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Thumbnail: Vice President Joe Biden and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp welcomed the U.S. Coast Guard Academy

President Biden to speak at Coast Guard Academy commencement

The Associated Press

NEW LONDON, Conn. — President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver the keynote address during this month’s graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

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Thumbnail: U.S. Army Col. Lisa J. Hou, interim New Jersey adjutant general, speaks with Lt. Col. John T. Boyd in Washington on Jan. 15, 2021. (Staff Sgt. Devlin Drew/Army National Guard)

New Jersey governor nominates interim adjutant general to lead state’s National Guard

The Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday named Col. Lisa Hou as his pick to head of the state’s National Guard and serve as commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

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Thumbnail: Sailors heave in line as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Mitscher prepares to depart Souda Bay, Greece, March 24. (MC2 Kaleb Sarten/Navy)

More sailors undergoing a forced rating conversion can now separate early

Diana Stancy Correll

More active duty sailors who are being forced to switch ratings now qualify for early separation, should they decide to leave the active Navy.

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Thumbnail: Troops need more information about this student loan debt forgiveness program. (Michael Burrell)

More than 178,000 troops may be eligible for this student loan debt forgiveness benefit, watchdog says

Karen Jowers

Although many military members and Defense Department civilian employees could benefit financially from a 14-year-old federal student loan debt forgiveness program, the benefit is underused and misunderstood, according to a new report from government auditor.

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Thumbnail: The Skyborg autonomy core system launches aboard a Kratos UTAP-22 tactical unmanned vehicle at Tyndall AFB, Florida on April 29. (U.S. Air Force)

The Air Force’s first Skyborg autonomous drone prototype made its first flight

Valerie Insinna

WASHINGTON — The Air Force carried out the first flight test of a “Skyborg” drone last month with an Kratos UTAP-22 Mako equipped with a bespoke autonomy system, moving the service one step closer to fielding an uncrewed “loyal wingman” for human pilots.

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Thumbnail: A C-2A Greyhound powers down its engines on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford in September 2020. Ford is on track to deploy in 2022. (MC3 Zack Guth/Navy)

Aircraft carrier Gerald Ford finishes post-delivery tests and trials

Diana Stancy Correll

The aircraft carrier Gerald Ford has wrapped up its post-delivery test and trials.

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Thumbnail: A Star Wars X-Wing is now on display at the National Air and Space Museum. (Screenshot via YouTube)

‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ may have been terrible, but at least we have this X-wing

Sarah Sicard

I’ll never get back the 144 minutes I spent watching the midnight premiere of “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker,” a movie that took everything we knew and loved about a galaxy far, far away and crashed it into the forest moon of Endor.

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Thumbnail: Advice for service members through in the voice of one of the greatest children

A safety brief from the desk of Dr. Seuss

Sarah Sicard

Happy day all you airmen, sailors, soldiers and Marines. Enjoy this safety brief as you stroll from the latrine. It’s no secret that you love to cut loose, but please read this advice whilst dropping a deuce. It might save you from a pesky Article 15, or at least prevent a drunk-fueled punch to the spleen.

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Thumbnail: U.S. Army soldier wearing new approved ponytail hair style. (Army)

Army to allow ponytails, braids for women

Davis Winkie

Thursday marked the final day of mandated buns for soldiers as the Army announced that it will now permit ponytails for women, regardless of uniform.

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