellis Air Force Base has a serious mission to train the best pilots and air crews in the world. But it’s also a bustling city within a city, with a complex covering thousands of acres and offering amenities ranging from …
Photo: World War II veteran Gaetano
North Las Vegas' Gaetano Benza, decorated WWII veteran, dies at 91
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Retelling his World War II experiences to younger generations, Gaetano “Guy” Benza would sift sand he brought back from Normandy beaches through his fingers ...